2018 Annual Mendocino Film Festival Program Book

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Paul Kemp 1928–2017 In November 2017, we lost a member of our family. President and Treasurer Paul Kemp was one of the founding members of the Mendocino Film Festival in 2005 and he served it faithfully until his death. A friend, a shepherd, a voice of reason, a charming and witty leader . . . he was all of these things and so much more. From his hilarious tales of growing up in Southern California to his self-deprecating humor to his heartfelt appeals for support for his philanthropic projects, he was a brilliant storyteller. He made people believe in the festival because he believed in it. And we’re so glad that he did. A successful businessman, Paul had a keen intuition, and he excelled at looking beyond the present to see potential. From his early years at the film festival through its greatest triumphs, he knew that the festival was destined for success (even if he had to give it a little nudge once in a while). That’s just who Paul was. He asked the right questions and he listened to the answers. As his children and grandchildren and the countless people he mentored can attest, Paul went out of his way to discover people’s passions so that he could help them thrive. He knew that a person who cares can do great things—after all, he was the embodiment of that ideal. Those who met Paul loved him, a fact that earned him the Mendocino Film Festival’s one and only “Just Because We Love You” Award in 2013. As Ann Walker said when she gave him the award, “There are so many reasons to present an award to you . . . but the true bottom line is because we love you. We love you so, so much.” That was the devotion Paul inspired in just about everyone who knew him, whether family, friends, coworkers, or even acquaintances. With grace and wit and good cheer, he inspired people. He inspired us. He was one of a kind, and it is our great honor to dedicate our 2018 program to our dear friend, Paul Kemp. We wouldn’t be here without him and all that he gave of himself over the years. He set the bar high, and we’re the better for it. He will always have our deepest gratitude.


We are delighted to present our Thirteenth Annual Mendocino Film Festival program, featuring five Oscar nominations (including two wins), nine films fresh from Sundance, two films from SXSW, and an array of award-winning independent and international films, all in this unforgettable destination.

Claudia Puig

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

Pat Ferrero is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, curator, and teacher who taught film production at San Francisco State University before making Mendocino her home. She was the Program Director of the Mendocino Film Festival for six years and now curates a track called “Pat’s Picks” that brings cutting-edge social issue films and filmmakers to the community. We are delighted to screen these outstanding films that she hand-picked for this year’s program: Dark Money, Whisper Rapture, and Weed, Water & Wood.

Maggie Mackay’s interest in film developed as a small child in her hometown of New York City, where she spent hours with her mother at Film Forum and The Quad. Among many freelance positions in programming and production, Mackay spent 13 years at Film Independent as Senior Programmer of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Director of Nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2016, Mackay proudly came “home” to her video store roots when she joined Vidiots Foundation, the iconic L.A. video store-turned film non-profit. Be sure to see her selections: Donkeyote, Spettacolo and White Sun.



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HOW TO FEST This book will guide you through the Thirteenth Annual Mendocino Film Festival. You can also also call us at (707) 937-0171 or visit www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org for more information.

STEP 1: Make travel arrangements. Reserve your lodging: Turn

to page 12 for a list of our Hospitality Partners. Out of town or local, we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival!

STEP 2: Note screening dates and times. Our Mendocino

Village venues are within easy walking distance of each other, but be sure to check the screening times and locations of the films you want to see. Coast Cinemas, our Fort Bragg venue, is a short 15 minute drive north of Mendocino. See our venues map on page 61.

STEP 3: Become a Member. Festival Members support

independent film and arts education and receive invitations to exclusive Member events during the Festival and throughout the year. At the Producer level and above, your VIP pass will get you priority access to every screening. Passholders must arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to ensure your seat.

STEP 4: Pick up passes and buy tickets. Ticket sales open to the public on May 3 (online May 1). Members can pick up passes and tickets during box office hours at the Mendocino Film Festival office at the Water Tower from May 3 through May 28 and at Festival HQ at Oddfellows Hall starting May 31. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to ensure your seat. Even if a screening is out of advance tickets, rush tickets may be available at the door. Rush lines begin 20 minutes to an hour before start-time.

STEP 5: Let’s Get Social. Connect with us across our social media all year long. Follow us and join the conversation. #MendoFilm

CONTENTS 3 6-9 11 12 13 15 17 18–19 20–23 24-25 26 27 28 29 30 31–57 59 60 61 62–63

Welcome Festival Sponsors Ticket Info Special Thanks & Hospitality Donors Festival Members Letter from the Program Director Special Events Opening Night Party Festival Partners Film Index Festival Jurors Spotlight Programs Short Films Program Reel Mendo Distinguished Selections Feature Programs Production Credits Opening Art Reception Festival HQ & Map Festival Schedule

THE 13TH ANNUAL MENDOCINO FILM F E S T I VA L AT A G L A N C E • 55 Films • 50 Screenings • 18 Countries Represented


• 2 Academy Award Wins

1904: First film, The Sequoia Sempervirens, shot in Mendocino. 1940: Noyo Theatre founded in Willits. 1954: East of Eden. 1965: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! 1970: Summer of ‘42. 1978: Same Time, Next Year. 1982: Cujo stalks the streets of Mendocino. 2006: Sydney Pollack helps found the Mendocino Film Festival. 2007: Albert Maysles attends. 2009: Danny Glover and Robert Elfstrom attend. 2010: Wavy Gravy and Daniel Ellsberg perform magic show; Haskell Wexler wins Albert Maysles Award. 2011: Roko Belic attends; Les Blank wins Albert Maysles Award. 2012: Fort Bragg and Point Arena programs established. 2013: Philo and Willits programs established; Alloy Orchestra accompanies Silent Film Program. 2014: Leslie Sbrocco, Claudia Lennear, and Warwick Ross attend. 2015: Tenth Anniversary Celebrations. 2016: Steven Bates Band pays tribute to David Bowie. 2017: Keely Shaye & Pierce Brosnan and Dolores Huerta attend.

• 5 Academy Award Nominations • 1 U.S. Premiere • 7 California Premieres • 9 Sundance 2018 Selections • 2 SXSW 2018 Selections



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At the door one hour before showtime, and at each event during the Festival. This applies to all venues, including Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg.

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

May 1 – June 3, 2018 MendocinoFilmFestival.org/tickets

IN PERSON & BY PHONE Thursday – Saturday May 3 – May 26, 12 – 4pm Mendocino FIlm Festival Office at the Yellow Water Tower on Ukiah St. East of Lansing St., Mendocino (next to Frankie's) Call us: (707) 937-0171

DURING FESTIVAL WEEK May 31 – June 3, 9am – 5pm Festival Headquarters 45101 Ukiah St., Mendocino

PAYMENT OPTIONS Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and local checks are accepted for advance sales. ($25 fee for returned checks.)


(Subject to availability; cash only at the door.)

FILM TICKET PRICES Regular Screenings Advance Purchase $11 Regular Screenings at the Door $12 Children’s Program $5 youth, $10 adult

SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM TICKET PRICES Love, Gilda & Comedy Show Friday, June 1, 8:00pm, Festival Tent $25, includes performance by The Bad Aunties. See page 27 for more details. Children’s Program: Coco Saturday, June 2, 10:00am, Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino $5 youth, $10 adult. See page 27 for more details. Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story & Dance Troupe Saturday, June 2, 8:00pm, Festival Tent $25, includes performance by Les Filles Rouges. See page 27 for more details.

Processing fee is $1.54 per ticket (web and phone orders only).

We happily provide services for disabled people. Please contact the Festival Office at (707) 937-0171 for information on access and accommodation.

Buy your tickets early! We expect many sold-out shows. Be sure to check our website for updates: www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org

PAYMENT OPTIONS Cash only at the door.

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, or destroyed. • All persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. • Ticket holders must arrive 20 minutes prior to showtime to be guaranteed a seat. • All events subject to change. On rare occasions, for reasons beyond our control, screenings must be canceled. If a screening is canceled, tickets must be returned to the Festival Headquarters the same day to exchange for another screening or for a refund.

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Special Thanks

Hospitality Donors

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

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

Serena Acker Sarah Bennett Bill and Linda Bjerre Billy Bjerre, Jr. Jamie Buckner Chris Calder DeeLynn Carpenter Stephen Chick John and Linda Compisi Alex Crangle Sharon Davis Marc and Cally Dym Tobin Hahn Lisa Hannon Tom Honer Will and Carolyn Jackson Rush Jones Margie Kamb Joan and Paul Katzeff Valerie Kim Christopher Koveleski Mike and Eula Lenihan Kendra McEwen Mel and Sue McKinney Steve McLaughlin Jim and Arlene Moorehead Michele & Tim Mullins Bill Mulvihill Marie Parisi

Brian Perkins Robert Pinoli Van Philips Kiara Ramirez Gert Rasmussen James Roberts Mark Ruedrich George Russell Donna Schuler Roger and Pam Scommegna Herman Seidell Joe Seta Joan and Jeff Stanford Judy Steele Dolly and David Steffen Sally Stewart Susan Strange Molly Sutherland Jennifer Taylor Barry Vogel Christine Wagner The Estate of Martha Wagner Bob Woelfel Kira Wojack Steve Worthen Rosa Wyglendowski



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We are deeply grateful to our many loyal Festival

Members for their support. It is through the contributions of our members that we are able to continue to bring filmmakers and their stories to our community. Festival Members receive special insider opportunities and benefits, including: • Invitations to special events throughout the year • Early notification of film selections • Opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public

Visit MendocinoFilmFestival.org to become a member today!


