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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…


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…