Mill Valley Film Festival Preview- The Thirty-Ninth Year

October Sixth Thru October Sixteenth The Mill Valley Film Festival Does It again: Great films, great music, big Gala, and amazing guest speakers.  Must see event


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On October 6th opening night will begin with a viewing of La La Land: Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma StoneLa La Land is a modern rendition of the glamour that was the classic musical; Guest speakers are: Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle.   Simultaneously, in another theatre, Arrival will be presented: Staring Amy Adams, who is a linguistic professor that encounters sentinel beings and exemplifies the importance of communication; Guest Speaker: Amy Adams

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The charisma continues into the starry-night with the opening Gala held from 9:00 pm to Midnight at:  Marin Country Mart: 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA.  The evening will be filled with the straight-roots sound of Ethan Tucker showcasing his new album Misunderstood: feathering the song Crazy.  The tantalizing aroma of various foods will fill the room: Bel Campo, Big Jim's BBQ, El Haurache Loco, Farmshop, Fiorello's, Gerard's Paella, Johnny Donuts, Pizza Antica, and Sol Food. While the flavors of choice passing the lips will be provided by: Copolla WinesBartenders Unlimited, Equator Coffee, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.


Emma Stone


The ten day festival provides so much for all who attend: Tributes to Nicole Kidman and Julie Dash; spotlight on Ewan McGregor, Aaron Eckhart, and Gael Garcia Bernal; special premieres and parties for Katie Says Goodbye and Monday Nights at Seven, and the Star Wars Trilogy event. In addition, the festival provides The Mill Valley Film Festival Music events consisting of: Thao Nguyen, Erika Wennerstrom, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Bert Berns Celebration with special guests, Fred Hersch, Alejandro Escovedo Trio, and The Great Mill Valley Gospel Show.


Damien Chazelle



The festival also provides Behind The Screens: Panels, Master Classes, and Conversations.  The Panels feature: The Women Behind Hidden Figures, Great Sports! Cannabis In Athletics, Rolling Papers, Storytelling In Virtual Reality, She Started It, Company Town, Disney Animation Technistas, and MVFF State Of The Industry Conversation.  The Master Classes are: Documentary Story Makers and The Filmmaker as Heroine. And, an Active Cinema Hike: Networking in Nature is available.   


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Wrapping up the Mill Valley Film Festival, on October 16th, will be a viewing of: Loving, staring Joel Edgerton and Ruth NeggaLoving is a film based off true events of Richard and Mildred Loving who's mixed race marriage brought awareness and helped change the laws of marriage in the U.S. Guest speakers are: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, and Jeff Nichols.  Later that evening, between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm, a closing night party will be held at: Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 


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The Mill Valley Film Festival Organization would like to thank all their sponsors, the people who participate and who are involved in making the event happen, and all who attend the festivities throughout the ten day event each year.  For more information and tickets follow the link provided: MVFF. 

Photos: Courtesy of the Mill Valley Film Festival


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