• Access (Producer & above) • Passes to All Films (Producer & above) Plus: All Members receive invitations to our Opening Night Party and Sneak Peek Screening, available exclusively to Festival Members and Sponsors.

Special Thanks to our wonderful Festival Members PRESENTING Mike and Mary Schuh ______________ STARRING ROLE Pamela & Tom Hudson Dr. Randy McBride Jerry & Sharon McMillan Joan & Jeff Stanford Jim & Judy Tarbell EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Anonymous Linda & Fedele Bauccio Miguel Berkstrom Carin Berolzheimer & Mark Farver Giovanna-Marie DeSimone & David Goldfarb Daniel & Lisa Christgau John Cornacchia Kathryn & Steven Fields Gerry Grimes John & Kathryn Hughes Nancy Kemp Dr. & Mrs. Richard Louis Miller Dr. Don Paglia Barry & Gayle Tyerman Maria Vargas & Tony Di Torro Sylvia Walker & Ann Walker DIRECTOR Luna Armstrong Peter & Lynn Chevalier Sallie & Tom Costello Barry & Wendy Cusick The Meredythe G. & Clayton C. Daley, Jr. Family Fund Jim & Michelle Deering Pat Dunbar Claire Ellis & Chuck Greenberg Kate Garetz Roger Gilbert Jean & Otto Graham Lynda & Fred Grill Daniel Haehl Kaye Handley & William Patterson Jacquie Hoffman & Anya Maruscha Tina & Jeremy Isenberg Cathy & Jerry Karabensh Micki Klearman & Joe Iacocca Leigh Anne Lindsay Jim & Virginia Lyons Phil Maloney & Monica Steinisch Ken & Barbara Matheson Jim & Arlene Moorehead Terry & Desiree Ramos Gregory Randall & Toni Wilkes

Susan & Mike Sandys Mark & Maurine Solomonson Alison Teeman & Michael Yovino-Young James Thomas & Fred Provencher PRODUCER Tracy Barrett & Claire Lachance Renee Betrand & Lavi Daniel Martha & Kevin Buck Shirley Collenette Hugh Dignon Daphne Haney Stacy Houdek Jason Kirkman & Carol Kawase Suzanne Lewis Carla Markmann Julie Masterson Cheri Osborne & Peter Taylor Ginny Rorby Philip & Nancy Wolkin Mark & Deena Zarlin CINEMATOGRAPHER Barbara Barkovich Micky Becker & Pam Gaffney Richard & Tina Biddle Terry & Catherine Booth Karen & Leonardo Bowers Peter & Lisa Burtis Harriet Bye & Silver Mangini Joe Dalton & Andria Richey Meg Courtney & Bob Buchansky Cecile Currier Ayla & Jim Douglas Randy & Sheila Esson Deborah Fulmor Mary Glanville Harvey Hoechstetter & Lari Shea Bill & Gwen Jacobson Nancy & Charles Jenkins Joan & Paul Katzeff Marni Kelleher Rod Kelleher Kay Lanier & Robert Gardner Susan Larkin & Jim Ehlers Bruce & Kathryn Leaman Susan Mauro-Wagner Erika & Evan Mills Arthur Morley Amanda & Patrick Pekin Bronwyn & Robert Rhoades Christy & Pete Rose

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Letter from the Program Director: Claudia Puig on how films illuminate the breadth of who we are—and can be People often talk about escaping into films—but films also escape into us. Images on screen seep into our pores, they burrow their way under our skin and live on in our minds. They open our eyes and help us understand ourselves and our fellow human beings. They reveal us to ourselves and reveal the experiences of others. The best films connect us to our shared humanity. Films are all about revelation. The cinematic experience provides a window into existence in its many forms, often exploring the lives of people we might otherwise never know. Films can lay bare the deepest emotions and innermost thoughts of others, providing a uniquely revelatory experience. Films engage us aurally, emotionally and intellectually—the combined effect of cinematography, score, dialogue, sound design and, of course, the characters themselves provide lasting images that we often compare to real life. Sometimes real life feels like a movie. The best movies feel like real life. The movies we are showing at the festival this year reflect real life in all its beautiful diversity. They also address some of the concerns the world has been dealing with since two words and a hashtag became the biggest story in the film industry in decades. In the spirit of #timesup, let’s seek out and listen to those who haven’t been heard nearly enough. Let’s encourage more women filmmakers like Lisa Dapolito, the director of Love, Gilda, a cleareyed look at the late, great Gilda Radner. Or Jenny Murray, who directed the little-known story of women warriors in ¡Las Sandinistas! Or RBG directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who gave us a fascinating in-depth look at a woman who has fought for six decades to help women and people of color, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Let’s keep encouraging and uplifting diverse voices and enable this medium to set the tone for what art can—and should—be: an inclusive and progressive means of making the world a better place. The films in this year’s program represent the magnificent breadth of who we are. They celebrate narratives that go beyond the obvious, deepen our understanding and re-shape our pre-conceptions. Our line-up of films illustrates the human experience in all its glory, messiness, complexity and fullness. We hope you’ll dig in with gusto and let us know which films moved you the most. Enjoy!

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A Tribute to our Members THURSDAY, MAY 31 | 7:00pm | FESTIVAL TENT MEMBERS, SPONSORS, AND INVITED GUESTS Kick off the festivities a day early at this special Members screening of the Short Films Program, as we raise a glass to the people who make the Mendocino Film Festival possible. Enjoy fine wine from Scharffenberger Cellars and gourmet popcorn at this sneak preview for our most dedicated Festival supporters. Proudly sponsored by Neartown Animal Clinic

Opening Art Reception THURSDAY, MAY 31 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm ODDFELLOWS HALL

Join us for a special opening reception celebrating the creative spirit in all media. We are proud to present the works of our Featured Guest Artists, Spencer Brewer and Larry Fuente, and our Official Mendocino Film Festival Photographers. See page 60 for more details.

Opening Night Celebration and Chef Showcase FRIDAY, JUNE 1 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm HILL HOUSE INN

MEMBERS, SPONSORS, AND INVITED GUESTS Top chefs preparing small bites from locally-sourced ingredients. World-class wines, craft cocktails and spirits, and North Coast Brewery's exceptional beers. Filmmakers and special guests from around the world. One amazing night, as we welcome our celebrities and special guests to experience Mendocino at its best. Celebrate another season of the Mendocino Film Festival at this exclusive Member and Sponsor event. See page 18 for details. Proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate.

Filmmaker Lounge

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 3 9:00am - 5:00pm | ODDFELLOWS HALL Stop by the Filmmaker Lounge to chat with filmmakers and special guests between films and admire an exhibit by official Mendocino Film Festival photographers. Proudly sponsored by Mendo Sotheby’s International Realty

Mendo After Dark FRIDAY, JUNE 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 3 10:00pm - LAST CALL

Once we wrap for the night, head over to Dick’s Place, Patterson’s Pub, or Flow for more revelry. Patrons leaving an evening film at Coast Cinemas can continue the conversation at Golden West Saloon. Socialize at these unofficial after-parties and chat about the day’s screenings as we continue the celebrations until closing time.

Coffee Klatch with Women Filmmakers SATURDAY, JUNE 2 | 9:00am | ODDFELLOWS HALL The future is female, say many. In the wake of #timesup and studios being admonished for their dismal record in hiring women filmmakers, is the climate changing? What stumbling blocks do creative women face in the movie industry? Do women filmmakers have to advocate harder than their male counterparts for their right to work on a project? Is there a “female perspective” in filmmaking? We’ll pose these questions and many more in our conversation with visiting female filmmakers.

Wrap Party

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 7:00pm | FESTIVAL TENT MEMBERS, SPONSORS, AND INVITED GUESTS Following Reel Mendo, enjoy one last hurrah with the festival crew and partake in music, dancing, refreshments, and camaraderie as we celebrate the conclusion to another wonderful year. Proudly sponsored by Community First Credit Union.


