2010 Mendocino Film Festival Program Book

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FESTIVAL June 4-6, 2010










Special Events

Short Films





Feature Programs


Board of Directors


Paul Kemp President

Pat Ferrero Program Director, Curator

Ann Walker Executive Director

Betsy Ford VP Programming, Curator

Betsy Ford Vice President, Programming

Ann Walker Program Advisor

Bob Woelfel Vice President, Marketing

Advisory Board Zoë Elton

Michael Fox Vice President, Operations

Diana Fuller

LaViva Dakers Board Member

Richard Heinberg

Shelley Fields Board Member

Will Geiger Carl Lumbly Albert Maysles

Mel McKinney Board Member

Jim McCullough

Arlene Moorehead Board Member

Sydney Pollack

Janet Self Board Member Andrew Todhunter Board Member Christine Kenton Board Member

Bill Nichols Advisor 2006-08 Mike Schuh Gail Silva Founders Keith Brandman Judith Brandman

Contact Us Mendocino Film Festival P.O. Box 1843 • 45000 Main St., 2nd Floor Mendocino, CA 95460 • 707-937-0171 www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org


pecial thanks to Keith and Judith Brandman, Founders of the Festival. Keith also served as Board President from 2006-2009.

Map of Venues

Film Schedule

LETTER from the PRESIDENT Dear Friends, If there is one word to describe the past year, it is the word new—new blood, new technology, new sponsors, new Friends of the Festival. In preparation for the 2010 Festival, the Board has worked vigorously at growing in breadth and depth. First, it has brought on exceptional individuals with fresh energy and superior skills who provide a great boon to the organization. We are so proud to introduce new Board Members LaViva Dakers, Michael Fox, Christine Kenton and Janet Self, along with new Advisor, Dr. Bill Nichols, Festival Coordinator, Rachel Archuletta, and Technical Director, Dennis Johnson. Dennis has orchestrated state-of-the-art projection and sound advancements this year. These technical improvements have been made possible by our partner, Tweetshare, which makes it easy to share and discuss files, pictures, and videos at Twitter speeds. Re-joining us this year as our Festival Sponsor is Blue Angel Vodka, through our great friend and faithful supporter, Maurice Kanbar, who has also made possible the Albert Maysles Award. What a thrill that this has brought Haskell Wexler to our community to converse with us! Our sincerest thanks to Maurice for his abiding generosity and to Advisor Jim McCullough, who introduced Maurice to our Festival and its vision several years ago. Our great thanks goes as well to the ongoing and most generous support of our local funders, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Kathleen Kohn Fetzer Family Foundation, Mike and Mary Schuh, and Tom Kravis. I wish to praise Pat Ferrero, Program Director, and Betsy Ford, VP of Programming, who have done a remarkable job of leading the programming this year, bringing us stories and independent visions of stellar quality which resonate with the sensibilities of the coastal community. That five of these films earned Academy Award® nominations, and two went on to win Oscars®, is only a small part of the testimony to the caliber of the films we are now curating to our festival. I am extremely grateful to our other industrious Board Members, the tireless Arlene Moorehead, Secretary Shelley Fields, VP of Marketing Bob Woelfel, Mel McKinney and Andrew Todhunter. This festival would not be possible without the commitment and skills of all our other volunteers. At the top of the list are Jennifer Taylor and Sally Stewart who produce such elegant events with mastery and grace. Key participation and generosity comes from local sponsors, innkeepers, restaurants, and small businesses, all of whom make a difference in the viability of the festival. Finally, I must express my deep gratitude to Ann Walker, whom I like to describe as the engine of the festival. As our Executive Director the past four years, she has used her superb managerial skills, endless energy and upbeat attitude to drive our team to accomplish so much. Enjoy the festival! Paul Kemp, President of the Board

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TICKETS BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY! WE EXPECT MANY SOLD-OUT SHOWS! HOW TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS May 7 - June 6, 2010 Online: May 7 - June 6, 2010 www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org By Phone: May 7 - June 6, 2010.


In Person and Will Call: Hours: Saturday, May 29 - Sunday, May 30, 1 pm - 4 pm Monday, May 31 - Thursday, June 3, 1 pm - 6 pm Friday, June 4 - Saturday, June 5, 10 am - 8 pm Sunday, June 6, 10 am - 4 pm Mendocino Film Festival Headquarters 10480 Ukiah St. (corner of Kasten and Ukiah) Mendocino Be sure to check our website for updates!

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PURCHASING TICKETS ON DAY OF SHOW At the door of each event during the festival (subject to availability; cash only at the door, discounts not available).

PROCESSING FEE (web and phone order only) Processing fee is .99 per ticket.

TICKET PRICES Regular Screenings.......................................$10 The Secret of Kells.........................................$5 Shorts Program.............................................$10 Opening Party............................$20 (2 for $35) Albert Maysles Award...................................$10 Magic with Daniel Ellsberg and Wavy Gravy.$10

• No refunds, exchanges or substitutions.

SOLD OUT? TICKETS AT THE DOOR! Even if advance tickets are no longer available, tickets will be offered at the door as soon as the number of open seats has been determined. A line for waiting list tickets may start anywhere from 20 minutes until 1 hour prior to a given screening. Subject to availability; cash only at the door; no discounts.

• Ticket Holders must arrive 20 minutes prior to show time to be guaranteed a seat.

PAYMENT OPTIONS Cash, Visa, MasterCard, and local checks are accepted for advance sales ($25 fee for returned checks). Cash only for tickets at the door.

We happily provide services for disabled people. Please contact the Festival Headquarters for information on access and accommodation.

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

• Tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, forgotten, destroyed, or mis-directed by the post office. If you often have trouble with your mail delivery, please choose the Will Call option. • All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

• 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.



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Hill House Inn & Restaurant

Mike and Mary Schuh


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The Mendocino Film Festival is made possible by a year-round, very dedicated and talented, all-volunteer team. Ticket sales provide only 1/4 of the funds required to produce this annual event.

