2013 Mendocino Film Festival Program

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Ron LeValley


May 31-June 2, 2013 MendocinoFilmFestival.org facebook.com/mendocinofilmfestival

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Festival Board of Directors President & Treasurer: Paul Kemp Vice President, Operations: Alex Fields Vice President, Programming: Betsy Ford Vice President, Marketing: Bob Woelfel Program Director: Pat Ferrero Volunteer Coordinator: Christine Kenton Membership/ Ticketing/Hospitality: Arlene Moorehead Database Manager: Matt Perelstein Membership/ Hospitality: Christine Wagner

Founder Keith Brandman

Advisory Board Zoë Elton Diana Fuller Will Geiger Richard Heinberg Carl Lumbly Albert Maysles Jim McCullough Toney Merritt Bill Nichols Mike Schuh Gail Silva Sydney Pollack 1934 - 2008 Advisor 2006 - 2008



Feature Programs

Ticket Info


Guide to Venues

11-17 Special Events


Film Schedule

PRODUCTION CREDITS PRODUCTION Producer/Managing Director: Melissa Howden Producer /Senior Advisor: Ann Walker Producer/Operations: Alex Fields

Program Direction Programming Team Pat Ferrero, Program Director/ Curator Betsy Ford, VP Programming/ Curator Ann Walker, Sr. Programmer/ Curator George Russell, Program Advisor Pre-Screeners Barbara Birchard John Birchard Alex Fields Shelley Fields Joy Gertler Alena Guest Gordon Keller Paul McKenna Sara McKenna Jessica Morton John Osborne Julie Silber Steve Siler Meredith Smith Program Hosts Terry Diggs Zoë Elton Richard Heinberg Pat Jackson Felicia Lowe Carl Lumbly Toney Merritt Bill Nichols George Russell Larry Thomas

Operations Hospitality Blair Bowery Sallie McConnell Arlene Moorehead Christine Wagner

Festival Events Jennifer Taylor, Festival Events Coordinator Sally Stewart, Festival Events Assistant

Advertising Sales Erina Reeves

Concessions Blair Bowery Isla Bowery

Webmaster Dave Mathews

Cover Photo Ron LeValley

Development Advisor Michael Fox

Public Relations Marcie Schorg Operations Support Piper Odegaard Thommy Pelletier Box Office Martha Buck Gayle Greene Doris Hammer Deirdre Lamb Brona Lessen Ginny Rorby Pat Scott Henrietta Steiniger Camille Tinling Norma Watkins Deena Zarlin Mark Zarlin

Audience Choice Award Bob Bushansky Filmmaker Welcome Carole Freeman James Sibbet


Technical Direction Technical Director: Marshall Brown Sound Engineer: Lowell Brown Sound Engineer: Peter Temple Head Projectionist: Rush Jones Head Projectionist: Rich Perenyi Equipment Sponsor: Matt Rowland, Matt Rowland Events

Assistants to the Producers Virginia Dikinis J Mattingly Printed Program Production Roy Dufrain, HomeMade Publications Printed Program Editors Pat Ferrero Betsy Ford Melissa Howden Ann Walker

Photographers John Birchard Larry Wagner Nicholas Wilson Keith Wyner Videographers Jim Culp Will Farley Maynard Kaminsky Denell McFall Mike Evans

CONTACT US: Mendocino Film Festival P.O. Box 1843, The Water Tower, 10481 Lansing St. Mendocino, CA 95460 707-937-0171 • www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org

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Buy your tickets early! We expect many sold-out shows! HOW TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS May 1 - June 1, 2013 Online: May 1 - June 1, 2013 www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org

audience choice award Cast Your Vote! Each year The Mendocino Film Festival invites you, our discerning audience, to determine the Audience Choice Award recipient. 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 on Monday, June 3. The Audience Choice Award film will be screened again at Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg at 11:00 am Saturday, June 8.

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By Phone: May 1 - June 1, 2013 Call Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006 In Person: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 9 - May 25, 12 - 4 pm Mendocino Film Festival Office at The Yellow Water Tower on Ukiah Street, East of Lansing Street, Mendocino (next to Frankie’s) Wednesday-Saturday, May 29 - June 1, Festival Headquarters, Oddfellows Hall on Kasten & Ukiah St, Mendocino PURCHASING TICKETS ON DAY OF SHOW At the door one hour before showtime, at each event during the festival. (subject to availability; cash only at the door). VENUES • Matheson Performing Arts Center Cahto and Ford Streets, Mendocino • The Festival Tent, Hill House Inn 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino • Coast Cinemas 135 S. Franklin St, Fort Bragg • Arena Theater 214 Main St, Point Arena • Noyo Theatre 57 East Commercial St, Willits • Anderson Valley, Balo Vineyards 9001 Highway 128, Philo • Anderson Valley, The Madrones 9000 Highway 128, Philo FILM TICKET PRICES Regular Screenings Advance Purchase.........$11 Regular Screenings At The Door................$12 Be sure to check our website for updates!

