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FESTIVAL TRAILERS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2 DIRECTOR’S NOTE ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 4 IN MEMORIAM ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 8 MVFF DRIVE-IN �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 10 SPONSORS �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 12 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 15 DONORS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 16 PREMIERES ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 19 OPENING NIGHT ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 20 CENTERPIECE ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������26 CLOSING NIGHT ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 TRIBUTES �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������28 SPOTLIGHTS ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 33 DOCLANDS HONORS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 37 MVFF SECTIONS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 38 DOCLANDS STRANDS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 39 MIND THE GAP ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������40 ¡VIVA EL CINE! & ACTIVE CINEMA �������������������������������������������������������������������������44 DOCPITCH ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������45 CFI EDUCATION AT MVFF ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������46 BEHIND THE SCREENS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������48 AUDIENCE FAVORITES ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 50 FILM NOTES �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������52 COLETTE THE ARTIST �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 75 SPONSORS �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 78 STAFF ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 81


DIRECTOR’S NOTE When Covid-19 shuttered the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, the Sequoia, all of our other venues, and much of the world in March, uncertainty loomed over both the DocLands Documentary Film Festival, which was to take place in May, and the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival, still seven months away: When will theaters re-open? What will the Festivals look like? Will we be able to have them at all? Do we have the staff and expertise? Will the community support such great change during unprecedented times? Do we have the knowledge to try something new, to be able to make a success of these films that filmmakers spent years (and perhaps their whole savings) developing? Will we be able to deliver this fabulous content in a way that won’t frustrate people, that audiences will be able to watch and engage with while sheltered in place? At long last, we can answer all of our questions with a resounding “Yes.” We were able to host DocLands and MVFF43 in tandem this year. They may have been smaller—with fewer films, no receptions, and missing the live component we all treasure—but in some ways the Festivals felt grander, in a multitude of surprising ways. Trust has never played a more important role as we designed a film festival that could unreel virtually in our audience’s individual homes, and in the real world, communally, at the Drive-In we created at Lagoon Park - Marin Center, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic Center. There was no defined modus operandi, no existing model for individual filmmakers, sales agents, or distributors. It was up to us, the MVFF staff, to trust one another that we could deliver to our audiences the international, independent, and documentary films that have come to define our Festivals. In some ways, neither Festival changed at all. We still highlight shorts with our 5@5 programs, celebrate women filmmakers with our Mind the Gap panel discussions and screenings, showcase work emerging from Latin America with the ¡Viva el Cine! initiative, and offer entertainment for parents and kids with our Family Films. We even maintained our long-standing tradition of celebrating Star Wars with a 40th anniversary screening of The Empire Strikes Back at the Drive-In. As usual, films that are sure to be in awards contention were part of the mix, including Regina King’s hotly anticipated feature directorial debut One Night in Miami, Francis Lee’s Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, and Chloé Zhao’s tremendous Nomadland with its fierce central performance from Frances McDormand, among them. We may not have been able to bring the stars to Mill Valley this year; instead, we brought the stars to your living room with a glittery slate of Spotlights and Tributes. We honored award-winning documentary filmmaker Freida Lee with the DocLands Honors Award for her timely and insightful look at the life and work of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin and The Trial of the Chicago 7 cast members Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jeremy Strong discussed their film in our MVFF Ensemble Spotlight Conversation. Viola Davis stepped into the Mind the Gap Spotlight and received the Actor of the Year Award, while first time director Regina King and her film One Night in Miami took the Centerpiece Spotlight. Local treasure, actor Delroy Lindo, who is in this year’s Oscar® race for his


work in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, was in conversation with fellow actor Clarke Peters, featuring special guest director Spike Lee. Among the Tributes are those to Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Sophia Loren, and Anthony Hopkins, whose performance in Florian Zeller’s The Father is among his career highlights. Maybe we cannot fête any of these people onstage or with a party or reception this year, but that does not mean we cannot have an intimate experience. We found that we are able to create these special moments, even on a Zoom call. Take Sir Anthony Hopkins, for example. Now we’re on a first name basis. I said, “You know, we were debating whether we should call you Sir Anthony Hopkins or Sir Tony.” I called him Anthony, and he replied, “You can go with Tony.” Just being on the Zoom with him, it felt intimate; it felt real. I’ve been told that from other viewers as well. You’re going to meet Anthony Hopkins and Clare Dunne, another of our Spotlights, the actor and screenwriter who co-wrote and stars in the drama Herself—one with a lifetime of work behind him, the other in her first starring role. I am excited to be able to present these events to our community. We have risen to the challenge and adjusted to our changing times to create this engagement. I give credit and thanks to our staff, our board, and our community of members, donors, sponsors, and filmmakers who created a viable path to this year’s Festivals, and a model that was needed in these challenging times. It is important to give filmmakers a voice by providing a platform for all of these incredible films. At CFI, we believe in the importance of showcasing great, thought-provoking work; yet, how do we continue in a time when people are wondering if anyone is going to go to the movies anymore? The films we highlight have great artistic content and social impact; they open a window to the world; they provide alternative views that are comprehensive and based on fact; and most importantly, they fulfill our greatest needs: to create empathy and, at their best, bring us together in these divisive times. At a time when people fear that opportunities to see the kind of challenging and meaningful films we exhibit may go away, we hope to continue to create events that respect the kind of cinema that has resonated with audiences over the last four decades. I believe independent films and serious films for adults will continue to be made. The Rafael, the Sequoia, MVFF, and DocLands will continue to show them. Online presentation isn’t going to go away. Films will live on there, even after the virus goes away. It is important to make sure that these films and these stories live in multiple venues and that our audiences have the opportunity to see them in any form. It is with pride and joy that I welcome you to look back at MVFF43.

Mark Fishkin, MVFF Founder/Director


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IN MEMORIAM AMA ADHE 1932—2020

Adhe Tapontsang, known as Ama Adhe, was a Tibetan freedom fighter, incarcerated by the Chinese government for more than two and a half decades. On her release in 1985, she fled to Nepal and on to Dharamsala, in India. Her story, and what her journey embodied, was featured in Rosemary Rawcliffe’s 2008 film, Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution. And for the film’s premiere, Ama Ahde, then in her 80s, came from the other side of the world to attend the Mill Valley Film Festival. While at the festival, she blessed both audiences and others with her presence, notably a group of teens at a CFI Education program: A Tibetan elder sharing her story and her wisdom with a couple of hundred American kids is a reminder of how a life well led and a story well told can inspire generation after generation. May her story live on. CECILIA CHIANG 1920—2020

It was in 2014 that Wayne Wang’s delicious Soul of a Banquet played at MVFF and offered us the rare opportunity to honor a chef and restaurateur, Cecilia Chiang, the subject of the film. Chiang was a trailblazing entrepreneur, known for The Mandarin, her famed restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. Born and brought up in China, she fled the Japanese during World War II and came to San Francisco, where she discovered that Chinese food being served in restaurants bore no resemblance to the dishes she grew up with. Through a series of unlikely events, she opened her own restaurant and introduced Americans to dishes like potstickers, Sichuan eggplant, moo shu pork, and sizzling rice soup. Alice Waters compared Chiang’s role in elevating Chinese cuisine in America with what Julia Child did for French cuisine. And so she did, earning her place in culinary history as “the mother of Chinese cooking.” LOWELL GALLIANI 1950—2020

Lowell Galliani was an absolute original and, via his decades-long marriage to Maureen Galliani, our executive office staffer, held a special place in the CFI/MVFF family. Lowell was someone who made art with his talents and made an art of his life. His craftsmanship manifested as a master-maker of crowns (cast in his dental lab, they grace many a jawline). He had a genius for all things mechanical and constructed, for fixing and creating. And as one who grew up in the ‘60s, his experience of that time, its music, its style, made him a guide for the next-gen musicians that he met as a regular in clubs in SF and beyond. Known as Captain Crunk, wearing that captain’s hat, he was a leader and a follower of all things punk, indie, dub, reggae. And he was a traveler, on road trips that rooted out Americana, from Disneyland to Death Valley, from Hercules to Chimayo. And, mostly, he loved life. He loved his family. And he loved Maureen.


BOBBY PIN 1970—2020

Bobby Pin: He of the oyster train (“It’s 4pm! Let’s get oysters.”), he of the blue (pink! gold! green!) hair. Bobby the traveler, Bobby the festival nomad, the artist, the diver—and the universal friend. A theme emerges, in Bobby’s all-too-short life: Ever moving, ever exploring the world, ever connecting with people, ever connecting heart to heart. Like Ganesha, the elephant god whose image he had tattooed on his arm, Bobby was a big-hearted remover of obstacles, a bringer of light and love and friendship whose smile lit up a room. For his festival family and his family-family, that smile and that love remain forever. JAMES REDFORD 1962—2020

Jamie Redford led an exemplary life. The qualities he embodied—his grace, his enthusiasm, his commitment to the environment, his thoughtfulness—manifested in his work in film and his legacy as a leader and activist. As a long time Marin resident, as a filmmaker and environmentalist, he touched our lives and was a beloved member of our community. His personal experience with a rare disease and subsequent liver transplants led him to found the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness. His deep commitment to the environment inspired the co-founding, with his father, Robert Redford, of the Redford Institute, a nonprofit focused on environmental filmmaking. Many of his films played at MVFF and in CFI programs: most recently, he presented his film Playing for Keeps as the special Members Screening at MVFF43. What a great gift that was, what a great gift his life has been. HAL WILLNER 1956—2020

Hal Willner’s creative genius was categorized under the title “music producer,” but the gifts he brought to the world—his creative brilliance, his supportiveness, his innovativeness—opened the door to new ways of hearing and experiencing music. Many knew him as the long-term music coordinator of Saturday Night Live’s sketches. For others, he was a bringer-together of musicians and composers in ways no-one else had imagined. His amazing series of concept albums had Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull singing Kurt Weill; another had Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, and Yma Sumac interpreting Disney classics. (Waits doing Heigh Ho!— what’s not to love?) His collaborations with artists and the composers whose work he produced (and often re-conceived) are an amazing legacy. Everything he did had that touch of genius, a genius that we were fortunate enough to celebrate in an extraordinary evening at MVFF in 1990.


