Join us for a fun slate of short films and events at Matheson Performing Arts Center this Presidents’ Weekend, Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19. The program, Short Films: Then and Now, will feature “Live Cinema” – a selection of films from the silent era accompanied by live music from Dave Mihaly and the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble – and the award-winning Mendocino Film Festival Short Films Program: Only Human. A portion of the proceeds from the program will benefit the Mendocino High School Multimedia Arts Program.
The Short Films Program: Only Human screens on Friday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Saturday will feature two performances of the Live Cinema silent film program at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Mendocino Film Festival members are invited to begin the weekend at a special opening reception on Friday afternoon. Read more. Buy Tickets.
The events below were part of our Fall 2016 event series. Be sure to check back in April 2017 for our full Festival program.
The Mendocino Film Festival invites you and your family to enjoy the spirit of the season with a special screening of the Christmas classic Polar Express on Saturday, December 10, at Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg. The day begins with photos with Santa at 10:00 am. Then, at 11:00 am, children and adults of all ages can see this heartwarming tale of a skeptical boy who embarks on a magical train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $7 for children, $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Film Festival. Tickets and information available at Coast Cinemas and the Skunk Train and here:
The Mendocino Film Festival has announced a special holiday screening of Polar Express on Saturday, December 10. In partnership with the Skunk Train and Coast Cinemas, the Mendocino Film Festival will bring a day of holiday cheer to Fort Bragg with this heartwarming film and photos with Santa. Proceeds will benefit the Mendocino Film Festival.
The day begins at 10:00 am, when children will have the opportunity to share their holiday wishes and take photos with Santa in the lobby of the Coast Cinemas. Then, children and adults alike will embark on a fun seasonal adventure when the film begins at 11:00 am. The film follows a skeptical young boy who doubts the existence of Santa but finds reason to believe as he discovers much about the world and himself during the course of a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Learn more. Watch the trailer. Buy tickets.
Brewmaster Dinner Fundraiser and Screening of The Ballad of Fred Hersch
October 13, 6:30 PM, The Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewing Company
444 N. Main St., Fort Bragg
Tickets: $75 (includes dinner, beer pairings, and film screening)
Enjoy a night out at this Brewmaster Dinner, featuring four courses artfully paired with North Coast Brewing Company’s finest brews. The evening will also feature a special screening of The Ballad of Fred Hersch, which profiles legendary jazz pianist, composer, and LGBT activist Fred Hersch, who narrowly survived an AIDS-related coma in 2008. This portrait of the witty and endearing Hersch will screen two days after the film’s West Coast Premiere at Mill Valley Film Festival. All proceeds will benefit the Mendocino Film Festival. Read more. See the menu.
With more than 30 albums and 8 Grammy nominations under his belt, Hersch is internationally revered in jazz circles as a master improviser. A maverick in music and in life, he was the first jazz musician to come out as gay and HIV-positive in the early 1990s, and he miraculously survived a two-month AIDS-related coma in 2008. He recovered to win the award for Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011 and 2016. Both exacting and full of love, The Ballad of Fred Hersch captures Hersch’s creative process as he does double duty as a workaday jazzman and first-time theater producer—turning his tragedies into triumphal art.
ABOUT FRED HERSCH
As a solo pianist, composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, Fred Hersch lives up to the praise of the New York Times, who, in a featured Sunday Magazine piece, aptly declared him, “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” With three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, and numerous awards including a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and being named Jazz Pianist of the Year 2011 by The Jazz Journalists Association. He is also the first artist in the 75-year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist. He has received eight Grammy® nominations – as pianist and composer (two in 2012 for his historic Alone at the Vanguard). Hersch is among the most admired of contemporary jazz musicians, having collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald). He has been dubbed by Vanity Fair magazine as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” and he has been an obvious influence on a new generation of pianists. The leader of a celebrated trio whose Floating received two 2014 Grammy® Nominations, he also placed as #3 Jazz Pianist in the 2015 Downbeat Critic’s Poll. In 2011, Hersch mounted the ambitious production, “My Coma Dreams,” a critically acclaimed full-evening multimedia work available on DVD. His newest release Fred Hersch SOLO has received rave reviews: All About Jazz says “When it comes to the art of solo piano in jazz, there are currently two classes of performers: Fred Hersch and everybody else.”
Please see below for some of the special events leading up to last year’s Festival Weekend. Check back in April 2017 for more details on the 2017 Festival Weekend lineup.
Kickoff Party Dine Out
May 18, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, MacCallum House Restaurant
Join us for an evening of painless giving: Celebrate the Festival and enjoy Executive Chef Alan Kantor’s exquisite culinary creations, as we ring in another year. Meet the board and learn all about the latest edition of the Mendocino Film Festival at this Kickoff Party Dine Out at the award-winning MacCallum House Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds of every meal benefits the Mendocino Film Festival.
May 27-29, Philo
Join us on Memorial Day Weekend for the Fourth Annual Cinema in the Vineyards. Enjoy award-winning films paired with fine wine and libations, as well as exciting events, including Wine and Filmmaker Dinners, a Farm & Table Fair, special panels and Q&As, and our Philo Opening and Closing Receptions at this popular prelude to Festival Weekend.
A Tribute to our Members
Thursday, June 2 7:00 pm, Festival Tent
Kick off the festivities a day early at this special Members screening of the Short Films Program, as we raise a glass to the people who make the Mendocino Film Festival possible. Enjoy fine wine from Scharffenberger Cellars and gourmet popcorn at this sneak preview for our most dedicated Festival supporters. Proudly sponsored by Scharffenberger Cellars.
Mendocino, I Love You
Friday, June 3 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Hill House Inn
Top chefs preparing small bites from locally-sourced ingredients. World-class wine, craft cocktails, craft spirits, and beer. Filmmakers and special guests from around the world. One amazing night. Don your finest attire for this night of glamour and partake in this love song to the remarkable place we call home, as we welcome our celebrities and special guests to experience Mendocino at its best. Celebrate another extraordinary edition of the Mendocino Film Festival at this exclusive Member and Sponsor event, proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate.
Ben Wood Projection Art
Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4
after sunset, Mendocino Village
Following the success of last year’s projection on the MacCallum House Water Tower and the Savings Bank, famed audiovisual artist Ben Wood returns to Mendocino for this year’s Festival with all-new animated imagery and text for his latest multimedia project.
Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Oddfellows Hall
Stop by the Filmmaker Lounge, upstairs at Festival Headquarters at Oddfellows Hall for refreshments and treats, starting at 9 am with coffee and pastries at the Breakfast Club every morning. Chat with filmmakers and special guests between films and admire the wood, stone, glass, and floral elements on display from local artisans. Wood accents generously provided by Architectural Elements of Anderson Valley.
Internet Cat Video Festival Mobile Adoption
Sunday, June 5 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Festival Tent
If you think they’re cute on screen, they’re even cuter in person! Find your new best friend at this event supporting the Mendocino Coast Humane Society. Before and after the screening of the Internet Cat Video Festival, meet adorable animals looking for their forever homes.
Mendo After Dark
Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5 10:00 pm – last call
Let’s Dance: once we wrap for the night, head over to Dick’s Place, Patterson’s Pub, or Flow for more revelry. Socialize at these unofficial after-parties and chat about the day’s screenings as we continue the celebrations until closing time. See you on the dance floor!
Sunday, June 5 7:00 pm, Festival Tent
Members, Volunteers, & Invited Guests
Following Reel Mendo, enjoy one last hurrah with the festival crew and partake in music, dancing, refreshments, and camaraderie, as we celebrate the conclusion to another wonderful year. Proudly sponsored by Mendo Lake Credit Union.