By Phoenix on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 in News.
May 27-29 & June 2-5
We are proud to present this First Look at the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival, our most international and award-winning program yet, featuring three Oscar nominees (two winners) and three films that recently premiered at Sundance. Download a PDF of our 2016 Official Selections, watch our trailer playlist, or read on for more details.
Fresh from Sundance, these popular films will screen at the 2016 Mendocino Film Festival:
First Girl I Loved
Life, Animated (Directing Award, Roger Ross Williams)
|Guest Curator Joshua Moore|
As a filmmaker himself, Joshua understands the importance of festivals to the world of independent film. He has programmed films for Mill Valley Film Festival and the Jewish Film Institute. In his role as the Guest Curator of our Bay Area Film Series, he has selected an eclectic mix of four films, all featuring powerful stories (both truth and fiction) from Northern California filmmakers.
|Bay Area Film Series|
Our featured Bay Area films include:Theory of Obscurity
As much performance artists as a band, the Residents have been making music for over 40 years. No one has ever figured out who they are. Documentary. TRAILER.T-Rex
17-year-old Claressa Shields is fighting to win an Olympic gold medal and help her family escape Flint, Michigan. She’ll also win your heart. Documentary. TRAILER.Golden Kingdom
In this coming-of-age tale filmed in Myanmar, four orphan boys raised as Buddhist monks must fend for themselves when their guardian does not return from a trip. Documentary.TRAILER.
On the eve of shipping out to Vietnam, a young man agrees to bring the ugliest date he can find to a “dogfight” his fellow servicemen are hosting. The woman he invites figures it out and leaves — which is when he realizes he actually likes her. Stars River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. Narrative. TRAILER.
|See the Trailers|
Get the popcorn ready! Looking for a fun way to learn all about the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival? Settle in, put on our trailer playlist, and enjoy a sneak preview of the films screening at the 2016 Festival.
From a Bowie tribute to local film to our Children’s Program, this year’s Spotlight Programs highlight the best of our community and its many passions. In honor of the late, great legend David Bowie, we will screen the DA Pennebaker film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on Saturday night. That night will also see Tango Mendocino on stage after the screening of Our Last Tango, a documentary about the Fred and Ginger of Tango: Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves. Our Children’s Program brings lighthearted entertainment to our littlest fans. Reel Mendo showcases our local filmmakers. And of course, stay tuned as we continue to announce events, special guests, and program details.
|June 3: A Night of Glamour|
Ring in our 2016 program in style! Our Opening Night Film, First Monday in May, takes you deep into the world of fashion, exploring history-inspired attire and delving into the famed Met Gala, co-chaired by Anna Wintour of Vogue. TRAILER.
Andre Leon Talley of Vogue will be in attendance at the screening.
Travel the World from the Edge of your SeatSee the world right here in Mendocino, as we bring award-winning international cinema to a theater near you!Cinema in the Vineyards will feature three days of epicurean delight, with Wine and Filmmaker Dinners, receptions, and, of course, screenings of “films that evoke the senses,” including For Grace, Somm: Into the Bottle, and The Organic Life.Our Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series gallops into Willits on Festival Weekend, with screenings and events at Noyo Theatre on both Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.And of course, the Festival returns to Mendocino Village, with screenings Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5.Join us for our most impressive and ambitious program yet!
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