BEHIND THE SCREENS:

PANELS | MASTER CLASSES | CONVERSATIONS

Except where noted, tickets for all Behind the Screens programs are $15 general | $12.50 CFI members
Program participants are subject to change

THE WOMEN BEHIND HIDDEN FIGURES  | MASTER CLASS

What does it take to create and launch a film about the brilliant Afri- can-American mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA on the first space missions? The female filmmakers behind the scenes at 20th Century Fox present a special sneak peek at the creation of the highly-anticipated Hidden Figures. Showcasing footage of the film and its incredible cast (including Taraji P. HensonOctavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe), the team will give insights into the creative processes behind a film that celebrates—and claims recognition for—these unsung heroes.

INVITED GUESTS:
ELIZABETH GABLER, president, Fox 2000
MARISA PAIVA, vice president of production, Fox 2000
MANDY WALKER, director of photography, Hidden Figures
Additional guests TBA

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 11:00am | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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GREAT SPORTS! CANNABIS IN ATHLETICS  | PANEL

FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS   This panel discussion with leading experts in the sports field will examine the budding connections between cannabis and pro- fessional athletics, and the corresponding medicinal and legislative issues that are impacting the profession.

INVITED GUESTS:
RYAN MCBEAN, former NFL football player, Denver Broncos
DR. PERRY SOLOMON, chief medical officer, HelloMD
ADAM STEINBERG, former NCAA football player; head of bizdev and marketing, Flow Kana
MODERATOR: JIM MCALPINE, founder, 420 Games

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 11:00am | SWEETWATER

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ROLLING PAPERS  | SCREENING + PANEL

FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS  Following the screening of the documentary ROLLING PAPERS, this hour-long panel conversation with media professionals and industry leaders will explore the historical and contemporary legislative issues affecting our communities and our lives.

INVITED GUESTS:
RICARDO BACA
, journalist, Denver Post
STEVE DEANGELO, founder, Harborside Health Center
MITCH DICKMAN, director, ROLLING PAPERS
TAWNIE LOGAN, executive director, Sonoma County Growers Alliance
EMILY PAXHIA, managing director, Poseidon Asset Management
GAYNELL ROGERS, managing director/founder, Bloom Cannabis Group
MODERATOR: ILANA ‘SUGAR’ LAYTART, founder and chairwoman, Women Grow Sonoma County Chapter

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 12:30pm | CINEARTS SEQUOIA

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DOCUMENTARY STORYMAKERS  | MASTER CLASS

Join leading female documentary filmmakers and thought leaders in this storytelling master class with story consultant Tom Schlesinger. Learn how their personal heroines’ journeys while making their films inspired them to create transformational stories, as they address the importance— and role—of socially conscious filmmaking. Learn how solution-oriented stories engage audiences, marketing campaigns help you get to final cut, universal themes resonate with viewers—and much more—as you embark on your own journey.

INVITED GUESTS:
BARBARA BOXER
, U.S. Senator, California
NICOLE BOXER, producer The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War, The Dean Scream, director How I Got Over
ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS, director CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

STORYTELLING IN VIRTUAL REALITY  | PANEL

As the use and impact of Virtual Reality rapidly expands, VR accessibility for consumers and audiences becomes an increasingly important issue. Join this panel of filmmakers and technicians as they discuss the many challenges and opportunities of storytelling within this medium.

INVITED GUESTS:
JASON FIBER
, head of business products, THX Ltd.
TANNA FREDERICK, producer, Feral Dog Productions
PAUL T. KIM, director, content & services, Samsung Electronics America
RANDAL KLEISER, director, Defrost
MODERATOR: NATHALIE MATHE, post-production VR supervisor; co-creator, Uturn

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 5:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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SHE STARTED IT  | SCREENING + PANEL

Following the screening of the documentarySHE STARTED IT, there will be a panel discussion with young entrepreneurs, investors, and stakeholders about the strategies and opportunities involved in the world of startups. Intended to inspire as well as inform, young people are encouraged to attend!

