Film career launches with Cannes screening

Courtesy of Zachary Ready
Los Altos native Zachary Ready, front left, and co-director Andrew Cathey, right, celebrate their Campus MovieFest awards.

After learning the art of filmmaking as a child in the front yard of his family’s Los Altos home, Zachary Ready, now 23, envisions a career as successful as the one started in a neighborhood garage by another local-boy-made-good, Steve Jobs.

Two of Ready’s screenplays turned into films are scheduled for screening at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in May, which could prove a pivotal point in the young auteur’s career.


LACF's E3 Youth Philanthropy program accepting applications

E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is accepting applications from students who enter grade 9, 10 or 11 in the fall.

Students residing in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills or Mountain View or who attend school in Los Altos or Mountain View are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.


Los Altos violinist places first in international competition


Stephen Waarts of Los Atos won first prize in the senior division of the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition, held Feb. 21 through March 2 in Austin, Texas. Waarts, 17, also received the Bach Prize and the Composer’s Prize, bestowed for best performance of the modern piece commissioned for the competition.

The violin prodigy began performing as a 12-year-old with the Silicon Valley Symphony by playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in November 2008.


Forum speaker outlines challenges for SFMOMA


The director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art appeared at the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 1, reviewing the museum’s history and the forward-thinking steps leadership is taking to keep it growing and vital.

In his presentation, “SFMOMA On the Go,” Neal Benezra, who has served as director since 2002, said “it’s an exciting time to be a museum director.”


Los Altos Hills couple receives award for art philanthropy

Drew Altizer Photography/Special to the Town Crier
Yvonne and Mike Nevens flank artist Hung Liu at a recent event. The Nevenses are scheduled to be honored as Arts Patrons of the Year at the Silicon Valley Contemporary Fine Art Fair.

It was art at first sight.

Longtime Los Altos Hills residents Yvonne and Mike Nevens bonded over museum visits and gallery openings as a young couple in Los Angeles. Through the years, their passion for art grew to become an important part of their lives. So much so that the inaugural Silicon Valley Contemporary Fine Art Fair is scheduled to honor the Nevenses as 2014 Arts Patrons of the Year when the event opens in San Jose Thursday.


Rotary Club presentation focuses on positive rites of passage for teens

Steve Pomeroy/Special to the Town Crier
Frederick Marx addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 27.

Independent movie producer/director Frederick Marx shared the life philosophy and passion for social change that guide his filmmaking with a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience March 27.

In his documentary “Rites of Passage: Mentoring the Future,” Marx emphasizes how important it is for teens to experience positive and meaningful rites of passage and receive mentorship into adulthood.


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