MVFF37 is closer than you think, the complete schedule will be available on Tuesday, 9 September.
Meanwhile, you can whet your appetite for what's to come with these early confirmation titles...
3 STILL STANDING
USA | Directors: Robert Campos and Donna LoCicero
It’s 1980 in San Francisco. Comic geniuses Robin Williams and Dana Carvey spearheaded a new era of stand-up comedy. Next in line for the “big time” are three talented comics: Will Durst, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, and Johnny Steele. But then, the comedy “crash” hits. Now, like millions of other downsized Americans, Will, Larry, and Johnny scramble to survive, while also staying funny, relevant, and true to the art form we love (beanfield productions). Cast: Larry "Bubbles" Brown, Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Robin Williams. World Premiere
USA | Director and Screenwriter: David Iverson
This inside look at a unique dance program for adults with Parkinson’s, led by a former company member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, challenges our expectations about illness and art. World Premiere
DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY
USA | Director: Gay Dillingham, Screenwriter: David Leach
Narrated by Robert Redford, DYING TO KNOW is a touching and controversial story of friendship, life, death and the art of experimentation. Spanning 50 years, the film invites you to explore the depth of two friends, Timothy Leary and Ram Das, and their exploration of the process of dying. Featuring rare interviews and intimate conversations you can’t help but “turn on, tune in and drop out” and learn how two Harvard professors shaped a generation experimenting with LSD and spirituality. Cast: Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass), Timothy Leary, Dr. Andrew Weil, Roshi Joan Halifax, Huston Smith, John Perry Barlow, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Zach Leary, Joanna Harcourst Smith, Peggy Mellon Hitchcock. World Premiere
FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN
USA | Director: Karina Epperlein
Bay Area filmmaker Karina Epperlein follows six African American college freshmen, alumni of the unique Ohio mentoring program Alchemy, Inc., and well-equipped with self-confidence and critical-thinking skills, as they leave home for the first time. Cast: Kwame Scruggs, Jerry Kwame Williams, Darius Simpson, Brandyn Costa, Stacee Starr, Shawntrail Smith. World Premiere
F R E E
USA | Directors: Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier
A feature length documentary following five teens through a year in an Oakland dance program. Their journey in the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company reveals how collaborative art can be a foundation for personal discovery, turning the courage, determination, and stamina demanded of their lives into a contagious joy. World Premiere
HOW I GOT OVER
USA | Director: Nicole Boxer
Nicole Boxer’s documentary follows a group of women all residents of Washington, DC, recovery community
N Street Village as they prepare to turn their harrowing life stories into a theater piece that will be performed at the Kennedy Center.
IN PLAIN SIGHT
USA | Director and Screenwriter: Erica Jordan
Director Erica Jordan follows humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine as she travels to the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India, to shoot portraits of enslaved women just a few of the millions of victims of slavery Kristine has made it her mission to document. World Premiere
PLASTIC MAN: THE ARTFUL LIFE OF JERRY ROSS BARRISH
USA | Director: William Farley, Editor: Richard Levien
Jerry Ross Barrish’s life is one of metamorphoses: First an activist bail bondsman in the 1960s, then a filmmaker, he now sculpts plastic detritus into figures alive with feeling. His story teeming with prizefighters, gangsters, and other larger-than-life characters is captured in this brilliantly photographed documentary. World Premiere
RACING TO ZERO, IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE
USA | Director: Christopher Beaver
For two decades, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has been working toward the goal of zero waste and now recycles, composts, and reuses a whopping 80 percent of its garbage but the race to eradicate trash continues, and this rousing film exhorts us to join in.