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NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MARK FISHKIN

RITA CAHILL MARK FISHKIN LOIS KOHL SHORE

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HONORARY ADVISORY BOARD

KENNETH BROAD (Co -Vice President) HONORABLE BARBARA BOXER LYNNE HALE STEWART BOXER RICHARD J. IDELL (Secretary) DRUSIE DAVIS DANIEL KENYON JEFF FISHER AMY KEROES PETER FLAXMAN MAIDA LYNN ROBERT GREBER JENNIFER COSLETT MACCREADY (President) LINDA GRUBER MORE PHOTOS KURT MOBLEY PEGGY HAAS? CATHY NOURAFSHAN JESSICA IGOE MAGGIE O’DONNELL (Co -Vice President) MICHAEL KLEIN JONATHAN PARKER ROXANNE KLEIN SUSAN SCHWARTZ KC LAUCK DR. JOEL SKLAR ANDREW MCGUIRE JANN STANLEY MARY POLAND STEVE WEINSWIG ERIC SCHWARTZ ZACH ZEISLER (Treasurer) MICHAEL SCHWARTZ SKIP WHITNEY EMERITUS BOARD

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DONOR CIRCLE LEADERSHIP CHRISTOPHER B. AND JEANNIE MEG SMITH PROJECT NO. 9 JENNIFER COSLETT MACCREADY NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION VICKIE SOULIER CAROLINE LABE

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DONOR CIRCLE SILVER KENNETH BIRDWELL JOY CHIK ALICE CORNING STEPHANIE DIMARCO MICHAEL DYETT AND HEIDI RICHARDSON EGIDE FAMILY FOUNDATION DENNIS P. FISCO AND PAMELA POLITE FISCO LORRIE AND MARK FISHKIN NICK FORLENZA GRISWOLD FAMILY FUND, BOB AND ALEX GRISWOLD

MARGARET E. HAAS LYNNE HALE TOM AND BARBARA HARRISON ANDREE AND JOHN JANSHESKI WILLA JEFFERSON-STOKES PAT KENDALL K.C. AND STEVE LAUCK CATHERINE AND TED MCKOWN KENNETH AND VERA MEISLIN HARRISON MILLER AND CLARE MCCAMY STEPHEN AND MARY MIZROCH JAMES MOCHIZUKI OF FRIENDS PRODUCTIONS

LINDA MORGAN CATHY AND ROBERT NOURAFSHAN HENRY PILGER AND MARY MEWHA ERIC SCHWARTZ AND MAGDA WESSLUND JACK AND JUDY SHERMAN JANN STANLEY AND SOREN DALSAGER MONA STEINBERG PATRICIA TANOURY HENRY O. TIMNICK SUE AND STEVE WEINSWIG KATE WILSON

BRONZE NANCY ABODEELY JANE BAY DAVE AND ANN PECKENPAUGH BECKER SUSAN AND WILLIAM BEECH INEZ BROOKS-MYERS MARC AND ROBIN BUSSIN KERRY CAMPBELL JOE AND SUE CARLOMAGNO LESLIE CHATHAM TOM COHEN AND KRISTI DENTON COHEN JOEL AND JUSTINE COOPERSMITH GAYLE DONSKY AND MORTON J. STEIN CATHERINE AND PETER FLAXMAN

JANET FOX GERALD L. AND SHEREE A. FRIEDMAN MICHELLE GRIFFIN AND TOM PARKER RICHARD J. IDELL AND SUSAN KORNBLATT IDELL ELISABETH AND HOWARD JAFFE AMY KEROES and JEFF FISHER SANDRA KURTZIG THE KUSTEL FAMILY LETTY LEDBETTER JANICE LINK CINDY AND JOHN MCCAULEY ROSEMARY AND KEVIN MCNEELY MONAHAN PARKER, INC. SUKI AND RUSSELL MUNSELL ROBERTA O’NEALE

LORNE AND ILONA PARKER CAROLYN CAVALIER ROSENBERG, DR. SANFORD ROSENBERG AND MEDIA RESEARCH ASSOCIATES KAREN AND HARRY ROSENBLUTH SUSAN AND JOEL SKLAR HAROLD SOGARD PHYLLIS THELEN MEL AND LOIS TUKMAN CYRUS WADIA LUCINDA WATSON LISA WILLIAMS TERESA WOLF PAUL ZAENTZ ZACH AND MARLIES ZEISLER

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WORLD

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THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD

THE BIRTH ORDER EXPERIMENT

BLITHE SPIRIT

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!

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THE FALCONER

JACKIE & OOPJEN

MICHAEL ARAGON: THE BEAT GOES ON

MAINSTREAM SISTERS: THE SUMMER WE FOUND OUR SUPERPOWERS SWEET THING

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US BABENCO: TELL ME WHEN I DIE HERE WE ARE RUTHLESS SOULS STOP FILMING US THREE SUMMERS WEED & WINE

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OPENING NIGHT | WORLD CINEMA

THE HEIST OF THE CENTURY (EL ROBO DEL SIGLO) Argentina/Spain 2020, 114 min Director Ariel Winograd Buckle up for this wildly entertaining ride through the plotting, prepping, and execution of one of the greatest bank robberies in Argentinian history. Saturated with eye-popping color and infused with droll humor, director Ariel Winograd injects Hollywood heist tropes steeped in heavy doses of Tarantino and Ritchie, stylishly matching the sheer audacity of this real-life band of brothers’ ingenious criminal work. Based on the true story of the 2006 Banco Rio heist in Buenos Aires, the plot cleverly intertwines the thieves’ paths of assembling, planning, and implementing their plan to net a potential $25 million payday. The clever casting coup of Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Diego Peretti (The German Doctor, MVFF36) heightens the tale’s witty rapport, while Winograd showcases an incisive attention to detail and a mastery of suspense, set to a rockin’ score featuring Frank Sinatra, The Kinks, Andrés Calamaro, and Argentinian punkers Los Violadores y Dos Minutos.

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OPENING NIGHT | FAMILY FILMS

VEINS OF THE WORLD (DIE ADERN DER WELT) Germany/Mongolia 2020, 97 min Director Byambasuren Davaa A child of nomadic herders tending the sweeping lands of the Mongolian steppe, 11-year-old Amra dutifully helps his parents take care of their land, sheep, and goats. When his work is finished, he devours YouTube videos with his friends, dreaming of being featured as a singer on Mongolia’s Got Talent with his folk hymn “Golden Veins.” As greedy gold mining companies begin threatening the community’s traditional way of life, Amra’s father organizes an opposition group within their close-knit clan. Following a sudden, tragic accident, Amra must grow up quickly to become the protector of his family and carry on a legacy of preserving his people and their lands. Mongolian-born, German-based filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa (The Cave of the Yellow Dog, MVFF28; and the Oscar®-nominated The Story of the Weeping Camel) has crafted a beautifully shot, hopeful testament to the power of preserving cultural heritage and embracing the resistance required to defend it. Age 10+

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THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! US 2020, 90 min Director Judith Ehrlich During unsettling times, it helps to remember how we survived past struggles. The Boys Who Said NO! focuses on the nonviolent warriors who actively opposed the military draft during the Vietnam War and whose brave actions would eventually lead to the end of both the draft in the United States and the long-standing, devastating war. Offering a thorough and fascinating (recent) history lesson, OscarŽ-nominated filmmaker Judith Ehrlich (The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, MVFF32) highlights several heroes of the anti-war movement—from iconic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., musician Joan Baez, and famed resistance leader David Harris to ordinary youth organizing sit-ins. Alongside harrowing, breathtaking news footage of the struggles at home and overseas, the film is a captivating account of a historic turning point in America, celebrating the amazing resilience of humans fighting for change and speaking truth to power.

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OPENING NIGHT | DOCLANDS

PUBLIC TRUST US 2020, 96 min Director David Garrett Byars One of the most important documentaries of the year, Public Trust is a film that needs to be seen by everyone who enjoys getting out in nature. Although many of us take the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands for granted, these lands are endangered by powerful forces that are attempting the largest land grab in modern history. By focusing on the eminent destruction of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota, the downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and the wholesale appropriation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, director David Garrett Byars enlists a slew of journalists, land historians, tribal leaders, and government whistleblowers to present a highly persuasive argument that is impossible to ignore and vital to hear. Above all else, as executive producer Robert Redford tells us, “Public Trust is the story of citizens who are fighting back. It’s a much-needed wake-up call for all of us who want to preserve our unique and wild cultural heritage.”

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ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI US 2020, 114 min Director Regina King On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gather to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom, Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Based on the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami is a fictional account inspired by the historic night these four formidable figures spent together. It looks at the struggles these men faced and the vital role they each played in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. More than 40 years later, their conversations on racial injustice, religion, and personal responsibility still resonate. Premiering at this year’s Venice Film Festival, One Night in Miami is the feature directorial debut of OscarŽ-winning actor Regina King.

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THE BEE GEES: HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART US 2020, 110 min Director Frank Marshall It’s all about the harmony for the British-born, Australian-raised Gibb brothers—Robin, Barry, Maurice, and later on, Andy—who came to fame as The Bee Gees. Frank Marshall’s infectiously watchable film is a trip through their life and times, through their highs and lows. With harmonies as tight as their signature pants, The Bee Gees’ star ascended in the mid ‘60s, only to wane in the early ‘70s, their tours reduced to backwater bars. But then came Saturday Night Fever, that iconic, era-defining film—and their extraordinary soundtrack. The Bee Gees were back, and doing more than just Stayin’ Alive. The eventual decline of disco found the multitalented brothers turn to producing and songwriting for the likes of Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick. What emerges in Marshall’s definitive Bee Gees story are their breathtaking talents, and a reminder of their amazing songbook. This is a foot-tapping, sing-a-long anthem of a film, filled with soaring falsetto harmonies—and isn’t that just what we need, right now? A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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TRIBUTE VIOLA DAVIS

MIND THE GAP AWARD ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Viola Davis has rightly gained incredible recognition for her work. She’s the first Black woman to attain that great trifecta of acting: two Tony Awards, for Fences and King Hedley II; an Oscar®, also for Fences; and an Emmy® for How to Get Away with Murder. She is an artist of the highest order, whose brilliance as an actor and producer and whose dedication to speaking out with eloquence and wisdom on issues of equality, especially for women and Black women, have established her as one of the great performers and spokespeople of our time. She finds the heart and soul of her characters, giving them a fullness of life, a sense of their hopes and aspirations, so that we as audience understand the human spirit more deeply. Think of Mrs. Miller in Doubt, the complexity of Annalise in How to Get Away with Murder, and her deep work as characters written by August Wilson. Her breathtaking, powerful, sensual rendition of the title character in the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George C. Wolfe, again confirms she is the perfect embodiment of ‑Wilson’s work. Mind the Gap continues to shine light on issues that 2020 has laid bare—systemic racism, inequity, and the deep need to reframe narratives in film and life. Davis founded JuVee Productions with her husband to give voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful, and culturally relevant narratives. She speaks truth, she lives truth, through her embodied characters and the sustained commitment of her extraordinary life. In conversation with Zoë Elton and special u guest George C. Wolfe


TRIBUTE DAME JUDI DENCH

Dame Judi Dench took her first steps toward becoming a living legend in 1957 when, at the age of 22, she debuted at the Old Vic as Hamlet’s Ophelia. She went on to become one of the best actors of her—or any other—generation. An Oscar®-winner for her role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Dench is a master of the Bard, performing multiple acclaimed roles from Juliet to Lady Macbeth. Long established as a theater luminary, Dench added film star to her resume with the one-two punch of Wetherby and A Room with a View. Onscreen, she mingles art-house roles with mainstream fare, becoming a pop culture immortal for her turn as 007’s boss M in seven James Bond movies. At 85, she stars in MVFF’s Opening Night Film at the DriveIn, Blithe Spirit. Her awards must fill a trophy room: that Oscar, a Tony, ten BAFTAs, seven Oliviers, and many, many more.

