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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…


Environment and Film: Sea of Shadows Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 in 2019, Crown Hall, Documentary, News.

Environment and Film: Sea of Shadows Richard Ladkani’s brilliant documentary film Sea of Shadows captures a thrilling Hollywood-style rescue in the Sea of Cortez as a team of brilliant scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists, and courageous undercover agents dare to put their lives on the line in a desperate last-minute effort to save the Earth’s Read the full article…


Politics and Environment: Two KGUA Interviews

By Kristin Suratt on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 in 2019, Crown Hall, Documentary, Festival Tent, Mendocino Village, News.

  Politics and Environment: The River and the Wall The River and the Wall  follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency Read the full article…


Diversity in Film: Claudia Puig’s Passion

By Kristin Suratt on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 in 2018, Coast Cinemas, Crown Hall, Documentary, Festival Tent, Fort Bragg, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, Narrative, News.

Diversity in film is something Mendocino Film Festival Program Director Claudia Puig is passionate about. A native Spanish speaker, Claudia studied at both Cambridge University and Universidad Ibero –Americana in Mexico City. She has served as a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and teaches a college course, Read the full article…


Dark Money: Kimberly Reed Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Friday, May 25th, 2018 in 2018, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

Dark Money, an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2018, is a political thriller that examines the effects of hidden corporate money on U.S. elections and elected officials. Filmmaker Kimberly Reed was born in Helena, Montana and her interest in the topic of dark money began when she was following Montana’s ban on corporate spending Read the full article…


Young Scientists: Inventing Tomorrow Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 in 2018, Crown Hall, Documentary, Mendocino Village, News.

The six young scientists profiled in Inventing Tomorrow come from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico. In their own communities, they take on some of the most complex environmental issues facing the world today. In the film, we watch them prepare scientific research for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. (ISEF). At the fair, they Read the full article…


Greenwashing: Biomass vs. Forests Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 in 2018, Documentary, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News, Short Film.

Greenwashing is a term that describes a company or organization that spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually working to minimize environmental impact. Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?  is a short documentary film by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, and part of the Weed, Water, and Read the full article…


Women Warriors ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! Interview

By Kristin Suratt on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 in Documentary, Matheson PAC, Mendocino Village, News.

Tune in to Forthright Radio for Joy LaClaire’s interview with Jenny Murray about her documentary film, ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! which depicts the crucial role played by the women who fought in Nicaragua during the reign of the Somoza government. The film uses both archival footage from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and recent interviews. These women Read the full article…