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SPECIAL EVENT TICKET PRICES Mendocino Wine Tasting and Screening of the film SOMM Wine tasting, Saturday, June 1, 1-3 pm, Glendeven Inn & Wine Bar Screening, Saturday, June 1, 8 pm, Festival Tent $35 film and event (no passes); $11 film only Anderson Valley Wine Tasting and Screening of the film SOMM Screening, Sunday, June 2, 3 pm, Balo Vineyards Wine tasting, Sunday, June 2, 5 pm, The Madrones $35 film and event (no passes); $11 film only (extremely limited) Willits Noyo Theatre Premiere Reception and screening of A Fierce Green Fire Thursday, May 30, 5:30 pm Noyo Theatre, Willits $15 reception and film; $11 film only SOLD OUT? TICKETS AT THE DOOR! Even if advance tickets are no longer available, tickets will be offered at the door when the number of open seats is determined. A line for waiting list tickets may start anywhere from 20 mins. to 1 hour prior to a given screening. Subject to availability; cash only at the door. 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. PROCESSING FEE (web & phone orders only) Processing fee is $1.38 per ticket. The Fine Print: • Ticket orders are accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales are final. • No refunds, exchanges or substitutions. • 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. • Ticket Holders must arrive 20 mins. prior to show time 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 disabled people. Please contact the Festival Office at 937-0171 for information on access and accommodation. Or Call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.



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Jason Wise’s film, SOMM, is a documentary following four friends’ quest to pass one of the most difficult and secretive tests on the planet: The Master Sommelier exam. Fewer than 5% have passed the infamous exam in its 40-year history. Wise’s film follows the four across the globe as they prepare for the most difficult challenge of their lives. The Mendocino Film Festival is proud to screen SOMM in Mendocino and in Anderson Valley. In addition to the screenings of the film there will be two special wine tasting events with some of the Sommeliers in the film.

Special Program

Wine Tasting Events & Special screenings of the film SOMM

This program is made possible by the generous support of The Madrones Vintners: Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery and Signal Ridge.

 Mendocino Event

Wine Tasting & Screening of the film Somm Wine Tasting, Saturday, June 1, 1:00-3:00 pm Glendeven Inn, 8205 N. Hwy 1, Mendocino Film Screening, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 pm, Festival Tent, Mendocino Goldeneye Winery will pour prior to screening TICKETS $35 Wine Tasting and Film Screening (in advance only; no passes) $11 Film Screening Only (in advance) Winemakers from Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery and Signal Ridge will be pouring their wines. Both the winemakers and the Sommeliers will do some fun evaluation notes. Sweet and savory bites from local purveyors including Moosse Café, Wild Fish and the Albion River Inn will be served to accompany the wines.

 Anderson Valley Event

Wine Tasting & Screening of the film Somm Film Screening, Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm Balo Vineyards, 9001 California 128, Philo Balo Vineyards will pour wine prior to screening. Post-Screening Tasting Reception Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm at The Madrones, 9000 California 128, Philo TICKETS $35 Wine Tasting and Film Screening (in advance only; no passes) $11 Film Screening Only (limited number in advance) Winemakers from Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery and Signal Ridge will be pouring their wines. Both the winemakers and the Sommeliers will do some fun evaluation notes. Attendees get to match their wine sensory evaluation skills for prizes. Food will be provided by The Madrones new restaurant, Barlow, by chef Patrick Meany. Patrick worked under Thomas Keller at Buchon as well as Gary Danko’s San Francisco Restaurant.

SPECIAL INVITATION: In Honor of the Mendocino Film Festival’s first foray into the Anderson Valley, The Madrones Vintners, Balo Vineyards and Goldeneye Winery will all be hosting open houses on Sunday, June 2, from 12:00-4:00 pm.

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ach year the festival is supported in countless ways by an ever-expanding group of generous people. To all who are listed here, and to those of you who joined us after the program went to print, big, big gratitude to you all.

Mary Aigner Pamela Allen Megan Allende Ananse Village Nancy Banker Jennifer Barbato Danny Barca Steven Bates Jeffrey Berenson Barbara Birchard John Birchard Wendy Boise, CPA Blair Bowery Isla Bowery Keith Brandman Marshall Brown Jamie Buckner Bob Bushansky Wally Clark John Coate Mina Cohen Liza Culick Jim Culp Alison De Grassi Debra DeGraw Gail Dickenson Pat Dunbar

Buster and Trish Dyer Cally Dym Claire Ellis Zoë Elton Shelley Fields Michael Fox Joanne Frazer, Fort Bragg Travel Carole Freeman Austyn Gaffney Gallery Books Sue Gibson Glass Fire Gallery Jean Graham Steve Greenwood Maria Hansen Nancy Harris Tom Honer Mia Johnson Margie Kamb Joan Katzeff Paul Katzeff Gordon Keller Nancy Kemp Tom Kravis Mike & Eula Lenihan Brona Lessen Ron LeValley

