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Private screening of Academy Award-nominated “Most” here last week

It’s not every day that a film nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film category has a private showing in Nevada County. Nor is it typical that the film’s production team travels from Los Angeles to answer questions after the local screening.

That’s exactly what happened, though, on Feb. 18 at the Del Oro when “Most” (“The Bridge” in Czechoslovakian) was shown and writer/director Bobbie Garabedian and co-writer/producer William Zabka spoke after the screening for 30 minutes.

The 365 audience members were Music in the Mountains and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation supporters and UBS Financial Services clients.

Preceding the show, a reception was hosted by the music organization and the hospital foundation.

Joe Tomkiewicz, a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services in Grass Valley, coordinated the event. Zabka (who played Ralph Macchio’s nemesis in “The Karate Kid”) is his brother-in-law. On Tuesday, Tomkiewicz said the audience loved last week’s screening, “especially the fact that Bobbie and William were willing to be in the crowd and shaking hands.”

“Most” has already won honors as an official selection to Sundance 2003 and as Best of Festival at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Shot in the Czech Republic and Poland, the 33-minute-movie is about a father forced to choose between love for his son and his duty.

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