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We are delighted to present our 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival program, featuring five Oscar nominees (including one winner), eight films fresh from Sundance, and an array of award-winning independent and international films, all in this unforgettable destination.

Introducing our Program Director Claudia Puig is the President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a critic on NPR’s Film Week. Previously, she was USA Today’s film critic for 15 years. She also hosted The Screening Room and conducted live interviews on the red carpet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit Awards. Before that, she was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. In addition, Claudia has been a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has covered the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, and has been a juror at dozens of film festivals around the world from Ashland to Zurich. A passionate film curator, Claudia has selected an impressive lineup of diverse, acclaimed, and award-winning new films.

Meet our Guest Curators Larry Laboe is President of Production at digital production house SXM, where he has worked with entertainment companies including Disney, NBC, VEVO, Dailymotion, MTV, Break Media (now DEFY Media), Comedy Central, and Complex Media. These projects have been directed by talented filmmakers, including James Franco and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Larry also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and is a faculty member at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Be sure to see his 2017 selections: Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Delinquent, and Just Like in the Movies. Pat Ferrero is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, curator, and teacher who taught film production at San Francisco State University before making Mendocino her home. She was the Program Director of the Mendocino Film Festival for six years and now curates a track called “Pat’s Picks” that brings cutting-edge social issue films and filmmakers to the community. We are delighted to screen these outstanding films that she hand-picked for this year’s program: Brillo Box (3¢ off), Finding Kukan, The Groove Is Not Trivial, and Tribal Justice.

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F E S T I VA L J U R O R S Robert Abele has written critically about film, television, theater, and music for a wide variety of publications, most recently for the Los Angeles Times, The Wrap, and LA Weekly. His work has appeared in Variety, Los Angeles, Playboy, and TV Guide and he has served on numerous film festival juries. He was co-author of the book The Paramount Story, and also collaborated on bestselling memoirs from comedian Kathy Griffin and actor Jon Cryer.

CONTENTS 3 Welcome 6-9 Festival Sponsors 11 Ticket Info 12 Special Thanks & Hospitality Donors 13 Members

Tim Cogshell is a veteran film critic, journalist, producer, and filmmaker. For more than 25 years he has written about film for national and regional magazines and newspapers in print and online. Tim is a regular critic on NPR’s FilmWeek, and a regular contributor to OffRamp, and other NPR programming. Tim is critic-at-large for Alt-Film Guide and commentator on KNBC, FOX News and the BBC. He’s a producer, screenwriter, editor, and documentarian whose films have been featured in numerous festivals.

Carole Kirschner is Director of the Writers Guild of America’s Showrunner Training Program, an entertainment career coach and international speaker. As a senior level development executive for 18 years (including posts at CBS and as head of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television) she heard over 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of projects and developed dozens of television series and a number of feature films. Her book Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment is used as a college textbook in film/ television classes.

15 Letter from our Program Director 17 Spotlight Programs & Special Events 18–19 Opening Night Party 20–25 Festival Partners 26–27 Film Index 28 Short Films Program 29 Reel Mendo 31–55 Feature Programs 59 Production Credits 61 Festival HQ & Map 63 Festival Schedule

Jean Oppenheimer is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for American Cinematographer magazine, as well as a freelance journalist and film critic for a variety of publications. Her work has appeared in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Village Voice, Premiere Magazine, Screen International and The New York Times syndicate. She previously served as a film reviewer on Film Week, a program broadcast on NPR station KPCC in Los Angeles.

Steven Raphael has brought quality films to the US for over 25 years, currently through his company Required Viewing. As Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at USA Films (now Focus Features), he managed the theatrical campaigns for Being John Malkovich, Gosford Park, and Traffic. He was responsible for national campaigns on Four Weddings and a Funeral, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dead Man Walking, Fargo, The Usual Suspects and The Big Lebowski. Steven teaches undergraduate Film Marketing and Publicity at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

THE 12TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE • 64 Films • 43 Screenings • 23 Countries Represented • 1 Academy Award Winner • 5 Academy Award Nominees • 1 U.S. Premiere • 7 California Premieres

Margy Rochlin has been a print and radio journalist for more than two decades. She’s written for many national magazines including Esquire, Premiere, Gourmet, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Food & Wine. For eight years, she was a Los Angeles Times magazine staff writer and won a PEN USA West literary award for excellence in journalism. For the past decade she has written regularly about film and television for the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times. Twelfth Annual Mendocino Film Festival

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TICKETS

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PURCHASING TICKETS IN ADVANCE

PURCHASING TICKETS ON DAY OF SHOW

SOLD OUT? TICKETS AT THE DOOR.

ONLINE

At the door one hour before showtime, and at each event during the Festival.

Even if advance tickets are no longer available, tickets will be offered at the door when the number of open seats is determined. A rush line for waiting-list tickets may start anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour prior to a given screening. Subject to availability; $12 at the door (cash only).

April 3 - June 4, 2017 MendocinoFilmFestival.org/tickets IN PERSON Friday - Sunday May 5 - May 28, 12-4 pm Mendocino FIlm Festival Office at the Yellow Water Tower on Ukiah St. East of Lansing St., Mendocino BY PHONE May 5 - June 4, 2017 Call us: (707) 937-0171 DURING FESTIVAL WEEK June 1 - June 4, 9 am - 5 pm Festival Headquarters 45101 Ukiah St., Mendocino PAYMENT OPTIONS Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and local checks are accepted for advance sales. ($25 fee for returned checks.)

(Subject to availability; cash only at the door.) FILM TICKET PRICES Regular Screenings, Advance Purchase $11 Regular Screenings at the Door $12 Children’s Program $5 youth, $10 adult

PAYMENT OPTIONS Cash only at the door.

SPECIAL EVENT TICKET PRICES

THE FINE PRINT

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Friday, June 2, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm $20. Crown Hall, Mendocino. See page 17. Ticket includes film and live music.

• Ticket orders are accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final.

Give Me Future Saturday, June 3, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm $20. Crown Hall, Mendocino. See page 17. Ticket includes film and live music. Children’s Program: Short Films, Big Adventures Saturday, June 3, 10 am - 12 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino $5 youth, $10 adult

PROCESSING FEE Processing fee is $1.54 per ticket. (Web and phone orders only.)

• No refunds, exchanges or substitutions. • Tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, forgotten, or destroyed. • All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. • Ticket holders must arrive 20 minutes prior to showtime to be guaranteed a seat. • All events subject to change. On rare occasions, for reasons beyond our control, screenings must be canceled. If a screening is canceled, tickets must be returned to the Festival Headquarters the same day to exchange for another screening or for a refund.

We happily provide services for the disabled. Please contact the Festival Office at (707) 937-0171 for information on access and accommodation. Buy your tickets early! We expect many sold-out shows. Be sure to check our website for updates: www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org Connect with us: @MendoFilmFest | #MendoFilm Twelfth Annual Mendocino Film Festival

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Special Thanks

Each year, the Festival depends on the support of an ever-growing circle of people. To all who are listed here, and to those of you who joined us after the program went to print, we are sincerely grateful to you all.

Sarah Bennett Bill and Linda Bjerre Billy Bjerre, Jr. Shauna Boyd Jamie Buckner Chris Calder DeeLynn Carpenter Stephen Chick John and Linda Compisi Jacqueline Cooper John Cornacchia Alex Crangle Sharon Davis Gail Dickenson Dixie Devils Roy Dufrain Marc and Cally Dym Shelley Fields Mike Fix Fort Bragg Travel Joanne Frazer Sharon Garner Alison Glassey

Carolyn Glubok Danna Hall Lisa Hannon Tom Honer Lois & Jeff Hoover Will and Carolyn Jackson Ivan Jimenez Rush Jones Margie Kamb Joan and Paul Katzeff Nancy and Paul Kemp Valerie Kim Christopher Koveleski Mike and Eula Lenihan David Lynch Phil Marrinan Roberta Mayberry Millie McCormick Kendra McEwen Mel and Sue McKinney Steve McLaughlin Mendocino Jams and Preserves Mendocino Rotary Club

Donna Montag Jim and Arlene Moorehead Dagmar Moseley Michele & Tim Mullins Bill Mulvihill Michelle Noe John Osborn Jennifer Owen Guy Pacurar Papa Bear’s Chocolate Paloma Patterson Robert Pinoli and The Skunk Train Randy and Sandy Kiara Ramirez Gert Rasmussen James Roberts Jan Rodriguez Mark Ruedrich George Russell Donna Schuler Roger and Pam Scommegna Herman Seidell

Janet Self Joe Seta Celia Shelden Joan and Jeff Stanford Judy Steele Dolly and David Steffen Sally Stewart Abbey Stockwell Susan Strange Sharon Sullivan Molly Sutherland Jennifer Taylor Thomas Trumper Barry Vogel Christine Wagner Bob Woelfel Kira Wojack Theo Wojack Steve Worthen Rosa Wyglendowski

Hospitality Donors

Since the beginning, local inns, B&Bs, hotels, and individuals have offered our Festival guests the gracious hospitality that is so characteristic of the Mendocino Film Festival. To all of you, we extend our heartfelt thanks. Your support makes the festival possible.