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WE ABSOLUTELY NEED YOU! A Circle of Friends, committing to more than the purchase of a ticket, is key to our success. Your support matters now more than ever. BE A FRIEND OF THE FESTIVAL If you visit the Headquarters/Box Office at Oddfellows Hall during the Festival and become a friend you’ll receive an MFF ball cap. Become a Festival Insider—receive festival news, the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public, invitations for special events, and more. Please join us by visiting the Festival Box Office or join online at www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org/friendship

R STARRING ROLE Mike & Mary Schuh

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER David Cummings & Janet Self Ellen Taliaferro Sylvia Walker

DIRECTOR Claire Ellis & Chuck Greenberg Roger Gilbert Stacy Houdek Jim & Arlene Moorehead

PRODUCER Paul & Joan Selchau Dorrit Effinger & Judith Summers

CINEMATOGRAPHER Cecile Currier Sandra Kearney Richard Miller Arthur & Jean Morley Lyles & Geraldine Pember Arlene Reiss Leslie Wahlquist

GAFFER Michael Beard Kathleen & Rod Cameron Donn & Carole Chambers Celeste & Don Flasher Michael & Susan Hawes Linda Judd James & Marilyn Katzel Rod Kelleher Marni Kelleher Bruce & Kathryn Leaman Chris & Buffy Maple Joshua & Kelly Richardson Joan Rosen Susan Seymour Hal & Sidra Stone Richard & Susanne Norgard

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PRODUCTION ASSISTANT John Dixon William Gibson Rich & Dee Lemos Helen Cohen & Mark Lipman Karen Lewis Eileen Lopate Irene Malone Jewels Marcus J.A. Parker Hanneli Reeves Leona Walden

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Opening Party Friday, June 4, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Hill House Inn, Mendocino $20 (2 for $35) We’ll kick off the 5th Annual Mendocino Film Festival at our Opening Party on Friday, June 4, at the Hill House Inn. Meet our talented filmmakers over hors d’oeuvres, Blue Angel Vodka cocktails, wines from Goldeneye, Jeriko, and Patianna and brews from North Coast Brewing Company. The Hill House Inn sign still reads “The Hill House of Cabot Cove,” a prop from the popular television series, Murder, She Wrote, filmed in Mendocino. The village starred as the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, in the series that ran from 1984-1996.

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ake 5! I moved to the Mendocino Coast six years ago and as a newcomer I jumped into being involved with the MFF from the very beginning. I have been a juror, a program advisor and three of the past five years I have been the Program Director. It has been a wonderful way to share my film world with my new community and to meet and work with so many talented, dedicated and generous colleagues. Thank you for the great opportunity to program the festival these past years. As in prior years, I have had the great pleasure of continuing to work with Vice President of Programming, Betsy Ford, and Executive Director, Ann Walker. Betsy and I co-curated the program with her focusing on the Films for Our Future, including Tapped, No Impact Man and The Horse Boy, the shorts program Lost and Found: Seven Short Films, the narrative features Seducing Charlie Barker and The Grocer’s Son and the Academy Award® nominated animated feature, The Secret of Kells. I focused on Films on the Arts: Between the Folds, Great Contemporary Art Bubble, Art:21; the documentaries: Saint Misbehavin’, Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Miracle in a Box, Horse Boy, Hollywood Chinese, Jim Thorpe, The Most Dangerous Man in America; the shorts, notably Recording Rites, Ingelore, 7 Solos, Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers and the Academy Award® nominated Rabbit a la Berlin; special programs, panels, performances, and the Albert Maysles Award which this year will go to the legendary filmmaker and cinematographer Haskell Wexler. My special thanks go to Maurice Kanbar for continuing to make this award possible. I am proud that we are again bringing this community some of the finest films and filmmakers working today. I personally like screening the work of well known filmmakers, such as our two Academy Award® winners The Cove and Music by Prudence balanced with the films of young and emerging filmmakers such as the highly lauded Canadian film 65_RedRoses, the Academy Award® short-listed documentary Woman Rebel, and two narrative shorts Kunjo and Immersion. One of the highlights of the festival remains our commitment to bringing the filmmakers to Mendocino for conversation, performances and special events. Notable events this year will include: Magic and Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and Wavy Gravy, a tattoo fashion show with Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, a panel on salmon fishing and water rights with River of Renewal, and a live musical performance with I Hear What You See: The Old-Time World of Kenny Hall. This year we expanded our pre screening process and I want to extend my thanks to the many devoted film viewers in the community who helped in that process. This year Ann Walker took a more active role in programming, advising me on many films to consider and acting as an avid pre-screener. We brought on board Rachel Archuletta, Festival Coordinator, who organized the databases and kept all the communication with filmmakers flowing smoothly. Thank you Rachel. I am particularly grateful to our Technical Director Dennis Johnson, who along with Matt Rowland, has upgraded our projection equipment so that the entire viewing experience—sound and image—will be higher quality this year. Last year, in the name of sustainability, we downsized the number of offerings and found the scale that seems right for our community and resources. This year’s program is full of variety and takes us around the world to Canada, Columbia, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and Zimbabwe. I hope that each one of you discovers a film you must see at the 5th Annual Mendocino Film Festival. Almost every program was sold out last year, so plan to buy your tickets early. See you at the movies! — Pat Ferrero

audience choice award Make Your Voice Heard!

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The Mendocino Film Festival invites you, our treasured film-goers, to participate in the 2010 Audience Choice Award. Be sure to fill out the special ballots distributed at screenings, and vote for your favorite feature length narrative or documentary film (55 minutes or longer). Our deceptively simple, low-tech voting method prevents all risk of hanging chads or electronic hacking—this is an election you can actually trust! Balloting is organized and tallied by our very own version of Price Waterhouse, the meticulous “Honest Bob” Bushansky. The winner will be announced on our website on Monday, June 7, at the festival’s conclusion. Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

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SPECIAL EVENTS ALBERT MAYSLES AWARD Saturday, June 5, 3:00 pm, Crown Hall, $10 Widely revered as the “Dean of Documentary Filmmaking,” Albert Maysles joined us as our special guest and advisor in 2007. This year he will honor director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler with the third annual Albert Maysles Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. Please join us for this special conversation and clips from Haskell’s work.