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Don your party clothes, leave your cares behind, and join us for our exclusive Opening Night Celebration at the picturesque and historic Hill House Inn on Friday, June 1, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This year’s Opening Night Party takes its inspiration from the Friday evening spotlight film Love, Gilda. Revel in friends, film, food, and wine as we celebrate the transformative power of laughter. Greeted upon arrival with a glass of Roederer Estate sparkling wine, the celebration features inspired cuisine from the best chefs of Mendocino County, oysters by Naka’s Feast Mendocino, cocktails crafted by local mixologists featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka, iconic beers from North Coast Brewing Company, desserts from A Sweet Affair and Costeaux French Bakery, and a great selection of wines from Mendocino County. Kick off three stimulating days of film, conversation, and entertainment—and hopefully more than a few laughs—with an altogether unforgettable night. Mingle with celebrities and special guests from the film world at this eagerly anticipated event as we raise a glass to launch our annual homage to the art of filmmaking in Mendocino. After the party, head to the Festival Tent for the comedy/improv show by The Bad Aunties followed by a screening of the film Love, Gilda, or catch one of our other Opening Night films.



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1. Brimstone & Glory, p31 2. The Camino Voyage, p31 3. Chavela, p33 4. Coco, p33 5. Dark Money, p33 6. Donkeyote, p35 7. The Drummer & the Keeper, p35 8. Eighth Grade, p35 9. Faces Places, p37 10. Florida Project, p37 11. Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story, p39 12. The Guardians, p39 13. The Guilty, p39 14. Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, p41 15. Hearts Beat Loud, p41 16. Human Affairs, p41 17. Inventing Tomorrow, p43 18. ยกLas Sandinistas!, p43 19. Love, Gilda, p43 20. Meow Wolf: Origin Story, p45 21. Mountain, p45 22. Night Comes On, p45 23. Ovarian Psycos, p47 24. Quest, p47 25. RBG, p47 26. Reel Mendo, p28 27. A River's Last Chance, p49 28. Rodents of Unusual Size, p51 29. Short Films Program: Time & Travel, p28 30. Soufra, p51 31. Spettacolo, p53 32. Summer 1993, p53 33. Three Identical Strangers, p53 34. Weed, Water & Wood, p55 35. Whisper Rapture, p57 36. White Sun, p57 37. Won't You Be My Neighbor?, p57


F E ST I VA L J U RO R S DAVID ANSEN was a movie critic for Newsweek for over

30 years. He is currently Lead Programmer at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Prior to that, he was the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival for five years. Ansen has written several documentaries for television, including the Ace Award winning “All About Bette” for TNT. A three-time winner of the Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York, he has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Cineaste, Men’s Journal, The Advocate, Interview, and Self.

MAXIMILIAN BUSHMAN was born and raised in Northern California before he moved to L.A. and graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a degree in film. Shortly after graduating, he began a career in publicity and has worked on numerous film campaigns and with clients that received multiple award nominations and wins. He recently left the world of PR behind to pursue his passion for screenwriting. HETTIE LYNNE HURTES

has been a broadcast journalist for more than 25 years. Currently, she is a news anchor at NPR station KPCC in Los Angeles. Hettie began her career at KSDO as San Diego's first female radio anchor. She has authored two books: The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors and Agents on Actors. She's currently casting director/actor for Drama West Productions at the Edendale Library in Echo Park—the only ongoing theatre troupe at an L.A. Public Library.


has been a storyteller for nearly 20 years, from Emmy-award winning shorts to studio executive to feature film producer. Her most recent project is On The Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scheduled for release later in 2018. She is currently Associate Dean at Columbia College Chicago, the nation’s largest media arts school, where she trains the next generation of storytellers. She was named a 2016 Faculty Fellow by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.


has worked in entertainment publicity since 1979. Her tenure at entertainment PR firm PMK lasted 24 years. She opened her own PR firm 13 years ago, where she has worked with actors Jimmy Smits, Wanda De Jesus, Carrie Fisher, Elliott Gould, director Peter Jackson and the awardwinning specials National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth for PBS. She worked with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for 25 years and has also worked with the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, SF’s Academy of Art Festival, and Laguna Film Festival.


has worked in film publicity for eighteen years. She is currently in her twelfth year with the Telluride Film Festival, acting as Senior Vice President of Public Relations. Prior to that, she handled national publicity for the San Francisco Film Festival. Before moving to the Bay Area, she worked for Block-Korenbrot Public Relations in Los Angeles for six years. She has launched and championed innumerable campaigns for various studios, filmmakers and film festivals, garnering her clients not only national and international recognition, but also various distinguished awards including Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.


SPOTLIGHT PROGRAMS LOL WITH THE BAD AUNTIES LOVE, GILDA | FRIDAY JUNE 1, 8:00pm, FESTIVAL TENT | $25 Proudly sponsored by Dick’s and Whispering Pines. Come out for a special screening of Love, Gilda, the personal story of one of television’s most beloved comedians. Before the screening, hold on to your seats for a stand-up comedy performance by The Bad Aunties, a Bay Area-based comedy troupe featuring Judi Nihei, Diane Amos, and Debi Hurst. These three women have over 100 years of personal experience between them! They bring laughter to the stage again and again. They are the best of the best. The Bad Aunties will make you laugh out loud on purpose against your will. A Q&A with the director will follow the film. See page 43 for details. The Bad Aunties


COCO | SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00am, MATHESON | $5 CHILDREN, $10 ADULTS Proudly sponsored by Sean Leland State Farm.


Have some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the Academy Award winning animated film, Coco—a story about young Miguel who, through his dream of becoming an accomplished musician, sets off on an extraordinary journey, unlocking the real story behind his family’s history. After the film we are joined by several of the film’s makers from the esteemed San Francisco Bay Area animation company, Pixar. They will be happy to answer any of your questions about this film! See page 33 for details.


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We are honored to have Bonfire Madigan Shive, the film’s subject, bring us a live cello performance following the film’s screening. Starting on the cello at the age of nine, Madigan began her composing career at 15 in the Pacific Northwest Riot Grrrl scene, releasing music with seminal independent record labels K and Kill Rock Stars. She has been referred to as the “bastard child of Bjork and Tom Waits” and the “Bruce Springsteen of chamber punk.” She's a contributing author to the anthology Live Through This: On Creativity and Self Destruction and a founding collective member of The Icarus Project, a progressive, peer-led mental health community and support network. This will be an experience you will not want to miss. See page 57 for details.


Les Filles Rouges

Call out your wild and adventurous side and join us for an evening with the film Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story. The film will be followed by a Q&A with local mother of Darlinda, a performer featured in this film, and then a real-live Burlesque show featuring our very own Mendocino-based burlesque troupe, Les Filles Rouges! “If vaudeville, feminism, and good old-fashioned stripping had a lovechild, their unlikely offspring would be Les Filles Rouges.” With its unique blend of class, sass, and ass, Les Filles Rouges performs throughout California and Berlin, Germany. Vive la song, dance, and underpants! Get ready for a mindopening evening! Must be 18 years or older. See page 39 for details.



SHORT FILMS: T I M E & T RAV E L Curated by Kira Wojack & Ann Walker Au Fil de L'age

Thursday, May 31, 7:00pm, Festival Tent (special members screening) | Friday, June 1, 5:30pm, Festival Tent Saturday, June 2, 10:30am, Coast Cinemas | Sunday, June 3, 10:00am, Festival Tent Embark on an adventure with this series of lively short films from around the world about time, travel, and time travel. These award-winning films (including a 2018 Oscar nominee) feature protagonists in transit. Whether down memory lane, through wormholes, or into the backcountry, there’s no telling where they’ll end up. With high stakes, low stakes, and stake-outs, these short films are all about the journey, not the destination, so buckle up . . . you’re in for a real trip! 68 min. Dave Mullins, the Academy Award-nominated director of Lou, will be in attendance for a Q&A following the Thursday and Friday screenings. CIAO, LOLA



Directed by Oscar Boyson Peter and Lola are on their way to a party in Venice, but when you’re always on the move, it can be difficult to keep up . . . USA/Italy. 7 min. California Festival Premiere.

Directed by Laura Bouquet, Raphaël Christien, Clotilde Gillardeau, Matthieu Lailler, Mélodie Mouton, and Romain Mace

Directed by Charlotte Regan Gary and Jenny share the same cramped “office space” as all beat cops: the front seat of a patrol car. UK. 6 min. BAFTA Film Award nominee.

LOU Directed by Dave Mullins When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. USA. 7 min. 2018 Academy Award Nominee.

EINSTEIN-ROSEN Directed by Olga Osorio Summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Óscar is not so sure. Spain. 9 min. Audience Award, OtherWorlds Austin; Best Picture, National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards.


An unconventional grandmother shares her love of music and adventure with her young granddaughter as they go on an unusual journey. France. 6 min. Official Selection, Spark Animation Festival.