Eileen Lopate Lover’s Lane Honey Dave Mathews Jim McCullough Sue McKinney Mel McKinney Lynette McLeod Mendo Matte Mendocino Cookie Company Mendocino Mustard Mendocino Seasonings Toney Merritt Laurie Moore Jim Moorehead Neil and Cheryl Nathan Susanne Norgard Christie Olson-Day John Osborne Papa Bear’s Chocolate Mariette Peeters Paula Perelstein Mendocino Chocolate Company Pippi’s Longstockings Racine’s Art & Office Supplies Arlo Reeves Erina Reeves Charles and Cindy Reinhart


Emily Reinhart Rising Tide Sea Vegetables Lu Ross Matt Rowland Marcie Schorg Debra Scott Janet Self Sandy Schmidt Randy Setlock James Sibbet Tania Sousa Joan and Jeff Stanford Stella Cadente Olive Oil Abbey Stockwell David Steffen Sally Stewart Charlie Stone Jennifer Taylor Camille Timiling Barry Vogel Hal and Rosie Wagenet Jan Wasserman Marc Wasserman Lisa Weg Nicholas Wilson Keith Wyner Bill and Lynette Zimmer

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he Festival is honored and grateful to have received a generous grant from The Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

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or the last seven years, local inns, hotels and individuals have offered our festival guests the gracious hospitality we have become known for. To all of you we extend our heartfelt thanks, for without you we literally could not have done it.

Inns and Hotels Agate Cove Inn Alegria Inn Andiron Seaside Inn & Cabins Beachcomber Motel Blair House Inn Blue Door Inn Blue Heron Inn Brewery Gulch Inn Coast Getaways Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse

Glendeven Inn Grey Whale Inn Harbor House Inn Harbor Lite Lodge Headlands Inn John Dougherty House Joshua Grindle Inn Little River Inn MacCallum House Inn Mendocino Coast Reservations Mendocino Farmhouse Mendocino Hotel

North Cliff Hotel Packard House Sea Rock Inn Seagull Inn Stanford Inn By the Sea Weller House Inn Private Homeowners Michael and Daphne Beard Patricia and Ken Black Pat Dunbar Jim and Jill Eldridge Claire Ellis & Chuck Greenberg

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Ken Hollander and Sharon Kiss Tina and Jeremy Isenberg Bill and Gwen Jacobson Bill and Julie Masterson Andria Richey Wendy Roberts Bill and Vickie Sherman Ellie Vanderbosch Leslie Wahlquist Joy and Neil Wilensky



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Opening Party Friday, May 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Hill House Inn, Mendocino Film Society Members and Filmmaker Guests only. We’ll kick off the 8th Annual Mendocino Film Festival immediately following our first screening at 5:00 pm in the Festival Tent. This party brings together Mendocino Film Society Members and our talented filmmakers and industry guests over Blue Angel Vodka cocktails, brews from North Coast Brewing Company and wines from Jeriko, Patianna, Breggo, and Roederer Estate. * Tickets for this party are not available for purchase. The opening night party is one of the benefits of Mendocino Film Society membership.

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FESTIVAL MEMBERS FILM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP The Mendocino Film Festival is supported by a loyal group of members. Our members are essential to the Festival, not only in making this year’s festival possible, but also helping to secure its future. As a Film Society Member your role is key and your support matters more now than ever. Ticket sales provide only 25% of the income needed to bring this hands-on, volunteer-led festival to Mendocino County. It is only through the contribution of our members that we are able to continue to bring filmmakers and their stories to our community.

Film Society members receive insider opportunities including: • Invitations to special events • Early notification of film selections • Opportunity for advance purchase of tickets before they go on sale to the general public • Priority seating (Producer Level and above) • All Access Passes (Producer Level and above)

We are ever grateful to our Film Society Members for their support in bringing the highest quality independent films and special events to Mendocino County.


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Steven and Kathryn Fields Sylvia M. Walker

DIRECTOR Pat Dunbar Claire Ellis and Chuck Greenberg Stacy Houdek Paul and Nancy Kemp Jim Lyons Jim and Arlene Moorehead Brad Snedecor and Mary O’Shaughnessy Greg and Teresa Young

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PLUS all Members receive one or two invitations (dependent on Membership Level) to our Opening Night Party and screening, available exclusively to Film Society Members.

