Trash Cinema Conference and Film Festival speakers: please see below for important information.
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Born to Be Bad: Trash Cinema Conference and Film Festival
May 9 -11, 2003
University of California, Berkeley
Speakers' Page

To all speakers:

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any information regarding the conference. This page has information on:

Contact Information
Paper drafts due date
Travel and Lodging Information
Public Transportation and Car Rentals
Registration and tickets for the films
Speakers' Dinner
UC Berkeley

Contact Information:
Tamao Nakahara
Department of Italian Studies
6303 Dwinelle, #2620
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2620
phone: 510-527-6915

Paper drafts due: April 21, 2003

Travel and Lodging Information:
The closest airport to the UC Berkeley campus is the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and the next closest is the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Please note that because of the post-September 11th security measures and the beginning of UC Berkeley commencements, you must arrive at the airports 2-3 hours in advance and must account for one hour travel time to the Oakland Airport and 1-2 hours to the SF Airport.

Shuttles: The cheapest airport shuttle service to Berkeley is Bayporter.
Bayporter: OAK-Berkeley one way is $19, RT $32, and SFO-Berkeley one way is $22, RT $38. You can make reservations online at or by phone (NOT toll free, 1-415-467-1800). The Berkeley stop for Bayporter is the Hotel Durant.

Hotels: Rooms have been blocked at the Hotel Durant, which is located on the south side of campus, a block away from the conference location, the Pacific Film Archive theater, and the famous Telegraph Avenue. Singles and doubles have been blocked for the nights of May 8, 9, 10, and 11. This means that they are held for us at the UC discount rate through April 8, 2003. You will have by April 8 to contact the Hotel Durant and reserve your room. To reserve your room, please contact the hotel by calling 1-800-2DURANT (1-800-238-7268). You must indicate that you are reserving rooms blocked for the "Trash Cinema" conference. If that fails, try "Townsend Center." There is no list of individual names. You will then be able to pay for your rooms on the phone or online.

The UC discounted rate at the Hotel Durant is:
$110 for a single room
$110 for a double room – 2 beds ($55 per person)
$120 for a double room and a roll-out bed – 3 beds ($40 per person)

The doubles have two separate beds unless you indicate that you would like a queen-size bed. If you would like a roll-out bed, you must indicate this as well. It is about $10 more for a roll-out bed.
The last day to reserve the blocked rooms with the UC discounted rate is
April 8, 2003. However, please confirm your reservations as soon as possible so that I will still be able to raise the number of rooms if necessary as well as help you problems if there are any.

UC Berkeley Campus Map of Stephens Hall and the PFA Theater.
Maps of the San Francisco Bay Area and of the Berkeley campus area.

Public Transportation and Car Rentals:
Public Transportation in Berkeley includes the campus perimeter shuttle and AC Transit.
Please visit the UC Berkeley Visitor Services page for more information.
To visit San Francisco from Berkeley, you can take bart or AC Transit (the F or G), and once in San Francisco, you can take the San Francisco Muni. Public transportation is useful for visiting locations such as north to downtown SF (The SF MOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Little Italy – and, of course, trashy Columbus Ave.! – etc.) and the Castro (with the lovely Castro theater!) where parking is scarce. If you want to see the Golden Gate Bridge, however, I advise that you drive.

Car Rentals: If you do not rent from the airport, the closest car rental is Avis on Oxford at University Ave. Other useful car rental site include Breezenets and Berkeley Car Info page.

Registration and tickets for the films:
There are no registration fees for the conference and tickets will be free for all speakers. The conference is free and open to the public and the film tickets will be sold at the Pacific Film Archive Theater
*** At the Friday evening films, please look for the registration table for speakers. You will receive your information packet and tickets to the films. If you are inviting friends to the film screenings, they can purchase tickets at the Pacific Film Archive Theater or by phone 510-642-5249 (charge-by-phone).

Speakers' Dinner:
Saturday evening before the films, all speakers are invited to join the speakers' dinner. More information will be posted later on dinner fees and directions.

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