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for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking


Haskell Wexler, recipient of the Albert Maysles Award. This award made possible by the generous support of the Kanbar Charitable Trust.

Haskell Wexler, two-time Academy Award®-winning cinematographer, was named one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history. He won his Oscars® in both black & white and color, for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He has directed over fifty documentaries, rock videos and award-winning commercials, including The Bus, Bus Riders Union, Introduction to the Enemy, shot in Vietnam with Jane Fonda; Interview with My Lai Veterans, which also won an Academy Award®, No Nukes with Barbara Kopple, and Who Needs Sleep, a film about sleep deprivation and long hours in the motion picture business, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008 Wexler shot Sense of Wonder, an intimate and poignant reflection of the life of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson. Wexler received five Oscar® nominations for his cinematography, plus one Emmy award, in a career that has spanned six decades. His nominations came for his work on his first feature documentary, The Living City; a short film T for Tumbleweed; Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and John Sayles’ Matewan and Blaze. Moviegoers have had the pleasure of enjoying this icon of moviemaking for over 60 years and we are honored to welcome him to Mendocino.

Sunday, June 6, 11:00 am, Little River Inn Abalone Room, $10

Haskell Wexler with Julia Roberts on the set of the documentary Who Needs Sleep? directed by Wexler.

From low-budget documentaries to bigger-than-life IMAX films, the work of Haskell Wexler spans decades, genres and the evolution of technology. Please join us for a rare chance to participate in a conversation with Wexler, one of the foremost filmmakers and cinematographers of our time (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Medium Cool, American Graffiti, The Thomas Crown Affair, Matewan) and Dr. Bill Nichols, an internationally-known author and theorist on documentary filmmaking (Introduction to Documentary; Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary). Wexler and Nichols will discuss truth and reality in filmmaking and visit questions such as: What can film do and not do? How do documentaries contribute to political change? What are the unique challenges of filmmaking today? They will also entertain questions from the audience.

Saturday, June 5, 3:00 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

This program made possible by the generous support of Mike and Mary Schuh.

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Join us as we reunite two American heroes, Daniel Ellsberg and Wavy Gravy. Dan and Wavy met in prison while jailed for acts of civil disobedience related to their anti-war and anti-nuclear activism. In a casual, free-form conversation they will look back, look ahead and respond to your questions, and even reprise some moments from their “Tornado of Talent” prison show, magic tricks and all.

Films for Our Future

Films on the Arts

Changing the world one film at a time and focusing on environmental, social justice, and spiritually themed films. Sponsored by Mendocino Solar Service.

Celebrating the lives and work of artists of all kinds. Sponsored by Kemgas.

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SHORT FILMS LOST AND FOUND Friday, June 4, 8:00 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10 Saturday, June 5, 10:00 am, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10 Saturday, June 5, 8:00 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10


Short Films

(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Lost and Found: a loved one is lost, a new friend is made, a childhood is lost and then refound. Both lost and found—people, places, belongings, states of being—are a persistent presence in our lives, and make life both challenging and rich. Join us for a collection of films about loss and discovery in a wide range of circumstances: sweet, smart, touching and familiar. Pierre: A Hole with a View Directed by Dan Brown This film follows the misadventures of a mouse as he deals with his longing for a beautiful human woman. (7 min.) Audience Award for Best Short at the Seattle International Film Festival.


Directed by Clare Sera Holly waits on tables while waiting for her life to begin. One night a stranger with offbeat charm takes a seat in her section, changing her life forever. (20 min.) Official Selection, Spritual Cinema Circle.

Photograph of Jesus Directed by Laurie Hill An employee of a photo archive describes some of the most unusual requests for photographs he has had to deal with, as an amusing assortment of images is brought to life through animation. (7 min.) Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival; Animation Grand Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival.


Directed by Charlie Call A straight-laced woman uncovers a surprising source of pleasure. (8 min.) Film Festival multi-award winner: Austin, U.S. Comedy Arts, WorldFest Houston, Hamptons International, Breckenridge, Hawaii.

Dandelion Dharma Directed by Veronica DiPippo A karmic comedy about three mysterious, eccentric ladies and how their intimate life stories of passion, adventure and survival inspire a young woman to come to terms with love and loss. (27 min.) Winner, Audience Award, Palm Springs International ShortFest.

Charlie Thistle CHARLIE THISTLE

This program is made possible by the generous support of KZYX&Z Radio.

Directed by David Spring Charlie Thistle dreams of a better world. Alas, he works at the Department of Normality, where change isn’t tolerated. (14 min.) Audience Favorite, Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival; Director’s Choice Award, Sedona International Film Festival.

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FEATURE PROGRAMS 65_RedRoses Showing: Friday, June 4, 12:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of KRCB Public Broadcasting

The award-winning 65_RedRoses celebrates the courage and determination of Eva Markvoort, a 23-year-old patient with Cystic Fibrosis. In desperate need of a double lung transplant, seeking others who understand her potentially lethal condition, Eva turns to the Internet and Facebook. She soon forms a powerful bond with two American girls in different stages of the same illness—online friendships that withstand the tests of time and distance. Ultimately, this stunning work of contemporary cinema-vérité filmmaking is a deeply inspiring film about taking control, reaching out and facing mortality head-on. (70 minutes) American West Coast Premiere. Most Popular Canadian Documentary, National Film Board of Canada; Most Popular Canadian Film, Vancouver International Film Festival.


Directed by Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Preceded by: Recording Rites

Directed by Lucy Hilmer (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). Preoccupied by life’s impermanence, fine art portrait-photographer Lucy Hilmer attempts to stop time by photographing special moments— at regular intervals, year by year—in her only daughter’s first 21 years. (20 minutes) World Premiere.