PRODUCER Luna Armstrong Shirley Eramo Jean and Otto Graham Fran and Larry Heit Wendy Pollock and Barry Cusick Tony and Jane Wasley

CINEMATOGRAPHER Michael and Daphne Beard John and Katherine Brown

Peter and Lynn Chevalier Lisa and Daniel Christgau Sallie and Tom Costello Cecile Currier Meredythe and Clayton Daley Samuel P Edwards, TTE Sue and Bill Gibson Mary Glanville Michael and Gayle Greene Lynda and Fred Grill Lucy Hilmer and Bob Elfstrom Kathryn and John Hughes Bill and Gwen Jacobson Linda Judd Judy Katz Rod and Marnie Kelleher Susan Larkin and James Ehlers Bruce and Kathryn Leaman Cheryl and Neil Nathan Carolyn Owen Tim Poehlmann Andrea Richey and Joseph Dalton Monica Steinisch, Philip Maloney Susan Tubbesing and Sarah Nathe John Wallace and Fayne Leventhal Mary and Peter Zama Mark and Deena Zarlin Norma Watkins and Les Cizek

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Micky Becker and Pam Gaffney

Henrietta Bensussen John and Barbara Birchard Harriet Bye and Larry Sawyer Ronald Campbell and Lawrence Goldyn Don and Carole Chambers Nancy Gardner Jay J. Gertler Mary Ellen Goggin Polly Green Sy and Bonnie Grossman Doris Hammer Charles Hochberg Melissa Howden Gary and Lynelle Johnson Kathy Johnson and David Nieskoski Nancy and Michael Meden Elizabeth McDaniel Mavis Moore Emiko Omori Judith and J.A. Parker Lauren and Mark Richey Louise Roche Ginny Rorby Devora Rossman Dorothy Salant Carolyn Shirck Emily Strachan Sabine and James Swallow Jane Tillis Orah Young

* Members who renewed or joined before this program went to print

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Saturday, September 7th, 11 am-5 pm Tasting 11-2 Live Auction 2-5


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World-Class Alloy Orchestra

ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live


accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music and realistic sound effects in a spectacular variety of styles.

Special Program

“Alloy has brought fresh air to a world thought left to nostalgics…. and by doing that, they’ve given voice to no less than the sound of cinema.” —Pordenone Silent Film Festival

The Mendocino Film Festival is delighted to bring two special event performances of the Alloy Orchestra providing musical accompaniment to classic silent films.

“The best in the world at accompanying silent films.” —Roger Ebert The General

The General Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman; Stars Buster Keaton

Saturday, June 1, 3:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

The General

The General is made possible by the generous support of Rossi Building Materials.

Often listed among the ten best films of all time, The General (1926) is Keaton’s greatest work, at once a full scale epic, a wonderful comedy and an authentic-looking period drama with each shot looking like a Matthew Brady photograph. It is memorable for its strong story line of a single, brave, but foolish Southern Confederate train engineer doggedly in pursuit of his passionatelyloved locomotive (“The General”) AND the woman he loves. The General displays marvelous technical and structural perfection, hundreds of extras, playful comic inventiveness, realistic romance, and nonchalant and graceful, athleticism on the part of Keaton. Filled with hilarious sight gags and perfectly timed stunt work (without stuntmen to double for Keaton), non-stop action, and a preoccupation with authenticity, it makes parts of the film a visual history of the American Civil War. The climax of the film includes a spectacular moment in which a bridge collapses as a railroad train crosses it. A financial and critical failure in its time, The General is now considered one of the masterpieces of cinema history. Alloy Orchestra’s performance of The General is appropriate for children ages 8 and up. (65 min.)

Masters of Slapstick Short films with Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Friday, May 31, 8:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door


Masters of Slapstick is made possible by the generous support of Redwood Roofers.

Alloy Orchestra will play live, newly-composed musical scores for three hilarious shorts featuring the great Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle. The Play House (1921) opens with a now-famous dream sequence in which Keaton plays every character in a theater simultaneously—including the band leader, everybody in the band, all the dancers on stage, and everyone in the audience! Good Night Nurse (1918) is Arbuckle’s surrealistic nightmare, where he escapes the operating table and inadvertently enters a “Great Heavyweight Race.” Arbuckle also gives his best “in drag” performance playing a flirting nurse to Keaton’s doctor. In One Week (1920), Buster Keaton (who also co-wrote and directed) assembles a prefabricated house for his bride during the first six days of their marriage. Unfortunately the directions are sabotaged by her spurned suitor.

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Short Films Mixed Messages

Friday, May 31, 5:00 pm, Festival Tent, Member Screening, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

Short Films

Join us for 9 films on the topic of communication—the heart of human activity—as it goes retail, feline, romantic, printed, hand-written, oral and electronic. The selection includes two Academy Award® winning films.

Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am, Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Saturday, June 1, 5:30 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door THE OP SHOP

Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Arena Theater, Point Arena, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

Good Karma $1 Directed by Jason Berger and Amy Laslett. What starts out as a project to understand the world’s simplest form of communication, a cardboard sign, turns into a lesson of generosity. Best Short Documentary, Edmonton International Film Festival; Audience Award DC Shorts (15 min.)

