FRIDAY, MAY 31, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
HILL HOUSE INN
EXCLUSIVE MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL MEMBER AND SPONSOR EVENT
Produced by Sonya Houston and Mendocino Weddings
Celebrate Opening Night and the return of the Friday Night Silents at this elegant
Festival reception. Rendezvous with friends, meet this year’s filmmakers and special guests, and discuss all the films you cannot wait to see during the festival weekend. The reception is spread over both floors of the famous Hill House Inn, immortalized in the TV series Murder She Wrote, starring Dame Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.
Upon entry, guests will be greeted with a glass of Roederer Estate sparkling wine and the cool rhythms of cabaret jazz by the Dorian May Quartet. Make your way upstairs and visit the Pamela Hudson Speakeasy Lounge to grab a vintage cocktail specially made from the finest liquor we could smuggle in, or venture further to enjoy a craft beer by North Coast Brewing Company and a taste of delightful Mendocino County wines. Keep your steady with delectable finger-foods from our local, world-class chefs.
When you’ve had your fill of mingling, food and drink, head across the street to the Festival Tent and usher in this year’s film festival with a very special evening of Friday Night Silents, featuring a selection of silent film shorts and live musical accompaniment by our local, widely recognized musicians Alex De Grassi, Ralph Humphrey, DJ Tony De La Torre, and Sunny Cordell and Karl Schoen.