INVITED GUESTS:
SHEENA ALLEN
, entrepreneur; founder, Sheena Allen Apps & InstaFunds
CHRISTINE HERRON, director, Intel Capital
KELLY KEENAN TRUMPBOUR, angel investor; founder, See Jane Invest
DAWN LYON, VP of Corporate Affairs for Glassdoor and founder of LyonShare Communications Group
THUY TRUONG, entrepreneur; co-founder, GreenGar and Tappy
MODERATOR: MARCO DELLA CAVA, USA Today

 

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 12:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
FILM TICKET REQUIRED

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MVFF STATE OF THE INDUSTRY CONVERSATION  | PANEL + RECEPTION

More movies are being produced than ever before, but the film industry is going through some of the most dramatic changes in its history. Come hear some of the leading experts in the business discuss the future of inde- pendent cinema and how filmmakers will be affected by the new trends in production, marketing, distribution, and exhibition.

INVITED GUESTS:
ED ARENTZ
, managing director, Music Box Films (The Innocents, Frantz, Ida, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
BLYE FAUST, partner and cofounder, Rocklin|Faust; producer (Spotlight)
AMY HOBBY, vice president, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute; producer, Tangerine Entertainment (Paint It Black, Secretary)
RUTH VITALE, chief executive officer, CreativeFuture; founder, Paramount Classics (The Virgin Suicides, Hustle & Flow)
MODERATOR: PAUL COHEN, distributor (Bad Lieutenant, Mephisto); executive director, Torchlight Film Program, Florida State University

SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 1:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW AT IL DAVIDE, 901 A STREET, SAN RAFAEL

COMPANY TOWN  | SCREENING + PANEL

What happens if you love tech but can’t stand the hype? Is the “shar- ing economy” liberating or disempowering? How do we preserve diverse communities in cities we love? A panel discussion following the screening of COMPANY TOWN will address these issues and more.

INVITED GUESTS:
DEBORAH KAUFMAN
, director, COMPANY TOWN
ALAN SNITOW, director, COMPANY TOWN
Additional guests TBA

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2:00pm | CINEARTS SEQUOIA
FILM TICKET REQUIRED

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE  | NETWORKING IN NATURE

Join Festival staff and guests on this easy 3.5 mile hike to the ocean and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism, and strategies for action. Bring water and sunblock, and wear good walking shoes. Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot.
Tennessee Valley Info

Saturday, October 15, 10:00am | Tennessee Valley | FREE

THE FILMMAKER AS HEROINE  | MASTER CLASS + SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING

Following up on last year’s inspiring “Heroine’s Journey” workshop, this in-depth case study is a master class in screenwriting. Filmmaker VALERIE WEISS (A Light Beneath Their Feet, MVFF 2015) and story consultant TOM SCHLESINGER return to explore Weiss’s newest film, THE ARCHER, and her upcoming Amazon project as they address the heroine’s journey of the filmmaker, how her journey parallels the journeys of her characters, and how she connects with her audience.

Followed by a special sneak preview!

SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 11:30am | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

THE ARCHER
Archery champion Lauren Pierce lands in a corrupt juvenile correctional facility in the wilderness. She escapes with Rebecca, a fierce but allur- ing inmate and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bow-hunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
(SEPARATE ADMISSION)

DISNEY ANIMATION TECHNISTAS  | PANEL

The huge critical and box office successes of Walt Disney Anima-tion Studio’s Frozen and Zootopia—with onscreen heroines Elsa, Anna, and Judy Hopps—have proven that the time is now for great girl role models. But what about behind the scenes? This family-friendly panel brings together an amazing group of women technologists and creators of recent Disney movies—including the upcoming feature Moana—to discuss their groundbreaking work and innovations and explain some of the magic we see onscreen.

FROM WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:
SARA DRAKELEY, general technical director (MoanaZootopia)
HEATHER PRITCHETTgeneral technical director (MoanaZootopia)
ERIN RAMOS, effects animator  (MoanaZootopia)
MICHELLE ROBINSON, character look supervisor (MoanaZootopia)
MARYANN SIMMONS, senior software engineer (MoanaZootopia)
MODERATOR: STEVEN GAYDOS, vice president, executive editor, Variety
 

SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2:00pm | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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