Inns & Hotels in Mendocino Albion River Inn Alegria Inn Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins The Blue Door Group Brewery Gulch Inn Cottages at Little River Cove Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse Glendeven Inn Headlands Inn Heritage House Resort Hill House Inn Inn at Schoolhouse Creek Joshua Grindle Inn Little River Inn

MacCallum House Inn Mendocino Coast Reservations Mendocino Farmhouse Mendocino Hotel The Sea Gull Inn Stanford Inn By the Sea Sweetwater Spa and Inn

Inns & Hotels in Fort Bragg Beachcomber Motel & Spa Emerald Dolphin Inn Harbor Lite Lodge North Cliff Hotel Motel 6 The Seabird Lodge

The Weller House Inn Holiday Inn Express

Private Homes Tess Albin-Smith & Doug Albin Patricia & Ken Black Diane Buxton Mary-Ellen Campbell Lisa & Danny Christgau Darlene Clay Wendy & Barry Cusick Miriam Davis Cheryl Dennett Mike & Ruth Dell’ara Pat Dunbar

Jill & Jim Eldridge Claire Ellis & Chuck Greenberg Tina & Jeremy Isenberg Bill & Gwen Jacobson Daphne & Rich Mejia Janet Nelson Linda & Kirk O’Day Nancy Puder Andria Richey & Joseph Dalton Judy & Jim Tarbell Jennifer Taylor Elly Vanderbosch Sally & Lee Welty Angela & William Young

We are deeply grateful to our many loyal Festival Members for their support. It is through the contributions of our members that we are able to continue to bring filmmakers and their stories to our community. Festival Members receive special insider opportunities and benefits, including: • Invitations to special events throughout the year • Early notification of film selections • Opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public • Priority Access (Producer & above) • Passes to All Films (Producer & above) Plus: All Members receive invitations to our Opening Night Party and Sneak Peek Screening, available exclusively to Festival Members and Sponsors. 12


Festival Members Presenting Mike & Mary Schuh

Starring Role

Greg & Teresa Young John Young & Salma Sarhan

Producer

Bill & Jean Dietrich Diana Coryat and Ashok Khosla Pamela & Tom Hudson Dr. Randy McBride Jerry & Sharon McMillan Joan & Jeff Stanford Jim & Judy Tarbell Jeff Cavins and Jennifer Young

Tracy Barrett & Claire Lachance Martha & Kevin Buck Hugh Dignon Julie Masterson Kenneth & Barbara Matheson Cheri Osborne Kris Reiber Mark & Deena Zarlin

Executive Producer

Cinematographer

Anonymous Luna Armstrong Linda & Fedele Bauccio Miguel Berkstrom Carin Berolzheimer & Mark Farver Giovanna-Marie DeSimone & David Goldfarb Daniel & Lisa Christgau John Cornacchia Christine Garvey Kathryn & Steven Fields Jeff Hansen John & Kathryn Hughes Paul & Nancy Kemp Dr. & Mrs. Richard Louis Miller Ellen Taliaferro Sylvia & Ann Walker

Director Peter & Lynn Chevalier Sallie & Tom Costello Barry & Wendy Cusick Meredythe & Clayton Daley Jim & Michelle Deering Pat Dunbar Claire Ellis & Chuck Greenberg Kate Garetz Roger Gilbert Jean & Otto Graham Lynda & Fred Grill Kaye Handley & William Patterson Fran & Larry Heit Jacquie Hoffman & Anya Maruscha Stacy Houdek Cathy & Jerry Karabensh Jim & Virginia Lyons Phil Maloney & Monica Steinisch Jim & Arlene Moorehead Gregory Randall & Toni Wilkes Mark & Maurine Solomonson Alison Teeman & Michael Yovino-Young

Barbara Barkovich Micky Becker & Pam Gaffney Terry & Catherine Booth Karen & Leonardo Bowers Harriet Bye & Silver Mangini Joe Dalton & Andria Richey Ayla & Jim Douglas Randy and Sheila Esson Douglas & Claire Fortier Deborah Fulmor Sharon & Marvin Galliani Frank & Maureen Gamma Bill & Sue Gibson Mary Glanville Tina & Jeremy Isenberg Nancy & Charles Jenkins Joan & Paul Katzeff Marni Kelleher Rod Kelleher Jason & Carol Kawase Kirkman Monty & Bobby LeBlanc Susan Larkin & Jim Ehlers Bruce & Kathryn Leaman Susan Mauro-Wagner Erika & Evan Mills Arthur Morley John Osborne Tom Pepper Jim Puskar & Ellie Rush Bronwyn & Robert Rhoades Arlene Reiss & Warren DeSmidt Christy & Pete Rose Dorothy Salant Jeffry & Karen Stubbs Sabine & Jim Swallow Virginia Taylor Susan Tubbesing & Sarah Nathe Norma Watkins & Les Cizek Sally & Lee Welty Nancy Wolkin Mary & Peter Zama

Production Assistant Steven Antler Sue Arnold Michael & Daphne Beard Barbara & John Birchard Donna Bonnefield Donn and Carole Chambers Darlene Clay Meg Courtney & Bob Bushansky Jason Cutrer Claudia Dheming Paula Doran Anne Eaton-Kemp Sandra & David Felthousen Pat Ferrero Robert Gardner Joy Gertler Terry Gross Doris Hammer Susan Howell Bill & Gwen Jacobson Linda & John Judd Deirdre Lamb Kay Lanier Jean Mann Carla Markmann Shelley Martin Judith Parker Matt & Paula Perelstein Pamela Rudd Ann Sacks Charlotte Saunders Larry Sawyer Fran Schwartz Susan Seymour Elinor Sheldon Bill & Vickie Sherman Carolyn Shirck Jed Steele Mendocino Steele Sidra Stone Jill Wallin Diana Wiedemann & Rebecca Johnson Orah Young Ann Zollinger

Donors Mina Cohen & Jeffrey Berenson James Culp Charles & Maureen Hochberg Chris & Buffy Maple Mike & Paula Pociecha Sue Siskin

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Letter from the Program Director: Claudia Puig on why fearless creativity is more crucial than ever These are difficult days for the artistic, environmentally conscious and open-minded among us. They are challenging times for those of certain ethnic groups, gender or sexual orientations. Consequently, fearless creativity is more crucial than ever. Cinematic storytellers help us understand each other and our world better. They help us embrace our commonalities and our uniqueness. I am convinced that film has the power not only to move, enlighten and entertain, but to shake us out of our comfort zones in the best possible way. Please join us this year at the Mendocino Film Festival as we celebrate art that broadens our minds, inspires us intellectually, touches us emotionally, and perhaps even moves us to act and make our world a better place.

Program Director Claudia Puig

As a lifelong cinephile, it’s a great pleasure and honor to curate the films for the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival. I’ve spent the last two decades writing about movies as a journalist, and nearly all of my life as an unabashed fan. When I was 10, my mother introduced me to one of my all-time favorites, To Kill a Mockingbird. I was instantly hooked. The principled Atticus Finch, as played by Gregory Peck, was a revelation. I was thoroughly immersed in the world of the ever-curious Scout and the wrongly accused Tom Robinson. A few years later, my parents took me to see Fellini’s Amarcord, Truffaut’s Small Change and De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. A broader world suddenly beckoned. In college I was drawn to politics, ethnography and non-fiction. Foreign films and documentaries have long held a sacred place in my cinematic affections. This year’s line-up of documentaries, independent American cinema and foreign films draws upon those early discoveries. Our diverse slate has an emphasis on Latin American films (reflecting my own family’s roots, along with California’s history). It also has a strong element of socio-political examination. Such films as the riveting documentary Dolores, about the pioneering Latina community activist Dolores Huerta, now 87, is at the nexus of those passions, as is Farewell Ferris Wheel, an ultratimely documentary that delves into the lives of Mexican seasonal workers.

Farewell Ferris Wheel

I have always felt strongly about learning from those older and wiser. Our films celebrate lives fully and well lived, such as that of Sonia Warshawski, the Holocaust survivor profiled in Big Sonia, and Ella Brennan, the consummate New Orleans restaurateur in Commanding the Table. Both women are 91 years young. In addition to honoring our elders, it is essential that we respect and protect our wondrous planet. Documentaries such as Poisoning Paradise and Seed powerfully emphasize that urgency. Music has always moved me in a profound way. The riveting documentary Rumble shines a light on American musical roots and honors Native American contributions. Give Me Future uses music as the backdrop to investigate massive cultural changes going on currently in Cuba. Strad Style examines the artistry and commitment involved in crafting a musical instrument.