VOYAGEURS Directed by Jim Pattiz and Will Pattiz Explore a land blanketed in pristine lakes, ablaze with kaleidoscopic fall colors, and home to the most spectacular displays of the northern lights on the planet. This is Voyageurs. USA. 3 min. California Festival Premiere.

CUL-DE-SAC Directed by Nick Flugge A private investigator’s latest case is interrupted when his sister stops by to surprise him. UK. 12 min. Best Comedy, Great Lakes Film Festival; Official Selection, London Independent Film Festival.

AUTOMNE Directed by Helene Letourneur In the workshop of the four seasons, Autumn is hard at work creating all of the season’s trappings —with the occasional artistic flourish. France. 3 min. Official Selection, Anim!Arte.

WELCOME TO COUNTRY Directed by Dean Gibson An idealistic young Australian government employee is in for a shock when he heads to a remote Aboriginal town to help prepare for the Prime Minister’s upcoming visit. Australia. 10 min. Best Indigenous Film, Canberra Short Film Festival; Official Selection, FlickerFest International Short Film Festival.

JOY & HERON Directed by Kyra Buschor and Constantin Paeplow A loyal dog tries to guard a fisherman’s supply of bait from a hungry heron. Australia/China. 4 min. California Festival Premiere.


REEL MENDO Sunday, June 3, 5:30pm, Festival Tent (Q&A with filmmakers after screening) $11 in advance, $12 at the door

Join us as we conclude the 13th Annual Mendocino Film Festival with a showcase of our finest local filmmakers. Enjoy a taste of Mendocino’s homegrown talent with this sampling of the latest projects from our artistic and creative community. Following the program, stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers and a special performance by ruth weiss. 55 min. Proudly sponsored by Diane Coryat & Ashok Khosla. BRIDGING THE GAP Directed by Laurie York & Carmen Goodyear The Albion River Bridge on the Mendocino Coast is the last remaining wooden trestle highway bridge in California and perhaps in the United States. Will local residents be able to save this historic bridge from destruction? 4 min.


Directed by Molly Mielke A farewell to childhood. A girl reflects on the meaning of home amidst the delicate transition from youth to adulthood. 5 min.

SUSTAINABLE FISHING IN NOYO HARBOR Directed by Mischa Hedges Following its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, the fishing industry in Noyo Harbor suffered major decline. The Noyo Center for Marine Science is partnering with local fishermen and the community to support the fishing industry’s restoration and longer term viability. 6 min. Break the Silence

BREAK THE SILENCE Directed by Willow O’Feral An excerpt from a feature-length documentary, Break the Silence features raw, powerful, intimate interviews with 18 Southern Vermont women about their personal sexual and reproductive health histories. This diverse group of women candidly recount their histories of sex ed, early sexual experiences, abortion, birth control, relationships, gender transition, and much more. Break the Silence challenges social taboos with unflinching candor, courageous vulnerability, and often great humor. 20 min.

WINTER ON THE FARM Winter on the Farm

Directed by Laurie York The simple life of a farmer/gardener preparing for Spring. 5 min.


ruth weiss

Directed by Melody C. Miller A sneak preview clip of an upcoming feature-length documentary, this is a film about an extraordinary woman nicknamed “The Goddess of the Beat Generation,” ruth weiss. From escaping the Nazis with her family to surrounding herself with Chicago jazz, New Orleans lifestyle, and San Francisco fog, she has overcome the unimaginable and continues to perform her poetry, as she has for the last 90 years. The documentary uses poetic imagery through dance, art, animation, and music to reflect the expression and emotions of her poetry. 15 min.




Fresh from Sundance, these nine popular films will screen at the Mendocino Film Festival:

We are delighted to screen these four 2018 Oscar nominees (earning five nominations and two wins):

Dark Money. Directed by Kimberly Reed. Sunday, June 3, 12:30pm, Crown Hall. See page 33 for more details.

Coco. Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. Winner, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Saturday, June 2, 10:00am, Matheson. See page 33 for details.

Eighth Grade. Directed by Bo Burnham. Saturday, June 2, 8:00pm, Crown Hall. See page 35 for more details. The Guilty. Directed by Gustav Moller. Sunday, June 3, 12:30pm, Coast Cinemas. See page 39 for more details. Hearts Beat Loud. Directed Brett Haley. Friday, June 1, 8:00pm, Coast Cinemas. See page 41 for more details. Inventing Tomorrow. Directed by Laura Nix. Saturday, June 2, 12:30pm, Crown Hall. See page 43 for more details. Night Comes On. Directed by Jordana Spiro. Saturday, June 2, 5:30pm, Crown Hall. See page 45 for more details. RBG. Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. Saturday, June 2, 12:30pm, Coast Cinemas. Sunday, June 3, 10:00am, Coast Cinemas. See page 47 for details. Three Identical Strangers. Directed by Tim Wardle. Friday, June 1, 8:00pm, Crown Hall. Sunday, June 3, 3:00pm, Crown Hall. See page 53 for details. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Directed by Morgan Neville. Friday, June 1, 5:30pm, Coast Cinemas. Saturday, June 2, 3:00pm, Coast Cinemas. See page 57 for details.

Faces Places. Directed by Agnes Varda and JR. Nominated Best Documentary Feature. Friday, June 1, 8:00pm, Matheson. Saturday, June 2, 12:30pm, Festival Tent. See page 37 for details. The Florida Project. Directed by Sean Baker. Nominated Best Supporting Actor, Willem Dafoe. Saturday, June 2, 10:00am, Coast Cinemas. Sunday, June 3, 3:00pm, Festival Tent See page 37 for details. Lou. Directed by Dave Mullins. Nominated Best Animated Short. Screens as part of our Short Films Program. See page 28 for details.

SXSW 2018 SELECTIONS We are delighted to screen two 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival selections: ¡Las Sandinistas! Directed by Jenny Murray. Saturday, June 2, 5:30pm, Matheson. See page 43 for more details. Meow Wolf. Directed by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller. Saturday, June 2, 3:00pm, Festival Tent. Sunday, June 3, 3:00pm, Matheson. See page 45 for details.


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__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 5:30pm, CROWN HALL SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 3:00pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Viktor Jakovleski Distinctions: Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival; Top Five Documentaries, National Board of Review; Best Music, International Documentary Association Country of Origin: Mexico/USA






“Brimstone and Glory is community as catharsis, and you can’t stop staring in stupefied astonishment.” —Tim Grierson, Paste magazine The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework-makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mache bulls to parade into the town’s square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generationsold homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself. In Spanish with English subtitles. 67 min.

__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00am, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Dónal Ó Chéilleachair Distinctions: Official selections: Dublin International Film Festival, Dingle International Film Festival, The Celtic Camino Festival Country of Origin: Ireland “The Camino voyagers are not young men but their courage, determination and love of life show that it’s never too late to embark on an adventure.“ - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film A crew, including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason, embarks on the Camino by sea in a traditional boat they built themselves, launching an inspiring and dangerous 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain. This intimate documentary charts the trials and tribulations of a voyage that, in the words of poet Danny Sheehy, took “sweat, blood and blisters to complete while deepening and renewing friendships, creativity and spirituality in the process.” Featuring Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, renowned Irish musician Brendan Begley, distinguished artist Liam Holden, skilled stonemason Brendan Moriarty, and celebrated writer and poet Danny Sheehy. 97 min.


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__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 3:00pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi Distinctions: Documentary Grand Jury Prize and the Best Documentary Feature Audience Award, Outfest; Audience Award, Frameline (San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival); Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival. Country of Origin: Mexico/Spain “A trailblazing free spirit whose appetite for tequila and women was as legendary as her soul-stirring vocals.” — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Chavela’s relaxed conversational tone as she chats with a group of young lesbian admirers in footage shot in 1991 offers viewers a rare, intimate look at the iconic singer at a pivotal time in her journey. Having just returned to the stage after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism and a painful breakup with the love of her life, the interview occurs just before she heads to Spain, where she’ll rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Strong, funny, and vitally alive, she was in her prime at 71. This unique interview serves as the spine running throughout Chavela, which explores her fascinating life from birth in Costa Rica through her everlasting presence on earth in the form of passionate love songs. In Spanish with English subtitles. 93 min.



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Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (Q&A with cultural consultant Marcela Davison Aviles)

Director: Kimberly Reed (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening)

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00am, MATHESON $5 YOUTH, $10 ADULT

Distinctions: Academy Award Winner, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song; Golden Globe Winner, Best Animated Feature Country of Origin: USA “We really wanted to explore the family bonds that tie us to the generations that came before us,” he says. “This story is about celebrating our past— even as we look to the future.” — Lee Unkrich, Director Heartwarming and joyous, Pixar’s ode to Día de Muertos is exquisitely full of life. This animated gem pays loving tribute to Mexican culture with stunning visuals, comic energy, and potent emotion as it traces the saga of the Rivera family and their generations-old ban on music. Despite that, 12-year-old Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Enchanting and dazzling, Coco is a resplendent, celebratory love letter to Mexico. 105 min.

