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5@5 The Way It Is

“I will show you what I know. Sometimes we will disagree. If we learn at all to grow. Then I have done my small duty.” In this peer-reviewed collection of youth-made films, today’s teen filmmakers show us just how much they know about cinema, storytelling, and the world as they see it. The Look (Max Retik, US 2018, 6 min), Goodbye Sam (Theo Taplitz, US 2017, 5 min), Backyard Bees (Will Noyce, US 2018, 4 min), Amrika (Nicole Bahar, US 2017, 4 min), Dance with Me (Isaac Karliner-Li, US 2018, 5 min), Perception (Lola Duenyas, US 2018, 2 min), The Last Straw (Julian Jordan, US 2018, 12 min), Experimenting with Animation (Paige Flaming, US 2018, 1 min), Why, God? (Nathan Ginter, US 2018, 8 min), Davy Jones Can’t Fly (Grant Anderson-Smith, US 2018, 7 min), Censored (Maggie Budzyna, US 2018, 3 min), One in Thirty: The Story of Henry Oster (Sarah Antabli, Tiffany Chang, Stephanie Cho, Sara Lowin, Gracie Sandman
Sun, Oct 7 11:00 AM
Fri, Oct 12 12:00 PM
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Angst

Anxiety in teenagers and adolescents is an epidemic on the rise, affecting more youth and families than ever before, yet it is still deeply misunderstood and too often disregarded. Angst is the timely and powerful resource we need to spark important conversations about what we can do about it. Deeply personal interviews with children and young adults facing the challenges of managing their own anxiety—and its effects on their physical, emotional, and social lives—provide critical insight for adults to better understand how to help. Additional perspectives from mental health experts and researchers shed light on the causes and damaging cycles of stress. Eye-opening and empowering, Angst is a must-see documentary that gives voice to those suffering and shares tools for parents, teachers, siblings, medical professionals—truly everyone in the community—to address the anxiety affecting so many people we love. Screening followed by a community discussion featuring a panel of fi
Tue, Oct 9 6:30 PM
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Beautiful Boy

SPECIAL SCREENING: Culling from the bestselling memoirs of both father and son David and Nic Sheff, Oscar®-nominated director Felix van Groeningen’s (The Broken Circle Breakdown) English-language debut is a kaleidoscopic and moving portrait of an American family coping with addiction. Frequent Rolling Stone contributor David (Steve Carell) sees his teenage son Nic’s (an unforgettable Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name, MVFF 2017) marijuana use as harmless experimentation until he begins to spiral out of control on heroin and crystal meth upon leaving for college. What follows is a alternately inspiring and unflinching look as a family begins the long cycle of rehab and relapse, hope and dread. Filmed in San Francisco and Marin County, Beautiful Boy features a diverse soundtrack which includes John Lennon, Nirvana, and Sigur Rós and outstanding supporting performances from Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan as Nic’s maternal figures.
Sat, Oct 6 3:00 PM3:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 2:00 PM
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Ben Is Back

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges command the screen in Oscar®-nominated writer-director Peter Hedges’ riveting family drama. With touches of suspense and surprise throughout, Ben Is Back traces the 24 hours of a teenage prodigal son’s return to his family’s home from his sober living community for Christmas.
Fri, Oct 12 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 8:00 PM
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Boy Erased

SPOTLIGHT: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe deliver astonishing performances as a devoted Baptist family whose lives are turned upside down after a malicious phone call outs their teenage son, prompting them to send him to a church-sponsored gay conversion camp. Seventeen-year-old Jared reluctantly agrees to his preacher father’s ultimatum: Fix your same-sex attraction or leave the family. Quickly, Jared realizes that the camp’s aggressive, manipulative methods are doing little to shift his own sexual proclivities or those of his peers (which include Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan and pop superstar Troye Sivan), bringing him to a crossroads that will forever alter his life. In his second directorial outing, actor Joel Edgerton (Loving, MVFF 2016) takes the role of the camp’s leader. Edgerton’s adaptation of Garrard Conley’s harrowing memoir is a sensitive, elliptical coming-of-age tale that depicts a universal story of personal struggles that threaten to dissolve fam
Sun, Oct 7 6:00 PM
Tue, Oct 9 3:00 PM
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The Hate U Give

SPOTLIGHT: Starr Carter (a sensational Amandla Stenberg) is the queen of code switching: living one version of herself with her tight-knit family and neighbors in their Black community of Garden Heights, and another with her classmates at a predominantly white private high school across town. When she becomes the sole witness to the shooting death of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a white policeman, the two Starrs have no choice but to collide—often explosively. Does she stand up for Khalil and speak her truth? Or does she keep quiet and protect herself from the violent forces within her own community? Based on the bestselling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, George Tillman, Jr.’s (Notorious) powerful drama addresses not just police brutality but the root causes of the racial inequity and injustice that permeates American society. Stenberg (The Hunger Games) leads a stellar cast that also includes Common, Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, and Russell Hornsby and Regina Hall a
Sun, Oct 7 5:30 PM
Thu, Oct 11 2:00 PM
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Rafiki

