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Century Cinema, Corte Madera
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12:30 PM (107 min)
The 3D Sideshow
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Step right up! The 3D Sideshow is back in town, with depth-defying attractions for all ages! Journey from inside a snowflake to the surface of Mars. Thrill to microscopic monsters and giant bats. Marvel at time-lapse images of the heavens and the alien world of fractals. All this, plus Pixar’s classic Knick Knack, the US 3D premiere of Disney’s Inner Workings, door prizes, and more! Ages 10+
3:00 PM (142 min)
A Serious Game (Den Allvarsamma Leken)
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Based on a classic 1912 Swedish novel, this beguiling romance is the story of a journalist and a painter's daughter who fall in love, but timing and circumstances conspire against them. Driven apart by financial and social pressures, they marry others, but meet again after 10 years, prompting the rekindling of desire, with dangerous consequences.
7:00 PM (158 min)
American Pastoral
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SPOTLIGHT EWAN MCGREGOR: Seymour "Swede" Levov (Ewan McGregor) seemed destined to have it all: the beautiful wife (Jennifer Connelly), an adored daughter (Dakota Fanning), a successful business. But in the turbulent ‘60s, his perfect life begins to unravel. Terrific performances drive Ewan McGregor's directorial debut, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel.
12:00 PM (111 min)
She Started It
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What does it take to be a female founder in a notoriously male-dominated world? This invigorating documentary profiles five young women entrepreneurs making their marks in the technology industry and examines the challenges they face in the ruthlessly competitive world of start-ups, where females account for less than 10% of all founders.
3:00 PM (105 min)
Finding Oscar
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This gripping account of an investigation into the 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village turns on the search for a young survivor who later fled to the United States, throwing into relief the catastrophic impact of the US-fueled Guatemalan civil war and the resilience of those seeking justice for the many murdered and disappeared.
6:15 PM (103 min)
Tower
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This innovative and mesmerizing documentary revisits the 1966 mass shooting on the University of Texas-Austin campus. Interweaving the narratives of victims, witnesses, reporters, and police officers, the director masterfully combines archival footage, animation, and present-day interviews to tell a story of humanity shining through horrific circumstances.
8:45 PM (100 min)
The Pleasure Is Mine (El Placer Es Mio)
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Setting up house in the sticks is far from bucolic for the couple at the heart of Elisa Miller's hard-hitting romantic drama. With sexual frankness, powerful performances, and careful attention to detail, The Pleasure Is Mine delineates how simplifying one's life can sometimes expose a relationship's tenuous foundations.
1:00 PM (90 min)
PANEL: MVFF State of the Industry Conversation
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More movies are being produced than ever before, but the film industry is going through some of the most dramatic changes in its history. Come hear some of the leading experts in the business discuss the future of independent cinema and how filmmakers will be affected by the new trends in production, marketing, distribution, and exhibition. Invited Guests: ED ARENTZ, managing director, Music Box Films (The Innocents, Frantz, Ida, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) BLYE FAUST, partner and cofounder, Rocklin|Faust; producer (Spotlight) AMY HOBBY, vice president, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute; producer, Tangerine Entertainment (Paint It Black, Secretary) RUTH VITALE, chief executive officer, CreativeFuture; founder, Paramount Classics (The Virgin Suicides, Hustle & Flow) Moderator : PAUL COHEN, distributor (Bad Lieutenant, Mephisto); executive director, Torchlight Film Program, Florida State University
3:45 PM (92 min)
Do Not Resist
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Many have been alarmed by the recent spectacle of police in full riot gear and armored vehicles moving through peaceful demonstrations. Sure to spark debate, this disquieting documentary puts the viewer on the streets in the middle of the action and seeks to examine our growing culture of militarization in law enforcement. PRECEDED BY DEAN SCREAM US 2016, 10 min Director Bryan Storkel
6:30 PM (112 min)
Green Is Gold
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FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS Set against the complex, captivating world of cannabis, this riveting coming-of-age-story focuses on two young brothers forced to fend for themselves in the gorgeous green hills of Northern California. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this shining festival gem reeks of poetic filmmaking, tense drama, and emotional truth.
9:15 PM (90 min)
5@5 Everyday People
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"The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then, makes no difference what group I'm in. I am everyday people." A collection of true-life tales about extraordinary individuals. Stolen Youth: Political Prisoner of the Dictatorship (Joshua Dylan Mellars, US 2016, 6 min), Oddball (Joshua Moore, US 2016, 5 min), Nascent (Lindsay Branham, US 2015, 7 min), Washed Away (Dana Nachman, US 2016, 16 min), and The New Environmentalists - from Peru to Tanzania (Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, and Tom Dusenbery, US 2016, 30 min).
