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10 Sep. 2013

Mill Valley Film Festival set to begin!


ANNOUNCEMENT:

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 36 YEARS and is presented annually by the California Film Institute (CFI). The festival runs October 3-13, 2013, with 11 days of world class cinema, industry panels and Oscar® hopefuls. The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) holds the proud distinction of presenting the Bay Area premieres of the last five Academy Award®-Winners for Best Picture (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE HURT LOCKER*, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST, and ARGO).

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush

Thursday, October 3rd, the festival will kick off in grand style with the Co-Opening night films NEBRASKA, from director Alexander Payne and a Special Presentation of Brian Percival’s THE BOOK THIEF. Bruce Dern (Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival) and Will Forte will be in attendance for the Bay Area Premiere of NEBRASKA at the CineArts @ Sequoia in Mill Valley at 6:45PM and 7:00PM. Academy Award®-winner Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse and Brian Percival will be in attendance for THE BOOK THIEF at the Century Cinema Corte Madera in Corte Madera, the new Mill Valley Film Festival Co-Opening night venue, at 7:00PM.

Friday, October 4th, the Mill Valley Film Festival will present Academy Award®-winning director Costa-Gavras with a Special Tribute. The evening will start at 6:30PM at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael with an on-stage interview with Costa-Gavras featuring clips from his past work and moderated by Mill Valley actor/activist Peter Coyote. Following the interview will be the Bay Area Premiere of his latest film CAPITAL (LE CAPITAL).

Saturday, October 5th Academy Award® winning actor Geoffrey Rush will also be honored with a special Tribute. The evening will include an on-stage interview and feature clips from his past work. The program will begin at 9:15PM at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Tuesday, October 8th, the Mill Valley Film Festival will feature AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY in a Centerpiece/Spotlight program and honor director John Wells at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. The evening begins at 6:30PM with an on-stage interview.

Thursday, October 10th will feature an on-stage conversation and the U.S. Premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée’s DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Friday, October 11th acclaimed British Filmmaker Steve McQueen and British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will be in attendance on for Steve

McQueen’s latest directorial effort, 12 YEARS A SLAVE. In a festival first, both director and lead actor will be recognized in this Spotlight program. The event will start at 6:30PM at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Saturday, October 12th at 6:30PM, Dakota Fanning will be honored with a Spotlight program at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. An on stage conversation will be followed by the World Premiere of her new film EFFIE GRAY from director Richard Laxton.

Sunday, October 13th Closing Night, the Mill Valley Film Festival will honor Ben Stiller with the Mill Valley Film Festival Award at 5:00PM at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. He will be on hand with his latest directorial effort THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. Ben Stiller will introduce both the at 5:15PM and 5:30PM showings at the CineArts @ Sequoia in Mill Valley and will receive the Mill Valley Film Festival Award following the 5:00PM screening at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Following the screenings, the festival will come to an end with the Closing Night Party at the Maple Lawn Estate at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

Music oriented films and events once again play an integral part of the festival atmosphere. This year special guests include Multi-Grammy®-winning producer and musician Don Was (John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), Academy Award®-nominated film composer Mark Isham (Once Upon a Time, Crash [TV & film]; The Secret Life of Bees), cellist, composer and indie artist-phenom Zoe Keating, Swing-Meister Dan Hicks, and three-time Grammy® winner, Emmy®-winning Producer and Musician, Narada Michael Walden.

Each year the Mill Valley Film Festival highlights many local Bay Area filmmakers. This year several will be making their World Premiere at the festival. They include: THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY from San Francisco director Berry Minott; TOXIC HOT SEAT from co-directors Kirby Walker (San Francisco) and Jamie Redford (Fairfax); Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Sean Penn, THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT from Los Altos residents Dana Nachman and Don Hardy; and STANDING ON SACRED GROUND from Berkeley resident Christopher (Toby) McLeod.

Additional special guests include: Actor Andy Garcia and actress Vera Farmiga will be attendance for the Bay Area Premiere of AT MIDDLETON; actor Stephen Dorff will be on hand for a special screening on ZAYTOUN; actor Chris Lowell will present the World Premiere of his directorial debut BESIDE STILL WATERS with the whole cast in attendance; and acclaimed Swedish director Jan Troell will come to Mill Valley for a screening of his film THE LAST SENTENCE.

Whoopi Goldberg, the late Moms Mabley

Whoopi Goldberg, the late Moms Mabley

Additional selections in this year’s festival are: ALL IS LOST, starring Academy Award®-winner Robert Redford, from director J. C. Chandor;

Idris Elba as Mandela

Idris Elba as Mandela

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, based on the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play by Tracy Letts; Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, from director Justin Chadwick; THE PAST (LE PASSE), Winner of the Best Actress Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; PHILOMENA, starring Academy Award®-winner Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; SWEETWATER from brothers Logan and Noah Miller; Roger Michell’s LE WEEK-END;  and WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY from director and Academy Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg.

About the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 3-13, 2013 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area.

Tickets are $14.00 (CFI Members, $11.50), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 8 for CFI or MVFF Fast Pass holders, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only; September 9 for Director’s Circle and above; September 10 for Gold Star and above; September 12 for all CFI Members only and September 14 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).

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