I am Not Your Negro

Dolores

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Films like The Incredible Jessica James illuminate our changing contemporary values and inter-connectedness with incisive flair and wit. Honoring our global interconnectedness and diversity is a key facet of this year’s slate. A wide range of cultural and ethnic issues are explored in films that take place in many corners of the U.S., as well as 23 countries around the world, including Egypt, China, Mali, France, Argentina and Ireland. Racism is scrutinized in compelling films like I Am Not Your Negro, Tribal Justice and Tell Them We Are Rising. The best films transport us deep into the lives of other people, into their minds, their hearts, their souls. The best films prompt understanding and break down barriers, borders and walls. It’s a tall order, but the best goals are lofty ones. I am thrilled to share some of my favorite films with the Mendocino audience. I hope you will be transported, enlightened and motivated. Please share with us what you think after you watch them; lively conversations are one of the joys of film festivals. I wish you all a very joyous festival!

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SPOTLIGHT PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS Commanding the Table Opening Night Party and Chef Showcase for our Members and Sponsors

Children’s Program: Short Films, Big Adventures

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 5:00 PM—7:00 PM HILL HOUSE INN

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 10 AM—12 PM MATHESON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, MENDOCINO

Proudly Sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate Top chefs preparing small bites from locally-sourced ingredients. World-class wine, creative cocktails, craft spirits, and beer. Filmmakers and special guests from around the world. One amazing night, as we welcome our celebrities and special guests to experience Mendocino at its best. Celebrate another season of the Mendocino Film Festival at this exclusive Member and Sponsor event, proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate. See page 18 for details.

Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM CROWN HALL, MENDOCINO $20 (FILM AND LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FEATURING THE STEVEN BATES BAND)

$5 YOUTH, $10 ADULT Proudly Sponsored by Sean Leland State Farm Featuring the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, these whimsical stories will delight children of all ages. As part of our Children's Program, the Mendocino Film Festival is giving away a brand-new bicycle to one lucky young artist in our art raffle, sponsored by Sean Leland State Farm! Visit Sean Leland State Farm or the Mendocino Film Festival office to pick up an entry form and pages for your little animator to color. See page 35 for details.

Give Me Future SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM CROWN HALL, MENDOCINO $20 (FILM AND DANCE PARTY FEATURING DJ DRAGONFLY)

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Produced by Hugh Dignon and Rock The Ground Productions

Dance Party produced by Enchanted Forest Gathering

Watch this 2017 Sundance selection and learn about the largely unacknowledged Native American influence on American music, particularly rock and roll. Then stay and dance the night away to the roots-rock, high-energy, live performance of the Steven Bates Band. A Mendocino coast native, Steven Bates is widely acclaimed as a gifted songwriter, a superb vocalist, and an extraordinary guitar-hero. He has written numerous songs with an eye toward making audiences want to get up and dance, while leaving them feeling exhilarated, rejuvenated, and clamoring for more. See page 51 for details.

Motivated by a mission of peace through music and a dream of “making the world smaller by making the party bigger,” revel in this feel-good documentary filmed in Havana, Cuba. Then join in the after-party dance with DJ Dragonfly, who shines a spotlight on the electronic dance scene’s urban/indigenous vibe with his simple mission statement of: Come! Find and lose yourself in the sonic maelstrom of positive pulsations, community goodness and deep whomp. See you on the dance floor. See page 41 for details.

Reel Mendo SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 5:30 PM FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Proudly sponsored by The Leonard Moore Cooperative Join us as we conclude another wonderful year and celebrate our homegrown talent with Reel Mendo, a showcase of Mendocino filmmakers. See page 29 for details.

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Commanding the Table

O P E N I N G N I G H T C E L E B R AT I O N A N D C H E F S H O W C A S E

Friday, June 2, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Hill House Inn, Mendocino Exclusive Mendocino Film Festival Member and Sponsor Event

Welcome to the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival. This year, the Festival will kick off with our exclusive Opening Night Celebration at the picturesque and historic Hill House Inn on Friday, June 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This year’s Opening Night Party takes its inspiration from the film Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace, one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved restaurants in the country, with a party like never before. Greeted upon arrival with a glass of Roederer Estate sparkling wine, the celebration features inspired cuisine from the best chefs of Mendocino County, cocktails crafted by local mixologists featuring Tito’s handmade vodka, iconic beers from North Coast Brewing Company, desserts from A Sweet Affair and Costeaux French Bakery, and a great selection of wines from Mendocino County. We honor your participation this year with a perfect start to three days of film, conversation, and entertainment—altogether an unforgettable night. This year, we will expand the party into a New Orleans-inspired courtyard with live New Orleans style jazz by the Dixie Devils and some of our famous mobile gourmet kitchens, featuring a wood-fired pizza oven from The Flying Saucy, Tsunami Nachos, and our uber-hip retro Tow-Ster Trailer Portable Bar, where you can enjoy sipping locally distilled whiskey.

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2017 FILMS 1. Big Sonia, p 31 2. Bobby Sands: 66 Days, p 31 3. Brillo Box (3¢ Off), p 33 4. Bugs, p 33 5. Children’s Program: Short Films, Big Adventures, p 35 6. Clash, p 35 22

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7. Delinquent, p 35 8. Dolores, p 37 9. Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table, p 37 10. Farewell Ferris Wheel, p 37 11. Finding Kukan, p 39 12. The Force, p 39 13. The Future Perfect, p 39 14. Give Me Future, p 41 15. God Knows Where I Am, p 41 16. The Groove Is Not Trivial, p 41

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17. The House on Coco Road, p 43 18. I Am Not Your Negro, p 43 19. The Incredible Jessica James, p 43 20. Just Like in the Movies, p 45 21. Kedi, p 45 22. Land of Mine, p 45 23. The Last Laugh, p 47 24. Latest News from the Cosmos, p 47 25. Mali Blues, p 47 26. Menashe, p 49

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27. Obit, p 49 28. The Other Kids, p 49 29. Poisoning Paradise, p 51 30. Reel Mendo, p 51 31. The Reinvention of Normal, p 33 32. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, p 51 33. SEED: The Untold Story, p 53 34. Short Films Program: The Best-Laid Plans, p 53 35. Strad Style, p 53 36. Tell Them We Are Rising, p 55

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SHORT FILMS PROGRAM: T H E B E S T- L A I D P L A N S Special Members Screening Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Festival Tent Multiple Screening Times Friday, June 2, 5:30 pm, Festival Tent Saturday, June 3, 10:15 am, Coast Cinemas Sunday, June 4, 3:00 pm, Festival Tent (Q&A with filmmakers after screenings) $11 in advance, $12 at the door Proudly sponsored by Fowler Subaru.

The Good Mother

Life doesn’t always go as planned. From the surprising to the serendipitous, a variety of sometimes serious, sometimes comical developments throw a wrench in the works for our protagonists, who find themselves forced to improvise solutions for problems ranging from impossible birthday requests to Sisyphean treks to dead-end jobs. The heroes and anti-heroes of our Short Films Program may not always succeed, but they’ll make you laugh and win your hearts all the same. This year’s program, curated by Ann Walker and Kira Wojack, features three 2017 Academy Award Nominees, one Academy Award Winner, a U.S. Premiere, and a California Premiere. 78 min.

The Good Mother

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Pearl

Directed by Sarah Clift

Directed by Juanjo Gimenez

Directed by Patrick Osborne

In spite of her political convictions, a Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey to fulfill her son’s birthday request—a Donald Trump piñata. Mexico/UK. 6 min. Best International Short Film, Kinsale Shark Awards; Official Selection, London Short Film Festival.

Luna and Diego are security guards for a parking garage. Luna works by day, and Diego has the night shift. Spain. 15 min. 2017 Academy Award® Nominee, Best Live Action Short Film; Palme d’Or, Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival.

Ascension

Aftermath

Following a girl and her father as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams, Pearl is a story about the gifts we hand down and the love they carry. USA. 6 min. 2017 Academy Award® Nominee, Best Animated Short Film; Official Selection, Tribeca International Film Festival.

Directed by Florian Vecchione, Caroline Domergue, Martin de Coudenhove, Colin Laubry, and Thomas Bourdis

Directed by Ralf Beyerle

In the early 20th century, two devoutly religious climbers carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary ascend a steep and rugged mountain, hoping to reach the summit. France. 7 min. Official Selection, Annecy International Animation Film Festival; Best Short Film, Angoulême Film Festival.