11:15 AM (94 min)
The Eagle Huntress
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For centuries in Mongolia, men have hunted with eagles—until 13-year-old Aisholpan decides she wants to become the very first eagle huntress. Part family-friendly documentary and part parable of female empowerment, Otto Bell’s stunning look at one young woman and her bird of prey may be the most inspiring nonfiction girl-power film of the year.
2:00 PM (141 min)
Company Town
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Local filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow take to the streets of San Francisco to track last year’s supervisor race between incumbent Julie Christensen and former supervisor and lefty firebrand Aaron Peskin. The film's real focus, however, is the way in which every resident is affected by Airbnb and the influx of tech workers. PRECEDED BY CRESCITE US 2016, 14 min Director Will Agee
5:00 PM (137 min)
In Dubious Battle
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James Franco directs and leads an all-star cast in this adaptation from John Steinbeck about the moral complexities behind a fruit picker strike in Depression-era California. Threatened by violence and impoverishment, this labor movement isn’t without its internal struggles, while the resiliency of the human spirit fights for economic justice.
8:15 PM (130 min)
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
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FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA This documentary is a feast for the senses as the meteoric rise of this father of California Cuisine and Bay Area culinary legend is chronicled through a wealth of interviews and archival footage. Settle in for multiple courses of history, high drama, incisive character study, and lots and lots of food.
12:00 PM (132 min)
A Quiet Passion
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With this painterly cine-bio of Emily Dickinson, renowned director Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) proves that it takes a poet to know one. He wrote “his” Dickinson expressly for Cynthia Nixon—who brilliantly captures the writer’s wit, awkwardness, introversion, and suffering—and sets her circumscribed existence within an exquisite chamber piece.
3:00 PM (87 min)
The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)
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In its first-ever international co-production, revered Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli delivers an astonishing, wordless feature debut from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit. Beautifully rendered, minimalist imagery and charcoal backdrops capture the life of a castaway deserted on a perilous island inhabited by animals.
5:45 PM (114 min)
The Groove Is Not Trivial
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Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser has worked for years to revive Scottish cultural traditions through his multi-generational music camps. This freewheeling, joyful, and inspiring documentary invites us to join his “unruly, rabble-rousing anarchistic” musical community. PRECEDED BY JOE'S VIOLIN US 2016, 24 min Director Kahane Cooperman
8:30 PM (120 min)
Baden Baden
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In Rachel Lang's impressive feature film debut, 26-year-old Ana returns home to Strasbourg in a purloined Porsche to hang out with her grandmother, inefficiently reconstruct a shower, possibly find some work, attempt to weave together the loose strings of her love life, and, eventually, find her particular path towards adulthood.
11:00 AM (79 min)
Molly Monster
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FOCUS: KINOWERKS Vivid animation and delightful songs enhance this charming tale about a little monster family that’s about to get bigger once their egg hatches. Molly Monster and her wind-up best friend Edison take a fantastic trek with a mission: bring the hat Molly knitted to her about-to-be-hatched baby brother or sister. Ages 4+
2:00 PM (118 min)
Icaros: A Vision
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This gorgeous, immersive experience accompanies Angelina and her fellow ‘passengers,’ as they seek healing with shamans in ayahuasca sacred plant medicine ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon. The dreamlike nature of the healing journey is enhanced by on-point visual effects and grounded by the soothing rainforest sounds and icaros plant medicine songs.
5:00 PM (117 min)
The Last Dalai Lama?
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Simple monk and geopolitical rock star, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has transformed spirituality, neuroscience, and education by adapting ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices for a secular world. Mickey Lemle updates his 1991 Compassion in Exile with this intimate look at the good humor and enduring wisdom of His Holiness.
8:00 PM (112 min)
Circus Kid
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Growing up isn’t easy when your father’s a clown. That’s one lesson of Lorenzo Pisoni’s moving documentary, which offers an intimate portrait of San Francisco’s famed Pickle Family Circus—a direct precursor of Cirque du Soleil—and of its driven, mercurial founder, Larry Pisoni. Don’t miss this unique glimpse of clown life. PRECEDED BY New Mo' Cut: David Peoples’ Lost Film of Moe’s Books / Circus Kid US 2015, 14 min Director Siciliana Trevino
3:00 PM (161 min)
Lion
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TRIBUTE TO NICOLE KIDMAN: With skill and delicacy, director Garth Davis knocks it out of the park in an unforgettable tale of lost-and-found family identity, featuring outstanding performances by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Lion recreates the amazingly true (and truly amazing) story of one man’s extraordinary quest to find his birth family.