ACTIVE CINEMA: QUESTION | ENGAGE | TRANSFORM

Transforming ideas into action is what Active Cinema is all about. MVFF’s Active Cinema films are united in their commitment to explore the world and its issues, engage audiences, and transform society. Join us for screenings throughout the Festival, support the grassroots activism of filmmakers, and engage with admirable work by special guests, co-presenters, and partners.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Active Cinema program, including an archive of past Active Cinema films, case studies of Active Cinema’s impact, and additional resources for exploring the ways we can measure that impact.

ACTIVE CINEMA FILMS

CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP
In association with Women Who Code

DOGTOWN REDEMPTION
In association with St. Mary’s Center

A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET
In association with Bring Change 2 Mind

IXCANUL
In association with Canal Alliance

THE MESSENGER
In association with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
and Marin Audubon Society

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS
In association with The Goldman Environmental Prize

OPEN YOUR EYES
In association with Seva Foundation

THE PAWN (LA PRENDA)
In association with Kids in Need of Defense
and Legal Aid of Marin

ACTIVE CINEMA EVENTS

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE
NETWORKING IN NATURE

Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain. Join Festival staff and guests and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism, and strategies for action. Bring water and sunblock, and wear good hiking shoes.  All are welcome! Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot.
Tennessee Valley Info

Saturday, October 10, 10:00am–12:00pm | Tennessee Valley | FREE

FILM SCREENING AND PANEL
OPEN YOUR EYES

Join us for the world premiere of the short documentary Open Your Eyes, followed by a post-film discussion on what it takes to make films that rock the world. Can documentaries elevate the social agenda? Join a group of game-changers whose commitment to the power of storytelling in film is helping to open hearts and minds and raise awareness on the compelling issues of our time.

INVITED GUESTS:
Sara Bernstein, senior vice president, HBO documentary films
Sandy Herz, director of global partnerships, Skoll Foundation
Irene Taylor-Brodsky, director (Open Your Eyes, The Final Inch)
Moderator: Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH; chairman, Skoll Global Threats Fund; co-founder Seva Foundation; producer (Open Your Eyes)

Saturday, October 10, 5:30–7:15pm | CinéArts Sequoia
* Film ticket required

FILM SCREENING AND PANEL 
CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP

Saturday, October 17, 2:00—4:00pm | Throckmorton (film ticket required)

Debugging the gender and diversity gaps in the tech industry is upfront and center in what promises to be a dynamic panel aimed towards an intergenerational audience, following the October 17 screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (Note: all other screenings will include director Q&A only). Teens and their friends and families are encouraged to come and join in the discussion!

INVITED GUESTS:
Cedric Brown, chief of community engagement, The Kapor Center
Tracy Chou, software engineer, Pinterest
Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting, Pixar
Marc Hedlund, advisor and former VP of Engineering, Stripe; director, Code: 2040
Julie Ann Horvath, founder, Passion Projects
Robin Hauser Reynolds, director (CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Running for Jim)
Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy
Moderator: Marco R. della Cava, technology and culture writer, USA Today

Saturday, October 17, 2:00–4:00pm | Throckmoron Theatre
* Film ticket required

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