BEHIND THE SCREENS:

PANELS | MASTER CLASSES | WORKSHOPS | VR

BEHIND THE SCREENS SPONSOR

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT
MASTER CLASSES + PANELS + WORKSHOPS

The dearth of women working in film industry leadership is on par with that of women in the tech world. This full day of networking events, dis- cussions, and master classes explores compelling issues such as entrepreneurship, mentorship and inclusivity and how to sustain a productive, creative career in these innovative and intersecting fields. Join an incredible group of filmmakers, business leaders and other trailblazers in these communities as they come together to tackle the lack of gender parity.

INVITED GUESTS INCLUDE: Blye Faust (producer, Spotlight); Robin Hauser (director, CODE); Stephanie Lampkin (Blendoor); Amber Kirsch (visual effects pro- ducer, Wonder Woman); Pratibha Parmar (director, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth); Tiffany Shlain (filmmaker, 50/50); Osnat Shurer (producer, Moana), and many more.

SATURDAY, OCT. 7, 10:00am – 6:00pm | OUTDOOR ART CLUB

$75. FULL DAY – Includes networking lunch and happy hour
$40. MORNING – Includes lunch  |  $40. AFTERNOON – Includes happy hour

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Limited number of scholarships available

LEADERSHIP PARTNER

CANNABIS CULTURE & THE NEW ENTREPRENEUR  | PANEL

As marijuana has become legal in eight states this year, the cannabis industry has been booming, with a slew of entrepreneurs stepping into the breach—and women playing a major role in this new cannabis culture. In this panel discussion preceding the world premiere of MARY JANES: WOMEN OF WEED, we will take a look at the many opportunities the industry provides and celebrate the parity these women are working to achieve.

INVITED GUESTS:
WINDY BORMAN
, Executive Producer/Director, MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED
AMANDA REIMAN, VP of Community Relations, Flow Kana
ADRIAN SEDLIN, CEO Canndescent
AMBER SENTER, Co-founder/CEO, Leisure Life; Co-founder, Supernova Women
MODERATOR: DAVID DOWNS, Cannabis Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 3:00pm | SWEETWATER

FREE – TICKET REQUIRED

SPONSORED BY

METAMORPHOSIS: A SCREENWRITING IMMERSIVE FOR TEENS  | WORKSHOP

Ages 14–18 only | Limited to 20 participants | Participants are required to attend the screening of METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR prior to the workshop (film ticket included with registration)

This hands-on screenwriting workshop for teens follows the screening of the youth-produced feature METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR. Film- maker mentors from Elysium Bandini Studios will lead participants through a series of writing, storyboarding and pitching exercises to flesh out the backstory of one of the Metamorphosis characters. Participants will create and compare their own stories and approach to their film. The workshop will wrap up with an ice cream social/networking opportunity.

FACILITATORS:
TOM FRANCO
, Partner, Elysium Bandini Studios
IRIS TORRES, Lead Producer, Elysium Bandini Studios

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 2:30-5:00 | OUTDOOR ART CLUB

FREE – BY APPLICATION ONLY

Deadline for applications is September 25.
Applicants will be notified by October 2.

In association with World Wide Women

JOHN SANBORN: AN INTROSPECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE  | MASTER CLASS

MVFF40 artist in residence John Sanborn takes us on a journey through biology, history and technology that is part master class, part memoir, but above all a wild ride in a time machine. Sanborn will VJ selections from his world-renowned media art works, interspersed with pictures and stories about the times, the people he’s collaborated with (Philip Glass, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and King Crimson, to name a few), and the technologies he’s toyed with to create his inimitable body of work.

THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 7:00pm | OUTDOOR ART CLUB

$15 General  |  $12.50 CFI Members

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE  | NETWORKING IN NATURE

Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this easy 3.5 mile 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 walking shoes. All are welcome! Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot.
Tennessee Valley Info

Saturday, October 14, 10:00am | Tennessee Valley | FREE

TREE  | VR EXPERIENCE

Tree is a multisensory VR installation that gives participants the unique opportunity to grow from seed to full grown rainforest tree. Matching a fully immersive experience with a powerful narrative, artists Milica Zec and Winslow Porter allow you to see, feel, hear and smell what it is like to “be” a tree and witness its fate firsthand: With your arms as branches and your body as trunk, you’ll experience the wonder of growth, literally from the ground up.