Between the Folds Showing: Saturday, June 5, 10:00 am, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10 Showing: Sunday, June 6, 1:30 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of Kemgas.

Between the Folds chronicles the stories of ten artists and theoretical scientists who abandoned successful careers and prestigious graduate degrees to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through the unlikely medium of origami, these artists and scientists reinterpret the world in paper, and bring forth a bold mix of sensibilities in regard to art, expressiveness, creativity and meaning. In the process, these offbeat and provocative minds demonstrate the innumerable ways in which art and science help us understand and honor the world around us. With luminous cinematography and a haunting original score featuring the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Between the Folds weaves an arresting tapestry of the threads that bind us—a fusion of science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new. (55 minutes) Best Documentary Audience Award, Brooklyn Film Festival; Audience Award Grand Prize, Rhode Island International Film Festival; Peabody Award.

Films on the Arts

Directed by Vanessa Gould (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Preceded by: Art:21 – Kimsooja

Directed by Susan Sollins (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). Kimsooja is a Korean-born artist who now lives and works in the U.S. She combines the techniques of video, performance and installation in pieces which feature repetitive actions, practices and forms. Often inserting her own body into dense urban environments, as well as in isolated rural settings, Kimsooja’s video works blur the boundaries between aesthetics and transcendent experience. (13 minutes)

Art:21 Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Centrury Directed by Susan Sollins (Q&A with producer after screening) Art:21 introduces us to five of today’s most accomplished artists as they create works reflecting timely global issues. Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage, these powerful short films reveal a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborative projects in hangar-like studios to those working in more intimate studio settings. Art:21 travels the world to film artists in their own environments, and in their own words. Featured artists include: Cao Fei, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu and Yinka Shonibare. We have woven these short films throughout the festival by programming each of them with a feature film that resonates with similar issues or themes.

Showing Times for Art:21 films are listed with the Feature Programs on the following pages. This program is made possible by the generous support of Kemgas.

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FEATURE PROGRAMS The Cove Directed by Louie Psihoyos (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

This program is made possible by the generous support of Twist.

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary, The Cove begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come seeking redemption. In the 1960s, O’Barry captured and trained the five dolphins who shared the title role in the international television sensation “Flipper.” O’Barry’s close relationships with these marine mammals eventually led to a radical change of heart—when a trained dolphin died in his arms, he came to believe that these intelligent and selfaware creatures should never be subjected to human captivity. His mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears devoted to the dolphins and whales offshore. In a local cove, however, under cover of darkness, the fishermen of Taiji engage in a fiercely protected and barbaric hunt—the annual slaughter of more than a thousand dolphins and porpoises. Allied with filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society, O’Barry recruits a team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers and world-class free divers to carry out a dangerous undercover operation to secure the evidence that will stop the killing and bring these perpetrators to justice. (91 minutes) Academy Award ® Winner, Best Documentary Feature; Audience Choice Award, Sundance Film Festival; Director’s Guild of America, Best Documentary Directing; Audience Award, SilverDocs Film Festival; National Board of Review, Best Documentary.


Showing: Saturday, June 5, 5:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10

Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World

Showing: Saturday, June 5, 5:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of Triangle Tattoo and Museum.

From critically acclaimed director Emiko Omori (Rabbit in the Moon, Sundance 1999), Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World chronicles celebrated tattoo-artist Ed Hardy’s phenomenal rise to cult icon. After graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute, Hardy left a promising career in the fine arts to pursue his childhood obsession: tattoos. Today, he is revered as the godfather of modern tattooing and widely respected as a painter, author and publisher. Hardy’s name and art have appeared on clothing worn by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and Mick Jagger, and on dozens of commercial products. With music provided by Don Tiki, Omori’s film captures the life, exuberance and creative process of the artist, now in his early 60s, and provides an overview of tattooing as an art form. Hardy’s iconic images do indeed cover the world—and he did it his way. (71 minutes) Official Selection Hawaii International Film Festival. Followed by a Tattoo Fashion Show coordinated by Blake More, Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla.


Directed by Emiko Omori (Q&A with filmmaker after screening. Tattoo Fashion Show after screening)

The Great Contemporary Art Bubble Showing: Friday, June 4, 3:00 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of Kemgas.

In the midst of the last economic boom, one bubble was bigger than all the rest: contemporary art. Art critic and award-winning filmmaker Ben Lewis spent a year following the booming contemporary art market, from its peak in 2008 to its inevitable crash in 2009. In this eyewitness journey through the art world, Lewis visits auction houses, art fairs, galleries and the homes of billionaire collectors across the world, searching for the reasons behind the greatest rise in art’s financial value in history. Lewis interviews leading dealers, collectors and art market analysts and uncovers a rarefied world of secretive deals, greed and speculation behind a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for art. (90 minutes)

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Directed by Ben Lewis

Preceded by: Art:21 – Jeff Koons

Directed by Susan Sollins. Jeff Koons employs symbolically charged images and objects from popular culture to frame his questions about taste and pleasure in modern society. His painstakingly crafted artworks—perfected by a small army of studio assistants in a modern equivalent of a Renaissance atelier—were recently exhibited at a controversial installation at the Chateau de Versailles. (14 minutes)

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FEATURE PROGRAMS The Grocer’s Son Directed by Eric Guirado (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

This program is made possible by the generous support of Colombi’s Market and Deli.

In this surprise French box-office hit, sullen thirty-year-old Antoine is summoned from Paris to his family home in Provence. His father is ill, and Antoine has no choice but to resume the life he thought he’d escaped: to drive the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering groceries and supplies to their few hardy inhabitants. Joined by Claire, a friend and secret crush from Paris, Antoine, initially brusque and detached, begrudgingly warms to the experience and his encounters with the alternately eccentric, gruff and endearing villagers. This is the second feature directed by Éric Guirado, who prepared for it by filming portraits of mobile tradespeople in Corsica, the Pyrenees and the Alps for 18 months. A delightful prodigal son tale of an urban Frenchman re-discovering life and love in his native countryside. (96 minutes) New York Times Critics Choice; Best Actor, Berlin International Film Festival.

