Noyo Theatre | Skunk Train Depot | Mendocino County Museum | Ridgewood Ranch
Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 5
Known as the “Gateway to the Redwoods” and boasting a vibrant local art scene, as well as cultural landmarks like Mendocino County Museum, the Skunk Train, and the birthplace of Seabiscuit, Willits is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination as people learn of this sleepy town’s allure.
Whether you opt for a single film or event or enjoy them all, the 2016 Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series will inspire with stories of resilience, determination, and a winning spirit. From Johnny Cash fighting to publicize the plight of Native Americans to a Welsh working-class town banding together to breed a champion racehorse, these captivating films will win your heart.
Start Saturday morning right with a special Skunk Train trip, as Greg Schindel, the famous Train Singer, performs his favorite Johnny Cash songs for those aboard. Over at Noyo Theatre, our film program begins with environmental songbird documentary The Messenger at 2:00 pm and We’re Still Here: The Bitter Tears of Johnny Cash at 4:00 pm. Following the screening of We’re Still Here, head to the Mendocino County Museum for a celebration of the Festival and of Mendocino’s rich Native American history. Meet Director Antonino D’Ambrosio and enjoy refreshments at this reception, included in the price of admission to the film and featuring wine from Barra and beer from North Coast Brewing Company.
On Sunday, begin the day with a special tour of Ridgewood Ranch and the film Ridgewood Ranch – Home of Seabiscuit. Then, enjoy a lunchtime barbecue with music and refreshments before trotting over to Noyo Theatre, where the afternoon’s film screenings commence with our Oscar-winning Short Films Program at 2:00 pm and culminate in Dark Horse at 4:00 pm, a special screening in partnership with Noyo Theatre. Race to the finish with this remarkable film, as we conclude another wonderful year in Willits with this heartwarming tale of a horse—and a town—that defy the odds and challenge years of tradition on the path to victory.