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TRIBUTE SOPHIA LOREN

Sophia Loren’s first big movie was the Biblical epic Quo Vadis in 1951 as an uncredited extra at the age of 17. By 20 however, she had already become a star in her native Italy, breaking through in Vittorio De Sica’s L’oro di Napoli and starting her long association with leading man Marcello Mastroianni in La bella mugnaia. By 1960, Loren was a major international star, renowned for her incandescent talent. In Hollywood, she starred opposite Cary Grant in Houseboat in 1958. Returning home and to De Sica, she won an Academy Award® for Best Actress as a widow and a mother in WWII Italy in Two Women, making her the first actor to win an Oscar® for a performance not in the English language. Over the decades, she continued to burnish her radiance in such movies as El Cid, Boccaccio ’70, Marriage Italian Style, Arabesque, Man of La Mancha, A Special Day, Ready to Wear, and Nine. Now, still luminous at 86, she stars as a Holocaust survivor in her son Edoardo Ponti’s upcoming drama The Life Ahead.

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TRIBUTE KATE WINSLET Kate Winslet was still a teenager when she blazed across screens as an adolescent killer in Peter Jackson’s 1950s-set true crime drama Heavenly Creatures in 1994, establishing herself as a formidable talent to watch. A visage that could grace a vintage cameo made her a natural for period roles: at home in Jane Austen’s world in Sense and Sensibility, rising to international stardom in Titanic, playing an 18th-century laundress in Quills, and winning an Emmy® for her portrayal of a Great Depression-era mother in Mildred Pierce. But Winslet’s tremendous range expands far beyond costume pieces, as she has showcased vibrant, of-the-moment women in such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, Contagion, and Steve Jobs. Nominated for seven Oscars®, Winslet won for The Reader in 2009. She is back in period form as a 19th-century fossil hunter in Ammonite, which played at the MVFF43 Drive-In. the conversation with Kate Winslet and u Watch Zoë Elton

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TRIBUTE SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS

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SPOTLIGHT CLARE DUNNE Upon graduating the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) BA (Hons) Degree course in 2009, Clare Dunne was immediately cast in the leading role of Pegeen Mike in the Druid Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Playboy of the Western World. In the UK, she quickly established herself in major theatre roles. Perhaps most importantly, she performed at the Donmar Warehouse as Portia in Julius Caesar, opposite Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Dunne reprised her roles of Portia and Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar and Prince Hal in Henry IV as part of Phyllida Lloyd’s TRILOGY at the Donmar Warehouse Autumn 2016. Onscreen, Dunne appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home, but she has truly made her mark in the world of cinema with Herself. Co-writing the beautiful and deft screenplay with Malcolm Campbell and re-teaming with her regular theatre director Lloyd, Dunne delivers an uncompromisingly powerful performance at the heart of this moving film, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance.

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SPOTLIGHT DELROY LINDO REGINA KING Oscar®-winning actress Regina King has a decades-spanning career in Hollywood and shows no sign of slowing down. In addition to the Academy Award®, King won a Golden Globe, a Film Independent Spirit Award, and the National Board of Review Award for Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk (MVFF41). King has also won four Emmy® Awards in recent years: one for Netflix’s Seven Seconds, two for ABC’s American Crime, and most recently for HBO’s Watchmen. Over the past few years, King has directed episodes of critically acclaimed TV series, including ABC’s Scandal, TNT’s Animal Kingdom, and HBO’s Insecure. With her feature directorial debut One Night in Miami, King has already made history, becoming the very first African American woman director to have a feature selected at the Venice Film Festival. Bringing Kemp Powers’ play about an imagined meeting between four Black American icons—Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown—in 1964 to the silver screen, King displays a formidable eye for detail and perspective as well as a natural, astounding ability eliciting sensational performances from her quartet of leading men.

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SPOTLIGHT DELROY LINDO

In Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Delroy Lindo is a Vietnam vet who returns to the country on a treasure hunt for gold. But the film’s real treasure is its cast, particularly Lindo, haunting in his portrayal of a war-damaged soul. It is only the latest triumph for the Oakland actor whose roles resonate with his wide emotional palette and attention to the smallest character detail. The American Conservatory Theatre-trained Lindo was already a 1988 Tony nominee for August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone when he began his long association with Lee and rose to screen stardom as numbers kingpin Indian Archie in Lee’s Malcolm X. Parts in Clockers, Get Shorty, The Cider House Rules, Heist, TV’s The Good Fight, and more continue to reveal Lindo as one of our most gifted actors.

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ENSEMBLE SPOTLIGHT AARON SORKIN

& THE CAST OF THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 AARON SORKIN EDDIE REDMAYNE YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II SACHA BARON COHEN JEREMY STRONG WITH

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The riots that accompanied the 1968 Democratic National Convention ended in a show trial like no other, as the counterculture squared off against a conservative court. Who better to bring this watershed moment in our history into the light than Aaron Sorkin with The Trial of the Chicago 7? The writer-director applies the sharp wit and insight that have been the hallmarks of a career that brought us the classic TV series Sports Night, The West Wing, and The Newsroom, and movies like A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Moneyball.

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DOCLANDS HONORS FREIDA LEE MOCK The 2020 DocLands Honors Award is presented to five-time Academy Award® nominee Freida Lee Mock for her determination in bringing to light the stories behind some of the most remarkable American artists, politicians, humanitarians, and social justice activists. From Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember; Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner; Anita – Speaking Truth to Power; G-Dog; and Return with Honor, to her 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, and her most recent film Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words, Mock’s intimate, yet powerful cinematic biographies allow us to experience extraordinary lives, often from contrasting walks of life. Freida Lee Mock, partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders and Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation, was the first Governor elected to the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and served as Chair and Co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards selection Committee for 6 years. She graduated from UC Berkeley in history and English and did graduate work in law and history. the conversation with Freida Lee Mock u Watch and Joni Cooper

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MVFF SECTIONS US CINEMA SPONSORED BY WAREHAM DEVELOPMENT

A showcase of new films by master and emerging American filmmakers who share a talent for independent storytelling.

WORLD CINEMA SPONSORED BY JIM BOYCE TRUST AND KRIS OTIS

Stories that foster a new understanding of our global neighbors and ourselves.

VALLEY OF THE DOCS SPONSORED BY WAREHAM DEVELOPMENT

The latest in non-fiction filmmaking, from heartfelt stories of activism to historical profiles, current events, and more.

FAMILY FILMS SPONSORED BY BELLAM STORAGE AND BOXES

A sampling of stories, cultures, and adventures for new generations and old that inspire and nurture a love of film

5@5 SHORTS Collections of short cinematic gems from every genre: narratives, documentaries, animation, family films, and youth works

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DOCLANDS STRANDS WONDERLANDS SPONSORED BY BELLAM SELF STORAGE AND BOXES

Lifts our spirits through stories of joy, wonder, and possibility.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS SPONSORED BY THE EACH FOUNDATION AND LIONEL SHAW

Transports us outside to truly appreciate, explore, and ultimately compel us to save and conserve our environment and the wilds of our precious and precarious planet.

ART OF IMPACT SPONSORED BY THE EACH FOUNDATION AND STEVE TALAN

Engages and sparks action by sharing stories that open our eyes to the global community and its disperate cultures, politics, personal narratives, and biographies.

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Mind the Gap is both a celebration and a call to action. Through films, Q&As, panels, and conversations, CFI & MVFF continue to highlight and explore the work and the impact of women in the media industry. Our mission is to open doors and provide access, education, and opportunities for women filmmakers. Two years ago, we signed the 50/50 by 2020 pledge to include 50% women filmmakers at the Mill Valley Film Festival. We are very pleased to announce that we exceeded our own pledge goal this year with 57% representation of women filmmakers at MVFF43. The pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in society that have fueled and structured the film industry, and guided which perspectives are centered and which are left off screen. The global support of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the uprisings against racial injustice has forced the industry to examine the systems that have marginalized BIPOC creatives. Mind the Gap 2020 has built on these cultural and industry conversations and examined how these issues can be reframed, centering the voices of those who have remained on the margins for far too long. Beyond the current context of upheaval, MTG also explored the formation of networks and communities of black and brown film professionals, in particular those connecting intersectional women, non-binary, and queer people, and how they form alternative eco-systems and spaces of learning, healing, and re-envisioning.

