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Monday
Oct142013

VARIETY FOCUS ON DIRECTORS

 

Join us for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented by each of their dramatic projects. Our Moderator,Variety Features Editor Peter Caranicas, will conduct a lively conversation ranging from each of their artistic aspirations for their films to the nitty-gritty of the film business. We'll look at how each filmmaker integrates their creative hopes into a winning plan that incorporates marketing campaigns designed to attract audiences into each of their provocative and often disturbing stories which range from the daily brutality of slavery to a contemporary America still filled with ills and obstacles to our highest ideals.

There are many competitive races in what has come to be known as Awards Season, but perhaps no creative discipline draws more attention than that of film directing. This is especially true of the Oscars ever since the best picture competition has expanded to potentially ten entries, while the best director race remains locked in with five competitors. In 2013, an outstanding field of quality films has yielded many noteworthy works by the finest directors in film.

Variety has chosen Mill Valley as the site for their first Focus on Directors panel discussion and brought together five of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers: JC Chandor (All is Lost); Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station); (Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace); Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave); John Wells (August: Osage County).

Join us for a panel discussion featuring the following directors:

J.C. CHANDOR — All is Lost, Margin Call

RYAN COOGLER — Fruitvale Station

SCOTT COOPER — Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace

STEVE MCQUEEN — 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame

JOHN WELLS — August: Osage County, The Company Men

PANEL MODERATED BY Variety Features Editor Peter Caranicas


Saturday, October 12 • 11:00 AM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

$20 Members & Non-Members

 


 

 

Monday
Oct142013

J.C. CHANDOR BRINGS HIS LATEST —ALL IS LOST— TO MVFF36 

Writer-Director J.C. Chandor will be on hand for a Q&A session at the MVFF36 screening of his latest film All is Lost.

 

Following a 15 year long career directing, writing and producing commercials and documentaries, Chandor made his full length feature debut with the Oscar-nominated and Independent Spirit Award-winning Margin Call. All is Lost is his second film

All is Lost stars Robert Redford who gives a tour-de-force performance in this maritime epic of a man, a sailboat and the efforts of both to hold the elements at bay in this lean, economical and profoundly moving study in the nobility of survival.

See trailer HERE

 

Saturday, October 12, 3:30 PM
Smith Rafael Film Center

Complete film details and ticket info. HERE

 


 

 

Tuesday
Oct082013

KGO's PAT THURSTON INTERVIEWS MARK FISHKIN

On Sunday 6 October, KGO's Pat Thurston spoke with Mark Fishkin, Exec. Dir. and Founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival.

LISTEN HERE

PAT THURSTON PODCAST PAGE

Sunday
Oct062013

ACTRESS JORJA FOX TO INTRODUCE US PREMIERE OF LION ARK 

 

MVFF36 is proud to host the US Premiere of feature documentary Lion Ark on October 5th, at the CinéArts Sequoia Theatre in Mill Valley, with a special introduction by actress Jorja Fox who appears in the film.

Made more in the style of an action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows an ambitious and daring animal rescue. A shocking undercover exposé leads Bolivia to ban animal circuses. But the circuses defy the law and the Animal Defenders International (ADI) team behind the investigation returns to track them down, enforce the law and save the animals.

Known to 73 million viewers worldwide for her role as Sara Sidle in TV’s CSI, Jorja Fox is an ADI Ambassador and as well as appearing in the film her company Seafox Productions is an Associate Producer of LION ARK. Jorja says of the moving story, “What I didn’t realize, was that it was going to be an extraordinary story about the human spirit and what the human spirit can do when people come together.”

She witnessed the first steps of the lions on grass after their incredible 3,000 mile journey to safety during the film’s dramatic finale, noting “These animals are perhaps the world’s most fearsome and feared predators and that night it was so gentle and tender.”

After both Mill Valley Film Festival screenings–2pm Saturday October 5th & 3pm Tuesday 8th—the audience will be able to meet and question the rescue team and the production team behind LION ARK.

Jorja Fox: “There is a lot of excitement about LION ARK and we really hope that people will join us at Mill Valley Film Festival for the U.S. premiere. This is an uplifting story of bravery,

compassion, camaraderie and determination – how a poor but proud country said “no” to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent. That rare thing, a film about a serious issue that will leave you smiling.”

Tim Phillips, ADI Vice President and Director of Lion Ark: “The stars of Lion Ark are undoubtedly the lions. But the film also shows that when people come together and are determined they can change the world.” 

Complete film details and ticket info. HERE

Sunday
Oct062013

TRIBUTE TO GEOFFREY RUSH

 


Join us for this Tribute program during which Geoffrey Rush will be presented with the MVFF Award by director Philip Kaufman.

Immediately following the program at the Rafael, join us for a reception at the award-winning, and Marin County favorite, Italian restaurant Il Davide, just one block from the Rafael Film Center, at 901 A Street, in San Rafael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 9:15 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Complete details and ticket info. HERE