__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 12:30pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: USA “Politicians can, and do, say all sorts of things, but it's critical to know who buttered their bread, who greased their wheels . . . ” — Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. 99 min.




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__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 12:30pm, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Chico Pereira

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30pm, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR

Distinctions: Best Documentary Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival; Audience Award, Festival Malaga; Best Director, Documenta Madrid

Director: Nick Kelly

Country of Origin: Germany/UK/Spain

Country of Origin: Ireland

“A crowd-pleasing tale of an old man with a dream, a dog and a donkey.”

“A great Irish film with heart! Marches to the beat of its own drum.” — Radio Nova

— Liam Lacey, POV Magazine Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2,200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is and not as it should be? In Catalan with English subtitles. 85 min.

Distinctions: Best First Irish Feature, Galway Film Fleadh; Ros Hubbard Award for Acting, Jacob McCarthy, Irish Film Festival London

The Drummer and the Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men—Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity. 85 min.

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 8:00pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Bo Burnham Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: USA “So deeply rooted in feminine adolescent experience that it often feels as if Bo Burnham cracked open a whole mess of girls’ diaries to pen it. YOU ARE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ELSIE FISHER, THE BIG BEATING HEART OF EIGHTH GRADE!” — Kate Erbland, IndieWire Thirteen-year-old Kayla (an endearingly awkward Elsie Fisher) tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. In the process, she must navigate her relationship with her loving but slightly perplexed father (Josh Hamilton) and determine how far she wants to go to fit in with the cool kids at school. This emotionally authentic, funny, and touching story deftly captures the angst and complexity of contemporary suburban adolescence. 93 min.





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__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00pm, MATHESON SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30pm, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Preceded by Lotte That Silhouette Girl Director: Agnes Varda & JR Distinctions: Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature; Official Selection, Out of Competition, Festival de Cannes Country of Origin: France “A powerful, complex and radical work. Faces Places is unforgettable.” — The New York Times Eighty-nine-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves. Faces Places documents these heartwarming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship. In French with English subtitles. 89 min.

__________________________________ Director: Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo Country of Origin: USA Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger. With music, magic, and a stirring narration by Lotte herself, Lotte That Silhouette Girl tells the fairytale story of one of animation's biggest influencers. 10 min.

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__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00am, COAST CINEMAS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 3:00pm, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Sean Baker Distinctions: Academy Award Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Willem Dafoe; Movie of the Year, AFI Awards; Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Award; Best Picture, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Country of Origin: USA “One of the best films about childhood ever made. It cuts a direct path to the heart.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout performance) and her rebellious mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery), over the course of a single summer. The pair live week to week at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the ebullient Moonee has no trouble making every day a celebration of life. Her endless afternoons overflow with mischief and adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the sacrifices of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. 115 min.



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Director: James Lester (Q&A after the screening)

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Distinctions: Best Documentary, New Jersey Film Festival; Official Selection, Doc NYC

Distinctions: Cesar Award Nominee for Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Most Promising Actress

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Country of Origin: France

“We’re all there doing exactly what we want, not just getting naked—we’re there expressing ourselves completely.” — Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

“This is a picture which embraces the gentle rhythms of a simple lifestyle, set against a backdrop of fundamental and permanent change.

Getting Naked tells the contemporary story of burlesque in New York City through the onand off-stage lives of five performers. While each performer has her own perspective and approach, they have all found a deep sense of freedom and belonging in burlesque. Yet the utopian bubble of burlesque cannot insulate them from harsh realities of life such as illness, financial burden, unstable relationships, and racism. Through burlesque and its community, these determined women face their challenges head-on. Their stories uncover the journey of leaving behind a life of constraint to one of liberation. And it is in this liberation that they challenge us to deal with our own stereotypes, taboos, and inhibitions. Like their predecessors, they are challenging society’s narrow view of beauty, success, and nudity. Featuring Mendocino local Darlinda Just Darlinda. 86 min. Must be 18 years of age or over.

This French World War I drama—from the director of Of Gods and Men, a Cannes Film Festival winner—focuses on the women left behind during wartime to work a family farm. An affecting drama of love, loss and resilience, family matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye) reluctantly brings in an outsider, the hard-working teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry), to help her work the land as an emotional family drama unfolds. The beauty of the French countryside is ever-evident in stunning, painterly images bathed in natural light. In French with English subtitles. 134 min.

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__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 12:30pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Gustav Moller Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: Denmark “A claustrophobic thriller that finds fascinating ways to transcend, spiritually, its confines.” — Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice This riveting Scandinavian thriller centers around police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), demoted to desk work. He expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher but instead must race against time when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then abruptly disconnects. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. In Danish with English subtitles. 85 min.

Followed by a burlesque performance by Les Filles Rouges. See page 27.



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__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 3:00pm, FESTIVAL TENT SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30pm, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Daniel Raim (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening) Distinctions: Golden Eye Award nominee, Cannes Film Festival; Best of Fest, Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Best Documentary Audience Award, Sonoma Film Festival; Best Documentary Audience Award, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Country of Origin: USA “A passionate and beguiling movie-love documentary that shines a light on two of the unsung artisan heroes of Hollywood.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don’t recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love. 100 min.

__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Brett Haley Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: USA “A truly sweet, funny and downright likeable comedy.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com As widower and aging Brooklyn hipster Frank (Nick Offerman) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA pre-med, he also reluctantly realizes that his record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with his daughter through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band. Channeling Sam’s resistance into a band name, they unexpectedly find We’re Not a Band’s first song turning into a Spotify hit, and they use songwriting to work through their feelings about the life changes each is facing. Offerman and Clemons provide genuine warmth and chemistry as father and daughter and collaborate spiritedly on their characters’ catchy, heartfelt musical offerings, while Toni Collette and Sasha Lane contribute charming and multifaceted performances as the pair’s respective potential love interests. Director Brett Haley (a Sundance Film Festival alum with I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Hero) foregrounds sincerity and affection in this gentle, evocative ode to the bittersweetness of everyday life. 96 min.

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:15am, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Charlie Birns Distinctions: Official Selection, Slamdance Film Festival 2018; California Premiere Country of Origin: USA “Charlie Birns' debut feature honors its title with its affecting and empathetic vision of humanity.” — Christopher Bourne, Slamdance review A compassionate drama about Lucinda and Sidney, a successful young couple in the New York City theatre world, who hire a French woman, Genevieve, to carry their child. Three months pregnant and beginning to have second thoughts, Genevieve travels to New York to meet them and spend a long weekend together. During an unexpectedly intimate experience, all three must confront their own boundaries and vulnerabilities as they develop profound connections that culminate in a startling emotional moment. Writerdirector Charlie Birns has created a nuanced, compassionate debut feature drama embarking on the precarious closeness of surrogacy while bravely searching for human connection. Featuring exquisite cinematography by Sean Price Williams, the film experiments with new modes of cinematic storytelling, employing raw performance, unexpected sound design, editing, narration, and the use of still photography to dazzling effect. 78 min.


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__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Laura Nix Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018; Official HotDocs Country of Origin: USA/India/Indonesia/Mexico “ . . . inspirational and invigorating, and the young scientists they follow have a passion and enthusiasm that’s a tonic for the soul.” — Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times Meet six passionate young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico creating cutting-edge solutions to the world’s environmental threats—right in their own backyards—while navigating the insecurities of adolescence. Journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare for the world’s largest convening of high school scientists, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Los Angeles. Framed against the backdrop of severe environmental threats, Inventing Tomorrow immerses the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generations to be most affected by it. Motivated by the desire to protect their homes, these young people are proposing innovative fixes to pressing ecological problems in their communities. At home with their families, they compare the world their elders knew with the one they’re inheriting. As each finalist prepares to leave home, some for the first time, the film follows their intellectual and emotional journeys which eventually lead them to meet other kids like themselves who believe in a shared vision of environmental stewardship. 105 min.

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Director: Jenny Murray (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening)

Director: Lisa D'Apolito (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening)

Distinctions: SXSW Film Selection 2018, Winner Chicken-and-Egg Award, SXSW Film Festival 2018; California Premiere

Distinctions: California Premiere, Mendocino Film Festival; Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2018

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: USA/Canada

“The weariness of the struggle is in every word they speak, especially since the very people they believed in, and by whom they expected to be treated as equals, have betrayed them in ways that are sure to resonate in our current moment.”

“Gilda Radner was a powerful comedic force of nature who opened doors and thrilled audiences while becoming one of the most prolific comedians of a generation. Her cutting edge humor was only second to her dedicated leadership in cancer care with her eponymous Gilda’s Club.”