Prattle: Your Words Are Empty and So Is Your Heart Directed by Ryan Daniel Dobson. A dark comedy about two competitive, philosophically selfabsorbed best friends who make an ill-conceived bet. (15 min.) Official Selection, Napa Valley Film Festival and Manhattan Film Festival. WHAT’S VIRGIN MEAN?

The Op Shop Directed by Lee Rogers. At an average suburban thrift store (an Australian “opportunity” store), a mysterious donation sends the sales clerks on a journey of self-discovery. Best Comedy, Las Vegas Film Festival; Audience Favorite, Palm Springs International Shortfest; Audience Award, Young at Heart Film Festival (7 min.)

CatCam Directed by Seth Keal. Juergen, a German engineer, created a camera designed to fit around his cat’s neck. He hoped to discover the mysterious life of his cat, who would disappear for days at a time. He then published the photographs on the internet, unaware that it would change his life forever. Best Short Film, Tribeca Online Film Festival (16 min.)

Paperman Prattle

Directed by Brian McAllister. Paperman follows the day of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting on his morning commute. 2013 Academy Award®, Best Animated Short Film (7 min.)

Power of Words Directed by Seth Gardner. Using a blind man, this short illustrates the power of words to radically change your message and your effect upon the world. (2 min.)

The Lunch Date Directed by Adam Davidson. A well-heeled white woman faces her prejudice while stranded in a train station. Academy Award® 1991 for Best Live Action Short Film; Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival (11min.)

What’s Virgin Mean? CatCam

This program is made possible by the generous support of Coast Real Estate and Mendocino Coast Pharmacy.

Directed by Michael Davies. A young girl asks her mother an awkward question. Audience Choice Award, Time Film Festival, Switzerland; Special Jury Award, Best Comedy Soul 4 Reel (3 min.)

Validation Directed by Kurt Kuenne. This short is the charming story of a parking attendant who provides real validation. Audience Award, Hawaii International Film Festival; Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival (16 min.)

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FEature Programs After Winter, Spring Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm. Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door In the Périgord region of southwestern France, After Winter, Spring follows a handful of farmers through the seasons as they live through the transformation of their rural world. Now, in this region that has been continuously cultivated for over 5,000 years, their age-old way of life is disappearing at an alarming rate, and farmers struggle to cope with overwhelming challenges. Following them over three years, we are able to witness the degradation of an ancestral way of life and also to see surprising adaptations. Their stories interweave to reveal an intimate picture of the reality facing family farms everywhere. US/France; 74 min; Winner, Audience Favorite Award, Mill Valley Film Festival 2012.


Directed by Judith Lit (Q&A with Editor Jennifer Chinlund after screening)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

This Film on the Arts is made possible by the generous support of Kemgas.

Films on the Arts

Directed by Alison Klayman; Produced by Colin Jones (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. “(Ai) has become the hottest name in the contemporary art world and one of the most dangerous men in communist China.” — Picktainment. 91 min; Winner, Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize; Top 5 Documentaries, National Board of Review.

Bidder 70

Sunday, June 2, 10:00 am, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door “The choice you are making today is what side you are on.” —Tim DeChristopher

This program is made possible by the generous support of Lee Edmundson.


Directed by Beth Gage and George Gage (Q&A with filmmakers and Tim DeChristopher after screening)

Bidder 70 follows Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, who on December 19, 2008, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience, derailed the outgoing Bush administration’s illegal Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction. As bidder #70, Tim bid $1.8 million and won 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks. He had no intention to pay or drill. This act would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Bidder 70 illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in. Tim DeChristopher puts a face on Time Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year, the Protestor. Includes interviews with Robert Redford, Terry Tempest Williams, and Bill McKibben. 73 min; People’s Choice and Spirit of Activism Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Best US Feature Film, Traverse City Film Festival; Official Selection, Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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FEature Programs Directed by Jeff Orlowski (Q&A with ice expert Adam LeWinter and Richard Heinberg after screening)

Saturday, June 1, 12:30 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm, Arena Theater, Point Arena, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

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Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to open our eyes to the biggest story in human history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Having initially captured images of Arctic changes on behalf of National Geographic, professional photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. 75 min; Audience Award, South by Southwest Film Festival; Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival; Academy Award® Nominee, Best Original Song, 2013.

Directed by Mark Kitchell (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Thursday, May 30, Noyo Theatre in Willits 5:30 Opening Reception; 7:00 pm Film Screening $15 Reception and Film; $11 Film Screening Only This program is made possible by the generous support of Parducci Wine Cellars, Barra of Mendocino Winery, and WE -Wagenet Enterprises.


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Films For Our Future

Chasing Ice

This documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell, explores grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from conservation to climate change, with vivid stories of people fighting and succeeding against enormous odds. If the early environmentalists hadn’t opened the government’s eyes to the atrocities being wreaked on Mother Nature and the inhabitants of our planet, would we be enjoying our redwood forests, drinking clean water, and relishing the sight of grey whales spy-hopping along our coast? Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Isabelle Allende, Van Jones and Ashley Judd narrate this important film. 100 min. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.