High Chaparral Directed by David Freid A theme park dedicated to America’s mythic Wild West in wintery Sweden opens its doors to Syrian refugees. Though they do not fully understand the park’s cowboy focus —or the concept of snow, for that matter —the Syrians have embraced their strange surroundings, adapting to their unique new home, in this astonishing and charming true story. USA/Sweden. 9 min. Audience Award, Palm Springs International ShortFest; Official Selection, DOC NYC.

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When you wake up in a strange bed the morning after a party, it's often the little details that raise the biggest questions. Germany. 10 min. Official Selection, Edinburgh Short Film Festival; Official Selection, Los Angeles CineFest.

Jakkals 13 Directed by Ari Kruger After a sniper’s high-stakes mission is compromised, he must rely on his selfcentered housemate to see him through. South Africa. 9 min. Official Selection, Shnit International Short Film Festival; U.S. Premiere.

A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk into a Bar Directed by Matthew Saville

1+1 Directed by Rubén Pacheco A mathematician working on his thesis at a cafe is distracted when a beautiful young woman begins distributing flyers outside. After they make eye contact, he returns to his calculations, this time to figure out the probabilities of a successful relationship—that is, if he can work up the nerve to talk to her. Spain. 7 min. California Premiere.

Piper Directed by Alan Barillaro This adorable Pixar film follows a hungry sandpiper hatchling who must leave her nest to dig for the food buried under the sand by the shoreline. The only problem? First, she has to overcome her fear of the ocean. USA. 6 min. 2017 Academy Award® Winner, Best Animated Short Film.

A man tries to tell a joke to his colleagues. Complications ensue. Australia. 3 min. Official Selection, Adelaide Film Festival. MendocinoFilmFestival.org


REEL MENDO Sunday, June 4, 5:30 pm, Festival Tent (Q&A with filmmakers after screening) $11 in advance, $12 at the door Join us as we conclude the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival with a showcase of our finest local filmmakers. Enjoy a taste of Mendocino’s homegrown talent with this sampling of the latest projects from our artistic and creative community. Following the program, stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers. Proudly sponsored by Leonard Moore Cooperative. 62 min. No Reception

Dear Death Directed by Kate Isenberg Stewball, a bipedal horse, sees Death following him everywhere: in his dreams, on his commute, even at work. Pushed to his limit, Stewball writes a letter to Death demanding to know why. Death replies with an invitation, and Stewball must decide whether to accept. 7 min. Best of Show, UCLA Animation Festival. Dear Death

Through Jasmine’s Eyes Directed by Carmen Goodyear and Laurie York Take a trip through a lush garden with Jasmine, a sleek tabby cat, as she explores. Watch the world through her eyes and revel in the sights and sounds of a beautiful day. 3 min. World Premiere.

Gaze Directed by Tiarra Rogers Through Jasmine's Eyes

A young woman suffering from social anxiety encounters the predatory male gaze. Discomfited, she reflects on how that gaze affects her sense of personhood and identity. 5 min. World Premiere.

Women’s March: A Story of Democracy and Human Rights Directed by Mischa Hedges On Saturday, January 21, hundreds of thousands of women and their allies marched on Washington, and hundreds of marches took place in solidarity across America and around the world, bringing millions together for a common cause. 29 min. Women's March

No Reception Directed by Justin Lewis Adventure is the name of the game as we travel from coast to countryside to coast again in this upbeat and exhilarating celebration of the great outdoors. 3 min.

Crabs! Directed by Pierce Berolzheimer Crabs!

Radioactive crabs. Small-town secrets. Prom. What could go wrong? This exclusive sneak preview clip of filmmaker Pierce Berolzheimer’s upcoming feature will have you on the edge of your seat, as a horde of murderous mutant horseshoe crabs descends on Mendocino. 15 min. Sneak Preview.

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Big Sonia

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Each year, The Mendocino Film Festival invites you, our discerning audience, to determine the Audience Choice Award recipient.

Directed by Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski

Directed by Brendan Byrne

(Q&A with Sonia Warshawski and filmmakers after the screening)

Country of Origin: Ireland / UK

Distinctions: Best Documentary, Napa Valley Film Festival

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 10:00 AM, MATHESON

Cast Your Vote! The award will be given to the highest-rated feature-length documentary or narrative film. Be sure to fill out the special ballots distributed at each screening. The winner will be announced on our website. Made possible by the generous support of North Coast Brewing Company.

Country of Origin: USA FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 8:00 PM, MATHESON SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00 AM, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

“Between her exuberant spoonerisms (“bog-mindling”) and her appreciative comments on beauty wherever she finds it, Sonia acknowledges her emotional damage as well as her refusal to be bowed by it.” — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter A “diva” known for wearing leopard print and high heels, Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski (90), serves as a bridge between cultures and generations while continuing to run her late husband’s tailor shop in Kansas City. She miraculously survived concentration camps, death camps, and being shot in the chest accidentally on Liberation Day, but now she faces a new challenge: the mall where she works at her shop is about to close its doors, and the risk of forced retirement looms on the horizon. What will happen to her now? Will this struggle finally best the indefatigable Sonia? 93 min.

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Distinctions: Official Selection, HotDocs

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“I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul.” With these words, Bobby Sands began his hunger strike on March 1, 1981. Sands’s act of bravery brought Ireland to a standstill, as the outside world watched an intense battle unfold between an unseen prisoner and the might of the British Government. Sands would die on May 5, 1981, aged 27. Parliaments around the world stopped for a minute's silence in his honor. Sands’s own words form the heart of Bobby Sands: 66 Days. His many poems, letters and ‘comms,’ all penned in prison, and in particular, his personal diary which he kept for the first 17 days of his hunger strike, provide an invaluable window into his beliefs, feelings, and aspirations. They serve to place his voice at the centre of the film and take us inside his head, the place where Sands eventually found freedom. 105 min.

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Bugs

Directed by Lisanne Skyler

The Reinvention of Normal

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Directed by Liam Saint-Pierre

Distinctions: Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest; Official Selection, New York Film Festival; Shortlisted for an Academy Award, Best Documentary Short

Distinctions: Best Documentary, Berlin Short Film Festival; Vimeo Staff Picks Best Documentary Runner-Up

Distinctions: Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival; California Premiere

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: UK

Country of Origin: Denmark / Netherlands / France / Germany

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“Deftly weaves together her parents' story as young collectors with the life of Warhol, whose popularity rose and fell precipitously before booming posthumously in the past 20 years.” — Andrew Travers, The Aspen Times

Directed by Andreas Johnson

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'Go straight off the wall' said his dad, and Dominic Wilcox, an artist/inventor/designer, does just that, transforming the mundane and ordinary into something surprising, wondrous, and strangely thought-provoking. 8 min.

From the supermarket to the art market, with a stop in one family’s living room. In 1969, Skyler’s parents bought an Andy Warhol Brillo Box for $1,000. An exact replica of the popular Brillo soap pad product package, Warhol’s Brillo Boxes were at first dismissed by the art world. Forty years later, in 2010, the same sculpture sold for over $3,000,000 at a record-breaking Christie’s auction. Brillo Box (3¢ Off) blends personal narrative with Pop Art history, exploring the ephemeral nature of art and value as it follows an Andy Warhol sculpture from one family’s house to the contemporary global art market. An HBO Documentary Film. 40 min.

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“You’ll learn as you writhe along.” — Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star Will eating insects save our Earth? “Insects as food” is a hot topic, particularly over the last few years. Since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, bugs have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists, and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all the problems of global food security. For the past three years, a team from Copenhagenbased Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. 73 min.

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Children’s Program: Short Films, Big Adventures

Clash

Delinquent

Directed by Mohamed Diab

Directed by Kieran Valla

Distinctions: Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection, London Film Festival; Best Film, Kerala International Film Festival

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Directed by multiple filmmakers Country of Origin: Various Recommended ages 3 to 7 SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00 AM, MATHESON $5 CHILDREN UNDER 12, $10 ADULT

Featuring the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, these whimsical stories will delight children of all ages. Baking a cake should be easier with eight arms—but that’s only if the arms agree on what cake to make (Octopus). In One Two Tree, a tree borrows a pair of boots and goes for a walk. Jane Goodall’s sense of adventure all started with a toy chimpanzee (Me … Jane). Tiny Tunes: Food presents a pocket-sized poem about our favorite subject. A grey lynx doesn’t fit into a colorful world in Looks. Opinionated six-year-old Fidel doesn’t understand the changes happening in his family in Memories of the Sea. A bored little girl at the zoo notices a big gorilla … and he notices her (Zoo Story). A hungry fox and a plump goose cross paths in That Is Not a Good Idea. A clean, organized, well-mannered guest visits in Perfect Houseguest. Even An Object at Rest encounters lots of obstacles over the course of a millennium. A man’s home is his castle … But not for long in The Visitors. A curious girl causes problems when she wants to add some color into her predictable, organized world in The Girl Who Spoke Cat. 57 min.

