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MVFF presents workshops and panels on the art, technology and business of filmmaking with top filmmakers and industry professionals. 

TICKETS: $14. general | $11.50 CFI members

 


THE BEST OF TIMES OR THE WORST OF TIMES: THE MVFF STATE OF THE INDUSTRY CONVERSATION

Saturday, Oct. 4 • 11am
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center  

Join us for this industry panel on the ever-changing possibilities for producing, marketing, and distributing films in today’s climate.

INVITED GUESTS:
Ed Arentz - Managing Director, Music Box Films (Ida, The Green Prince, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Paul Cohen - Veteran movie executive; distributor (Mephisto); producer (Off the Map); ED, Torchlight Film Program, Florida State University
Geoffrey Gilmore - Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises; UCLA Dept of Film, Theater and Television faculty; Sundance Film Festival Director (1991-2009)

Reception to follow the panel 


VARIETY CONTENDERS CONVERSATIONS: FOCUS ON ANIMATION

Conversations with filmmakers from films that are part of awards season, these discussions are des igned to illuminate the creative filmmaking process.

Edited versions if these discussions will be made available on variety.com

THE BOXTROLLS
Saturday, Oct. 4 • 1:15pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 

Laika (Caroline and ParaNorman) is one of the animation world’s great new wonders, using pioneering creative technologies and approaches to storytelling. Where do they fit into the storied history of the medium and who is driving their creative visions? A chat with some key leaders of the Laika will provide a window in their wonderful world.  

 Steven Gaydos - VP, Executive Editor, Variety, will lead discussion on The Boxtrolls.

INVITED GUESTS:
Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Producer Travis Knight

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THE LEGO MOVIE
Saturday, Oct. 11 • 11:00am
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 

 

 

 

Steve Chagollan - Senior Features editor, Variety, will lead the discussion on The Lego Movie.

INVITED GUESTS:
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

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ACTIVE CINEMA: THE INVISIBLE PEAK
A SCREENING, DISCUSSION AND CALL TO ACTION

Saturday, October 4 • 3:30 PM
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Gary Yost and Peter Coyote's beautiful, compelling short film, The Invisible Peak, was made for The National Parks Conservancy to inaugurate the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative's efforts to restore and maintain Mt. Tam—and in particular, efforts to remove the remnants of the old military base on top of the West Peak. 

INVITED GUESTS:
Peter Coyote - actor, author and activist
Liza Crosse - Marin Municipal Water District board member
Gary Yost - filmmaker, activist 


 

INSIGHT: A MASTER CLASS WITH TED HOPE

 

Sunday, October 5 • 1:00 pm
Chrtistopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Ted Hope offers visionary insights into film and filmmaking filtered through his unique indie wisdom, with readings and reference to his first book, Hope for Film.

A book signing, courtesy of Copperfield's Books, will follow.

 

 

 

 


 

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH TOM SCHLESINGER

 

Sunday, October 5 • 3:30 pm
Chrtistopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 

Renowned story consultant Tom Schlesinger leads this workshop in which participants will learn the 12 essential elements of documentary storytelling, how to engage the widest audience, and how to have the greatest social impact. Schlesinger has taught storytelling seminars at Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfi lm Ltd., AFI, and the WGA.

CLICK HERE to check out a demo reel of docs on which Tom has recently worked.


  


ACTIVE CINEMA TOOLKIT: UPGRADES FOR CHANGE

Saturday, October 11 • 12:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 

A dynamic panel of filmmaker-innovators will discuss their work and practices—in transmedia storytelling, participatory technology and other tools—and discuss ways that new platforms can support filmmakers and their efforts to use the power of story to inspire quantifiable engagement.

INVITED GUESTS:
Helen Demichiel - filmmaker, writer (Love Lunch Community; Tarentella MVFF 1995); former Executive Director, NAMAC
Wendy Levy - Director, New Arts Axis; Senior Consultant, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; Co-Founder, Sparkwise; Executive Director, NAMAC 
Zeresenay Mehari - filmmaker, writer (Difret, 2014) 
Kenji Yamamoto - editor, producer (Rebels with a Cause, MVFF 2013, Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, MVFF 2010) 
Denise Zmekhol - filmmaker (From the Ground to the Cloud, MVFF 2014; Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops, MVFF 2009; Children of the Amazon, MVFF 2008)
Christiane Robbins (moderator) Filmmaker/Director (The Bauhaus Ranch & Edendale); Founding Director/Professor, Matrix Program-Inter-Media, USC; Collections include: MOMA & the Whitney Museum of Art. Leaves Little to be Desired (MVFF1991), MVFF Videofest trailer (1985), Perfect Leader (1984), Leaving the 20th C (1982).

 


VARIETY CONTENDERS CONVERSATION WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY

 

Saturday, October 11 • 8:15 pm
Lark Theatre

This Awards season conversation, with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (PiRequiem for a DreamThe WrestlerBlack Swan) looks at the creative and collaborative filmmaking process involved in his newest work, Noah, with an emphasis on visual effects. Aronofsky will be joined by the film’s four-time Oscar-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Snow and Animation Supervisor Marc Chu from Industrial Light & Magic. The program will include clips and an onstage conversation with Steve Chagollan, Senior Features Editor of Variety.


Ben Snow                                     Marc Chu

 

Program: $20 general / $15 CFI members

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