PANELS | THE POLITICS OF NOW: REDEFINING THE NARRATIVES EVOLUTION OF BLACK WOMEN’S ROLES ONSCREEN

This conversation with film creatives, actors, and curators charts the changing nature of the portrayal of Black women onscreen. By revisiting the simplistic type-casting of Black women in film since its inception, the speakers discuss how the representation of Black women in Hollywood and beyond has moved towards a variety of depictions and voices. PANELISTS: RUTH CARTER – Costume Designer EKWA MSANGI – Director, Farewell Amor LORRAINE TOUSSAINT – Actress, The Glorias MODERATOR: FARIDAH GBADAMOSI, MVFF US Indies Programmer

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For as long as there has been a film canon, it has been dominated by white heterosexual men as creatives, educators, and critics. This canon has in recent times come under increased pressure to open up to a broader spectrum of authors and perspectives. Challenging this canon involves questioning the criteria and the conventions for films to be considered “worthy” of being an important film as well as who is making those decisions. This conversation explores how to shift the decision-making on what enters the international canon towards a broader, more inclusive and ultimately more democratic pool can be achieved at a global level. PANELISTS: AMALIA CORDOVA – Programmer, Latinx digital curator at the S mithsonian Center for Folklore and Cultural Heritage KATARINA HEDRÉN – Programmer, African film JANAINA OLIVEIRA – Programmer, Academic – Pan-African Cinema (Zózimo Bulbul Black Cinema Encounter, FICINE, Flaherty Seminar) JENNI OLSON – Filmmaker, Queer Film Historian LORNA TEE – Programmer, Macao International Film Festival MODERATOR: VICTORIA THOMAS – Producer, Filmmaker, Lecturer

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CHANGING THE INDUSTRY FROM THE INSIDE

By creating awareness and a conversation around discrimination, marginalization, and underrepresentation, these are organizations, collectives, and initiatives striving to address the fundamental systemic inequities of the film industry and effect change from the inside. This conversation explores how these industry players are using their power and clout to create structural change across Hollywood and beyond. PANELISTS: ADRIANA CHARTRAND – ImagineNATIVE LILIANA ESPINOZA – National Association of Latino Independent Producers TILANE JONES – Array LUCY MUKERJEE – Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2) EMILY SMITH BEITIKS – Paul K. Longmore Institute / Superfest Disability Film Festival MODERATOR: TRACY RECTOR – Nia Tero

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As a response to the many ism’s that are endemic to the film industry, these organizations, collectives, and initiatives have chosen to focus their attention on building alternative networks, platforms, and eco-systems—alongside the mainstream industry—in which their communities can flourish, create power structures and set their own rules. As opposed to working towards having a seat at the table, these industry players have opted to create their own table. PANELISTS: JENNIFER CRYSTAL CHIEN – Re-Present Media GUETTY FELIN – Daughters of Tressie MARIA FORTIZ-MORSE – Brown Girls Doc Mafia SARITA KHURANA – Asian American Documentary Network MODERATOR: TRACY RECTOR – Nia Tero

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MIND THE GAP DIRECTORS FORUM & KEYNOTE

2020 will go down as the year when everything changed—in ways both daunting and exciting. Where will it all lead? With theaters closed, festivals cancelling or re-inventing, online platforms springing up, zoom rooms and virtual events becoming ubiquitous, words like “pivot” and “nimble” have peppered daily discussions about work, life, and navigating radical change. It seems like a 20-year growth spurt packed into a single year. This program considers what things will return and what will have shifted as we imagine the future for independent filmmakers. The program includes a keynote by an industry leader and a roundtable of directors whose work was released this year discussing their experiences of navigating 2020 and their insights about how this year’s challenges may inform innovations in the post-pandemic world of film. KEYNOTE CATHY SHULMAN, Co-founder, ReFrame; Academy Award®-winning producer; President and CEO, Welle Entertainment; Writer-Producer, First Ladies DIRECTORS’ FORUM PANELISTS: RADHA BLANK (The 40 Year Old Version) GIA COPPOLA (Mainstream) GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD (The Old Guard) LIESL TOMMY (Respect) ALICE WU (The Half of It) MODERATOR: ZOË ELTON, MVFF Director of Programming

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¡VIVA EL CINE! ¡Viva el Cine! showcases prize-winning Spanish-language and Latin American films that seek to engage and embrace our Spanish-speaking and -loving audiences. These screenings create a unique community where history, culture, and identity can be explored through the magic of movies. This year, we celebrate our Viva’s Opening Night with the North American premiere of The Heist of the Century (El robo del siglo) by Ariel Winograd Argentina/Spain ¡Viva el Cine! es una iniciativa que presenta películas galardonadas en español y latinoamericanas que buscan involucrar y recibir a nuestro público hispano-hablante y los amantes del idioma. Estas proyecciones crean una comunidad única donde se puede explorar la historia, la cultura y la identidad a través de la magia de las películas. Este año, celebramos el ¡Viva el Cine! con el estrena norteamericano de El robo del siglo (The Heist of the Century) de Ariel Winograd, Argentina/España. ABUELOS

LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS

US 2020, Director Rodrigo Reyes

US 2020, 83 min, Directors Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel

BABENCO: TELL ME WHEN I DIE Brazil 2019, 75 min, Director Bárbara Paz

COLETTE, THE ARTIST

MAXIMA US 2019, 88 min, Director Claudia Sparrow

Mexico 2020, 14 min, Directors The Colettivo

THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS (LOS NOMBRES DE LAS FLORES)

I CARRY YOU WITH ME

Bolivia/Qatar/Canada 2019, 79 min, Director Bahman Tavoosi

Mexico 2020, 111 min, Director Heidi Ewing

THE HEIST OF THE CENTURY (EL ROBO DEL SIGLO) Argentina/Spain 2020, 114 min, Director Ariel Wingrad

THREE SUMMERS Brazil/France 2020, 94 min, Director Sandra Kogut

¡VIVA LOS NIÑOS! Argentina/Chile/Colombia/Cuba/Germany Mexico/Puerto Rico/US/Venezuela

ACTIVE CINEMA A forum for films that inspire people to take action to create positive change, MVFF’s Active Cinema films are united in their commitment to explore the world and its issues, engage audiences, and transform ideas into action both locally and globally. BELLY OF THE BEAST

TRUST ME

US 2020, 81 min, Director Erika Cohn

US 2020, 91 min, Director Roko Belic

CODED BIAS

US KIDS

US/UK/China 2020, 81 min, Director Shalini Kantayya

US 2020, 101 min, Director Kim A. Snyder


CFI’s fundraising initiative designed to connect documentary filmmakers and their ideas to funders, distributors, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers, and future audiences. This year’s forum was held virtually from August 13-21, 2020, featuring eight filmmakers with feature docs in development, all of whom received cash awards to help with the completion of their projects. Read more about DocPitch here.

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500 DAYS IN THE WILD DIRECTOR: DIANNE WHELAN

AMERICAN ESPIONAGE

BLACK & GOLD DIRECTOR: KHADIJA DIAKITÉ

BLACK MOTHERS

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER SMITH

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DIRECTOR: DÉBORA SOUZA SILVA

$25,000 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

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$40,000 JURY AWARD

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: VANESSA CARR, JOSH GLEASON $5,000 JURY AWARD

SAL Y CIELO (SALT AND SKY)

STARTUP EMBASSY

DIRECTOR: TAYLOR REES

DIRECTOR: KENJI YAMAMOTO PRODUCER: NANCY KELLY

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CFI EDUCATION AT MVFF CFI Education has been offering free education programs to local K-12 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years, welcoming thousands of students to MVFF to view new festival films and meet filmmakers from around the world. With our theaters closed and school field trips prohibited this year, we shifted all of our MVFF Education programs online and, for the first time ever, were able to make them available to schools anywhere in the country—enabling us to reach over 8,000 students from 72 different schools. MVFF EDUCATION SCREENINGS A curated series of free online screenings of narrative features, documentaries, shorts programs, and panel discussions selected from the general Festival program for K-12. All screenings included pre-recorded Q&As with filmmakers and subject experts as well as a collection of new curriculum resources featuring film analysis toolkits, lesson plans, and discussion guides. FILMMAKERS GO TO SCHOOL For a more interactive festival experience, we also continued our FGTS program online, connecting Festival filmmakers with students in real time via Zoom to discuss and answer questions about their films and the art and craft of filmmaking. More than a dozen filmmaker guests from around the world took part in these Virtual Visits with hundreds of students from schools across the country.

CFI EDUCATION AT MVFF IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION RESONANCE PHILANTHROPIES

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MVFF TEEN CINECLUB Distance learning has opened up new and creative ways for CFI Education to collaborate with educators and students across the country. The Mill Valley Film Festival invited youth cinephiles from every corner of the US to join this new national teen film club, where members had the opportunity to stream an exclusive MVFF film and engage in a live discussion and critical analysis of the films with other young film enthusiasts nationwide.

1 DAY/1 ROLL SUPER 8 YOUTH FILMMAKING CHALLENGE This virtual, interactive workshop was an opportunity for kids aged 12-18 to step back into another age of moving image production to experience a time before smartphones, LCD screens, and instant playback. Students learned how to adapt the style of Super 8 filmmaking to a digital platform, using a smartphone or digital camera. A tutorial was followed by group Zoom discussions exploring the wonderful world of shooting and processing analog film.

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BEHIND THE SCREENS STATE OF THE INDUSTRY PANEL: A PIVOTAL YEAR 2020 has brought about significant, unparalleled changes to all facets of the movie industry. How do we navigate from this uncertain place we’re in now? Could there be a silver lining in this upheaval, an opportunity for reinvention and innovation? At a time when there is anxiety and fear within the industry as a whole, we’ll discuss the possibilities for the future.

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PANELISTS: IRA DEUTCHMAN – founder Cinecom and Fine Line Features; director, Searching for Mr. Rugoff (MVFF43) AIJAH KEITH – Director of Acquisitions, IFC Films REBECCA GREEN – Producer, It Follows; Editor-in-Chief, Dear Producer MODERATOR: MARK FISHKIN – MVFF Founder/Director

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DEMOCRACY ROUNDTABLE Democracy is facing some significant challenges right now. Filmmakers are stepping into the political fray and utilizing film as a vital resource for information, a catalyst for change, and a call to action for deeper engagement in the democratic process. This roundtable discussion featured the filmmakers and subjects of Festival films that address both the tools and the threats to democracy including voter suppression, protest movements, and the spread of misinformation. In the spirit of civic engagement, the discussion was streamed live to allow for audience Q&A participation.