Country of Origin: Egypt / France

Distinctions: Best Actress and Actor, Boston Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Brooklyn Film Festival; Official Selection, Austin Film Festival Country of Origin: USA

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 3:00 PM, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

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“A ferociously well-made film right through to the bitter end.” —Benjamin Lee, The Guardian Just one year after the election, the Egyptian military ousts President Mohamed Morsi. In this riveting drama, pro-army supporters, Muslim Brotherhood members, and innocent bystanders find themselves thrown together in uncomfortably close quarters when they are all detained in the same police van during the ensuing chaos. In spite of their differences, they must find a way to work together if they are to have any hope of surviving a rapidly deteriorating situation. Set immediately following the 2013 coup d’etat and taking place entirely within the confines of the police van, Clash offers a claustrophobic and tense portrait of a society in conflict. In Arabic with English subtitles. 97 min.

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The principal is itching to kick troubled teenager Joey out of high school, and Joey can't wait to get out. All Joey wants is to work for his father, a logger in rural Connecticut by day and the leader of a gang of small-time thieves by night, so when Joey's father asks him to fill in as lookout, Joey is thrilled—until a routine robbery goes very, very wrong. Caught between loyalties to family and to a childhood friend in mourning, Joey has to deal with paranoid accomplices, a criminal investigation, and his own guilt. He finds himself faced with difficult questions: What kind of man does he want to be, and what does he owe to the people he loves? 97 min.

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Dolores

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

Farewell Ferris Wheel

Directed by Peter Bratt Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

Directed by Leslie Iwerks

Directed by Jamie Sisley and Miguel “M.i.G.” Martinez

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Country of Origin: USA

Distinctions: Official Selection, Mill Valley Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival

Distinctions: Official Selection, Big Sky Film Festival; Official Selection, AFI Docs; Official Selection, Denver Film Festival

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“Bratt’s fast-paced chronology charts Huerta’s rapid rise to positions then unprecedented for a Latina.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety Dolores sheds light on an enigmatic, intensely private woman who is among the most important activists in American history. With unprecedented access to both Dolores Huerta and her children, the film reveals the raw, personal stories behind the public figure. The film follows Dolores's fascinating trajectory, from fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by San Francisco police. Overshadowed by the legacy of Cesar Chavez after his death, Dolores learns the painful truth—that her gender is the greatest obstacle of all. This realization sets the course for a lifetime pursuit of equality for all. Features interviews with Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, and Luis Valdez. 95 min. Preceded by: PAINTBRUSH HARVEST Directed by Katherine Roselli Renowned Ashland artist Betty LaDuke's work honors farmworkers as they plow, prune, weed, and harvest our food. 10 min

Country of Origin: USA / Mexico

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“Food is entertainment to be sure, but for Brennan, sharing a table, even with hundreds of people a night, is powerfully connected to home and family.” —Mark Taylor, KQED

“Visually glorious. Imparts majesty to the sacrifices and struggles behind keeping this show on the road.” — Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

Ella Brennan is a household name in the restaurant industry, known as the matriarch of the Brennan family of New Orleans and the force behind first Brennan's and then Commander's Palace. A pioneer of the modern American food movement, she pushed her chefs to the forefront, helping to launch the celebrity chef phenomenon. She revolutionized creole cuisine, creating elaborate New Orleans breakfasts and jazz brunches. When Ella Brennan was a teenager in 1940s New Orleans, the city’s food and drink business was in its infancy, generating less than a million dollars a year. Today, it has grown into a billion-dollar industry for the city, and many credit the Brennans (under Ella’s leadership) for shining a spotlight on Creole cuisine and forever changing how Americans eat and drink. This is the intimate and triumphant story of a groundbreaking woman. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. 96 min.

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The carnival is an enduring staple of the American experience. However, the need for reliable labor has prompted carnivals and the seafood, timber, hotel, and landscaping industries to look for workers abroad. Today, most carnival workers are Mexican citizens who travel north legally for the carnival season. Shot over the course of six years, Farewell Ferris Wheel explores how the carnival industry fights to keep itself alive by employing Mexican migrant workers through the controversial H-2B guestworker visa. While H-2B labor helps industries to stay afloat, complaints of abuse have caused opponents to view it as a form of slavery. Pairing stunningly beautiful visuals of carnivals with an unflinching look at the realities of the job—low wages, long hours, and a lack of workplace protections—Farewell Ferris Wheel explores the crossroads between economic need and human rights. 70 min.

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Finding Kukan

The Force

The Future Perfect

Directed by Robin Lung

Directed by Peter Nicks

Directed by Nele Wohlatz

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Distinctions: Special Jury Award (Best Documentary), Hawaii International Film Festival; Official Selection, CAAMFest; Official Selection, DOC NYC

Distinctions: Best Director (U.S. Documentary), Sundance Film Festival

Distinctions: New Auteurs Grand Jury Award, AFI Fest; Best First Feature, Locarno International Film Festival

Country of Origin: USA SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 3:00 PM, CROWN HALL

Country of Origin: USA SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 10:30 AM, COAST CINEMAS

An Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades. An uncredited female producer from the early days of Hollywood. The mystery behind their disappearance from history. In the 1930s, China risked collapse under the onslaught of Japan’s military juggernaut. Chinese-American firebrand Li Ling-Ai decided to jolt Americans into action with a new medium: 16mm Kodachrome color film. She hired photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital. Their landmark film Kukan screened for President Roosevelt at the White House and received one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of Kukan disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung turns detective to uncover this forgotten story. 75 min.

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“With more calls for diversity in film and television than ever before, Finding Kukan and the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai remind us all how far we’ve come and how much work we’ve yet to do.” — Tara Martinez, Talk Nerdy With Us

Country of Origin: Argentina

“The Force shows what’s possible when police departments try to be the force of good they’re designed to be—but this documentary is also clear-eyed about how often they fall short.” —Tim Grierson, Screen Daily The Force presents a cinéma vérité look at the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising post-Ferguson, and an explosive scandal. Despite growing public distrust, the OPD is garnering national attention as a model of police reform. But just as the department is on the verge of a breakthrough, the man charged with turning the department around faces the greatest challenge of his career, one that could threaten not only the progress that has been made, but the very authority of the institution itself. 93 min.

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“A Chinese immigrant in Argentina shifts from present to future perfect in both language and outlook in this charming, humorous debut.” —Jay Weissberg, Variety When Xiaobin arrives in Buenos Aires, she is unable to speak a word of Spanish. Just days later, she has a new name and a job at a Chinese supermarket. Her family, however, keeps to their laundromat, isolated from other Argentinians. Xiaobin is determined to overcome the language barrier and secretly joins a language school. After the lesson on ‘Setting up an appointment’ she arranges a date, beginning a clandestine relationship with Vijay. After practicing the conditional, the tense of the hypothetical, Xiaobin’s imagination takes flight and she starts to think about her future. As she begins to master the language, it offers Xiaobin a new way to articulate her hopes, dreams and fears. Meanwhile, her Chinese classmates become a Greek Chorus, commenting on developments as they transpire. In Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles. 65 min.

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Give Me Future

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God Knows Where I Am

The Groove Is Not Trivial

Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival; California Premiere

Directed by Todd and Jedd Wider

Directed by Tommie Dell Smith

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(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Country of Origin: USA / Cuba

Distinctions: Special Jury Prize, HotDocs; Best of Fest, IDFA; Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Distinctions: Audience Favorite, Mill Valley Film Festival; Official Selection, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: USA

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“At its heart, a quiet elegy for a woman who needn't have died so soon, or so alone.” — John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“A good tune is hard to keep down.” — Alasdair Fraser

Directed by Austin Peters

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“Downright hilarious. But it’s phenomenally beautiful as well. Diplo beat the Rolling Stones at their own game.” — Tasha Robinson, The Verge “That rarest of creations: the feel-good documentary.” — Alonso Duralde, The Wrap 2015 was a landmark year for electronic dancehall superband Major Lazer. After topping the charts with their international hit single “Lean On,” the band went on tour, mounting elaborate shows not only in traditional destinations, but also in more challenging locations. Fueled by a dream of “making the world smaller by making the party bigger” and their mission of peace through music, the group decided to offer a free concert in the unlikeliest of venues—downtown Havana, Cuba, where no American band at the height of their fame had previously been allowed to perform. In what began as a concert film intended to document this groundbreaking event, director Austin Peters turns the camera on a burgeoning youth movement, fusing exhilarating performance footage with authentic stories of cultural and political shifts in a country on the precipice of change. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. 88 min.

Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother, suffered from severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, was intermittently incarcerated and homeless, and was later committed for three years to a state psychiatric facility. Successfully fighting her sister’s attempts to be named her legal guardian, Linda refused treatment and medication and eventually procured an early, unconditional release, despite a lack of post-release planning. Upon her release, she wandered ten miles down the road from the hospital, broke into an abandoned farmhouse, and lived on rainwater and apples picked from a nearby orchard for the next four months … in one of the coldest winters on record. Unable to leave the house, she became its prisoner and remained there, eventually starving to death. Her body was discovered several months later—and with it, a poignant, beautiful, funny, and spiritual diary in which Linda documented her journey. 103 min.

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Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser is at the epicenter of a movement that is giving a voice to the community through the shared love of music. The Groove Is Not Trivial follows Fraser on a search for selfexpression, a quest that has led him to his Scottish musical roots. There, he finds a groove that runs through his performances with cellist Natalie Haas and his teaching at his wildly popular, freewheeling fiddle camps around the world. At these gatherings for musicians of all ages and abilities, ‘the groove’ connects his pupils with the past and sparks possibilities for the future. A subversive empowerment occurs, as people reclaim cultural roots in danger of being lost. The irrepressible Fraser proves that the groove in traditional music transcends toe-tapping fun—it can be a source of personal and political liberation. 60 min.

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The House on Coco Road

I Am Not Your Negro

The Incredible Jessica James

Directed by Damani Baker

Directed by Raoul Peck

(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Directed by James C. Strouse

Distinctions: Oscar Nominee, Best Documentary Feature; Panorama Audience Award, Best Documentary Film, Berlin International Film Festival

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Distinctions: Best Film, Bahamas International Film Festival; Official Selection, LA Film Festival; Official Selection, DOC NYC

Distinctions: Closing Night Film, Sundance Film Festival

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: France / USA

Country of Origin: USA

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“A fascinating and under-reported chapter in the never-ending struggle for justice on behalf of black men and women worldwide, as well as a scalding appraisal of Reagan-era racial attitudes at home and abroad.” — Justin Chang , LA Times

“Searing and utterly necessary. Baldwin's words, Jackson's reading and Peck's elegant and scorching composition will resonate for years to come.” — Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

“Jessica Williams and co-star Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) bounce off each other with a sparky, sarcastic chemistry.” — Sara Stewart, New York Post

The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California to participate in the Grenada Revolution, only to find her family in harm’s way during the U.S. military invasion. Driven by his personal connection to the story, the filmmaker embarks on a search for historical and emotional truth, and, in the process, will confirm his mother’s place in American history. Features famed activists Fannie Haughton (mother of filmmaker Damani Baker) and Angela Davis. 79 min.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he had completed only thirty pages. In his incendiary new documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Ultimately, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. 105 min.

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Jessica James (Jessica Williams, of The Daily Show fame), a young, aspiring playwright in New York City, is struggling to get over a recent breakup while trying to make it in the competitive world of the theater. Reluctantly forced to date by a well-meaning friend, she meets the recently divorced Boone (Chris O’Dowd). An unlikely duo at first, together they discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media-obsessed postrelationship universe, while realizing they like each other­—a lot. Featuring a breakout performance from Jessica Williams, The Incredible Jessica James is a refreshing and heartfelt modern comedy with an honest, hilarious, and shockingly relatable look at what it means to be a twenty-something today. The film is written and directed by Jim Strouse and also stars Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells. 85 min.

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Just Like in the Movies

Kedi

Land of Mine

Directed by Gonzalo Ladines

Directed by Ceyda Torun

Directed by Martin Pieter Zandvliet

Distinctions: Official Selection, Madrid International Film Festival; Official Selection, Houston Comedy Film Festival

Distinctions: Official Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Distinctions: Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film; Audience Award, AFI Fest

Country of Origin: Peru

Country of Origin: Turkey / USA

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After finding out that his girlfriend cheated on him in his own Star Wars bed sheets, Nico decides to reunite with his first love: the cinema. To accomplish this mission, he brings his old university friends together in an attempt to make a low-budget short film. In the process, they find themselves enmeshed in absurd situations that range from reality to fiction, prompting them to question their friendship and where their lives are headed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 95 min.

“The ‘Citizen Kane’ of the [cat video] genre.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years, they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so vibrant. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame—and they bring joy and purpose to the people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in unique and unparalleled ways. Kedi offers an endearing (and unflinching) portrait of several of these cats while simultaneously presenting a cat’s-eye view of the beautiful city of Istanbul. In Turkish with English subtitles. 80 min.

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Country of Origin: Denmark / Germany SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 10:00 AM, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

“A tight and suspenseful film.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times Based on extraordinary true events, this nailbitingly tense thriller centers on a group of young German prisoners of war in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II and examines both the repercussions of retribution and the value of forgiveness. In the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany, these captured German soldiers are put to work by their Allied captors. With minimal training, they embark on the dangerous task of locating, disarming and removing hidden German mines that still litter the beaches along Denmark’s west coast, operating under the supervision of a self-righteous and embittered Danish sergeant, Rasmussen. Resentful of the Germans for their five-year occupation of his country, he ruthlessly marches his squad out each day. Yet even Rasmussen grows more and more conflicted in his feelings toward his young charges. In Danish, German, and English with English subtitles. 101 min.

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The Last Laugh

Latest News from the Cosmos

Mali Blues

Directed by Julie Bertuccelli

Distinctions: Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, Raindance International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival

Directed by Ferne Perelstein Distinctions: Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival, HotDocs Country of Origin: USA SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30 PM, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

“Comics are the conscience of the people, and they’re allowed a large berth in any direction … even if it’s in bad taste.” —Mel Brooks Can we make jokes about the Holocaust? Outrageously funny and thought-provoking, The Last Laugh explores comedy's ultimate taboo with legends Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, Louis CK, Chris Rock, and many others, as well as with Holocaust survivors themselves. Through interviews and clips from standup comedy, TV shows, and movies, The Last Laugh offers insights into the Holocaust and what else is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. In the process, The Last Laugh disproves the idea that there is nothing left to say about the Holocaust. Star-studded, provocative, and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of tragic events. 88 min.

Distinctions: Audience Award, Montreal Documentary Film Festival; Best Documentary Nominee, César Awards; California Premiere

Directed by Lutz Gregor

Country of Origin: Germany / Mali

Country of Origin: France FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30 PM, MATHESON SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 10:15 AM, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

“The taste for adventure mysteriously censors itself.” —Hélène Nicolas For most of her life, autistic and nonverbal Hélène could not communicate. And then suddenly—despite having had no formal schooling—she did. By arranging laminated alphabet letters, Hélène created words, then phrases, and finally a book, one letter at a time. Under the pen-name Babouillec Sp (the letters stand for sans parole or "non-verbal"), this severely autistic woman writes poetry that can be soaring and childlike, surreal and funny, dense with allusions, and filled with insight. Latest News from the Cosmos draws us into Hélène's world as her parents help her adapt a play based on her latest work, Eponymous Algorithm. In this portrait of a writer unlike any other, director Julie Bertuccelli prompts us to contemplate the nature of creativity and communication and the hidden potential in people of all abilities. In French with English subtitles. 89 min.

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“We artists, we musicians … We’re people who need music.” —Fatoumata Diawara Mali Blues illustrates Mali’s rich musical culture. Alongside Fatoumata Diawara—the young shooting star of the global pop scene— we travel through breathtaking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart. Diawara symbolizes a young and capable generation of African women: energetic, strong-minded, confident, and politically engaged. In defiance of the religious militants battling for control of the country, Diawara decides to arrange a “Mali All-Star Orchestra” to play a concert in Timbuktu, striving to unify artists throughout Mali who want to defend their right to enjoy and perform music. These artists hail from different parts of the country, belong to different ethnic groups, and represent different musical styles and traditions, but they all have one goal: Protecting Mali’s unique musical and cultural heritage. In French with English subtitles. 90 min.

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DOCUMENTARY

NARRATIVE

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This program is made possible by the generosity of Mendocino Travelers Guide.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Stanford Inn by the Sea.

Menashe

Obit

The Other Kids

Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein

Directed by Vanessa Gould

Directed by Chris Brown

Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival; California Premiere

(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Country of Origin: USA

Distinctions: Official Selection, New Zealand International Film Festival, HotDocs, AFI Docs

Distinctions: Best Narrative Feature, New Orleans Film Festival; Grand Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature, Florida Film Festival

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Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: USA

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“The Times is becoming the last place in American journalism where acknowledgements of worthy lives and newsworthy lives can be acknowledged.” —Bruce Weber

“So honest and natural that it's difficult to guess where life ends and filmmaking begins.” — Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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“Immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story of a single father struggling to hold on to the son he loves.” —David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter Deep in the heart of Brooklyn’s ultraorthodox Hasidic Jewish community, widower Menashe, a kind, hapless grocery store clerk, struggles to make ends meet and take care of his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Hasidic tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son in a one-parent home, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s Menashe’s last chance to prove himself a man of faith and fatherhood and restore respect among those who doubt his suitability as a parent. In Yiddish with English subtitles. 82 min.

