The 13th Annual Mendocino Film Festival, June 1-3 will screen 55 films from 18 countries, and this year Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg will offer more films than ever before. Sit back and relax in their comfortable new theater seats and enjoy a classic movie experience all three days of the festival. Get tickets here.
Something for Everyone in the Family
Children and families are represented with depth, humor, and a peek into worlds outside of the mainstream. Quest, an autobiographical film by Santiago Rizzo, chronicles the life of an at-risk youth—a tag artist on the streets Berkeley, and the football coach who helped him turn his life around. The audience- pleasing Short Films Program this year is Time and Travel, a lively selection from around the world about time, travel, and time travel.
Mr. Rogers and a Different Take on Families
Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a beautiful portrait of a truly kind and admirable man, Fred Rogers, who showed generations of children how important their ideas, thoughts, and feelings really are. The Florida Project is the story of a spunky six year old, her loving and rebellious mother, and other memorable characters who live a hardscrabble life in a budget motel near Disney World.
Hearts Beat Loud is about the father-daughter bond (and band) of a Brooklyn hipster and his sensible daughter who is about to go off to college. Summer is a moving and thoughtful autobiographical story of six-year-old Frida, whose mother passes away. Her aunt, uncle, and cousin are ready to welcome her, and Frida very slowly starts to feel at home with her family and new home in the countryside. See complete film selection here.
Three amazing documentaries
Brimstone and Glory illustrates how awe-inspiring and fiery revelry engulfs Tultepec, Mexico for ten days during the celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework-makers. Mountain is the enthralling saga of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers from Tibet to Australia, and Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters. Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverent bicycle crew.
The Guilty, Human Affairs, and RGB
The Guilty, a riveting Scandinavian thriller, combines a fast-paced crime story with a slow-burning character study, and both elements simply crackle with mystery. Human Affairs is a compassionate and sensitive account of a successful young couple in New York and their French surrogate, who is three months pregnant; the drama unfolds as the three spend a long weekend together in Manhattan. The portrait of feminist icon and “barrier-busting brainy Brooklynite,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg is sure to inspire in the documentary film RGB.
The Mendocino Film Festival will screen films all weekend June 1-3 at the Festival Tent, Matheson Performing Arts Center, and Crown Hall in Mendocino. Special events include opportunities to enjoy Q&A’s and panels with more than 20 attending filmmakers, an opening art reception with local artists and musicians, a stand-up comedy performance with San Francisco improv-comedy troupe The Bad Aunties, a live burlesque show with Les Filles Rouges, and a cello performance by Bonfire Madigan Shive.
See you at the movies!
The Coast Cinemas Mendocino Film Festival program is proudly sponsored by KOZT.fm, The Coast radio