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PANELISTS: JIMMEKA ANDERSON – Founder/Executive Director, I Am not the MEdia LISA CORTÉS – co-director, All In: The Fight for Democracy JUDITH EHRLICH – director, The Boys Who Said NO! DAVID HARRIS – journalist, activist MICHAEL SHERMER – founding publisher, Skeptic Magazine; author, Giving the Devil His Due MODERATOR: SHAKIRA REFOS, CFI Education Outreach Manager

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VARIETY’S 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH Variety has honored 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH for over a decade, and for the second year in a row, the honorees will be showcased during the Mill Valley Film Festival. Whether reinventing big franchise action films or ensuring inclusion of fresh and diverse voices, screenwriters’ contributions are an essential part of the filmmaking process, laying the foundation for storytelling through film. With Variety spotlighting the brightest and most promising writers of the year, the chance to meet and hear their stories first-hand in a casual and intimate setting makes this a hot-button discussion for both casual fans and aspiring filmmakers. MODERATOR: STEVEN GAYDOS, Executive VP of Global Content, Variety

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CHARLIE KAUFMAN VARIETY‘S CREATIVE IMPACT IN SCREENWRITING AWARD One of Variety‘s screenwriters to watch in 1999 for Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman’s work is discussed in a conversation with Variety deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley with a focus on the award-winning screenwriter’s latest film, I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

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CHARLIE KAUFMAN – Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Synecdoche, New York, Anomolisa, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, CLARE DUNNE – Herself, REMI WEEKES – His House, SHAKA KING – Judas and the Black Messiah, VIGGO MORTENSEN – Falling, EMMA SELIGMAN – Shiva Baby, TRACY DEER – Beans, KEMP POWERS – One Night in Miami, TRACEY SCOTT WILSON – Respect, KATA WEBER – Pieces of a Woman, ANDY SIARA – Palm Springs, WILL BERSON – Judas and the Black Messiah ¡ 49

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9to5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT VALLEY OF THE DOCS |

US 2020, 85 min Directors Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar From the filmmakers of last year’s Oscar®-winning documentary American Factory, 9to5 is an inspiring look at the historic intersection of the women’s movement and the labor movement in the 1970s, when secretaries all over the nation decided that they were done making the boss’ coffee and ready to start a revolution. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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23 WALKS WORLD CINEMA

UK 2020, 102 min Director Paul Morrison Over the course of 23 dog walks, two senior singletons and their personable pooches—Dave and his German Shepherd; Fern and her Yorkshire Terrier—slowly evolve from strangers to sweethearts. Actors Dave Johns and Alison Steadman’s palpable chemistry and charm fill every frame of this heartwarming, emotionally resonant love story from Oscar®-nominated director Paul Morrison. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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US 2020, 66 min Director Spencer Wilkinson A portrait of modern activism, Alice Street lovingly captures the city of Oakland in the age of gentrification. Following a downtown mural project as it’s overtaken by plans for a new high-rise, Bay Area filmmaker Spencer Wilkinson documents a diverse community of artists and activists coming together to prevent its identity from being erased.

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AMMONITE VALLEY OF THE DOCS

UK 2020, 117 min Director Francis Lee Kate Winslet’s simmering, understated portrait of Mary Anning, a self-trained paleontologist in 19th century Dorset, is as powerful as the wind-whipped seaside landscape where she daily collects and catalogues fossils. Hired on as a companion for Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), the young wife of a visiting geologist, a secret language is discovered: of shared loneliness, intimacy, and unquenchable desire. A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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APPLES (MILA) WORLD CINEMA

Greece/Poland/Slovenia 2020, 91 min Director Christos Nikou In this surreal and beguiling deadpan comedy, a mysterious amnesia pandemic is sweeping the globe, and the only hope for those afflicted is an unusual recovery program that guides patients in constructing new identities from scratch. Funny, smart, and sneakily affecting, Apples is a mystifying existential odyssey into the core of what it means to embrace the present. A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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US 2019, 81 min Director Matthew Orr Following a mountain climbing accident which left him with two prosthetic legs, Augmented follows Hugh Herr’s lifelong quest to become a scientist at MIT and an expert in the area of prosthetics. Herr’s success leads to a major scientific breakthrough allowing bionic limbs to move and feel like the real thing.

Preceded by OUT ON A LIMB Canada 2019, 21 min Director Jordan Manley

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Brazil 2019, 75 min Director Bárbara Paz Winner of the Best Documentary on Film award at Venice, this meditative, moving film chronicles the end of Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Héctor Babenco’s (Kiss of the Spider Woman) life as he faces cancer and reflects on his career. Directed by his wife, Bárbara Paz, this stunning portrait brings Babenco back to life onscreen. US PREMIERE

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BANDAR BAND WORLD CINEMA |

Iran/Germany 2020, 75 min Director Manijeh Hekmat Three idealistic young musicians make their way to a battle-of-the-bands competition in Tehran, hoping a win will be their big break. Set during the cataclysmic floods that submerged large swaths of the country in the spring of 2019, Manijeh Hekmat brings her keen documentary eye and deep empathy for Iran’s regular folk to this joyful song-infused road movie.

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BANKSY MOST WANTED

VALLEY OF THE DOCS | France 2020, 82 min Directors Aurélia Rouvier & Seamus Haley Street artist Banksy’s meteoric rise to fame has left a huge lingering question: who is the person behind the name? This in-depth investigation of the celebrated provocateur entertains many differing theories of who exactly is pulling the strings while looking at the overwhelming impact Banksy’s art has had throughout the world. TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

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THE BEE GEES: HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART WORLD CINEMA

US 2020, 110 min Director Frank Marshall The Gibb brothers—Robin, Barry, Maurice, and later on, Andy—came to fame as The Bee Gees with falsetto harmonies as tight as their signature pants. Frank Marshall’s infectiously watchable, foot-tapping film is a trip through their lives and times, their highs and lows—and that era-defining soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever that helped cast them among music’s immortals. A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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US 2020, 81 min Director Erika Cohn A woman in a California prison sends an impassioned, desperate letter to an ambitious lawyer pleading for help, setting off a shocking investigation into the Department of Corrections’ dark history of forced sterilizations. This unlikely pair teams up to explode the extraordinary truth of modern-day eugenics occurring throughout the US.

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THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD DOCLANDS

ART OF IMPACT |

US 2020, 85 min Director Yael Bridge Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign brought unprecedented focus on the notion of socialism in the context of the United States. Since then, socialists have won seats in both houses of Congress while others equate socialism with totalitarianism. This thorough, thoughtful, and engaging film tracks the history of socialism in America and dispels many of the myths that are so often promulgated in public discourse. WORLD PREMIERE

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BINTI

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Belgium 2019, 90 min Director Frederike Migom Binti is a budding YouTube star who dreams of making a permanent home with her Congolese father in Belgium where they live without legal documentation. An incredibly charming cast and energetic storytelling provide a real-world look at immigration that brings a complex issue into relatable focus for kids and adults. Age 9+

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BLITHE SPIRIT WORLD CINEMA

UK 2020, 95 min Director Edward Hall Judi Dench ascends to the astral plane as the impeccably inept spiritualist Madame Arcati in this spectacular Noël Coward adaptation. Alongside a stellar cast including Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, and Isla Fisher, Dame Judi truly breaks through to the other side as Arcati, whose attempts to follow The Art of the Séance (wink-wink nudge-nudge) spin an endlessly entertaining yarn. WORLD PREMIERE

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THE BOOK MAKERS DOCLANDS • WONDERLANDS US 2019, 58 min Director James Kennard Don’t you just love the smell of a good book? Bay Area-bred filmmaker James Kennard taps into the tangible connection humans have to physical books, profiling the talented artists, authors, collectors, and historians who retain and preserve the artistry and craft of bookmaking. Featuring interviews with Dave Eggers, Daniel Handler, Peter Koch, and more.

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US 2020, 90 min Director Judith Ehrlich Oscar®-nominated director Judith Ehrlich combines breathtaking news footage and moving testimonials to offer a snapshot of America at a historical turning point. Ehrlich points her camera toward the nonviolent warriors who actively opposed the military draft during the Vietnam War, eventually leading to the end of both the draft and the war. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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CHARLATAN WORLD CINEMA |

Czech Republic/Ireland/Poland/Slovak Republic 2020, 118 min Director Agnieszka Holland

What profound secrets live in the heart of a healer? Veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland explores the complex character of renowned Czech herbalist and healer Jan Mikolášek in this radiantly atmospheric and deeply humanistic portrait of a flawed yet gifted man performing medicinal miracles far ahead of his time. A Telluride Film Festival Selection NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

CITIZEN PENN DOCLANDS

ART OF IMPACT

US 2020, 93 min Director Don Hardy On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti affecting millions of people, and among those driven to help was Oscar®-winning actor and filmmaker Sean Penn. Citizen Penn chronicles the moment Penn and his team of volunteers landed in Haiti just days after the earthquake and the decade since.

Preceded by THE WAY HOME: THE MOST VULNERABLE US 2020, 10 min Director Camille Servan-Schreiber

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US 2020, 121 min Director Justin Baldoni Following his feature directorial debut Five Feet Apart, actor-turned-director Justin Baldoni brings us another triumph of the human heart. Starring Fin Argus and Neve Campbell, this Disney+ original movie covers the inspiring, all-too-brief life of teen YouTube star Zach Sobiech, who captured the hearts and attention of the world with his hit single “Clouds” while battling a rare bone cancer. Clouds launched CFI Education’s 2020-21 Teen Wellness Film Series presented in partnership with the Tam Union High School District Wellness Center. WORLD PREMIERE SPONSORED BY MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

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US/UK/China 2020, 87 min Director Shalini Kantayya After Joy Buolamwini revealed the racial and gender biases built into facial recognition software, the MIT academic turned to activism. Following Buolamwini’s work as leader of the Algorithmic Justice League, documentarian Shalini Kantayya shows us the awesome power these computer algorithms already wield and how women like Buolamwini are leaning in for change.

SPONSORED BY ANONYMOUS AND MARIN MAGAZINE

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THE COMEBACK TRAIL US CINEMA

US 2020, 104 min Director George Gallo From the writer of Midnight Run comes the ultimate, retro Drive-In movie! It’s 1974, and producer Max Barber is deep in debt to the mob. He devises an insurance scam to save himself and his partner from ruin. If you’re up for a flick that flips stereotypes and tramples taboos, drive on over, tune in, and enjoy the ride. With Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, and Tommy Lee Jones onscreen, isn’t that just what you need? SPONSORED BY NICE GUYS DELIVERY

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CURRENT SEA DOCLANDS

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Malaysia/US/Cambodia 2020, 87 min Director Christopher Smith Two very different men—Matt Blomberg, an Australian investigative journalist, and Paul Ferber, a former British police officer—find new lives separately in Cambodia and become unexpectedly bound together by a common cause: putting a stop to illegal fishing by creating a marine conservation area in the Gulf of Thailand.

