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Tribute to Woody Harrelson
CFI Milestone Campaign/
Tribute to Anna Karina
CFI Board of Directors
MVFF 2009 Film Selections
Films A to Z
CFI Green Initiative
The Tao of Film
Maps and Venues
In Memory: Pam Hamilton
Spotlight on Jason Reitman
27, 29 Live Performances at
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New Movies Lab
Screening the Future
Films by Country
Spotlight on Clive Owen
Film Title Index
Tribute to Uma Thurman
MVFF Hospitality Lounge
M AYOR’S P RO C L A M AT I O N
PROCLAMATION DECLARING OCTOBER 8–18, 2009 “MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL DAYS” WHEREAS, the Mill Valley Film Festival has presented outstanding local and international films in this community for 32 years; and WHEREAS, the Mill Valley Film Festival fulfills the important function of providing filmmakers an audience for their works; and WHEREAS, international filmmakers and the film community in Marin County enhance our cultural life by participating in the Mill Valley Film Festival; and WHEREAS, filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and filmgoers join together to make the Film Festival one of the Bay Area’s social and cultural highlights of the year; and WHEREAS, the City of Mill Valley has proudly supported independent filmmaking and the Mill Valley Film Festival for 32 years; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Andrew Berman, Mayor of the City of Mill Valley, take great pleasure in supporting the 32nd Annual Festival by proclaiming October 8–18, 2009, as Mill Valley Film Festival Days in Mill Valley.
ANDREW BERMAN Mayor of Mill Valley
D I R EC TO R’ S N OTE WEL COM E TO T H E 32 n d M I L L VA L L E Y F I L M F E S TIVA L In the 1960s there was a popular saying, “You can’t trust anyone over 30.” When it comes to the Mill Valley Film Festival, however, that flatly isn’t the case. In our role as “trusted curator,” the Mill Valley Film Festival has been recognized both here and abroad for the depth and breadth of its innovative and consistently excellent programming, and—now a genuine 30something— continues to focus on bringing the highest caliber films to our loyal, spirited audiences. Will our 32nd MVFF result in discoveries like Slumdog Millionaire, which last year screened at Telluride, Toronto and Mill Valley? Who knows, but isn’t the search for discovery a reward in itself? Bay Area filmmakers have been an integral part of our vision from the Festival’s inception, of course, and this year is no exception. From the astounding concentration of gifted filmmakers here in our little corner of the world, the Mill Valley Film Festival continues to showcase the best of Bay Area filmmaking. The 35 Bay Area–centered films represented this year include Imbued, the new work from American independent–film icon and MVFF stalwart Rob Nilsson (and featuring the great Stacy Keach); a lyrical and local meditation on music and devotion called Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn, the latest from West Marin’s Academy Award–winning filmmaker John Korty; Michael Anderson’s moving dramatic feature Tenderloin, filmed on location in the heart of the titled neighborhood; a crucial world premiere exposé of the pressures faced by our country’s school children in Vicki Abeles’ Race to Nowhere; and still another riveting and timely account in Rick Goldsmith and Judy Ehrlich’s inspiring documentary-cum–political thriller, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. This year’s Festival opens with two incredibly powerful and poignant films. Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back is impressive in its humanity and vision, being at once exhilarating, deeply moving and unflinchingly humorous in its look at the travails and joys of a newly widowed single father (warmly embodied by our Spotlight honoree Clive Owen). MVFF is also leading off with Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, in which director Lee Daniels bravely tackles difficult subject matter with an uplifting honesty and humanity, bringing his insightful vision to those too easily overlooked in our society, and reveal-
Pierrot le fou, Karina’s 1965 collaboration with then-husband Jean-Luc Godard.
ing the beautiful and resilient soul residing there. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Precious promises to be one of this year’s defining films and we’re honored to showcase it. Our Closing Night films include Ken Loach’s wonderful new soccer-centric workingclass dramedy, Looking for Eric, which recently scored points with audiences at Cannes; as well as The Young Victoria, a sharp and contemporaryfeeling film featuring an indelible performance by Emily Blunt as the teenage queen. We are proud to honor three exceptional actors with Tributes this year. The Tributes are a complete evening’s entertainment, including career clip-reels, onstage interviews, film screenings and sparkling receptions with our guests. Uma Thurman, who has delighted audiences worldwide for over 20 years, will be honored and feted in conjunction with a screening of her new film, Motherhood. Also this year comes our Tribute to Woody Harrelson, a gifted, dynamic actor who invests the most varied of roles and films with exceptional truth and heart. Accompanying Harrelson’s Tribute will be a screening of his powerful new film, The Messenger. As we were going to print, we learned that our Tributee, legendary French New Wave icon Anna Karina, is unable to join us due to a recent accident. She will join us for her Tribute in Spring 2010, at a precise time to be announced. In the meantime, the Festival will go forward with the North American premiere of her new film, Victoria, which she wrote, directed and stars in. Her producer, Héjer Charf, will attend the screening. MVFF is also screening
Other highlights include two Spotlight programs, each a not-to-be-missed evening of festivities. Our Spotlight on Clive Owen begins with retrospective clips and an onstage interview, followed by a screening of his breakout film Croupier and a reception with the actor and invited guests. In honor of his contribution to the art of cinema, Owen will be presented with the Mill Valley Film Festival award. In our second Spotlight program, the MVFF award will also be presented this year to Jason Reitman, who at 32 already has two Academy Award nominations under his belt: Best Director and Best Motion Picture (Juno, 2007). Of Reitman’s bold and deeply felt new film, which will screen as part of this year’s program, Anne Thompson of Variety predicts, “Up in the Air will fly,” and aptly notes that as “awards season beckons—this one’s in the hunt.” During the next 11 days, you’ll have the opportunity to view features, shorts, documentaries, panels, workshops, special programs, Spotlights and Tributes. You will be transported to different countries, different time periods, different homes and homelands. There are some 41 countries represented in over 140 films. I am proud of the fact that the Mill Valley Film Festival has a reputation for a well-balanced range of films, with something for everyone; a good film can affect the way we look at ourselves, each other and the world. It’s with that truth always in mind that the Festival has earned its audience’s trust, even as it inches past that old 30-year peg. So sit back and enjoy the flight! I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in making our 32nd MVFF possible: our generous donors and sponsors, our dedicated staff, our Board of Directors, our hard-working volunteers and, most of all, the extraordinary artists who share their work with us.
MARK FISHKIN MVFF Founder-Director
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• Expand CFI Education to offer more media-literacy and hands-on filmmaking programs to Bay Area students and bring more filmmakers into local schools. • Increase our creative and financial support of filmmakers, both through film exhibition and through a new model for nonprofit film distribution.
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O PE N I N G N I G HT Our 32nd Festival opens with two films that boldly celebrate the power of the human spirit–Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, the deeply inspiring story of a high school student whose harsh existence is tempered by her beautiful, resilient nature, and The Boys Are Back, a poignant look at single parenthood in all of its frenetic near misses and triumphs. After either Opening Night fi lm, join invited guests Clive Owen, Scott Hicks, Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton and Lee Daniels at the Mill Valley Community Center for delicious savories and sweets, wine and cocktails and dazzling live music. Enjoy Pizza Antica’s sautéed calamari, hangar steak bruschetta, BLT salad and more, with additional bites and sips by Whole Foods, Marin French Cheese Company, Judy’s Breadsticks, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Thumbprint Cellars and Townley Wines.
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BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE
US 2009 109 MINS Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm Film and Gala $125 PREC08P Film Only $30 PREC08R Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Claireece “Precious” Jones, an abused and illiterate African American high school student, is always “looking up . . . for a piano to fall.” Tackling tough material with uplifting consciousness and insight, Precious promises to be one of this year’s defining films. See page 98 for complete information.
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TH E B OYS A R E B A C K Australia/UK 2009 104 MINS Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm and 7:15 pm 7:00 pm Film and Gala $125 BOYA08P 7:00 pm Film Only $30 BOYA08S 7:15 pm Film and Gala $125 BOYB08P 7:15 pm Film Only $30 BOYB08S CinéArts@Sequoia
Sportswriter Joe Warr (a stellar Clive Owen) takes on single parenthood after his wife’s untimely death in this exhilarating, deeply moving and unflinchingly humorous story about the wonders and pitfalls of fatherhood, change and growing up. See page 86 for complete information.
OPENING NIGHT GALA FOLLOWS EITHER OPENING NIGHT SCREENING Thursday, October 8, 9:30 pm–12:00 am Mill Valley Community Center
C LOS I N G N I G HT The 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival comes to a dramatic close with two incredible films– Looking for Eric and The Young Victoria. After the films, sail away with us on the California Hornblower in Sausalito for our Closing Night party and moonlight cruise. Savor, indulge and unwind with the finest in gourmet cuisine, hand-crafted vino from Hall Wines and hip DJ beats by Feet First Entertainment, all while being surrounded by spectacular bay views on Hornblower’s magnificent fl agship. The bars are generously sponsored by California Bank & Trust.
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UK 2009 116 MINS Sunday, October 18, 5:15 pm Film and Party $75 LOOK18P Film Only $30 LOOK18S
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Ken Loach is in top form with this socially aware romantic comedy, in which depressed postal worker Eric Bishop gets by with a little help from his friends—and mysterious “visits” from his hero, Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona.
Emily Blunt is radiant as the youthful Queen Victoria, who ascended the British throne at age 18, in this sumptuous production tracing her early reign and legendary romance with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).
See page 94 for complete film information.
See page 111 for complete film information.
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CONCERT F OR A RE VOLUTION Saturday, October 10, 9:30 pm $65 MUSC10T In honor of the inspirational soundtrack for the MVFF premiere fi lm Soundtrack for a Revolution we present a live concert to follow the first screening of the film. This all-star evening features the legendary, multiple Grammy-winning The Blind Boys of Alabama and more special musical surprises to form a dynamic tribute to the songs that powered the Civil Rights Movement. About the film: Backed by impassioned studio performances by Wyclef Jean,
The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mary Mary, Richie Havens, The Roots, Angie Stone, John Legend and others, this gripping documentary relates the history of the Civil Rights Movement to a new generation (film ticket sold separately, see page 103 for more information). Produced by Lawrence R. Goldfarb and Steep Productions, Inc., Clare Wasserman and Stephanie Clarke. Music Director: Scott Matthews SPONSORED BY TH E B LI N D B OYS O F ALABAMA
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JA Z Z ICONS A MONG US : BERN A RD • WA S SERM A N • FA NNING Sunday, October 11, 8:00 pm $20 MUSC11T In celebration of the theatrical version of the outstanding jazz documentary series Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, MVFF presents a special live event showcasing the future of jazz music and its many offshoots. Join eclectic bass virtuoso Rob Wasserman, a regular collaborator with Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Weir; phenomenal guitarist
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Will Bernard, who has played with everyone from Don Cherry and Peter Apfelbaum to Robert Walter and John Medeski; seemingly three-armed Living Daylights drummer Dale Fanning; and other special guests as they explore the ways that jazz and rock improvisation interact in the 21st century. Produced by Chris Chappell. See page 92 for film information.
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an improv group, a comedy video or a scene from a new play in progress— come and find out! Ages 18 and over unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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INSIGHT: THE CASSEL TOUCH CHAR ACTER ACTING FROM CAS SAVE TE S TO NOW SE YMOUR CAS SEL IN CONVERSATION WITH ROB NIL S SON Wednesday, October 14, 8:00 pm $15 CASS14T 142 Throckmorton Theatre Enjoy an intimate conversation between acclaimed character actor Seymour Cassel and iconic independent filmmaker Rob Nilsson. Seymour Cassel’s early career was tied to American master of independent cinema John Cassavetes, with whom Cassel made his film debut in Shadows. Cassel starred in more Cassavetes classics, including Minnie and Moskowitz and Faces, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Cassel has remained a fixture of independent and studio films, appearing in Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge, Alexandre Rockwell’s In the Soup, Adrian Lyne’s Indecent Proposal, Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy and a trio of Wes Anderson favorites: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. His latest, Reach For Me, screens at this year’s MVFF (see page 100). Imbued, the new film from MVFF favorite Nilsson, also screens this year (see page 92). SEYMOU R CASSE L T H E M I L L V A L L E Y F I L M F E S T I V A L A N D T H E B I L L G R A H A M M E M O R I A L F O U N D AT I O N P R E S E N T
TROUPERS: 50 YEARS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm $20 TROU16T Following a screening of Glenn Silber and Claudia Vianello’s inspiring 1985 documentary, Troupers (see page 109), comes what promises to be an engaging Q&A with Mime Troupe alum— including playwright emeritus Joan Holden, a driving force of the group for four decades; film and television actor, director and author Peter
Coyote;Wilma Bonet, founder of Latina Theatre Lab and prominent Bay Area actress, playwright and director (most recently of SFMT’s 50th Anniversary show, Too Big to Fail); and others. Then, Troupers past and present treat us to a sampling of their unique brand of physical musical comedy, with longtime composerlyricist Bruce Barthol (original bassist, Country Joe & The Fish) heading up the band. S T E E LT O W N
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A SWEETER MUSIC: A LIVE CONCERT BY SARAH CAHILL WITH VIDEO BY JOHN SANBORN Sunday, October 18, 3:30 pm $20 SWEE18T In what promises to be an unforgettable live concert, celebrated pianist, writer and radio host Sarah Cahill performs new works for solo piano she commissioned from a group of leading composers. Each a meditation on peace and war, the pieces will be set against stunning visual poems by video artist and MVFF favorite John Sanborn. The concert includes a West Coast premiere excerpt from a resetting of “Steppe Music” by Meredith Monk (see Meredith Monk – Inner Voice film
note, page 94), Preben Antonsen’s “Dar al-Harb,” Jerome Kitzke’s “There Is a Field,” The Residents’ “drum no fife (Why We Need War),” Kyle Gann’s “War Is Just a Racket,” Phil Kline’s “The Long Winter,” Mamoru Fujieda’s “The Olive Branch Speaks” and Terry Riley’s “Be Kind to One Another (Rag).”
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N E W M OV I E S L A B THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS WORKSHOPS ON THE ART, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS OF FILMMAKING
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HOW TO GET IT DONE A SEMINAR FOR YOUNG FILMMAKERS Saturday, October 10, 2:00 pm FREE STUDENT EVENT
Marin Youth Center, 1115 Third St., San Rafael
Five working filmmakers discuss how they get their films made and what young filmmakers need to know about the perils of a film’s afterlife in the
GIRL GEEK S Sunday, October 11, 1:00 pm, $15 SEM11R Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Geeks have come a long way from taped-up glasses to high-powered movers and shakers delivering innovative digital art and entertainment. This panel explores the intersection of technology and creativity with women at the forefront of the digital industry.
festival and distribution markets. There will be film clips and a Q&A. Logan and Noah Miller (Touching Home) and Michael Eisenmenger, executive director of Community Media Center of Marin, will be our anchor panelists.Three young international directors from the Festival will round out this presentation. Stephanie Argy, co-director/co-writer, The Red Machine; science and technology writer, American Cinematographer,Variety, Hollywood Reporter. Nina Dobner, Cinematics Producer, Electronic Arts LA, Command and Conquer, Red Alert. Tiffany Shlain (Moderator), filmmaker, artist; founder, The Webby Awards; co-founder, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
CINEM A SP OR T S Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am Intro Meeting, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley FREE TO PARTICIPATE
Sign-up required on a first-come, first-served basis.
H E N RY S E LI C K A N D TH E A RT O F C O R A LI N E Sunday, October 11, 3:15 pm, $15 SEL11R Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center From early MTV station ID days to The Nightmare Before Christmas to this year’s hit Coraline, one of our premier fantasists has repeatedly taken you to other worlds. Join Henry Selick, director-screenwriter of Coraline, as he discusses his most recent stop-motion animated feature (scenes from which will be screened) as well as his distinguished career and the carefully nurtured art of stopmotion animation. SPONSORED BY
TH E CA S S E L TO U C H For full program information, see page 29.
Saturday, October 17, screening 7:30 pm, $10 CINE17T 142 Throckmorton Theatre Fusing imagination, collaboration and tournament, Cinemasports is a race to make a film in a day.
DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIALTY FILM WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Saturday, October 17, 12:30 pm, $15 SEM17T 142 Throckmorton Theatre The most important factor affecting the survival of independent or studio films today is distribution. In a radically changing distribution landscape, many traditional players have left the field—yet others remain in the game for what looks like the duration, seeing opportunities within established models. Join our expert panelists as they discuss the elusive “unified field” model of 21st-century distribution.
Invited guests: Robert Berney, Apparition (The Young Victoria, Bright Star). Howard Cohen and Eric D’Arbeloff, Roadside Attractions (Happy Tears, The Cove). Ryan Werner, IFC Films (Looking for Eric, Fish Tank, Red Cliff).
AC TI V E CINEM A S T R ATEGIE S F OR CH A NGE Sunday, October 18, 12:30 pm, $15 SEM18T 142 Throckmorton Theatre The experts on this creative brainstorming and makeover panel will look at strategies for distribution and marketing of films on social, environmental and human rights issues, as well as ways to get audiences engaged—connecting with non-profits, social networking, events, bake sales, fundraisers: What are effective, creative ways to move inspiration into action? Filmmakers are invited to present a project for a brief Active Cinema “make-over” by our panelists. All panelists subject to change, updates at mvff.com
Just arrive with your crew equipped to shoot and edit your masterpiece by the same-day deadline. Everyone gets three mandatory “ingredients” and returns with a completed film (3.5 minutes or less) by 6:30 pm. An hour later, at a public screening, the same elements result in entirely different movies. MVFF and Cinemasports co-present this fun opportunity for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Visit Cinemasports.com to sign up.
Michael Lumpkin, executive director, International Documentary Association. John Morrison, director of CFI Education, film programmer. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, filmmaker, A Thousand Suns, executive director, Global Oneness Project. Danae Ringelmann (Moderator),
co-founder and CFA, IndieGoGo.
C H I LD R E N ’ S F I L M F E S T Ever wonder what the rest of the world watches for family entertainment? The Mill Valley Film Festival’s Children’s FilmFest provides the answer. With a focus this year on Nor thern Europe, the 15th Children’s FilmFest brings some cold noses but warm hearts to the Bay Area. Yo u n g f e m a l e h e r o i n e s abound, with Stella and the Star of the Orient leaping through time, and a crew of feisty girls (and a black cat) defying ghosts in The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat. Short films feature a girl who finds a unique way to com- T H E F A E R I E S bat her parents’ infat uation with a pet cat (Love Child), a mother passing on her imaginary friends to her daughter (The Faeries of Farthingale) and a sly young woman who sneaks off to the woods to practice some benign witchcraft (Dragonflies, the Baby Cries). Boys hold their own when Ricky
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Rapper finds time to romance a fellow 10year-old neighbor and also do battle with an evil aunt. And an aspiring young knight is thrust into the limelight when he has to deliver The Letter for the King.
CHILDREN’S FILMFEST PROGR AMS STELLA AND THE STAR OF THE ORIENT, WITH DRAGONFLIES, THE BABY CRIES THE TEN LIVES OF TITANIC THE CAT, WITH THE FAERIES OF FARTHINGALE RICKY RAPPER, WITH LOVE CHILD THE LETTER FOR THE KING
To enhance our very young viewers’ appreciation of foreign-language movies, we provide the unique service of having actors read subtitles aloud. When we can, we play the readings through in di vidual headphones, to allow those who do not require the service to have an eq ual l y pl e asu rabl e f i l m experience. We have a limited number of headsets, so we offer them on a first-come, first-served basis to young people only. indicates subtitles with headphones indicates subtitles read aloud. AGE RECOMMENDATIONS
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CHILDREN’S FILMFEST OPENING PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA
Sunday, October 11, 12:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Theatre. $5 PARTY11 Join us after our opening weekend film in Mill Valley for a Children’s FilmFest Extravaganza party including some of the BEST face painting in the entire world! Balloon twisting! Music! A finger food lunch by Whole Foods! And even some short films! Adults must be accompanied by children. SPONSORED BY
Please bear in mind that the age range following each ch i l d r e n ’ s f i l m p r o g r a m description is a suggestion only. It may only refer back to a program’s length or to its subject matter, while it cannot adequately address everyone’s sense of appropriate or inappropriate content. Each child is different, and each parent has different standards.
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YO U TH F OC U S T H E YO U T H R E E L Our youth reel, this year named [BLANK.], is peer juried by a very special group of teens. After a three-day intensive workshop called the Young Critics Jury, six of the 20 participants are chosen to be members of the peer jury who screen entries into the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Youth Reel. The six jury members see all the submitted entries in part or in whole, sometimes totaling 125 short films. They then choose the films that will comprise a program of about 90 minutes. They also “curate” the program, finding a balance in the reel’s order allowing for a flow from one work to another. It’s a demanding task, and each year the teens involved turn out a wonderful program. They do all this with adult supervision, but without adult interference. It is their reel. [BLANK.] will screen on the second Saturday of the Festival, October 17, at 11:00 am. It’s an inspiring morning with parents, friends, fellow filmmakers and Festival-goers all enjoying the fruits of young filmmakers’ work and the work of the jury. The filmmakers receive a copy of Final Draft, the film industry’s premier screenwriting software, donated by Final Draft and bestowed immediately following an audience Q&A. The Young Critics Jury program is now in its eighth year. Media literacy is taught to the 20 students ages 13–18 using lectures, round-table talks and hands-on work. The group meets the cream of the Bay Area’s directors, cinematographers, locations scouts, stunt people, editors and sound mixers, actors and experimental filmmakers. Past guests include
directors Kevin Lima (Enchanted), Andrew Stanton and Bob Peterson (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up!), and legendary foley artist Dennie Thorpe. Many of these artists are Oscar, Emmy and international festival award winners. In April, CFI Education will be taking applications for the 2010 Young Critics Jury. For information, check our website, cafilm.org, or email the CFI Education director John Morrison at email@example.com. In April, there will be a pdf download of the application available on the website.
O T H E R F I L M S I N T H E F E S T I VA L In addition to the Children’s FilmFest and the Youth Reel, many of this year’s Festival films feature young people: An Education, Fish Tank, Elevator, Hipsters, The Horse Boy, Jermal, Project Happiness, Race to Nowhere, Ricky, Skin, The Strength of Water, Zombie Girl: the Movie, Youth in Revolt. Parents, please rely on your judgment regarding whether a film is appropriate. Our recommendations are not a substitute for a well-informed adult’s decision.
CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE EDUCATION B U I L D I N G T H E N E X T G E N E R AT I O N O F F I L M M A K E R S A N D A U D I E N C E S Film engages and inspires like no other medium. For two decades the Mill Valley Film Festival and CFI Education have pioneered creative film programs for Bay Area young people, providing year-round screenings, interactive sessions with fi lm professionals and hands-on activities to introduce students to the power of film as a vibrant tool of communication. Our programs also work with underserved communities and at-risk youth.
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WE’RE NOT JUST AT THE FESTIVAL In addition to our activities at the Festival, CFI Education presents programs at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin, the Little Theater at Berkeley High School, the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco and other Bay Area theaters. We also come directly to schools with our interdisciplinary, intercultural film-study programs designed to supplement the fields of literature, history, science and social studies. We create companion study guides for films, which add depth to the viewing experience and conform to California educational standards.
Here are some of our current programs: IN-SCHOOL FILMMAKER PROGRAM DURING THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL We bring filmmakers and their films from the Festival into all Bay Area schools. In September we match up filmmakers with schools for exciting classroom exchanges with students.
examining the content of a selection of international films focusing on defining moments in young people’s lives. MY PLACE Our My Place program combines hands-on filmmaking with strong storytelling skills. Local filmmakers, CFI staff and the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley help students learn to see where they live through different eyes. Programs have been held in San Francisco, San Rafael and Marin City and new this year, the city of Oakland. TEACHER WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS In March 2008 we inaugurated teacher workshops, designed by local teachers, on using film in the classroom. We use innovative techniques to widen the uses teachers can make of the film medium. This year we have also become a presenter of the Community Cinema program through ITVS and Independent Lens.
SELECTED SCREENINGS FOR SCHOOLS Throughout the year we provide schools with free monthly screenings of important films and other film curricula as well as six to eight feature films from the Festival.
Other programs underway include media literacy workshops and screenings, and a summer 2010 “young critics” program—all directed to students in grades 2 through 5—as well as a new set of adult courses and programs.
YOUNG CRITICS JURY Held every July, the Young Critics Jury is a three-day intensive workshop for youth ages 13–18 to learn media literacy skills directly from filmmakers and film historians. Directors, screenwriters, location scouts, actors, animators, critics, documentary filmmakers, cinematographers and others make this event an exceptional educational experience. A PLACE IN THE WORLD In this six-film/seven-month curriculum screening at the Rafael, 100 students from all over the Bay Area commit to viewing and
CFI Education serves more than 5,000 students in the Bay Area every year. Join us and help us grow! Call, email or visit us online: phone: 415.383.5256 x113 email: firstname.lastname@example.org online: cafilm.org BLOG WITH US at http://cafilm.wordpress.com
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2009 The International • Duplicity • The Boys Are Back • 2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age • Shoot ’Em Up 2006 Children of Men • Inside Man 2005 Derailed • Sin City 2004 Closer • King Arthur 2003 Beyond Borders • I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead 2002 The Bourne Identity 2001 Gosford Park 1998 Croupier 1997 Bent 1990 Chancer (TV)
SPOTLIGHT ON CLIVE OWEN Friday, October 9, 7:00 pm
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Clive Owen plays down-and-out writer-turned–casino croupier Jack Manfred in a rare screening of this potent neo-noir thriller. When the usually straight-edged Jack is charmed by a gambler and her casino heist plans, luck may (or may not) be a lady.
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Reception to follow at Tiburon Grill Please join us for the Spotlight Tribute program of clips and conversation with Clive Owen, followed by a screening of Croupier and the presentation of the MVFF award. Directly after the program is the notto-be-missed reception at Tiburon’s hottest new restaurant, Tiburon Grill, featuring wine, cocktails and delicious contemporary cuisine. Clive Owen will be presented with the MVFF award, designed by celebrated artist Alice Corning. RECEPTION SPONSORED BY
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C LI V E O W E N TH O U G H T I N TO A CT I O N , O R B U B B L I N G U N D E R T H E S U R FA C E by Michael Fox Clive Owen is an actor’s actor, and it’s fascinating to observe Hollywood’s efforts to buff and burnish him into an international movie star. Infinitely more interested in the work of limning a character than the publicity and gossip machine that transmutes actors into celebrities, Owen has quietly embraced one challenging role after another. While studio execs offer formulaic films that would make him a household name in Kuala Lumpur, the resolute British actor has carved his own iconoclastic swath as a heroically conflicted leading man perfectly in sync with today’s nervous, cynical world. In films as diverse as Croupier, Gosford Park, Children of Men and Duplicity, Owen portrays men who know—or come to know, to their dismay—where the bodies are buried. He excels as the understated Everyman, albeit one with uncommon good looks and a marvelous physicality, who’s given an unexpected glimpse behind the curtain at the corruption of a venal institution and, by extension, society. Forced to grapple with a moral dilemma, anxiously debating what action to take, Owen tells us everything with his eyes. He has the ability, and the confidence, to let us watch him work his way to an often-painful conclusion: The only person he can trust is himself. “Clive’s attraction as an actor lies in his ability to convey seething emotion through a great sense of stillness,” says Scott Hicks, who directed Owen in the opening-night film The Boys Are Back. “Nothing is ‘demonstrated.’ Everything is suggested. He doesn’t demand your attention; he draws you in by the sheer force of will.” In The Boys Are Back, based on the memoir by British newspaper columnist Simon Carr, Owen plays a sportswriter KO’d by the death of his wife and faced with the immediate challenge of raising their sixyear-old boy and his teenage son from a previous marriage. His solution is to say yes to every request, with decidedly mixed results. Owen displays facets we’ve never seen before, delighting his many fans and confounding moviegoers who had pigeonholed him as a 21stcentury action figure. But then Owen has defied other people’s expectations for as long as he can remember. From the moment he tried acting, at 13 in a Coventry school production of Oliver! (he played the Artful Dodger), the working-class kid was determined to make a go of it. Owen had some rough years at the beginning, partly because he stubbornly refused to take the well-trod path of drama school. He eventually relented, and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. It was a RADA production, with Owen playing Romeo to her Juliet, where he met his wife, Sarah-Jane Fenton. They were 19, and have been together practically ever since.
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Owen made his film debut in Vroom (1988) opposite David Thewlis, but struggled until he landed the lead role of an urbane con artist– cum-businessman in the TV series Chancer (1990–91). The show made him a star and even landed him an endorsement deal with a large brewer, but he quit out of concern that he’d be typecast. Aiming to undercut his raffish image, Owen played a man who embarks on an intimate relationship with his older sister in Stephen Poliakoff’s Close My Eyes (1991). He was electric in the part—so effective, in fact, that it put his film career in the deep freeze for most of the ’90s (and cost him the beer contract, not that he cared). He continued to thrive onstage and on the small screen, however,
S P OTL I G HT O N C LI V E OW E N until veteran helmer Mike Hodges cast him as gift for taking characters that appear straightan aspiring writer with a previously untapped forward, even primitive in their desires and taste for danger in the marvelously atmospheric motives, and incrementally revealing their inner neo-noir, Croupier (1998). Owen is spot-on as a ambivalence and complexity. This may be what hunk steeped in Sartre, and the film turned out Tom Tykwer, director of The International, had to be a surprise hit in the States. When he in mind when he described Owen as, “the thinking man’s action hero.” played another smart, suave fellow with reserves of toughness, It’s of a piece with Owen’s “ N OTH I N G I S the tight-lipped driver in BMW’s proclivity for choosing ‘D E M O N STR ATE D.’ scripts, such as Spike Lee’s widely seen online series The Hire (2001–02), Owen’s popularInside Man and Tony GilE V E RY TH I N G I S ity—certainly among men—only roy’s Duplicity, that spin S U G G E STE D. H E increased. genre conventions in Owen told an interviewer not D O E S N’T D E M A N D unpredictable ways. The long ago, looking back, “I was obvious gambit is never YO U R AT TE N TI O N ; Owen’s first choice, hence never chasing the American film our skepticism that Hollymarket, it just happened, and H E D R A W S YO U wood will sand off his suddenly the whole film world I N BY TH E S H E E R rough edges. Well, that opened up and I was being asked to work with really great people, F O R C E O F W I LL.” a n d h i s e a g e r n e s s t o so I’m nothing but grateful.” expand his range and play First up was a small but key part as a valet with against his screen persona, as evidenced by The a secret past in Robert Altman’s marvelous Boys Are Back. “I’ve always been in it for the upstairs, downstairs murder mystery, Gosford long-term,” Owen said. “It’s a lifelong thing for Park (2001), followed by a harrowing turn as a me, it’s a craft, it’s something I want to keep CIA assassin in The Bourne Identity (2002). Sup- doing.” porting roles soon gave way to leads in the As coolly exciting as his many performances have refugee drama Beyond Borders (2003), co-star- been to this point, they only encourage our ring Angelina Jolie, and the myth-busting King anticipation of what’s to come. Along with Inside Arthur (2004), with Keira Knightley. Man 2, he’s signed on to play an undercover The major highlight from this period, though, is agent trying to stay alive and unravel the ColumOwen’s Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning bian drug cartels in the nail-biter Cartagena. The performance as the malicious dermatologist, James Bond rumors will be revived whenever Larry, in the savagely literate relationship drama the incumbent abdicates, but Owen seems more Closer (2004). His work is even more impressive apt to veer in unexpected directions. when you consider that he garnered excellent As Julia Roberts, who starred and sparred with notices in the original stage production for his Owen in Closer and Duplicity, told Esquire, “Every portrayal of the other male character, Dan. good-guy actor talks about Clive as one of their Each man is creepy in his own way, incidentally, very favorites. Because he’s English, because his which was likely part of the appeal for Owen. successes have stood on the shoulders of his “The worst piece of advice I’ve got in my whole talents alone, and because he hasn’t just been career is from somebody who said, ‘Remember, carried away by popular culture. He’s almost it’s all about likeability,’’’ he once told an the most free of all of those guys. People just allow him to do what he does.” interviewer. In fact, even when he is the putative hero and moral center, as he was in Alfonso Cuarón’s Michael Fox is a Bay Area film critic and journalist for dystopian epic, Children of Men (2006), Owen SF360.org and SF Weekly, and the curator and host infuses the character with shadings of selfish- of the Friday night CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ ness, shallowness and suspicion. He has a rare Institute in San Francisco.
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2009 Motherhood 2007 The Life Before Her Eyes 2005 The Producers 2004 Kill Bill Vol. 2 2003 Kill Bill Vol. 1 2002 Hysterical Blindness 2000 The Golden Bowl 1999 Sweet and Lowdown 1997 Gattaca 1994 Pulp Fiction 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1990 Henry & June 1988 Dangerous Liaisons
TRIBUTE TO UMA THURMAN Saturday, October 10, 6:00 pm
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Tribute Only $30 TRIB10R Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Reception to follow at Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co. Join us for the Tribute program of clips and conversation with Uma Thurman, screening of Motherhood and presentation of the MVFF award. Afterward, the evening continues with a lovely dinner at Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co., one of our favorite places to have a party. Wines provided by Cameron Hughes Wine and Wine 2.0.
Ever had one of those days, only to realize theyâ€™ve actually stacked up into years? Welcome to Motherhood, embodied with frazzled grace by a luminous Uma Thurman as a once-promising writer desperately trying to conquer it all and then some. See page 96 for complete film information.
