Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) Guide

Ben Stiller's is scheduled to attend Mill Valley Film Festival with his new comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.
Ben Stiller is scheduled to attend Mill Valley Film Festival with his new comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.

Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) is presented by the California Film Institute (CFI) and takes place annually during October in Mill Valley located just north of San Francisco, California.

The 11-day festival is widely regarded as one of the key influencers in the award season run-up to the Oscars.

MVFF36 runs October 3-10, 2013.

Dakota Fanning, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Jared Leto are among the artists scheduled to attend this year. For a complete list, see below.

MVFF holds the distinction of screening 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.

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KEY DATES MVFF36

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Thursday, Oct. 3 – Opening Night with NEBRASKA and THE BOOK THIEF

Friday, Oct. 4 – Special Tribute: Costa-Gavras (director)

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Special Tribute: Geoffrey Rush (actor)

Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Spotlight Program: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY with John Wells (director)

Thursday, Oct. 10 – Spotlight Program: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB with Jared Leto (actor)

Friday, Oct. 11 – Spotlight Program: 12 YEARS A SLAVE with Steve McQueen (director) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (actor)

Saturday, Oct. 12 – Spotlight Program: EFFIE GRAY with Dakota Fanning (actor)

Sunday, Oct. 13 – Closing night with THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and Ben Stiller (actor)

For a complete MVFF schedule and tickets visit mvff.com.

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Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) news, reviews, schedule, and guideFilmmakers and special guests attending the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

(this list is subject to change)

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Steve McQueen – Director
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Actor
Lupita Nyong´o – Actor

3020 LAGUNA ST. IN EXITUM (Short)
Ashley Rodholm – Director
Joe Picard – Director
Harald Boyesen – Composer

ADRIFT (Short)
Simon Christen – Director
Jessica Christen – Guest

AL HELM: MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE
Connie Field – Director/Producer
Gregory Scharpen – Editor
Sage Brucia – Assistant Editor

ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH
Pratibha Parmar – Director

ALL IS LOST
J C Chandor – Director
Stephanie Northen – Publicist

ALONG THE ROADSIDE
Vladimir Lisinac – Producer
Zoran Lisinac – Director
Cole Bonner – Composer
Iman Crosson – Actor
Daniel Grozdich – Actor
Gloria Nava – Actor
Brett Sorem – Editor

AT MIDDLETON
Vera Farmiga – Actor
Andy Garcia – Actor
Adam Rodgers – Director / Writer
Glenn German – Producer / Writer

AT THE BAR (Short)
Jason Headley – Director

AUGUST FOOLS
Taru Makela – Director
Jouko Seppala – Cinematographer

BESIDE STILL WATERS
Jason Potash – Producer
Chris Lowell – Director
Mohit Narang  – Writer/Producer
Paul Finkel – Producer
Steven Gorel – Producer

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
Dawn Logsdon – Director
Stephen Silha – Director

BLESSING IN DISGUISE (Short)
Eric Kissack – Director
Lisa Rudin – Producer
Libby Cuenin – Editor

BREATHE IN
Drake Doremus – Director

CAPITAL
Costa-Gavras – Director

CHEBA
Françoise Charpiat – Director

CHINA IN THREE WORDS
Vanessa Hope – Director

COLLAPSE
Rob Nilsson – Director

COMING HOME (Short)
Chris Olness – Director
Harris Charalambous – Cinematographer
Mitch Waxman – Producer

DESERT RUNNERS
Jennifer Steinman – Director
Diana Iles Parker – Producer
Sevan Matossian – Director of Photography

Directors Panel
JC Chandor — All is Lost, Margin Call
Ryan Coogler — Fruitvale Station
Scott Cooper— Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace
Steve McQueen — 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame
John Wells — August: Osage County, The Company Men
Moderated by Variety Features Editor Peter Caranicas

DRONES IN MY BACKYARD (Short)
Deborah Kaufman – Producer
Alan Snitow – Director

EFFIE GRAY
Dakota Fanning – Actor
Donald Rosenfeld – Producer

EVENING WITH THOMAS DOLBY
Thomas Dolby

EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY (Short)

Julie Rubio – Director
Blake Wellen – Producer
Elijah Stavena – Cinematographer
Jack Niehaus – Cinematographer
Alex Niel – Editor

F-LINE (Short)
Silvia Turchin – Director

FACING FEAR (Short)
Jason Cohen – Director

FAMILIES ARE FOREVER (Short)
Vivian Kleiman – Director

FARAH GOES BANG
Meera Menon – Director
Laura Goode – Producer

FINDING HILLYWOOD
Leah Warshawski – Director

GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA
Eugene Corr – Director
Ruth Shapiro – Executive Producer
Liza Corr – Associate Producer
Gary Weimberg – Editor
Roscoe Bryant – Subject

GREED (Short)
Liam Hughes – Director
Katherine Yarbrough – Producer
Chris Alexander – Original Music
James Hughes – Executive Producer
Susan Hughes – Executive Producer

GRIGRIS
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun – Director

HANS (Short)
Harris Cohen – Producer
George Rosenfeld – Videographer/Editor
Rouda  Audio – Guest

HI DE HO SHOW
John Goddard

THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT
Dana Nachman – Director
Don Hardy – Director
Chelsea Matter – Producer
Sean Penn – Narrator

THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY
Berry Minott – Director/Producer
John Steele – Guest
Jen Bradwell – Editor