Documentary storytelling in print. First drafts of contemporary history. Neatly framed vignettes of worlds that will vanish along with their notable stars. Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times introduces three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory—each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits feature some of the best writing in journalism.

High school just got real. A raw, intimate look at the struggles of six teens on the verge of high school graduation in the small, gold rush town of Sonora, California, The Other Kids is a bold and original hybrid of fiction and non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping and personal stories. Impending graduation into adulthood brings each of these 17-year-olds to the edge of an emotional precipice. When safety nets prove illusory, it’s up to them to find a way to save themselves—and each other. 95 min.

Obit offers insight into the lives of these legendary obit writers as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history. In doing so, the film raises essential questions: What survives death? What do we choose to remember? 93 min.

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SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM

SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mendocino Solar Service.

This program is made possible by the generosity of The Leonard Moore Cooperative.

This program is made possible by the generosity of KOZT, The Coast.

Poisoning Paradise

Reel Mendo

Directed by Keely Brosnan and Teresa Tico

Featuring Multiple Local Directors

(Q&A with Keely and Pierce Brosnan after screening)

(Q&A with filmmakers after the screening)

Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World

Distinctions: Official Selection, Hawaii International Film Festival

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 5:30 PM, FESTIVAL TENT

Country of Origin: USA SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30 PM, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Hawaii, where local activists are fighting political corruption, corporate bullying, and systematic concealment by the agrichemical industry, becoming champions of a grassroots movement in the process. In this island paradise in peril, where native communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides, activists battle to advance bold new legislation to protect the fate of their island home.

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Enjoy this film tour of Mendocino, highlighting works from our homegrown talent, as we travel through time, space, and the unique place we call home with a collection of short films from our most promising local directors. Features a variety of genres, from animation to adventure to drama to documentary. 62 min. See page 29 for details.

Interviews with residents, scientists, and healthcare professionals reveal the hardships and ecological dangers of pesticide applications and the environmental injustice thrust upon people living in one of the most beautiful, biologically unique, and diverse locations on earth. Kauai’s plight is more than a local issue. Similar debates are raging around the world about the future of food, as communities grapple with pesticides and explore sustainable farming practices. 60 min.

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Directed by Catherine Bainbridge Co-Directed by Alfonso Maiorana Distinctions: Special Jury Prize (World Documentary), Sundance Film Festival; Best Music Documentary, Boulder International Film Festival Country of Origin: Canada FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 8:00 PM, CROWN HALL $20 (FILM AND LIVE MUSIC)

“Astoundingly rich and resonant music documentary. American popular music—and the history of rock and roll itself—wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of Native American performers. A reminder that indigenous peoples' voices and music cannot be silenced or ignored.” — Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter Rumble tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: its Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy SainteMarie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, Rumble shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Also features Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Iggy Pop, Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), and many others. 103 min.

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DOCUMENTARY

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SEED: The Untold Story

Short Films Program: The Best-Laid Plans

Strad Style

Directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

Directed by multiple filmmakers

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Distinctions: Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, San Diego International Film Festival

(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Distinctions: Audience Award and Jury Award (Best Documentary Feature), Slamdance

Country of Origin: USA

Distinctions: 3 Oscar Nominations, 1 Academy Award, 1 US Premiere, 1 California Premiere

“A wonder of photography, animation, and sound, and it's a testament to its editors that the many interviews with activists and scientists are compelling and informative, sometimes even poetic.” — Daphne Howland, The Village Voice Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. In the last century, however, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows the passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. Meanwhile, biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, forcing farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers to fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes revive a culture connected to seeds as they rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel. In English, Hindi, and Spanish with English subtitles. 94 min.

Country of Origin: USA / Italy / Netherlands

Country of Origin: Various

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Directed by Stefan Avalos

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Ann Walker and Kira Wojack return to curate another award-winning Short Films Program, this time with a twist: nothing goes as planned for our heroes (or anti-heroes, as the case may be). From the surprising to the serendipitous, these sometimes serious, sometimes comical developments throw a wrench in the works, but all of these short films will have you cheering on our protagonists as they struggle to adapt to unexpected turns of events and the ensuing complications—which are often of their own making. This hilarious and heartwarming program features three 2017 Academy Award nominees and one Academy Award winner. 78 min. See page 28 for details.

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“Manages to deliver not only a successful underdog tale but a compelling character piece as well.” —Adam Patterson, Film Pulse Strad Style follows an amateur Stradivarius aficionado who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to recreate the world’s most famous violin. Through the magic of social media, a backwoods dreamer living in rural Ohio who has an obsession for ‘Stradivari’ and all things violin, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of the most famous and valuable violin in the world. Fighting time, poverty, and—most of all— himself, Danny Houck puts everything on the line for one shot at glory. The only problem? In spite of his confidence that he “could be a famous violin maker, if [he] had the energy and drive to do it,” Houck might not actually be up to the task … 105 min.

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CALIFORNIA PREMIERE: DOCUMENTARY

PAT'S PICK: DOCUMENTARY

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Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Tribal Justice

Unrest

Directed by Anne Makepeace

Directed by Jennifer Brea

(Q&A with filmmaker and Abby Abinanti after screening)

California Premiere: Documentary

Distinctions: Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Official Selection, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Distinctions: Special Jury Award (Documentary Editing), Sundance Film Festival; California Premiere

Directed by Stanley Nelson Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival; California Premiere Country of Origin: USA FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30 PM, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

“Reveals the crucial role of HBCUs not only in the identity of black Americans but in the nation as a whole. Amid setbacks and challenges, the cultural heritage that began with contraband schools is still thriving, still urgent.” —Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) spans 170 years of American history. This film and multi-platform project by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the pivotal role HBCUs have played in the ascent of AfricanAmericans and their families, from slavery to the present day. The film also examines the impact HBCUs have had—and continue to have—on American history, culture, and national identity. 85 min.

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: UK / USA FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30 PM, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

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“Tribal legal systems hold up an example to the nation about the possibilities of alternative dispute resolution.” — The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor Two judges, two tribes, one goal: restoring justice. Tribal Justice explores the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative systems of justice. In California, two formidable women lead the way: Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe on the north coast, and Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe in the southern desert, are creating innovative systems that focus on rehabilitating rather than punishing offenders in order to keep tribal members out of prison, prevent children from being taken from their communities, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working, and mainstream courts around the country are taking notice. 87 min.

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“Capturing warm moments and pithy arguments alike, [Jennifer Brea] offers a fascinating window into the toll of the disease on her everyday routine.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire Jennifer, a Harvard PhD student, was signing a check at a restaurant when she found she could not write her own name. Months before her wedding, she became progressively more ill, losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair. When doctors told her it was "all in her head," she turned her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Unrest tells the story of Jen and Omar, newlyweds facing the unexpected, and the four extraordinary M.E. patients that Jen meets throughout her journey in the United States, UK, and Denmark. Together, they explore how to make a life of meaning when everything changes. 90 min.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS FESTIVAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Director Michael Fox Board Members Blair Foster Michael Fox Paul Kemp Guy Pacurar Linda Manning Molly Sutherland Festival Administrator Alayna Cruz Operations Manager Alex Fields Financial Advisor Jennifer Owen Senior Advisor Ann Walker Advisory Board Zoë Elton Diana Fuller Will Geiger Richard Heinberg Carl Lumbly Mike Schuh Gail Silva Albert Maysles 1926 - 2015 Advisor 2007 - 2015 Sydney Pollack 1934 - 2008 Advisor 2006 - 2008

PROGRAM DIRECTION

Give Me Future Special Event Producer Tulku Spiritflow & Enchanted Forest Gathering

EMERITI Keith Brandman, Founder and President Emeritus Betsy Ford, Vice President Emeritus Ann Walker, Vice President Emeritus

Margie Kamb, Best Supporting Role Harvest Market, Craft Services Festival Events Staffing provided by Interact Club of Mendocino

PROGRAMMING TEAM Claudia Puig, Program Director Pat Ferrero, Guest Curator and Program Director Emeritus Larry Laboe, Guest Curator Ann Walker, Programmer Kira Wojack, Programmer JURY Robert Abele, Documentary Juror Tim Cogshell, Documentary Juror Carole Kirschner, Narrative Juror Jeannie Oppenheimer, Documentary Juror Steven Raphael, Narrative Juror Margy Rochlin, Narrative Juror Ann Walker, Short Film Juror Kira Wojack, Short Film Juror PRE-SCREENERS Joyce Gertler Susan Endrizzi Morris PROGRAM HOSTS Spencer Brewer Tim Cogshell Zoe Elton Scott Feinberg Pat Ferrero Will Geiger Danna Hall Paige Morrow Kimball Carole Kirschner Larry Laboe Sean Leland Doug Moody Janis Plotkin Claudia Puig Joe Seta Ann Walker Kira Wojack Tom Yates John Young

