Our goal each year is to create
A festival program with weight,
And here on this wall
You’re privy to all
The final films with time and date.
For weeks now the staff has been plotting
This delicate work known as slotting--
Each detail we gloss
Each T we must cross
And every last I that needs dotting.
The challenges can be complex
In a wide array of respects:
Our heavy reliance
On format compliance
To match every theater’s specs.
We book honorees to embrace,
Then finding each party a space,
With sponsors on board,
Studios in accord,
The last pieces fall into place.
And then as filmmakers approve
Each necessary swap and move--
Voila! As a whole
This schedule has soul
With balance and just the right groove.
But you, the patrons, add that rare
Dimension of joy and of flair.
So please don’t forget
To join this film fete,
Our 35th Anniversaire.
There’s no doubt that film festivals run on the inexhaustible energy of the staff, the generous commitment of sponsors, and the remarkable loyalty and dedication of faithful patrons. And for this upcoming 35th anniversary of the Mill Valley Film Festival, that is especially true.