The General Saturday, June 1, 3:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Often listed among the ten best films of all time, The General (1926) is Keaton’s greatest work, at once a full scale epic and a wonderful comedy. It is memorable for Keaton’s playful comic inventiveness and the strong story-line of a single, brave, but foolish Southern Confederate train engineer doggedly in pursuit of his passionately-loved locomotive (“The General”) AND the woman he loves.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Rossi Building Materials.

Special Program

Presented with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra (see page 17). Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman; Starring Buster Keaton

The climax of the film includes a spectacular moment in which a bridge collapses as a railroad train crosses it. Keaton filmed the collapse using 500 extras from the Oregon National Guard who dressed up in Union uniforms and were filmed going left-to-right before changing into Confederate uniforms to be filmed going right-to-left. A financial and critical failure in its time, The General is now considered one of the masterpieces of cinema history. 107 min.

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FEature Programs God Loves Uganda Saturday, June 1, 3:00 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door “Masterfully crafted and astonishingly provocative, God Loves Uganda may be the most terrifying film of the year.”—David Courier for Sundance Film Festival


Directed by Roger Ross Williams; Associate Produced by Casper DeBoer and Betsy Ford (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

Roger Ross Williams, Academy Award® winning filmmaker (Music By Prudence), pulls back the curtain on the radical campaign by extreme American evangelicals to convert African culture into the image and likeness of the American Christian Right.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Queenie’s Roadhouse Cafe.

As an American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. With unprecedented access, the film deftly reveals the conflicting motives of faith, egotism and greed among American evangelical leaders, Ugandan ministers and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case — ground zero in a battle for millions of souls. 83 min; Official Selection, 2013 Sundance Film Festival; Inspiration Award, Full Frame Film Festival; Best Feature Length Documentary, Ashland Film Festival.

Intouchables Directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

This program is made possible by the generous support of The Coast, KOZT and Mendo Lake Credit Union.

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables is based on a true story of friendship between an aristocratic millionaire (Francois Cluzet) injured in a paragliding accident and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy). The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. The film thoroughly charms us with moments that will bring laughter and tears in a reassuring alternating pattern. The Intouchables has become the most-watched French-language film ever seen outside of France. 112 min; In French with English subtitles. Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film; Audience Award, European Film Awards; Nominated for 12 César Awards (France’s Academy Awards); Best Actor César Award for Omar Sy; Grand Prize Tokyo International Film Festival.


Saturday, June 1, 8:00 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

The Kid with a Bike Directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

This program is made possible by the generous support of Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this deeply moving film by the Dardenne brothers delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old, Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle — placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her — though she refuses to give up without a fight. As in all of the Dardennes’ films, there’s the sense of a soul at risk, and a central performance of exceptional power. A moving story about what we all need, trust and love. “The Dardenne brothers have made yet another movie that does what Hollywood used to do — keep us rapt, and leave us grateful.” J. Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. 87 min; In French with English subtitles. Grand Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival; Best Foreign Language nominee, Golden Globe Awards; 19 other nominations and wins.

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FEature Programs Masters of Slapstick

Friday, May 31, 8:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Alloy Orchestra will play live, newly-composed musical scores for three hilarious shorts featuring the great Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Redwood Roofers.

Special Program

Short films with Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Presented with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra (see page 17).

 The Play House (1921) opens with a now-famous dream sequence in which Keaton plays every character in a theater simultaneously — including the band leader, everybody in the band, all the dancers on stage, and everyone in the audience!  Good Night Nurse (1918) is Arbuckle’s surrealistic nightmare, where he escapes the operating table and inadvertently enters a “Great Heavyweight Race.” Arbuckle also gives his best “in drag” performance playing a flirting nurse to Keaton’s doctor.  In One Week (1920), Buster Keaton (who also co-wrote and directed) assembles a prefabricated house for his bride during the first six days of their marriage. Unfortunately the directions are sabotaged by her spurned suitor. These three joyous treats celebrate the talents of one of the greatest performers, comics and visual innovators in movie history, Buster Keaton, and they are brought to glorious life for a new generation thanks to the loving and lively scores by the Alloy Orchestra. (65 min.)

Rebels with a Cause Narrated by Academy Award® winning actress Francess McDormand

Sunday, June 2, 12:30 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Mendocino Land Trust.

Rebels With A Cause is the inspiring and emotionally moving story of how, in the 1950’s through 1970’s, a band of conservationists, ranchers, dairymen and politicians saved the lands that are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area from development. At a time when suburban developers planned housing developments, hotels, polo fields and multi-lane highways at the extension of the burgeoning city of San Francisco, ordinary citizens came together to do extraordinary things to protect this unique 80-mile stretch of land. This dramatic David and Goliath story weaves together themes of conservation, ecology, development, finance, politics and sustainability.


