Elle Fanning launched her career at the tender age of three and now, at age 16, already has built an extraordinary body of work. As a child actress, she cultivated her craft opposite the best in the business—Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett, to name a few—and then landed breakout roles in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. Described as a “Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision” and a performer of “heartbreaking clarity and grace,” Fanning now has an enviable career grounded in thoughtful indie terrain (Ginger & Rosa) and studio successes (Maleficent). She continues to shine in current projects Low Down, Young Ones, and The Boxtrolls


Director Jeff Preiss | US 2014 114 min 

Elle Fanning is Amy-Jo, a teenager growing up in 1970s Los Angeles with her gifted but troubled jazz-pianist father, Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and her grandmother (Glenn Close). Director Jeff Preiss’s atmospheric imagery and spot-on casting immerse us in the ever-changing rhythms of the music and her story. 



Join us for the Spotlight Program featuring a conversation with Elle Fanning and a screening of LOW DOWN. Fanning will be presented with the MVFF Award.After the event, join us at Il Fornaio. Il Fornaio Corte Madera offers elegant dining and authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine.

Saturday, October 4 • 7:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Program and Reception:  $85. general / $75. CFI members
Program Only:  $45. general  |  $40. CFI Members