More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

Since the drive-in experience, I've been watching Mill Valley Film Festival movies from the comfort of my couch. So far, I've seen two musical documentaries and two films about the 1960s - and I only saw three movies. A Take Me to the River New Orleans Here's one documentary that will make you tap your … Continue reading More Mill Valley Movies: New Orleans, Laurel Canyon, & the Chicago 7

Bad technical start at Mill Valley Film Festival…and 2 movies

I have written and lectured on how to enjoy streaming video. Yet trying to watch my first films at this year's virtual Mill Valley Film Festival turned into an annoying problem. But it had a happy ending…sort of. According to the festival's FAQ, Mill Valley supports three different device types for sending streaming video from … Continue reading Bad technical start at Mill Valley Film Festival…and 2 movies

Virtual festivals and more upcoming in October

Going to the movies is still problematic, but the movies are now coming to you. Here are some festivals and special cinematic events happening in October. Mill Valley Film Festival Website, October 8-18 The virtual version of one of the Bay Area's major festivals will open with the world premiere of a new film version … Continue reading Virtual festivals and more upcoming in October

The State of the Industry at the Mill Valley Film Festival

This year's Mill Valley Film Festival closed Sunday. My last event happened Saturday, and it wasn't even a movie. It was a panel discussion on the State of the Industry. The question of the day was "Can anything beyond blockbusters succeed in theaters?" If you care about the theatrical experience, that's important. Sure, I watch … Continue reading The State of the Industry at the Mill Valley Film Festival

A wild South African adventure in Mill Valley (actually Larkspur): Flatland

Thursday evening, I saw one of the wildest, craziest, and bizarre road movie ever to grace the Mill Valley Film Festival. And it wasn't even in Mill Valley or San Rafael. I saw Flatland at the Century Larkspur, probably the easiest Marin County movie theater to get to from the East Bay. It's a regular … Continue reading A wild South African adventure in Mill Valley (actually Larkspur): Flatland

A space-age orphanage, cinematic sound, & trying to get pregnant: Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Here's what I saw on my first day at this year's Mill Valley Film Festival. Filmmaker Q&As followed all three films. Journeys Beyond the Cosmodrome The festival is presenting this program as a feature preceded by a short. But these are really two very short documentary features. So, I'll give each one a quick review. … Continue reading A space-age orphanage, cinematic sound, & trying to get pregnant: Saturday at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Great films you won’t see at the Mill Valley Film Festival

I play a very small part in programming the Mill Valley Film Festival. Every spring and early summer, I screen several obscure movies that will probably never see the inside of an American movie theater. Then I send in a report for each movie. Most of these films are bad beyond belief. Some of them … Continue reading Great films you won’t see at the Mill Valley Film Festival