KEN JACOBSON, Installation Curator

FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 11:00am – 4:00pm
SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 11:00am – 4:00pm
SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm
OUTDOOR ART CLUB
FREE – REGISTRATION REQUIRED*

*Due to the popularity of this event, we will be managing registration in person, onsite at the Outdoor Art Club on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for a time slot, please check in at the front entrance of the Outdoor Art Club located at 1 W. Blithedale Ave.

TALKING ABOUT TEEN SUICIDE  | SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING + PANEL

Following a special screening of the locally produced documentary NOT ALONE, the filmmakers and teens featured in the film will join mental health experts in a community discussion that will explore the epidemic of teen suicides and how friends, parents, and communities can support teens struggling with depression, anxiety and mental illness.

INVITED GUESTS:
KIKI GOSHAY
, Co-director/Producer NOT ALONE
DR. ELI MERRITT, psychiatrist; author, Suicide Risk in the Bay Area
JACQUELINE MONETTA, Co-director NOT ALONE
DR. KIM NORMAN, psychiatrist
TAMARA PLAYER, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Buckelew Programs
JULIAN PLUMADORE, Community Engagement Manager, Mental Health Association of San Francisco
SHEILA SOUDER, School Counselor, Drake High School Counseling and Wellness Center

NOT ALONE
When Jacqueline Monetta’s best friend committed suicide at 16, she struggled to understand why. That led her to make her first documentary, where young people could share their personal stories of suffering and healing and demonstrate how other teens can get the help they need. Conceived and created by, for and about teens, NOT ALONE is an inspiring testament to the power of love and compassion.

SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 11:00Am | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

$15. General  |  $12.50 CFI Members

VR AT THE CROSSROADS: EMPATHY | EMBODIMENT | EDUCATION | ENTERTAINMENT  |  VR + PANEL

MVFF40 takes a 360-degree view of the current VR landscape with a panel discussion and presentation that explores the ways that virtual reality can expand our sensitivities to other species, other genders—and to new ways of listening to each other and to our natural world.

INVITED GUESTS:
NATHALIE MATHE
, Co-creator, Uturn
DIMITRI MOORE, Video Producer, Storytelling Coach, Digital Promise Global
PIERCE, Creator, Out of the Blue
EMMANUEL VAUGHN-LEE, Co-creator, Sanctuaries of Silence MILICA ZEC, Co-creator, Tree
MODERATOR: MARIO KENYON, Head of Production, Furious M; Producer, Defrost

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 2:00pm | OUTDOOR ART CLUB

FREE – TICKET REQUIRED

2:00PM VR EXPERIENCE + 2:45PM PANEL

2:45PM PANEL + 4:15PM VR EXPERIENCE

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: FROM ACQUISITION TO DISTRIBUTION  | PANEL + RECEPTION

Over the past four decades, the film industry has changed and evolved in innumerable ways. Where are we heading now? Join us for an in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding international film markets, foreign film funds, international co-productions, independent film sales and all avenues of film distribution with individuals who know this tangled terrain inside and out.

INVITED GUESTS:
SIMON CURTIS
, Director (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
CRISTINE DEWEY, Managing Director, ro*co films international
SYDNEY LEVINE, consultant; writer, SydneysBuzz
JOHN SLOSS, Founder, Cinetic Media; Producer (Last Flag Flying)
MODERATOR: PAUL COHEN, independent film distributor; Executive Producer (Life and Nothing More); Executive Director, Torchlight Program, FSU Film School

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 11:30am | SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
Reception to follow at Vin Antica, 881 Fourth Street, San Rafael

FREE – TICKET REQUIRED