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Young Frankenstein: Why You Need to See This Comedy Classic (Again)

By director on Sunday, August 29th, 2021 in 2021, year-round.

  There’s a moment early on in Mel Brooks’s 1974 parody of the classic Boris Karloff Frankenstein films that encapsulates Gene Wilder’s inspired performance as Frederick “Frahnk-en-steen.” He’s teaching neurology, a respectable scientist running from his family legacy of not-so-respectable scientists-a sore spot one student presses him on until Wilder, emphatically denouncing his ancestry, unwittingly Read the full article…


Cinema in the Redwoods

By director on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 in 2021, year-round.

    The Mendocino Film Festival and the Skunk Train proudly present Cinema in the Redwoods, a unique twist on the outdoor movie experience. Join us as we board the incomparable Skunk Train in Fort Bragg on August 20th and 21st at 6:30pm and cruise to an open meadow at the Glen for a screening Read the full article…


A Tuba to Cuba: Directors Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 in 2019, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

A Tuba to Cuba traces the journey of Ben Jaffe and The Preservation Hall Brass Band as they unearth the spiritual and cultural connection between Afro-Caribbean music and New Orleans jazz. Listen to Jeff Zolitor’s KZYX interview with Directors  T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch Allan and Sandra Jaffe were vacationing in New Orleans when they Read the full article…


Ai WeiWei:Yours Truly Interviews with 2 Directors

By Kristin Suratt on Monday, May 27th, 2019 in 2019, Documentary, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News.

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly is a powerful documentary depicting the Alcatraz exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, organized in 2014 by Cheryl Haines, the film’s director. Haines met Ai WeiWei in 2008, and their friendship developed over the following years. When Ai WeiWei was detained by Chinese authorities in 2011, Haines wanted to do something Read the full article…


Afghan Cycles: Interview with Sarah Menzies

By Kristin Suratt on Friday, May 17th, 2019 in 2019, Coast Cinemas, Documentary, Fort Bragg, News.

Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights–human rights–and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis, from discrimination to abuse, to oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. These women ride despite cultural barriers, despite lack of infrastructure, even despite death threats. Afghan Cycles Read the full article…


Immigration: Interview with Richard Levien

By Kristin Suratt on Monday, May 13th, 2019 in 2019, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

The perils of immigration are explored in Richard Levein’s timely film, Collisions. When twelve-year-old Itan, a straight-A student, comes home from school in San Francisco, she is stunned to find their furniture up-ended, and no trace of her mother, Yoana. A Child Protective Services representative takes Itan and her brother Neto to live with their Read the full article…


Gay Chorus, Deep South Wins Tribeca Audience Choice

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 in Documentary, Festival Tent, Mendocino Village, News.

Gay Chorus Deep South Captures Tribeca Audience Gay Chorus, Deep South captivated film fans at the 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, garnering the Audience Choice Award on May 4.  Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, the film was conceived as a response to the divisive 2016 presidential election and a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Read the full article…