Directed by Michel Orion Scott (Q&A after screening) Showing: Friday, June 4, 5:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10 Showing: Saturday, June 5, 5:30 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10

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

How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet an epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in a desperate attempt to treat his condition with shamanic healing. When 2-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, his parents—Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife, Kristin Neff, a psychology professor—sought the best possible medical care for their son, but traditional therapies had little effect. When they discovered that Rowan had a profound affinity for animals, particularly horses, the family set off on a quest for a possible cure. In telling one family’s extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity every day in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic. (93 minutes) Official Selection, 2009 Sundance Film Festival, SilverDocs Film Festival, and HotDocs Film Festival.

Films For Our Future

The Horse Boy


Showing: Friday, June 4, 5:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

Hollywood Chinese Showing: Friday, June 4, 12:30 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10 Showing: Sunday, June 6, 11:00 am, Crown Hall, $10 Hollywood Chinese is a captivating revelation of a little-known chapter of cinema: the Chinese in American feature films. From the first Chinese American film produced in 1916 to Ang Lee’s triumphant Brokeback Mountain almost a century later, Hollywood Chinese draws a fascinating portrait of actors, directors, writers, and iconic images to reveal how the Chinese have been imagined in movies. An astute and complex look at race, Hollywood Chinese was hailed by the Boston Globe as “smart, lively and entertaining… rich and complex, encompassing social history and racial politics no less than film history.” (90 minutes) Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Film Festival.

This program is made possible by the generous support of The Temple of Kwan Tai.


Directed by Arthur Dong

Preceded by: Art:21 – Cao Fei

Directed by Susan Sollins. A young Beijing-based Chinese artist explores perception, reality and the interior life in places as diverse as a Chinese factory and the virtual world of Second Life through videos, photos and new media work. (14 minutes)

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FEATURE PROGRAMS I Hear What You See: The Old-Time World of Kenny Hall Showing: Sunday, June 6, 1:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of KOZT The Coast.

A frequent and beloved visitor to the Mendocino Coast in the 60s and 70s, Kenny Hall continues to spread joy with his unique mandolin style and repertoire of over 1100 songs. Born blind in 1923, Hall is one of the most influential old-time musicians now living, but not one of the best known. He chose hiking in the woods instead of fame; instead of fortune he chose to pass on his music in the traditional way—person to person. I Hear What You See tells Kenny’s inspiring life story through music, visits with the musician and his friends, and vignettes of the musical community that surrounds him. Featuring Kenny Hall, Utah Phillips, Marta Hall, and the Sweet’s Mill String Band and interviews with locals, including Doug Desmond and Ron Tinkler. (46 minutes) World Premiere. Live music performance after screening with Peter Barg, Frannie Leopold, and Ron Tinkler, plus Harry Leidstrand of Sweet’s Mill String Band.


Directed by Chris Simon (Q&A with filmmaker and Live Music after screening)

Preceded by: Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers

Directed by Neil Leifer (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). Can vision succeed where eyesight fails? Dark Light explores the artistry of three blind photographers: Pete Eckert, Bruce Hall and Henry Butler. One paints with light in long exposures, one scuba dives and another makes street portraits—luminous work that helps us see the world through their eyes. (30 minutes)

Jim Thorpe: The World’s Greatest Athlete Showing: Sunday, June 6, 1:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

He may not have been as fast as a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings, but Jim Thorpe came close. Widely considered the finest athlete of the 20th century, he was a US Olympic multiple gold medal winner as well as a star of professional football and baseball. Jim Thorpe was also an American Indian. At the peak of his fame, Jim was still legally considered a “ward of the state” and not an American citizen. Tom Weidlinger’s stunning documentary—using old recordings, re-enactments, newsreels and animated photos—brings Thorpe’s career alive with a warmth for its subject that shines as bright as Thorpe’s crooked smile. In this life story is a tale of American racism and how one man overcame prejudice through sheer strength of will and personality, with the help of mentor “Pop” Warner and others. Weidlinger’s film re-acquaints us with the legend of Jim Thorpe, and lets us fall in love with the story and the man. —John Morrison (56 minutes) Official Selection, Mill Valley Film Festival.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Mel and Susan McKinney.


Directed by Tom Weidlinger (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Preceded by: Immersion

Directed by Richard Levien (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). Ten-year-old Moises has just immigrated to California from Mexico. He doesn’t speak English, but is skilled at math, and hopes to do well on his first math test in the US. Featuring untrained child actors from public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Immersion plunges its audience into the visceral experience of a bright, motivated child who cannot understand the teacher from whom he so desperately wants to learn. (15 minutes)

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FEATURE PROGRAMS Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn Directed by John Korty (Q&A with filmmaker and John Callahan after screening) The restoration of a Steinway becomes a lyrical meditation on following the heart’s true passion in this beautifully crafted documentary, the latest from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker John Korty (Who Are the DeBolts?). The film traces the path of a 1927 grand piano owned by a music teacher who bequeathed her treasure to her alma mater, UC Berkeley, with the stipulation that the university ultimately reward it to “a worthy student of piano.” Before it can be given away, however, the piano must be restored, and Korty follows the piano’s rebirth under the masterful care of Oakland’s venerable Callahan Piano Service. From the wire-wrangling technicians to the winning student pianist, each contributor to the instrument’s journey offers joyful inspiration. Narrated by John Lithgow. —Deanna Quinones (57 minutes) Official Selection Mill Valley Film Festival.


Showing: Sunday, June 6, 11 am, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

Preceded by: 7 Solos This program is made possible by the generous support of Mendocino Music Festival.

Directed by Wayne Hankin (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). A recital on film, 7 Solos is the mysterious journey of a musician in search of his audience and his place in the world. Real and imaginary backgrounds highlight music which spans the centuries, played on a medley of exotic instruments. Barn interior set by the legendary Bread and Puppet Theatre. (32 minutes) West Coast Premiere.

Directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith (Q&A with filmmakers and Daniel Ellsberg and Patricia Ellsberg after screening on Friday night only) Showing: Friday, June 4, 8:00 pm, Crown Hall, $10 Showing: Sunday, June 6, 4:00 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10

This film and the appearance of Mr. Ellsberg are made possible by the generous support of Old Gold and Mike and Mary Schuh.

This Academy Award® nominated documentary is a timely reminder of the costs of the American debacle in Vietnam, and the importance of speaking truth to power. Daniel Ellsberg, once a dedicated cold warrior and Vietnam war planner, came to see that war as a crime. In an attempt to end the war, he took a 47-volume top-secret Pentagon study out of his safe and leaked it to the New York Times. Dubbed by Henry Kissinger as “the most dangerous man in America,” Ellsberg was targeted by President Nixon, who feared Ellsberg might leak some of Nixon’s own war plans. “Screw the courts,” said the President, “let’s try the son-of-a-bitch in the press.” The compelling story of Ellsberg’s change of heart is also an incisive look at government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. This political thriller involves a First Amendment battle between America’s most prominent newspapers and the President, a landmark Supreme Court decision, and a twisting trail that leads to the Watergate scandal, President Nixon’s resignation, and, finally, the end of the war in Vietnam. (93 minutes) Academy Award® nominee, Best Documentary.


The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Arena Theater in Pt. Arena will hold screenings June 3 and June 7-10, 7 pm, $10. www.arenatheater.org

Music by Prudence Showing: Saturday, June 5, 12:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10 This Academy Award® winner is the story about one of the most unlikely voices of hope: Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena. Abandoned and abused as a child, Prudence was born with a rare congenital disorder that took her legs, rendered her arms useless and confines her to an electric wheelchair. Her story is shared by many of the disabled children of Africa, but Prudence and her seven band members, all disabled, have overcome stereotypes to inspire the same people who once saw them as a curse. Prudence has a big, glorious voice that transcends her limited body, and inspires the world with hope. (33 minutes) Academy Award® Winner, Best Documentary Short.


Directed by Roger Ross Williams (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Followed by: Throw Down Your Heart This program is made possible by the generous support of Thanksgiving Coffee.

Directed by Sascha Paladino. Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. He meets the finest regional musicians in Africa, listens to them, improvises with them and together they create a musical tour de force. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa. (60 minutes) Best Musical Doc, Silver Docs; Audience Award, Vancouver Film Festival.

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FEATURE PROGRAMS Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein (Q&A with filmmaker after screening) Showing: Friday, June 4, 8:00 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10 Showing: Saturday, June 5, 10:00 am, Crown Hall, $10

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

As a freshly self-proclaimed environmentalist living in Manhattan, Colin Beavan leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as reasonably possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption. No problem, thinks Beavan, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. What begins as one man’s environmental experiment soon transforms into an often humorous test of how much one woman is willing to sacrifice for her husband’s dreams. (90 minutes) Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival and SilverDocs Film Festival.

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Rabbit a la Berlin Showing: Saturday, June 5, 12:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

 An Academy Award® nominee and a fascinating history lesson told through the eyes of animals—the unknown story of thousands of wild rabbits who lived in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the strip of earth enclosed between the two walls was the safest of enclaves. Plenty of grass, no predators, and guards to ensure that no one disturbed them. Sadly, one day, the wall fell. The rabbits’ fate serves as an allegorical tale of a totalitarian system. (39 minutes) Academy Award ® nominee, Best Documentary Short.


Directed by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski

Preceded by: Ingelore

This program is made possible by the generous support of KRCB Public Broadcasting.

Directed by Frank Stiefel (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). “My name is Ingelore Hertz Honigstein. I’m not angry any more.” On the eve of Kristallnacht, a young deaf German Jewish girl missed the bus before the evening curfew, changing her life forever. Raised in uncaring foster homes, spit upon by peers and attacked by Nazi soldiers, Ingelore’s unforgettable personal journey through one of history’s darkest chapters subtly guides us from the depths of indignity to hope, survival and the redemption of forgiveness. —KD Davis (26 minutes) Mill Valley Film Festival, Berlinale Internationale Filmfestpiele.

Preceded by: Art:21 – Julie Mehretu

Directed by Susan Sollins. Julie Mehretu is an accomplished Ethiopian-American painter and MacArthur Fellow. Her often large-scale abstract paintings and drawings reference techniques of mapping and architecture to achieve a stunning complexity. Art:21 filmed Mehretu in Berlin, where she is working on an enormous painting commissioned by Goldman Sachs in lower Manhattan. In its conception, the work reveals the history of market-based capitalism. (13 minutes)

River of Renewal

Showing: Sunday, June 6, 4:00 pm, Crown Hall, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermens Associations

The Klamath Basin is united by water and divided by people. What is essential for life puts the diverse communities of the region in conflict with each other. River of Renewal examines the water and wildlife crisis in the Klamath Basin by taking viewers on a native journey. A modern urban Indian who returns to the land of his ancestors, Jack Kohler learns not only about the ancient cultural traditions of his people but also their modern day struggle to defend tribal fishing rights and the wild salmon of the Klamath River. A water cut-off to farmers of the Klamath Project in California and Oregon aimed at protecting wild salmon under the Endangered Species Act sparks civil disobedience. The Bush Administration responds by giving irrigators all the water they can use. But after the death of 80,000 spawning salmon in the estuary, conflict over resources between Klamath Basin stakeholders leads to a consensus for conservation and an agreement to remove the four hydroelectric dams in the Klamath River. Klamath River Tribal members and local commercial fishermen will make up a panel following the screening. (58 minutes) Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival.

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Directed by Carlos Bolado (Q&A with producer, writer and panelists after screening; book signing with author Stephen Most)


FEATURE PROGRAMS Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie Showing: Saturday, June 5, 8:00 pm, Crown Hall, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of KZYX&Z Radio.

