Mark your calendars for Take 6! June 3-5, 2011 for the 6th Annual celebration of independent films by the sea, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, and special events.The Mendocino Film Festival was established in 2006. Mendocino is known for its artistic and politically active population, so local audiences are informed, engaged and supportive. Our festival is loved by film-goers and filmmakers alike. Many Films have been made here at Mendocino, such as “East of Eden” (1954) with James Dean, “The Russians are Coming” (1965) with Alan Arkin, Jonathon Winters, “The Summer of 42″ with Jennifer O’Neil, “Same Time Next Year” (1978) with Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, “Racing with the Moon” (1983) with Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage, “Overboard” (1987) with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, “Karate Kid ll” ((1988) with Pat Morita, “Dying Young” (1990) with Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, “Forever Young” (1992) with Mel Gibson, “Pontiac Moon” (1993) with Ted Danson, Mary Steenbergen, “The Majestic (2001) with Jim Carey, and most recently “Shark Swarm” (2008) with Darryl Hannah, just to name a few.
Sydney PollackThe Mendocino Film Festival was honored to have Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) as our inaugural year special guest and advisor for two years. Best known as an acclaimed film director, Sydney Pollack, whose distinguished career included an Academy Award as best director for out of Africa (1985), and two director nominations, for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and Tootsie. Pollack became one of the worlds most versatile and fascinating film directors, producers, and actors, whose oeuvre includes “The Way We Were” (1973), “The Electric Horseman” (1979), “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “Absence of Malice” (1981), and “The Firm” (1993). Our second year (2007) over 70 filmmakers and celebrity guests attended the Mendocino Film Festival from around the country and across the globe. Special guest Albert Maysles attended for an intimate conversation and screening of the Beales of Grey Gardens, and in his enthusiasm for the festival offered to establish an annual award in his name, the Albert Maysles Award of Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking.
Albert MayslesIn 2008 the Mendocino Film Festival launched a new category of films, “Films for our Future”. This new catagory is guided by the words: Film for Our Future – Changing the world, one film at a time. Almost every single film in 2010 was represented by its directors. Given this rare proportion of filmmakers to regular attendees, combined with the intimacy of our venues, there was ample opportunity for film-goers to interact with screenwriters, directors, producers and celebrities from across the industry. For a complete listing of this years films scheduled for showing and where, go to Mendocino Film Festival. For lodging phone 707-937-2810 or online at reservations. For dinner phone 707-937-2810 or online at opentable.