By Kristin Suratt on Friday, May 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized.
May 20, 2016
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Festival begins Memorial Day Weekend with Cinema in the Vineyards, continues June 2-5
MENDOCINO, CA – The Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend in Philo with Cinema in the Vineyards, the prelude to Festival Weekend around the county next weekend, June 2-5. All told, the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival features 66 films, including three Oscar nominees (two winners), three Sundance Selections, three California Premieres, and a US premiere, as well as special events, filmmaker Q&As and panels, and celebrations with VIP guests.
Beginning this weekend, when volunteers will transform Balo Vineyards into a cellar cinema, and continuing through closing night on June 5, the Mendocino Film Festival will welcome filmmakers and celebrity guests who have come from as far away as New York, Canada, and New Zealand to attend the Festival with their work, as well as local and Bay Area filmmakers.
“We are privileged to have such a wonderful lineup of films and events this year,” says Mendocino Film Festival executive director Michael Fox. “We’re even luckier to have such a diverse and impressive group of talent attending with our 2016 program.”
For those who are new to Mendocino, Festival Weekend will offer a great introduction to the area. The guest list will include Andre Leon Talley of Vogue (here with First Monday in May), Leslie Sbrocco (Check, Please! Bay Area), Flavio Villani (here from New Zealand for the US Premiere of Crossing Rachmaninoff), Paul Marchand (Jaco), David Shapiro (Missing People), Ross Putman (First Girl I Loved), and many others. Local filmmakers like Kiara Ramirez, the winner of the 96-Hour Film Challenge, will also be in attendance.
“The Festival has arrived, and from Opening Night to the closing celebrations, our 2016 program features award-winning film in an unforgettable destination, paired with spectacular special events and festivities,” says Fox. “This year is going to be an affair to remember, and we look forward to sharing the experience with first-time guests and long-time friends alike, as we present programs from around the world and close to home.”
Tickets are now on sale for the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival, featuring screenings and events in five cities: Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg, Willits, Philo, and Point Arena. Visit https://mendocinofilmfestival.org to learn more.