Saint Misbehavin’ journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one-of-a-kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy’s own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown’s grin and the fool’s clothing. Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as “The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion.” Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering. Wavy’s life is his message, revealing that we can change the world and have fun doing it. “Some people tell me I’m a saint,” says Wavy, “but I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”

Featuring: Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, Jordon Romney, Dr. Larry Brilliant, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Odetta, Patch Adams, Lisa Law, Buffy Sainte Marie, Denise Kaufman, Tom Law, Steven Ben Israel, The Hog Farm and more! (86 minutes) Official Selection Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.


Directed by Michelle Esrick (Q&A with filmmaker and Wavy Gravy after screening)

The Secret of Kells Directed by Tomm Moore

Showing: Saturday, June 5, 3:00 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $5

This program is made possible by the generous support of James F. Mattson, DDS.

In this Academy Award® nominated animated feature, adventure and danger await 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. To finish the magnificent book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a quest beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Here he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious white wolf-girl who becomes his closest friend and ally. With Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan succeed in his quest to illuminate the darkness and prove that enlightenment is the best fortification against the threat of the barbarians? A delightful film for kids 7 to 107. (75 minutes) Academy Award® nominee, Best Animated Feature; Best Irish Film, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; Audience Award, Annecy (France) International Animation Film Festival.


Showing: Friday, June 4, 3:30 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $5

Seducing Charlie Barker Directed by Amy Glazer (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

This program is made possible by the generous support of KMFB.

In this dark satire of the Manhattan entertainment industry, Charlie, a gifted actor, out of work and past his prime, attempts to cling to what remains of his dignity as a person, an artist and a husband. That is until, through his old friend-turned-nemesis, he encounters the ambitious and manipulative Clea. Though their relationship is short-lived, Charlie is left even more adrift as he struggles to find meaning in his life. Landon Zackheim of SFIFF pronounces, “Amy Glazer’s second feature wryly dissects the vacuous nature of the New York entertainment scene with salacious zeal and dark wit...” Based on Theresa Rebeck’s play “The Scene.” For mature audiences. Contains nudity, sexual content and adult language. (93 minutes) Official Selection, San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Showing: Saturday, June 5, 8:00 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10


FEATURE PROGRAMS Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls Showing: Friday, June 4, 3:00 pm, Crown Hall, $10 Showing: Sunday, June 6, 6:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of Queenie’s Roadhouse Café and Love In It Productions.

On paper, says comedy writer Paul Horan, yodeling lesbian twins don’t really work. But for the last three decades New Zealanders Jools and Lynda Topp have brought their kooky Kiwi sense of humor, political potency and snazzy country music stylings to dazzled audiences—and now prove to be dynamite on the big screen. This film offers a revealing look into the lives of the world’s only comedic, singing, dancing, and yodeling twin sisters. As well as rarely seen archive footage and home movies, the film features a series of special interviews with some of the Topp’s infamous comedy alteregos. Celebrating their half century this year, the Topp Twins have attained a unique status within New Zealand culture, and their fans range from hard core political activists to sheep farmers and “Ladies who Lunch.” Their ability to relate to all kinds of people, and their natural gift for humor, has helped them cross from the fringes to the mainstream. (84 minutes) People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig (Q&A with filmmaker after screening) Showing: Friday, June 4, 12:30 pm, Crown Hall, $10 Showing: June 5, 12:30 pm, Abalone Room at Little River Inn, $10

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

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut documentary feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely film is a behindthe-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that should never become a market commodity. From plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring film trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities dependent upon them. This powerful, revelatory film reveals the lives caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to our most precious, life-sustaining resource: clean drinking water. (76 minutes) Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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Directed by Leanne Pooley (Q&A with filmmaker and Lynda and Jools Topp after screening on Friday)

Woman Rebel Showing: Sunday, June 6, 4:00 pm, Matheson Performing Arts Center, $10

This program is made possible by the generous support of Soroptimist International of Mendocino.

Of the soldiers in Nepal’s rebel army that fought for ten years, 40% were women. These female warriors believed they were fighting for their right to an education, to own property, to seek justice in domestic abuse cases, to become equals in village governments. They believed they were fighting for a better Nepal for themselves and their children. Now with the dawn of peace and the first national elections since the takeover of the King, many of these female rebels are running for public offices as high as Parliament—and winning. Against the stunning backdrop of this mountainous country, Woman Rebel creates a robust, engaging portrait of these powerful women at a turning point in Nepal’s history. (37 minutes) Shortlisted for Academy Award ® nomination for Best Documentary Short.


Directed by Kiran Deol (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Preceded by: Kunjo

Directed by Terrie Samundra (Q&A with filmmaker after screening). Kunjo, a 12-year-old Rajasthani refugee, spends her days begging in the streets of a rural village in North India. When an unlikely friendship blossoms between Kunjo and Preeta, an educated schoolgirl from a higher caste, Kunjo reveals her secret passion for storytelling. Betrayed by her new friend and caught in the complexity of an unconventional friendship that crosses class lines, Kunjo faces a crossroads between standing up for herself or submitting to her place of silence in society. (19 minutes)

Preceded by: Art:21 – Yinka Shonibare MBE

Directed by Susan Sollins. Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in London and spent his early years in Nigeria. Through painting, sculpture, photography and film, he draws upon his bicultural upbringing, European literary classics, history and current events to create tableaux of dazzling color and patterns—works that provoke close re-consideration of stereotypical colonial narratives. (14 minutes)

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CREDITS SPECIAL THANKS Aggie Aguilar Carol Aguilar Mary Aigner Megan Allende John Birchard Judith Brandman Keith Brandman Gail Brodkey Jamie Buckner Diane Buxton Cammie Conlon Meg Courtney Liza Culick Debra DeGraw Buster Dyer Trish Dyer Cally Dym Bob Eckman Claire Ellis Zoe Elton Maureen Eppstein Kathleen Fetzer Alex Fields Maria Hansen Tom Honer Teresa Hurray Pat Jackson Margie Kamb Joan Katzeff Gordon Keller