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WRITER-DIRECTOR KATHERINE DIEKMANN TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH UMA THURMAN
by Zoë Elton In conversations about Uma Thurman, words like luminous, breathtaking, iconic, beautiful, soulful, sensitive, eclectic abound. Uma Thurman: who as a teenager shone as Venus in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; captivated as Cécile in Dangerous Liaisons; brought layers of subtlety and insight to her portrayal of June in Henry and June. Whose films with Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, are destined for an elevated place in the annals of cinema. And whose performances in the likes of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, The Truth about Cats & Dogs, Gattaca, Hysterical Blindness and the recent My Super ExGirlfriend proved her abilities in multiple genres: What other actors of her generation tackle romantic drama, comedy, sci-fi, action, thrillers with equal aplomb? In her work, she personifies some intriguing elements of the psyche: KI LL B I LL VOL. 1 She’s as much a goddess as she is a working-class girl looking for love; she’s as much a gangster’s moll as she is a samurai; she’s as much an embodiment of power—whether sexual, emotional or physical—as she is an embodiment of human frailties and needs and vulnerabilities. I spoke recently with writer-director Katherine Diekmann about working with so protean an artist. Diekmann’s new film, Motherhood, stars Thurman as a woman trying to keep all the parts of her life and her family’s life together while desperately—and often hilariously— attempting to regain her sense of self. While the role represents something of a departure from Thurman’s work to date, a woman juggling the multiple and simultaneous needs of her family and her own life is, perhaps, not so far from home. I began by asking Diekmann about the first time she saw Thurman on screen. She chuckled at the memory. “Baron Munchhausen! And Dangerous Liaisons. I remember being struck by how great she was. She’s an amazing creature, you know. She’s like a walking Modigliani, . . . really mannerist looking.” A walking Modigliani; mannerist—interest-
ing. Thurman’s look, her sensuous, sinewy, statuesque poise does invite comparison with high art. Is it just coincidence she starts her career by emerging from the Botticelli-shell as Venus in Munchhausen? The image remains in our minds long after other details of the film have receded. And of course there’s Pulp Fiction. “In that she really leapt off the screen.” Leapt off the screen, indeed. Or better, perhaps, to say danced off it: Her pas de deux with John Travolta remains one of the screen’s great “show-stoppers.” Thurman’s Mia Wallace was famously inspired by Anna Karina, and as Karina is to Godard, so Thurman is to Tarantino—there’s an extraordinary understanding in their work together. About working with Tarantino, Thurman points to the artistic freedom it allows her. “His movies always switch from one feeling to another very quickly,” she has said. “He has an incredibly sensitive pulse in his films, and so it gives you a lot of confidence to try crazy things and do one thing very funny and the next scene very intense and to believe that the director actually encompasses enough tonal range that that actually would work in one movie, which is really unusual.”
TR I B UTE TO U M A TH U R M A N Thurman’s career is notable for its very eclectic certain way. I think it’s daring,” says Diekmann. choices—indeed, her work eschews categori- The filmmaker found an incredible commitment zation. “I think she’s really unusual,” says in Thurman: “She’s fiercely loyal with the peoDiekmann, “she’s not really suited to the Julia ple and things she cares about.” Both personally Roberts/Sandra Bullock kind of screwball-y and professionally, Diekmann describes her as mainstream movie-making . . . and she’s not “very strong. She’s an extremely bright woman. quite an art house actor either. She’s in some And she does not suffer fools!” she laughs. funny in-between zone. . . . I still think her most “She’s a really interesting person—and a very interesting performance is Hysterical Blind- good mother, also. She’s extremely dedicated ness,” from a play Thurman optioned then to her children.” produced with Mira Nair as director. “She really “For a writer, they say write what you know,” went far out there—and tested herself.” Thurman once said with respect to her work Thurman’s role in Diekmann’s Motherhood is ethic. “As a performer, you find it in yourself, in another test, and a deparyour heart. You relate to ture from much of her prethe character. You try to I S I T J U ST vious work. It’s a project live it, try to have it be COINCIDENCE that takes that all-too-fareal for you.” Diekmann’s miliar role for many experience of working S H E S TA RTS H E R actresses—the mother— Thurman supports CA R E E R BY E M E R G I N G with and invests it with the fullthis, as she remembers ness of the life and the per- F R O M T H E B OT TI C E LLI - moments both comedic son behind the role. and moving that surSHELL AS VENUS IN Diekmann notes the rarity prised her on set. Thurof a film that “simply deals man, for instance, went M U N C H H A U S E N? with the fact that this is a from “that kind of almost mother and this is her crisis. She’s not a poor Almodóvar, over the top, physical comedy” in a mother and she’s not a mother on drugs and parking scene where she stomps over to yell at she’s not a mother with cancer,” emphasizes a trucker, to moments of real emotional depth. Diekmann. “She’s just a slightly lower than mid- “When she reacts to her husband’s comments dle-class mother struggling [with the question], on her writing,” notes her director, “that was ‘Do I have a voice, do I have an identity, who am just a really beautiful, elegant piece of film actI when I have to be this role?’” ing.” Diekmann describes another scene It was something Thurman related to. And yet bet ween Thurman and Anthony Edwards, who there is, perhaps, a curious risk in Thurman’s plays her husband. It’s an intimate moment in taking on Motherhood. Frequently for actors, the car where Thurman gets at something centhe notion of risk-taking is equated with roles tral to the story, something “really deep and that are eccentric (literally de-centered), emo- honest and painful,” Diekmann explains. “How tionally or physically extreme. Equally, actors do you become this creature called a mother often project certain images in their choices of and maintain your own self?” roles, images that become part of their mys- And perhaps the key to that question is best tique and mythology. In making Motherhood, addressed by Thurman’s own words: “The purThurman essentially takes on the image that est relationship I ever had, aside from with my many have held of her. Diekmann is aware of children, is with my work. Whatever you give it, the investment some fans have in holding onto it gives you back double. That’s an unusual kind a certain image of the star—and the mother of relationship. It’s thrilling to act. It’s thrilling to image doesn’t necessarily fit the fantasy. “They reach for things and risk humiliation. It’s taken never actually thought, while they were watch- me a long time to learn to accept the risks and ing Kill Bill, that this woman has a child, she’s a just be willing to try it over and over again.” mother, she goes home at the end of the day to her child. That doesn’t enter the fantasy. And Zoë Elton is director of programming for MVFF and so this [film] really punctures the fantasy in a an artist, writer and theater director.
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2007 Juno 2005 Thank You for Smoking 2004 Consent 2002 Uncle Sam 2000 In God We Trust 1999 H@ 1998 Operation
SPOTLIGHT ON JASON REITMAN Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm
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Join us for the Spotlight Tribute program, including an interview with Jason Reitman, screening of Up in the Air and presentation of the MVFF award. Following the film, join us for a unique reception experience with regional Italian cuisine, house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and mesquite-grilled meats at Piatti Ristorante & Bar. Wines provided by Thumbprint Cellars.
From Jason Reitman, the O s c a r ® nominated director of Juno, comes a dramatic comedy called Up in the Air starring Oscar ® winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after he’s m e t t h e f r e q u e n t - t r ave l e r woman of his dreams.
Jason Reitman will be presented with the MVFF award, designed by celebrated artist Alice Corning.
See page 109 for complete film information.
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Reception to follow at Piatti Ristorante & Bar
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J A S O N R E ITM A N B E TR U E TO YO U R H E A RT : B R I N G T H E M A G I C by Ilya Tovbis Despite feeling movie-making’s persistent tug from a very early age, Jason Reitman resisted mightily. Coming from a family flush with filmmakers of all stripes—not least his father, celebrated director-producer Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop)—he worried about being perceived as the spoiled progeny of Hollywood gentry, a talentless hack getting by on a famous surname. Between making cameo appearances on his dad’s films, working as a production assistant on film sets at age 13 and spending his teen years as a self-described shy movie-geek shuffling in and out of dark theaters, Reitman’s affinity for the big screen often bordered on obsession. And yet, he resisted. Fear of being written off as a pretender was real enough to REITMAN IN 2006 make him enter college on a premed track—much to the surprise of those closest to him. In fact, the elder Reitman, generally supportive of his son’s choices, felt compelled to intervene. Jason has recounted his father’s touching and persuasive words: “If you became a doctor, your mother and I would be over the moon. There’s no more noble a job in the world than being a doctor. But, I don’t think there’s enough magic in it for you; you’re a storyteller, and you need to follow your heart.” The simple maxim couched in this fatherly encouragement not only allowed Reitman the courage to delve headfirst into filmmaking, but charts the utterly individual course of a still young yet already spectacular career. Maintaining a rigid commitment to personal integrity and an above-all-honest approach to the craft, Reitman has ensured his work is defined by a strikingly original blend of accessible, intellectual and challenging comedy cut with an unspoiled, wide-eyed film fandom. Even the route he took to recognition as one of the most promising young filmmakers in Hollywood today is marked by the same independence. Instead of relying on family ties to wealthy finan-
ciers, or taking on big studio projects such as the twice offered—and twice rejected—Dude Where’s My Car 2, Reitman operated on shoestring budgets to shoot a series of short films that took the independent film festival circuit by storm. Selling ad space in desk calendars, he cobbled together the budget for Operation (1998), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The next eight years saw the production of five more shorts, which totaled more than 100 appearances at festivals worldwide: H@ (1999), In God We Trust (2000), Gulp (2001), Uncle Sam (2002) and Consent (2004). After nearly a decade of developing his chops in the short form, Reitman turned in an auspicious feature film debut with Thank You for Smoking (2006). He developed the ambitious screenplay from Christopher Buckley’s novel, despite the film industry’s vocal fear that the source materials was impossible to adapt. The black comedy centers around Nick Naylor (in a bravura performance by Aaron Eckhart), chief spokesman for Tobacco’s big seven, as he zigzags across the country gleefully espousing the cigarette industry’s credo that no
S P OTL I G HT O N J A S O N R E I T M A N connection has been established between they may be, are entirely missing the point: smoking and lung cancer. Utterly satisfied with Reitman’s films operate on the jagged edges of his work, he finds the pesky moral repercus- society far removed from political correctness sions of his job easy to ignore, and prizes his precisely because they avoid the political in sizable paycheck less than the daily opportunity favor of the personal. As Reitman points out, to spread the gospel of personal choice— this doesn’t mean reading into his work is whether right or wrong. While Naylor’s out- wrong, but that audiences should realize their landish pseudoscientific claims are played for interpretations come from within themselves zingy laughs, there is something unmistakably rather than from the screen. “When I was doing earnest about the libertarian message of the Thank You for Smoking, the best compliment I film. Smoking established Reitman’s abiding got was that liberals thought it was their film interest in (and, moreover, talent for) twinning and conservatives thought it was theirs. Christhe oft-dueling elements of cheeky humor and topher Buckley used to say that’s what satire is—satire is a mirror, and you see yourself in it. challenging substance. That winning formula was redoubled in Best Juno is not a satire but in some ways, I guess, it is a mirror.” Picture nominee Juno (2006), R E I T M A N ’ S F I L M S It is hard, then, not to be Reitman’s little-indie-thateagerly anticipating Reitman’s could. Tonally, this quirky, O P E R AT E O N T H E latest, Up in the Air (2009), a biting comedy was an entirely JAGGED EDGES OF film he refers to as his most different endeavor: The world personal to date. Following of 16-year-old Minnesotan S O C I E T Y FA R another anti-hero, a corpoJuno (Ellen Page) is colored REMOVED FROM rate axman (George Clooney) by fl ocks of cross-country who preaches a Buddhist-like runners, mounds of orange P O LIT I CA L detachment from the physical tic-tacs and a sunny sky seemC O R R E CT N E S S realm while counseling those ingly tapped from a Los Angecasually lays off, Up in the les magic-hour reservoir. To P R E C I S E LY B E CA U S E he Air promises to rise in sharp t o p i t of f, D i a b l o Cod y ’s relief against the current T H E Y AV O I D T H E script calls for highly stylized economic crisis. Examining mile-a-minute dialogue that P O L I T I C A L I N FAV O R the consequences attendant sings with teen slang from on his chosen life—an aloof another planet. But, of OF THE PERSONAL plain of continual transience course, the film tells the story of a high-schooler who decides against having and absenteeism—the protagonist of this poian abortion (for reasons having as much to do gnant satire offers us an unfl inching look at the with fingernails as anything else) after she gets boundaries and limits of personal choice. accidentally pregnant from a fling with her best A tough topic to be sure, but as Reitman’s chum. Again, themes of personal choice rub- blossoming career has shown, his whimsical bing up against collective expectations are brand of deep comedy—going straight for sounded, and once more Reitman sides with a the jugular, and then lending you a hand right controversial protagonist. It is not her choice after the blow—is more than up to the task. to keep the baby that he champions, but rather Once asked if he feared a letdown after the the overarching concept that it is her decision, meteoric success of Juno, Reitman did well to and hers alone—and that she, not the demand- echo his dad’s cogent advice: “I’m going to ing society around her, will be accountable for try to make something good that is personal her actions. Interestingly, this film was inter- and follows my heart; I think you can do that preted as both pro-life and pro-choice (just as every time.” his earlier film was deemed pro-smoking by some and anti-smoking by others). However, both of these analyses, intriguing as Ilya Tovbis is a Bay Area programmer and writer.
THAN K YO U FO R S M O K I N G
TR I B U T E TO WOO DY H A R R E L S O N
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F I L M O G R A P H Y
2009 The Messenger • Zombieland 2008 Transsiberian 2007 No Country for Old Men • The Walker 2006 A Prairie Home Companion 2005 North Country 1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt 1994 Natural Born Killers 1992 White Men Can’t Jump 1986 Wildcats
TRIBUTE TO WOODY HARRELSON Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm
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Tribute and Reception $75 TRIB15P Please note there are no Tribute Only tickets available for this event Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Reception to follow at Tiburon Grill
US 2009 112 MINS
Woody Harrelson is a by-thebook soldier assigned to the US military’s Casualty Notification Office in a film that examines the complexity of grief, pain and loss as gently as a kiss, with a message like a punch in the gut.
Woody Harrelson will participate in an onstage conversation about his career and will be presented the MVFF award. Following the screening of The Messenger, Harrelson will be joined by invited guests, co-star Ben Foster and director/co-writer Oren Moverman for a Q&A with the audience. Directly following the program don’t miss the reception at Tiburon’s hottest new restaurant, Tiburon Grill, featuring wine, cocktails and a delicious array of fresh, contemporary cuisine.
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W O O DY H A R R E LS O N P L AYI N G A G A I N S T T Y P E by Michael Fox After a career-launching five consecutive Emmy nominations (and one win) playing an ingenuous, much beloved bartender on a hit TV show, Woody Harrelson had to convince casting directors and moviegoers alike he could play someone else. In the box-office smashes White Men Can’t Jump and Indecent Proposal, he did exactly that. Then came a dramatic lead in The People vs. Larry Flynt, earning an Academy Award nomination for his layered, sympathetic portrayal of the controversial Penthouse publisher. Versatility has become Harrelson’s t r ad e m ar k . T he u n a s su mi ng Texas-born, Ohio-reared actor’s remarkable range is on display this fall in the moving independent drama The Messenger (screening Oct. 15 in the FestiTH E WALK E R val), the horror comedy Zombieland, the apocalypse extravaganza 2012 and the dark character-driven comedy Defendor. Throughout his career, Harrelson has been an outspoken activist as well (his website is www.voiceyourself.com). We spoke with the MVFF Tributee via phone from Toronto, where he was attending that city’s film festival. How did you escape being typecast in a top-rated sitcom?
While I was doing Cheers, I felt like I couldn’t get a job doing anything else. Luckily, I met with Michael Caton-Jones at Michael J. Fox’s behest, and he hired me to do this movie [Doc Hollywood], which was similar in a lot of ways to Cheers but a little rougher character. It was lucky that Keanu Reeves couldn’t really play basketball; otherwise I wouldn’t have got White Men Can’t Jump. [laughs] Ron Shelton gave me a break, and it was ironic because it was around the time of Bush War I and I was in my own way protesting and getting a lot of flak for it. Ron, as opposed to maybe some other, more timid director, was kind of enamored by that and thought that was a real good thing. I don’t know how much it helped me but it didn’t hurt me because we had pretty similar opinions.
You give credit to others, but when the cameras rolled you had to be convincing as someone other than a doofus bartender.
I look at him more as a naïve bartender. Right after White Men Can’t Jump came Indecent Proposal, and that was a little more dramatic. It was all by slight gradations that things shifted. When I did Natural Born Killers, and The People vs. Larry Flynt, that helped move me out of this one-note type of perception. What was it like working with Oliver Stone on Natural Born Killers?
It was a pretty wild way to make a movie. It was shot very fast, in 50-something days. After he’d be done working with us, he’d go and edit this other movie [Heaven & Earth]. The hours he was putting in were kind of staggering,—and then still managing to out-party us all. We’d be on a big soundstage, and we’d be in one room and we’d shoot something and they’d already have this other thing set up and lit and we’d go immediately over and shoot that. He might shoot with another
TR I B U T E TO WOO DY H A R R E L S O N camera, there might be images floating behind us during the scene. It was one of those things where I had no idea how it was going to turn out, and was pretty surprised by the end result. Pleasantly surprised—I thought it was a wellmade movie, but it caught a lot of flak. I consider it a really misunderstood romantic comedy. You played another polarizing figure in The People vs. Larry Flynt.
I got completely immersed in the character. I spent a lot of time with Larry; I spent a lot of time watching him in interviews, reading things he’d written or interviews with him. He was a full-fledged colorful character. But I gotta tell you, I would have never started working on it if when I met him I wasn’t really impressed with him. Prior to meeting him, I didn’t have a great attitude towards him. I imagine you guys are simpatico on some causes. What’s got you fired up at the moment?
I guess I’m most interested in how we’re going to get off the dinosaur tit, because I think the way that we’re fueling ourselves, in the worldwide sense but also in the individual sense, is our biggest problem. I loathe mountaintop removal; it’s one of the most egregious practices going on, maybe second to oil wars. I’d like to see mountaintop removal stopped as a way of getting access to coal. They’ve already blown up hundreds of mountains in West Virginia, Kentucky. It’s pretty staggering. Speaking of fossil fuels, you were on the biofuel bus in Go Further, which documented a green-themed bicycle trip up the West Coast.
That movie really reflects how I feel about a lot of stuff. Ron Mann is a fantastic director. Were you able to visit Army bases and spend time with casualty notification officers like the one you play in The Messenger?
We did get to meet with those people. They say it’s the hardest job in the Army. There’ve been all kinds of movies relating to these recent wars, and it was an idea that Oren Moverman and his writing partner [Alessandro Camon]
had without showing characters in combat. It’s a different aspect of what goes on in the war, and apparently an aspect that the Army’s keen on people knowing about, because they supported it 100 percent and let us shoot at Fort Dix. Is The Messenger an antiwar movie?
It doesn’t overtly take a stance that way. Ironically, the jury at Berlin gave it a peace prize. And they voted it the best screenplay. I think it’s probably the movie I’m most proud of being a part of. But it’s also something that all of us who were part of it feel really, really passionate about. We’re going to do a tour, go out on a bus and go to Army bases and colleges and show the movie. Maybe I should have asked this first, but what do you love about acting?
WH ITE M E N CAN’T J U M P
I like the creative process of making a scene come to life. There’s many, many times it’s like, ‘This scene is just not working. Let’s just turn the cameras off and sit down here and figure this shit out.’ When you get to the point where you feel like you got the scene and it’s really alive, that’s one of the big payoffs. To be able to come in every day and find ways to make things funnier or more interesting or more emotional, or to get the maximum emotional content out of the scene, I love doing it. I like to be a part of the creative soup, everybody involved in it and passionate and trying to make the scene the best it can be. Is there a particular film that stands out as a highlight in that regard?
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I’m especially proud of The People vs. Larry Flynt. There’s a lot of rewriting and also improv that went on, by myself and Edwardo [Norton] and Courtney [Love]. It’s nice when you feel like you’ve come in and you’ve taken what was on the page and raised it up and made it better. Then you really feel like you’ve accomplished something as an actor.
Michael Fox is a Bay Area film critic and journalist for SF360.org and SF Weekly, and the curator and host of the Friday night CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco.
TR I B U T E TO A N N A K A R I N A
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F I L M O G R AP H Y
2008 Victoria (director) 1996 Chloé 1995 Haut, bas, fragile 1987 Last Song 1984 Ave Maria 1982 Regina 1976 Chinese Roulette 1973 Vivre Ensemble (director) 1969 Man on Horseback • Justine 1967 Anna • The Stranger (Lo straniero) 1966 The Nun (La Religieuse) • Made In USA 1965 Alphaville • Pierrot le fou 1964 Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) • La Ronde 1962 My Life to Live (Vivre sa vie) 1961 A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) 1960 Le petit soldat 1959 Pigen og skoene
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As we go to print, we have learned that Anna Karina is unable to join us for her Tribute owing to non – life -t hre atening injuries sust ained in a recent accident . She will, however, be able to join us for h e r Tr i b u t e i n S p r i n g 2 010 , a t a t i m e to be determined. For the Festival, Anna Karina’s producer, Héjer Char f, will at tend the screening of her f ilm, Victoria.
V I CTO R I A CANADA/ FRANCE 2008 95 MINS
Par t Some Like It Hot, par t Breathless and yet thoroughly fresh and new, Anna Karina’s first directorial effort in more t h an 3 0 ye ar s e choe s t he youthful zest of the worldshaking French New Wave while brimming with a life entirely its own. See page 109 for complete film information. Please note: This is a regularlypriced admission.
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ANNA KARINA M I R O I R…MYS TÈR E… M A G I Q U E by Karen Davis
S NAPS H OT: ON S C R E E N Vivre sa vie (1962): A young woman sits in a darkened movie theater alone, raising her gaze to the image onscreen of another young woman (Maria Falconetti, in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent masterwork, The Passion of Joan of Arc) who, in turn, lifts her eyes to meet those of an off-screen presence as she pleads for her right to be free. Both women mirror each other’s emotions, their radiant faces shining with tears, their expressive eyes reflecting beauty, suffering and an all-encompassing empathy. The young woman, alone in the t he ater, is “ N ana”— no one in particular, a character whose name is French slang for “just a girl.” A mystery. A cipher. Starring in JeanLuc Godard’s 1962 New Wave chef d’oeuvre Vivre sa vie is actress Anna L E P E T I T S O L D AT Karina—but, as “Nana,” she is also you, me and everyone who has ever been moved to tears by the power of cinema; a projection of our most powerful dreams and strongest desires, our wish to be free. This is just one of the thousands of image-snapshots reflecting the brilliance of an actor, a star, who can inhabit such a role, as “no one in particular,” while crafting one of the most memorable cinematic performances of our time. Anna Karina: a mirror, a mystery, blessed with ineffable magic that is palpable, and timeless.
S NAPS H OT: OFF-S CR E E N Born and raised in Denmark, Anna Karina (née Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer) made her screen debut in 1959, when Danish filmmaker Ib Schmedes discovered her, quite literally, singing and dancing in the streets to her own rhythm. Schmedes’ 11-minute film, Pigen og Skoene (The Girl with the Shoes), garnered the Best Short Film award at Cannes and launched Karina’s career. But life was not a Hollywood musical by any means. To escape a difficult family situation, she moved to Paris at 18. Speaking no French,
Anna sought shelter at the Danish Church on the Champs-Élysées. She found work wherever she could: elevator girl, spare-change street-art painter. Then, the first of several lucky coups de foudre struck: an introduction to Coco Chanel (who bestowed the name “Anna Karina” upon her), followed by a smashingly successful career as a top Parisian model. But Anna held fast to a girlhood dream to act. Again she struck out on her own, until another coup de foudre: Jean-Luc Godard, famed film critic, director, enfant terrible and Karina’s soon-to-be husband (now ex-mari) spotted her in a soap commercial. In the films and years that followed, the magical Karina/Godard collaboration became an internationally recognized beacon of 20th-century French culture, and a benchmark for world cinema at large. Generally acknowledged as the muse for Godard’s greatest work, Anna starred in several of his seminal films, including Le petit soldat (1960), Une femme est une femme/A Woman Is a Woman (1961), which garnered Karina the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, Vivre sa vie/My Life to Live (1962), Bande à part/Band of Outsiders (1964), Alphaville
TR I B U T E TO A N N A K A R I N A (1965), Made in USA (1967), Le plus vieux métier du Victoria (2008) channels the joyful, youthful and monde/The Oldest Profession (1967) and Pierrot celebratory spirit of the French New Wave in a modern musical mystery/road movie set against le fou/Pierre Goes Crazy (1967). All in all, the prolific Karina has appeared in the stunning landscapes of the Québec counmore than 70 films, working with such directors tryside, featuring songs by Philippe Katerine, as Luchino Visconti, Volker Schlöndorff, George and starring a duo of love-struck young male Cukor, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Agnès Varda, cabaret artistes calling themselves Les Lolitas. With Karina in the role of la Roger Vadim, Eric Rohmer, femme du mystère, Victoria is a Jonathan Demme, Valerio F O R H A LF A tender and delightful film filled Zurlini, Jacques Rivette and C E N T U RY, TH E w i t h l ove l y a n d d e l i c a t e Dennis Berry. Serge Gainsbourg touches, offering a refreshing wrote his only musical film, W O R LD H A S and contemporary echo of the Anna, for her in 1967, which B O R R O W E D F R O M art of La Nouvelle Vague. produced the hit song “Sous le soleil exactement.” And so the T H E S E N S I TI V E , Héjer Charf, a Tunisian-born Danish girl discovered singing film critic, writer and director, S P O N TA N E O U S and Anna’s longtime friend and and dancing on the streets of Copenhagen was able to open A N D S E N S U O U S producer, recalls, “I first produced Anna’s musical shows in the door to her dreams, and to AURA OF ANNA our hearts. Québec. Then I asked her to make a movie with me. A few CAM E RA-R EADY months later, she dictated to me the script over In addition to her impressive body of work the phone. Victoria is a truly independent, lowonscreen, Anna is an accomplished stage actor, budget film. I fully produced it; I didn’t have any playing the lead in works written for the the- financing help. It wasn’t very easy, but we were ater by Jacques Rivette, Françoise Sagan and completely free. We wound back to the sixties Ingmar Bergman. The multitalented, multilin- and we made a movie in the French New Wave gual Karina is also an author (three published (Nouvelle Vague) style: small crew, direct sound, novels to date) and an internationally acclaimed direct singing, real locations, real snow. Many of chanteuse, touring and collaborating for the past the actors are nonprofessional, and nearly every seven years with the wildly popular gender- member of the crew played a role in the film.” bending French composer, Philippe Katerine. Charf continues, “Anna Karina represents, for But this is not nearly all there is to know about me, the true spirit of La Nouvelle Vague. There is Anna’s professional portfolio. something in her that is very free and very difIn 1973, Karina wrote and directed her fi rst ferent. As a director myself, I was inspired by feature-length film, Vivre ensemble (Living Anna as I watched her with the actors. Like Together), which is still exhibited around the Godard, Anna knows what she wants from her world. “I had this sudden urge to do a fi lm actors and her crew. She works quickly; she myself,” she told Nathan Rabin in a 2003 inter- knows her shots. Because she is an actress herview. “At that time, it was pretty difficult, self, she gives a lot of freedom to her actors. because actresses didn’t really do films. It was There is something very natural about it.” like, ‘What’s wrong with her? Why would she For half a century, the world has borrowed from want to do a picture?’ Things like that. I think a the sensitive, spontaneous and sensuous aura of director should do at least one part in his life. Anna—a pizza on the menu in Melbourne, a punk He should know how difficult it can be to be an band in Italy and even Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction heractor. An actor should do at least a short film in oine (wonderfully played by Uma Thurman) owe his life, so he can know how difficult it is to be their existence to the iconic, ineffable and inimia director. Maybe they would understand each table Mme Karina. She takes these things in stride, other better. So I wrote the script, and I pro- knowing there is no way she can be confined or duced it myself with very little money.” packaged by any marketed imagery. As Joni MitchFast forward to 2008. After a lengthy directing ell wrote, “She’s too busy being free…” “hiatus” (hardly an appropriate word given her prodigious creative output in the interim years), Karen (KD) Davis is a university professor and senior Anna’s writer-director persona emerges again. programmer at MVFF. tickets 877.874.6833
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AC TI V E C I N E M A A C R E AT I V E S O C I A L A C T I O N N E T W O R K MVFF’s Active Cinema films are both documentary and fiction, national and international, united in their commitment to raise awareness, educate and engage their audience. It is our hope that the passion and fearlessness
of these filmmakers will inspire our audience members to use their talents and abilities daily in an effort to create change. Active Cinema invites you to be the change you want to see in the world.
SEE FILMS, GET INVOLVED!
Turning ideas into deeds is what Active Cinema is all about. The following activities provide ways to roll up your sleeves and join the filmmakers, activists and others making a difference in our world.
Find inspiration in Active Cinema films by joining us for screenings throughout the Festival. Help support the admirable work of filmmakers and special guests. You’ll find links to their websites on the Active Cinema page at mvff.com.
ACTIVE CINEMA BLOG SITE Join in the ongoing conversation on our blog site: http://activecinema.wordpress.com. ACTIVE CINEMA CHAMPIONS Watch for our team of Active Cinema volunteers who will be on-site during the Festival to guide you to our presenting partners and the organizations that address the issues in Active Cinema films.
Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 John Knoop and Karina Epperlein Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition Steve Quirt and Ellie Rilla HomeGrown Robert McFalls The Horse Boy Michel O. Scott
CINEMASPORTS Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am Intro Meeting Old Mill Park, Mill Valley Signups at Cinemasports.com For details, see New Movies Lab, page 31.
Inside Story Jacob Simas
ACTIVE CINEMA: STRATEGIES FOR CHANGE Join us for an opportunity to meet filmmakers and discuss next steps in implementing ideas generated in the Active Cinema films.
MINE Geralyn Pezanoski
Sunday, October 18, 2:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley For details, see New Movies Lab, page 31.
ACTIVE CINEMA SPONSORED BY
Jim Thorpe: The World’s Greatest Athlete Tom Weidlinger
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich Mustang – Journey of Transformation Will Parrinello Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire Lee Daniels
Project Happiness John Sorensen Race to Nowhere Vicki Abeles Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie Michelle Esrick Skin Anthony Fabian Soundtrack for a Revolution Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman Tapped Stephanie Soechtig A Thousand Suns Stephen Marshall Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops Denise Zmekhol Look for this icon to spot Active Cinema films in the film notes, pages 82 to 112.
AC TI V E C I N E M A ACTIVE CINEMA CO-PRESENTERS Our co-presenters partner with us in the Active Cinema film series. Youâ€™ll find links to their websites on the Active Cinema page at mvff.com.
American Himalayan Foundation Autism Speaks Center for Investigative Reporting Food and Water Watch Marin American Indian Alliance Marin Humane Society Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas Milo Foundation Oak Hill School San Quentin Advisory Council Seva Foundation
ACTIVE CINEMA CHAMPIONS Thank you to our 2009 Active Cinema volunteers! All who signed up before our printing date are listed here:
Doug Ascher Elyse Boyar Albert Casselhoff Janet Campbell Virginia Cunningham Mari Edlin
Susan Harle Deneen Hermis Philip Hordiner Leona Hordiner Diana Iles Parker Berit Jordan
Nina Lescher Lisa Lewis Susan McCormick Marilyn McCoppen Mary Jane McKown Dan Siegel
Ellen Thomas Hank Wendt Jenny Yancey Satchel Yancey
MVFF 2009 O F F I C I A L P R E M I E R E S E LE CT I O N WORLD PREMIERES
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES
Imbued Passengers Project Happiness Race to Nowhere The Red Machine Tenderloin
The Bass Player : A Song For Dad Breath Made Visible Hellsinki Linoleum This Is the Husband I Want! Victoria White Wedding
Hipsters Jermal The Letter for the King Looking For Eric One Crazy Ride Ricky Shameless Shylock Storm Surrogate A Year Ago in Winter
F I LM CAT E G O R I E S
World Cinema films tell stories that reveal elements of the universal while changing our ways of seeing and understanding our global neighbors.
VALLEY OF THE DOCS Reality spins some of the most fascinating yarns of all. Valley of the Docs presents the latest in documentary filmmaking.
5@5 AND MVFF SHORTS US CINEMA A showcase for new American films by master and emerging filmmakers who share a talent for independent storytelling.
Our 5@5 matinee series always takes its program titles from the songs of a musical performer. This year’s selected artist is Morrissey. Our shorts programs are an assortment of filmic gems by emerging artists and established masters.
CHILDREN’S FILMFEST The Children’s FilmFest gives young people a taste of cultures and adventures they won’t get anywhere else. SPONSORED BY
200 9 F O C U S FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE Programs celebrating some of the greatest 20th century artist-innovators: Breath Made Visible (Ruedi Gerber), Meredith Monk – Inner Voice (Babeth M. VanLoo), A Sweeter Music: a Live Performance by Sarah Cahill with John Sanborn, Troupers (Glenn Silber and Claudia Vianello) and TRIMPIN: the sound of invention (Peter Esmonde). FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Apron Strings (Sima Urale), The Boys Are Back (Scott Hicks), Four of a Kind (Fiona Cochrane), Passengers (Michael Bond) and The Strength of Water (Armagan Ballantyne).
FOCUS: FRANCE The Girl on the Train (André Téchiné), Pierrot le fou ( Jean-Luc Godard), Ricky (François Ozon). FOCUS: NEW RUSSIAN CINEMA Hipsters (Valery Todorovsky), Room and a Half (Andrey Khrzhanovsky), Stalin Thought of You (Kevin McNeer). FOCUS: IRELAND AND THE UNITED KINGDOM The Bass Player: A Song for Dad (Niall McKay), Bomber (Paul Cotter), The Eclipse (Conor McPherson), An Education (Lone Scherfig), Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold) and Looking for Eric (Ken Loach).
