April 4, 2017
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Contact: Alayna Cruz
AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL FILMS, MORE SUNDANCE SELECTIONS THAN EVER, OSCAR WINNERS, AND CALIFORNIA PREMIERES AT THE 2017 MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL
12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival Announces Diverse Program
What do Jessica Williams, Pierce Brosnan and Dolores Huerta all have in common? They will each be featured this year at the 12th Annual Mendocino Film Festival.
The 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival has announced its wide-ranging 2017 schedule of films and events for June 1-4.
Marking a dynamic dozen years in beautiful Mendocino, the festival will feature 65 films representing 23 countries. The varied line-up includes 8 Sundance 2017 selections, 5 Academy Award nominees, an Academy Award winner, and 8 California premieres.
This marks the festival’s most international and far-reaching program yet. More filmmakers than ever before will be attending to talk about their films. In addition to screenings and Q&As with filmmakers, the festival will feature several celebrity guests, special events and rousing musical evenings.
“Our program director, Claudia Puig, has compiled and cultivated an impressive showcase of films from all over the world, and we look forward to sharing these selections with our festival audience,” said Mendocino Film Festival Executive Director, Michael Fox. “I think it’s our best program yet and I’m very excited.”
The diverse film slate will be complemented by more celebratory events than in previous years, including an exhibition by a featured artist, concerts by an array of musicians and a wide variety of parties for festival filmgoers.
The opening night party features the delicacies of local culinary celebrities and specially crafted cocktails, as well as an array of beer and the best of the area’s famous wineries.
“It will be our biggest opening night party,” said Fox. “We’re expanding with more chefs, wineries and partners. We’ve taken inspiration from the film Commanding the Table, which profiles powerhouse restauranteur Ella Brennan, the force behind New Orleans’ legendary Commander’s Palace. In fact, you can watch the film and go directly to the opening party.”
Cinema from all over the world is the heart and soul of the festival. Music and art, as well as culinary excellence, combine with award-winning cinema and of-the-moment Sundance hits to make for an essential festival experience.
Some of the program highlights include:
For more information, including this year’s complete program, visit www.MendocinoFilmFestival.org.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
The Mendocino Film Festival has established a reputation for presenting riveting, thought-provoking and award-winning independent and international films. The festival draws increasing numbers of filmmakers and avid attendees from around the world, while maintaining its commitment to the local community. Featuring a varied line-up of films, panels, and special events, the festival offers a unique opportunity to meet filmmakers and film aficionados in the intimate and strikingly beautiful setting of seaside Mendocino.