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Mendocino Film Festival introduces Melissa Howden Managing Director



The Mendocino Film Festival is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Howden as the new Managing Director. She recently joined the Mendocino Film Festival Family, and she will be focusing on festival production and management for the next five months leading up to the Mendocino Film Festival scheduled for May 31 – June 2, 2013.

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Art and Socialogy from Mills College, a Mater’s Degree from Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University.

As a filmmaker, her films, Ancestors and Miss Clairol, have been screened by San Francisco International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, among others.

She has also worked for San Francisco International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival screening films, writing program notes, and as the Manager of guest Services. 

Melissa recently produced and directed Be Home Soon: Letters From My Grandfather, an intimate personal documentary about war and faith, love and loss, family myth and legacy, which premiered in 2012 at the Mill Valley Film Festival. 

Melissa has also spent the last two decades creating and producing high level events and fundraising strategies for social change, culture , the arts, education and politics. In her credit on the political scene she has produced assorted events including Town Hall meetings, with then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a nine city concert tour for Obama for President. She has also coordinated an event to stop violence against women and girls with Eve Ensler and Gloria Steinam. 


To start this years season will be 11 short films on Love. Join the Mendocino Film Festival for an encore screening of the wildly popular collection of short films on love from our 2012 festival. The date will be Saturday, February 16, with screening times at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 pm. at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino High School. Tickets $10. Click this link for buying your tickets online.

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