5@5: AMERICA IS NOT THE WORLD
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This series of international shorts explores themes of immigration, displacement, revolution and violence, leaving us to ponder our place in the world and the meaning of “home.” A young man returns to his family in Cuba after 13 years in the US to find himself caught between maternal love and fraternal resentment in Topaz Adizes’ Trece Años (Cuba/US 8 mins). In Maria Breaux’s Lucha (El Salvador/US 15 mins), a couple fantasize about an idyllic future against the backdrop of war-torn El Salvador. In the Punjab region of India, a young girl copes with her community’s displacement and an act of betrayal as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an upper caste girl in Terrie Samundra’s Kunjo (India/US 25 mins). The tension quietly mounts in Ilan Amit’s Broken Time (Israel 25 mins) when an explosion in the city leaves Daniel anxiously wondering if his mother will ever come home. —Holly Roach TOTAL PROGRAM 73 MINS
Monday, October 12, 5:00 pm 5AT512S, Sequoia Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 pm 5AT514R, Rafael
5@5: THE EDGES ARE NO LONGER PARALLEL
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Crafting the perfect documentary short is among the most diffi cult of fi lmmaking challenges. But when all the elements come together, it’s a magic moment. So we’ve gathered the best in new American documentary shorts, including three from Bay Area filmmakers. Jeremy Kaller’s The Legend of Toilet-seat Charlie (US 12 mins) profiles Mill Valley’s Charlie Deal, inventor of the toilet-seat guitar. Jessica Yu’s delightful The Kinda Sutra (US 8 mins) explores the eternal question: How are babies made? Matt Faust’s Home (US 5 mins), a stunning animated portrait, captures the feeling of loss when “home” becomes a memory, while Close to Home (US 6 mins) by Theo Rigby portrays a father who has yet to face his son’s death. The Last Dragon Kingdom (US 7 mins) from Aine Carey and David Emery meditates on the nature of change and the Buddhist precept of impermanence, and Lucie Schwartz’s Arresting Ana (France/US 25 mins) gives us an eye-opening, innovative look at the global underground of anorexia. —Kelly Clement
5@5: THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME, THE CLOSER I GET
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Family dynamics are at the forefront of this collection of shorts exploring the generational divide. In these relationships between parents and their offspring, we’re often left to wonder, who’s raising whom? Absence is palpable in Ryan O’Toole’s lyrical Keep the Home Fires Burning (US 8 mins) as a family reconstructs the memory of their patriarch. In Michelle Savill’s Betty Banned Sweets (New Zealand 15 mins), an artist stifl ed by his codependent mother indulges his wanderlust by creating quirky shoebox dioramas. A reluctant teenager tries to survive her exuberant mother’s plans for prom night in Coley Sohn’s ’80s flashback, Boutonniere (US 10 mins), while Christmas Day is almost a dirty little secret in Hope Dickson Leach’s Morning Echo (UK 15 mins). In Andreas Tibblin’s Good Advice (Sweden 15 mins), Rasmus decides to run away from home but not before imparting his wisdom to an unborn sibling, which proves enlightening for his parents as well. —Holly Roach TOTAL PROGRAM 63 MINS
TOTAL PROGRAM 61 MINS
Friday, October 16, 5:00 pm 5AT516R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 5:30 pm 5AT517T, 142 Throckmorton
Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 pm 5AT513S, Sequoia Thursday, October 15, 5:00 pm 5AT515R, Rafael
F I L M S 5@5 - A 5@5: OSCILLATE WILDLY
5@5: SISTER I’M A POET
ACHING HEARTS (KÆRESTESORGER)
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Whether in 2D, 3D or stop-motion, these animated shorts oscillate wildly between adventure, whimsy and the purely bizarre. Bill Plympton’s Horn Dog (US 5 mins) starts the ball rolling with canine desperation, Julia McLean toys with a loved one in The Finger Trap (Scotland 4 mins), Adnan Hussain’s Gul (flower) ( US 10 mins) evokes innocence in a painterly wasteland and John Fink highlights singing body parts in Glottal Opera (Australia 4 mins). Ozone holes lead to roasted chicken in David Baas’s Skylight (US 5 mins), while Robert Robinson’s Styx (Scotland 7 mins) crosses over to the other side. Three fabulous fibs come to light in Jonas Odell’s Lies (Sweden 13 mins), a girl tries to escape her bulbous mother in Dorte Bengtson’s The Sylpphid (Denmark 8 mins) and an exploratory mission goes awry in Jan Rahbek’s Space Monkeys (Denmark 8 mins). For dessert: a delicious meal of odd objects in PES’s Western Spaghetti (US 4 mins). —Amanda Todd
Whether it’s face-to-face, screen-to-screen or a good old-fashioned love letter, these shorts explore the various ways we communicate (and miscommunicate) through words and language. A couple becomes comically confounded with unfamiliar words and icons as they attempt to use their new computer in Constantin Popescu’s The Yellow Smiley Face (Romania 15 mins). Moises’s world is a dizzying swirl of letters as he struggles against the language barrier in Richard Levien’s Immersion (US 15 mins). The title character in Bragi Schut Jr.’s Charlie Thistle (US 15 mins) is an unlikely agent for change as Secretary of Adjustments and Modifi cations, bringing a little color to the everyday lexicon. A deaf couple noiselessly engages in an argument amid the din of a crowded restaurant in Barry Dignam’s (enough) (Ireland 3 mins). And Tomer Gendler depicts a silent exchange of a different kind as a couple trade sweet nothings on their unmentionables in Underwear (US 15 mins). —Holly Roach
TOTAL PROGRAM 67 MINS
TOTAL PROGRAM 62 MINS
Monday, October 12, 5:00 pm 5AT512R, Rafael Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 pm 5AT514S, Sequoia
Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 pm 5AT513R, Rafael Thursday, October 15, 5:00 pm 5AT515S, Sequoia
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First love is a universal rite of passage, as are the trials and tribulations of high school. In Denmark circa 1961, three young men face the confusion of romance and adulthood. Jonas can’t fi gure out what he wants or from whom he wants it. As sweet, smart and adoring Agnete stands before him, he wonders, “Do I love her?” Meanwhile, Birger, Jonas’s friend and foil, thinks he’s got it all figured out. His future appears set, but fate has other plans for him. And Toke, the elusive loner, embraces his individuality with a passion that bears the legacy of his father. As love and adulthood take hold of all three, twists and turns abound: Friends become enemies, parents suddenly appear in all their flaws and nothing is simple anymore. Strong performances elevate a delicately crafted drama that unfolds gracefully and unforgettably, leaving no heart, whether soft or stone-like, unturned. —Kristine Kolton Director Nils Malmros Producer Thomas Heinesen Screenwriters Nils Malmros, John Mogensen Cinematographer Jan Weincke Editor Birger Møller Jensen Cast Thomas Ernst, Simone Tang, Søren Pilmark, Ida Dwinger, Kristian Halken, Andrea Vagn Jensen Print Source Danish Film Institute DENMARK 2009 125 MINS
Friday, October 9, 6:00 pm ACH09R, Rafael Saturday, October 10, 3:45 pm ACH10R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E ROYA L DA N I S H C O N S U L AT E .
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FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND • Like real life, the heart of Apron Strings beats and bubbles in the kitchen, as everyone is chopping, stirring, serving and, occasionally, eating. This humorous, deliciously filmed cakes-and-curry family drama dishes up the clashing ethnicities and generational divides of New Zealand’s South Auckland suburbs. In parallel stories, two mothers seek to protect their fatherless sons from familial secrets and dysfunction. Yet the surface contrasts—the bland, milk-white, sugar-sweet Anglo Kiwis versus the spicy brown Indian and Asian immigrants—only highlight their commonalities. While glamorous Anita, a TV celebrity chef, feels threatened by son Michael’s search for his Indian-ness, dowdy Lorna clings to her old-fashioned bakery and makes unwanted dinners for 35-year-old layabout son Barry, who tosses them down the sink. Eventually, both women recognize the damage they’re doing in the name of love and decide to change. The resulting dish is a soothing multicultural mélange as piquant and creamy as hot chai. —Jeff Campbell
AWAKENING FROM SORROW: BUENOS AIRES 1997
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Between 1976 and 1983, thousands of Argentines opposed to the militar y regime were arrested and disappeared without a trace. Some were drugged and thrown alive from airplanes over the Atlantic; others were imprisoned and tortured before they were killed. This vanished generation, the Desaparecidos, left behind children, some only a few days old. Two decades later, those hijos themselves became activists, demanding to know what happened to their parents, demanding justice. Using interviews, poignant drawings by the hijos and original music, John Knoop and Karina Epperlein’s Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 paints a “tapestry of remembrance” filled with loss, longing and resolve. —Margarita Landazuri Directors/Producers John Knoop, Karina Epperlein Cinematographer Andrew Black Print Source Karinafilms US 2009 40 MINS PRECEDED BY
Director Sima Urale Producer Rachel Gardner Screenwriters Shuchi Kothari, Dianne Taylor Cinematographer Rewa Harre Editor Eric De Beus Cast Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam, Nathan Whitaker Print Source New Zealand Film
INSIDE STORY This film documents San Quentin inmates writing, editing and publishing the first newspaper in a California prison in 20 years. With the support of the warden, they find purpose and meaning in their lives as they tackle issues like prison overcrowding.
NEW ZEALAND 2008 89 MINS
Director Jacob Simas
Thursday, October 15, 6:45 pm APR15S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 2:30 pm APR18R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY P I Z Z A A N T I CA .
US 2009 27 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 67 MINS
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With an eye for the scenic and the unforeseen, writer-director Sterlin Harjo (Four Sheets to the Wind, MVFF 2007) unites two classic American fi lm genres—the redemptive road journey and a timeless love story—into something uniquely his own. After liberating her former lover Frankie from the hospital, Irene pledges to take him home before he dies. The road to Barking Water offers an intimate glimpse into a people and place rarely seen on the screen: the Native American culture and landscape of Oklahoma. In ways spare and unsentimental, Frankie and Irene reaffirm a love that’s both mature and forgiving. The poetry of this film is in the quiet spaces between words—a glance, a memory or an eagle feather dangling from the rear view mirror of the car. Lyrically beautiful and emotionally resonant, Barking Water reflects the psychologically rich territories of family and home. —Melissa Howden Director/Screenwriter Sterlin Harjo Producer Chad Burris Cinematographer Frederick Schroeder Editor David Michael Maurer Cast Richard Ray Whitman, Casey Camp-Horinek, John Proudstar, Laura Spensor Print Source Indion Entertainment Group US 2008 81 MINS
Monday, October 12, 6:00 pm BARK12S, Sequoia Thursday, October 15, 9:15 pm BARK15R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H M A R I N A M ER I CA N I N D I A N A L L I A N C E .
Saturday, October 10, 4:30 pm AWAK10S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 4:45 pm AWAK17R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H M A R I N I N T ER FA I T H TAS K F O RC E O N T H E A M ER I CAS & SA N Q U EN T I N A DV I SO RY C O U N C I L .
FILMS A-B THE BASS PLAYER: A SONG FOR DAD
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YOUTH PROD UC E D
In this eloquent, witty homage to his father, filmmaker Niall McKay wrestles with his family’s unsettling past to overcome his fear of commitment. As Niall helps his elderly father Jim, a jazz bass player, return home to Ireland, father and son revisit Niall’s tumultuous childhood with an abusive, unpredictable mother and a musician father who was often on the road. It’s a parallel journey into Niall’s admiration for his father and his innermost doubts about love, and their conversations take on a confessional quality as they reveal their darkest moments. But the film lyrically (and sometimes limerickly) takes us full circle, capturing joyous moments of healing and celebration. Shot in Switzerland, France, Ireland and the US, geography and the idea of home play prominent roles. Scored with Irish jazz and, particularly, Jim’s bass, the music is much more than a soundtrack, and the fi lm is not unlike the tunes Jim strums as it explores and captures the nuances, tones and oscillations of life and relationships. Striking many poignant chords, the filmmaker’s evolving notions of family and commitment will charm and amuse. North American Premiere —Carrie Lozano
The Young Critics Jury is an educational program of the California Film Institute. It is an intensive course in how to watch, critique and understand techniques of moviemaking for youth (ages 13– 18) interested in learning about the craft of fi lmmaking from professionals. A select group become the peer jury for youth films submitted to the Mill Valley Film Festival for inclusion in the youth reel. The Young Critics Jury has chosen 19 fi lms for the 2009 youth reel from more than 75 national and international films submitted. The films, representing filmmakers from coast to coast, encompass varied styles and genres such as silent film (The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin and What’d ya want, a happy ending?), comedy (You Turn and Dumb Luck), romance (Ladies, Please), drama (Transatlantique, Care and Broken) and human rights (Untouchable). Three works are personal stories as told by young filmmakers who participated in the 2009 California Film Institute Education’s My Place workshop, April’s Story: Nana’s House, Ramona’s Story: What About Us? and Alex’s Story. —Melanie Nichols
Director/Screenwriter Niall McKay Producer Seamus Duggan Cinematographers Niall McKay, Marissa Aroy Editors Tony Cranstoun, Carlo Kamin Print Source The Media Factory
Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am BLAN17R, Rafael
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FOCUS: UNITED KINGDOM • The family road trip, that precarious activity of forced intimacy, usually produces its share of inconvenience and dark comedy—awkward charms only amplified when the children have grown up. With wife Valerie by his side and son Ross roped into driving, Alistair, a Royal Air Force bomber pilot during WWII, leads the family on a vacation to Germany with a mysterious purpose behind it, prompting a bumpy ride for the three travelers and their familial baggage. Along the way, director Paul Cotter’s debut feature manages the unusual feat of reenergizing the genre of the road film. The acting is as funny and alluring as the landscapes are expressive and beautiful. And the fi rst feature-length fi lm score by Stephen Coates, front man and founder of British cult favorite The Real Tuesday Weld, is a driving force of its own. Unlike other family road trips you may have experienced, you won’t want this one to end. —Sean Uyehara Director/Screenwriter Paul Cotter Producers Paul Cotter, Maureen Ryan Cinematographer Rick Siegel Editor Matt Maddox Cast Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow, Eileen Nicholas Print Source Boris Films
TOTAL PROGRAM 96 MINS US/UK 2009 84 MINS
Friday, October 9, 6:30 pm BOMB09R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 7:45 pm BOMB18R, Rafael
IRELAND/US 2009 62 MINS
Friday, October 9, 9:00 pm BASS09S, Sequoia Sunday, October 11, 7:30 pm BASS11R, Rafael
S P O N SO R ED BY BA N K O F M A R I N . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E G O E T H E I N ST I T U T SA N F R A N C I SC O.
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H S FJA Z Z & SA N F R A N C I SC O I R I S H F I L M F EST I VA L .
THE BOYS ARE BACK
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OPENING NIGHT • FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND • Based on a true story, The Boys Are Back is a deeply moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood that intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter (Academy Award ® nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen) who, in the wake of his wife’s tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Raising two boys with an unabashed lack of rules, life is exuberant, instinctual, reckless... and on the constant verge of disaster. United by unspoken love, conflicted by fi erce feelings and in search of a road forward, father and sons alike must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Their story is not just about the transforming power of a family crisis—but the unavoidable grace of everyday life and love that gets them through. This wonderful ride is masterfully helmed by Scott Hicks (Shine, MVFF 1996). Director Scott Hicks Producers Greg Brenman, Tim White Screenwriter Allan Cubitt, memoir by Simon Carr Cinematographer Greig Fraser Editor Scott Grey Cast Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George Mackay, Nicholas McAnulty Print Source Miramax Films
BREATH MADE VISIBLE
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FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE • Since she was a small child, Anna Halprin has danced. Now at 89, she still possesses the grace and romanticism of her youth. This illuminating documentary, a lovingly rendered portrait of the Marin-based avant-garde dance pioneer, traces her groundbreaking career as a dancer and choreographer as well as her devoted marriage to famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. In an intimate encounter with the artist, we meet her rehearsing on her verdant backyard deck and performing at New York’s Joyce Theater, teaching movement to seniors and dancing with Merce Cunningham, battling cancer and combating racism through movement in the wake of the Watts riots. Halprin has spent her life spreading a gospel of healing and wholeness through self-expression—an extraordinary story that unfolds, with the help of fascinating interviews and archival performance footage, as a moving and beautiful tribute to one of Northern California’s most beloved and inspirational artists. North American Premiere —Nora Isaacs Director/Producer Ruedi Gerber Cinematographers Adam Teichman, Ruedi Gerber Editors Francoise Dumoulin, C. Peters Cast Anna Halprin, Larry Halprin, Merce Cunningham, John Graham Print Source Argot Pictures
AUSTRALIA/UK 2009 104 MINS
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm BOYA08S, Sequoia $30 Thursday, October 8, 7:15 pm BOYB08S, Sequoia $30
SWITZERLAND/US 2009 80 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 2:00 pm BREA10S, Sequoia Monday, October 12, 6:45 pm BREA12R, Rafael
DARK AND STORMY NIGHT
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Who is murdering the houseguests of the Cavinder Estate? What secrets lie hidden in the passageways of the dark old house? Did someone lose a gorilla? Mysteries abound in this hilarious homage to 1930s “dark house” horror flicks. Written and directed by cult movie maestro Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, MVFF 2001; The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, MVFF 2008), the film follows the overnight exploits of a group of oddballs attempting to stay alive after a reading of the cursed Cavinder Will. Characters include a pair of fast-talking reporters, a whacked-out psychic, the loyal butler (“Jeens”), an antsy ingénue and one poorly cloaked phantom. Recalling the screwball comedies of Howard Hawks and the frantic antics of the Marx Brothers, this giddy love letter to the movies of yesteryear—captured in gorgeous black-and-white— will leave you grinning well past the witching hour. —Brendan Peterson Director/Screenwriter Larry Blamire Producer Trish Geiger Cinematographer AJ Rickert-Epstein Editor Bill Bryn Russell Cast Jennifer Blaire, Daniel Roebuck, Dan Conroy, Brian Howe Print Source Bantam Street US 2009 93 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 9:15 pm DARK10R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 3:45 pm DARK17S, Sequoia
S P O N SO R ED BY W E L L S FA RGO. S P O N SO R ED BY OVAT I O N T V.
For Opening Night Gala information, see page 23.
FILMS B -E EAT THE SUN
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Hira Ratan Manek (aka HRM ) has not eaten solid food for 411 days. Impossible, you say? But HRM takes nourishment through an alternate source: by staring directly at the sun for 44 minutes every day. Isn’t that damaging to the eyes? After two days with HRM, Mason Dwinell is ready to dismiss such minor concerns to explore “the possibility of a new truth” through sungazing. On a spiritual journey to achieve the 44-minute goal (you work up to it gradually), Mason also embarks on a physical voyage around the country (perhaps unsurprisingly, in a VW van) to meet other sungazers and better understand this solarpowered lifestyle. But confusion, identity crises and eye exams interfere with Mason’s progress, and many troubling questions arise. Throughout its subtle quirkiness and parched humor, Eat the Sun maintains a steady compassion for Mason’s luminous quest, and gives new meaning to “light” food. —Joanne Parsont Director/Producer Peter Sorcher Cinematographers John Baker, Keith Brauneis, Peter Sorcher Editors Peter Sorcher, Jed Stuber Print Source Sorcher Films US 2009 90 MINS
Friday, October 9, 8:30 pm EAT09R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm EAT17S, Sequoia
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Acclaimed Irish dramatist Conor McPherson’s second feature fi lm as writer-director is a characteristically penetrating exploration of grief and mortality folded into an eerie, psychologically sophisticated and shockingly unpredictable ghost story. Set during an Irish literary festival in the picturesque city of Cobh, woodworking teacher (and closet writer) Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds) is raising two kids after his wife’s death when he volunteers as a driver for the event, intrigued by the proximity and colorful behavior of its participants. Assigned to Lena (Iben Hjejle), an attractive author of a book about ghosts, Michael becomes increasingly intrigued. But also interested in Lena is pompous, frequently inebriated bestselling author Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn). As Lena and Michael draw closer, the shy widower confesses to being haunted, physically, by his wife. If The Eclipse is ultimately more existential drama than ghoulish tale, the enveloping narrative includes brilliantly jolting cinematic surprises. Indeed, McPherson’s well-acted, thoughtful tale is a genre-bending mood piece. —Rod Armstrong Director Conor McPherson Producer Robert Walpole Screenwriters Conor McPherson, Billy Roche Cinematographer Ivan McCollough Editor Emer Reynolds Cast Ciarán Hinds, Aidan Quinn, Iben Hjejle, Jim Norton, Eanna Hardwicke, Hannah Lynch Print Source Magnolia Pictures IRELAND 2008 88 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 8:15 pm ECL11R, Rafael Wednesday, October 14, 9:15 pm ECL14R, Rafael
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FOCUS: UNITED KINGDOM • London, 1961: An intellectually precocious 16-year-old named Jenny is on the cusp of adulthood, and the world is on the cusp of dramatic changes of its own, in this inspired coming-of-age tale from director Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners) and writer Nick Hornby. In a beguiling, star-making performance from Carey Mulligan, Jenny’s impatience with adolescent routine and eagerness to embrace life come fl avored with dreams of Paris and the songs of Juliette Gréco, but tempered by commitments to her Oxford-bound studies and stodgy parents (Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina). Then David (Peter Sarsgaard) enters the picture. A devilishly handsome, urbane charmer in his 30s, David woos Jenny from her studies— even winning over her parents—offering a life education in a glittering world of high culture and swanky nightclubs with attractive friends Danny and Helen. Dangling a trip to Paris before her, a path very different from Oxford opens before Jenny. Will it be her making or undoing? Director Lone Scherfig Producers Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey Screenwriter Nick Hornby, memoir by Lynn Barber Cinematographer John de Borman Editor Barney Pilling Cast Carey Mulligan, Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina Print Source Sony Pictures Classics UK 2009 100 MINS
Friday, October 9, 6:30 pm EDUC09S, Sequoia S P O N SO R ED BY P OST ST R EE T S U RG ERY C EN T ER .
S P O N SO R ED BY D O L BY L A BO R ATO R I ES . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H SA N F R A N C I SC O I R I S H F I L M F EST I VA L .
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Precocious and attractive with hormones raging, a teenage boy and girl want some time alone— why not slip away to the abandoned factory on the outskirts of town? To their shock, they get stuck in an elevator. As time passes and help doesn’t arrive, the too-cool-for-school twosome gradually becomes more humane, loving, modest and even a bit more philosophical with each other. Adapted by Gabriel Pinitilei from his own play, this truly independent Romanian drama was made with a handheld camera on a budget of $500, with a sparsely realistic set and masterful editing. Director-cinematographer George Dorobantu has obviously studied his Polanski, regarding the ar t of staging slow-burn emotional moments. Ultimately, this award-winning Romanian drama is less about going crazy than establishing a connection in extreme circumstances. Hell, it seems, isn’t other people; your fellow man may actually be your salvation. —David Fear Director/Cinematographer/Editor George Dorobantu Producer Alexandra M. Paun Screenwriter Gabriel Pintilei Cast Cristi Petrescu, Iulia Verdes Print Source Keep Movieng ROMANIA 2008 85 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 5:30 pm ELEV11R, Rafael Wednesday, October 14, 8:45 pm ELEV14S, Sequoia
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FOCUS: UNITED KINGDOM • Andrea Arnold is one of Britain’s strongest cinematic voices. Her debut, Red Road, won the Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival; this year, her second feature, Fish Tank, won the same prize. It’s a compelling, unflinching look at the gritty world of 15-yearold Mia, a wannabe dancer living in a housing project in England’s Essex with her young single mother, little sister and dog. Mom’s new boyfriend, Connor (played by the handsome Michael Fassbender), at first looks to be the positive father fi gure who will pull the bickering family together, but his undeniable sexual chemistry with Mia soon moves their relationship into explosive territory. Arnold’s honest, taut storytelling and beautifully composed sense of landscape—both external and internal—make engaging cinema. But it’s the performances Arnold inspires, particularly from incredible newcomer Katie Jarvis as Mia, that make this mesmerizing reflection on teenage sexuality, betrayal and revenge so riveting. —Lily Buchanan Director/Screenwriter Andrea Arnold Producers Kees Kasander, Nick Laws Cinematographer Robbie Ryan Editor Nicolas Chaudeurge Cast Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths Print Source IFC First Take
FOUR OF A KIND
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FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND • In this expertly crafted “tough chick” fl ick, four women confront hard truths in the face of betrayal in four intimate and interlocking stories of love and murder. The linchpin in this quartet is Melbourne homicide detective Gina Sturrock (Leverne McDonnell), whose rigorous interrogation of smug suspect Anne Carson ( Louise Siversen) leads Sturrock to explore with her therapist, Glenda Hartley (Gail Watson), a toxic friendship from her own past. Glenda is also in crisis, meanwhile, confessing suspicions to best friend Susan (Nina Landis) that her young lover is having an affair. The dramatic thread—embellished by bluesman Joe Camilleri’s choice, chapter-defining songs—leads back once more to Gina and her latest investigation. Director Fiona Cochrane adopts a riveting minimalist approach in adapting Helen Collins’s play, Disclosure, into this intelligent and unpredictable who-done-it that keeps you alternately on your toes and on the edge of your seat. —Pam Grady Director/Producer Fiona Cochrane Screenwriter Helen Collins Cinematographer/Editor Zbigniew Friedrich Cast Leverne McDonnell, Gail Watson, Nina Landis, Louise Siversen Print Source f-reel pty. ltd.
UK 2009 124 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 8:30 pm FISH10S, Sequoia Tuesday, October 13, 9:00 pm FISH13S, Sequoia
AUSTRALIA 2008 115 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 3:30 pm FOUR10R, Rafael Monday, October 12, 8:00 pm FOUR12S, Sequoia
FILMS E-H THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (LA FILLE DU RER )
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FOCUS: FRANCE • Venerated post–New Wave filmmaker André Téchiné’s latest multi-character drama is an extremely shrewd, supple tale of modern French society grounded in a young woman’s disturbingly naive bid for attention and connection. Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne), a beautiful suburban 20-something, moves inattentively through life, rollerblading by with headphones on. Her first live-in relationship with aspiring wrestler Franck (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and her desultory search for employment mark her out as somehow detached, even helpless, despite her charm. Téchiné explores her psyche with a subtlety that unfolds mesmerizingly, as a defining incident shifts the trajectory of her story. Based on a reallife event in 2004—and boasting an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Catherine Deneuve, Ronit Elkabetz and Michel Blanc—the film eschews easy sensationalism for an astute dissection of intergenerational and interpersonal psychology that tentatively and provocatively maps the overlapping terrain of politics, anti-Semitism and media in contemporary France. —Rod Armstrong Director André Téchiné Producer Saïd Ben Saïd Screenwriters André Téchiné, Odile Barski, JeanMarie Besset Cinematographer Julien Hirsch Editor Martine Giordano Cast Emilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc, Ronit Elkabetz, Mathieu Demy, Nicolas Duvauchelle Print Source Strand Releasing FRANCE 2009 105 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 4:00 pm GIRL15R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 1:45 pm GIRL17R, Rafael
GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH
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Everyone has that moment: the one signaling the beginning of a romance, or its demise. It’s the moment rewound and played over and over again, whether in hope or resignation. Guy, a jazz trumpeter who doesn’t yet realize what he wants, and Madeline, the thoughtful girl who loves him, somehow lose their way together. Standing apart, the world goes on around them. They find themselves in both familiar and unexpected circumstances, and can’t help reminiscing. Interspersed with musical numbers that highlight their confusion with a knowing wink, their journey unfolds in an unsentimental swoon, at once fanciful and melancholy. Shot beautifully in blackand-white, the streets of Boston simultaneously radiate with warmth and shudder with stark reality in the aftermath of love. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench explores the little regrets, replays the small choices and celebrates the glimmers of hope that lie within every love affair. —Kristine Kolton Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor Damien Chazelle Producer Jasmine McGlade Cast Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Kihn, Andre Hayward, Frank Garvin Print Source Damien Chazelle
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Dad may have Alzheimer’s, but he’s not the only one whose mind and life seem to be slipping out of reach. Sisterly opposites Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) return to their childhood home in Pittsburgh to somehow and reluctantly manage their widowed, increasingly weird and terminally ill father. Mitchell Lichtenstein’s second feature (follow-up to 2007’s horror spoof Teeth) explores after its own fashion, but with equal frankness, themes broached in Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages (MVFF 2007): Just what do we owe the imperfect ones to whom we are family? Musing all the while, with raucously sardonic but ultimately affi rming humor, on the legacies of fathers living and gone, Happy Tears takes supreme advantage of a powerhouse cast—not least the excellent Rip Torn, who as the sisters’ deteriorating dad mingles wry raunch with a gently stirring frailty; and Ellen Barkin in a brave, not to say bizarre turn as a frighteningly feral, slyly endearing crack-head gold-digger. —Robert Avila Director/Screenwriter Mitchell Lichtenstein Producers Mitchell Lichtenstein, Joyce Pierpoline Cinematographer Jamie Anderson Editor Joe Landauer Cast Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Rip Torn, Ellen Barkin Print Source Roadside Attractions
US 2008 82 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 9:30 pm GUY10S, Sequoia Sunday, October 11, 3:30 pm GUY11R, Rafael
US 2009 95 MINS
Friday, October 16, 9:15 pm HAPP16S, Sequoia S P O N SO R ED BY ST R AW B ER RY V I L L AG E .
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H S FJA Z Z .
HERE AND THERE
(TAMO I OVDE )
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Elegantly produced and featuring exceptional performances by Finland’s top fi lm talent, Hellsinki tracks the rise and fall of three enterprising young criminals in Helsinki’s vice-laden Rööperi neighborhood of the 1960s and ’70s. Tom, an ambitious thug from the neighborhood, figures there’s no future in rolling drunks and selling illegal booze on the street. Convincing his pals, wily Krisu and oafi sh Kari, to join him, Tom launches his hostile takeover of the city’s black market alcohol trade. Now successful, each faces greater threats from within: the painful legacy of absent fathers, the children they themselves have abandoned and a yearning for normal domestic life. As a younger, more ruthless generation of criminals appears on the scene, and with all the old-school honor codes broken, what remains of “the life”? With a healthy dose of black Nordic humor, Hellsinki is a must-see for fans of stylish and psychologically rich gangster films. North American Premiere —Aaron Lazenby Director Aleksi Mäkelä Producer Markus Selin Screenwriter Marko Leino Cinematographer Pini Hellstedt Editor Kimmo Taavila Cast Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzen, Pihla Viitala, Kari Histalahti, Juha Veijonen Print Source Solar Films Inc. FINLAND 2009 133 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 9:00 pm HELL14S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 2:00 pm HELL17R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C O N S U L AT E G EN ER A L O F F I N L A N D I N LOS A N G E L ES .
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As a down-and-out musician barely surviving in New York City, Robert has lost his mojo. But an unexpected trip to Serbia offers a fresh angle in this sweetly funny cross-cultural story about the redemptive power of love. One step away from homelessness, Robert jumps at a chance from acquaintance Branko to make some cash by traveling to Belgrade, marrying Branko’s girlfriend and bringing her back. Once there, he stays with Branko’s mother, learning about the local culture as life takes a startling turn. Darko Lungulov’s wonderful fish-out-of-water tale comes anchored by a brilliantly offbeat performance from David Thornton, communicating more with a mumble than many actors do with a monologue. Set against the colorful, sometimes harsh streets of Belgrade and New York—and featuring a cameo by Cyndi Lauper—Here and There perfectly captures the everyday details and intense interactions among a set of vivid characters searching for meaning in a sea of humanity. —Brendan Peterson Director/Screenwriter Darko Lungulov Producers Darko Lungulov, George Lekovic, David Nemer, Vladan Nikolic, Branislav Trifunovic Cinematographer Mathias Schöningh Editor Dejan Urosevic Cast David Thornton, Mirjana Karanovic, Cyndi Lauper, Branislav Trifunovic Print Source Films Boutique
HI DE HO SHOW
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Where does rock ’n’ roll come from? John Goddard, grand vizier of legendary Village Music, brings his singular savvy and canny commentary to an exploration of this year’s Hi De Ho Show theme: the Fathers (and Mothers) of Rock ’n’ Roll. An MVFF audience favorite, Goddard again hosts a live veejayed clip show, delving deep into the visionary talents whose licks and riffs parented a whole lotta shakin’ in the world of music and spawned a brand new culture peopled with teenagers, 45s, top tens—things the world hadn’t seen before. In tracing rock’s lineage, Goddard takes us from rural America to Liverpool and London, following the beat generated by the likes of Muddy Waters and Patsy Cline and passed to the Beatles and the Stones. From the heart of the country to the soul of the city, this family tree is covered over with legends and oddballs—as well as some unsung heroines and eccentric uncles. —Zoë Elton 80 MINS
Saturday, October 17, 9:15 pm HIDE17S, Sequoia
SERBIA/US/GERMANY 2009 90 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 6:00 pm HERE10S, Sequoia Monday, October 12, 9:15 pm HERE12R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY P EE T ’ S C O F F EE & T E A .
FILMS H-H HIPSTERS
THE HORSE BOY
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FOCUS: NEW RUSSIAN CINEMA • While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels (Anton Shagin) finds these brazen “hipsters” shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly (Oksana Akinshina), and joins the new revolution. Soon he’s a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone—all in an exuberant musical that delves into a chapter of Russian history little known to outsiders. The winner of four Nika Awards ( Russia’s Oscar) including Best Film, this vivid confection from Valery Todorovsky (Love, MVFF 1992) offers an irresistible blend of romance, comedy, drama, music, dance and politics in a story specific to the Soviet experience but universal in its celebration of self-expression and spirited opposition to mandated conformity. US Premiere —Pam Grady Director Valery Todorovsky Producers Leonid Lebedev, Leonid Yarmolnik, Valery Todorovsky, Screenwriter Yuri Korotkov Cinematographer Roman Vasyanov Editor Alexey Bobrov Cast Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Evgeniya Brik, Maxim Matveev Print Source Krasnaya Strela-Red Arrow RUSSIA 2009 125 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 9:00 pm HIPS15R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 9:15 pm HIPS17R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY T H U M B P R I N T C E L L A RS . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E K R I T ZER / ROS S É M I G R É P ROG R A M O F T H E J C C S F.
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The little house on the prairie gets a 21st-century makeover in this absorbing documentary about life on an urban farm in Pasadena. The Dervaes family creates an organic Eden right next to a freeway, but that’s not all. In a search for true independence and sustainability, they live off the grid, creating bio-fuel and using solar energy to power their computers. This is as much a romantic back-to-the-land success story as it is a meditation on the delicate fabric of one close-knit family contending with unpredictable weather, the drama of generational divides and the meaning of freedom. —Deborah Kaufman Director/Producer/Editor Robert McFalls Cinematographer Arthur Yee Print Source Good River LLC US 2008 52 MINS PRECEDED BY
HIDDEN BOUNTY OF MARIN: FARM FAMILIES IN TRANSITION Beyond the image of Marin County’s pretty pastures and rolling grasslands is a revolution in the making. Over 200 small family farms and ranches are pioneering sustainable and organic farming practices that are having a radical impact on the way we eat. From heirloom apples to grass-fed beef, succulent oysters to creamy artisan cheese, this is a timely and mouth-watering overview of a vital local movement. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Directors Steve Quirt, Ellie Rilla
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When the parents of an autistic child search for a miracle, an improbable, life-changing adventure ensues. Discovering a deep emotional connection between their son Rowan and a neighbor’s horse, journalist and producer Rupert Isaacson and his wife Kristin Neff take a profound leap of faith to heal their child. Spent from the fourhour tantrums, myriad Western treatments and overall emotional toll of Rowan’s autism, they head to Mongolia’s majestic foothills and mountains where they journey on horseback in search of shamans and the storied highland reindeer people. But things don’t go entirely as planned, and a series of unexpected breakthroughs and the promise of ancient healers must carry them through an often grueling experience—one that proves transformative for all. With its graceful storytelling and stunning cinematography, The Horse Boy inspires and surprises. Its honesty, unfettered emotion and hopefulness aptly reflect Mongolia’s landscape: at once lush, desolate, dramatic and overwhelmingly beautiful. —Carrie Lozano Director/Cinematographer Michel O.Scott Producer Rupert Isaacson Editor Rita K. Sanders Print Source Zeitgeist Films US 2008 93 MINS
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 pm HORS13S, Sequoia Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 pm HORS14R, Rafael
US 2008 27 MINS S P O N SO R ED BY H O R N B LOW ER C R U I S ES & E V EN TS .
