Ten years ago, a group of visionary film lovers founded the festival, and it has grown to include venues in Willits, the Anderson Valley, Point Arena and our own Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg.
Films will be shown at the Coast Cinemas starting on Saturday, May 30th and continuing through Sunday the 31st. The first film to show will be the comedic biography “3 Still Standing”. Set in the 1980’s in San Francisco, at the height of the stand-up comedy craze, this film shows the ups and downs of this volatile art over the thirty-year journey of three friends. The Short Film program (#2) “The Body Electric” will be shown next, featuring short films exploring the human expression of spirit and the qualities of courage, energy and determination. Ten individual films make up this inspiring program. Saturday’s last film will be one of the Festival favorites; “Harry and Snowman,” which also screens at the Seabiscuit Legacy Series at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits. The story of show jumping legend Harry deLeyer and Snowman, the horse that launched his career. Show time for #3 Still Standing” is 10:00A, “Shorts: The Body Electric” at 10:15A and “Harry and Snowman” at 10:30A.
Sunday brings another Festival favorite, “The Age of Love” set at a speed dating event for seniors. A winner at the Newport Beach Film Festival, this film promises both smiles and tears as it follows the experiences of ten speed daters. Shown at 10:00A, this film is not to be missed! At 10:15A, the Short Film program (#1) “10 Years of Festival Favorites” will be shown, and showcases many of the short films gathered over the first nine years of the Festival. The last showing in Fort Bragg will be at 10:30A on Sunday and will feature “Keep on Keepin’ On,” a jazz film sponsored and hosted by our own North Coast Brewing Company. The film is shot over five years, and depicts two unlikely friends; a blind 23-year old piano prodigy and his teacher, music legend Clark Terry, 89. The film is infused with soulfulness, crafted with great affection by Alan Hicks (another former student of Terry’s) as a homage to his teacher.
Enjoy some of the best of the Mendocino Film Festival in the comfort of Fort Bragg’s own Coast Cinemas. For ticket information, go to http://www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org, call 707-937-0171, or go to the Festival Headquarters at Oddfellows Hall on Kasten and Ukiah Streets in Mendocino. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door one hour before showtime (subject to availability, cash only, first come, first served).