— Keith Uhlich, Hollywood Reporter This feature documentary tells the untold story of the women who fought in Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution and chronicles their continuing struggle for social and political reform. The women warriors depicted and interviewed shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. Despite their battlefield victories, sacrifice, and extraordinary early leadership, these same women continue to lead the struggle for justice today against their current government’s suppression of women’s rights and democracy. In Spanish with English subtitles. 96 min.

— Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and CEO, Tribeca Film Festival The name Gilda Radner will bring a smile to the faces of people who remember watching the early years of Saturday Night Live (1975-1980), where, as one of the original cast members, she created and portrayed iconic characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Baba Wawa. Her genius for physical comedy inspired many modern day comedians. Gilda’s legacy lives on in comedy but also in a deeper way. When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she went public about her illness. In this revelatory film, Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends, rare home movies and diaries read by contemporary comedians inspired by Gilda (Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer. 84 min. Preceded by a comedy/improv show by the Bad Aunties. See page 27 for details.


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__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00pm, FESTIVAL TENT SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 3:00pm, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller (Q&A with filmmakers after the screening) Distinctions: Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival 2018

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 8:00pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Jennifer Peedom Country of Origin: Australia “A sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty.” — Janine Israel, The Guardian

Country of Origin: USA The House of Eternal Return is an immersive, interactive, physical installation that allows visitors to explore passages to other dimensions through otherwise ordinary passageways in a Mendocinostyle Victorian house in Santa Fe. A group of disenfranchised artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico become a DIY collective calling themselves Meow Wolf. Their immersive, large-scale exhibitions happened to crack open a profitable niche in the arts and entertainment industry. Sacrificing individualism for collectivism, the group’s members navigate fracture and loss for years in pursuit of their idealistic vision. When they spark the interest of George R. R. Martin and receive his support to take over an old bowling alley, Meow Wolf builds a massive exhibition with the help of more than 140 artists working at a breakneck pace. With the wild success of the House of Eternal Return, the collective is now facing its own inner turmoil as it begins to change the lives of creatives everywhere. 108 min.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway, armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane's acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind, and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience. 74 min.

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Jordana Spiro Distinctions: NEXT Innovator Award, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: USA “Night Comes On will stick with you long after turning it off, yearning for more female-driven stories like this one and hoping they become just as poignant as other films to broader audiences.” — Jamie Broadnax, Black Girl Nerds Eighteen-year-old Angel leaves her stint in juvenile detention with nothing but a few bucks and a dead cellphone. After serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon, she’s thrown back onto the streets and into a world riddled with the demons of her past. Her little sister, Abby, is stuck in foster care while her dad, responsible for the murder of their mother, roams free in some undisclosed suburb. But Angel, strong-willed and resourceful, has a quick-fix plan: find Abby, get a gun, hunt down her father, and hit the reset button on her and her sister’s life. Night Comes On is a tough but intimate portrait of sisterhood amid a hostile landscape where kids and young adults, desperate for guidance, are instead forced to fend for themselves. Naturalistic dialogue and restrained but deeply felt dynamics between the two sisters breathe humor and warmth into scenes otherwise loaded with tension. 86 min.


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_________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:30am, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle Distinctions: SXSW Official Selection 2016; HotDocs International Canadian Film Festival 2016; Official Selection Human Rights Watch Film Fest 2016 Country of Origin: USA “Equal parts revolution and jubilation, showing that solidarity and strength in numbers are the best ways to protect your community while enacting progressive change.” — NBC News Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. Through the personal stories of the crew’s rabble-rousing founder, activist, poet M.C., and single mother, Xela de la X; street artist and original Ovarian Psyco, Andi Xoch; and a bright-eyed young woman from the neighborhood, Evelyn (Evie), the film traces how the “Ovas” emerged from the diverse, youthful, Latino, working class, immigrant neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, a community situated within the historic legacy of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement that emerged from L.A. in the late 1960s. Riding at night through Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. 72 min.

__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 3:00pm, COAST CINEMAS SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Santiago Rizzo (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening) Distinctions: Audience Favorite for U.S. Cinema, Mill Valley Film Festival Country of Origin: USA “It happens, but not very often—a movie that shows you something you might never have known about, that opens up a pocket of human experience in a way that’s moving and illuminating.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Based on a true story, “Mills” is an abused 12-yearold graffiti addict who is losing faith in integrity. Tim Moellering is a humble middle-school teacher and football coach in Berkeley who believes that there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation. The two form an uneasy friendship when Tim recognizes that Mills’ unhealthy behavior is merely a cry for help. Keeping his promise, Tim is willing to sacrifice his reputation, job and relationships in order to win the child’s trust. But Mills cannot trust until he learns to trust his struggle first. 85 min.

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 12:30pm, COAST CINEMAS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00am, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Q&A with Karen Loop after the screening) Distinctions: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: USA “Regardless of your political ideology, you'll come away with a newfound respect for the tireless pioneer of gender equality.” — J.R. Kinnard. Nonfics RBG is a revelatory documentary that traces 84-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s exceptional, barrier-busting career, following her rise as a brainy Brooklynite to her current status on the highest court in the land. Her legal legacy has rendered the jurist an unexpected pop culture icon. The film also delves into her relationship with her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and catches the justice in private moments, following her on workouts and with her granddaughter. What emerges is a portrait of a person who has used her legal career to fight passionately for women and minorities. 97 min.


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__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30pm, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Featuring multiple local directors (Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening) Country of Origin: USA Enjoy a taste of Mendocino’s homegrown talent with this sampling of the latest projects from our artistic and creative community. Following the program, stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers and a special performance by ruth weiss. 55 min. See page 29 for details.

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00am, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Shane Anderson (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening) Country of Origin: USA

“A story of salmon, timber, wine, and weed along California’s mighty Eel River.” — Shane Anderson The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The river and salmon have weathered decades of overfishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts, and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of the basin. Today the Eel River’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s multi-billion dollar wine and underground cannabis industries of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a river’s recovery and economic future. 67 min.

__________________________________ Director: Jim Wilmer Country of Origin: USA This short production was several years in the making, traveling from the U.S. to South America to Iceland to capture the disappearing natural resources of our planet. The film inspires awareness of the incredible beauty of water and its importance to the survival of our planet. Take a four-minute journey to some of the planet's most spectacular glaciers, waterfalls, beaches, rivers and waterways. Destinations include Iceland; Iguazu Falls, Brazil; Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana; Lake Tahoe, California; Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 4 min.



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__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 5:30pm, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer (Q&A with filmmakers after the screening) Distinctions: Best of Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Best Documentary, UNA George Lindsey Film Festival; Official Selection, Doc NYC 2017 Country of Origin: USA “Depicting the resilience of both the nutria and the Louisianans who’ve endured their presence for many years, Rodents of Unusual Size proves enjoyably quirky and informative.” — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter Hard-headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills, he faces a new threat—hordes of monstrous, 20-pound swamp rats. Known as nutria, these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite, they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protect Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win. Features a buoyant Cajun score by The Lost Bayou Ramblers. 71 min.

__________________________________ MEMBERS SCREENING: THURSDAY, MAY 31, 7:00pm, FESTIVAL TENT FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 5:30pm, FESTIVAL TENT SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:30am, COAST CINEMAS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00am, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Directed by multiple filmmakers (Q&A with Dave Mullins, the Academy Awardnominated director of Lou, after the Thursday and Friday screenings) Distinctions: 1 Academy Award nominee, 3 California Festival Premieres Country of Origin: Various Embark on an adventure with this series of lively short films from around the world about time, travel, and time travel. These award-winning films (including a 2018 Oscar nominee) feature protagonists in transit. Whether down memory lane, through wormholes, or into the backcountry, there’s no telling where they’ll end up. With high stakes, low stakes, and stake-outs, these short films are all about the journey, not the destination, so buckle up. You’re in for a real trip! 68 min. See page 28 for details.

__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 12:30pm, FESTIVAL TENT $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Thomas A. Morgan (Q&A with producers Anderson Hirsch and Jessie Creel after the screening) Distinctions: NYTimes 2017 Holiday Film List; Best Documentary Nominee, Portland International Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: Lebanon/USA “A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary Soufra shows how societal change can begin with small steps.” — The New York Times Review Soufra follows Mariam Shaar, who has spent her entire life in a Lebanese refugee camp, as she sets out against all odds to change her fate. She launches a successful catering company, “Soufra,” then expands it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women who also share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food, while taking their future into their own hands through an unwavering belief in Mariam and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work sideby-side and form lasting friendships while running this thriving business. In English and Arabic with English subtitles. 73 min.