TOTAL PROGRAM 79 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 1:00 pm HOME11S, Sequoia Tuesday, October 13, 6:45 pm HOME13R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY W H O LE F OO DS M A R K E T A N D SA N DO M EN I C O SC H OO L .
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H AU T I S M S P E A KS A N D OA K H I L L SC H OO L .
ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE
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Can jazz be saved? Icons Among Us explores the mercurial creative force behind an adventurous but largely unprofi table and misunderstood art form mired in disputes among fans who can’t agree on its definition. Pondering the future of jazz, the film combines insightful interviews with veterans like Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and electrifying concert footage spotlighting today’s exceptional talent. Together they reinforce a sense of what trumpeter Terence Blanchard calls a “quiet revolution,” a moment in jazz history when inventive young players are shunning commercial success and redefi ning the genre through such up-andcoming acts as Jason Moran, the Bad Plus, Will Bernard, the daK AH Hip Hop Orchestra and Esperanza Spalding, among others. Daring Norwegian keyboardist and electronic musician Bugge Wesseltoft’s transformation of a grand piano into a percussive juggernaut is a wildly persuasive statement unto itself, and alone worth the price of admission. Meet the new icons. —Greg Cahill Directors Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson, Peter J. Vogt Producer John W. Comerford Screenwriters Michael Rivoira, Kristian Hill, Peter J. Vogt Cinematographer Lars Larson Editor Kristian Hill Print Source Paradigm Studio
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Donatello is a complex man who bets money he does not possess on horses, sports teams and just about anything else he cannot attain. In a finely crafted performance from veteran actor Stacy Keach, what Donatello isn’t betting on is the strange and sudden appearance of Lydia (Liz Sklar), a beautiful woman with an expensive problem Don is convinced he can solve. Through one long night together, emotions are laid bare, settling and unsettling in the shadowy corners of the San Francisco skyline. An elegant and evocative dialogue-driven battle of wits and the sexes, the latest from writer-director Rob Nilsson (Frank Dead Souls, MVFF 2008; Presque Isle, MVFF 2007) leads a slow, sensuous dance of desire in a stripped-down narrative that winds its way through the San Francisco underworld, where the stakes are always too high, and fi nding and securing your humanity may be the only sure bet. World Premiere —Karen Davis Director Rob Nilsson Producers David and Carol Richards Screenwriters Denny Dey, Rob Nilsson Cinematographer Mickey Freeman Editors Aaron Brown, Sam Arbizo Cast Stacy Keach, Liz Sklar, Michelle Anton Allen, Nancy Bower Print Source Citizen Cinema US 2009 83 MINS
US 2009 97 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 4:00 pm ICON11S, Sequoia Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm ICON15R, Rafael
Saturday, October 10, 9:00 pm IMBU10R, Rafael Sunday, October 11, 9:00 pm IMBU11R, Rafael
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With no one to turn to and nowhere to go after his mother’s death, 12-year-old Jaya sails out to a deep-sea fishing depot (known as a jermal) to find his long-lost father. Dad has his hands full managing the isolated way station and a crew of ragamuffin workers; bonding with a child he abandoned years earlier is the last thing on his mind. But the older man harbors a dark secret that keeps him from returning his stowaway. Jaya must adapt to alpha-dog life aboard his new home, and his guardian must finally reconcile with the past. Filled with lyrical, near-wordless passages of laboring lost boys, this Indonesian drama wrings plenty of hardscrabble pathos from its poetic-realist mojo. It’s the familial relationship at the center of the film, however, that sticks with you: two lonely souls, slowly realizing that the bonds of blood are indeed thicker than seawater. US Premiere —David Fear Director Ravi Bharwani Producer Orlow Seunke Screenwriter Rayya Makarim Cinematographer Claire Pijman Editor Orlow Seunke Cast Iqbal S. Manurung, Didi Petet Print Source Ecco Films Indonesia INDONESIA 2008 88 MINS
Monday, October 12, 7:15 pm JERM12R, Rafael Friday, October 16, 8:15 pm JERM16R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C EN T ER F O R AS I A N A M ER I CA N M ED I A .
S P O N SO R ED BY I N T I C K E T I N G . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H S FJA Z Z .
For live concert information, see page 27.
FILMS I-L JIM THORPE, THE WORLD’S GREATEST ATHLETE
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He may not have been as fast as a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings, but Jim Thorpe came real close. Considered the finest athlete of the 20th century, he was a US Olympic multiple gold medal winner as well as a star of professional football and baseball. But Jim Thorpe was also an American Indian. At the peak of his fame, Jim was still legally considered a “ward of the state” and not a citizen. Tom Weidlinger’s superb documentary—using old recordings, re-enactments, newsreels and animated photos—brings Thorpe’s career alive with a warmth for its subject that shines as bright as Jim’s crooked smile. In this life story, too, is a tale of American racism and how one man overcame prejudice through sheer strength of personality. Weidlinger’s fi lm reacquaints us with Jim Thorpe, and lets us fall in love with the story and the man. —John Morrison Director/Cinematographer/Editor Tom Weidlinger Producers/Screenwriters Tom Weidlinger, Joseph Bruchac Print Source Moira Productions US 2009 86 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 1:15 pm JIMT11S, Sequoia Thursday, October 15, 5:15 pm JIMT15S, Sequoia S P O N SO R ED BY B E L L A M S E L F -STO R AG E & BOXES . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H M A R I N A M ER I CA N I N D I A N A L L I A N C E .
THE LETTER FOR THE KING
(DE BRIEF VOOR DE KONING)
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In Dutch with English subtitles. One of the most popular young-adult books in Dutch history comes vividly to life in this riveting knights-onhorseback adventure set in a fi ctional medieval world. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri has only one test to complete before becoming a full-fledged knight: Spend the night in the chapel, silent and steadfast, allowing no one through the door. But someone arrives, howling for help, and Tiuri falters. The injured man convinces him that the safety of the entire kingdom rests on delivering the letter he thrusts into his hands. Suddenly Tiuri fi nds himself on a true knight’s errand, even before he’s granted his shield and sword. Will he meet the challenge? Determined to follow in the footsteps of his namesake father, Tiuri the Brave, the young man faces a dangerous journey marked by strange encounters, sword-clanging battles and unexpected help from a beautiful princess, discovering courage he didn’t know he had. Ages 8+ US Premiere —Deanna Quinones Director Pieter Verhoeff Producers Hans De Weers, Reinout Oerlemans Screenwriters Maarten Lebens, Pieter Verhoeff Cinematographer Jules van den Steenhoven Editor Bart van den Broek Cast Yannick van de Velde, Quinten Schram, Hanna Schwamborn, Victor Reinier, Daan Schuurmans, Ronald Top Print Source Eyeworks Egmond
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This spellbinding tale of disconnected brothers and the complicated women they love is fueled by a captivating ensemble performance, vivid family dynamics and candid conversations about love and death. When married couple Menno and Louise arrive from Italy to Menno’s boyhood Netherlands home, they get bad news from Menno’s brother Tom: Their father has died. Along with Tom’s girlfriend, Alice, the two couples settle into the gorgeous country home for funeral planning and serious soul searching. Soon, lifelong tensions and personal demons permeate the serene setting. In an illuminatingly focused cinematic approach, filmmaker Marcel Visbeen’s camera quietly captures the nuances of intense, awkward family encounters filled with uncovered secrets and unspoken words. The understated style imbues the simplest of actions, even waiting in line for the bathroom, with unforgettable emotional signifi cance. An intelligent, refl ective character study centered on real people in real situations, Linoleum is a passionate, profound drama for grownups. North American Premiere —Brendan Peterson Director/Producer/Editor Marcel Visbeen Screenwriters Anke Boerstra, Marcel Visbeen Cinematographer Mick van Rossum Cast Anke Engels, Ricky Koole, Romijn Conen, Martijn Nieuwerf Print Source Selwyn Film
NETHERLANDS 2008 108 MINS
NETHERLANDS 2008 75 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 12:30 pm LETT11R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 10:30 am LETT17S, Sequoia
Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm LIN12R, Rafael Wednesday, October 14, 7:15 pm LIN14R, Rafael
LOOKING FOR ERIC
MEREDITH MONK – INNER VOICE
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CLOSING NIGHT • FOCUS: UNITED KINGDOM • Acclaimed director Ken Loach (Land and Freedom, MVFF 1995) and screenwriter/longtime collaborator Paul Laverty are in top form with this socially aware romantic comedy, a pulsating, life-affirming nod to the possibility of second chances. Postman Eric Bishop has hit a true low: His two lazy stepsons ignore him, his second marriage is in ruins, a car accident lands him in the hospital—and that’s just the start of his troubles. The lovelorn Eric, meanwhile, pines for former wife Lily but lacks the confidence to reconnect. While his mates contrive to help him out, often to hilarious effect, the person who finally comes through for him is another Eric: soccer icon Eric Cantona, who appears rather unexpectedly in Bishop’s bedroom, offering sage advice on life and love. Great teamwork from an excellent ensemble cast helps turn the whimsy, drama and even violence in this astutely malecentered tale into a world-class win. US Premiere —Lily Buchanan Director Ken Loach Producer Rebecca O’Brien Screenwriter Paul Laverty Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd Editor Jonathan Morris Cast Steve Evets, Stephanie Bishop, Gerard Kearns, John Henshaw Print Source IFC First Take
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In the 23 years Raquel has been the maid for Pilar and her upper-class Chilean family, she’s developed some odd habits and even odder attachments. Fiercely territorial, she resents the introduction of new help and, even when exhausted from overwork, still finds a way to lock the new maid out of the house. A class comedy, a chamber play and a story of personal growth, this wonderful grand jury prize–winner at Sundance is as wry as it is surprising. A look at the Upstairs, Downstairs dynamic, the soft jabs at liberal guilt and conservative disinterest are a hoot, but funnier still are the childish antics Raquel employs to get her way. When a free-spirited girl from the country comes to help Raquel after a fall, her creative problem-solving and open-heartedness change Raquel’s attitude and make it clear: She’s given so much to the family and kept so little for herself. —Sara Schieron Director Sebastian Silva Producer Gregorio González Screenwriters Sebastian Silva, Pedro Peirano Cinematographer Sergio Armstrong Editor Danielle Fillios Cast Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Alejandro Goic, Andrea García-Huidobro Print Source Elephant Eye Films
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FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE • One of the most original and important artists of her generation, Meredith Monk has spent her life creating and innovating—as singer, composer, director, filmmaker, choreographer. In intimate conversations and through archival footage, director Babeth VanLoo braids together the threads of Monk’s life exquisitely: her creative process; her Buddhism; the untimely death of her life partner; her connection with friends, collaborators and her mother (Audrey Marsh, a radio vocalist and pop singer). Each thread informs Monk’s journey, and the connections between creativity and spiritual practice resonate throughout. Excerpts from her four-decade career—including Dolmen Music, her opera Atlas and her film Ellis Island—remind us of the pioneer she has always been: Her vocal works and choreography stretch the possibilities of the voice and body, discover and play with timbre and nuance and create unusual, compelling solo, ensemble and theater works. VanLoo’s film gives intriguing insight into a rare being. —Zoë Elton Director/Producer Babeth M. VanLoo Cinematographer Brigit Hillenius Editor Chris Teerink Print Source BOS
CHILE/MEXICO 2009 95 MINS UK 2009 116 MINS
Sunday, October 18, 5:15 pm LOOK18S, Sequoia $30 For Closing Night Party information, see page 25.
Sunday, October 11, 8:15 pm MAID11S, Sequoia Tuesday, October 13, 9:15 pm MAID13R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H CA N A L ALLIANCE.
NETHERLANDS/US 2009 82 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 6:45 pm MERE15R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 1:00 pm MERE18S, Sequoia P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E I N T ER N AT I O N A L B U D D H I ST F I L M F EST I VA L .
For information on the live event with Sarah Cahill and John Sanborn, featuring a new work by Meredith Monk, see page 29.
F I L M S L- M THE MESSENGER
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At the US military’s Casualty Notification Office, there is “no such thing as a satisfied customer.” With that piece of glib advice—and one other: “Never touch the next of kin”—Capt. Tony Stone (played to high-strung perfection by Woody Harrelson) welcomes young co-worker Sgt. Will Montgomery (Ben Foster, with echoes of a young Robert Duvall) into the sad folds of American history. Their mission: Deliver the death report, along with a souvenir memorial flag, to the next of kin of those killed in the course of duty. Stone is bitter and possessed by demons from his past, while still greater forces pull his gentler partner toward a young war widow (a brilliantly subtle Samantha Morton). Examining the complexity of grief, pain and loss without manipulating the emotions, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival) delivers its missive as gently as a kiss, with a message like a punch in the gut. —Karen Davis Director Oren Moverman Producers Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller, Ben Goldhirsh Screenwriters Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon Cinematographer Bobby Bukowski Editor Alex Hall Cast Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker Print Source Oscilloscope Laboratories
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Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm TRIB15P, Rafael $75 W I T H S U P P O R T F RO M G R U B ER FA M I LY F O U N DAT I O N .
For Tribute to Woody Harrelson information, see page 65.
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Forced to evacuate as Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans, many poorer residents were faced with an agonizing dilemma: What to do with their pets? The Super Dome wouldn’t allow them; nor would motels. Reluctantly, pet owners like Malvin and Jessie and Gloria were obliged to leave their beloved Bandit and JJ (Jessie Junior) and Murphy Brown behind. When owners were unable to return home, hundreds of volunteers swooped in to save the tens of thousands of trapped animals. The volunteers’ courage and self-sacrifice were honorable. But how were they to reunite thousands of displaced owners and their pets when so many were scattered across the country? And what if the pets’ adoptive owners proved unwilling to return them to their original owners? At once heartbreaking and hopeful, MINE explores this thorny and highly emotional issue, evoking the persistent struggle of Katrina victims and their still-shattered city for resolution. —Joanne Parsont
The restoration of a Steinway becomes a lyrical meditation on following the heart’s true passion in this beautifully crafted documentary, the latest from Academy Award–winning filmmaker John Korty (Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?). A wonderful Bay Area tale, the film traces the path of a 1927 grand piano owned by a music teacher who bequeathed her treasure to her alma mater, UC Berkeley, with the stipulation that the university ultimately reward it to “a worthy student of piano.” Before it can be given away, however, it must be restored, and here the essence of the story unfolds, as Korty follows the piano’s rebirth under the masterful care of Oakland’s venerable Callahan Piano Service. From the wire-wrangling technicians to the winning student pianist, each contributor to the instrument’s journey offers joyful inspiration. —Deanna Quinones
Director Geralyn Pezanoski Producers Geralyn Pezanoski, Erin Essenmacher Cinematographers Jason Rhein, Arlo Rosner Editor Jen Bradwell Print Source Smush Media
US 2009 57 MINS
US 2009 80 MINS US 2009 112 MINS
MIRACLE IN A BOX: A PIANO REBORN
Saturday, October 17, 5:00 pm MINE17S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 12:30 pm MINE18R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY KGO N E WSTA L K 810. P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H M A R I N H U M A N E SOC I E T Y.
Filmmaker John Korty Editor Jim Oliver Print Source Korty Films
SHADOW & LIGHT: THE LIFE AND ART OF ELAINE BADGLEY ARNOUX Filmmaker William Farley paints a vivid portrait of the acclaimed San Francisco artist and teacher as she discovers her youth in old age. Director William Farley
US 2009 28 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 85 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 3:00 pm MIRA10R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 2:30 pm MIRA17S, Sequoia
THE MISSING PERSON
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THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS
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Hard-drinking private investigator John Rosow goes searching for “the place beyond right and wrong” in this moody, post-9/11 indie film noir. Rosow’s adventure starts conventionally enough: a client’s beautiful secretary is the early-morning envoy for a well-funded, no-questions-asked surveillance job. But as the PI hits the road for noir capital Los Angeles, he predictably begins to suspect something strange about the assignment. After navigating a seedy collection of genre characters (kidnappers, Mexican drug lords, dirty cops, duplicitous molls), Rosow finds the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center—and a tragedy of his own—at the heart of the mystery. Director Noah Buschel favors deep shadows and static camerawork, but is confident enough to inject the occasional Technicolor dream sequence that soaks the fi lm with a gritty eeriness. The uncanny tone and twisty plot ensures that, regardless of who is found and what is discovered to have been lost, one question will remain: who exactly is the missing person? —Aaron Lazenby
If it weren’t true, Daniel Ellsberg’s journey from US Marine to upper-echelon Defense Department and Rand Corporation analyst to Vietnam War whistleblower would be the stuff of heroic fiction. His defining act—leaking the government’s classified history of the conflict in Southeast Asia, popularly known as the Pentagon Papers, to the press—remains a landmark in the annals of personal conscience, national security and press freedom. Masterfully weaving new interviews with Ellsberg and other key fi gures with fascinating, sometimes shocking archival material, veteran documentarians Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith craft a political thriller on a par with All the President’s Men, while implicitly contrasting the principled stand taken by Ellsberg and newspapers in 1971 with the media’s shameful performance in the run-up to 2003’s Iraq invasion. Reclaiming Ellsberg’s story for our own day, this inspiring film reminds us how democracy relies on our potentially “dangerous” men and women both in and out of government. —Michael Fox
Director/Screenwriter Noah Buschel Producers Jesse Scolaro, Allen Bain Cinematographer Ryan Samul Editor Mollie Goldstein Cast Michael Shannon, Frank Wood, Amy Ryan, Linda Emond, John Ventimiglia, Margaret Colin Print Source Strand Releasing
Directors/Producers Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith Cinematographers/Screenwriters Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith, Lawrence Lerew, Vicente Franco Editor Michael Chandler Print Source Kovno Communications
Director/Screenwriter Katherine Dieckmann Producers Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, Pamela Kuffler, Christine Vachon Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber Editor Michael R. Miller Cast Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, Minnie Driver Print Source iDeal Partners Film Fund
US 2009 94 MINS
US 2009 90 MINS
Saturday, October 17, 6:45 pm MOST17R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 3:15 pm MOST18S, Sequoia
Saturday, October 10, 6:00 pm TRIB10R, Rafael $30 Sunday, October 11, 6:30 pm MOTH11S, Sequoia
US 2008 95 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 7:30 pm MISS15S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 5:30 pm MISS17R, Rafael
S P O N SO R ED BY T H E N E W YO R K T I M ES . S P O N SO R ED BY M A R I N M AG A ZI N E .
Ever had one of those days, only to realize they’ve actually stacked up into years? Well . . . welcome to Motherhood, where protagonist-mom and one-time promising writer Eliza Welch (Uma Thurman) is desperately trying to keep it together over the course of a fateful “day in the life”—and the devil, along with the knowing laughs, is in the details. Astride a haywire conveyor belt of domestic chores and hassles, Eliza must carry off her six-year-old’s Manhattan birthday party and somehow also meet a major writing deadline—all while setting a new career course, herding the toddler and–why not?–fl irting with a handsome young messenger. Backed by fine supporting work from Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards, an ever-luminous Thurman infuses Eliza with a frazzled grace, beautifully channeling all the harried energy, pointed wit and pervasive real-world charm in writer-director Katherine Dieckmann’s hysterically spot-on vision of thoroughly modern motherhood. —Kristine Kolton
S P O N SO R ED BY C H R I STO P H ER B . A N D J E A N N I E M EG S M I T H , A N D F R A N TO I O R I STO R A N T E A N D O L I V E O I L C O.
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C EN T ER F O R I N V EST I G AT I V E R EP O R T I N G .
For Tribute to Uma Thurman information, see page 53.
FILMS M-O OH MY GOD
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Frustrated watching religions battle each other in the my-god-is-greater-than-your-god competition, award-winning filmmaker Peter Rodger decided to go out into the world and ask a simple question: What is God? The quest to discover what this word means to individuals from every walk of life became a three-year journey of epic proportions across 23 countries. Talking to children, religious leaders, true believers, confirmed skeptics and a smattering of celebrities from Ringo Starr to Baz Luhrman, the answers Rodger receives are often surprising. To highly rhythmic editing and a musically diverse soundtrack, we follow him around the world, absorbing beautiful images of tribal rituals among Australian Aborigines, the warrior dances of the Masai, the young monks of Ladakh and spiritual leaders of the Holy Land. Oh My God is a film that begs to be seen on the big screen for total immersion, ultimately producing an uplifting, thought-provoking, discussion-generating emotional experience. —Kelly Clement Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer Peter Rodger Editor John Hoyt Print Source Mitropoulos Films
ONE CRAZY RIDE
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Motorcycle enthusiast and ebullient one-man film crew Guarav Jani (Riding Solo to the Top of the World, MVFF 2007) returns with his second onthe-road documentary. With a posse of daredevil friends in tow and only a vague idea of the uncharted terrain that lies ahead, Jani sets out— atop his sturdy 50-year-old Royal Enfield 350cc— across Arunachal Pradesh, India’s isolated, gorgeously wild Eastern region. In the shadow of the Himalayas, it’s a borderland served by iffy unpaved roads (hard on the group’s cycles, which prove prone to breakdowns) and populated by tribes unused to outsiders (particularly hog-riding ones). “The goal is to chart a route which, according to most people, does not exist,” Jani explains at the start, and this ambitious enthusiasm colors One Crazy Ride’s free-form, low-budget exploration of off-the-grid travel, where the day’s adventures could include peering down at mountainside clouds or spontaneously attending a village wedding feast. US Premiere —Cheryl Eddy Director/Producer/Cinematographer Guarav Jani Print Source Dirt Track Productions
US 2009 98 MINS
INDIA 2009 87 MINS
Saturday, October 17, 3:00 pm OHMY17R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 2:30 pm OHMY18S, Sequoia
Friday, October 16, 8:45 pm ONE16S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm ONE18R, Rafael
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If there’s one thing Henry has learned, it’s that reality is overrated. When his father dies bizarrely in a moose-hunting accident, Henry’s mother checks out of the real world for good. Ever a dutiful son, Henry indulges his mother’s fantasies by spinning vibrant yarns about his successful life. Jobless, loveless and plum out of luck, he joins his culinarily-challenged buddy Jon on an adventure from Sweden to Spain, where they plan to open a restaurant. But unexpected hurdles abound. Mistaken identity, kidnapping, a chance at true love and a hilarious romp through an IKEA store are just of a few of the fanciful stops along the way. Suffused with charm, magical realism and whimsy, Original injects vivid color into everyday black-and-white. Life is what you believe it to be: We can go through the motions like everyone else, but wouldn’t it be more fun to be . . . original? —Kristine Kolton Directors/Screenwriters Antonio Tublén, Alexander Brøndsted Producer Carsten Holst Cinematographer Linus Eklund Editor Bodil Kjærhauge Cast Jesper Christensen, Tuva Novotny, Ghita Nørby, Dejan Cukic Print Source Danish Film Institute DENMARK 2008 100 MINS
Friday, October 9, 8:45 pm ORIG09R, Rafael Saturday, October 10, 6:15 pm ORIG10R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY SC H E Y ERS F. P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E ROYA L DA N I S H C O N S U L AT E .
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FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND • What lurks beneath the surface of a seemingly happy relationship? That’s the searing question posed by this intimate, nuanced drama in which Tom and Melony, a married couple living in Santa Monica, set out for a dinner party in Hollywood. No ordinary drive, a series of obstacles prevents them from arriving on time as they embark on a life-changing conversation, peeling back the layers of life together to reveal the resentment, jealousy, tension and sadness behind the veneer of contentment. The unfolding story grips us with the realization that this ride may just be the end of the road for the couple. With complex and winning performances from leads Cameron Daddo and Angie Milliken, and Bruce Davison as Tom’s writing partner Roger, Passengers is a strikingly realistic look at the bonds, sometimes tenuous and other times strong, that connect us to those we love. World Premiere —Nora Isaacs Director/Screenwriter Michael Bond Producer Cameron Daddo Cinematographer László Baranyai Editor Drew Thompson Cast Cameron Daddo, Angie Milliken, Bruce Davison, Patty Yu Print Source Bondfilm US/AUSTRALIA 2008 86 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 6:30 pm PASS10R, Rafael Tuesday, October 13, 9:15 pm PASS13S, Sequoia
PIERROT LE FOU
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FOCUS: FRANCE • “On your feet, dead man!” calls Marianne Renoir (the stunning Anna Karina) sweetly to her sacked-out lover: fleeing bourgeois family man Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo), aka Pierrot. His nickname for her? “Virginia,” his unexplored territory, his New World. But so many names are in play in Jean-Luc Godard’s highly playful, formally brilliant and still startling 1965 masterpiece. Real-life superstar Belmondo becomes his character’s own last name, the hero as hunter or lapdog. Marianne’s surname, meanwhile, marries painting and cinema together in a film that reinvents painting as cinema, cinema as painting. Add fi reworks in a night sky turning cinematic cliché into Impressionist brushstrokes, then into antiaircraft fire (underscored with bursting storm clouds), and you get a tiny fraction of the eye-popping tricolor landscape, the aurally and verbally dense terrain, the explosive political ground, the ecstatic aesthetic frontier into which these inexorable rebellovers escape and evaporate. More serious fun is rarely had with or at the cinema. —Robert Avila Director Jean-Luc Godard Producer Georges de Beauregard Screenwriter Jean-Luc Godard, novel by Lionel White Cinematographer Raoul Coutard Editor Françoise Collin Cast Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani Print Source Janus Films
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE
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OPENING NIGHT • Meet Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). An illiterate high school student, pregnant by her father for the second time and subject to relentless abuse at home, she’s always “looking up…for a piano to fall.” Only the beauty of her resilience tempers the unsettling nature of her harsh existence as her fantasies and aspirations come alive in whimsical vignettes. But life at school is chaos: Threatened with expulsion, she transfers to an alternative school where, under the tutelage of Ms. Rain (beautifully rendered by Paula Patton), she finds the strength within herself to determine her own destiny and “tell her story.” Director Lee Daniels proves himself a bold voice in contemporary cinema, tackling tough material with uplifting consciousness and insight. And with its riveting cast—newcomer Sidibe’s extraordinary performance complemented with passionate commitment by Patton, Mo’Nique as her mother and a glammed-down Mariah Carey—Precious promises to be one of this year’s defining films. —Holly Roach Director Lee Daniels Producers Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher Cinematographer Andrew Dunn Editor Joe Klotz Cast Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe Print Source Lionsgate US 2008 109 MINS
FRANCE/ITALY 110 MINS
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 pm PIER13R, Rafael
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm PREC08R, Rafael $30 S P O N SO R ED BY W E L L S FA RGO.
For Opening Night Gala information, see page 23.
F I L M S P- R THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE
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In an Oscar-caliber performance, Robin Wright Penn is a woman in her late 40s struggling to suppress her rocky past amid a newly tranquil present in this thoughtful fourth feature from Rebecca Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose). Newly transplanted to a Connecticut retirement community with her aged husband (a deeply amusing Alan Arkin), Pippa looks ready to fade into the wallpaper. An adaptable enigma, as one dinner guest describes her, one wonders what lingers under that tranquil surface. Turns out a hell of a lot. Snowballing coincidences and an arousing newcomer (Keanu Reeves) bring the past back with a vengeance, including her unstable pill-popping mother (Maria Bello), the sex- and drug-laden years she can barely recall and the feeling that, deep down, she’s just a fuck-up. Among a truly stellar cast, Wright Penn’s gritty and nuanced turn as the ever-shifting Pippa is unforgettable, while Blake Lively’s teenage Pippa confirms she’s one of Hollywood’s rising stars. —Alexis Whitham Director/Screenwriter Rebecca Miller Producers Lemore Syvan, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner Cinematographer Declan Quinn Editor Sabine Hoffman Cast Robin Wright Penn, Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder, Maria Bello, Keanu Reeves, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore Print Source Screen Media Films US 2009 93 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 5:45 pm PRIV11R, Rafael Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm PRIV12S, Sequoia S P O N SO R ED BY M A RO E V I C H , O’S H E A & C OG H L A N .
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What is happiness? Searching for the answer to this simple but profound question unites Mount Madonna School seniors in California with their counterparts in Jos, Nigeria, and Dharamsala, India, in an extraordinary initiative called Project Happiness. A group of innovative teachers develop a curriculum on the nature of lasting happiness, and their bright and promising students do the rest. Their core text, the Dalai Lama’s Ethics for the New Millennium, introduces notions of happiness—inducing service, compassion and empathy, especially towards our enemies. On their fascinatingly ambitious quest, the students question filmmaker George Lucas, neurobiologist Richard Davidson and actor Richard Gere in the run-up to their final project, a private interview with the Dalai Lama himself. John Sorensen’s moving, transformative film revels in the courage and authenticity these young people manifest in facing their own challenges and loss. Struggling with the responsibility of choosing to be happy, they find their own answers—and help us find ours. World Premiere —Carol Harada Director/Producer John Sorensen Cinematographers David Goulding, John Sorensen Editor Andrew Fetchko Print Source Project Happiness
RACE TO NOWHERE
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Director Vicki Abeles makes the personal political—and starts a crucial national conversation—in this groundbreaking exposé of the pressure to succeed exerted on American schoolchildren. Disturbed by the difficulties her own three bright, engaged and eloquent children are having with school, Abeles investigates, camera in hand. She discovers each (including her youngest, a fourth grader) “works harder . . . and is certainly more stressed than I was in law school.” What starts as a private matter widens into a cogent examination of systemic pressures faced by youth amid dropping test scores, a shrinking global economy and increasingly unrealistic expectations set by parents, universities, school districts and society at large. The demands have crushing, widespread consequences: Cheating has become commonplace, stress-related illness is rampant and teenage suicide has grown signifi cantly for the first time in decades. Through incisive, heartbreaking interviews with schoolchildren, teachers, parents and sociologists, Abeles points to the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools as well as a cure. World Premiere —Ilya Tovbis Director/Producer Vicki Abeles Screenwriters Maimone Attia, Jessica Congdon Cinematographer Maimone Attia Editor Jessica Congdon Print Source Reel Link Films
US 2009 87 MINS
Saturday, October 17, 3:00 pm PROJ17T, 142 Throckmorton Sunday, October 18, 5:00 pm PROJ18R, Rafael S P O N S O R E D BY LU C AS F I L M LT D. A N D SA N DO M EN I C O SC HOO L .
US 2009 83 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 3:30 pm RACE10S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 5:45 pm RACE18R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY M A R I N I N D EP EN D EN T JOURNAL.
REACH FOR ME
THE RED MACHINE
(CHI BI: JUEZHAN TIANXIA)
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Dying is hell, at least for Alvin, a terminally ill widower confined to his hospice bed with nothing to chew on but bitter memories. The wonderfully irascible Alvin, unforgettably portrayed by the great Seymour Cassel, correspondingly makes life hell for everyone else around him, as renowned actorturned-director LeVar Burton explores the ageold quandary of how we greet our final days—and who will be there with us at the end. A stirring, life-affirming drama, the excellent ensemble cast includes Alfre Woodard (MVFF 2008 Tributee), Adrienne Barbeau, Johnny Whitworth and Lacey Chabert in beautifully crafted performances refreshingly free of false sentimentality. The world observed from his hospice bed provides the final proving ground where Alvin learns to make the most of the time he has, and discover the love he never knew was so close at hand. —Jeff Campbell
Acclaimed action director John Woo delivers a jaw-dropping epic based upon a legendary historical battle at the end of the Han Dynasty. In his quest to control all China, ruthless Prime Minister Cao Cao declares war on two neighboring kingdoms, whose only hope for survival lies in their ability to ally as a single force. Cao Cao pursues these renegade leaders and their cadre of loyal men to a showdown at Red Cliff, stronghold of the tranquil Southlands. The severely out-numbered allies must rely upon deft strategic planning to survive, employing ingenious battle tactics that make the Trojan horse look like child’s play. Full of arresting combat sequences and Woo’s famously fl uid fi ght choreography, as well as penetrating performances by mega-watt stars Tony Leung, Chiu Wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro, Red Cliff is an unforgettable big screen experience. —Laurie Koh
Director LeVar Burton Producers Charlene BlaineSchulenburg, Susan R. Rodgers, Mark Wolfe Screenwriter Michael B. Adams Cinematographer Kris Krosskove Editor Avril Beukes Cast Seymour Cassel, Johnny Whitworth, Lacey Chabert, Adrienne Barbeau, Larry Hankin, Alfre Woodard Print Source AMediaVision Productions
Director John Woo Producers John Woo, Terence Chang Screenwriters John Woo, Khan Chan, Kuo Cheng, Sheng Heyu Cinematographers Lu Yue, Zhang Li Editors Daniel Wu, Angie Lam, Yang Hongyu Cast Lin Chi-Ling, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Vicki Zhao, Hu Jun Print Source Magnolia Pictures
US 2009 90 MINS
HONG KONG 2009 148 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 4:30 pm REAC15R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 7:15 pm REAC17S, Sequoia
Friday, October 16, 9:30 pm REDC16R, Rafael
S P O N S O R E D BY J O I E D E V I V R E H O S P I TA L I T Y.
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Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, hotheaded Eddie Doyle (Donal Thoms-Cappello), an ace safecracker, is just doing what he does best: stealing. Now facing prison, Eddie finds he’s got an option after all. Enter Lt. F. Ellis Coburn (Lee Perkins), a coolas-ice Navy man with a problem only Eddie can solve. The Japanese Foreign Office has changed its encryption codes, and the government isn’t too happy. A prominent Japanese diplomat holds the key to his country’s secrets in the form of a mysterious red machine. As Eddie and Coburn work together to pull off the heist of a lifetime, they find more to the job than they bargained for as things get personal. Full of crackling dialogue, eye-catching visuals and unpredictable twists, co-directors Stephanie Argy’s (Gandhi at the Bat, MVFF 2006) and Alec Boehm’s The Red Machine is a charming throwback to the great espionage capers of the 1930s. World Premiere —Kristine Kolton Directors/Screenwriters Stephanie Argy, Alec Boehm Producers Stephanie Argy, Alec Boehm, Ken Cortland Cinematographer Alec Boehm Editor Pansy Heritage Cast Lee Perkins, Donal ThomsCappello, Meg Brogan, Maureen Byrnes, Eddie Lee, Madoka Kasahara Print Source Mental Slapstick LLC US 2009 84 MINS
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C EN T ER F O R AS I A N A M ER I CA N M ED I A .
Sunday, October 11, 3:45 pm REDM11R, Rafael Monday, October 12, 4:30 pm REDM12R, Rafael
For information on Insight: The Cassel Touch, Seymour Cassel in conversation with Rob Nilsson, see page 29.
F I L M S R- R RICKY
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FOCUS: FRANCE • Inspired by a Rose Tremain story, audacious French filmmaker François Ozon (Swimming Pool) blends gritty realism with outright fantasy in a surprising tale that suggests a surreal merger of Dardenne and Disney. Single mother Katie (Alexandra Lamy) lives in a French housing project with seven-year-old daughter Lisa (Mélusine Mayance) and works at a dreary factory job. Things change when she meets coworker Paco (Sergi López); they embark on a hungry, passionate affair and produce a love child. Things also change for Lisa, with Paco and little Ricky (Arthur Peyret) moving in and the adorable infant getting all the attention. When Katie notices bruises on her baby’s back, she fears the worst—until she realizes Ricky is sprouting wings. Its flights of whimsy tempered by incisive social observation and dark humor make Ricky a balancing act well served by its cast, especially Mayance as the solemn moppet, mature beyond her years. US Premiere —Richard Peterson Director François Ozon Producers Claudie Ossard, Chris Bolzli Screenwriter Clémentine Schaeffer Cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie Editor Muriel Breton Cast Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez, Mélusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret Print Source IFC First Take
ROOM AND A HALF
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In Finnish with English subtitles. For 10-year-old Ricky, drumming is the most important thing in the world; for Aunt Serena, it’s Lennart, the downstairs tenant. He makes her heart thump like a drum solo. But when she asks Ricky to deliver an anonymous love letter to Lennart, it accidentally reaches the hands of new 10-year-old neighbor, Nelly, instead, turning Ricky’s life upsidedown. Based on the popular Finnish children’s books by Sinikka and Tiina Nopola (who also penned the screenplay), Ricky Rapper pulses with all the stumblings, misunderstandings, embarrassment and dramatic crushes of the best preteen romances. Shot through with crayon colors and cartoon-like scenarios in the spirit of the great children’s films of the ‘50s and ‘60s, this family treat builds charmingly to a grand finale, as Ricky asserts his right to his own music in a dance-floor rap duel—in Finnish! Ages 6+ —John Morrison Director Mari Rantasila Producers Lasse Saarinen, Risto Salomaa Screenwriters Sinikka Nopola, Tiina Nopola Cinematographer Timo Heinänen Editor Tuuli Kuittinen Cast Niilo Sipilä, Mimmi Lounela, Annu Valonen, Ulla Tapaninen, Martti Suosalo, Ullariikka Koskela Print Source Kinotar FINLAND 2008 78 MINS
FRANCE 2008 90 MINS
Friday, October 9, 9:15 pm RICY09S, Sequoia Sunday, October 11, 3:30 pm RICY11S, Sequoia
LOVE CHILD (KÄRLEKSBARN) The addition of a cat to a household would presumably make any little girl happy, but when her parents treat the cat like their own child, the situation calls for some drastic action. Director Daniel Wirtberg
SWEDEN 2009 7 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 85 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 1:30 pm RICR10S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 1:00 pm RICR17R, Rafael
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FOCUS: NEW RUSSIAN CINEMA • The memoirs of anyone living in the USSR from the 1940s to the 1970s would make for fascinating viewing, but when the reminiscences are Joseph Brodsky’s, the result takes on a trenchant lyricism, careening from the jubilantly triumphant to the profoundly melancholic. Using the Nobel Prizewinning poet’s biography as starting point, famed Russian animator Andrey Khrzhanovsky offers a richly imagined blend of fiction and fact, dazzlingly assembled from an array of animated, archival and dramatic images. Reveling equally in Brodsky’s poetry and life, the story winds from recounting a charmed youth despite material challenges—like comically cramped quarters shared with doting parents—to imagining Brodsky’s proposed anonymous return from exile in 1972. Khrzhanovsky’s surrealistic overlaying of Brodsky’s trial transcript with images of anthropomorphized animals, an airborne marching orchestra and Russian soldiers gleefully destroying Culture is defiantly fitting: Brodsky was always as much icon as man, and the tenderhearted egoist would have wanted nothing less. —Ilya Tovbis Director Andrey Khrzhanovsky Producers Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Artem Vassiliev Screenwriters Yuri Arabov, Andrey Khrzhanovsky Cinematographer Vladimir Brylyakov Editors Igor Malachov, Vladimir Grigorenko Cast Alisa Freindlich, Sergei Yurskiy, Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy Print Source Seagull Films RUSSIA 2008 130 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 6:00 pm ROOM11R, Rafael Monday, October 12, 4:00 pm ROOM12R, Rafael P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E K R I T ZER / ROS S ÉM I G R É P ROG R A M O F T H E J C C S F.
SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE
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If you thought Wavy Gravy was just a fl avor of ice cream, you’re in for an even bigger treat. Michelle Esrick’s lively portrait connects many a culture-defi ning dot, opening onto whole vistas around this gentle trickster and his times. Known as Hugh Romney during days as a poet, one-time roomie of Bob Dylan and far-out standup comedian-contemporary of Lenny Bruce, Wavy Gravy became more than a nickname. As activist hippie, sublimely good-natured master of ceremonies at Woodstock and determined antiwar protester—hobbled by repeated police beatings—Wavy came to embody the enlightened fool, sacred clown and deeply spiritual and social being in everything he does. Esrick mixes interviews with the down-to-earth Berkeley-based icon, and those nearest and dearest, notably Jahanara Romney as well as Bonnie Raitt and Larry Brilliant, with a treasure trove of vintage footage. No mere (albeit delicious) nostalgia ride, Saint Misbehavin’ brings a much needed dose of the fool into the present—in a life wholly committed to life, laughter and compassion for all earthlings. —Robert Avila Director Michelle Esrick Executive Producers D A Pennebaker, John Pritzker Producers Michelle Esrick, David Becker Cinematographer Daniel B. Gold Editor Karen K.H. Sim Print Source Ripple Effect Films US 2008 87 MINS
Friday, October 9, 6:45 pm SAIN09S, Sequoia Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm SAIN13R, Rafael
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A devoted father, beloved husband and popular television weatherman, Oskar appears to be enjoying the prime of his life. Then comes a bad case of the seven-year itch, in this contemporary comedy by accomplished Czech director Jan Hrebejk (Teddy Bear, MVFF 2008). Before long, Oskar’s wife finds he’s having an affair with their lusty au pair. But the young woman’s student life wears thin on Oskar, who soon waxes nostalgic for the folk songs, and the much older folk singer, that 20 years earlier helped usher in the Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovakia’s peaceful bid to extricate itself from the yoke of Sovietled Communism. Not unlike that seminal historic moment, Oskar seeks and achieves an unsettling change in the colorful atmosphere of a muchchanged Prague, where timeless architecture and archetypes nevertheless remain the same. US Premiere —Janis Plotkin Director Jan Hrebejk Producers Rudolf Bierman, Tomas Huffman Screenwriters Jan Hrebejk, Jiri Machacek, Michal Viewegh Cast Jiri Machacek, Pavel Liska, Simona Babcakova, Nina Diviskova Print Source Menemsha Films
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Stepping in and out of character while trolling around an elegant Dutch theater, augmented by life-sized video projections of a modern production of The Merchant of Venice, actor Cahit Ölmez is decidedly “not just talking about plays and acting.” Addressing us, his audience, Ölmez excavates Tubal, a minor but freighted Shakespearean creation, the only friend of Merchant’s notorious Semitic villain, Shylock. Tubal grants Ölmez fresh access to Shylock, and the scars of the Elizabethan era’s rampant anti-Semitism. And though Shakespeare may never have known a Jew, Shylock’s tragic dimension has given rise to an unsettling ambiguity winding through centuries of theatrical history to this moment: a provocative meta-theatrical venture seeking nothing less than the chance to set Shylock free. US Premiere —Robert Avila Director Michal Shabtay Producers René Goossens, Annemiek van Gorp Screenwriters Gareth Armstrong, Michal Shabtay Cinematographers Tarek Kaszim, Victor Nieuwenhuis Editor Jan Dop Cast Cahid Ölmez, Adelheid Roosen Print Source Holland Film Promotion NETHERLANDS 2008 68 MINS
CZECH REPUBLIC 2008 88 MINS
Tuesday, October 13, 8:45 pm SHAM13R, Rafael Friday, October 16, 5:00 pm SHAM16S, Sequoia
INGELORE “My name is Ingelore Hertz Honigstein. I’m not angry any more.” On the eve of Kristallnacht, a young deaf German Jewish girl missed the bus before the 8:00 pm curfew, changing her life forever. Raised in uncaring foster homes, spit upon by peers and attacked by Nazi soldiers, Ingelore’s unforgettable personal story subtly, delicately guides us from the depths of indignity along the path to forgiveness. Director Frank Stiefel
S P O N SO R ED BY K AT Z FA M I LY F O U N DAT I O N . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E S E VA F O U N DAT I O N .
US 2009 40 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 108 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 1:15 pm SHYL11R, Rafael Friday, October 16, 4:00 pm SHYL16S, Sequoia P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E SA N F R A N C I SC O J E W I S H F I L M F EST I VA L .
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If Anthony Fabian’s gripping and extraordinary feature debut were fiction, nobody would believe it. But it really happened to Sandra Laing, a dark-skinned girl born to white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. With the fragile support of her family and a “white” birth certificate, Sandra faces a strictly segregated racist society that sees her as black—expelling her from her all-white school and glaring at her when she ignores the “whites only” signs. A Supreme Court expert explains, to the gasps of spectators, that “polygenic inheritance,” or “throwback,” is plausible since most Afrikaners have black blood in them. But this still leaves her trapped between her increasingly confl icted and disturbed father (Sam Neill) and the offi cial color barrier, as Sandra—in an intense, deeply moving performance by Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda; The Secret Life of Bees, MVFF 2008)—literally experiences the double consciousness of a tragically divided nation. —Frako Loden Director Anthony Fabian Producers Anthony Fabian, Margaret Matheson, Genevieve Hofmeyr Screenwriters Helen Crawley, Jessie Keyt, Helena Kriel Cinematographers Dewald Aukema, Jonathan Partridge Editor St.John O’Rorke Cast Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige Print Source Jour de Fete Films UK/SOUTH AFRICA 2008 107 MINS
Tuesday, October 13, 6:45 pm SKIN13S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 7:30 pm SKIN18R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY C B S 5 T V.
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First rule to becoming a better person: Admit that you are someone of highly compromised ideals. Max (played to wry comedic perfection by Dazed and Confused’s Wiley Wiggins) would like to believe he’s a good guy, even when his actions, or lack thereof, dictate otherwise. Kira, lost in a sea of self-doubt after a bad breakup, would like to believe in her inner idealist, too. After a onenight stand and a game of shadow puppets, Max finds himself drawn to Kira, despite already being in a long-term relationship. Kira hesitantly keeps the flirtation alive, while juggling both a new career and a burgeoning relationship with someone else. Setting the action in San Francisco’s own vibrant Mission District, director Dia Sokol (producer of indie faves Mutual Appreciation and Nights and Weekends) and co-writer–producer Lauren Veloski offer up a terrifically smart, hilariously dry and emotionally honest portrayal of young lives in flux. —Joshua Moore Director Dia Sokol Producer Lauren Veloski Screenwriters Dia Sokol, Lauren Veloski Cinematographer Matthias Grunsky Editor Jennifer Lilly Cast Wiley Wiggins, Kenya Miles, Andrew Bujalski, Ia Hernandez, Donovan Baddley Print Source Visit Films US 2009 93 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 9:00 pm SORR11S, Sequoia Monday, October 12, 9:30 pm SORR12R, Rafael
SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION
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“You can cage the singer,” Harry Belafonte said, “but not the song.” From the darkest days of police brutality and assassination toward the Promised Land the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of, a litany of soul-stirring anthems sustained the Civil Rights Movement. Drawn from the blues, gospel and folk traditions, beloved songs like “Wade in the Water”,”We Shall Not Be Moved” and “We Shall Overcome” consoled and mobilized African Americans and their supporters. Backed by impassioned new studio performances by Wyclef Jean, Mary Mary, Richie Havens, Angie Stone and others, this gripping documentary relates the history of the movement to a new generation. It’s an inspiring saga, brimming with courage and sacrifice, told with an eye for the striking archival image and an ear for the heart-lifting harmony. Consider, again, what an extraordinary feat it was to carry a tune—and the crusade for equal rights—from Montgomery to Nashville, Selma to Birmingham, and finally to Washington, DC. —Michael Fox Directors/Screenwriters Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman Producers Joslyn Barnes, Jim Czarnecki, Bill Guttentag, Dylan Nelson, Dan Sturman Cinematographers Buddy Squires, Jonathan Else, Stephen Kazmierski Editor Jeffrey Doe Print Source 42 West US 2009 82 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 7:00 pm SOUN10S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 2:45 pm SOUN18R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY LRG CA P I TA L G RO U P.
For live concert information, see page 27.
STALIN THOUGHT OF YOU
STELLA AND THE STAR OF THE ORIENT
(STALIN VSPOMNIL O VAS)
(STELLA UND DER STERN DES ORIENTS)
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Most people know Hong Kong’s last-auteurstanding, Johnnie To, as the man responsible for Asia’s coolest tough-guy thrillers of the past 10 years. The last thing you’d expect from the director of Triad Election is a breezy ode to French cinema and American musicals, but that’s exactly what the master has delivered: A woozy, lovelorn tale of professional pickpockets (led by To regular Simon Yam) who get collectively suckered by a comely con artist (Kelly Lin). Then the gang finds out she’s in Dutch with a local mobster, and their honor-among-thieves code kicks into high gear. There may not be the usual bullets fl ying and bodies dropping, but several did-he-justdo-that sequences—from a chase scene staged in a crowded elevator (!) to the greatest screen pickpocket-athon ever—rank as some of the most hyperkinetic work this action-film figurehead has concocted. You could picture Vincente Minnelli and Jean-Pierre Melville high-fiving each other over this while drinking glasses of Pernod. —David Fear Director/Producer Johnnie To Screenwriters Kin Chung Chan, Chi Keung Fung Cinematographer Cheng Siu-Keung Editor David Richardson Cast Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Lam Ka-tung, Lo Hoi-pang, Law Wing-cheong, Kenneth Cheung Print Source Tai Seng Entertainment
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FOCUS: NEW RUSSIAN CINEMA • As a spry centenarian, Russian cartoonist Boris Efimov (who died last year at 109) had lived under, and in sometimes frightening proximity to, three consecutive nexuses of power as his country wound through Czarist, Soviet and federal rule. His reluctant connection with the state-sponsored media that employed him to lampoon political targets, including dubiously nominated “enemies of the people,” took its cruelest turn after Stalin ordered the execution of his beloved brother Mikhail Koltsov, inspiration for Karkov in Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. Effectively blacklisted afterward as the relative of a dissident, Efi mov was nonetheless spared the Gulags and eventually—through complicated machinations also likely guided by Stalin, who was a great fan of his work—reinstated as Pravda’s top cartoonist. Kevin McNeer’s utterly absorbing peek behind the Red Curtain investigates this complex relationship between Russia’s greatest political cartoonist and the dreaded dictator who earned his tremulous but abiding respect. —Ilya Tovbis Director/Screenwriter/Editor Kevin McNeer Producer Bart Kuyper Cinematographers Sergei Polikov, Alisher Khamidkhodzheav Print Source Oblomov Films
HONG KONG 2008 87 MINS
RUSSIA/NETHERLANDS/US 2009 100 MINS
Monday, October 12, 9:30 pm SPAR12S, Sequoia
Saturday, October 10, 1:15 pm STAL10R, Rafael Friday, October 16, 6:00 pm STAL16R, Rafael
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C EN T ER F O R AS I A N A M ER I CA N M ED I A .
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E K R I T ZER / ROS S ÉM I G R É P ROG R A M O F T H E J C C S F.
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In German with English subtitles. Smart, cool 10-year-old Stella—descended from a line of independent, successful women like great-grandmother Clementine—plans to be an astronaut. A mysterious moment in the family attic, however, charts her a new course when she fi nds herself transported through time, exactly 100 years in the past and right into the bedroom of another spirited 10-year-old: Clementine herself! The girls team up, along with Clementine’s brother, Gustav, to find a hidden treasure and save the family from financial ruin. A thrilling adventure that unfolds in a dazzlingly snowy German forest, this is both a heart-racing escapade and a heartwarming embrace of friendship and family’s priceless value. Winner of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Best of the Fest Award. Ages 6+ Director Erna Schmidt Producer Ingelore König Screenwriter Martin Dolejs Cinematographer Andreas Höfer Editor Karola Mittelstädt Cast Laura Berschuk, Hanna Schwamborn, Julius Römer, Uwe Kokisch, Edda Leesch Print Source Kinderfilm GmbH GERMANY 2007 87 MINS PRECEDED BY
DRAGONFLIES, THE BABY CRIES
Mystery swirls in the thick of the forest when a big sister, left in charge of the baby, sneaks off to brew up some mischief. —Deanna Quinones Director/Screenwriter/Editor Jane Gillooly Producer Ken Winokur Cinematographer Vilma Gregoropoulos Print Source Jane Gillooly US 2005 10 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 97 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 10:30 am STEL11S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 12:00 pm STEL18R, Rafael
104 S P O N SO R ED BY B E L L A M S E L F -STO R AG E & BOXES .
FILMS S -S STORM
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Accomplished, confident and distinctly feminine Hannah Maynard, played by a commanding Kerry Fox (Friends, MVFF 1993; Fanny and Elvis, MVFF 1999), is a prosecuting attorney on a mission for the truth, but the road to justice is full of detours in this smart, fast-paced political thriller. Assigned a high-profile case at the International Criminal Court, Hannah confronts the former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army accused of war crimes against Bosnian Muslim civilians. Her colleagues in The Hague believe they’ve got their man. But as the apparatchiks maneuver towards a victory of their own liking, Hannah finds it’s her own social conscience that’s tried in a system where the guilty can still call the shots. A strong international cast featuring Stephen Dillane (John Adams), Rolf Lassgard (After the Wedding) and Anamaria Marinca (4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days) propels this nail-biting drama. US Premiere —Janis Plotkin Director Hans-Christian Schmid Producers Britta Knoeller, Hans-Christian Schmid Screenwriters Bernd Lange, Hans-Christian Schmid Cinematographer Bogumil Godfrejow Editor Hansjoerg Weissbrich Cast Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgard, Alexander Fehling Print Source Film Movement
THE STRENGTH OF WATER
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FOCUS: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND • In a remote Maori community on the weatherbeaten north coast of New Zealand, 10-year-old twins Kimi and Melody form an inseparable duo. They help with the family chicken business and keep tabs on the comings and goings of their neighbors. When a tragic accident befalls one of the twins, involving a well-meaning young man who’s just moved to the area, a number of tenuous connections strain to the limit. Kimi escapes from sadness and guilt into the solace of his imagination, veering ever further out of control. His search for a place in the world—a child’s perspective poignantly captured here—mirrors that of the restless teenagers frustrated by lack of opportunity and dreaming of the big city. This gritty, engrossing saga marks the stirring feature debut of t wo up-and-coming New Zealand women and important new talents: award-winning playwright-turned-screenwriter Briar GraceSmith and acclaimed short-film director Armagan Ballantyne. —Michael Fox Director Armagan Ballantyne Producer Fiona Copland Screenwriter Briar Grace-Smith Cinematographer Bogumil Godfrejow Editor Elizabeth King Cast Hato Paparoa, Melanie MayallNahi, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty Print Source New Zealand Film Commission
GERMANY/DENMARK/NETHERLANDS 2009 102 MINS
NEW ZEALAND 2009 86 MINS
Monday, October 12, 6:45 pm STOR12C, Cinema Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm STOR15T, 142 Throckmorton
Saturday, October 17, 4:15 pm STRE17R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 5:45 pm STRE18S, Sequoia
S P O N SO R ED BY W E L L S FA RGO.
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Handsome movie superstar Kourosh seemingly has it made. He’s making a movie and is besieged by women—his voicemail plays a chorus of pleading, threatening and cooing female voices. But despite all their love, his fame and wealth have made him a narcissistic egomaniac with numerous addictions. One day a freshfaced girl with a camera distracts him on the set. He pursues her first in the routine way, then his fascination deepens as her motives become more mysterious. Iranian director Tahmineh Milani’s films have always focused on the lives and mores of contemporary women, but here she tackles the timeless theme of the truly good life through the cell phone calls, posh condos and restless SUVs of fast-lane Tehran. Superstar is a free rendering of Hermann Hesse’s fairy tale “Augustus,” in which a mother gets one wish for her infant son that will seal his peace of mind in a crazy world of image-making and excess. —Frako Loden Director/Screenwriter Tahmineh Milani Producer Mohammad Nikbin Cinematographer Alireza Zarrindast Editor Mastaneh Mohajer Cast Shahab Hosseini, Fataneh Malek-Mohammadi Print Source Farabi Cinema Foundation IRAN 2009 106 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 8:30 pm SUPE10R, Rafael Tuesday, October 13, 9:00 pm SUPE13R, Rafael
S P O N SO R ED BY Q A N TAS A I RWAYS .
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E G O E T H E I N ST I T U T SA N F R A N C I SC O.
Friends of the Festival screening on October 12 is free to members presenting a ticket from the box office.
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In this sensually filmed and courageous first feature, director Tali Shalom Ezer explores the blurred line between tender sex and real love. When 32-year-old Eli develops intimacy and trust with Hagar, a sexual surrogate assigned by his therapist, the question of whether he is really loved comes up not only in session, but also in his emotional relationships with his mother, his sister and his beloved eight-year-old nephew, whom Eli protects from all possible damages his family did not protect him against. Winner of Best Film at the Israeli International Women’s Film Festival, Surrogate exposes the frailty and strength of human connection. US Premiere —Sandy Handsher Director/ Screenwriter Tali Shalom Ezer Producer Elad Gavish Cinematographer Radek Ladczuk Editor Aya Somech Cast Amir Wolf, Lana Ettinger, Rosina Kambus, Liat Glick, Yonatan Swirski Print Source Marker Productions ISRAEL 2008 56 MINS PRECEDED BY
THE MARINA EXPERIMENT In a powerful but disturbing examination of her father’s obsession with taking home movies, 10,000 photographs and audio recordings for 16 years of his daughter’s life, Marina Lutz presents the audience with documentary evidence of the difference between love and child abuse. Lutz intercuts her father’s movie of a bullfi ght next to his photos of his child’s most private moments, creating a metaphor she means as an inevitable yet socially acceptable killing. Director Marina Lutz
US 2009 18 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 74 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm SURR14S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 7:45 pm SURR17R, Rafael
A SWEETER MUSIC: A LIVE CONCERT BY SARAH CAHILL WITH VIDEO BY JOHN SANBORN
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FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE • Celebrated pianist, writer and radio host Sarah Cahill actively investigates life through her music. Exploring the meaning of Dr. King’s words—“We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war”—and inspired by a recent arrangement of antiwar hymn “Down By the Riverside,” Cahill commissioned leading contemporary composers to create new works for solo piano. In what promises to be an unforgettable event—set against stunning visual poems by seminal video artist and longtime MVFF favorite John Sanborn— each piece in this live concert represents a composer’s vision of peace or reaction to war. The program will include, among much else, a West Coast premiere excerpt from a resetting of Steppe Music by Meredith Monk, The Residents’ drum no fife (Why We Need War) and Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another (Rag). —Ashley Nee 120 MINS
Sunday, October 18, 3:30 pm SWEE18T, 142 Throckmorton $20
THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE (ALLT FLYTER)
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Fredrik’s competitive nature may have made him a burgeoning (almost) champion floorball player, but it likely also cost him his job and his marriage. Now it threatens his relationship with Sara, his ebullient teenage daughter, temporarily foisted upon her dad as his reluctant roommate, while Fredrik’s ex-wife starts a new job in London. When an immature prank with his 40-something floorball buddies shows unexpected potential, Fredrik aims for a new goal: transforming his mates into Sweden’s first all-male synchronized swimming team, with his single-minded sights on the world championship in Berlin. With Sara’s help, the somewhat motley crew—with questionable aquatic capacities—try to stay afl oat while battling hostile coaches, strict Olympic rules, sexism, homophobia and some nasty, calloused feet. The Swimsuit Issue plunges into the world of water ballet and masculine pedicures in this charming coming-of-middle-age comedy celebrating the spirit of perseverance and the importance of holding your breath. —Joanne Parsont Director Mans Herngren Producer Rebecka Hamberger Screenwriters Jane Magnusson, Mans Herngren Cinematographer Henrik Stenberg Editor Frederik Morheden Cast Jonas Inde, Amanda Davin, Paula McManus, Benny Haag Print Source Nordisk Film SWEDEN 2008 102 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 4:15 pm SWIM14S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 6:45 pm SWIM17R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY A PA R T Y C EN T ER . P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E C O N S U L AT E G EN ER A L O F SW ED EN SA N F R A N C I SC O.
P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E I S R A E L C EN T ER O F T H E J E W I S H C O M M U N I T Y F ED ER AT I O N .
F I L M S S -T TAPPED
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Water. Next to the air we breathe, it is the most fundamental resource for human survival. Yet that clear liquid that falls so readily from the sky, babbles pleasantly in streams and flows freely from our taps has become a commodity for a massive, multibillion dollar bottled water industry—an industry almost entirely self-regulated, which we support with every deceptively “pure” and refreshing bottle we drink in our blissfully ignorant efforts to stay hydrated and healthy. This incisive investigative documentary offers a blistering look be neath the bottle caps at the major economic, environmental and health impacts of the flood of bottled water manufactured and consumed in the United States. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig probes every angle of the story, from corporate control of water to the petrochemicals in plastic bottles, from plastic recycling to the sources and safety of bottled water. This film will change the way you think and drink. —Joanne Parsont Director Stephanie Soechtig Producers Stephanie Soechtig, Sarah Gibson Screenwriters Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey, Josh David Cinematographer Michael Millikan Editor Jason Lindsey Print Source Atlas Films
THE TEN LIVES OF TITANIC THE CAT (TITANICS TI LIV)
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In Norwegian with English subtitles. Liv gets her fondest wish for her 12th birthday: a family cruise on the maiden voyage of Danaworld. But Liv starts seeing things others don’t, a confusion of images that includes water, strange people, old photographs and a big black cat. She senses something’s in the basement, enlisting her friend Thomas to search it with her. But another vision sends Liv to the hospital with an asthma attack, threatening her chances of taking the cruise. Liv doesn’t believe asthma is what’s wrong with her, no matter what the adults say, and she and Thomas begin piecing together clues to a looming mystery from the past that has the cat, Titanic, at the center of it all. Arresting imagery, a moody score, distinctive and believable characters and a gripping climax all go into making The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat a genuinely spooky yet touching adventure. Ages 6+ —Roberta McNair Director Grethe Bøe Producer Cornelia Boysen Screenwriter Axel Hellstenius Cinematographer Calle Borresen Editor Wibecke Ronseth Cast Tiril Eeg-Henriksen, Martine Mbugua, Christian Skolmen, Anne Ryg, Sossen Krohg Print Source Nordisk Film NORWAY 2007 74 MINS
US 2009 76 MINS
Sunday, October 11, 6:00 pm TAPP11S, Sequoia Wednesday, October 14, 9:00 pm TAPP14R, Rafael
THE FAERIES OF FARTHINGALE A loving mother gives her lonely daughter her most treasured legacy: her wondrous and magical childhood friends.
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Anyone who has walked the streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District has seen the seedy side of the city. It’s a place that isn’t on a first name basis with hope. When Ben takes a job as manager of a residential hotel there, he can’t deny he’s hit bottom. An Iraqi war veteran trying to keep his repressed anger under control, Ben just wants to hide. The last thing he expects to find is a home. But before he knows it, he’s drawn into the lives of those around him, finding friendship in the faces of strangers. As he moves forward and tries to reconnect with his estranged young son, Ben learns that, wherever you live, choices are hard. Trying is one thing, believing another. Gritty and authentic, Marin director Michael Anderson’s Tenderloin brims with eccentric characters that give a heartfelt and familiar face to a lonely and desperate world. World Premiere —Kristine Kolton Director/Cinematographer/Editor Michael Anderson Producer Sam Rider Screenwriter Ned Miller Cast Kurt Yaeger, Jack Indiana, Tina Huang, Stephan Smith Collins, Liz Rolfe, Celia Aurora de Blas Print Source Michael Anderson US 2009 79 MINS
Friday, October 16, 6:45 pm TEND16S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 9:00 pm TEND17R, Rafael
Director Melinda Darlington-Bach P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H F OO D A N D WAT ER WATC H .
US 2009 11 MINS TOTAL PROGRAM 85 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 1:00 pm TENL10R, Rafael Sunday, October 18, 12:30 pm TENL18S, Sequoia
THIS IS THE HUSBAND I WANT! (GHO MALA ASALA HAWA)
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Farmer’s daughter Savitra rebels when her father consents to her marriage to foolish millworker Bopya. She wants the freedom to choose her own husband and has her heart set on fisherman Madhu, but she has no desire to cause a scandal or dishonor her family. Determined to be rid of her ridiculous would-be husband, the crafty girl seeks a way to change her fate as she manipulates superstitions and the traditions that would make her a man’s property. A modern-day riff on a tale from The Mahabharata—presented as a play within the film—in which the sagacious Princess Savitra searches for her ideal mate, this Indian indie confection weaves its romantic spell with humor and charm, its languid pace and cheerful musical numbers disguising a more serious purpose. Beneath the comedy’s buoyant façade lurks sharp social commentary aimed at exposing the outmoded customs that deny women the right to determine their own futures. North American Premiere —Pam Grady Director Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar Producer Mr. Khinvsara, Mr. Bharde, Mr. Chavan Screenwriter Sumitra Bhave Cinematographer Sanjay Memane Editor Mohit Takalkar Cast Radhika Apte, Omkar Govardhan, Ravindra Mankani, Nikhil Ratnaparakhi, Neena Kulkarni, Reema Print Source Vichitra Nirmiti INDIA 2008 120 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 9:00 pm THIS15S, Sequoia Sunday, October 18, 12:00 pm THIS18R, Rafael
A THOUSAND SUNS/MUSTANG – JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION
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For most of us, there’s a distinct separation between humans and nature. In the fertile African Rift Valley of Ethiopia, their interconnectedness is the essence of spirituality. But outside forces are threatening this delicate balance, from Christian evangelists to Western aid agencies importing agricultural technologies and pesticides. —Joanne Parsont Director Stephen Marshall Producers Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan Print Source The Global Oneness Project ETHIOPIA/US/KENYA 2009 28 MINS
MUSTANG - JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION On a high Himalayan plateau, the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang is a virtual time capsule of ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. But it’s on the verge of extinction. Mill Valley’s Will Parrinello tells a remarkable story of transformation as Mustang and its rich history are brought back to life through painstaking restoration. Narrated by Richard Gere. Director Will Parrinello
US/NEPAL 2009 29 MINS PRECEDED BY
TRADING BOWS AND ARROWS FOR LAPTOPS To preserve their culture and endangered rainforest home, the Surui tribe of the Amazon turns to Google Earth to, literally, put themselves on the map.
TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INVENTION
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FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE • Director Peter Esmonde takes us into the mind of a musical iconoclast, Trimpin, the sole name of a German composer-engineer lured to the United States by the “high junk” he found in its junkyards. From that refuse, this consummate tinkerer constructs gigantic instruments—artworks in their own right—that recalibrate our ears with unanticipated syncopations and ethereal sound environments sometimes based on streams of seismic data. In an often hilarious collaboration, members of the musically omnivorous Kronos Quartet worry their traditional instruments may not survive his marvelous machines. But perhaps that’s the point. The strangeness of Trimpin and the beauty of his music are among those rare pleasures that can’t be analyzed, historicized or reduced to our normal categories. Beautifully shot and edited, Esmonde’s film is enchantment for eyes and ears. —Alan Snitow Director/Producer/ Cinematographer Peter Esmonde Editor Rick Tejada-Flores Print Source Participant Observer, LLC US 2008 79 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm TRIM14S, Sequoia Friday, October 16, 9:00 pm TRIM16R, Rafael
Director Denise Zmekhol
US 2008 7 MINS
S P O N SO R ED BY Z A EN T Z M ED I A C EN T ER , A WA R EH A M D E V E LO P M EN T.