STATES OF GRACE
USA | Directors: Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman
A revered HIV/AIDS doctor miraculously survives a head-on crash on the Golden Gate Bridge and struggles to recreate a meaningful life despite her severe physical disabilities. Her family is turned upside down, as her longtime partner becomes her primary caregiver and the only able-bodied parent to their disabled daughter (IMDb). World Premiere
THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM ITHACA TO THE AMAZON
USA, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Peru, Russia, South Africa | Directors and Screenwriters: John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery, Will Parrinello
These environmental heroes put themselves in harm's way building strong grassroots support in the face of intimidating adversaries. Narrated by Robert Redford, this powerful collection of true-life stories illustrates how ordinary people can effect extraordinary change. Cast: Robert Redford-narrator, Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenbery-voice over. World Premiere
ALLoT (A LONG LIST OF THINGS)
USA | Director and Screenwriter: John Sanborn
East Bay video maker John Sanborn returns to MVFF with his latest project ALLoT (A Long List of Things). The film developed with musician David Meyer, is based on their 40th high school reunion and investigates the lives of 17 of their classmates. Cast: Miranda Sanborn, Thais Schwab, David Meyer. World Premiere
AFTER THE FALL
USA | Director and Screenwriter: Saar Klein
An insurance broker (Wes Bentley) with a strict moral code loses his job and discovers a different, riskier line of work in this finely tuned feature debut where conceit and conscience clash and doing the right thing is not quite as obvious as it seems. Terrance Malik’s Oscar nominated editor, Saar Klein’s directorial debut. Cast: Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett
USA | Director: Malik Vitthal, Screenwriters: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic
In the electrifying debut, Imperial Dreams (winner of The Best of Next award at Sundance), aspiring novelist Bambi returns to his Watts neighborhood after two years in prison to extricate himself and his young son from their criminally compromised family. Cast: John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, De'Aundre Bonds, Justin Coach, Ethan Coach
LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN
USA | Director and Screenwriter: Frank Whaley
Like Sunday, Like Rain tells the story of Reggie, a 12 year old rich prodigy who lives in a castle in New York, surrounded by wealth but living a lonely life as his parents are frequently absent. Eleanor (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl) is a young musician going through the pains of growing up, who is having problems with her boyfriend and was recently fired from her job. This is a beautiful story about discovery and acceptance (IMDb). Cast: Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, Julian Shatkin. US Premiere
USA | Director: Nathan Silver, Screenwriters: Nathan Silver, Chloe Domont, Josh Mandel, Richard Peete, Cody Stokes
Needing a sudden escape from the city, Robbie leaves Brooklyn for the Hudson Valley to stay with his aunt who runs a home for pregnant teens. As the only man in the house, Robbie captures the attention of many of the girls, and when he strikes up a friendship with Nina, who is dealing with her own relationship troubles, tensions run high. In trying to stop Nina from making the biggest mistake of her life, Robbie finds himself caught in a love triangle between Nina and the father of her child. Cast: David Dahlbom, India Menuez, Cindy Silver, Tallie Medel, Hannah Gross, Gina Piersanti, Caitlin Mehner, Adinah Dancyger, Casey Drogin, Nathan Silver
THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI
USA | Director and Screenwriter: Kerem Sanga
Two brainy and awkward virgins hook up (drunkenly), fall in love (maybe) and get pregnant (IMDb). In a film reminiscent of Juno, Director Kerem Sanga’s, Young Kieslowski tackles the issue of teenage pregnancy from the perspective of an unexpectedly expecting young father. Cast: Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, James LeGros, Melora Walters, Osric Chau
AUSTRALIA | Director and Screenwriter: Rolf de Heer, Screenwriter: David Gulpilil
This third collaboration between de Heer and actor David Gulpilil extends the directors commitment to exploring Australian Aboriginal culture. “It’s the most affecting depiction of contemporary Aboriginal experience since Sampson & Delilah” (The Hollywood Reporter). Actor and Screenwriter David Gulpilil took home the Un Certain Regard award for Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Cast: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu and Peter Minygululu. US Premiere
FRANCE | Director and Screenwriter: Volker Schlondorff, Screenwriter: Cyril Gely
The big screen adaptation of the theatre play of the same name by Cyril Gely. A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich Von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul general Raoul Nordling. (IMDB) Originally premiered in Berlin’s Special Gala section. Cast: Andre Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaussner, Robert Stadlober and Charlie Nelson.
TURKEY/GERMANY | Director and Screenwriter: Kutlug Ataman
The wife of a village’s poorest family, Medine, wishes to make her mark in the community by putting on a feast for the circumcision of her 5-year old son. Guests get more than they bargained for when they hear that have become cannibals upon eating what was served for dinner. After fleeing the village only to return years later daily life looks normal. However nothing is the same as before in the village. Cast: Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gök, Nursel Köse, Güven Kıraç, Sıra Lara Cantürk, Mert Tastan. US Premiere
FRANCE | Director and Screenwriter: Abderrahman Sissako, Screenwriter: Kessan Tall
The film takes place during the Jihadist take over in 2012. Recounting events influenced by a public stoning of an unmarried couple. Selected to compete for the Palm d ’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Francois Chalais Prize. Cast: Pino Desperado, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Ketty Noel and Hichem Yacoubi.
MVFF37 TO HOST THE SHARP ART OF AMAZING 4K FILM SHOWCASE
Joining forces with fellow leaders in high definition technology RED and THX, Sharp is seeking short 4K films
(10 minute maximum) that capture the full potential of an amazing high resolution entertainment experience. Hidden details, vibrant colors, captivating compositions that are only unlocked by 4K. Submissions can be
abstract, narrative, technical, or genre bending and should showcase beauty and emotion in unique perspectives.
Films will be judged on creativity, technical quality, and the ability to capture detailed, vivid scenes showcasing
all of the benefits that high resolution offers.
All films submitted will be considered for screening at the MVFF37 Sharp Art of the Amazing 4K Film Showcase.
We are thrilled to be able to celebrate independent artists and provide them a venue for high resolution
Submit your film, now through September 7th. Visit the Sharp Art of Amazing site for complete details.
Fast Passes are available in limited quantities... Click here for more info.