SPECIAL EVENTS ABOUND AT MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
by Gary Meyer
There are many special events at the festival.
EatDrinkFilms is proud to co-present four fantastic documentaries at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. Two are about food, Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent and are part of the Culinary Cinema selection. The other two have bay area connections, Mifune: The Last Samurai directed by Steven Okazaki and California Typewriter with a focus on a wonderful repair shop in Berkeley. These are among the many other strong non-fiction works gathered in Valley of the Docs.
Tributes to Nicole Kidman and Julie Dash are augmented by Spotlights on Ewan McGregor, Gael Garcia Bernal and Aaron Eckhart. I am not sure what the difference between a Tribute and a Spotlight is but this year it appears to be gender.
Recipes from the new book by Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn
Andrew Tarlow has grown a restaurant empire on the simple idea that a meal can somehow be beautiful and ambitious, while also being unfussy and inviting. From the acclaimed owner of Brooklyn’s Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Reynard, The Ides, Achilles Heel, She Wolf Bakery, Marlow Goods, Roman’s, and the Wythe Hotel comes this debut cookbook capturing a year’s worth of dishes meant to be shared among friends. Continue reading
by Meredith Brody
The French say that appetite comes with eating. And after a few weeks devoted to wholesale viewing of films both new and (occasionally) old at Telluride, Toronto, and New York, I’m looking forward to the 39th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival, which begins on October 6th and runs through the 16th, as though I was a thirsty woman in the desert who spotted an oasis in the near distance. More! More movies! More!
Mill Valley benefits from its place on the festival calendar: its fall timing means it can cherry-pick from the big festivals earlier in the year: Sundance in January, Berlin in February, Cannes in May. And it’s also well-positioned (both in timing and in proximity from LA, an hour’s flight away) for studios working on their end-of-year Oscar campaigns.
by Lincoln Spector
Ever wonder how festivals select the best new, obscure, independent films?
From late May until mid-July, I got a glimpse of at least part of the selection process. I was asked to pre-screen films for the Mill Valley Film Festival. I considered this an honor, and jumped at the opportunity.
Parkway Theater Goes To Pot
by Gary Meyer
There have been a lot of ways old movie theaters have found new life as something else. The newest might be as a medical marijuana dispensary at the old Parkway Theater in Oakland.
Will they show nonstop screenings of REEFER MADNESS and Cheech and Chong’s UP IN SMOKE or the new buzz baker movie DOUGH?
Will the concession stand be renamed the Munchies Bar? They could hire Jeffthe420Chef to design the menu from his new cookbook The 420 Gourmet- The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine.
Will public transportation be via a CannaBus?
A Bear and a Bull and a Restored Movie Palace
By Thomas Downs
I took a walk in the Mission District the other night, on my way to meet up with Al Barna and Randall Homan for a drink at the New Mission Theater. I hadn’t been in the neighborhood for several months, and with things going as they have been, a visit after so long often turns into an appraisal of recent changes – old shops and restaurants shuttered, buildings demolished, construction projects underway, discernible shifts in demographics, and so on. These clinical observations aside, the Mission remains one of the country’s most vital and interesting neighborhoods to just wander around in.
The very top of the New Mission’s neon sign