Film Festival Comes to Santa Cruz

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    The festival runs through next weekend.

    The Santa Cruz Film Festival is kicking off its 10th season Thursday with a screening of "Prairie Love."

    The festival, which continues through May 14, will feature 167  films from 33 countries.

    "Prairie Love," described by festival organizers as "wonderfully  bizarre," is a film directed by Dusty Bias about a vagrant who rescues a  nearly frozen man from the snow-covered plains of North Dakota and the  adventure that ensues, according to organizers.

    This year's festival includes nine feature films directed or  produced by filmmakers from Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

    Organizers have added a new award to this year's event. The Spirit  of Action prize will go to the film that jurors feel best advocates for  change related to social, political, and cultural issues, according to the  site.

    The festival will also feature workshops, events, and educational  panels, organizers said.

    For a full schedule of films and events, visit  www.santacruzfilmfestival.org.