By C.J. Hirschfield
There is no doubt that the story of octogenarian Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia is an interesting one. A talented artist/activist/elected official/ iconoclast who has experienced spousal abuse, sexual discrimination, and many long affairs with much younger men, she has for decades documented the atrocities of the Mafia in her home town of Palermo, Sicily.
We went through hundreds of photos and want to share some candids from the first half of the Festival.
Karan Kendrick and Jamie Foxx JUST MERCY | Photo © Jonathan Scott Shensa
Olivia Wilde and Kasi Lemmons at the reception for Robert Pattinson | Photo © Tommy Lau Photography
By Meredith Brody
The programmers at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival (October 3rd through 13th) have saved some of the best for last – plums are studded through the second half of the festival (Click film titles to open a new window taking you to full details, showtimes and ticket purchase), including on Wednesday October 9th WAVES , its “Centerpiece” film, showing at 7 pm at the Rafael (repeated 11:30 am on Friday October 11th at the Sequoia). Continue reading
By Gary Meyer
One of the challenges for any film festival is finding the perfect opening night movie.
A curator wants a terrific movie first but also it must be a crowd pleaser— Not too experimental or heavily political. You don’t want to alienate the opening night audience who may not be as adventurous as those attending many other movies during the event. They need to leave the theater in a good mood and hopefully want to return for more shows. But you want it to be a movie that also means something to people and leaves them thinking as well as entertained.
Opening Night photo by Pat Mazzera
by Gary Meyer
Movie theaters used to show two feature-length movies plus a cartoon, newsreel and novelty or comedy short plus coming attractions. Some big city cinemas, known as “grind houses,” might show three or four films in a day around the clock.