Industry Panel
Ted Hope – Exective director of San Francisco Film Society
Bob Berney – Founder of Picturehouse
Gary Rubin – Executive VP of Cohen Media Group

IN THE COBBLER’S SHOES
David Marks – Director

JOHN BROWN’S BODY AT SAN QUENTIN PRISON
Joe De Francesco – Director
Joan Saffa – Producer
Wendy Slick – Producer

KEEP A TIDY SOUL (Short)
Joshua Moore – Director
Claire McConnell – Actor

KEEPER OF THE BEAT: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF DRUMMING
David L. Brown – Producer/ Director
Barbara Borden – Subject/ Co-Producer
Jane Kinzler – Co-Producer
Steven Baigel – Co-editor

KING OF NORWAY (Short)
Sylvia Sether – Director
Vanessa Manlunas – Cinematographer

LAMBING SEASON (Short)
Jeannie Donohoe – Director

THE LAST SENTENCE
Jan Troell – Director

LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee – Director
Adam Loften – Editor
Elias Koch – Cinematographer

LION ARK
Jorga Fox – Actor

LUMUMBA
Eriq Ebouaney – Actor

Master Class Conversation
David Thomson – Writer, historian, film critic

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE
Michele Josue – Director
Liam McNiff – Producer

THE MISSING SCARF (Short)
Eoin Duffy – Director
Jamie Hogan – Producer
Kristina Shu – Designer

NAPLES YELLOW (Short)
Shannon Stirone Norwood – Producer
Tylor Norwood – Director
Seth Hahn – Editor

NEBRASKA
Bruce Dern – Actor
Will Forte – Actor
Ron Yerxa – Producer
Albert Berger – Producer

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS – FROM CHICAGO TO THE KAROO
Quinn Costelo – Editor
Will Parrinello – Director/Producer
John Antonelli – Director/Producer
Tom Dusenbery – Director/Producer

ODD BRODSKY
Cindy Baer – Director/Producer

ONE MAN’S SHOW
Newton Aduaka – Director
Jean Francois Fernandez – Producer

THE ORGANIC LIFE
Casey Beck – Director
Braden Marks – Writer
Sara Ataiiyan – Writer
Kevin D. Wong – Editor

OWNERBUILT
Larry Andrews – Director

PICO
John Sanborn – Director
Skip Sweeney – Producer
Roger Jones – Producer
Margaret Cromwell – Performer
Joseph Copley – Performer

REDEMPTION TRAIL
Britta Sjogren – Director
Michael Goodier – Editor
Jake Weber – Actor

THE RETRIEVAL
Chris Eska – Director

ROCKETSHIP (Short)
Alfred Thomas Catalfo – Director
David Random – Production Designer
Russell Doucet – Lead Actor

SARAH PREFERS TO RUN
Chloe Robichaud – Director

THE SEA
Luc Roeg – Producer

SHARK RIDDLE
Laura Sams – Director
Robert Sams – Director

SHE COMES IN SPRING (Short)
Antoneta Kastrati – Director
Casey Cooper Johnson – Producer
Sevdije Kastrati – Cinematographer

SLOMO (Short)
Joshua Izenberg – Director

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (Short)
Jeremy Rall – Director
Heather Gray – Writer / Actor
Jennifer Arceneaux – Producer

SPOOKS & SPIRITS
Ágúst Guðmundsson – Director

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND
Christopher McLeod  – Director

SWEET BLUES
Bob Sarles – Director/Producer
Christina Keating – Producer
Ted Leyhe – Producer

SWEETWATER
Logan Miller – Director/Writer
Noah Miller – Writer

THE TAO OF BLUEGRASS
Christine Funk – Director
Don Zimmer – Executive Producer
Neil Harvey – Executive Producer

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!
Chris Simon – Director/Producer
Maureen Gosling – Director/Producer
Chris Strachwitz – Subject
David Silberberg – Sound Recordist

TOXIC HOT SEAT
Brook Holston – Line Producer
Jamie Redford – Director
Kirby Walker  – Director
Jen Bradwell – Editor

THE TROUBLE WITH BREAD (Short)
Maggie Beidelman – Director
Nick Benavides – Composer
Mitzi Mock – Camera
Kate Elston – Videographer

UNFAIR GAME: THE POLITICS OF POACHING
John Antonelli – Director/Producer
Eli Olson – Editor
Barry Schienberg – Director of Photography

UPAJ IMPROVISE
Hoku Uchiyama – Director
Members of Chitresh Das Dance Company

THE VISITOR (Short)
George deChev – Director
Erik Thijssen – Producer
George Mirov – Production

WHITE SHOE (Short)
Matteo Sapio – Producer
Mauro Borrelli – Director
Leo Z – Composer

WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY
Ellen Sebastian Chang – Producer

Women in the Industry
Osnat Shurer – VP of Development and Producer at Walt Disney Animation
Vera Farmiga – Actor
Dakota Fanning – Actor
Pratibha Parmar – Director
Stacy L. Smith – Professor, writer, moderator

WORKERS
Chuy Padilla – Actor

THE YEAR AND THE VINEYARD
Jonathan Cenzual Burley – Director

YUKON KINGS
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee – Director
Adam Loften – Editor
Elias Koch – Cinematographer

ZAYTOUN
Fred Ritzenberg – Producer

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