OPERATIONS HOSPITALITY Ayla Douglas Georgia-Ann Gregory Arlene Moorehead Sally Welty PROJECTION, SOUND AND SCREENS Matt Rowland, Matt Rowland Events FESTIVAL EVENTS Opening Night Party Catering and Special Event Producer Prasada Lori Squillace—Prasad Events David Lynch, Sommelier—Somm Select Filmmaker Party Catering and Special Event Producer Julia A. Kendrick Conway Assaggiare Mendocino Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Special Event Producer Hugh Dignon—Rock the Ground Productions

SPECIAL EVENT MIXOLOGISTS Stephen Chick Kate O'Brien Madrone Braziel FESTIVAL FLORALS LR Farm Mendocino Floral Design Sharon Fales The Gardens of Sue and Mel McKinney HOUSE MANAGERS Ian Bowery Steve Greenwood Rush Jones Erin Thomas

PRINTED PROGRAM EDITORS Dawn Emery Ballantine, Managing Editor Claudia Puig Ann Walker Kira Wojack COVER PHOTO Mimi Haddon/Getty Images AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD Bob Bushansky FILMMAKER WELCOME Carole Freeman Lu Ross James Sibbet OPERATIONS ADVISER Mike Fix OPERATIONS SUPPORT Madrone Braziel Joe Hubbard Thommy Peletier Zelda Zuniga

ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER Lisa Hannon

CUSTODIAL SUPPORT Victor Venegas, Sr. Victor Venegas, Jr.

CONCESSIONS MANAGER Isla Bowery

SECURITY Lealand Bean

MEMBERSHIP Martha Buck

TECHNICAL DIRECTION Technical Director: Marshall Brown Deputy Technical Director: Sean-Van Buskirk Sound Engineer: Peter Temple Venue Tech Manager: Lowell Brown Venue Tech Manager: Rafael Harr Head Projectionist: Rush Jones Head Projectionist: Kahlil Robinson Projectionist: Zeph Bishop Projectionist: Romeo Devinyard-Ortega Projectionist: Owen Drew Projectionist: Logan Gruys Projectionist: Israel Mijia Projectionist: Jon Summers

DIGITAL MARKETING DIRECTOR Marty McGee WEBSITE DIRECTOR Shan Ricciardi—Ricciardi Designs BOX OFFICE Linda Manning, Manager Arlene Moorehead Pattie DeMatteo Warren DeSmidt Doris Hammer Annette Jarvie Deirdre Lamb Suzi Long Irene Malone Linda Mercurio Lu Ross Chris Sittig Charlie Stone Camille Tinling Deena Zarlin Mark Zarlin Ann Zollinger CASHIER TEAM Linda Moore, Team Leader Donna Worster Linda Herrera Carol Ann Walton Lesli Langslet Jan Desipio Nancy Banker Lisa Hoffman Lorraine and Jerry Murphy

TENT AND EQUIPMENT PROVIDER Matt Rowland—Matt Rowland Events PHOTOGRAPHERS John Birchard Willow O'Feral Hunter C. Pass Joe Preuss Larry Wagner Nicholas Wilson Keith Wyner VIDEOGRAPHERS Bay Area Media Masters Maynard Kaminsky Leigh Anne Lindsey

FORT BRAGG Laurie Moore, Coast Cinemas PRINTED PROGRAM PRODUCTION Torrey Douglass—Lemon Fresh Design Printed by Journal Graphics PRINTED PROGRAM BOOK MANAGER Alayna Cruz

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LOUNGE, RESTAURANT and LODGING Fresh Seafood, Steaks and Seasonal Creations by Chef-Owner Silver Canul Overlooking Noyo River & Harbor Lunch and Dinner Daily from 11:00 Sports Bar and Cocktail Lounge Outdoor Dining & Dog Friendly Deck Banquets and Parties from 20 to 200 Economy and Waterfront Rooms

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F E S T I VA L H E A D Q UA R T E R S & M A P A Festival Headquarters Box Office

& Filmmaker Lounge, AKA Odd Fellows Hall. 45101 Ukiah St.

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B Festival Tent 10701 Palette Dr. C Crown Hall 45285 Ukiah St.

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D Matheson Performing Arts Center 45096 Cahto St.

Coast Cinemas (not on map) 135 South Franklin St., Fort Bragg

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Festival Headquarters Festival Headquarters at Odd Fellows Hall is the place for “all things film festival” from Thursday, June 1st until Festival close on Sunday, June 4th. It serves as Box Office, Filmmaker Lounge, Art Gallery, and Discussion Café. You can purchase or pick up tickets, meet filmmakers and visiting artists, appreciate our festival art gallery, get your questions answered—it’s the epicenter of the festival weekend. From Thursday through Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, our Box Office is open for in-person ticket sales. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9:00 am every morning, join us upstairs for refreshments and treats beginning with coffee and pastries at the Breakfast Club. Or come by to chat with filmmakers, local artists, and special guests between films. Please stay to appreciate our beautiful photography exhibit by our official Mendocino Film Festival Photographers:

Opening Art Reception: The Works of Spencer Brewer Join us on Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a special opening reception celebrating the creative spirit in all media. We are proud to present the works of our Featured Guest Artist, Spencer Brewer, as well as our Official Mendocino Film Festival Photographers. Spencer Brewer is a renowned musician who also crafts sculptures using “a wonderland of eccentric odds and ends that come together to form another aspect of his creative passion.” Spencer’s latest piece, “Liszt & Lyre,” has a special synchronicity with the documentary Strad Style, about a reclusive Ohio man who fashions a replica of a Stradivarius violin for an acclaimed European musician. Meet the artists and mingle through our gallery as we toast their works and prepare to enjoy the weekend celebration of cinematic delights.

John Birchard . Willow O'Feral . Hunter C. Pass Joe Preuss . Larry Wagner Nicholas Wilson . Keith Wyner

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Join us in the beautiful Anderson Valley for a weekend of film, food, and wine.


F E S T I VA L S C R E E N I N G S C H E D U L E Festival Tent

JUNE 1

THURS

10701 Palette Drive 7:00 pm

JUNE 2

FRIDAY

3:00 pm

5:30 pm

8:00 pm

10:00 am

12:30

JUNE 3

pm

SATURDAY

FILMS FOR OUR FUTURE

Crown Hall

FILMS ON THE ARTS SPOTLIGHT PROGRAMS

45285 Ukiah Street pm

3:00 pm

5:30 pm

8:00 pm

10:00 am

JUNE 4

NARRATIVE

Exclusive Member Screening Short Films Program (78) p53

12:30

SUNDAY

DOCUMENTARY

12:30 pm

3:00 pm

5:30 pm

Tell Them We Are Rising (85)

Unrest (90)

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p55

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (96) p37

Menashe (82)

Short Films Program (78)

Seed (94)

Mali Blues (90)

p53

p53

p47

Dolores (95)

Rumble (103)

Big Sonia (135)

p37

p51

p31

Strad Style (105)

Bugs (73)

Children's Program (57)

p53

p33

p35

Farewell Ferris Wheel (70)

The House on Coco Road (79)

Tribal Justice (87)

p37

p43

p55

I Am Not Your Negro (105)

God Knows Where I Am (103)

The Future Perfect (65)

p43

p41

p39

Just Like in the Movies (95)

Poisoning Paradise (60)

The Last Laugh (88)

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p51

p47

The Incredible Jessica James (85)

Give Me Future (88)

Delinquent (97)

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p41

p35

Kedi (80)

Obit (93)

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (105)

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p49

p31

The Groove Is Not Trivial (60)

The Other Kids (95)

Dolores (112)

p41

p49

p37

Short Films Program (78)

Finding Kukan (75)

Clash (97)

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p39

p35

Buy your tickets early! We expect sold-out shows. Tickets and more information: 707.937.0171 www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org Twelfth Annual Mendocino Film Festival

Ford & Cahto Streets

Coast Cinemas

Reel Mendo (77) p51

Matheson

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SAT 10:00 am

SUN 10:00 am

135 South Franklin St, Fort Bragg

Big Sonia (93) SAT Short Films Program SAT The Force (93) 10:15 10:30 (78) p53 p31 p39 am am SUN Land of Mine 10:15 Latest News from the Cosmos (89) p47 (101) p45 am p31

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SUN 10:30 am

Brillo Box (3c off) (40) p33 p31

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2017 Mendocino Film Festival Program Book  

We are proud to present the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival, our most international and award-winning program yet, featuring five Oscar...

2017 Mendocino Film Festival Program Book  

We are proud to present the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival, our most international and award-winning program yet, featuring five Oscar...

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