TOTAL PROGRAM 64 MINS
Friday, October 16, 7:00 pm THOU16S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm THOU17R, Rafael S P O N SO R ED BY Z A EN T Z M ED I A C EN T ER , A WA R EH A M D E V E LO P M EN T.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
F I L M S T-V TROUPERS
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FOCUS: ARCHITECTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE • The San Francisco Mime Troupe celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, a milestone that may not have seemed attainable—or necessary—in its formative days. Inspired by the Beats on one hand, and the Free Speech Movement and organized labor on the other, the Mime Troupe quickly established itself as a fount of political theater, musical comedy and fun-in-the-sun agitprop. Glenn Silber and Claudia Vianello’s intimate 1985 documentary seamlessly segues from rare ‘60s performance clips and priceless insight from the likes of Peter Coyote and Bill Graham, to an on-the-road record of the “Steeltown” tour of the Midwest. The plight of soon-to-be-downsized Inland Steel workers in East Chicago, Indiana, echoes across the years to today’s autoworkers. As fresh and timely as the day it was released, this inspiring, song-filled portrait of a quintessentially Bay Area institution—if that word can apply to artists committed to revolution—rocks with joy and purpose. —Michael Fox Directors/Producers Glenn Silber, Claudia Vianello Cinematographer Michael Anderson Editor Mary Bauer Cast Peter Coyote, Bill Graham, The San Francisco Mime Troupe Print Source Catalyst Media Productions, LLC
UP IN THE AIR
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From Jason Reitman, the Oscar® nominated director of Juno, comes a dramatic comedy called Up in the Air starring Oscar-® winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. US Premiere Director Jason Reitman Producers Daniel Dubiecki, Jeffrey Clifford, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman Screenwriter Jason Reitman, novel by Walter Kirn Cinematographer Eric Steelberg Editor Dana Glauberman Cast George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman Print Source Paramount Pictures
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Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Les Lolitas! Not one but two stars are born, as Stan and Jimmy, a duo of talented and delightfully inept young musicians, in sequined drag and not-quite-fitted platinum blonde wigs, hit the road on a tour through Québec, lured by the thrill of a mystery and the promise of a free meal. But their journey leads them further than they ever dreamed to love, loss and inevitable self-discovery. With musical contributions from French songwriting sensation Philippe Katerine, Victoria is Anna Karina’s first directorial effort in more than 30 years. One part Some Like It Hot, one part Breathless and yet thoroughly fresh and new, Victoria echoes the youthful zest of the world-shaking French New Wave, while brimming with a life entirely its own. North American Premiere —Karen Davis
US 2009 104 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm SPOT14R, Rafael $30 S P O N SO R ED BY J EN N I F ER C OS LE T T M AC C R E A DY.
Director/Screenwriter Anna Karina Producer Héjer Charf Cinematographer Philippe Lavalette Editor Mathieu Arsenault Musical Composer Philippe Katerine Cast Anna Karina, Jean-François Moran, Woodson Louis Print Source Nadja Productions Inc. CANADA 2008 95 MINS
For Spotlight on Jason Reitman information, see page 59.
Friday, October 16, 6:30 pm TRIB16R, Rafael Please note: this is a regularly-priced admission.
US 1985 85 MINS
Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm TROU16T, 142 Throckmorton $20 Shown as part of a live celebration of the SF Mime Troupe’s 50 th Anniversary.
W I T H S U P P O R T F RO M U N I F R A N C E , T H E C O N S U L AT E G EN ER A L O F F R A N C E I N SA N F R A N C I SC O A N D T H E Q U ÉB EC G OV ER N M EN T O F F I C E I N LOS A N G E L ES .
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH SF WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
For full event information, see page 29. For Tribute to Anna Karina information, see page 71.
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Elvis and Ayanda are about to get married. Elvis just needs to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town for the event. Ayanda just needs to fend off her mother’s efforts to turn her small, white wedding into a traditional village celebration—and the advances of a suave ex-boyfriend. After a rocky start involving a missed bus, a jealous girlfriend and a vandalized car, Elvis and best man Tumi finally hit the road and make their way south. En route, they share the ride with a young English woman. But while Elvis is eagerly rushing towards his impending marriage, Rose is running fast from hers. Can Elvis’s belief in the power of love thaw Rose’s cold cynicism? Can Rose’s candor and generosity change Tumi’s polyamorous ways? Can Ayanda really wait for them to arrive? Take a sweet South African road trip through the hills and valleys of love, friendship and post-apartheid culture clashes. North American Premiere —Joanne Parsont Director Jann Turner Producers/Screenwriters Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jann Turner Cinematographer Willie Nel Editor Tanja Hagen Cast Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jodie Whittaker, Zandile Msutwana, Marcel Van Heerden Print Source Stepping Stone Pictures SOUTH AFRICA 2009 93 MINS
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm WHIT14R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 1:30 pm WHIT17S, Sequoia S P O N SO R ED BY M A R I N F R EN C H C H EES E C O M PA N Y.
A YEAR AGO IN WINTER (IM WINTER EIN JAHR)
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To millions of YouTube viewers, Winnebago Man needs no introduction. He’s Jack Rebney, “Angriest Man in the World,” whose epic frustrations filming a 1989 industrial RV commercial were mashed-up into a hilarious symphony of enraged profanity. Originally a VHS-era blooper-reel staple, “Winnebago Man” became the internet’s original viral video. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer wondered whatever happened to Rebney. How did becoming the unwitting butt of cyber-age ridicule and office-cubicle catharsis affect him? When Steinbauer finally tracks down Rebney—still a cantankerous, freely cursing old man—hiding hermit-like on a California mountaintop, an examination of shame, self-respect and YouTube infamy turns into its own compelling drama of redemption. At one point, someone asks Rebney the question in all our guilty, complicit hearts: “Do you hate us?” His response captures the knotted intersection of comedy and tragedy, humiliation and fellowship. Rebney is us, after all, and he is very much loved. —Jeff Campbell
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The latest from Germany’s Caroline Link—director of Festival hit Beyond Silence (MVFF 1996) and Oscar-winning Nowhere in Africa (2002)—is a subtle, powerful drama about loss and reckoning. A Bavarian family struggles to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a favored son’s death but, emotionally numb to the impact it has had, they proceed by keeping up appearances. The mother commissions a portrait of her two children, which, however, acts as a catalyst for delving into the psychic drama beneath frozen surfaces. As daughter Lilli, a dancer (in a subtle and deeply resonant performance by the striking Karoline Herfurth), sits for painter Max (Josef Bierbichler), she’s haunted by questions raised in the wake of her beloved younger brother’s demise. She careens along, increasingly late for dance classes, impervious to the interventions staged by her parents, until she and Max strike up a surprisingly rich friendship that speaks eloquently to the deepest ties between art and life. US Premiere —Michael Read
Director Ben Steinbauer Producers Joel Heller, James Payne, Malcolm Pullinger, Ben Steinbauer Screenwriters Malcolm Pullinger, Ben Steinbauer Cinematographers Bradley Beesley, Berndt Mader Editor Malcolm Pullinger Print Source The Bear Media
Director Caroline Link Producers Robert W. Cort, Scarlett Lacey, Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Nommsen, Uschi Reich Screenwriters Scott Campbell, Caroline Link Cinematographer Bella Halben Editor Patricia Rommel Cast Karoline Herfurth, Josef Bierbichler, Corinna Harfouch, Hanns Zischler, Cyril Sjostrom Print Source IFC Films
US 2009 87 MINS
GERMANY 2008 128 MINS
Thursday, October 15, 9:30 pm WINN15S, Sequoia Saturday, October 17, 9:45 pm WINN17S, Sequoia
Monday, October 12, 9:00 pm YEAR12R, Rafael Saturday, October 17, 6:15 pm YEAR17S, Sequoia
S P O N SO R ED BY B EST B E V ER AG E CATER I N G .
S P O N SO R ED BY GO R DO N R A D LE Y. P R ES EN T ED I N AS SOC I AT I O N W I T H T H E G O E T H E I N ST I T U T SA N F R A N C I SC O.
F I L M S W-Z THE YOUNG VICTORIA
WOR LD C I N E M A
CLOSING NIGHT • FOCUS: UNITED KINGDOM • Light years from the aged, widowed Queen Victoria of popular imagination, Emily Blunt is radiant, vivacious and enchanting as the sheltered princess who as cended the British throne in 1837 at age 18. This captivating, sumptuously mounted production, beautifully performed and graced with an elegant, witty screenplay that adheres largely to the historical record, traces the earliest years of Victoria’s long reign: her struggle for autonomy from her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), as she takes the crown; hard knocks and political fallout from a checkered alliance with Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany); and her gentle, cautious, finally fervent courtship with first cousin Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). Depicting a formidable yet vulnerable court in the midst of tumultuous social upheaval, The Young Victoria takes this legendary royal romance as its heart, tracing the evolution of two young people who would be come the 19 th centur y’s ultimate power couple. —Richard Peterson Director Jean-Marc Vallée Producers Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington, Sarah Ferguson Screenwriter Julian Fellowes Cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski Editors Jill Bilcock, Matt Garner Cast Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Mark Strong Print Source Apparition
YOUTH IN REVOLT
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He’s not mentally ill. He’s just a teenager. In the tradition of Superbad, and starring that film’s own Michael Cera (also of the Oscar ® winning film, Juno), Youth in Revolt is a teen sex comedy that puts an entirely fresh and outrageous new stamp on adolescent obsession and rebellion. Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, Youth in Revolt tells the riotous story of Nick Twisp, a sex-obsessed teen who falls hopelessly in love with Sheeni Saunders while on a family vacation. Sheeni is a beautiful, free spirited girl, but family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. Inspired by Sheeni’s free spirit, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego, Francois. Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni and leads Nick on a path of destruction and on the run from local law enforcement that has uproarious and unpredictable consequences. Director Miguel Arteta Producer David Permut Screenwriter Gustin Nash Cinematographer Chuy Chávez Editors Pamela Martin, Andy Keir Cast Michael Cera, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Jean Smart, Steve Buscemi, Portia Doubleday Print Source The Weinstein Company US 2009 90 MINS
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm YOUT13C, Cinema S P O N SO R ED BY W H O LE F OO DS M A R K E T.
ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE
VALLE Y OF TH E D OC S
You have never, ever seen more adorable Grand Guignol! Twelve-year-old Emily Hagins has been editing a script for an original feature-length zombie movie for two years (yes, since she was 10). Blessed with her fantastically supportive parents and the equally stalwart Austin fi lm community (including Harry Knowles of aintitcool.com and film critic C. Robert Cargill), Emily is shooting that script. Light in tone and tempo, Zombie Girl: The Movie chronicles the two-year production of Emily’s film (entitled Pathogen) in all its fits, starts, failures and triumphs. In the process, documentary fi lmmakers Justin Johnson, Erik Mauck and Aaron Marshall let us watch Emily grow up—from tween to teen and from dreamer to filmmaker. The story of a diligent kid and her mother’s tireless dedication, Zombie Girl delights as much as it promises to inspire any child or parent with a creative streak—whether or not that creativity requires raw liver to realize. —Sara Schieron Directors/Producers Aaron Marshall, Justin Johnson, Erik Mauck Cinematographers Justin Johnson, Erik Mauck Editor Aaron Marshall Print Source Greenberg Traurig, LLC US 2009 91 MINS
Saturday, October 10, 1:00 pm ZOMB10T, 142 Throckmorton Friday, October 16, 7:00 pm ZOMB16R, Rafael
UK/US 2009 100 MINS
Sunday, October 18, 5:15 pm YOUN18R, Rafael $30 For Closing Night Party information, see page 25. S P O N SO R ED BY PAC I F I C G AS A N D E L EC T R I C C O M PA N Y.
WOR LD C I N E M A
Legendar y Polish director Andr zej Wajda returns for the fourth time to the prose of Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (following adaptations in The Birch Wood, 1970, The Maids of Wilko, 1979, and June Night, 2001) for this unusual film centered on the lonely wife of a small-town doctor who begins a relationship with a young, simple laborer while coming to terms with the loss of her two sons. In the principal role of Marta, Wajda casts one of Poland’s most respected contemporary actresses, Krystyna Janda, who invests a personal, highly emotional theme in her decision to share her own grief at the loss of someone she loved. Thus, the static camera scrutinizes the actress as she sits in a dimly lit hotel room serenely describing the last days spent with her dying husband, cinematographer Edward Klosinski. Sweet Rush is a multi-layered reflection on death and the thin line separating life and death. –Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2009 Director Andrzej Wajda Producer Michal Kwiecinski Screenwriters Andrzej Wajda, Krystyna Janda Cinematographer Pawel Edelman Editor Milenia Fiedler Cast Krystyna Janda, Pawel Szajda, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak, Julia Pietrucha, Jan Englert Print Source Akson Studio, TVP SA–Film Agency POLAND 2009 85 MINS
Friday, October 16, 4:00 pm SWRU16R, Rafael PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH www.PoloniaSF.org.
US C I N E MA
From Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country for Old Men, comes the highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of the beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road. Academy Award nominee Viggo Mor tensen leads an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father (Mortsensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece adventure, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of—a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.
Director John Hillcoat Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz Screenwriter Joe Penhall Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe Editor Jon Gregory Cast Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron Print Source The Weinstein Company US 2009 112 MINS
Thursday, October 8, 9:40 pm ROAD08S, Sequoia
S C R E E N I N G CO M M I T T E E MEMBERS R ALPH B E RE T S TE RE SA CONC E PC ION E LI S E COVLI N WILLIAM FARLE Y AB IGAIL FARRE LL J U STI N E G U BAR JENNIFER HAMMETT NANCY KELLY E LLE N L AKE DON N A LE E B E N LE VI N PAU L A LE VI N E C ARRI E LOZ AN O JA SON M ITC HE LL M I KE M OON E Y M O RTE N N I L S S E N JOAN N E PARSONT FR ANCESC A PR ADA B I LL PROC TOR C ARM E N ROZE STR ATE N C ATH E R I N E RYAN TE RRI E SAM U N DR A - G I RDN E R STARR E . S H U LMAN WEN DY S LICK DALE SO PH I E A J E S S E S PE NC E R PH I LI P S TI LLM A N N O M I TALI S MA N CHRI S WIGG U M DOUG WOLE N S K E N J I YA M A M OTO B E N Z WE IG
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F I L M C A LE N DA R US CINEMA
VALLEY OF THE DOCS
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire 7:00PM PREC08R 109 MINS
F RIDAY O C TO BER 9
THU RS DAY O C TO BER 8
The Boys Are Back 7:00PM BOYA08S 104 MINS
Eat the Sun 8:30PM EAT09R 90 MINS
Original 8:45PM ORIG09R 100 MINS
An Education 6:30PM EDUC09S 100 MINS
Ricky 9:15PM RICY09S 90 MINS
Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 6:45PM SAIN09S 87 MINS
The Bass Player: A Song for Dad 9:00PM BASS09S 62 MINS
RAFAEL SATU RDAY O C TOB ER 1 0
Aching Hearts 6:00PM ACH09R 125 MINS
The Boys Are Back 7:15PM BOYB08S 104 MINS
Bomber 6:30PM BOMB09R 84 MINS
Spotlight on Clive Owen: Croupier 7:00PM SPOT09P 139 MINS
5@5 & MVFF SHORTS
The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat 1:00PM TENL10R 85 MINS Stalin Thought of You 1:15PM STAL10R 100 MINS
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Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn 3:00PM MIRA10R 85 MINS
Aching Hearts 3:45PM ACH10R 125 MINS
Ricky Rapper 1:30PM RICR10S 85 MINS
Race to Nowhere 3:30PM RACE10S 83 MINS
Breath Made Visible 2:00PM BREA10S 80 MINS
Zombie Girl: The Movie 1:00PM ZOMB10T 91 MINS
Tribute to Uma Thurman: Motherhood 6:00PM TRIB10R 130 MINS
Four of a Kind 3:30PM FOUR10R 115 MINS
Awakening from Sorrow 4:30PM AWAK10S 67 MINS
Passengers 6:30PM PASS10R 86 MINS
Imbued 9:00PM IMBU10R 83 MINS
Dark and Stormy Night 9:15PM DARK10R 93 MINS
Original 6:15PM ORIG10R 100 MINS
Superstar 8:30PM SUPE10R 106 MINS
Here and There 6:00PM HERE10S 90 MINS
Fish Tank 8:30PM FISH10S 124 MINS
Soundtrack for a Revolution 7:00PM SOUN10S 82 MINS
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench 9:30PM GUY10S 82 MINS Concert for a Revolution 9:30PM MUSC10T 120 MINS
VALLEY OF THE DOCS
Stella and the Star of the Orient 10:30AM STEL11S 97 MINS
MO NDAY O C TOB ER 1 2
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench 3:30PM GUY11R 82 MINS
HomeGrown 1:00PM HOME11S 79 MINS
Ricky 3:30PM RICY11S 90 MINS
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 5:45PM PRIV11R 93 MINS
The Red Machine 3:45PM REDM11R 84 MINS
New Movies Lab: Girl Geeks 1:00PM SEM11R 120 MINS
Room and a Half 4:00PM ROOM12R 130 MINS
Room and a Half 6:00PM ROOM11R 130 MINS
The Red Machine 4:30PM REDM12R 84 MINS
5@5: Oscillate Wildly 5:00PM 5AT512R 67 MINS
The Bass Player: A Song for Dad 7:30PM BASS11R 62 MINS
Tapped 6:00PM TAPP11S 76 MINS
5@5: America is Not... 5:00PM 5AT512S 73 MINS
The Maid 8:15PM MAID11S 95 MINS
Motherhood 6:30PM MOTH11S 90 MINS
Breath Made Visible 6:45PM BREA12R 80 MINS
Here and There 9:15PM HERE12R 90 MINS Sparrow 9:30PM SPAR12S 87 MINS
Four of a Kind 8:00PM FOUR12S 115 MINS
Storm 6:45PM STOR12C 102 MINS –MEMBER SCREENING–
Sorry, Thanks 9:00PM SORR11S 93 MINS
RAFAEL I’m a Poet 5:00PM 5AT513R 62 MINS 5@5: The
SEQUOIA More You... 5:00PM 5AT513S 63 MINS
Pierrot le fou 6:00PM PIER13R 110 MINS
Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie 7:00PM SAIN13R 87 MINS
Sorry, Thanks 9:30PM SORR12R 93 MINS
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 7:00PM PRIV12S 93 MINS
Barking Water 6:00PM BARK12S 81 MINS
A Year Ago in Winter 9:00PM YEAR12R 128 MINS
Jermal 7:15PM JERM12R 88 MINS
Imbued 9:00PM IMBU11R 83 MINS
Elevator 5:30PM ELEV11R 85 MINS
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense 4:00PM ICON11S 97 MINS
Live Show: Jazz Icons Among Us 8:00PM MUSC11T 90 MINS
Linoleum 7:00PM LIN12R 75 MINS
9 PM The Eclipse 8:15PM ECL11R 88 MINS
Children’s FilmFest Party 12:30PM PARTY11 120 MINS
Insight: Henry Selick & the Art of Coraline 3:15PM SEL11R 90 MINS
Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete 1:15PM JIMT11S 86 MINS
5@5 & MVFF SHORTS
TU ES DAY O C TO BE R 13
S U N DAY O C TO BER 11
Shylock 1:15PM SHYL11R 108 MINS
The Letter for the King 12:30PM LETT11R 108 MINS
HomeGrown 6:45PM HOME13R 79 MINS
Skin 6:45PM SKIN13S 107 MINS
The Maid 9:15PM MAID13R 95 MINS
Shameless 8:45PM SHAM13R 88 MINS
Superstar 9:00PM SUPE13R 106 MINS
Passengers 9:15PM PASS13S 86 MINS
The Horse Boy 6:30PM HORS13S 93 MINS
Fish Tank 9:00PM FISH13S 124 MINS
Youth in Revolt 7:00PM YOUT13C 90 MINS
F I L M C A LE N DA R US CINEMA
W EDN ES DAY O C TO BER 14
The Horse Boy 4:30PM HORS14R 93 MINS
5@5: Oscillate Wildly 5:00PM 5AT514S 67 MINS The Swimsuit Issue 4:15PM SWIM14S 102 MINS
Linoleum 7:15PM LIN14R 75 MINS
Surrogate 7:00PM SURR14S 74 MINS
The Girl on the
The Eclipse 9:15PM ECL14R 88 MINS
Tapped 9:00PM TAPP14R 76 MINS
Elevator 8:45PM ELEV14S 85 MINS
Adjacent to the lobby of the Smith Rafael Film Center
Apron Strings 6:45PM APR15S 89 MINS
This Is the Husband I Want! 9:00PM THIS15S 120 MINS
Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete 5:15PM JIMT15S 86 MINS
The Missing Person 7:30PM MISS15S 95 MINS
Winnebago Man 9:30PM WINN15S 87 MINS
Storm 7:00PM STOR15T 102 MINS
Tribute to Anna Karina: Victoria 6:30PM TRIB16R 135 MINS
RAFAEL Sweet Rush 4:00PM SWRU16R 85 MINS
Red Cliff 9:30PM REDC16R 148 MINS
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Stalin Thought of You 6:00PM STAL16R 100 MINS
F R IDAY OC TO BE R 16
OUTDOOR ART CLUB
Hipsters 9:00PM HIPS15R 125 MINS
1118 Fourth St., San Rafael
HOSPITALITY LOUNGE SCHEDULE Oct. 8: 4:00–7:30 pm Oct. 12-15: 4:00–9:00 pm Oct. 9: 4:00–10:00 pm Oct. 16: 4:00–10:00 pm Oct. 10: 12:00–10:00 pm Oct. 17: 12:00–10:00 pm Oct. 11: 12:00–9:00 pm Oct. 18: 12:00–6:00 pm
Barking Water 9:15PM BARK15R 81 MINS
MVFF HOSPITALIT Y LOUNGE
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense 6:30PM ICON15R 97 MINS
5@5: Sister I’m a Poet 5:00PM 5AT515S 62 MINS
Meredith Monk Inner Voice 6:45PM MERE15R 82 MINS
5@5: The More... 5:00PM 5AT515R 63 MINS
Insight: The Cassel Touch 8:00PM CASS14T 70 MINS
For our VIP guests, the Hospitality Lounge is the place to meet, mingle and relax before and after screenings and other Festival events. Decorated by Ruby LivingDesign, the Lounge offers complimentary newspapers from The New York Times, free internet access, premium wine courtesy of Townley Wines and Courtesan Wines, healthy snacks from popchips and delicious fare from Whole Foods Market. The Lounge is open daily to Filmmakers, Sponsors and other Festival badge-holders, as well as our Fast Pass, Cinema Benefactor and Premier Patron members. Please make sure to bring your badge or membership card to gain access to the lounge.
Reach for Me 4:30PM REAC15R 90 MINS
Tribute to Woody Harrelson: The Messenger 7:00PM TRIB15P 152 MINS
4:00PM GIRL15R 105 MINS
Hellsinki 9:00PM HELL14S 133 MINS
TRIMPIN: the sound of invention 6:30PM TRIM14S 79 MINS
White Wedding 7:00PM WHIT14R 93 MINS
5@5: America is Not... 5:00PM 5AT514R 73 MINS
5@5 & MVFF SHORTS
Spotlight on Jason Reitman: Up in the Air 6:30PM SPOT14R 144 MINS
VALLEY OF THE DOCS
THU RS DAY O C TO BER 15
5@5: The Edges... 5:00PM 5AT516R 61 MINS
Jermal 8:15PM JERM16R 88 MINS
Zombie Girl: The Movie 7:00PM ZOMB16R 91 MINS Tenderloin 6:45PM TEND16S 79 MINS
SEQUOIA 4:00PM SHYL16S 108 MINS
TRIMPIN: the sound of invention 9:00PM TRIM16R 79 MINS One Crazy Ride 8:45PM ONE16S 87 MINS
1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley From October 9–11, join us at the Outdoor Art Club (OAC) in downtown Mill Valley, just across the street from CinéArts@Sequoia theater. It’s the hub of Festival activity, with daily happy hours, live music and Jamba Juice serving a menu of fresh smoothies, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Wine will be available courtesy of Balboa Café Mill Valley, with beer provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company.
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Shameless 5:00PM SHAM16S 88 MINS
A Thousand Suns/Mustang 7:00PM THOU16S 64 MINS
Happy Tears 9:15PM HAPP16S 95 MINS
Troupers: 50 Years of the San Francisco Mime Troupe 7:30PM TROU16T 150 MINS
F I L M C A LE N DA R US CINEMA
VALLEY OF THE DOCS
[BLANK.] 11:00AM BLAN17R 96 MINS
Ricky Rapper 1:00PM RICR17R 85 MINS
S ATU RDAY O C TO BER 17
A Thousand Suns/Mustang 12:00PM THOU17R 64 MINS
The Letter for the King 10:30AM LETT17S 108 MINS
SU NDAY O CTO BE R 18
Oh My God 3:00PM OHMY17R 98 MINS
MINE 12:30PM MINE18R 80 MINS
Stella and the Star of the Orient 12:00PM STEL18R 97 MINS This Is the Husband I Want! 12:00PM THIS18R 120 MINS The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat 12:30PM TENL18S 85 MINS Meredith Monk – Inner Voice 1:00PM MERE18S 82 MINS New Movies Lab: Active Cinema 12:30PM SEM18T 120 MINS
The Missing Person 5:30PM MISS17R 95 MINS
Soundtrack for a Revolution 2:45PM SOUN18R 82 MINS Apron Strings 2:30PM APR18R 89 MINS
Winnebago Man 9:45PM WINN17S 87 MINS
Skin 7:30PM SKIN18R 107 MINS
Race to Nowhere 5:45PM RACE18R 83 MINS
Looking for Eric 5:15PM LOOK18S 116 MINS
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg 3:15PM MOST18S 94 MINS
Hi De Ho Show 9:15PM HIDE17S 80 MINS
Cinemasports 7:30PM CINE17T 120 MINS
Project Happiness 5:00PM PROJ18R 87 MINS
Oh My God 2:30PM OHMY18S 98 MINS
Reach for Me 7:15PM REAC17S 90 MINS
The Young Victoria 5:15PM YOUN18R 100 MINS
One Crazy Ride 3:00PM ONE18R 87 MINS
Hipsters 9:15PM HIPS17R 125 MINS
A Year Ago in Winter 6:15PM YEAR17S 128 MINS
Tenderloin 9:00PM TEND17R 79 MINS
The Swimsuit Issue 6:45PM SWIM17R 102 MINS
5@5: The Edges... 5:30PM 5AT517T 61 MINS
Surrogate 7:45PM SURR17R 74 MINS
MINE 5:00PM MINE17S 80 MINS
Project Happiness 3:00PM PROJ17T 87 MINS
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg 6:45PM MOST17R 94 MINS
Dark and Stormy Night 3:45PM DARK17S 93 MINS
Awakening from Sorrow 4:45PM AWAK17R 67 MINS
Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn 2:30PM MIRA17S 85 MINS
5@5 & MVFF SHORTS
5 PM The Strength of Water 4:15PM STRE17R 86 MINS
White Wedding 1:30PM WHIT17S 93 MINS
New Movies Labs: Distribution 12:30PM SEM17T 120 MINS
Hellsinki 2:00PM HELL17R 133 MINS
Eat the Sun 12:00PM EAT17S 90 MINS
The Girl on the Train 1:45PM GIRL17R 105 MINS
The Strength of Water 5:45PM STRE18S 86 MINS
Bomber 7:45PM BOMB18R 84 MINS
A Sweeter Music: A Live Concert - Sarah Cahill, John Sanborn 3:30PM SWEE18T 120 MINS
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PA M H A M I LTO N 1947—20 0 8 The image of our longtime publicist Pam Hamilton’s vibrant presence— impeccable, smiling, welcoming, very together—at Mill Valley Film Festival’s opening night is deeply embedded in the annals of this organization, this event. So it was an odd experience, a little nerve-wracking, to attend the opening last year and know that Pam would not be there. She was a constant for the last two-plus decades—since 1986, actually—and there was always comfort in knowing she was on the job. We are a part of each other’s rituals.
As we move through the markers of our year, there are
Valley Citizen of the Year in 2008? Such memories give
reminders of Pam—her enthusiasm, her connections with
pause for thought, a reminder that she will always have
people, with friends. Fleeting moments,
a presence in the things we have
a reminder, then gone. Or a memory
created together. And while we still
surfaces—remember that great image
miss Pam, the resonance of who
of Pam with Pierce Brosnan when he
she is in our lives is undiminished.
