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OPENS JANUARY 31 For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar®-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar® pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th. See who will win at Awards Night at the Rafael! Not Rated. Various Directors (2019).
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DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, NOON A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief, and mechanical dolls, a colorful storybook world brought to life in this treat for the whole family. Director: Ninette de Valois. 145 min.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, NOON This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences since 1946, casting its spell over anyone who sees it. Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, and Christopher Wheeldon. Director: Marius Pepita. 180 min.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, NOON Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, lyrical arias, celebratory choruses, and poignant scenes. This character-led production perfectly captures La Bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance, and tragedy, a co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Director: Richard Jones. 140 min RAFAELFILM.ORG
NO TIME TO WASTE:
AWARDS NIGHT: VIEWING PARTY
THE URGENT MISSION OF BETTY REID SOSKIN
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Doors 3:00, Red Carpet 4:30, Ceremony 5:00 Join us for a casual, come-as-you-are evening celebrating the 92nd Academy Awards®! Which of your MVFF42 or Rafael favorites will take home an Oscar®? The event includes free champagne and popcorn, drink tickets, cash bar for beer and wine, gourmet boxed dinners (with additional purchase), trivia, predict-the-winner contest & prizes, red carpet entrance, photo ops, and Hollywood’s Biggest Night on our Big Screens.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 4:00 In Person: Filmmakers CARL BIDLEMAN & DOUG MCCONNELL Invited Guest: BETTY REID SOSKIN No Time to Waste celebrates 98-year-old national park ranger Betty Reid Soskin’s life, work, and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story, illuminating the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color, and impacting the way the National Park Service conveys such history to audiences across the US. Director: Carl Bidleman (US 2019) 50 min. This event is not sponsored by, nor affiliated with, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
THE DOORS: BREAK ON THRU
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 7:00 In Person: Filmmaker TOM QUINN Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, Tom Quinn’s poignant film is an ode to smalltown life and the profound emotions that come with nostalgia and memories of the past. In tiny Colewell, Pennsylvania, residents gather at the post office for mail and gossip, while the days pass quiet and serene. When news comes that the office is to close, beloved clerk Nora (a marvelous Karen Allen) is left to fight for her job or consider retirement. Director: Tom Quinn (US 2019) 79 min.
OPENS FEBRUARY 7 16 Bars offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons, following a unique rehabilitation effort in the Richmond City Justice Center that invites inmates to write and record original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, four men collaborate on an album with Grammy-winning recording artist Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfolds, each of these men must unearth painful memories from the past, which hold a key to a new chapter in their lives. Director: Sam Bathrick (US 2018) 94 min. -4-
All proceeds from this event benefit the California Film Institute and its programs: the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, CFI Education, the Mill Valley Film Festival, DocLands Documentary Film Festival, and CFI Releasing.
A CELEBRATION OF RAY MANZAREK WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 7:00 A hybrid live concert and documentary capturing a 2016 tribute performance in Los Angeles, CA by surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger to honor fellow Doors member Ray Manzarek. Densmore and Krieger perform alongside a cast of all-star guest musicians including various members of the Foo Fighters, X, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane’s Addiction, Paul McCartney’s Band, Gov’t Mule, and more. Director: Justin Kruetzmann (US 2019) 100 min.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:00 Post-Film Panel Discussion Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Her is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. Rated R. Director: Spike Jonze (US 2013) 126 min
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
OPENS FEBRUARY 14 Veteran auteur Marco Bellocchio tackles the stranger-than-fiction tale of Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian crime boss who became the late 20th century's most famous state's witness against the Mafia in this visceral epic. Masterfully juggling crime drama, politics, and gripping courtroom intrigue, Bellocchio brings impressive dramatic flourishes to the story, placing it squarely alongside canonical masterworks of the Mafioso genre like Gomorrah and The Godfather. Director: Marco Bellocchio (Italy 2020) 135 min.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7:00 In Person: Filmmaker RICHARD LEVIEN The potentially devastating effects of immigration policy impacts one San Francisco family in this impressive first feature from local writer-director Richard Levien. Twelve-year-old Itan Bautista (a powerful Izabella Alvarez, Westworld) is studious, precocious, and tenacious, caring for her young brother Neto while their mother Yoana works multiple jobs to support their family – until the day the children return from school to find their home upended and Yoana arrested in an ICE raid. Director: Richard Levien (US 2018) 82 min.
