By Kristin Suratt on Monday, May 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized.
May 16, 2016
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Dark Horse to screen alongside special events and programs for Mendocino Film Festival weekend
WILLITS, CA – The Mendocino Film Festival will present the Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series in Willits the weekend of June 4 and 5: two days of film screenings, themed events with Willits partners, and a special screening of Dark Horse in partnership with Noyo Theatre. The weekend’s festivities will include a festival Skunk Train (featuring the famous Train Singer and the songs of Johnny Cash), a reception at the Mendocino County Museum, and a Ranch Tour and barbecue lunch at Ridgewood Ranch, the home of Seabiscuit.
“The Seabiscuit Legacy Film Series has really taken off,” says Michael Fox, Executive Director of the Mendocino Film Festival. “We are delighted to work with such great partners to bring this program, which features my own personal festival favorite, Dark Horse, to the Willits community.”
In addition to the film Dark Horse, Noyo Theatre will host environmental documentary The Messenger, about declining songbird populations, which will be followed by a panel with producer Joanne Jackson and local birding experts; We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, about the singer’s attempt to bring attention to the plight of Native Americans; and, the ever-popular Short Films Program.
Over at Ridgewood Ranch, Ridgewood Ranch – Home of Seabiscuit, a film featuring historical footage from Ridgewood Ranch and of Seabiscuit on the racetrack, will screen as part of the Ranch Tour. Following the tour, a ranch-style barbecue lunch will feature grass-fed angus burgers, wine from Larsen Family Winery, and “Leading Your Way,” a song by Tiffany MacNeil and Tiffany Desrosiers that was inspired by Seabiscuit’s story.
Saturday’s festivities commence with the Skunk Train at 9:45 am, then The Messenger at 2:00 pm, and We’re Still Here at 4:00 pm, concluding with the reception at the Mendocino County Museum, which immediately follows We’re Still Here and is included with the film ticket. Guests at the reception will enjoy libations from North Coast Brewing Company and Barra of Mendocino, as well as two exhibits with Native American roots: Woven Worlds: Native Peoples of Mendocino County and Reservations Not Required – Returning Home, an exhibit of the work of contemporary Wailaki artist Pete Ethan Castro.
Sunday begins bright and early at 9:45 am with the tour of Ridgewood Ranch and a barbecue lunch. Then, the films begin at Noyo Theatre, with the delightful Short Films Program (featuring 5 Stone of Lead, about an Irish boy training to be a jockey) screening at 2:00 pm, and finally, the centerpiece film and conclusion to this year’s Willits program, Dark Horse, screening at 4:00 pm.
Information and tickets are available at https://mendocinofilmfestival.org.