Nancy Kemp Ken Krauss Tom Kravis Brona Lessen Karen Lewis Eileen Lopate Dave Mathews Jim McCullough Jim Moorehead Blake More Susanne Norgard Dick O’Connor Geraldine Pember Lyles Pember Tony Petrosky Arlo Reeves Matt Rowland Debra Scott Janet Self, Banner Art Gail Silva Wendy Slick Meredith Smith Joan & Jeff Stanford David Steffen Robert Stewart Sally Stewart Kristin Suratt Spirit Tanaka Jennifer Taylor Madeline Vaught Nicholas Wilson

Printha Worthen Carolyn Zeitler And all the additional volunteers! PROGRAM DIRECTION Pat Ferrero: Program Director, Curator Betsy Ford: VP, Programming, Curator Ann Walker, Advisor PRE-SCREENERS Rachel Archuletta Barbara Birchard Alex Fields Shelley Fields Gordon Keller Brona Lessen Paul McKenna Sara McKenna George Russell Julie Silber PROGRAM HOSTS Jim Culp LaViva Dakers Thais Mazur Toney Merritt Bill Nichols George Russell Tommie Smith

OPERATIONS STAFF Michael Fox: Operations Manager Rachel Archuletta: Festival Coordinator Arlene Moorehead, Box Office Blair Bowery Bob Bushansky Steve Greenwood Richard Hall Raquel Henry Teresa Hurray Brona Lessen Bruce Pearn Matt Rowland VOLUNTEER COORDINATION Victoria Joy Carolyn Zeitler HOSPITALITY Arlene Moorehead Chair Sallie McConnell Blair Bowery FESTIVAL EVENTS Jennifer Taylor: Festival Events Coordinator Sally Stewart: Festival Events Assistant

TECHNICAL DIRECTION AND VIDEOGRAPHY Dennis Johnson: Technical Director Alex Fields: Chief Videographer Mike Evans Gary Grahame Maynard Kaminsky Denell McFall Matt Rowland PHOTOGRAPHY John Birchard Gisela Linder Robert Stewart Nicholas Wilson PUBLICATION CREDITS Rachel Archuletta Roy Dufrain, Jr. Pat Ferrero Betsy Ford Art Kelly III Christine Kenton Erina Reeves Andrew Todhunter Ann Wright Ann Walker, Editor


Join Us in the Greening of the Festival Bring your own reusable coffee mug or water bottle and enjoy local organic popcorn and apples, Thanksgiving free-trade coffee, and Mendocino well water. Enjoy walking to our village venues and please help by recycling your programs. And be sure not to miss the amazing films Tapped, about corporate greed and the environmental disaster of bottled water, and No Impact Man, the fascinating and sometimes very humorous story of a Manhattan couple who decide to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint for a year. Both films are sponsored by Mendocino Solar Services and are part of our Films for Our Future special category.


Hemp Hats Only at the Mendocino Film Festival Visit the Mendocino Film Festival Headquarters at Oddfellows Hall, at the corner of Kasten and Ukiah Streets, for Festival merchandise and memorabilia, including t-shirts, caps, wine-totes and more.


Summer of ’42 Celebration set for August The Mendocino County Film Office will host a festival weekend, on August 28 and 29, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the filming of the classic coming-of-age movie, Summer of ‘42. The Mendocino Art Center will exhibit Dave Friedman’s Summer of ’42 photographs. Book-signing event. 707-961-6300.

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A. ABALONE ROOM AT LITTLE RIVER INN 7751 N. Highway 1, Little River Discovered by Hollywood in 1939, the Little River Inn has drawn casts and crews of many films, including Frenchman’s Creek, The Russians Are Coming, and Johnny Belinda. Sponsored by Little River Inn. B. CROWN HALL 45285 Ukiah St. Built in 1901 by Portuguese settlers, Crown Hall continues to serve as a community meeting and performance hall. It may be seen in the James Dean classic East of Eden. Sponsored by Rossi Building Materials. C. HILL HOUSE INN 10701 Palette Dr. The Hill House Inn sign still reads The Hill House of Cabot Cove, a prop from the filming of the popular television series, Murder, She Wrote, in Mendocino. The village of Mendocino starred as the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, in the series that ran from 1984-1996. Sponsored by Hill House Inn. D. MATHESON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Mendocino High School Campus (corner of Ford & Cahto) Envisioned as a classic “little theater,” the Performing Arts Center provides an intimate experience where actors and audience are not separated by stage and proscenium. The building design, materials and colors are a reference to the site’s former use: a board-andbatten barn built in the late 1800s which is said to have been used for the famous “Ice House” scene in East of Eden. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. E. ODDFELLOWS HALL / FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS 10480 Ukiah St. (at the corner of Kasten and Ukiah) Historic Odd Fellows Hall was built in 1878. Long known as the William Zimmer Gallery, it is now privately owned and loaned to community art groups for special shows and events. Sponsored by FlockWorks.

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5:30 Grocer’s Son

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– Recording Rites (20)

12:30 Hollywood Chinese (90)

– ART:21 Cao Fei (14)


8:00 No Impact Man

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5:30 The Cove (91)



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11:00 Hollywood Chinese


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6:30 Topp Twins



With Panel

Dark Light: Blind Photographers (30)


– ART:21 Kimsooja (13)

12:30 Rabbit a la Berlin (39)

– Ingelore (26)

3:00 Magic with Daniel Ellsberg & Wavy Gravy

– ART:21 Julie Mehretu

5:30 Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World

8:00 Seducing Charlie Barker



– Tattoo Fashion Show

11:00 Miracle in a Box (57)

– 7 Solos

1:30 Jim Thorpe: World’s Greatest Athlete

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10:00 Short Films

12:30 Tapped




– Kunjo – ART:21 Yinka Shonibare MBE (14)

3:00 Secret of Kells

5:30 Horse Boy

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11:00 Coffee with Haskell Wexler

1:30 Between the Folds (55)

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4:00 Most Dangerous Man (93)




4:00 River of Renewal

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