Produced dand directed by Nancy Kelly; produced and edited by Kenji Yamamoto (Q&A with filmmakers and Rebels after the screening)

Rebels With A Cause illustrates how people with vastly different ideas can create something coherent, and illuminates how an accumulation of individual visions can become a profound, connected success. This gorgeously shot, inspiring film arrives just in time to commemorate Point Reyes National Seashore’s 50th anniversary, truly embodying the activist spirit as it celebrates conservation and community. 74 min; Audience Award, Best Documentary, Active Cinema, Mill Valley Film Festival.

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FEature Programs Searching for Sugar Man Saturday, June 1, 5:30 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

This program is made possible by the generous support of Dick’s Place and Whispering Pines Water.

In the late 1960’s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, the album became a phenomenon, and its songs became anthems for the anti-apartheid movement. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. Searching For Sugar Man is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music. 86 min; Academy Award®, Best Documentary, 2013; Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival; Best Documentary, BAFTA Awards.


Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Short Films Program: Mixed Messages

Multiple screening times:

Friday, May 31, 5:00 pm, Festival Tent, Member Screening, $11 in advance, $12 at the door This program is made possible by the generous support of Coast Real Estate and Mendocino Coast Pharmacy.

Special Program

Join us for 9 films on the topic of communication— the heart of human activity—as it goes retail, feline, romantic, printed, hand-written, oral, and electronic. Two of the films are Academy Award® winners. (Please see page 19 for a full listing and description of the short films.)

Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am, Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Saturday, June 1, 5:30 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Arena Theater, Point Arena, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

Somm See page 11 for special events with this film

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Goldeneye Winery will pour prior to screening. Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Balo Vineyards, Anderson Valley, $35 film and reception, $11 film only (very limited number)

Special Program

Directed by Jason Wise (Q&A with Master Sommeliers after screening)

Balo Vineyards will pour prior to screening. This program is made possible by the generous support of The Madrones Vintners: Bink Wines, Drew Family Cellars, Knez Winery and Signal Ridge.

With unprecedented access, SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look at a mysterious world very little is known about — the Court of Master Sommeliers and the much dreaded Master Sommelier exam. The court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations in the world of wine, with under 200 candidates passing the Master level worldwide since its inception over 40 years ago. The exam covers literally anything having to do with the entire world of wine and that is just the beginning. Access to the Court of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam…until now. 100 min; Audience Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival; Official Selection, Napa Valley Film Festival.

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FEature Programs Suitcase of Love and Shame Friday, May 31, 8:00 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: Contains sexually explicit content. A forbidden love story played out in a decade that would soon spawn the sexual revolution, Suitcase of Love And Shame reconstructs a mesmerizing and erotic narrative from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Midwestern woman and her lover chronicle the details of their adulterous love affair. Part historical documentary and part experimental narrative, the film uses this rare audio example to critically examine a time when it was exceptional to listen to the contradictory words of those who secretly and exuberantly lived a lie while publicly constraining their passion.


Directed by Jane Gillooly (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

In 1964, the couple, Tom and Jeannie, lived in different cities. Long distance phone calls were risky and cost prohibitive, so instead they recorded audio letters, television shows, record albums, and sex tapes for each other. They are heard singing, drinking, laughing, crying, and making love. The recordings are raw, candid, and provocative. The film is rich in the textural sounds of Midwestern thunderstorms, telephones ringing, barking dogs, and Bert Parks announcing the winner of the Miss America Pageant of 1965. Tender and pathetic, dramatic and suspenseful, the tapes include astonishing details of hotel room rendezvous and workplace indiscretions. Suitcase of Love And Shame offers an honest portrayal of the dynamics of an unhappy marriage, the effects of institutionalized sexism, the influence of popular culture, and the impact that new technology — portable recording devices — had on people’s lives. 70 min. Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Special Screening, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Official Selection, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Official Selection, Visions du Reel, Switzerland.

Sweet Dreams Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door Complimentary ice cream after the screening, courtesy of Cowlicks.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Thanksgiving Coffee.

Rwanda has made great strides in economic recovery since the devastating genocide in 1994, but “people are not like roads and buildings,” says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. “How do we rebuild a human being?” Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued. What exactly was ice cream and how would they do it?


Directed by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman (Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a future of hope and possibility for themselves. For Kiki, “Reconciliation is not just about two peoples. People have to reconcile with themselves, with happiness, with life.” Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning sister and brother filmmakers, Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, co-produced and directed this inspiring film to tell the story of this remarkable group of Rwandan women. 88 min; Top 10 Audience Award, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam; Official Selection, Mill Valley Film Festival; Official Selection, Silverdocs.