Life in Nairobi is pretty simple for Kena: Make good marks in school, help her father as he runs for local office, take care of her forlorn mother, and play football with her guy friends. Though the lanky, androgynous teenager is more likely to be seen skateboarding around her housing estate than donning dresses like a “proper lady,” somehow no one ever questions her sexuality…possibly not even Kena herself. But when the beautiful pink-dreadlocked Ziki, the daughter of her father’s political rival, catches Kena’s eye, a world of possibilities opens up. As they share dreams of breaking free of familial and cultural expectations, it’s not long before local gossips’ tongues start wagging. And in a place where homosexuality is blamed on demon possession, being true to yourself can have dangerous consequences. Banned in Kenya for “legitimizing lesbianism,” this sweet, coming-of-age love story—the first Kenyan film to ever play at Cannes—is a revelation and an inspiration for all ages and ge
Fri, Oct 12 6:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 8:00 PM
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The Silent Revolution (Das schweigende Klassenzimmer)

Director Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer) crafts another poignant and gripping portrait of mid-1950s Germany with The Silent Revolution. Two teenage boys sneak into a West German movie theater hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite pin-up, but come away bowled over by a newsreel depiction of Hungarian students taking to the streets in an effort to drive out the Soviet forces occupying their country. The actions of youth not much older than themselves inspires the teens and their classmates to make their own gesture of solidarity—two minutes of silence during class. To their surprise, this small act of defiance precipitates a chain of events that will test their friendships, their principles, the bonds of family, and the power structures that underlie the post-Nazi Soviet occupation. Remarkable performances by a new generation of German talent animate this powerful period drama with haunting parallels to our own era of creeping fascism.
Tue, Oct 9 2:30 PM
Wed, Oct 10 6:15 PM
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Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven)

Living with her father in a mountainous enclave of bohemians just outside Santiago, 16-year-old Sofía is very much off the grid literally and emotionally. Teetering on the brink of adulthood, she negotiates her blooming sexuality while observing the 'grown-up’ childishness around her.
Sun, Oct 7 11:15 AM
Tue, Oct 9 3:15 PM
Fri, Oct 12 3:15 PM
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Virus Tropical

This exquisitely animated coming-of-age tale, based on the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Power Paola, follows Paola from her conception to the trials and tribulations of young adulthood. In Quito, Ecuador, Paola navigates life as the baby of the family, constantly at odds with her older sisters and her loving but stern parents—her father an ex-priest who gives them communion at home, her mother a fortune teller. The film charts their family dysfunction in a frank and refreshing manner thanks to the distinct voice of Paola, imbuing Virus Tropical with an intimacy that renders it funny, tender, and moving all at once. The beautiful black-and-white animation style stays true to the film’s origins, capturing both the nostalgia and anguish of growing up. The first feature of video artist and animator Santiago Caicedo, Virus Tropical won audience awards at the SXSW and BAFICI Film Festivals.
Fri, Oct 12 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 11:30 AM
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WORKSHOP: From Scene to Screen for Teens

FROM SCENE TO SCREEN FOR TEENS - ACTING & DIRECTING FILM ADAPTATIONS WITH BOY ERASED

Sunday, October 7, 2:00-5:00pm - The Hivery, 38 Miller Ave. #20, Mill Valley
$50 | Ticket to the workshop includes a ticket to the Boy Erased Spotlight program on actor/director Joel Edgerton.
Ages 14-18 only | Limited to 20 students. Scholarships available; to apply, go to mvff.com/behind-the-screens
Participants will workshop scenes from Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased, playing the roles of actors and directors to adapt the scenes as they would envision them represented on film. Following the workshop, they will attend the screening of the film adaptation of Boy Erased at the Sequoia Theatre to see how the films were actually shot. 
Facilitators: Tom Franco, Producer, (Metamorphosis: Junior Year) / Iris Torres, Producer, (In Dubious Battle, King Cobra)
Sun, Oct 7 2:00 PM
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WORKSHOP: Graphic Novel Writing for Teens

Ages 14–18 only | Limited to 20 students | Students are encouraged to attend the screening of Virus Tropical prior to the workshop (separate ticket required).
This hands-on workshop for teens follows the screening of the film Virus Tropical, based on the graphic memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Powerpaola, who will introduce students to the work of several cartoonists and guide them through the process of making their own autobiographical cartoon through a series of writing, drawing, and inking exercises. Instructor: Powerpaola, author (Virus Tropical)
Sun, Oct 14 2:00 PM
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