Festival of films shot in Conejo returns

'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' kicks off event

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” includes scenes shot at the former Rancho Conejo Airport.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Nov. 1, 2013) Conejo Valley Film Festival II, featuring five movies with scenes that were shot locally, will be held over two days in two locations.

Three classic films will be shown in California Lutheran University’s Preus-Brandt Forum on Saturday, Nov. 16. Two more will be screened at the Thousand Oaks Library on Sunday, Nov. 17.

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” an epic comedy celebrating its 50th anniversary that includes aerial views of Thousand Oaks and scenes shot at the former Rancho Conejo Airport, will open the festival at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in the forum. “The Grapes of Wrath,” a 1940 film starring Henry Fonda that features scenes shot at Janss Conejo Ranch, will follow at 4 p.m. The 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde,” which includes a memorable final gas station scene shot in Agoura, will be shown at 7 p.m.

Two family friendly movies will be screened at the Thousand Oaks Library on Nov. 17. The 1932 film “Tarzan the Ape Man,” which was shot in Lake Sherwood and featured animals from the Goebel Lion Farm in Thousand Oaks, will begin at 12:30 p.m. The 1943 movie “Lassie Come Home,” a British film featuring Elizabeth Taylor that was filmed in Wildwood, will conclude the festival at 3 p.m.

Local experts will introduce each of the classic films, provide historical context and answer questions.

Purchased separately, tickets for each of the films at CLU are $7.50 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Admission to all three shows is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at conejovalleyfilmfestival.com. The Thousand Oaks Library shows are free.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located at 135 Chapel Lane on CLU’s Thousand Oaks campus. The Thousand Oaks Library is at 1401 E. Janss Road.

CLU’s Community Leaders Association and multimedia program and the City of Thousand Oaks are sponsoring the festival. For more information, contact Billy Martin at billymartin@conejovalleyfilmfestival.com or 805-358-2319.