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FEature Programs SNEAK PREVIEW ! Directed by Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon (Q&A with filmmakers and Chris Strachwitz after screening) Film is followed by live music, with south-of-the-border rhythms, by the band Cumbaleros, including Frannie Leopold (vocals, guitar), Sue Crawford (3 row buton accordion, vocals), John Camberlin (lead guitar), Peter Barg (tololoche), Steve Davidson (percussion).


This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm, Festival Tent, $11 in advance, $12 at the door This program is made possible by the generous support of North Coast Brewing Company.

“It’s impossible to look at the history of blues, Cajun and Zydeco music without looking at Chris Strachwitz’ role. He’s a monumental figure.” — Bonnie Raitt This Ain’t No Mouse Music! takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from New Orleans to Texas, from Cajun country to Appalachia, in celebration of Chris Strachwitz’s vision of American music. Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of the deep American music, music with roots that strike straight into the country’s heartland. He is the guiding force behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, producing albums that the Rolling Stones and many others played the grooves right off of. Since 1960, Strachwitz has been recording the authentic pulses of the great American music, throbbing away in the backwoods of the nation. His label offers an unparalleled catalogue of blues, Cajun, wild Hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B. These diverse musical strands seem to have grown right out of the ground they are played on. With tape-recorder in hand, Strachwitz traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints. He returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. The film features Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Flaco Jiménez, Michael Doucet, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Taj Mahal, The Pine Leaf Boys, the Treme Brass Band, No Speed Limit and more. 92 min; Official Selection, 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Tokyo Waka

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door A poem about a city, its people, and 20,000 crows.

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Tokyo is a digital metropolis and wellspring of spectacular pop culture, its commercial crossroads carpeted with people day and night. Above them, watching from perches on buildings and power lines, are more than 20,000 crows. As their numbers soared in recent years, Tokyo fought back: trapping them, destroying nests, and securing trash. The crows adapted; they are among the smartest of animals. The 13 million people of Tokyo now live alongside them in a stalemate. Tokyo Waka is an episodic and discursive poem about the life and culture of Tokyo, one of the great cities of the world. 63 min; Grand Prize, Best Feature Film, Green Film Festival, Seoul; Best Cinematography, United Nations Association Film Festival.


Directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

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FEature Programs The Welcome

Sunday, June 2, 10:00 am, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door The Welcome offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of posttraumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained and our hearts broken. And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war. 93 min; Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival; Audience Award, Naples Film Festival; Best Drama, Docufest Atlanta.


Directed by Kim Shelton. Produced by Bill McMillan (Q&A with filmmakers after screening)

We Still Live Here Saturday, June 1, 12:30 pm, Matheson, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

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We Still Live Here, Âs Nutayuneân, tells the truly remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag Indians of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England and lived to regret it. This story explores the rebirth of the Wampanoag language, a language that had virtually disappeared for more than a century. Spurred on by an indomitable Wampanoag linguist named Jessie Littledoe Baird, who just won a MacArthur genius award for her unprecedented work, the Wampanoag are surprising academia and fellow tribal nations by bringing their language and their culture back to life. 82 min; Moving Mountains Prize at Telluride’s MountainFilm; Full Frame Inspiration Award in Durham; Best Documentary, Arlington Film Festival; Jury Award, Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

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Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am, Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg, $11 in advance, $12 at the door

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Member Screening: Short Films: Mixed Messages

Masters of Slapstick with the Alloy Orchestra (65 min.)

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Performing Arts Center

Suitcase of Love & Shame For Mature Audiences (70 min.)


Additional Venues

your full schedule of events and screenings

May 31

Exclusive Opening Party for Festival Members at HILL HOUSE INN

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Chasing Ice

The General with the Alloy Orchestra

Searching for Sugar Man


Bidder 70

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(73 min.)

Rebels with a Cause

Sweet Dreams

This Ain’t No Mouse Music (followed by live music)

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Tokyo Waka

We Still Live Here

God Loves Uganda


The Welcome

(63 min.)

(82 min.)

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Short Films: Mixed Messages

Kid With A Bike

After Winter, Spring

Surprise Repeat Screening To Be Announced

– Minka

(112 min.)

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Short Films: Mixed Messages at COAST CINEMAS in FORT BRAGG

Wine Tasting with Master Sommeliers at GLENDEVEN INN in LITTLE RIVER

Women on the Land at COAST CINEMAS in FORT BRAGG

Short Films: Mixed Messages at ARENA THEATER in POINT ARENA


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WILLITS PREMIERE RECEPTION AND SCREENING OF A FIERCE GREEN FIRE Thursday, May 30, Noyo Theatre in Willits 5:30 Reception; 7:00 A Fierce Green Fire (see page 23).

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SPECIAL ANDERSON VALLEY SCREENING OF SOMM Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm, screening of SOMM at Balo Vineyards in Philo. Wine Tasting with Master Sommeliers to follow at The Madrones at 5:00 pm (see page 11).