Mendocino Village Archives - Mendocino Film Festival

Diversity in Film: Claudia Puig’s Passion

By Kristin Suratt on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 in 2018, Coast Cinemas, Crown Hall, Documentary, Festival Tent, Fort Bragg, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, Narrative, News.

Diversity in film is something Mendocino Film Festival Program Director Claudia Puig is passionate about. A native Spanish speaker, Claudia studied at both Cambridge University and Universidad Ibero –Americana in Mexico City. She has served as a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and teaches a college course, Read the full article…


Dark Money: Kimberly Reed Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Friday, May 25th, 2018 in 2018, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

Dark Money, an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2018, is a political thriller that examines the effects of hidden corporate money on U.S. elections and elected officials. Filmmaker Kimberly Reed was born in Helena, Montana and her interest in the topic of dark money began when she was following Montana’s ban on corporate spending Read the full article…


Young Scientists: Inventing Tomorrow Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 in 2018, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

The six young scientists profiled in Inventing Tomorrow come from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico. In their own communities, they take on some of the most complex environmental issues facing the world today. In the film, we watch them prepare scientific research for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. (ISEF). At the fair, they Read the full article…


Mi Familia Will Screen: Q&A After Film

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 in 2018, Crown Hall, Mendocino Village, Narrative, News.

The sweeping saga Mi Familia (My Family), a 1995 independent American drama directed and co-written by Oscar-nominated director Gregory Nava (El Norte) has just been added to the roster of 55 films shown at this year’s festival. The screening will be on Friday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Crown Hall in Mendocino. Director Gregory Nava Read the full article…


Art Collective: Meow Wolf Radio Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 in 2018, Festival Tent, Films on the Arts, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News.

How does an art collective, “a scrappy, anarchist-bent, psychedelic art collective” that started with a group of kids in a Santa Fe basement, become a multi-million dollar business employing more than 150 artists?  Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller created the film Meow Wolf: Origin Story to show us how it all began, and they will Read the full article…


Greenwashing: Biomass vs. Forests Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 in 2018, Documentary, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News, Short Film.

Greenwashing is a term that describes a company or organization that spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually working to minimize environmental impact. Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?  is a short documentary film by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, and part of the Weed, Water, and Read the full article…


At-Risk Youth: Quest Interview Forthright Radio

By Kristin Suratt on Monday, May 7th, 2018 in 2018, Coast Cinemas, Crown Hall, Narrative, News.

At-risk youth and graffiti artist Mills wants to avoid his abusive stepfather, so he stays out all night tagging. He’s on a downward spiral that leads to bad grades, outbursts in school, and juvenile detention on an assault charge. Filmmaker Santiago Rizzo’s childhood in Berkeley is portrayed in Quest, his remarkably honest autobiographical film. Listen Read the full article…


A Burlesque Story: James Lester Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Friday, May 4th, 2018 in Festival Tent, Films on the Arts, News.

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story—Filmmaker James Lester and Mendocino native Darlinda, Just Darlinda discuss the film with radio host Blake More on KZYX radio. The film portrays contemporary burlesque culture in New York City through the lives of several performers, including Miss Jezebel Express, Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, Perle Noire, and the Schlep Sisters, Darlinda Just Read the full article…


Women Warriors ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 in Documentary, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News.

Tune in to Forthright Radio for Joy LaClaire’s interview with Jenny Murray about her documentary film, ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! which depicts the crucial role played by the women who fought in Nicaragua during the reign of the Somoza government. The film uses both archival footage from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and recent interviews. These women Read the full article…