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US 2020, 108 min Director Maria Finitzo With humor and candor in equal measure, The Dilemma of Desire follows a quartet of remarkable women whose work in science, academia, industrial design, and art has paved the way for a better understanding of women’s sexual desire, anatomy, and health in an era where women’s rights are once again under fire.

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THE EVENING HOUR US CINEMA |

US 2020, 114 min Director Braden King The Southern Appalachian Mountains echo with beauty and remorse in this powerfully empathetic portrait of a rural community struggling against a rising tide of opioid addiction. Director Braden King (Here) conjures an evocative web of hardship and hope, with a luminous cast which includes Lili Taylor, Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, and Cosmo Jarvis.

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THE FALCONER VALLEY OF THE DOCS |

US 2020, 73 min Director Annie Kaempfer Rodney Stotts learned how to rescue and train predatory birds and, in the process, rescued himself from a life of violence and petty crime on the streets of DC. With a cinema vérité style, director-cinematographer Annie Kaempfer shows Stotts as he builds a bird sanctuary in rural Maryland to help others form these same healing bonds with nature. WORLD PREMIERE

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US 2020, 95 min Director Ekwa Msangi Years ago, Walter fled from war-torn Angola to America. Newly reunited with his wife and daughter, all three must adjust to their new life together in very different ways. From its beautiful opening image, Tanzanian American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi’s debut brims with an extraordinary humanity, as well as being blessed by three pitch-perfect central performances.

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UK/France 2020, 97 min Director Florian Zeller Masterful writing meets masterful performances as the spry but stubborn Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), whose grip on reality is ever-eroding, continually thwarts daughter Anne’s (Olivia Colman) efforts to find him a caretaker. The brilliant twist: The story is told via Anthony’s shifting perceptions, which, rendered through Hopkins’ extraordinary performance, makes for a breathtaking experience. A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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FIVE YEARS NORTH DOCLANDS

ART OF IMPACT

US 2020, 85 min Directors Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple Winner of DocPitch 2018, Five Years North follows Luis, a teenager from Guatemala, to New York to forge a new life as an undocumented immigrant, as well as a Cuban American ICE agent patrolling Luis’s neighborhood. The film captures two sides of one of America’s most heated issues.

Preceded by THE ROADS MOST TRAVELED US 2020, 25 min Director Bill Wisneski and THE UNDOCUMENTED LAWYER US 2020, 18 min Directors Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci

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FREELAND US CINEMA |

US 2020, 80 min Directors Kate McLean & Mario Furloni In the woods of Humboldt County, aging pot farmer Devi (endearingly portrayed by Krisha Fairchild) has always been able to artfully cultivate her cannabis strains with loving care. But as legalization pushes toward corporatization, she must come to terms with the potential loss of her livelihood in a rapidly-paced industry that is leaving her behind.

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Argentina/Spain 2020, 114 min Director Ariel Winograd Buckle up for this wildly entertaining ride through the thrilling execution of one of the greatest bank heists in Argentinian history. This sly and mesmerizing tale is amplified by droll humor and its magnetic leading men duo of Guillermo Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Diego Peretti (The German Doctor, MVFF36).

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HERE WE ARE WORLD CINEMA

Israel/Italy 2020, 94 min Director Nir Bergman This tender drama about a father and son stars Shai Avivi as a graphic designer who goes on one last road trip with his autistic adult child (Noam Imber) before taking him to a special facility. Nir Bergman’s gentle, wise film meticulously charts how both characters learn to say goodbye without ever saying a word. US PREMIERE

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HERSELF WORLD CINEMA |

Ireland/UK 2020, 97 min Director Phyllida Lloyd Delivering an uncompromisingly powerful performance, beloved stage actor Clare Dunne makes a triumphant transition to the silver screen, working from a beautiful script she co-wrote with Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did). Floating between living situations with her young two daughters, Sandra decides, if the perfect home doesn’t exist, why not build it herself?

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UK 2019, 91 min Director Jen Randall In 2011, 26-year-old Sarah Outen decided she needed a life-changing adventure, opting to circumnavigate the globe by human power alone. She travelled over 20,000 miles by bike, kayak, and rowboat across multiple continents as well as the Atlantic. Home intimately and unflinchingly captures Outen’s journey, telling a story of heart and soul, of struggle and joy.

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US 2020, 66 min Director Spencer Wilkinson US/Mexico 2020, 111 min Director Heidi Ewing Oscar® nominee Heidi Ewing makes her first foray into narrative cinema with this epic romance between two Mexican men who risk everything by relocating to New York as undocumented immigrants. This double prizewinner at Sundance is a heartfelt, lyrical testament to the dreamers searching for a new beginning in what was once the land of opportunity.

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THE INFINITE RACE DOCLANDS

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US 2020, 70 min Director Bernardo Ruiz A decade after Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run introduced the world to the athletic feats of the marathon runners of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe of Mexico, Emmy®-nominated director Bernardo Ruiz offers an in-depth portrait of the community’s attempts to overcome external threats of nearby drug cartels and diminishing crops.

Preceded by MERHAWI South Africa 2018, 4 min Director James Walsh

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JACKIE & OOPJEN FAMILY FILMS |

Netherlands 2020, 90 min Director Annemarie van de Mond Night at the Museum vibes infuse this charming, funny friendship tale between a precocious 12-year-old and a Rembrandt painting come to life. Oopjen steps out of her famous portrait in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to search for her long-lost sister. Resourceful Jackie comes to her aid and finds an unexpected BFF from another era. Age 9+ NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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JUMBO

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France/Luxembourg/Belgium 2020, 94 min Director Zoé Wittock One of the most talked-about films at both Sundance and the Berlinale this year, Jumbo is a neon-lit fable of an unlikely romance that unfolds in the after hours of an amusement park. Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, MVFF42) delivers a fearless yet delicate performance in Zoé Wittock’s exuberant feature debut, and it’s an amazing ride all the way. TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

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South Africa 2019, 87 min Director Judy Naidoo In an impoverished South African neighborhood, two young Indian boys join forces to take down a local hoodlum in this exuberant, silly, sly, action-packed, sometimes gritty, and unexpectedly moving paean to boyhood, friendship, and classic Bollywood cinema. Age 11+

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US 2020, 108 min Director Noah Hutton In an alternate present, the world has fully embraced a version of the gig economy that pits man against machine. Middle-aged ex-hustler Ray, in an effort to raise enough cash to help his ailing brother, finds himself enlisted in a get-rich-quick scheme that is not as simple as it seems.

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US 2020, 156 min Director Alison Ellwood In the 1960s, the woodsy community of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles became home to a who’s who of the nascent rock-and-roll musical scene. Alison Ellwood (The Go-Go’s) brings together a highly entertaining array of contemporary interviews, home movie footage, and vintage performance clips in this rollicking feature.nascent rock-and-roll musical scene.

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LOS HERMANOS/THE BROTHERS WORLD CINEMA | US 2020, 108 min Directors Ken Schneider & Marcia Jarmel Geopolitical forces separate Cuban brothers and virtuosos Aldo and Ilmar López-Gávilan, even as their love of music unites them. Tracing their efforts to maintain their musical and familial bonds, Los Hermanos/The Brothers is an exuberant and tender paean to the enduring power of music, family, and home. Featuring an original score by Aldo and Ilmar.

Preceded by ABUELOS US 2020, 8 min Director Rodrigo Reyes

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MAINSTREAM US CINEMA |

US 2020, 94 min Director Gia Coppola When she meets a strange and magnetic man in a mouse costume at the mall and secretly films his anti-capitalist rant, Frankie (Maya Hawke) unexpectedly turns her new friend into a viral sensation. Featuring a larger-than-life performance by Andrew Garfield, Gia Coppola’s sophomore film is a vibrant, timely satire of celebrity in the influencer age. A Telluride Film Festival Selection NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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MASTER CHENG (MESTARI CHENG) WORLD CINEMA

Finland 2019, 114 min Director Mika Kaurismäki It’s a beautiful summer day in Lapland, when a mysterious Chinese gentleman and his young son arrive in the remote village looking for an individual no one seems to know. The town’s inhabitants are about to discover delicious Chinese food in this gentle romantic comedy from Finnish auteur Mika Kaurismäki.

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MAXIMA

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US 2019, 88 min Director Claudia Sparrow Indigenous farmer Máxima Acuño lives in harmony with nature, raising her sheep in the Peruvian Andes. When a local gold mine seeks to expand its operations, threatening her land and way of life, Máxima inspires the community to fight back, in this stirring David-versus-Goliath story of environmental justice

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MY DONKEY, MY LOVER & I (ANTOINETTE DANS LES CÉVENNES) WORLD CINEMA |

France 2020, 107 min Director Caroline Vignal This bright Gallic comedy centers on a Parisian school teacher (Laure Calamy, in a hilarious star-making turn) who impulsively decides to stalk her married lover on his familial hiking vacation astride an adorable ass named Patrick. Along the way, she forms an unlikely bond with her immovable pack mule while overturning stubborn-ass clichés about the Other Woman. TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS (LOS NOMBRES DE LAS FLORES) WORLD CINEMA |

Bolivia/Qatar/Canada 2019, 79 min Director Bahman Tavoosi On the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s execution, the schoolteacher who served him a final bowl of soup is determined to claim her part in history. But is she lying—and does it matter? This breathtakingly photographed film is a rumination on truth’s fluidity, governmental oppression, and life on the Bolivian plateau.

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US 2019, 84 min Directors Kevin S. Bright & Jeff Consiglio Who is Doc Severinsen? The colorfully dressed bandleader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson? A spectacular, underrated trumpet player? A complex man who prioritizes music over all else? Filled with terrific music and captivating television moments, this intimate, surprising film portrait examines the fascinating life of this internationally famous (and enigmatic) figure.

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NOMADLAND US CINEMA |

US 2020, 108 min Director Chloé Zhao Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. A Telluride Film Festival Selection SPONSORED BY BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL, INC. AND NANCY P. AND RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI US CINEMA |

US 2020, 114 min Director Regina King On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gather to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom, Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Premiering at this year’s Venice Film Festival, One Night in Miami is the feature directorial debut of Oscar®-winning actor Regina King.

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THE OUTSIDE STORY US CINEMA

US 2020, 85 min Director Casimir Nozkowski In this heartfelt and funny romp, a phenomenal Brian Tyree Henry plays Charles, a video editor who makes a living pre-cutting in memoriam tributes to still-living celebrities. While lamenting a recent heartbreak, this textbook introvert accidentally locks himself out of his apartment, forcing him to rely on his eccentric neighbors for help.