was here with his film The Matador? Or
We are, indeed, a par t of each
the wonderful recognition of all her vol-
other’s rituals—and a part of each
unteer work, when she was named Mill
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AGENCY Principal Publicists
Hamilton Ink Stephanie Clarke Clara Franco, Gabrielle Harris
A D D ITI O N A L AC K N OW LE DG M E NT S Ioan Allen Brian Auger Michal Aviad Richard Barker Pat Barlow Nat Baruch Jane Bay Peter Belsito David Bergad Dan Berger Robert Berney Andrew Bernstein Andrea Bertolini Tim Bird Linda Blackaby David Bonbright Janis Bosenko Bruno Bossio Donna Bradford Ann Brebner Marty Brenneis Ken Broad Peter Broderick Jim Browne Tom Bruchs Stefanie Budiman Desiree Buford Meghann Burns Rita Cahill John Casado Sarah Cathers Chris Chappell Mich Chau Stephanie Clarke Howard Cohen John Comerford Keith Cowling Peter Coyote Ninfa Dawson Aurora Dennis Stephen Dobbs Kathleen Drumm Alexa Dvorson Michael Dyett Eric Edmeades Ingrid Eggers Jens Carl Ehlers Larry Eilenberg Moy Eng Michael Farmer Emily Feingold David Fenkel Doug Ferguson Cathy Ferrari Lindsay Fishkin Lorrie Fishkin Nancy Fishman Gary Flatow
Jim Flavell Ben Fong-Torres Julie Fontaine Michael Fox Neil Friedman Sid Ganis Daven Gee John Goddard John Godsey Len Gordon Sandy Gow Laurel Graver Alice Gray Ted Greenberg Nancy Gribler David Guastavino Robin Gurland Shawn Guthrie Peggy Haas Lynne Hale Muriel and Murray Hammond Hilary Hart David Haydon Eva Haydon Anna Heidinger Burr Heneman Melissa Howden Mary Hrize Marcus Hu Suzi Hynes Richard Idell Susan Idell Joel Jaffe Jin Woo Joo Bruce Katz John Killacky Jan Klingelhofer Rose Kuo Anne-Marie Kurstein Claudia Landsberger Graham Leggat Chad Lent Lee Lewis Ken Lockerbie Brendan Lucas Mickey Luckoff Tom Luddy Jennifer MacCready Becky MacDonald John MacLeod Christa Maerker Anastacia Maggioncalda Janet Magleby Van and Lydia Maroevich Charles McGlashan Peter McLaughlin Denise Meehan
Ann Marie Melanephy Lucy Mercer Gary Meyer Sean Mitchell Anne Montgomery Cornelius Moore Julie Morgan Christophe Musitelli Russell Nelson Simone Nelson Laureen Novak Erin Orr Courtney Ott Joanne Parsont MJ Peckos Brandon Peters Dr. Thomas Peters Mark Pitta Mimi PlauchĂŠ Paul Powers Sue Priolo Elaine Proctor-Bonbright Marcus Pun Denise Ream Steven Reder Richard Repas Steven Restivo Jeff Ross Peg Roush Scott Rowitz Hal Rowland George Rush John Sanborn Patricia Sarris Jason Saunders Peter Scarlet Dennis Scheyer Susan Schwartz Kathy Severson Ali Reza Shahroki Steve Shane Tiffany Shlain Toril Simonsen Dr. Joel Sklar Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith Fiske Smith Shelley Spicer Peter Stein Ruthe Stein Anna Stenberg Judy Stone Tim Stone Paul Supplee Melanie Tebb Blake and Bev Thorman Kyle Thorpe Amanda Todd
Evelyn Topper Marc Urbaitel Sean Uyehara Janet Visick Marc Vogl Clare Wasserman Rob Wasserman John C. Weaver III Joanne Webster Steve Weisz Ryan Werner Jay Wertzler Jeff White Skip Whitney Morty Wiggins Chris Wiggum Deanna Williams Kimberly Wilson Susan Wolfe Chi-hui Yang Indi Young Simon Young Saul Zaentz Christine and Roberto Zecca Zach Zeisler Ilona Ziok Ben Zweig
CFI MEMBERS C I N E M A B E N E FAC T O R Dennis Bouvier, Joe Carlomagno, Peter Coyote, Joanne Dunn, Steve Edelman, Larry Eilenberg, Paul Elliott, Carla Emil, Melissa Fairgrieve, Tracy Ferron, Joseph Fink, Karen Fry, Yolanda Gibson, Paul Ginsburg, Michelle Griffin, Robert Griswold, Leslie Hansen, Doug Kaye, Don Kelleher, Anne LaFollette, Deborah Matthies, Nion McEvoy, Harold Parker, Dwight Peterson, Ellie Phipps Price, Chuck Pratt, James Redford, Art Rothstein, Deborah Santana, Bradley Shore, Vickie Soulier, Francoise Stone, Peter Trethewey
P R E M I E R PAT R O N Laurie Ackman, Stewart Boxer, Virginia Brenner, David Elliott, Jennifer Fearon, James Finkelstein, Joan Glassheim, Scott Hanson, Roy Hardiman, Lynn Holton, Devorah Jacoby, Elisabeth Jaffe, Kathryn Johnson, Conrad Jorgensen, Michael Kasman, Timothy La Badie, Carol Marshall, Alia Meyer, Bill Meyer, Dennis Muren, Catherine Newman, Thomas Obletz, Liz Palacios, Sarita Patel, Bruce Raabe, Kirsten Shilakes, Martin Smith, J. Dietrich Stroeh, Ray Taylor, Elaine Tope, Eileen West
DIREC TORâ€™S CIRCLE Ioan Allen, David Anderman, Amy Baldin, Helen Baldovinos, Michael Besselievre, Mark Bettini, lori Bonn, Albert Boro, Gina Brewer, Michael Bronshvag, Kelly Browning, William Burkart, Anne Caple, Joel Coopersmith, Kristi Denton Cohen, George Diruscio, Julian Eggebrecht, Judith Ets-Hokin, Stephanie Evans, Josh Felser, Jean-Louis Forcina, James Forsell, Richard Gordon, Catherine Goshay, Laurel Graver, Pat Gurin, Alfred Heller, Allan Herzog, Marcelo Hirschler, Clarke Holland, Donna Howard, Allan Jackman, Larry Krames, Huey Lewis, Tamra Mobley, David Nasaw, Linda Nelson, Jacklyn Ng, Erika Noli, Ellen Obstler, Robin Parer, Joy Phoenix, Russ Pratt, Natalie Redpath, Gary Rifkind, Nancee Rubinstein, Daniel Scher, Dorene Schiro, Mary Lee Strebl, Julia Sze, Kerry Tepperman, Blake Thorman, Kathryn Thyret, Evelyn Topper, Amy Tuthil-Strachan, Diane Wakelin, Ginger Watson, Judy Webb, Richard Wimmer
G O L D S TA R Pam Abendroth, Claire Adams, Jack Adams, Chris Adessa, Elliot Adler, Marianne Agnew, Karen Albini, Daniel Altman, Juliette Ambatzidis, Janice Anderson-Gram, Thomas Andrews, Nancy Angelo, Joel Armstrong, Douglas Ascher, Miriam Attias, Ann Aversa,
Maria Aversa, Georgia Bailey, Stanley Bailis, Karen Barbour, Kathryn Barcos, Theodore Barnett, Cora Baron, Lorraine Barry, Greg Batlin, Joanna Beard, Angela Beck, Rita Becker, Robert Becker, Jean Bedecarrax, Madeleine Behle, Bahram (Bob) Behray, Patricia Hale Belden, Irene Belknap, David Benjamin, Sue Bennett, Marshall Bentley, Ernest Bergman, Rayna Bernard, Linden Berry, Robert Berry, Mark Bewsher, Kathryn Beyers, Adrienne Biggs, Deborah Binnion, Arthur Bjork, Franklin Blackford, Earl Blauner, Margaret Blunt, Jacqueline Bly, Melinda Booth, Alan Boyar, Claire Bradenberg, Roberta Bradshaw, Daniel Brady, Peter Brandelius, Cheryl Brandon, Mimi Brasch, Mara Brazer, Anji Brenner, Girija Brilliant, Lisa Brow, Jane Brown, Matthew Brown, Stephanie Brown, Nanci Buck, Joe Bunker, Judy Burgio, Machelle Burkstrand, Marilyn Burns, Arlene Burstrem, Robert Burton, Kathy Burwell, Robert Butler, Cia Byrnes, Bill Cahill, Jo Alice Canterbury, Lauren Cargill, Terry Carlisle, Lynne Carmichael, Lee Carson, Donna Casella, Mark Casillas, Brian Chadbourne, Kirk Citron, Marilyn Cleland, Barbara Clifford, Leslee Coady, Ann Coffey, Richard Cogan, J. Donald Cohen, Nina Cohen, Don Cohon, Cayla Coleman, Kevin Conklin, Cecilia Conte, Pali Cooper, Wayne Cooper, Ron Cope, Jacqueline Cormier, Elaine Cramer, Teresa Crosbie, Jeff Cullen, Eliza Cummings, Gatian Cunningham, Richard Cunningham, Nancy Curley, Linda Curtis, Violaine Dâ€™Amour, Gail Danchig, Abby Danielson, Jennifer Dardis, Melinda Darlington-Bach, Rosemarie Davies, Thomas Davis, Ellen Day, Warren DeGraff, Sally Dehart, Kathy DeLeon, Janine DeMartini, Mari Jon Di Basilio, Ernie Dibenedetto, Le Roy Diotte, Victoria Diotte, Stephen Dobbs, Hillary Don, John Donley, Gayle Donsky, Daniel Drasin, Carol Duffy, Susan Duncan, David Dunham, Tedi Dunn, Bette Durham, Sheila Dutton, Cathy Edgett, Mary Edwards, Richard Einstein, Nancy Ellenbogen, Lisa Ellis, Suzanne Engelberg, Monique Epstein, Hayden Evens, Anna Everest, Julie Exley, Joanne Fabian, Joseph Faimali, Tawna Farmer, Bill Farrer, Alan Feren, Rachel Ferrier, Lynda Fiesel, Richard Fikes, Greg Filder, Phillip Fleishman, Carl Flemming, Margritha Fliegauf, Abbi Fox, Linda Fox, Sharon Fox, Rose Ann Frank, Bruce Frantzis, Jeffrey Freedman, Richard Fregulia, Jeffrey Freiberg, Sheldon Freisinger, Lindsey Fross, Christopher Fuller, Neysa Furey, Kathleen Gaines, Sue Galassi, Luisiana Gale, Frank Gamma,
Sanford Garfinkel, Barbara Gay, Robert Gehlen, David Geisinger, Warren George, Rita Gershengorn, Jacqueline Gerson, Lewis Gibbs, Jeffrey Gilliam, Nina Gladish, James Goldberg, Karen Goldberg, Barbara Golden, Alvin Goldstein, Nancy Goldstein, Lois Goodall, Stephen Gordon, Lenore GordonKokjer, Bernard Gore, Loraine Grace, Linda Graham, Frances Gray, William Green, Mitchell Greenberg, Frank Greene, Peggy Greenfi eld, William Griffin, Maureen Groper, Daniel Grossman, Wynne Grossman, Nancy Grover, Diane Grubb, Sabrina Guthrie, Marijane Guy, Stuart Hagmann, Kathleen Hahn, Carie Haimovitch, Fran Halperin, Marvin Halpern, Rosalind Hamar, Muriel Hammond, Thomas Hand, Karen Hardesty, Steve Harnsberger, Kevin Haroff, Lauri Harper, Elizabeth Harrington, Richard Harris, Gayle Hartsook, Eliza Haskins Koeppel, Fern Hassin, Reilly Hayes, Ann-Eve Hazen, Helen Hebert, Roger Hedin, Richard Heisel, Wayne Heldt, Karen Hemmeter, Monica Heredia, Tom Herington, Nancy Hills, Faye Hinze, Jacquelyn Hoffner, James Holden, Jill Holden, Patricia Holden, Holly Hollenbeck, Lori Holmgren, Eliot Holtzman, Philip Hordiner, Richard Hoskins, Pat Houck, James Howard, Jo Howard, Richard Howard, Nancy Hudson, Robert Huebner, Sandy Hufford, Bettina Hughes, Kimberly Hughes, Trevor Hughes, Cara Hunt, Richard Hunt, Chris Hurwitz, Eric Ingerson, Patricia Irwin, Rex Ishibashi, Gary Jaffe, Helene Jaffe, Paula Jaffe, Nick Javaras, Roberta Jeffrey, Janet Jennings, Gail Joerger, Buz Johanson, Leslie Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Jyll Johnstone, Mary Jones, Alison Juestel, Jeanette Kadesh, Susan Kaeuper, Laurie Kahn, Erin Kane, Raymonde Kaplan, Beth Karsen, Dan Kasman, James Kasper, Peggy Katcher, Alan Kay, Cara Kazanowski, Kathryn Keating, Virginia Keeley, Gillian Keirle, David Kell, Gregg Kellogg, Claudia Kelly, Deborah Kemper, Todd Kendall, Tom Kernan, Russ Kiernan, Jean Killacky, Julie Kimball, Kathleen King, Manuela King, Gail Kirst, Christina Kitze, William Kleinecke, Lori Kline, Thomas Knez, Steve Knox, Bruce Koren, Kathleen Korth, Mary Beth Kraft, Susan Kraft, Josephine Kreider, Travis Krepelka, Jeff Kroot, K.H. William Krueger, Lynn Kuhn, Kevin Kurtz, Robert Kustel, Andrew Land, Cindy Lang, Monica Lange, Paul Laperriere, Jeffrey Lapic, Tanya Laramie, Jean Larette, Michael Lasky, Teresa Law, Judith Layne, Kathryn Lazzaretti, Eileen Leatherman, Nancy Leavens, Peter Lenn, Louis Lenzen,
Bonnie Leonard, Leslie Leslie, David Levine, Susan Levine, Warren Levinson, Mark Levy, Janice Link, Jessica Link, Mark Litwin, Ruth Livingston, John Lobato, Lisa Lord, Ellen Loring, Ed Lowe, J Mitchell Lowe, Tracy Loy, Michael Luckoff, Marijane Lynch, Cheryl Lyons, Charles Maher, Michael Malone, Bill Manheim, Lisa Mannheimer, Richard Mannheimer, Michele Manos, Jeanette Margolin, Gordon Marks, Michael Marron, Cecily Martin, Diane Martin, Roberta Masson, Leonard Mastromonaco, Yvonne McAllister, Trish McCabe, Duncan McCandless, Bryan McCarthy, Carla McDonald, Patricia McDowell, James McElwee, Judith McKelvey, Bill McKeon, Cameron McKinley, C.D. McKown, Marcia McLean, Steve McNamara, Wallace McOuat, Miriam McPhaul, Meleea Meden, Paige Medina, Ann Marie Melanephy, Bob Mendelsohn, Nikki Meredith, Miriam Meshel, Merle Meyers, Jan Mickelson, Kathleen Mikkelson, Abigail Millikan-States, Mary Miner, Laura Miwa, Stephen Mizroch, Geo Monley, Kathryn Moore, Melinda Moore, Sheila Moore, Jann Moorhead, Chris Morgan, Mark Morris, Deborah Moskowitz, David Mount, Katie Mullowney, Chris Mumford, Linda Munoz, Russell Munsell, Walter Murch, Jeffrey Myer, Barbara Myers, Alice Nadler, Louise Nave, Katrina Neill, Mark Nelson, Linda Nero, Robert Newcomer, Bea Newhall, Melanie Nichols, Marianne Nishifue, Mark Northcross, Wulfrin Oberlin, Constance Oclassen, Thomas O’Connell, Roger Odenberg, Patti Ogden, Kevin O’Malley, Paul Orbuch, Marilyn Oronzi, Steve Oroza, David Ortez, Philip Ouyang, John Palmer, David Parisi, Cynthia Parker, Diana Parker, Debra Paterson, Jeffrey Pearl, Richard Pechner, Robert Pedrin, Bob Peisert, Debra Pellinacci, Melanie Pena, Glenn Perelson, Jennifer Perini, Kelli Petersen, Neil Peterson, Patricia Pignan, Peter Pike, Stephanie Plante, Janne Platt, Michael Polaire, Denise Polt, Marie Porti, Laura Powell, Owen Prell, Madeleine Provost, Sarah Pruden, Paul Prusiner, Mary Lou Ragghianti, Wini Ragus, Lidia Rajeff, Charles Raven, Margaret Redfi eld, Kathy Reed, Morgan Reis, Frank Rettenberg, Elwood Reynolds, Alice Rich, Cathy Richardi, Barbara Richardson, Peter Richmond, Steve Riffkin, Susan RoAne, Diane Robak, Ken Robin, Cathleen Roche, Narenda Rocherolle, Thomas Rosbrow, Louis Rosenbaum, Joel Rosenberg, Dan Ross, Stewart Ross, Morton Rothman, Richard Rozen, Alan Rubin, Jillian Rudman, Neil Rudolph, Fred Rudow,
Susanna Russo, Carole Rutherford, Helen Rutledge, Donna Saberman, Edwin Sabrack, Benny Sadeh, Gretchen Saeger, Tom Sampson, Mark Sanders, Marlene Saritzky, Frank Sarmir, Maggi Saunders, Naomi Saunders, Jack Schafer, Mark Schatz, Lois Scheinberg, Sonja Schmid, Elizabeth Schmitt, David Schnapf, Lorin Schneider, Roseann Schneider, David Schrader, Donald Schuerholz, Herb Schuyten, Jane Scott, Barbara Searles, Jeff Sears, Peg Shalen, Ann Shaw, Lynda Sheehan, Shannon Sheppard, Kathleen Shore, Richard Shore, Eileen Siedman, Dan Siegel, Michael Silberstein, Bibi Sillem, Ivan Silverberg, Jon Sinclaire, Jane Singer, Marcus Siu, Helen Sklov, Matthew Slepin, Caroline Smith, Judy Smith, Lee Smith, Antoinette Snyder, Vivian Snyder, Carol Solomon, Judy Sommer, Cheryl Spalinger, Leonard Sperry, Marilyn Spiering, Bonnie Spiesberger, Laurie Spiesberger, Bettina Sporkenbach, Mae Stadler, George Stameroff, Leonard Stecklow, Alan Steier, Jill Stephens, Molly Sterling, Richard Stern, Beverly Sterry, Saor Stetler, Iris Stevens, Barbara Stewart, Joe Stewart, Norman Stone, Terry Strauss, Steve Stromberg, Chuck Stuckey, Charles Sugarman, Gail Sullivan, Barbara Summers, Susan Sutton, Sanford Svetcov, Toby Symington, Peter Tabet, Cheryl Tallman, Carole Talmage, Patricia Tanoury, Graham Taylor, Sari Taylor, Rochelle Teising, Donna Terdiman, Phyllis Thelen, Robert Thesman, John Thomas, Joyce Thomas, Kathleen Thompson, Will Thompson, Tom Thorner, Jane Todd, Barbara Tomber, Mel Tukman, Gene Turtle, Kirk Uhrlaub, Kevin Uriu, Chris Valentino, WM Van Ingen, Mary Vella, Andrea Visconte, Linda Waddington, Kenneth Waldeck, Martha Walters, Deirdre Warin, Jessica Wasserman, Dan Watrous, Elizabeth (Betsy) Waud, Barbara Webb, Phyllis Weber, Sandra Weinberg, Susan Wheel, Lawrence White, September Williams, Karen Willig, Chris Wilsey, Jody Wilson, Monique Winkler, Mordechai Winter, Bruce Wintroub, Najean Witt, Stephanie Witt, Amber Wong, Michael Woods, Kirke Wrench, Deborah Wright, Annella Wynyard, Jerry Young, Barbara Zamost, Martin Zankel, Josephine Zeitlin
F I L M FA N Paul Alpert, Juliette Anthony, Ann Armour, Lawrence Babow, Diane Baker, Mary Barone, Wyna Barron, Bruce Baumann, Entela Belishova, Diane Ahaifa Bellas, Mary Belshe, Virginie Berger, Jan Berry-Kadrie, Pam Bird,
Joan Bissell, Teresa Blok, Katherine Bloodworth, Elizabeth Bolton, Patricia Bonfilio, Bonnie Borenstein, Joseph Bouckaert, Sue Bowser, Ed Boyce, Jaclyne Boyden, Tom Bradner, Delia Brinton, Kenneth Brooks, Martin Brownstein, Carla Buchanan, David Buller, Carolyn Burt, Patricia Cahill, Carney Campion, Louise Capozzi, Marti Cate, Padma Catell, Ed Catmull, Jane CheshireAllen, Bridget Crowe, Lana Davis, RenÈe Des Tombe, Christophe Dinello, Harold Dinter, Janeanne Doar, Elaine Dvirnak, Kristen Eimiller, Nancy Farese, Aaron Ferguson, Joanne Ferro, Cheryl Finley, Yolanda Fletcher, Barry Flicker, William Forbes, Thomas Foster, Federick Fox, Michael Fox, Gerald Fraser, Ruth Friedman, Holly Gadsby, Alicia Garl, John Godsey, Marie Goff-Tuttle, Sylvia Goodman, Peter Gordon, Ken Gosliner, Zane Gresham, Bill Groshelle, Connie Guerry, David Guggenhime, George Gund III, Joan Hansen, Kathe Hardy, Cherrill Hillman, Nancy Hilty, Russell Holdstein, Bruce Hopper, Jolene Huey, Krista Inchausti, Chuck Isen, Susan Jacobs, Peter Jones, Barbara Kautz, Francesca Kennedy, Amy Keroes, Jack Kronfi eld, Geoffrey Kwiat, David Lannon, Scott Lebus, Leslie Lee, Neil Lehrman, Annabella Lenderick, David Lesnini, Margaret Leventer, Becky Lewis, Tanya Lewis, Karen Lievense, Charles Louderback, Suzy Loughlin, Merrill Mack, Robert Macke, Lucille Madden, Anne Marie Mannisto, Melvyn Mark, Gleidson Martins, Corrin Maure, Kirk McCabe, Tim McCarthy, Mary Jane McKown, Stephen McMahon, Barbara Meislin, Stephanie Mendel, Lauren Metzroth, Marvin Miller, Thomas Miller, Joanie Misrack, Penelope More, Carla Moss, Philip Murphy, Veronica Napoles, Al Nathe, Steve Olian, Carol Olwell, Cindy Ostroff, Joyce Pavlovsky, Larry Pearson, Linda Petri, Sandy Pfaff, Christa Quinn, Barbara Raymond, Douglas Reilly, Ulla Reilly, Annie Roney, Mel Ronick, Beth Rosener, Richard Rotkel, Bernadette Rowan, Mark Sachs, Susan Saks, Patti Samp, Shelli Scher, Jon Schmidt, Michele Schulz, Sylvia Schwartz, Bruce Scott, Karen Shay, Angelo Siracusa, Lillian Smith, Matthew Smith, Joan Sommer, Surinder Paul Sroa, William Stephens, Cynthia Sullivan, Beverly Tanner, Caryn Tantilla-Lentz, Deborah Teeler, Robert Tollen, Marsha Torkelson, Rick Trautner, Julie Walker, Shari Walker, John Wallace, Margaret Wallace, Tanis Walters, Chris Ward, Milton Weiss, D. Werdegar, Judith Whitson, Chris Wilson, Derek Wilson, Jeanne Wilson, Catherine Winder,
CFI MEMBERS Bob Wood, Margaret Woodring, Jim Wright, Diane Wrona
A S S O C I AT E Linda Abe, Mimi Abers, Arthur Ablin, Nancy Abodeely, Erica Abrams, Patricia Abrams, Alva Ackey, Noma Adelman, Gary Aguilar, Todd Aherns, Merry Alberigi, Linda Albion, Deborah Albre, Kathleen Alexander, Kim Allen, Martha Allen, Marlena Allison, Rachel Aloy, Bunny Alsup, Robert Alto, Christine Aluia, Rubie Amamov, Rosemary Ames, Carol Anderson, Judith Anderson, Loretta Anderson, Marilyn Anderson, Michael Anderson, Shelley Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Trent Anderson, Nilda Andrews, Julie Angel, Laura Angus, Jacqueline Annes, Shahla Ansari, Lucia Antonelli, Linda Appleby, Cathi Aradi, Lydia Arellano, Bo Arlander, Louise Armour, Christopher Armstrong, Jean Arnold, Margaret Arnold, Burt Arnowitz, Betty Arnquist, Carrie Assaf, Lee Aubry, Janine Aurichio, Martina Austin, Laura Bachman, Helen Bacon, Anne Baele-Kouns, Bernice Baeza, Elliott Baim, Barbara Baker, Elizabeth Baker, Kim Baker, Sally Baker, Steven Balick, Andrea Ballus, Renee Balmert, Orest Balytsky, Jean Bapttise Merlin, Ed Baquerizo, Philip Baradat, Nancy Barash, Sally Bard, Richard Barg, Joan Barnes, Trinina Barreto, Sherry Barson, Melinda Bascone, Pamela Baskin, Heinz Bauman, Anne Baxter, Claudia Bayer, Diane Bazler, Suzanne Bean, Lyda Beardsley, Catherine Beaulieu, Deborah Beckman, Patricia Bedrosian, Colleen Beery, Diane Belben, Byron Belitsos, Nancy Bell, Robin Bentel, Iris Berets, Jeff Berg, David Berman, JoAnn Berman, Marsha Berman, Shirley Berman, Anne Bernini, Richard Bernini, Suzanne Berns, Philip Bernstein, Elvera Berson, Brian Bettini, J. Tim Biddle, Susan Bierzychudek, Gillian Biggs, Mai Billaud, Karen Bird, Jane Birenbaum, Christienne Birkhahn, Beverly Birnbaum, Steven Birnbaum, Michele Blaisdell, Larry Blalock, Tim Blaskovich, Tim Blaskovish, Faye Blatt, Patricia Blau, Kathy Bliss, David Bloom, Gail Bloom, Michael Bloom, Edward Bloomberg, James Blue, Joseph Blum, Bruce Blumberg, Barbara Bochner, William Bochner, Jennifer Boesel, Herbert Bogart, Janet Bogart, Sara Bolder, Mark Bonin, Bonnie Bookspan, Cory Born, Kathleen Bornstein, Carolyn Botts, Stephen Bove, Bonita Bradley, Catherine Brady, Bruce Bramlett, Richard Brandis, Susan Brautovich, Joanne Brem, Suzanne Brice, Andrew Brier, Bridget Brink, Marucia Britto, David Broad,
Greg Brockbank, Craig Brod, Hannah Brodzinsky, Amy Brokering, Mary Lee Bronzo, Peter Brooks, Beverly Brown, Christopher Brown, David Brown, Devi Brown, Julie Brown, Karla Brown, Phillip Brown, Kay Browne, Kelly Browne, Lester Bruens, Gail Buchbinder, Susie Buck, Benny Buettner, Kerian Bunch, Shelley Buquen, Gary Burke, Peggy Burke, Lisa Marie Burkhard, William Burmester, Michael Burnett, Judy Burns, Jan Burval, Shirley Ryland Butt, Barbara Bylenga, Jill Cagan, Meredith Cahn, Colette Caille, Cathy Cain, Daniel Caldwell, John Calella, Elizabeth Callahan, Brooke Callen, June Caminiti, Carol Campbell, Janet Campbell, Alexis Canillo, Lisa Canin, Marie Cannon, Tessamarie Capitolo, Nicholas Carlisle, linda Carlson, Thomas Carlson, Helga Carlton, Richard Carlton, Donna Carrillo, George Carvalho, Toni Casal, Albert Casselhoff, Jeanne Castro, Sally Catalana, Vivian Cereghino, Jennifer Cerio, Jane Chamberlain, Corliss Chan, Mary Chapman, Leonard Charles, Lisa Chasanoff, Alexis Chase, Bill Chayes, Ramon Chen, Simma Chester, Peggy Chiang, Ira Chin, Lisa Chipkin, N Chiu, Shana Chrystie, Sondra Claire, Andrea Clark, Gillian Clark, Elizabeth Cleere, Florence Cleisz, Carla Clements, Janet Clover, Ronald Clyman, Harris Cohen, Robert Cohen, Ronnie Cohen, Suzi Cohen, Gerturde Coker, Susan Coleman, Dayton Coles, Sheri Coles, Laura Condominas, Leslie Connarn, Robyn Contini, Meli Cook, Pam Cook, Patti Cook, Tom Cook, Elisabeth Cooper, Holly Coplin, Jeff Coplin, Arthur Corbin, Taye Corby, Teresa Corrigan, Craig Corsini, Elizabeth Costa, Sherry Costanza, Gregory Costopoulos, Carolyn Sue Couls, Robert Couly, Linda County, Diana Coupard, Frances Cowan, Clancy Cox, Tony Cox, Susan Coyle, Janice Coyne, Janet Craddock, Marney Craig, Rebecca Crandall, Maureen Crist, Karen Crockett, Robert Crockett, Linda Croteau, Jacqueline Crowder, Jane Cunningham, Virginia Cunningham, Diane Curtis, Jacqueline Dagg, J Dahmen, Justine Daniel, Graziella Danieli, Linda Darby, Georgette Darcy, Amy Davidson, Daniel Davidson, Leslie Davidson, Paul Davidson, Maradee Davis, Nancy Davis, Peter Davis, Russ Davis, Stephen Davis, Nancy de Bartok, Carolyn de Fay, Simonetta De la Renta, Dana De Palma, Kathryn Deems, Suzanne Degen, Lori Deibel, David Deioma, Ingrid Deiwiks, Kipp Delbyck, Roy Delbyck, Paula Delehanty, David Demarest, Pamela DeMartini, Faith Demeduc, Helene Denebeim, Louise Denish, Edward DeRosis, Robert Desmond, Joan
Dettmer, William Devlin, Janet DiGiovanna, Barbara Dittmann, Glenn Dombeck, Patrick Donohew, David Donohue, Ann Donovan, Linda Dorse, Anne Dorsey, Paula Doubleday, Emily Douglas, Angelo Douvos, Liz Dowling, Oak Dowling, Joe Downey, Diane Dresser, William Driscoll, Ali Duerr, Laura Duffy, Wren Duffy, F Dunn, Robert Dunn, Carol Durham, Jan Dutton, John Duvall, Alicia Dyrwal, Heidi Eberle, Teresa Eckton, Mari Edlin, Susan Isa Efros, Alice Egan, Cristy Egan, Virginia Eggleston, Anita Eickenhorst, Evelyn Eisen, Julie Eisenberg, Herb Eisenburch, Dinna Eisenhart, Eric Michael Eiserloh, Carol Ekleund, Theresa Elaine, Richard Ellis, Lou Ellsworth-Yow, Katherine Endicott, Gretchen Engel, Anne Engert, Eric Engstrom, Samuel Ennis, Robert Epstein, Philip Erdberg, Steven Faber, Melanie Facen, Ruth Falk, Francine Falk-Allen, David Farey, Marie Farley, Warren Farrell, Sasha Faulkner, Diane Faw, Mary Featherstone, Andrew Feldman, Vickie Feldstein, Laura Fenster, Elizabeth Fenwick, Christine Ferguson, Laraine Ferguson, Wendy Amalin Ferguson, Teresa Ferrari, Robert Fesler, Roy Fidler, Daniele Filippetto, Francine Findley, Judith Fireman, Richard Fisch, Lee Fitzgerald, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Julie Flegel, Virginia Fleming, Lorraine Flett, Richard Flout, Jessica Flynn, Barbara Fopp, Alan Tenney Ford, Arlene Ford, Cheryl Ford, Curt Ford, Alex Forman, Cheri Forrester, Elyse Foster, Howard Foster, Annie Fox, Constance Fox, David Fox, Janet Fox, Jim Fox, Michael Fox, Barbara Framm, Scott France, Paula Frances, Jennifer Frank, Jean Fraschina, Jessica Frederick, Tom Freed, Denise Freinkel, Debra Friday, Robert Fried, Jonathan Frieman, Bill Fulton, Linda Futrell, Davi Gainer, Anthony Galatolo, Richard Gale, Gheri Gallagher, Joan Gallagher, Rose Gallagher, Kathleen Gallivan, Barbara Galyen, Robert Garb, Beth Garbutt, Deborah Garcia, Daniel Gardner, Rosalind Gardner, Julie Garner, Alex Garris, Ronald Garry, Barbara Gately, Leslie Gavin, Peter Gavin, Diana Gay-Catania, Jay Gayner, Samuel Gelbart, Lorraine Gemigniani, Hartmut Gerdes, Marlene Gershik, Blair Gershkow, Alex Gerson, Elissa Giambastiani, Ronald Giambastiani, Elizabeth Gianola, Jerilyn Gilbert, Jill Gilbert, RK Gin, Joel Gingold, Libby Ginsberg, Abby Ginzberg, Marcia Girardi, Amiram Givon, Denis Gleason, James Glover, Susan Gluss, Carol Goepp, Bob Goff, Candice Gold, Carol Golden, Leslie Goldgehn, Dixie Goldsby, Mike Goldstein, Jennifer Golub,
Flavio Gomez, Jean Gomez, Christine Gonzales, Brian Good, Clarice Goodall, Carol Goodman, Lion Goodman, Elizabeth Gordon, Jill Gordon, James Goss, Laurel Gothelf, Angela Gott, Jacqui Gottlieb, Dave Govrin, Eric Gower, Lindy Graham, Kathleen Grant, Raphael Graziani, L.D. Greenberg, Gisela Greene, Jeremy Greene, Joanne Greene, Laura Greenfi eld, Ellen Greenwald, Sarah Greiner, Clara Greisman, Betsy Griffith, John Griffith, Linda Groah, Jane Groner, Michele Groshong, Michael Gross, Bonnie Grossman, Pam Grossman, Linda Grove, Margaret Guevara, Matthew Guilfoyle, Rachel Gwin, William Haardt, Helen Haas, Khalil Habeeb, Richard Habib, Lois Hadfi eld, James Haig, Allen Haim, Dana Halley, Arlene Halligan, Lauren Hallinan, Maribeth Halloran, Sandra Hamilton, Nancy Hamlett, Louise Hammond, Doug Hancock, Hunter Hancock, Wendy Hannum, Peri Hansen, Nancy Hanson, John Hardgrave, Robert Haro, David Harp, Carol Harris, Barbara Harrison, Robert Harrison, Tom Harrison, Adrienne Hart, Gene Hartsell, Janet Hass, Ann Hathaway, Sheryl Hausman, Galen Hayes, Doris Headington, Barbara Heffernan, Marjorie Helfet, Arlene Helfrich, Rundi Heller, Jeff Hennier, Susan Henry, Elizabeth Herb, Stacy Hering Astar, Earl Herrick, Susan Hersey, Sheila Hershon, Joe Herzberg, Nancy Herzoff, Bonnie Herzog, Sam Hirabayashi, Georgyn Hittelman, Joanne Hiveley, Karin Hobbel, Lucelle Hoefnagels, Arlene Hoffman, John Hoffman, Cheryl Hogan, Sue Hohlweg, Barbara Holden, Michael Holland, Patricia Holland, Clare Hollander, Michael Hollander, Carol Hollenberg, Laura Holliday, Teri Hollowell, Mary Holt, Nick Hontalas, Bradea Horan, Kare Hornschuch, Margaret Hosmer, Liz Hotchkin, Peter Houser, Julia Howard, Jay Hubert, Mary Hubert, Marian Hubler, Bonnie Hughes, Douglas Huneke, Cynthia Hunter, Devin Hurd, Ron Hurwin, Marcie HutchingsOeler, Charlene Huxtable, Lisa Hynes, Joe Iguchi, Elizabeth Imholz, Gina Inez, Carol Inkellis, Anna Irvine, Mary Ellen Irwin, Suzanne Irwin-Wells, Leslie Isaacs, Patricia Island, Jeff Ivarson, Ellie Jackson, Kenneth Jacobs, Deborah Jacobsen, Kristin Jakob, Nancy Jancar, Michael Jantze, Gail Jarach, Laurie Javier, Elizabeth Jennings, Scott Jensen, Phyllis Jeroslow, Jay Jestadt, Richard Jeweler, Denise Jindrich, Abby Johnson, Beverlee Johnson, Howard Johnson, Janis Johnson, Justin Johnson, Leland Johnson, Richard Johnson, William Johnson, Jane Jonckheer,
Berit Jordan, Mary Jordan, Robert Jordan, TC Jordan, Diana Jorgensen, Claudette Josephson, Edie Joslin, Sara Jotoku, Tom Joyce, Kimberly Jupe, Jennifer Kaae, Arnold Kahn, Ruth Kalb, S. David Kalish, D. Ward Kallstrom, Barbara Kalmanson, Laurie Kalter, Jack Kanner, Eliot Kaplan, Ellis Kaplan, Lawrence Kaplan, Ron Kappe, Kay Karchevski, Lena Kasdan, Athena Katsaros, Gail Katz, Sharon Kaufman, Vivian Kaufman, Lewis Kawahara, Baillie Kay, Celik Kayalar, Ann Kaye, Robert Keast, Jane Keegan, Susan Keel, William Kelley, Dianne Kelly, Kathleen Kelly, Forrester Kennedy, Lloyd Kenneth, Lowell Kepke, Marie Kerpan, Arjan Khalsa, Lindy Khan, Ashok Khanna, Dorothy Kidd, Dianne Kirchner, Joan Kirsner, William Kissinger, Pam Klein, Veronica Kleinberg, Kathy Klinge, Debra Knotek, Kari Kobil, Lisa Koblentz, Katherine Koelle, Joseph Kohn, Craig Kolb, Howard Kopit, Janice Koprowski, Karen Koster, Tuomas Kostiainen, Thomas Koundakjian, Stephen Kozora, Mark Krahling, Jill Kramer, Sue Kramer, Ellen Krantz Weiss, Neil Kraus, Stanley Krippner, Constance Kroeck, Wendy Krueger, Holly Kuhlman, Karen Kuhn, Elise Kushner, Terri Kwiatek, Kiki La Porta, Maureen Labro, Denise Labuda, Laurel Ladevich, Karen Laffey, Geoffrey Lake, J.Ronald Lally, Lela Landman, Wendy Lang, Nissim Lanyadoo, Dana Lanzl, Laura Larkin, Dan Larkins, Antoinette LaRocca, Paul Larson, Richard Lassus, Loren Latourelle, Shawn Latourelle, Anne Latta, Virginia Laudisio, Alison Lavoy, David Law, Kay Law, Robert Lawson, Lois Layne, Marie Lazzari, Terry Lazzari, Claudine Le Moal, Arthur Leaffer, Dennis leary, Alexandra Lederer, Anna Lee, Howard Lee, Jacqui Lehman, Bobbie Lemontt, Lynn Lent, Ray Lent, Don leonard, Francoise Lepage, Nina Lescher, Deborah Levine, Jane Levinsohn, Joanie Levinsohn, Nancy Levinsohn, Sue Levinson, Marlene Levy, Kevin Lew, Michael Lewenson, Maryline Daviaud Lewett, Premsiri Lewin, Cathryn Lewis, Edward Lewis, Andrew Lie, Linda Lieberman, Beth Lillard, Robin Linde, Daniel Linder, Kathy Lindley, Jerri Linn, Ellen Litwiller, Minhoi Loanic, Rita Lockett, Paula Loeffler, Kathleen Loehr, James Long, Shirley Long, Susan Long, Judy Loring, Catherine Loudis, Tina Marie Love, Stephanie Lovette, Kathleen Lucas, Denise Lucy, Thomas Luehrsen, Kristine Lund, Mats Lund, Bruce Lusignan, Barbara Luttig-Haber, Janette Lutz, A.T. Lynne, Paul Mac Mahon, Shirley Machin, Donna Maffei, Jill Maier, Peter Maier, John Major, John Malenic, Gordon Manashil,
Jerry Mander, Marianne Mander, Harriot Manley, Claire Marchand, Susan Mark, Belle Marko, Brian Marks, Laura Marks, Jim Maroney, Paul Marra, Joe Marrino, Helena Marsh, Gloria Marth, Diane Balmer Martin, Eduardo Martinez, Gloria Martinez, Susan Martling, Lisa Maslow, Kristin Masri, Deborah Masters, Susan Masters, Cathryn Mathews, Melvin Matsamoto, Jane Matthewman, Gary Maxworthy, Susan Mayne, Suzanne Mc Cormac, Celeste McAdam, Claire McBride, Cristi McCabe, Michael Dean McCabe, Chelan McCandless, Scott McCargar, Charles McCarthy, Charmene McClarren, Sam McClellan, Samuel McClellan, Mary Beth McClure, Nancy McCombs, Gary McConnell, Marilyn McCoppen, Susan McCormick, Sandie McCreary, Timothy McDonald, Patricia McDonough, Anne McElfresh, Marie McEnnis, Jeanice McGee, Kathryn McGrath, Shirley McGrath, Bobbie McHugh, Drew McIntyre, Kelly McLaughlin, Sandra McMahan, Erin McMahon, Janis McNair, Kristine McNeal, Sarah McNeil, Sarah Mead, Carolyn Means, Gail Meblin, Ellie Mednick, Dennie Mehocich, Ann Meredith, John Mergendoller, John Merrill, Kay Merrill, Wendy Metrogen, Marcia Meyers, Doreen Miao, Caleb Miller, Janiss Miller, Ronald Miller, Vukadin Milojevic, Daniel Milosevich, Rosenberg Mindy, Kathy Miner, Sholeh Mir, Charlie Miruiss, Debbie Miskell, Chris Mitrovich, Curt Miyashiro, Yuko Miyazaki, Dana Moe, Lawrence Moehrke, Susan Montrose, Anne Moore, Linda Moore, Loren Moore, Michael Moore, Nancy Moore, Juliana Morelli, Gail Morfin, Katrina Morgan, Tamara Morgan, Susan Moritz, Karl Morris, Shirley Morrison, Cindy Morton, John Moses, Claudia Mosias, Jacqueline Moskowitz, Harriet Moss, Phyllis Motell, Philip Moyer, Douglas Muir, Marianne Mullen, John Muller, Pamela Mullins, Anne Mulvaney, Kathy Munderloh, Catherine Munson, Laura Murra, Eve Murto, Barbara Myers, Daniel Nackerman, Nancy Nagle, Sarah Nagle, Julie Nakao, Hiro Narita, Nadine Narita, Alison Nash, John Natt, Myra Natter, Ali Navarro, Stephen Naventi, Pagan Neil, Marty Nelson, Russell Nelson, Phyllis Nervianni, Debra Newman, Rochelle Newman, Thomas Newman, Mindy Nguyen, Cheri Nielsen Nightsage, Dan Nishimura, Maryann Noble, Scott Noble, Charlotte Nolan, Paul Nolan, Sandra Norberg, Lorraine Norby, Clair Norman, Rachel Norman, Katherine Normant, Cris Nuttall, Bruce Nye, Risa Nye, Karla Nygaard, Jen Oberti, Lily Oâ€™Brien, Sean Oâ€™Brien, Phyllis Odea,
CFI MEMBERS Rem O’Donnelley, Margaret O’Hanlon, Kaytie O’Hara, Anne Oklan, Carol Oldham, Eve Oliva, Martha Olson, Robert Olson, Peri Olsson, Roberta O’Neale, Mary O’Neill, John Oppenheimer, Catherine O’Reilly, Susan Orma, Howard Ortman, Judy Osborne, Cindy Osburn, Mark Osler, Kathleen Osterhout, David Ostiller, Maryann O’Sullivan, Nancy Oswald, Allyn Otnes, Barbara Otto, Christine Owens, Julia Padilla, Jane Pallas, Pat Palmer, Anita Palonsky, Celeste Parcell, Angela Parrinello, Gerald Parsons, Margaret Partlow, Janet Pasha, William Pasichow, Dean Pasvankias, Randi Patten, Sherri Patterson, Samantha Payne, Carol Paz, Andrea Pearce, Ursula Pedersen, Eve Pell, Dana Pepp, Penny Pera, P.J. Perring, Joan Peters, Tamra Peters, Johanna Petersen, Jessie Peterson, Michael Peterson, Sherry Petrini, John Petrovsky, James Phalon, Ronald Pharis, Linda Philipps, Stephen Piatek, Dana Piazza, neal Pickus, Yvonne Pierce, Kathlyn Pihl, Josh Pilkington, Mindy Pines, Edith Piness, Selma Pinsker, Harry Podany, Emeigh Poindexter, Ann Poletti, Dorian Polite, Carol Pollak, Randall Pollak, Suzanna Pollak, William Pollak, Bill Polson, Lisa Polson, Lona Poole, Susan Porth, Maria Powers, Flora Praszker, Dana Pratt, Kevin Pratt, Eilleen Prendiville, Sean Prendiville, Charlotte Preston, Jeanne Price, Linda Price, Gillian Printon, Martha Proctor, Susan Proctor, Alan Ptashek, Henry Puccinelli, Bob Pulvino, Dennis Puorro, Bonnie Pybus, Marjorie Quon, Kenn Rabin, Evi Rachelson, Howard Rachelson, Alissa Ralston, Michael Ralston, Ingrid Ramsay, Anita Raquien, Robin Ratner, Kirsten Rea, Miranda Rees, Leah Reich, Regina Reilly, Steven Reinstein, Deborah Ress, M.A. Reybear, Darcy Reynolds, Robert Riboli, Barbara Rice, Sheri Rice, Shelley Richardson, Kieran Ridge, Maybeth Ries, Nancy Riess, Thomas Riess, Meredith Riley, Patricia Rinere, Ann Rivo, Barry Robbins, Carolyn Robbins, Annie Roberts, Margaret Roberts, Beverly Robertson, Cynthia Robertson, Marion Robertson, Carol Robinson, Monte Robison, Nola Rocco, Jeffrey Roe, Sharon Roe, Andre Roegiers, Henrietta Sharda Rogell, BJ Rolph, Jessica Romm, Peter Roodhuyzen, Barbara Rose, Hank Rose, Lisa Rose, Terry Rose, Melvin Rosen, Ruth Rosen, Barbara Rosenbaum, Mindy Rosenberg, Abram Rosenblatt, Stan Rosenfeld, Richard Rosenthal, Ashley Ross, Bonnie Ross, Rhonda Rossi, Stacy Roth, Alice Rothlind, Barbara Rowe, Sylvia Roye, Danny Rubenstein, David Rubinstein, Peter Rudy,
Shauna Rudy, Catherine Rufer, Michelle Ruff, James Russell, Karrie Nye Ryan, Joan Saffa, Iris Saligman, Pamela Salter, Marietta Saltzman, Susan Sanders, Leslie Saperstein, Adam Sasso, Rosemary Scarmon, Judy Schaefer, Erica Schafer, Lisa Schallenberger, Sharilyn Scharf, Gary Schefsky, Mary Scheidt, Arnie Scher, David Scheufler, Dan Schlager, Eric Schmautz, Bob Schneider, Diane Schneider, Peter Schneiderman, Caroline Schoenbach, Carol Schoenfeld, David Schonbrunn, Carl Schrader, Allan Schreiber, Joyce Schroder, Peter Schubert, Shiva Schulz, James Schwartz, Josette Schwartz, Mark Schwartz, Sylvia Schwartz, Valerie Schweyer, Jeanne Scott, Michael Scott, Jean Dagmar Scoutten, Donna Scriven, Robert Sedor, Roberta Seifert, Steven Seifert, Rand Selig, Terry Seligman, David Selzer, Susan Severin, Joyce Seymour, Judith Shaffer, Nimish Shah, Denise Shaheen, Mark Shannon, Nancy Shehi, Sally-Jean Shepard, Merritt Sher, Dianne Sheridan, David Sherman, Dianne Sherman, Carrie Sherriff, Stephen Shimm, Seung Shin, Marianne Shine, Nick Shyrock, Stradivari-Koo Sibulboro, Diane Sidjakov, Gail Siegel, Larry Siegel, Gail Silva, Nadia Silvershine, Jan Simonds, David Simonini, Esther Sinclaire, Pilar Sinelnikoff, Tom Sipes, Carole Sirulnick, Ron Skellenger, Amy Skewes-Cox, Claire Skinner, Nancy Skinner, Jane Slack, Rex Slater, Chuck Slaughter, Helga Slessarev, Christy Sloan, Barbara Smith, Dwight Smith, Fred Smith, Ted Smith, Teressa Snyder, Carola Sohns, Lawrence Sokolsky, Jane Solomons, Zulaikha Soltesz, Steve Sommer, Daniel Sonkin, Phyllis Sorensen, Deborah Sorondo, Sandra Soulet, Charles Spaulding, Marcia Sperling, Walt Spevak, Barbara Spicer, Michele Spitz, Pamela Spitz, B.B. Spolter, Suzanne Stafford, Nathan Stanton, Steve Starkey, Pru Starr, Janice Stein, Jane Steinberg, Renate Stendhal, Michael Stevenson, Laura Stewart, Susan Stewart, Peggy Stine, Janet Stock, Luben Stoilov, Elizabeth Stone, Mike Stone, Gregory Stoute, D. A. Strange, Debra Stratton, Rex Stratton, Suzan Stringari, Dee Stuever, Jacqueline Sue, Diane Suffridge, Kim Sugrue, Richard Sullivan, Jane Summers, Michael Sundermeyer, Karen Sutherland, Paula Suyehiro, Sandy Sverdloff, Alta Swander, Richard Swanson, Kecia Talbot, Kathyrn Tama, Else Tamayo, Lauri Tanner, Simon Tarlen, Joyce Tayer, Arlene Taylor, Mary Taylor, Robin Taylor, Valerie Taylor, Catherine Teague, Irene Tegelvik, Laurie Telder, Marcy
Telles, Mimi Tellis, Nancy Terry, Judy Thier, Deanne Thomas, Claudia Thomaso, Kristy Thompson, Laurie Thompson, Marilyn Thompson, Vicky Thormodsgaard, Mary Tilbury, Chris Timossi, Ellen Tobe, Catherine Tobin, Nancy Tompkins, Susan Torres, Richard Torretto, Elizabeth Tracy, Michael Traina, Anita Treash, Linda Trenholm, Karen Tripp, Peggy Tuescher, Elizabeth Tullis, Victoria Tuorto, Aline Udry Kia, Marco Ugolini, David Ulansey, Janna Ullrey, Trudi Unger, Mariela Valderrama, Amy Valens, Tom Valens, Judy Valentine, Madelon Van Lier, Constance Vandament, Christine Vandenbroucke, David Vandergriff, Lauren Vanett, Xavier Vanvlasselaer, Lourdes Vargas, Mary Rita Vasquez, Jane Veen, Janet Visick, Daina Vitols, Lydia Vogtner, Harrison Voight, Anne Vollen, Jean Von Berg, Therese Vreeland, Ethel Wadsworth, Rachel Wahba, Bonita Wahl, John Walker, Patricia Wall, Leslie Wallach, Michael Wanger, Bardet Wardell, Kate Warner, Suzanne Warner, Jessica Warren, Rick Warren, Silvia Wasek, Anabelle Wasserman, Carol Watson, James Watson, Marcia Watson, Leeza Watstein, Michael Waughtel, Donna Wayne, Robert Wazeka, James Weatherhead, Julia Weaver, Philip Weber, Bruce Webster, Mary Webster, Jiayau Wei, Janet Weil, Marlena Weinstein, Olivia Weinstein, Rachel Weinstein, Rona Weintraub, Bonnie Weiss, Leona Weiss, Patricia Weisselberg, Jill Weissich, David Weissman, Frank Wells, Lawrence Wells, Penny Wells, Hank Wendt, Zia Wesley, Mary Jane Wets, Barbara Wetzell, Barbara Wheeler, Richard Wheeler, Irene White, Debra Whitehouse, Robert Widinski, William Wiess, Sarah Wilder, Barbara Wilkes, Nancy Willard, Derek Willhite, Ann Williams, Anna Williams, Anne Williams, Carol Williams, Dora Williams, Valrie Williams, Sally Wilmington, Martha Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Susan Windman, Barbara Winkler, Kraemer Winslow, Jennifer Winter, April Wolcott, Eugene Wolf, Teresa Wolf, Carol Wolfe, Rita Wolle, Kathryn Wong, Annika Wood, Peter Woodgate, Marjorie Wordsworth, Mimi Worth, Georgia Wright, Lori Wright, Christopher Wu, David Yam, Paula Yam, Seth Yanow, Deborah Yarish, Margaret Yates, Frank Yee, Robert York, Lois Yuen, Kathleen Zalecki, Claudia Zani, Jeffery Zankel, Audrey Zavell, Kate Zawistowski, Betsy Zeger, Robert Zeiger, Sima Zeiger, Gilbert Zeimer, Karl Ziegler, Zoe Zuber, Claire Zurack, Dina Zvenko
H OS P ITA LIT Y MVFF HOSPITALITY LOUNGE Adjacent to the lobby of the Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael For our VIP guests, the Hospitality Lounge is the place to meet, mingle and relax before and after screenings and other Festival events. Decorated by Ruby LivingDesign, the Lounge offers complimentary newspapers from The New York Times, free internet access, premium wine courtesy of Townley Wines and Courtesan Wines, healthy snacks from popchips and delicious fare from Whole Foods Market. The Lounge is open daily to filmmakers, sponsors and other Festival badge-holders, as well as our Fast Pass, Cinema Benefactor and Premier Patron members. Please make sure to bring your badge or membership card to gain access to the lounge.
October 12: 4:00–9:00 pm October 13: 4:00–9:00 pm October 14: 4:00–9:00 pm October 15: 4:00–9:00 pm October 16: 4:00–10:00 pm October 17: 12:00–10:00 pm October 18: 12:00–6:00 pm
OUTDOOR ART CLUB 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley From October 9–11, join us at the Outdoor Art Club (OAC) in downtown Mill Valley, just across the street from CinéArts@ Sequoia theater. It’s the hub of Festival activity, with daily happy hours, live music and Jamba Juice serving a menu of fresh smoothies, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Wine will be available courtesy of Balboa Café Mill Valley, with beer provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company.
HOSPITALITY LOUNGE SCHEDULE October 8: 4:00–7:30 pm October 9: 4:00–10:00 pm October 10: 12:00–10:00 pm October 11: 12:00–9:00 pm
CAFÉ SCHEDULE October 9: 4:00–8:00 pm October 10: 12:00–8:00 pm October 11: 12:00–8:00 pm
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Bomber Paul Cotter Boris Films 213.985.3212 email@example.com bomberthemovie.com
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Fish Tank Nat Baruch IFC First Take 212.324.4635 email@example.com www.ifcfilms.com
The Boys Are Back Miramax Films www.miramax.com
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The Girl on the Train Brandon Peters Strand Releasing 310.836.7500 email@example.com www.strandreleasing.com
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Broken Cheri Gaulke Harvard-Westlake School 818.487.6596 email@example.com
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April’s Story John Morrison CFI Education 415.383.5256 firstname.lastname@example.org cafilm.org Apron Strings Dan Story New Zealand Film +644 382 7680 www.nzfilm.co.nz
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Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete Tom Weidlinger Moira Productions 510.558.8013 email@example.com swimfortheriver.com Keep the Home Fires Burning Ryan O’Toole Film Poet, LLC 718.606.0683 firstname.lastname@example.org www.filmpoet.com The Kinda Sutra Patrick Degan Nonfiction Unlimited 310.399.9600 x 228 email@example.com Kunjo Terrie Samundra Kuro Films 707.548.1713 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kunjothefilm.com Ladies, Please Cheri Gaulke Harvard-Westlake School 818.487.6596 email@example.com The Last Dragon Kingdom David Emery Lost Continent Films 310.617.2689 firstname.lastname@example.org The Legend of Toilet-seat Charlie Jeremy Kaller 415.297.1192 email@example.com The Letter for the King Melissa Van Middelaar Eyeworks Egmond +31 20 666 1892 Lies Andreas Fock Swedish Film Institute +46 8 665 1136 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sfi.se
The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin Cheri Gaulke Harvard-Westlake School 818.487.6596 email@example.com Linoleum Marcel Visbeen Selwyn Film +31 10 477 0505 firstname.lastname@example.org www.selwynfilm.nl Looking for Eric Nat Baruch IFC First Take 212.324.4635 email@example.com www.ifcfilms.com Love Child Daniel Wirtberg Daemon Film +46736724218 firstname.lastname@example.org Lucha Maria Breaux MBreauxsia Films 415.285.9236 email@example.com www.luchafilm.com The Maid Dave Robinson Elephant Eye Films 212.488.7788 firstname.lastname@example.org elephanteyefilms.com Marin School of the Arts Public Service Announcement Dana Tamura Marin School of the Arts 415.309.0576 email@example.com The Marina Experiment Marina Lutz 917.815.5144 firstname.lastname@example.org Meredith Monk – Inner Voice Babeth M. VanLoo BOS +31 35 677 1611 email@example.com
PR I NT SO U RC E S The Messenger Dan Berger Oscilloscope Laboratories 212.219.4029 firstname.lastname@example.org oscilloscopepictures.com
Oh My God MJ Peckos Mitropoulos Films 310.567.9336 email@example.com mitropoulosfilms.com
Ramona’s Story John Morrison CFI Education 415.383.5256 firstname.lastname@example.org cafilm.org
Shadow & Light: The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux William Farley 415.505.5288 email@example.com www.farleyfilm.com
Mine Geralyn Pezanoski Smush Media 415.359.4600 firstname.lastname@example.org
One Crazy Ride Gaurav Jani Dirt Track Productions +91 22 2877 4620 email@example.com www.dirttrackproductions.com
Reach for Me Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg AMediaVision Productions 818.981.4997 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shameless Neil Friedman Menemsha Films 310.452.1775 email@example.com
Red Cliff Jeff Reichert Magnolia Pictures 212.924.6701 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shooting Craps Stella Cilman 413.230.7817 email@example.com
Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn John Korty Korty FIlms 415.663.9552 firstname.lastname@example.org The Missing Person Brandon Peters Strand Releasing 310.836.7500 email@example.com www.strandreleasing.com
Original Lizette Gram Danish Film Institute firstname.lastname@example.org www.kaldmigbareaksel.dk Passengers Michael Bond Bondfilm 323.953.8334 email@example.com
Morning Echo Hope Dickson Leach +44 796 335 0646 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierrot le fou Brian Belovarac Janus Films 212.756.8761 email@example.com
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Judith Ehrlich/Rick Goldsmith Kovno Communications 510.849.3225 firstname.lastname@example.org
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire Kantara Fueston Lionsgate 310.255.4074 email@example.com lionsgate.com
Motherhood Patrick Lombardo iDeal Partners Film Fund 212.396.9209 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Tom Yagielski Screen Media Films 212.308.1790 Tom@screenmedia.net www.screenmedia.net
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Project Happiness Randy Taran Project Happiness 650.464.5717 firstname.lastname@example.org projecthappiness.com
The Natural World James Helmer Santa Rosa High School 707.528.5292 email@example.com artquestonline.org
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F I L M S BY CO U NTRY The * symbol indicates a film is concerned with that country, even though it originates in another.
AUSTRALIA The Boys Are Back Four of a Kind Glottal Opera Passengers BHUTAN The Last Dragon Kingdom* BRAZIL Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops* CANADA Skylight Victoria Winnebago Man* CHILE The Maid CUBA Trece Años CZECH REPUBLIC Shameless DENMARK Aching Hearts Original Space Monkeys Storm The Sylpphid
GERMANY Bomber* Ingelore* Stella and the Star of the Orient Storm A Year Ago in Winter HONG KONG Red Cliff Sparrow INDIA Kunjo One Crazy Ride This Is the Husband I Want! INDONESIA Jermal IRAN Superstar IRELAND The Bass Player: A Song for Dad The Eclipse (enough) ISRAEL Broken Time Surrogate ITALY Pierrot le fou KENYA A Thousand Suns
EL SALVADOR Lucha
MEXICO Close to Home* The Maid
ETHIOPIA A Thousand Suns
MONGOLIA The Horse Boy*
FINLAND Hellsinki Ricky Rapper
NEPAL Mustang – Journey of Transformation
FRANCE Arresting Ana Croupier The Girl on the Train Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench* Pierrot le fou Ricky
NETHERLANDS Jermal* The Letter for the King Linoleum Meredith Monk – Inner Voice Shylock Stalin Thought of You Storm
NEW ZEALAND Apron Strings Betty Banned Sweets The Strength of Water NORWAY The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat PAKISTAN Gul (flower)* POLAND Sweet Rush QATAR What’d ya want, a happy ending? ROMANIA Elevator The Yellow Smiley Face RUSSIA Hipsters Room and a Half Stalin Thought of You SCOTLAND The Finger Trap SERBIA Here and There SOUTH AFRICA Skin White Wedding SWEDEN Good Advice Lies Love Child The Swimsuit Issue SWITZERLAND The Bass Player: A Song for Dad* Breath Made Visible UKRAINE Stalin Thought of You* UK Bomber The Boys Are Back Croupier An Education Fish Tank Looking for Eric Morning Echo
Skin Styx The Young Victoria US Alex’s Story April’s Story Arresting Ana Art? Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 Barking Water The Bass Player: A Song for Dad Bomber Boutonniere Breath Made Visible Broken Care Charlie Thistle Close to Home Dark and Stormy Night Don’t Waste Water Dragonflies, the Baby Cries Dumb Luck Eat the Sun An Education* The Faeries of Farthingale Gul (flower) Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench Happy Tears Harrison Bergeron Here and There Home HomeGrown Horn Dog The Horse Boy I’m Not My Tights Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense Imbued Immersion Ingelore Inside Story Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete Keep the Home Fires Burning The Kinda Sutra Kunjo Ladies, Please The Last Dragon Kingdom The Legend of Toilet-seat Charlie The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin Lucha The Maid* Marin School of the 161 Arts Public Service Announcement
F I L M S BY CO U NTRY The Marina Experiment Meredith Monk – Inner Voice The Messenger Mine Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn The Missing Person The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Motherhood Mustang – Journey of Transformation The Natural World
Oh My God Passengers Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Project Happiness Race to Nowhere Ramona’s Story Reach for Me The Red Machine Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie Shadow & Light: The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux
Shooting Craps Sorry, Thanks Soundtrack for a Revolution Stalin Thought of You Tapped Tenderloin This Is the Husband I Want!* A Thousand Suns Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops Transatlantique Trece Años TRIMPIN: the sound of invention
Troupers Underwear Untouchable Up in the Air Western Spaghetti What’d ya want, a happy ending? Winnebago Man You Turn The Young Victoria Youth in Revolt Zombie Girl: The Movie
Abeles, Vicki Race to Nowhere .......................99
Burton, LeVar Reach for Me .......................................100
Ezer, Tali Shalom Surrogate ................................................106
Hodges, Mike Croupier .......................................................47
Adizes, Topaz Trece Años ............................................... 82
Buschel, Noah The Missing Person .......................... 96
Fabian, Anthony Skin..............................................................103
Hrebejk, Jan Shameless ............................................. 102
Amit, Ilan Broken Time ............................................ 82
Cahill, Sarah A Sweeter Music: A Live Concert by Sarah Cahill with Video by John Sanborn ..................................106
Farley, William Shadow & Light: The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux......... 95
Hussain, Adnan Gul (flower) ............................................... 83
Anderson, Michael Tenderloin............................................... 107 Argy, Stephanie The Red Machine .............................100
Carey, Aine The Last Dragon Kingdom.......... 82
Arnold, Andrea Fish Tank.................................................... 88
Chazelle, Damien Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench ....................................................... 89
Arteta, Miguel Youth in Revolt .................................... 111
Cilman, Stella Shooting Craps ..................................... 85
Baas, David Skylight........................................................ 83
Cochrane, Fiona Four of a Kind ........................................ 88
Ballantyne, Armagan The Strength of Water .................105
Cotter, Paul Bomber ........................................................ 85
Ballo, Avi Harrison Bergeron ............................. 85
D’Allesandro, Romina Care................................................................ 85
Bellochio, Jaycob Harrison Bergeron ............................. 85 Bengtson, Dorte The Sylpphid ........................................... 83 Bharwani, Ravi Jermal........................................................... 92 Bhave, Sumitra This Is the Husband I Want! ...................................................108
Karina, Anna Victoria......................................................109
Gerber, Ruedi Breath Made Visible ......................... 86
Kerven, Bret Dumb Luck ............................................... 85
Gillooly, Jane Dragonflies, the Baby Cries .... 104
Khrzhanovsky, Andrey Room and a Half............................... 101
Daniels, Lee Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire ........................ 98
Godard, Jean-Luc Pierrot le fou ........................................... 98
Darlington-Bach, Melinda The Faeries of Farthingale....... 107
Goddard, John Hi De Ho Show ..................................... 90
Kleinbart, Kyle What’d ya want, a happy ending? ............................... 85
Dieckmann, Katherine Motherhood ............................................. 96
Goldsmith, Rick The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers ................... 96
Dignam, Barry (enough) ..................................................... 83
Ehrlich, Judith The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers ................... 96
Breaux, Maria Lucha ............................................................ 82 Brøndsted, Alexander Original .............................. 97
Johnson, Justin Zombie Girl: The Movie ................ 111
Gendler, Tomer Underwear ................................................ 83
Blamire, Larry Dark and Stormy Night................... 86
Bond, Michael Passengers .............................................. 98
Forster, Taylor I’m Not My Tights ................................ 85
Jani, Gaurav One Crazy Ride..................................... 97
Kaller, Jeremy The Legend of Toilet-seat Charlie ...................................................... 82
Dorobantu, George Elevator ....................................................... 88
Boehm, Alec The Red Machine .............................100
Fink, John Glottal Opera .......................................... 83
Jacobson, Luke The Natural World .............................. 85
Foster, Lucas Transatlantique...................................... 85
Black, Julia Art? ................................................................. 85
Bøe, Grethe The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat .................................................. 107
Faust, Matt Home ............................................................ 82
Emery, David The Last Dragon Kingdom.......... 82
Guttentag, Bill Soundtrack for a Revolution .....103 Hamilton, Evan Broken.......................................................... 85 Hamilton, Evan The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin ..................................................... 85 Harjo, Sterlin Barking Water ........................................ 84
Epperlein, Karina Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 ....................... 84
Herngren, Mans The Swimsuit Issue .........................106
Esmonde, Peter TRIMPIN: the sound of invention ........................................108
Heston, Jack Untouchable ............................................ 85 You Turn ...................................................... 85
Esrick, Michelle Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie ...................................... 102
Hicks, Scott The Boys Are Back ........................... 86
Knoop, John Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 ........................... 84 Korty, John Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn...................................................... 95 Larson, Lars Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense...................................... 92 Leach, Hope Dickson Morning Echo ......................................... 82 Levien, Richard Immersion .................................................. 83 Levine, Justin Untouchable ............................................ 85 Lichtenstein, Mitchell Happy Tears ............................................ 89 Link, Caroline A Year Ago in Winter .....................110 Loach, Ken Looking for Eric .................................... 94
F I L M S BY F I L M M A K E R Lungulov, Darko Here and There .................................... 90
Ozon, François Ricky ........................................................... 101
Schmid, Hans-Christian Storm..........................................................105
To, Johnnie Sparrow .................................................... 104
Lutz, Marina The Marina Experiment...............106
Parrinello, Will Mustang – Journey of Transformation ...............................108
Schmidt, Erna Stella and the Star of the Orient ..................................................... 104
Todorovsky, Valery Hipsters........................................................91
PES Western Spaghetti ............................. 83
Schut Jr., Bragi Charlie Thistle ........................................ 83
Pezanoski, Geralyn MINE.............................................................. 95
Schwartz, Lucie Arresting Ana ......................................... 82
Plympton, Bill Horn Dog ................................................... 83
Scott, Michel O. The Horse Boy ..................................... 91
Polk, Ramona Ramona’s Story ..................................... 85
Shabtay, Michal Shylock ..................................................... 102
Popescu, Constantin The Yellow Smiley Face ................. 83
Silber, Glenn Troupers ...................................................109
Quirt, Steve Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition.....................91
Silva, Sebastian The Maid .................................................... 94
Maberry-Gaulke, Xochi Ladies, Please ....................................... 85 Mäkelä, Aleksi Hellsinki ...................................................... 90 Malmros, Nils Aching Hearts ....................................... 83 Marshall, Aaron Zombie Girl: The Movie ................ 111 Marshall, Stephen A Thousand Suns.............................108 Mauck, Eric Zombie Girl: The Movie ................ 111 McFalls, Robert HomeGrown .............................................91 McKay, Niall The Bass Player: A Song for Dad ..................................................... 85 McLean, Julia The Finger Trap .................................... 83 McNeer, Kevin Stalin Thought of You ................... 104 McPherson, Conor The Eclipse ............................................... 87 Milani, Tahmineh Superstar ................................................105
Rahbek, Jan Space Monkeys .................................... 83 Rantasila, Mari Ricky Rapper ....................................... 101 Reitman, Jason Up in the Air .........................................109 Rigby, Theo Close to Home ...................................... 82 Rilla, Ellie Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition.....................91
Simas, Jacob Inside Story .............................................. 84 Soechtig, Stephanie Tapped ...................................................... 107
Sorensen, John Project Happiness.............................. 99
Moverman, Oren The Messenger ..................................... 95
Samundra, Terrie Kunjo ............................................................. 82
Sukthankar, Sunil This Is the Husband I Want! ...................................................108
Nilsson, Rob Imbued ......................................................... 92
Sanborn, John A Sweeter Music: A Live Concert by Sarah Cahill with Video by John Sanborn ..................................106
Téchiné, André The Girl on the Train ......................... 89
Vianello, Claudia Troupers ...................................................109 Visbeen, Marcel Linoleum ..................................................... 93
Weidlinger, Tom Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete ............................... 93
Sturman, Dan Soundtrack for a Revolution ......103
Scherfig, Lone An Education .......................................... 87
Verhoeff, Pieter The Letter for the King .................. 93
Sorcher, Peter Eat the Sun .............................................. 87
Rodger, Peter Oh My God ............................................... 97
Odell, Jonas Lies ................................................................. 83
VanLoo, Babeth M. Meredith Monk – Inner Voice.... 94
Wajda, Andrzej Sweet Rush ............................................112
Stiefel, Frank Ingelore .................................................... 102
Savill, Michelle Betty Banned Sweets ..................... 82
Vallée, Jean-Marc The Young Victoria .......................... 111
Sokol, Dia Sorry, Thanks.......................................103
Robinson, Robert Styx................................................................. 83
O’Toole, Ryan Keep the Home Fires Burning..................................................... 82
Urale, Sima Apron Strings ......................................... 84
Vogt, Peter J. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense...................................... 92
Steinbauer, Ben Winnebago Man .................................110
Montoya, Joe Don’t Waste Water Marin School of the Arts Public Service Announcement.............. 85
Turner, Jann White Wedding....................................110
Sohn, Coley Boutonniere ............................................. 82
Rivoira, Michael Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense...................................... 92
Miller, Rebecca The Private Lives of Pippa Lee ............................................... 99
Tublén, Antonio Original ........................................................ 97
Tesoro, Alexandria Alex’s Story .............................................. 85
Whiton, Jacob Harrison Bergeron ............................. 85 Williams, April April’s Story.............................................. 85 Wirtberg, Daniel Love Child .............................................. 101 Woo, John Red Cliff...................................................100 Yu, Jessica The Kinda Sutra ................................... 82 Zmekhol, Denise Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops ........................................108
Tibblin, Andreas Good Advice ............................................ 82
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AT&T Yellow Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
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Bank of Marin . . . . . . . . . . inside front cover
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Richardson Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
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Marin County Farmer’s Market . . . . . . . . . .30
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Ovation TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Yet Wah Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132
FUREVERMORE.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
Pacific Gas & Electric Company . . . . . . . . 14
Galliani Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162
Pacific Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140
Zaentz Media Center, A Wareham Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Giraffex Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159
A Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130
Hall Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Pearl’s Phat Burgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162
Capitola Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa . . . . . . . . .126 Cavallo Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 CBS 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Wine 2.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163
F I LM TITLE I N D E X 5@5: America Is Not the World . . . . . . . .82 5@5: The Edges Are No Longer Parallel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 5@5: The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 5@5: Oscillate Wildly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 5@5: Sister I’m a Poet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Aching Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Alex’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 April’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Apron Strings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Arresting Ana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Art? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Barking Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 The Bass Player: A Song for Dad . . . . . . .85 Betty Banned Sweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 [BLANK.] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Bomber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Boutonniere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 The Boys Are Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Breath Made Visible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Broken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Broken Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Charlie Thistle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Close to Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Croupier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dark and Stormy Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Don’t Waste Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Dragonflies, the Baby Cries . . . . . . . . . . .104 Dumb Luck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Eat the Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 The Eclipse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 An Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Elevator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 (enough) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 The Faeries of Farthingale . . . . . . . . . . . .107 The Finger Trap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Fish Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Four of a Kind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 The Girl on the Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Glottal Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Good Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Gul (flower) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench . . . . .89 Happy Tears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Harrison Bergeron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Hellsinki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Here and There . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Hi De Ho Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Hidden Bounty of Marin: Farm Families in Transition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Hipsters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 HomeGrown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Horn Dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 The Horse Boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 I’m Not My Tights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Imbued . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Immersion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Ingelore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Inside Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Jermal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Jim Thorpe, The World’s Greatest Athlete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Keep the Home Fires Burning . . . . . . . . . .82 The Kinda Sutra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Kunjo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Ladies, Please . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Last Dragon Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 The Legend of Toilet-seat Charlie . . . . . . .82 The Letter for the King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Lies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 The Life and Times of Buster Chaplin . . . .85 Linoleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Looking for Eric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Love Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Lucha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 The Maid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Marin School of the Arts Public Service Announcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Marina Experiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Meredith Monk — Inner Voice . . . . . . . . . . .94 The Messenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 MINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn . . . . . . .95 The Missing Person. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Morning Echo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Motherhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Mustang — Journey of Transformation . . .108 The Natural World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Oh My God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 One Crazy Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Original . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Passengers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98 Pierrot le fou. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98 Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee . . . . . . . . . .99 Project Happiness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Race to Nowhere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Ramona’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
Reach for Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Red Cliff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 The Red Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Ricky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Ricky Rapper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Room and a Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Shadow & Light: The Life and Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Shameless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Shooting Craps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Shylock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Skylight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sorry, Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Soundtrack for a Revolution . . . . . . . . . . .103 Space Monkeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sparrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 Stalin Thought of You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 Stella and the Star of the Orient . . . . . . .104 Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 The Strength of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Styx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Superstar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Surrogate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Sweet Rush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 A Sweeter Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 The Swimsuit Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 The Sylpphid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Tapped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat. . . . . . . .107 Tenderloin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 This Is the Husband I Want! . . . . . . . . . . .108 A Thousand Suns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops . .108 Transatlantique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Trece Años . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 TRIMPIN: the sound of invention . . . . . . .108 Troupers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Underwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Untouchable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Up in the Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Western Spaghetti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 What’d ya want, a happy ending? . . . . . . .85 White Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Winnebago Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 A Year Ago in Winter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 The Yellow Smiley Face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 You Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Young Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Youth in Revolt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Zombie Girl: The Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Schedule of the 2009 Mill Valley Film Festival films and events.