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__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:00am, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen Distinctions: Winner, Special Jury Prize, Dallas International Film Festival 2017; Winner, Jury Prize, Best Foreign Language Film, Key West Film Festival 2017

__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Carla Simon Distinctions: Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film, Official Selection Spain; Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: Spain

“Spettacolo serves as a hymn to the creative process, but also as a eulogy of sorts to the let'sput-on-a-show spirit of pre-digital times. Come for the drama, stay for the gorgeous scenery.”

“A thoughtful and moving family portrait.”

— Peter Howell, Toronto Star Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer their piazza became their stage, and residents of all ages played a part — the role of themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s 50th-anniversary performance just might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world. In Italian with English subtitles. 91 min.

— Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter In Carla Simon’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle and younger cousin, Anna, welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, and anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars, this coming-of-age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world. In Catalan with English subtitles. 96 min.

__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00pm, CROWN HALL SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 3:00pm, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Tim Wardle Distinctions: Special Jury Prize, Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2018; Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Nominee, Miami Film Festival 2018 Country of Origin: UK “Three Identical Strangers is shocking, thrilling, and wildly entertaining, but it's also incredibly moving, leaving a lasting impression that you won't easily shake.” — Adam Chitwood, Collider New York, 1980. Three complete strangers— Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—make the astounding discovery that they are identical triplets. Separated at birth, adopted, and raised by three different families, the 19-year-olds are reunited by chance. Their story sets the tabloids on fire, and the triplets suddenly become famous around the world. The brothers forge a relationship and become fast friends. They move in together in a swinging bachelor pad and open a restaurant that skyrockets to success. The toast of Manhattan, the triplets are living the high life. But their fairy-tale reunion sets off a chain of events that ultimately unearths an extraordinary and sinister secret that could answer controversial questions at the heart of human behavior. 96 min.


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F E AT U R E P R O G R A M S WEED, WATER & WOOD (A trio of films)

Three films look at environmental, economic and climate issues that impact Mendocino locally, nationally and globally. 67 min. SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00pm, MATHESON $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR (Q&A with filmmakers after the screening) This program is made possible by the generosity of Lit House .





Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Joshua Gray

Director: Michael Premo

Distinctions: California Premiere Country of Origin: USA "This beautiful, meditative year-in-the-life portrait of a remote weed grower captures the pastoral spirit of a passing era between the time when marijuana cultivation was an underground, artisanal vocation, and what looms ahead with the legalization of recreational pot. Something will be lost when slow weed gets pushed out by big cannibusiness, and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan lets us sit with this for a spell." — Jon Christensen, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability January 1st marked the beginning of a new era of cannabis legalization in California. While much reporting about the political and social implications of this shift has been done, little attention has been given to the people and communities who created the existing weed landscape and how they will be affected. The enormous shift of power and economics of full legalization will bring impacts far beyond cannabis itself. It remains to be seen how such rural economies will be transformed by the “gold rush fever” grabbing of land, seed patents, and water rights. 15 min.



Distinctions: Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival; Jury Selection for Best Documentary Short Film, One Nation Film Festival; Best Documentary, Austin Under-the-Stars

Director: Alan Dater and Lisa Merton

Country of Origin: USA

Country of Origin: USA

“The fight to stop fracking is a story of resistance powered by love—for the water, for our communities and generations to come, for the better world that we’re working so hard to build. In just 22 short, thundering minutes, Water Warriors will leave you immersed in that story, seeing anew all that surrounds you.” — Naomi Klein, Author of No is Not Enough and This Changes Everything

“It seems to me like climate change is a kind of final exam for our species. We will find out if our big brain was in fact a good idea or not. Maybe if it is connected to a big enough heart to make a difference. We have been given ample warning by the world’s scientists. It is now a matter of whether we’ll heed it or not.” ­­— Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, Environmentalist

Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful resistance against the oil and gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors—including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families—set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling. They elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. 22 min.

Burned tells the little known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The film follows a dedicated group of forest activists, ecologists, carbon scientists, and concerned citizens who are fighting to establish the enormous value of our forests, protect their communities, debunk this false solution to climate change, and alter energy policy both in the U.S. and abroad. 30 min.

Distinctions: Official Selection, Utopia Film Festival 2017; Official Selection, Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2018



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__________________________________ SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00am, CROWN HALL $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Ken Paul Rosenthal (Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening and performance by Madigan Shive) Distinctions: California Premiere Country of Origin: USA “Equal parts feminist polemics, civil disobedience, and raw poetic power . . . and she plays a mean cello, too.” — Village Voice Whisper Rapture is a music and mental health doc-opera about cellist-vocalist Madigan Shive’s journey from traumatized youth to virtuoso musician and pioneering mental health activist. She has been referred to as the “bastard child of Bjork and Tom Waits,” and the “Bruce Springsteen of chamber punk.” Her childhood conversations with a fantasy companion named Whisper and her adult experiences with hearing voices and suicidal despair are channeled into avant-garde pop, punk-influenced chamber music, and a progressive healing culture that transcends the restrictive pathologies of mainstream psychiatry. Images from natural and urban environments illuminate six of Madigan’s original compositions. Each song is interspersed with her radical views on managing madness and her path towards wellness through making music. The screening includes a cello performance by Madigan Shive. 40 min.

__________________________________ SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10:15am, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Deepak Rauniyar Distinctions: Nepal’s official selection, Academy Awards, Best Foreign-Language Film Country of Origin: Nepal/USA/Qatar/ Netherlands “A breath of fresh air from the top of the world.” — Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

__________________________________ FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 5:30pm, COAST CINEMAS SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00pm, COAST CINEMAS $11 IN ADVANCE, $12 AT THE DOOR Director: Morgan Neville Distinctions: Winner, People’s Choice Award, Boulder International Film Festival 2018; Winner, Truly Moving Picture Award, Heartland Film Festival 2018

With the backdrop of post-civil war Nepal (fought from 1996 to 2006 and costing more than 16,000 lives), White Sun opens with the sudden death of Chitra, former mayor of the remote mountain village of Nepaltra. Chandra, long absent son and former leftist rebel, is summoned home from the capital by his ex-wife, Durga, to manage the rituals surrounding his father’s death and burial.

Country of Origin: USA

Durga’s daughter, Pooja is anxious to meet the man she thinks is her father for the first time and is confused by the presence of young Badri, who is rumored to be Chandra’s son. Chandra and his brother, Suraj, who fought on the opposite side in the civil war, are still unable to rise above their political differences, and Suraj angrily abandons Chandra and his father’s body on the mountainside. Chandra must seek help from neighboring villages to maintain the strict gender and caste rules around the cremation ritual. Chandra’s journey with his father’s body often pits him up against his family, police, rebel guerillas, and many of the religious and social obstacles he had fought a war to eliminate. 89 min.

Fred Rogers led a singular life. He was a puppeteer. A minister. A musician. An educator. A father, a husband, and a neighbor. Fred Rogers spent 50 years on children’s television beseeching us to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. With television as his pulpit, he helped transform the very concept of childhood. He used puppets and play to explore the most complicated issues of the day—race, disability, equality and tragedy. He spoke directly to children, and they responded by forging a lifelong bond with him—by the millions. Yet today his impact is unclear. Won't You Be My Neighbor? explores the question of whether or not we have lived up to Fred's ideal. Are we all good neighbors? 94 min.

“For the many generations that grew up with Rogers' friendly face as their guide, Won't You Be My Neighbor is like peering into the past with renewed clarity and wishing his civility had caught on.” — Eric Kohn, IndieWire

See page 27 for details.



Mendocino High School Multimedia Arts Program


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Board Members Michael Fox, President Blair Foster, Vice President Linda Manning, Treasurer Laurie Moore, Board Secretary Ray Alarcon Jill Eldridge Guy Pacurar

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

Festival Director Alayna Cruz Operations Manager Alex Fields Development Manager Danna Hall Senior Advisor Ann Walker Advisory Board Zoë Elton Diana Fuller Will Geiger Richard Heinberg Carl Lumbly Mike Schuh Gail Silva Albert Maysles 1926 - 2015 Advisor 2007 - 2015 Sydney Pollack 1934 - 2008 Advisor 2006 - 2008 Special thanks to Blair Foster for her work as interim President of the Board

PROGRAMMING TEAM Claudia Puig, Program Director Pat Ferrero, Guest Curator and Program Director Emeritus Maggie Mackay, Guest Curator Ann Walker, Programmer Kira Wojack, Programmer JURY David Ansen Maximillian Buschmann Hettie Lynne Hurtes Karen Loop Carol Marshall Shannon Goodwin Mitchell Ann Walker Kira Wojack PRE-SCREENERS Joyce Gertler Susan Endrizzi Morris PROGRAM HOSTS David Ansen Max Buschmann Debra DeCarli Pat Ferrero Sean Leland Karen Loop Maggie Mackay Claudia Puig Joe Seta Ann Walker Kira Wojack

