Returning film series hopes to ‘reel’ in audiences at El Camino


A photograph of a flyer advertising the 2002 Discovery World Travel Adventure Series taken on Sept. 16. The flyers are readily available in the Marsee Auditorium. (Delfino Camacho | The Union)

After a two-year break, the El Camino College Center for the Arts will host four films at the Marsee Auditorium this fall semester, as part of the Discovery World Travel Adventure Film Series.

All four films will have two scheduled screenings with showtimes at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to accommodate different schedules.

Online ticket sales will be available to purchase on the El Camino College Center for the Arts website until four hours before the scheduled event start time. Same-day tickets will be available at the ticket office one hour before the event starts.

The directors for each film are also scheduled to attend their respective events to present and discuss their films with the audience to enhance their viewing experience.

The first film in the series, “Tropical & Exotic Asia” directed by Marlin Darrah, will be presented on Monday, Sept. 19 and will highlight the journey across southeast Asian countries including scenes of nature and the bustling city life.

“The Road to Namibia” by director Rick Ray, will be presented on Monday, Oct. 17. It explores the beauty of Namibia and other African countries.

On Monday, Nov. 14, “Forest Giants” directed by Gray Warriner, will showcase a search for the giant sequoia tree, taking viewers around various states in America.

“On Assignment: Baja California” directed by Rich Reid, will be presented on Monday, Dec. 12 to close out the series.

The four films were set to premiere during the 2020 spring semester at El Camino College but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

El Camino has hosted film festivals for over 40 years and all films are open for anyone to attend.

Center for the Arts director, Rick Christophersen, said he is happy that audiences can now return to film festivals at El Camino College, as many college alumni and their families attend these festivals.

“It really brings back a dedicated group of people to the campus, and since it is a social event, many can gather during intermissions to reconnect with others,” Christophersen said.

To attend, all guests will need to have proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete a health screening questionnaire before arriving on campus. Unvaccinated guests must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a CLIA-certified lab within 72 hours of the event.

Mask and social distance guidelines will be enforced during the shows.



Editor’s Note: Sept. 19, 2022. 1:33 p.m. – Corrected event date for the Oct. show date for accuracy.