The 2010 Mendocino Film Festival will be held on June 4, 5, 6. This year also includes the screenings of two Academy Award winning films
with their directors in attendance. This includes the Best Feature Documentary Award winner The Cove
, directed by Louis Psihoyos, won Best Documentary Feature. The film features Ric O’Barry, who trained the dolphins used in the television show “Flipper” as he seeks redemption, exposing the capture and secret slaughter of these highly intelligent creatures in Japan. Part documentary, part thriller, it is a gripping call to action. Also the music by Prudence
, directed by Roger Ross Williams, won Best Documentary Short. The piece shares the extraordinary life of a young disabled woman in Zimbabwe, whose singing and indominatable spirit help her overcome great cultural, emotional and physical challenges.
Also three Oscar Nominees. Starting with The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Best Documentary Feature nominee – What happened when a Pentagon insider armed only with his conscience and a file cabinet full of classified documents, challenged an “Imperial” Presidency to help end the Vietnam War. Rabbit a la Berlin – Best Documentary short nominee – The untold story of the wild rabbits that lived in a safe haven between the Berlin Walls until the barrier came down, and how they adapted to that change in a parallel to Berlin’s humans. Secret of Kells – Best Animated Feature nominee – Stunning animation brings to life 12 year old Brendan who has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him into an enchanted forest, where dangerous mythical creatures hide, to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells in this family film.
The Vision: The purpose of this festival is to present films that stimulate the creative connection between our inner being and the outer world, films that bring us closer to one another, films that remind us who we are. We seek strong stories and strong characters that move us to laugh, to cry, to pause and wonder about the human experience. We seek work that engages and empowers as it entertains, that ventures into realms beyond worn out conventions.
Inspiration: Mendocino has been inspiration and location for over sixty feature films. Such as Oscar winners like “Frenchman’s Creek” (1943), “Johnny Belinda” (1947), “East of Eden” (1954), “The Russians are Coming” (1965), “The Summer of 42″ (1970), “Same Time Next Year” (1978), and other greats such as “Dying Young” (Julia Roberts), “Overboard” (Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell), “Forever Young” (Mel Gibson), “Karate Kid lll” (Pat Morita), “The Majestic” (Jim Carey) just to name a few.
Come enjoy the Opening Party on Friday, June 4 from 5-7 pm. at the Hill House of Mendocino (where “Murder She Wrote” was filmed with Angela Lansbury). Meet the talented filmmakers over hors d’oeuvres, Blue Angel Vodka cocktails, wines from Goldeneye, Jeriko, and Pantianna and brews from the North Coast Brewing Company.
Albert Maysles Award for Excellance in Documentary Filmmaking, Saturday, June 5 at 3 pm at Crown Hall, $10. Widely revered as the “Dean of Documentary Filmmaking”, Albert Maysles joined us as our special guest and advisor in 2007. This year he will honor director and cinematographer Haskell Wexler with the third annual Albert Maysles Award for Excellance in Documentary Filmmaking. Join us for this special conversation and clips from Haskell’s work.
Coffee with Haskell Wexler and Bill Nichols, Sunday, June 6 at 11 am at the Little River Inn Abalone Room, $10. From low-budget documentaries to bigger than life IMAX films, the work Haskell Wexler span decades. Dr. Bill Nichols, an internationally known author and theorist on documentary filmmaking. This is a rare chance to participate with conversations with these renown gentlemen. They will discuss truth and reality in filmmaking and answer questions from the audience.
Magic and Conversations with Daniel Ellsberg & Wavy Gravy, Saturday, June 5, at 3 pm. at the Matheson Performing Arts Center $10. Join us as we reunite the two American heroes, Dan and Wavy met in prison while jailed for acts of civil disobedience related to their acts of civil disobedience related to their anti-war and anti-nuclear activism. In a casual, free form conversation they will respond to your questions, and even reprise some moments from their “Tornado of Talent” prison show, magic tricks and all.
Enjoy films on the arts, documentaries, short films, film for our future, and narrative films.
What’s the buzz:
1. “The Mendocino Film Festival has an image which is small town and charming while being t the same time world class and progressive. I’m very proud to be a part of it.” Jim McCullough, San Francisco, Film Commissioner
2. “After having screened my films at over 45 film festivals around the world, I can attest that the Mendocino Film Festival is one of the best festivals anywhere.” Jed Riffe, Filmmaker
3. “What a great and professional event! We went to six films over the 3 1/2 days and had a ball. Can’t wait for next year when we can bring more family and friends.” Susan Keller, PhD, Film-Goer
4. “The Mendocino Film Festival is the near perfect film festival. It is about great films, talented filmmakers and wonderful film lovers, all set in a breathtakingly beautiful place. Adrian Belic, Academy Award nominated filmmaker.
5. “The Mendocino Film Festival is a gem. We have been fortunate with our film Taking Root to have been invited to many of the top festivals in the world, for me. The Mendocino Film Festival is one of the very best … great films, caring people, all in a beautiful location.” Alan Dater, award-winning director of Taking Root.
6. “We had amazing audiences with insightful questions and interest in our projects, the BEST shorts program we’ve ever seen, a great group to network with, amazing accommodations, friendly and helpful volunteers & staff and the most beautiful location you could ask for! We highly recommend this festival to anyone looking to see spectacular films from around the world and to connect with their audience and others in the industry.” Nathan Lorch, director of “Struck”
7. “What I find amazing about the Mendocino Film Festival is the integrity of the whole operation, from the people in charge of the projection to the volunteers manning the hospitality suite, everyone is proud to be part of the festival. This attitude seems to sweep over the entire event producing the most attentive and appreciative audiences I’ve ever experienced. After my screening and Q & A on my way back to my seat an attractive woman leaped to her feet, thanked me for my film and kissed me on the lips – Now that’s the kind of appreciation I could get used to.” Will Farley, director of Shadow and Light