OPENS FEBRUARY 21 Set on an isolated island in Brittany, France in 1760, Céline Sciamma’s incendiary Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an intimate and lush period piece that crackles with the intensity of first love. Artist Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a reluctant bride-to-be. Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse's first moments of freedom. In French with English subtitles. Rated R. Director: Céline Sciamma (France 2020) 119 min
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 4:15 In Person: Filmmaker ROB GARVER The now legendary New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael battled to make her mark — fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past, and a deep love of the arts. With over 35 new interviews and never-before seen archival material, What She Said is an unvarnished documentary portrait of a film criticism pioneer who was both admired and resented for what she said about art in an era of great moviemaking. Director: Rob Garver (US 2019) 95 min CFI French Cinema Sponsor
RIGOLETTO ON THE LAKE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, NOON Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork — compelling, blood-curdling, and beautiful — performed for the first time on the breathtaking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz, Austria. Directed and designed by Philipp Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular and unique setting by the shore. Director: Philipp Stölzl 140 min including 15 min intermission
CAT VIDEOFEST 2020
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2:00 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2:00 Our fuzzy overlords return to the big screen! Each year, Cat VideoFest curates a compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses (Keyboard Cat, we’re looking at you). CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need. What better way for humans to come together than by watching cats? Rated Paw. Director: Alex P. Kitten (US 2019) 70 min. A portion of proceeds benefit MARIN HUMANE
LONG STRANGE TRIP
OVERWHELM THE SKY
THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
ONCE WERE BROTHERS:
NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7:00 Directed by Amir Bar-Lev and produced by Martin Scorsese, this spellbinding epic captures the Grateful Dead’s wild, multi-decade journey from scruffy local hippies to the biggest band in the universe. Featuring never-before-seen concert footage and illuminating interviews with band members, Long Strange Trip captures the spirit of an eclectic ensemble who embraced freedom and fun above all else. Director: Amir Bar-Lev. (US 2017) 238 min. (includes 20 minute intermission)
OPENS FEBRUARY 28 The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. Rated PG-13. Director: Benh Zeitlin (US 2020) 112 min
ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND
OPENS FEBRUARY 28 Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of musician Robbie Robertson's life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson's friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more. Rated R. Director: Daniel Roher (US 2020) 102 min
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 7:30 In Person: Filmmaker DANIEL KREMER Billed as “An Existential Epic Neo-Noir,” Overwhelm the Sky loosely adapts and updates Charles Brockden Brown’s 1799 novel Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker. Eddie Huntly is an east coast radio personality who moves to San Francisco to marry Thea, the sister of his best friend Neil, a successful entrepreneur found murdered in Golden Gate Park shortly after Eddie's arrival. Eddie's obsession with the case unleashes a chain of unpredictable events that send him snooping into the life of a sleepwalking drifter with a mysterious, tragic, and possibly scandalous past. Not Rated. Director: Daniel Kremer. (US 2019) 175 mins
OPENS MARCH 6 In his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles his life’s adventures: moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times, and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham himself. Not Rated. Director: Mark Bozek (US 2020) 74 min .