OPERATIONS HOSPITALITY Ayla Douglas Georgia-Ann Gregory Arlene Moorehead Sally Welty PROJECTION, SOUND AND SCREENS Matt Rowland, Matt Rowland Events FESTIVAL EVENTS Opening Night Party Sonya Houston, Mendocino Weddings & Events—Special Event Producer Filmmaker Party Julia A. Kendrick Conway Assaggiare Mendocino— Catering and Special Event Producer Margie Kamb, Best Supporting Role Harvest Market, Craft Services Festival Events Staffing provided by Interact Club of Mendocino

HOUSE MANAGERS Steve Greenwood Rush Jones Erin Thomas

FILMMAKER WELCOME Susan Strange Carole Freeman James Sibbet



CONCESSIONS Blair Foster MEMBERSHIP Martha Buck WEBSITE DIRECTOR Shan Ricciardi, Ricciardi Designs MARKETING DIRECTOR Kristin Suratt DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER Casey Davis BOX OFFICE Linda Manning, Manager Arlene Moorehead Warren DeSmidt Doris Hammer Deirdre Lamb Irene Malone Chris Sittig Deena Zarlin Mark Zarlin Ann Zollinger CASHIER TEAM Linda Moore, Team Leader Tess Albin-Smith Nancy Banker Jan Desipio Peggy Dutcher Linda Herrera Peggy Hill Lisa Hoffman Lesli Langslet Lorraine and Jerry Murphy A.B. Priceman Chris Sansi Carol Ann Walton Donna Worster Fort Bragg Laurie Moore, Coast Cinemas PRINTED PROGRAM PRODUCTION Torrey Douglass, Lemon Fresh Design Printed by Journal Graphics Printed Program Book Manager Kara DeVries PRINTED PROGRAM EDITORS Dawn Emery Ballantine, Managing Editor Claudia Puig Ann Walker Kira Wojack

OPERATIONS CREW Jake Bell Eli Brooks Josh Cohan Steven Corley Shelley Fields Fix Derek Hambly Jeff Kent Thommy Pelletier Zelda Zuniga CUSTODIAL SUPPORT Victor Venegas, Sr. Victor Venegas, Jr. SECURITY Lealand Bean TECHNICAL DIRECTION Technical Director: Marshall Brown Deputy Technical Director: Sean-Van Buskirk Sound Engineer: Peter Temple Venue Tech Manager:Lowell Brown Venue Tech Manager: Rafael Harr Venue Tech Manager: Henry Thomas Venue Tech Manager: Kahlil Robinson Projectionist: Zeph Bishop Projectionist: Romeo Devinyard-Ortega Projectionist: Owen Drew Projectionist: Boyce Ponts Projectionist: Max Newstead Projectionist: Jon Summers Projectionist: Kaius Bjerre Projectionist: Isabella Soboleski EQUIPMENT SPONSOR Matt Rowland, Matt Rowland Events ELECTRICIAN John Heister, Hi Star Electric ADMINISTRATION Kara DeVries, Office Assistant Judy Steele, Bookkeeper PHOTOGRAPHERS Sharon Garner Ree Slocum Larry Wagner Nicholas Wilson Keith Wyner VIDEOGRAPHERS Maynard Kaminsky John Osborne Sea Storm Studios



OPENING ART RECEPTION The works of Spencer Brewer and Larry Fuente


Join us on Thursday, May 31st, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for a special art reception celebrating the creative spirit in all media and kicking off the beginning of this year’s festival! We are honoring two of our infamous, eclectic local artists, Spencer Brewer and Larry Fuente, as well as the photographic work of our Festival photographers. Meet one another and the artists, enjoy an aperitif, and meander the rooms of our historic Odd Fellows Hall while familiarizing yourself with our Festival’s Headquarters. Be inspired by the sheer creativity of this year’s featured artists! Spencer Brewer is a renowned musician who also creates sculptural pieces from ‘found art’ materials, or repurposed vintage objects, many of which focus on musical instruments re-designed into elegant assemblies. “From the whimsical and humorous, to the extraordinary and dark, each piece is one of a kind.” Expect to be delighted, surprised and likely awed by his unique creations. Larry Fuente has been residing and creating world-renowned art in Mendocino since the 1960s. His incredible creations have graced the cover of National Geographic, been displayed in galleries across the country, and used to highlight floats of the local 4th of July parade. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 60s, Fuente transitioned from painting to three dimensional works. Larry then relocated to Mendocino, where he continues to work in the medium of assemblage. One of his art works, “Game Fish”—a sail fish encrusted with game pieces—is one of the few artworks on permanent display at the Renwick Gallery, home to the collection of American contemporary craft and decorative art in Washington D.C.


Spencer Brewer

Larry Fuente

F E ST I VA L H E A D Q UA RT E R S & M A P A Festival Headquarters

Box Office & Filmmaker Lounge AKA Odd Fellows Hall 45101 Ukiah St.

B Festival Tent

10701 Palette Dr.

Mendocino Village



C Crown Hall

45285 Ukiah St.

D Matheson Performing Arts Center 45096 Cahto St.




Festival Headquarters Our Festival Headquarters at Odd Fellows Hall serves as Box Office, Filmmaker Lounge, and Art Gallery. Stop by and acquaint yourself with all aspects of this year’s festival and have any questions answered. The Headquarters will open its doors from Thursday, May 31st (join us for the Opening Art Reception Thursday, May 31st, at 7pm) until the Festival closes on Sunday, June 3. Here you can purchase or pick up tickets, meet filmmakers and visiting artists, and appreciate our festival art gallery.

Coast Cinemas, Fort Bragg 10 miles north of Mendocino

From Thursday through Sunday, 9:00am–5:00pm, our Box Office is open for in-person ticket sales. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, beginning at 9:00am every morning, join us upstairs for refreshments and treats. Come by to chat with filmmakers, local artists, and special guests between films. Please stay to appreciate the beautiful photography exhibit by our official Mendocino Film Festival Photographers: John Birchard | Sharon Garner | Joe Preuss | Ree Slocum Larry Wagner | Nicholas Wilson | Keith Wyner Sponsored by





135 South Franklin St, Fort Bragg 3:00 pm


5:30 pm

Won't You Be My Neighbor?





8:00 pm


85 min — p47

94 min — p57

Hearts Beat Loud 96 min — p41

10:00 am

Florida Project

10:15 am

Human Affairs

10:30 am

Short Films Program

12:30 pm


3:00 pm

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

5:30 pm

Summer 1993

8:00 pm


10:00 am


10:15 am

White Sun

10:30 am

Ovarian Psycos

12:30 pm

The Guilty

3:00 pm

Brimstone & Glory

115 min — p37

78 min — p41

68 min — p28

97 min — p47

94 min — p57

96 min — p53

74 min — p45

97 min — p47

89 min — p57

72 min — p47

85 min — p39

67 min — p31


Festival Tent




MAY 31


10701 Palette Drive 7:00 pm




Crown Hall

45285 Ukiah Street 3:00 pm

Harold and Lillian


100 min — p41

93 min — p33

5:30 pm

Short Films Program

Brimstone & Glory

Rodents of Unusual Size

68 min — p28

67 min — p31

71 min — p51

Love, Gilda*

Three Identical Strangers

Faces Places / Lotte short

84 min — p43

96 min — p53

99 min — p37

10:00 am

A River's Last Chance / Water short

Whisper Rapture*


67 min — p49

40 min — p57

105 min — p33

12:30 pm

Faces Places / Lotte

Inventing Tomorrow

Harold and Lillian

99 min — p37

105 min — p43

100 min — p41

3:00 pm

Meow Wolf


Weed, Water & Wood

108 min — p45

85 min — p47

67 min — p55

5:30 pm

Drummer & The Keeper

Night Comes On

¡Las Sandanistas!

85 min — p35

86 min — p45

96 min — p43

8:00 pm

Getting Naked*

Eighth Grade

The Guardians/Les Gardiennes

86 min — p39

93 min — p35

134 min — p39

10:00 am

Short Films Program


The Camino Voyage

68 min — p28

91 min — p53

97 min — p31

12:30 pm


Dark Money


73 min — p51

99 min — p33

85 min — p35

3:00 pm

Florida Project

Three Identical Strangers

Meow Wolf

115 min — p37

96 min — p53

108 min — p45

5:30 pm

Reel Mendo


55 min — p29

The Bad Aunties Comedy Troupe before screening of Love, Gilda Bonfire Madigan Shive cello performance after screening of Whisper Rapture Burlesque Show by Les Filles Rouges after screening of Getting Naked See page 27 for details.

8:00 pm



Exclusive Member Screening Short Films Program 68 min — p28

Buy your tickets early! We expect sold-out shows. Tickets and more information: (707) 937-0171 www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org


Ford & Cahto Streets