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PIANO TO ZANSKAR DOCLANDS • WONDERLANDS Opening on the vast and awesome landscape of the Himalayas, Piano to Zanskar follows piano tuner Desmond “Gentle” O’Keefe, his young assistants, a team of local Sherpas, and various yaks and ponies, as they travel to the majestic, remote village of Lingshed to deliver a piano.

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PLAYING FOR KEEPS VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2020, 61 min Director James Redford Confronting the stresses of everyday modern society with an upbeat optimism, Playing for Keeps examines the positive impacts of recreation on the mind, body, and spirit to combat our challenging lives. This film looks at the value of play in ways that satisfy the scientifically and socially curious.

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US 2020, 96 min Director David Garrett Byars Focusing on the eminent destruction of some of America’s Public Lands, director David Garrett Byars enlists a slew of journalists, land historians, tribal leaders, and government whistleblowers to present the story of citizens fighting to protect and preserve our unique cultural heritage. Executive produced by Robert Redford.

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QUEEN WITHOUT LAND (DRONNING UTEN LAND) DOCLANDS

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Norway 2018, 70 min Director Asgeir Helgestad Over the course of four years, wildlife photographer and filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad tracks and documents the lives of a family of polar bears within a breathtaking and beautiful ecosystem imminently impacted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at record speed.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS |

US 2019, 89 min Director Freida Lee Mock By relying on Ginsburg’s own words and actions, as illuminated by carefully culled archival footage and interviews, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock covers the full breadth of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, views, and career. Furthermore, Mock succeeds in creating a compelling portrait as authentic, poignant, and powerful as the Justice herself.

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RUTHLESS SOULS WORLD CINEMA |

US 2020, 85 min Directors Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar Canada 2019, 84 min Director Madison Thomas An Ojibwe artist leans on the unconditional support of her two lifelong friends to begin to heal, to trust, and to love again, following the sudden loss of her partner. Utilizing vibrant visual art, music, and powerful spoken word poetry, Ruthless Souls tells a down-to-the-bone tale of healing and closure, a testament to the resilience of chosen family. US PREMIERE

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US 2019, 94 min Director Ira Deutchman The untold story of Donald Rugoff, the mercurial movie baron who became a deeply influential figure in independent cinema before fading into relative obscurity. Through an array of colorful interviews with directors like Costa-Gavras, Lina Wertmüller, and Robert Downey, Sr., Rugoff’s impact as an exhibitor, distributor, and innovator in art films is vividly detailed.

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US 2020, 102 min Director Cooper Raiff College freshman Alex is struggling with living away from home and can’t quite figure this whole college thing out. When he meets Maggie, an RA in his dorm, they form a strong connection during one eventful night. Brimming with humor and sincerity, this Grand Jury Award winner from SXSW presents an exciting new voice in American independent film.

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SISTERS: THE SUMMER WE FOUND OUR SUPER POWERS (TOTTORI! SOMMEREN VI VAR ALENE) FAMILY FILMS

Norway 2020, 78 min Directors Silje Salomonsen & Arild Østin Ommundsen Nine-year-old Vega and five-year-old Billie set out on a playful camping trip with their father, but must embark on an epic wilderness adventure to save him after a sudden accident. Tested by the crisis, these remarkable sisters triumph by discovering the superpowers in their relationship and within their hearts. Age 8+ NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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SOUND OF METAL US CINEMA

US/Belgium 2019, 130 min Director Darius Marder Beginning with a ringing in his ears, a heavy metal drummer (a career-best Riz Ahmed in an absolutely showstopping performance) discovers he’s on the verge of total deafness and is forced to learn how to navigate a brave new noiseless world. Director Darius Marder completely immerses you in his protagonist’s perspective, underlining how this loss helps a broken man regain his soul.

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France 2020, 73 min Director Suzanne Lindon In one of the year’s most striking debuts, writer-director-actor Suzanne Lindon firmly establishes herself as an artist to watch. When her sixteen-year-old lead character (played by Lindon), bored by school and her peers’ mindless chatter, meets a handsome actor (Arnaud Valois, BPM, MVFF40) twenty years her senior, sparks fly. Lindon captures the elation and confusion of first love with an authenticity and creativity rarely accomplished onscreen. TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

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STAR WARS, EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK US CINEMA

US 1980, 127 min Director Irvin Kershner

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back at the Drive-In—as it was meant to be seen! “It is a dark time for the Rebellion.” Four decades later, these words still ring with delicious, ominous anticipation, promising exactly what they did when we first read them: the best sequel of all time to the most revolutionary sci-fi film in history, George Lucas’s Star Wars.

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STOP FILMING US VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Netherlands 2020, 95 min Director Joris Postema Dutch documentarian Joris Postema sets out to show life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s troubled northeast beyond the bleeding headlines of western news. When his largely local crew begins calling out the film’s slanted approach, Postema ends up with a stirring reflection on the complexities of cross-cultural representation. US PREMIERE TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

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SWEET THING US CINEMA

US 2020, 91 min Director Alexandre Rockwell A beautiful lo-fi black-and-white ode to the magical resilience of childhood, Alexandre Rockwell’s stunningly rendered film centers on a tightly-bonded sibling duo who try to break free from their dysfunctional home life. Liberating themselves from neglectful, self-absorbed parents, Billie and Nico reclaim their own wild and windswept world of music, poetry, adventure, and freedom. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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US 2020, 114 min Director Eugene Ashe In the summer of 1957, gifted saxophonist Robert meets ambitious Sylvie, and thus begins their love story which endures disapproving parents, overseas opportunities, a fiancé at war, and time itself. With its sultry soundtrack and stunning costumes, this sweeping romantic journey creates a world easy to disappear into, so easy that you may not ever want to leave.

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER NEW ORLEANS VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2020, 66 min Director Martin Shore Packed with thrilling performances, this musical travelogue is a joyous portrait of the history and continuing evolution of the New Orleans music scene. Martin Shore’s sequel to the Memphis-focused Take Me to the River puts the audience in the recording studio with one-of-a-kind legends like Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Ani DiFranco, Big Freedia, and Snoop Dogg. Shown as a work-in-progress.

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TEDDY, OUT OF TUNE US CINEMA

US 2020, 66 min Director Daniel Freeman Wayward street musician Teddy embarks on a road trip to Canada to spread his mother’s ashes in this remarkable and poignant narrative/documentary hybrid. With little more than the piano tethered to his truck, Teddy’s solitary journey quickly becomes one of camaraderie and healing as he encounters various friends and characters along the way.

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TEST PATTERN US CINEMA |

US 2019, 91 min Director Shantara Michelle Ford In Shatara Michelle Ford’s award-winning Test Pattern, a young interracial couple’s idyllic life is challenged when Renesha is sexually assaulted by a stranger. As her boyfriend Evan pushes her to obtain a rape kit, the film compassionately examines the intersection of race, romance, and gender in an unjust system.

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Lesotho/South Africa/Italy 2019, 120 min Director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese From the tiny African country of Lesotho, this beautiful film parable features an octogenarian who ignites a people’s movement of protest when she discovers her village and its graveyard are earmarked for flooding to make way for a new reservoir. Documentary detail combines with magic realism, in this strikingly original Sundance award winner.

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THREE SUMMERS (TRÊS VERÕES) WORLD CINEMA |

Brazil/France 2019, 94 min Director Sandra Kogut Gregariously quippy housekeeper Madá’s (a terrific Regina Casé) boss has been implicated in a countrywide corruption scandal, and the luxury home’s remaining staff are left behind waiting for back wages. Reflecting the real-life scandal that helped topple Brazil’s most powerful politicians, this rich dramedy sharply examines class as Madá uses her ingenuity and dry humor to keep the household afloat. US PREMIERE

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ART OF IMPACT |

US 2020, 85 min Director Garrett Bradley Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, activist, and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a robbery they both committed long ago in a moment of desperation. Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Rob over the years with intimate glimpses into her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations of the prison-industrial-complex—a legacy of slavery in America.

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THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS VALLEY OF THE DOCS |

Italy/US/Greece 2020, 84 min Directors Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw Within the breathtaking forests of Northern Italy, directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw paint a rich and joyous portrait of the gatekeepers of the area’s rare and exclusive delicacy. Meet a merry and eccentric band of elderly men and their highly skilled canines who carry on an age-old tradition of procuring the Alba truffle. A Telluride Film Festival Selection

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TRUST ME VALLEY OF THE DOCS |

US 2020, 91 min Director Roko Belic From confirmation bias to fake news, Trust Me examines the psychological effects and social ramifications of the spread of misinformation on society, democracy, and our mental health. Outlining both problems and solutions, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Roko Belic (Genghis Blues, Happy) explores how we consume and process media in the digital age, stressing the urgent need for media literacy and journalistic integrity.

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UNCLE FRANK US CINEMA

US 2020, 95 min Director Alan Ball In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe (Paul Bettany) and his 18-year-old niece Beth (Sophia Lillis) take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch’s funeral, they’re unexpectedly joined by Frank’s lover Walid (Peter Macdissi). Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under).

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Germany/France 2020, 90 min Director Christian Petzold Endlessly enchanting, twisty, and unfolding not so much as a slow burn as an ever-tightening vice grip, German auteur Christian Petzold has crafted a sophisticated and shimmering magical realist fantasy romance unlike any other. The spellbinding stars of Transit (MVFF41), Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski, are reunited as a pair of star-crossed lovers whose attraction to water may harbor life-altering secrets.

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US KIDS VALLEY OF THE DOCS |

US 2020, 101 min Director Kim A. Snyder A hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, documentarian Kim A. Snyder’s latest feature is an inspiring portrait of the courageous teenagers of Parkland, Florida. After surviving the tragic mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, these kids created and led the 2018 March for Our Lives youth movement against gun violence.

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VEINS OF THE WORLD (DIE ADERN DER WELT) FAMILY FILMS |

Germany/Mongolia 2020, 97 min Director Byambasuren Davaa In Byambasuren Davaa’s beautifully shot child’s-eye view of nomadic life on the Mongolian steppe, young Amra daydreams of appearing on Mongolia’s Got Talent. But after a sudden, tragic accident, he must grow up quickly to protect his family and carry on a legacy of defending his people and lands from threats posed by avaricious mining interests. Age 10+

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Netherlands 2020, 89 min Director Threes Anna After fifty years spent on a tiny, remote island, a bird sanctuary warden faces an uncertain future when he learns his post will be shut down. Director Threes Anna captures the complexities of self-imposed solitude in a beautiful film allegory that fits our current pandemic era, revealing the joys of finding oneself face to face again with another human being. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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US 2020, 89 min Director Rebecca Richman Cohen Two intergenerational families of farmers on two separate continents—one a Southern Rhône biodynamic vineyard and the other a Humboldt County organic cannabis farm—share many of the same challenges as they adapt to changing times and prepare the businesses to be passed onto the next generation. US PREMIERE TV5MONDE | CFI FRENCH CINEMA SPONSOR

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SHORTS PROGRAMS 5@5 BREAKOUT FAMILY FILMS

Total Program 84 min | Often referred to as “digital natives,” today’s youth filmmakers display talent that extends far beyond their fluency in technology—it’s evident in their storytelling, their creativity, their fearlessness. This year’s collection of peer-reviewed youth-produced shorts spans genres from animation to documentary, comedy to sci-fi, and showcases an international cohort of storytellers eager to forge new paths for the future of film. Age 12+

BASKETHOOD Hong Kong 2020, 8 min, Director Tsz Shun CHOW A CURE FOR HUMANITY US 2020, 6 min, Directors Jared Fontecha, Iziyah Robinson THE DUMMY US 2020, 5 min, Director Sidney Keuhn FOR YOUR MEMORY US 2020, 3 min, Director Katrina Kwok GOLEM US 2020, 1 min, Director Theo Taplitz I’LL BE THERE US 2019, 10 min, Director Kallista Palapas IT’S NICER HERE US 2020, 9 min, Director Kane Parsons MIGRANTES US 2019, 10 min, Directors Ian Duncanson, Ethan Swope THE MOVIE ABOUT US Hong Kong 2020, 9 min, Director Keung Chor-Kiu NO FAN OF ANDY US 2019, 7 min, Director Kai Tomizawa THE PAINTER US, 3 min, Director Vivian Blantz POTLUCK US 2019, 4 min, Directors Olivia Squires, Jared Goudsmit SEEING THINGS IN BLACK AND WHITE US 2020, 3 min, Director Ashley Lee

SIDE EFX India 2019, 1 min, Students of Toon Club & Oberoi International School WE STILL MATTER 7 min, Directors Talia Smith, Ashalia Dawkins, Sophia Kerner, Lauren Pyfer

5@5 KILBURN TOWERS 5@5 SHORTS

Total Program 102 min | “I am a street watching the people walk as I listen to conversations glisten as they start to talk.” In this documentary shorts program, we present a collection of true-life tales from Bay Area directors about extraordinary individuals. This is a wonderful set of stories taking place in our own backyard.

CAREGIVER: A LOVE STORY US 2020, 23 min, Directors Kevin Gordon, Jessica Zitter DENNIS: THE MAN WHO LEGALIZED CANNABIS US 2020, 19 min, Director Brandon Moore ONE THOUSAND STORIES: THE MAKING OF A MURAL US 2019, 14 min, Director Tasha Van Zandt PHYLLIS: A SELF PORTRAIT US 2020, 9 min, Director Harris Cohn

SACHEEN, BREAKING THE SILENCE US 2019, 26 min, Director Peter Spirer SMALL FOOTPRINT US 2019, 4 min, Director Deanne Fitzmaurice

5@5 LIVING IN CHICAGO 5@5 SHORTS

Total Program 98 min | “Will you show me someone who may treat me kind, or is this world I live in just a frame of mind?” The urge to test the bonds of old friendships and feel out new tenuous connections make for some very thoughtful and uplifting tales. Don’t miss this wonderful set of stories that speak deeply to matters of the heart.


AVALANCHE US 2019, 12 min, Director Heather Jack CIRCUS PERSON US 2020, 17 min, Director Britt Lower MIGHTY US 2019, 16 min, Director Lola Glaudini OUT OF PLACE US 2019, 19 min, Director Peier “Tracy” Shen SIGNS US 2020, 15 min, Director Jason Satterlund TOPPING OUT New Zealand/UK 2020, 15 min, Director Kerry Fox

5@5 NIGHT FEVER 5@5 SHORTS

Total Program 91 min “Listen to the ground. There is movement all around. There is something goin’ down. And I can feel it.” Characters face circumstances that range from challenging to harrowing in this collection of shorts that is both provocative and playful. This collection offers a lot of twists—some fun, some subversive, but none you’re likely to forget anytime soon.

ADELINE, THE GREAT US 2019, 11 min, Director Jessica Mendez Siqueiros THE BIRTH ORDER EXPERIMENT US 2019, 9 min, Director Tom Schroeder THE COLLECTOR France 2019, 7 min, Director Godefroy Ryckewaert FORT IRWIN US 2019, 11 min, Director Quinn Else IDEA Finland 2020, 3 min, Director Olli Huttunen IT’S WHAT SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED US 2020, 13 min, Director Nate Trinrud LITTLE CHIEF US 2019, 11 min, Director Erica Tremblay

ODE TO THE BEANS (ODA A LOS FRIJOLES) US 2020, 3 min, Director Karolina Esqueda STUCCO US 2019, 17 min, Directors Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling WALLY WENDA US 2020, 5 min, Director Diane Russo

LOVE & TEAMWORK: ANIMATION FOR ALL FAMILY FILMS

Total Program 68 min Nonverbal and in English. Looking for a small dose of comfort and cheer to counteract the darkness of your news feed? There’s no age restriction on appreciating this charming collection of uplifting animated shorts that highlight the power of love, friendship, and collaboration. It’s also a fun way to share the pure joy of film and storytelling with your youngest family members. Age 5+

FOR ESTEFANI, THIRD GRADE, WHO MADE ME A CARD US 2020, 3 min, Director Jordan Bruner THE FOX & THE PIGEON US 2020, 6 min, Directors Michelle Chua, Aileen Dewhurst, Sharon Gabriella, Viktor Ivanovski, Sang Lee, Tyler Pacana, Sikyung Kevin Sung, Morgan Thompson, Chelsea van Tol, Matt Walton, Steven Wang THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING Canada 2018, 22 min, Director Arna Selznick THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE UK/Germany 2019, 27 min, Director Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon WHAT’S MY SUPERPOWER? Canada 2019, 10 min, Director Neil Christopher, Monica Ittusardjuat


¡VIVA LOS NIÑOS! FAMILY FILMS |

Total Program 86 min

Nonverbal and in Spanish with English subtitles. MVFF’s ¡Viva el Cine! initiative continues its annual celebration of Spanish-language and Latin American films and stories with this festive collection of shorts for families and younger viewers. These kid-centric animated, narrative, and documentary films are a visual feast for both Spanish and English speakers alike. Age 9+

DOCLANDS SHORTS: NOTHING BUT THE FACTS!

DOCLANDS | Total Program 162 min

From remote lands and welcoming cultures, from immigration to innovation—we give you nothing but the facts in this program of DocLands short films!

A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE II: THE YEARS OF REPAIR US 2020, 9 min, Directors Kim Boekbinder, Jim Batt

11:40 Argentina 2018, 12 min, Director Claudia Ruiz

UNNÚR US 2019, 16 min, Director Chris Burkard

199 LITTLE HEROES: JESUS FROM MEXICO Germany/Mexico 2018, 6 min, Director Lina Luzyte

FROM KURILS WITH LOVE US 2020, 24 min, Director Taylor Rees

AILÍN ON THE MOON (AILÍN EN LA LUNA) Argentina 2018, 5 min, Director Claudia Ruiz

THE ROADS MOST TRAVELED US 2020, 25 min, Director Bill Wisenski

THE BLUE CAPE (LA CAPA AZUL) Puerto Rico 2019, 5 min, Director Alejandra López

THE LAST GLACIERS IN YOSEMITE US 2020, 4 min, Director Alexander Schwartz

CHAMPIÑON Colombia 2017, 8 min, Director Luber Yesid Zuñiga Ordoñez

DICK OGG: FISHERMAN US 2019, 9 min, Director Cynthia Abbott

THE CUBICBIRD (EL PÁJAROCUBO) Colombia 2019, 9 min, Director Jorge Alberto Vega

OUT ON A LIMB Canada 2019, 21 min, Director Jordan Manley

GIRASOL Venezuela 2019, 9 min, Director María Victoria Sánchez

MERWAHI South Africa 2019, 4 min, Director James Walsh

LAND WITHOUT EVIL (TIERRA SIN MAL) Argentina/Hungary 2017, 4 min, Director Katalin Egely

ONE WORD SAWALMEM US 2020, 16 min, Directors Natasha Deganello, Michael “Pom” Preston

RAMÓN Colombia 2020, 8 min, Director Natalia Bernal SHY & KETCHUP Chile 2019, 4 min, Director Teresa Romo SPELLIASMOUS Cuba/UK 2018, 3 min, Director Ben Garfield

MVFF SHORT BEFORE FEATURE ABUELOS US 2020, 9 min, Director Rodrigo Reyes

CALABRIA BY FEEL US 2020, 9 min, Director Maya Pisciotto BETWEEN THE NOTES US 2020, 15 min, Director Jordan Hwang THE WAY HOME: THE MOST VULNERABLE US 2020, 10 min, Director Camille Servan-Schreiber


COLETTE THE ARTIST NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE & ARTISTS’ WORKSHOP

For those looking to be uplifted and inspired, this special, online, international celebration of the premiere of the short film Colette the Artist was just the panacea. This special program included the North American film premiere, a Q&A with special guests, and an art-making workshop where audiences were encouraged to make their own pig art and join in Colette’s online International Pig Art Challenge! ABOUT THE FILM: Colette is a very special pig who lives in Todos Santos, Mexico. She’s a thinker, a pig-anthropist—and an artist of the world. She’s surrounded by people who love her, like Don Javier, her rescuer, who saved her bacon and recognized her true calling: Colette is an artist! Cubism, installations, conceptual art, video art: Colette has dabbled her trotters in the lot. And now, she’s out to conquer the world—and our hearts. Directors The Colettivo (Mexico 2020) 14 min

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MVFF & DOCLANDS CONVERSATIONS

For the past 42 years, we’ve had the pleasure of inviting many brilliantly talented guests to spend time in our house du homes – and what fun we had!

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MVFF43 Souvenir Guide  

Commemorative Souvenir guide for the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival. October 2020

MVFF43 Souvenir Guide  

Commemorative Souvenir guide for the 43rd Mill Valley Film Festival. October 2020

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