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 7:00 In 2018, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason assembled an impressive touring line-up for his contribution to the legacy of the Floyd canon, A Saucerful of Secrets featuring Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris, and keyboardist Dom Beken. Don’t call it a tribute band: this psychedelic experience seeks to capture the spirit of Floyd and the era that produced it. Catch this concert film showcasing their live performance at London’s Roundhouse, a mind-expanding trip through rare gems from the early Floyd catalogue. (UK 2019) 125 min
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 7:00 In Person: Filmmaker GITA DESAI At once an inspiring, immersive cinematic experience as well as a definitive resource, Ayurveda Unveiled weaves together the history and essence of India’s wisdom of well-being through the healing tradition of Ayurveda with a detailed examination of the underpinning philosophy, fundamental principles, and approaches to harmonizing our inner and outer world. With contributions from the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners amidst locations of stunning beauty, what emerges is a timeless and all-encompassing science for enhancing life. Not Rated. Director: Gita Desai 90 min
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 4:15 The 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. The groundbreaking show is completely reimagined with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage, and costume designs. This powerful reinvention of the beloved family favorite is celebrated for its Grammy Award®-winning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance. Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, the Gala Performance will bring Riverdance to the big screen for the very first time! Running time 120 minutes
MATA HARI: THE NAKED SPY
INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL
CFI EDUCATION in partnership with CHILDREN FOR CHANGE presents
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 7:00 In Person: Filmmaker SUSAN WOLF At the height of her fame, Mata Hari’s erotic dances packed theaters across Europe, and her image graced the cover of Vogue. Within a decade she was gunned down by a firing squad convicted as a German spy. Over a century later, newly-discovered documents cast doubt on her guilt and reveal startling truths about her life. Was she a dangerous spy, whose boldness and sexuality threatened the establishment, or a victim entangled in a climate of blame? Not Rated. Directors: Susan Wolf, Machiel Amorison. (US 2018) 78 min
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 13 & 14 The Smith Rafael Film Center welcomes the 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival. The mission of the IOFF is to save our oceans one film at a time. Since its inception in 2004, each year the IOFF features a four-day ocean engagement event for audiences from around the world. Through the power of visual storytelling and independent films, audiences of all ages are inspired to become better ocean stewards, and help to protect our oceans. More info at intloceanfilmfest.org
RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 7:00 Post-Film Panel Discussion Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling reteamed for 2018’s First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon. The film focuses on Neil Armstrong, who spent years in training, risking his life during test flights until the fateful day in July, 1969 when the nation and the world watched in wonder as he and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embarked on the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight. This visceral, first-person account explores the sacrifices and cost to Armstrong and the nation while embarking on one of the most dangerous missions in history. Director: Damien Chazelle (US 2018) 138 min
THE STORY OF PLASTIC
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 4:15 The Story of Plastic reveals the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage and interviews shot over three continents illustrate the ongoing catastrophe, expose the dire consequences of the flood of plastic that is smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities, and heralds the global movement rising up in response. In English, Hindi, and Indonesian with English subtitles Director: Deia Schlosberg US 2019, 89 min
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OPENS MARCH 27 Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics in The Truth. Fabienne (Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Binoche) returns to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues between the mother-daughter duo, as Lumir takes issue with Fabienne's rose-colored version of the past. Rated PG. Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda (France/ Japan 2019) 106 min.
TEEN WELLNESS FILM SERIES
TUESDAY, MARCH 3 • 7:00 Desperate to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, teen filmmaker Jacqueline Monetta asks her peers to share their struggles with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and attempted suicide—and how they successfully sought help. Panel discussion to follow with guests to be announced. Presented in partnership with TUHSD Wellness Center $11.75 general, $8.50 seniors/youth, $7 CFI members
MY PLACE | MY STORY PREMIERE
OPENS APRIL 3 This absorbing saga of Kyle and Mike’s close yet fractured friendship elapses over a decade of conflict, growth, boozy showdowns, and awkward apologies. The Climb traverses a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak, and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane, and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships. Rated R. Director: Michael Angelo Covino (US 2020) 94 min.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19 • 6:00 Join us for the free world premiere screening of the short films produced by the teen filmmakers in our My Place | My Story digital storytelling workshop— powerful personal narratives created in just 5 days! Q&A and reception to follow The My Place premiere is free to the public, but a ticket is required to reserve your seat. Visit rafaelfilm.org.
FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 • NOON In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth to recover their personal histories. Discussion to follow with director Deann Borshay Liem, film subject Kim Stoker, and Professor Kim Park Nelson
MONDAY, MARCH 16 • NOON Haunted by the death of a mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine our national mental health crisis. Discussion to follow with Lynn Murphy, Mental Health Outreach Liaison, San Rafael Police and other guests TBA. Presented in partnership with NAMI Marin
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Schedule of selected programming at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA.