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Banksy Most Wanted

From humble beginnings as a Bristol graffiti artist to perpetrator of a million dollar art stunt at Sotheby's, Banksy's meteoric rise to fame has made them a household name and their art instantly recognizable. But throughout their career, one question has dogged the celebrated provocateur: who is the person behind the name? In a day and age where anonymity seems impossible, Banksy has managed to remain a mystery. In Banksy Most Wanted, directors Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley do a deep dive into the many differing theories about the artist's true identity. Could Banksy be the lead singer of Massive Attack? An unassuming former Catholic schoolboy? The creator of virtual band Gorillaz? Rouvier and Haley explore all of these possibilities through testimonials from collectors, journalists, agents, and fans. The result is an investigation not only into who Banksy is but also the deep impact their art has had on the world.
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Maxima

In the Peruvian Andes, indigenous farmer Máxima Acuño lives in harmony with nature, farming her own land and raising sheep to support her family. Surrounded by crystalline lakes and rich meadows, Máxima considers the land her “mother”—providing everything she needs. Not far from this mountain paradise lies the enormous Yanacocha gold mine, owned by the American Newmont Mining Corporation and co-funded by the World Bank. When the mine seeks to expand its operations, Maxima’s land is in their way, and the mine owners enlist the services of the Peruvian government police to intimidate and pressure her into leaving her home. To defend her family and way of life, Máxima hires a lawyer and becomes an eco-warrior, enlisting the support of the local community. Máxima even wins the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in her quest for justice in this stirring David-versus-Goliath document of environmental and human rights—which won the Audience Award at this year's Hot Docs.
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Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story

Who is Doc Severinsen? The colorfully dressed bandleader from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson? A spectacular, underrated trumpet player? A complex man who prioritizes music over all else? According to this revealing documentary, it’s all of the above. An internationally famous (and enigmatic) figure, Severinsen makes for a fascinating subject in this intimate, surprising film. Veteran television director and producer Kevin Bright (Friends) joined forces with award-winning editor Jeff Consiglio (Twinsters) to capture the 92-year-old workaholic Severinsen in his element—performing, teaching music, working out, and making the occasional protein shake. Their cameras reveal a man always in motion, forever striving to hit that impossible high note and never sitting still. Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story combines interviews with Doc’s inner circle, terrific music and elated trumpet playing, and hilarious, iconic Tonight Show moments for an inspi
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Piano to Zanskar

Opening on the vast and awesome landscape of the Himalayas, Piano to Zanskar is a journey in every sense of the word. Follow 65-year-old piano tuner Desmond “Gentle” O’Keefe, his young assistants Anna and Harald, a team of local Sherpas, and various yaks and ponies, as they travel across precarious and steep mountain paths beyond the Trans-Himalayan highway to reach the majestic and remote village of Lingshed to deliver a promised piano to the town. Shot in a hypnotic and meditative style that honors the odyssey as much as the destination, this beautiful document of a noble quest also ponders the increasing impact of modernity on ancient ways of life and the inevitable progression of time.
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Public Trust

One of the most important documentaries of the year, Public Trust is a film that needs to be seen by everyone who enjoys getting out in nature. Although many of us take the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands for granted, these lands are endangered by powerful forces that are attempting the largest land grab in modern history. By focusing on the eminent destruction of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in Minnesota, the downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and the wholesale appropriation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, director David Garrett Byars enlists a slew of journalists, land historians, tribal leaders, and government whistleblowers to present a highly persuasive argument that is impossible to ignore and vital to hear. Above all else, as executive producer Robert Redford tells us, “Public Trust is the story of citizens who are fighting back.
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Queen Without Land (Dronning uten land)

The majestic landscape of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is home to gentle Frost, a polar bear mother, and her romping, rambunctious cubs, captured in affectionate and intimate detail by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad. Over the course of four years, Helgestad tracks and documents the lives of the bears, as well as native foxes, reindeer, seals, walrus, birds, and blue whales—a breathtaking and beautiful ecosystem imminently impacted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at record speed. Queen Without Land dramatically showcases this epic territory of towering mountains, narrow fjords, and flowering meadows, the dynamic wildlife that populates the land, and the myriad modern threats to its future.
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Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words

Near the beginning of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock’s intimate profile of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Justice becomes visibly moved when a group of high school students presents her with a painting of herself. Unlike a portrait by a different artist some years earlier that had depicted her bigger than her actual diminutive size, this painting is an accurate portrayal. It is a revealing moment: Ginsburg wants to be seen not as larger than life, but really as she is. By relying on Ginsburg’s own words and actions, as illuminated by carefully culled archival footage and interviews, Mock covers the full breadth of Ginsburg’s life, views, and career. Furthermore, Mock succeeds in creating a compelling portrait as authentic, poignant, and powerful as the Justice herself.
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Trust Me

If you’ve felt the weight of the world on your shoulders as a result of our 24-hour news cycle or felt negative thoughts invade your daily life after endlessly scrolling through social media, you’re definitely not alone. Following his 2012 documentary Happy, in which he ventured to over a dozen countries seeking out the meaning and source of happiness, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) takes an investigative look at the darker side of the modern human experience, exploring how we consume, process, share and internalize media messages in the digital age. Addressing a range of critical issues from confirmation bias to fake news, Trust Me examines not only the psychological effects but the emotional and social ramifications of misinformation on society, on democracy, and on our mental health—particularly for younger generations who’ve known no other reality. With testimonies from a wide range of media and psychology experts alongside everyday m
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Weed & Wine

In this beautifully crafted documentary, the lives of two intergenerational families of farmers on two separate continents are interwoven with surprising parallels. On a cen­turies-old, bio­dy­nam­ic vine­yard in the South­ern Rhône of France, Hélène Thibon and her son carry on the long-standing tradition of wine-making. All the way over in Humboldt County, California, Kevin Jodrey runs a state-legal organic cannabis farm and hopes his somewhat reluctant son will eventually take over. As the families adapt their businesses to the changing times, they face a number of similar challenges and successes. Working with the earth and the changing environment can prove to be as unpredictable as melding one’s family with business. With gorgeous cinematography and an evocative score by Max Avery Lichtenstein, Weed & Wine captures the complexity and strength of familial bonds, as these two families, separated by a vast ocean, balance tradition and innovation while preparing the businesses
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DocLands Livestream Conversation and Q&A with Freida Lee Mock

The 2020 DocLands Honors Award is presented to five-time Academy Award® nominee Freida Lee Mock for her determination in bringing to light the stories behind some of the most remarkable American artists, politicians, humanitarians, and social justice activists. From Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember; Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner; Anita: Speaking Truth to Power; and Return with Honor, to her 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and her most recent film Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words, Mock's intimate, yet powerful cinematic biographies allow us to experience extraordinary lives, often from contrasting walks of life. Freida Lee Mock, partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders and Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation, was the first Governor elected to the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
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MVFF Conversation: Aaron Sorkin, Trial of the Chicago 7 Ensemble, Spotlight & MVFF Award

The riots that accompanied the 1968 Democratic National Convention ended in a show trial like no other, as the counterculture squared off against a conservative court. Who better to bring this watershed moment in our history into the light than Aaron Sorkin with The Trial of the Chicago 7? The writer-director applies the sharp wit and insight that have been the hallmarks of a career that brought us the classic TV series Sports Night, The West Wing, and The Newsroom, and movies like A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Moneyball. Join us in what is sure to be an electrifying conversation touching on politics past and present with Sorkin and cast members.
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The Father: Anthony Hopkins, Tribute & MVFF Award

Sir Anthony Hopkins received an Academy Award® for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs, as well as Oscar® nominations for his roles in The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, and The Two Popes (MVFF42). He was also honored with the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for The Remains of the Day, The Silence of the Lambs, and War & Peace, and has received two Emmy® Awards for The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and The Bunker, in which he portrayed Adolf Hitler. In addition to reprising the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in both Hannibal and Red Dragon, Hopkins has starred in such films as Howards End, The Mask of Zorro, Legends of the Fall, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Elephant Man, and Thor in his over-50-year career.
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Herself: Clare Dunne, Spotlight & MVFF Award

Upon graduating the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) BA (Hons) Degree course in 2009, Clare Dunne was immediately cast in the leading role of Pegeen Mike in the Druid Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Playboy of the Western. In the UK, she quickly established herself in major theatre roles in the Lyric Hammersmith as Irina in Three Sisters, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in the Young Vic Studio as Lula in Dutchman.?Perhaps most importantly, she performed at the Donmar Warehouse as Portia in Julius Caesar,?opposite Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Dunne then took the lead role as Prince Hal in Lloyd’s acclaimed production of Henry IV before reprising her roles of Portia and Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar and Prince Hal in Henry IV as part of Phyllida Lloyd's TRILOGY at the Donmar Warehouse Autumn 2016. Onscreen, Dunne has appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home
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MVFF Conversation: Delroy Lindo, Spotlight & MVFF Award

In Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Delroy Lindo is a Vietnam vet who returns to the country on a treasure hunt for gold. But the film's real treasure is its cast, particularly Lindo, haunting in his portrayal of a war-damaged soul. It is only the latest triumph for the Oakland actor whose roles resonate with his wide emotional palette and attention to the smallest character detail. The American Conservatory Theatre-trained Lindo was already a 1988 Tony nominee for August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone when he began his long association with Lee and rose to screen stardom as numbers kingpin Indian Archie in Lee’s Malcolm X. Parts in Clockers, Get Shorty, The Cider House Rules, Heist, TV’s The Good Fight, and more continue to reveal Lindo as one of our most gifted actors. Join us as we celebrate this Bay Area icon with a spotlight that includes Lindo in conversation on Da 5 Bloods and his esteemed body of work.
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MVFF Conversation: Judi Dench, Tribute & MVFF Award

Dame Judi Dench took her first steps toward becoming a living legend in 1957 when, at the age of 22, she debuted at the Old Vic as Hamlet's Ophelia. She went on to become one of the best actors of her—or any other—generation. An Oscar®-winner for her role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Dench is a master of the Bard, performing multiple acclaimed roles from Juliet to Lady Macbeth. Long established as a theater luminary, Dench added film star to her resume with the one-two punch of Wetherby and A Room with a View. Onscreen, she mingles art-house roles with mainstream fare, becoming a pop culture immortal for her turn as 007's boss M in seven James Bond movies. At 85, she stars in MVFF's Opening Night Film at the Drive-In, Blithe Spirit. Her awards must fill a trophy room: that Oscar, a Tony, ten BAFTAs, seven Oliviers, and many, many more. Join us as we fête this Dame with her latest honor and conduct a lively discussion regarding her singular career.
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MVFF Conversation: Kate Winslet, Tribute & MVFF Award

Kate Winslet was still a teenager when she blazed across screens as an adolescent killer in Peter Jackson's 1950s-set true crime drama Heavenly Creatures in 1994, establishing herself as a formidable talent to watch. A visage that could grace a vintage cameo made her a natural for period roles: at home in Jane Austen's world in Sense and Sensibility, rising to international stardom in Titanic, playing an 18th-century laundress in Quills, and winning an Emmy® for her portrayal of a Great Depression-era mother in Mildred Pierce. But Winslet's tremendous range expands far beyond costume pieces, as she has showcased vibrant, of-the-moment women in such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, Contagion, and Steve Jobs. Nominated for seven Oscars®, Winslet won for The Reader in 2009. She is back in period form as a 19th-century fossil hunter in Ammonite...
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Centerpiece, One Night in Miami: Regina King, Spotlight & MVFF Award

Oscar®-winning actress Regina King has a decades-spanning career in Hollywood and shows no sign of slowing down. In addition to the Academy Award®, King won a Golden Globe, a Film Independent Spirit Award, and the prestigious National Board of Review Award for her supporting role as Sharon Rivers in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk (MVFF41). King has also won four Emmy® Awards in recent years: one for the Netflix racial crime drama Seven Seconds, two for the ABC anthology series American Crime, and most recently for HBO’s Watchmen. Over the past few years, King has also stepped behind the camera directing episodes of critically acclaimed television series, including NBC’s This Is Us, ABC’s Scandal, TNT’s Animal Kingdom, ABC’s The Good Doctor, and HBO's Insecure, among others. With her feature directorial debut One Night in Miami, King has already made history, becoming the very first African American
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MVFF Conversation: Sophia Loren, Tribute & MVFF Award

Sophia Loren's first big movie was the Biblical epic Quo Vadis in 1951 as an uncredited extra at the age of 17. By 20 however, she had already become a star in her native Italy, breaking through in Vittorio De Sica's L'oro di Napoli and starting her long association with leading man Marcello Mastroianni in La bella mugnaia. By 1960, Loren was a major international star, renowned for her incandescent talent. In Hollywood, she starred opposite Cary Grant in Houseboat in 1958. Returning home and to De Sica, she won an Academy Award® for Best Actress as a widow and a mother in WWII Italy in Two Women, making her the first actor to win an Oscar for a performance not in the English language. Over the decades, she only burnished her radiance in such movies as El Cid, Boccaccio '70, Marriage Italian Style, Arabesque, Man of La Mancha, A Special Day, Ready to Wear, and Nine.
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