Mendocino Film Festival - Take 6 - 2011

Photos by Nicholas Wilson - www.nwilsonphoto.com

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Pre-season fundraiser for Mendocino Film Festival at MacCallum House Inn. The Social Media Sisters Sarah Bodnar and Samantha Armbruster, with Mendocino Film Festivalz Program Director Pat Ferrero, VP for Programming Ann Walker and Teresa McCormish Hurray at the MacCallum House fundraiser for MFF. Janet Self's Flockworks Gallery next door to Oddfellows Hall served as the festival box office in the weeks before the festival opened. Oddfellows Hall, the Mendocino Film Festival's headquarters during the festival. Artist Janet Self, left, showed her work in Oddfellows Hall, and provided colorful decor at all of the festival venues. A visitor at the Oddfellows Hall box office checks out Nicholas Wilson's photo display from the first five seasons of the Mendocino Film Festival. Display of photos by Nicholas Wilson from the MFF's first five years, 2006-2010. Welcome party for filmmakers the night before the festival opening. Staffers from Mendocino Wedding and Events served Parducci wines in the filmmaker lounge welcome party. The filmmaker welcome desk with MFF Vice-President Ann Walker, volunteers Carole Freeman and James Sibbett, and two guest filmmakers. Locally made gourmet chocolates. Filmmakers Hyeyon Moon and Kenji Yamamoto Scene from the Filmmaker Lounge at Oddfellows Hall. The Filmmaker Lounge featured a large screen display with an ever-changing collage of over 200 photos by Nicholas Wilson from the first five seasons of the Mendocino Film Festival. Associate Producer Omid Heidari and Director Roko Belic took questions. Director Roko Belic answers audience questions after a special showing of "Happy" for Mendocino High School students. Mendocino Film Festival Vice President Ann Walker joins "Happy" associate producer Omid Heidari and director Roko Belic outside Matheson Hall. Local beekeepers Seth Rick and Keith Feigin answered audience questions after the showing of "The Silence of the Bees." Drizzly weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of movie lovers waiting to enter Crown Hall for the short films program Saturday afternoon. Crown Hall with queue for the shorts program. San Francisco filmmaker and professor Toney Merritt hosts the short films program at Crown Hall. MFF VP for Programming Ann Walker welcomes Zoe Elton, Director of Programming of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Directors Kenji Yamamoto and Nancy Kelly, 3rd from right, ("Trust") visit with Zoe Elton of the Mill Valley FIlm Festival and John Carlson of Monaco Digital Labs. Showing of "Trust: Second Acts In Young Lives" at Matheson Performing Arts Center. Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto after the showing of their film "Trust" at Matheson Hall. Mendocino Film Festival President and Treasurer Paul Kemp spoke at the opening party. Newly appointed MFF Executive Director Michael Fox was introduced at the opening reception at Mendocino's Hill House. MFF volunteers Garnish and Gai Daly made Blue Angel vodka martinis at the opening night reception at Hill House. Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg chats with Richard Miller over martinis. MFF Co-Founder Keith Brandman with filmmakers Maureen Gosling, left,  Will Farrell and Hyeyon Moon at the opening party. Director Roko Belic and MFF Vice-President Betsy Ford at Hill House. MFF Vice President Ann Walker and two more lovely ladies at the Hill House. MFF Special Guest John Carlson of Monaco Digital Labs joins Director Ken Paul Rosenthal ("Crooked Beauty") and friend at the opening party. Popcorn!!! Friendly MFF volunteers staffed the refreshment bar at Crown Hall. George Russell prepares to show silent movies at Crown Hall. George Russell introduces his program of silent films with live music. The silent movies band. George Russell, Ann Walker and the bandleader for the silent movies. Director Roko Belic answers questions after the showing of his film "Happy," with Melissa Moody and MFF board member LaViva Dakers (right) who hosted the Q&A. Director Roko Belic does Q&A after the showing of his film "Happy." Melissa Moody, who was severely injured and disfigured when she was run over by a truck years ago, is featured in R oko Belic's film "Happy." Director Roko Belic does Q&A after the showing of his film "Happy." Roko Belic is presented the Best Film For Our Future Award by Co-Vice Presidents for Programming Betsy Ford and Ann Walker. Betsy Ford, Ann Walker, Sarah Bodnar and Janet Self. Roko Belic is congratulated by MFF Special Guest Ronnie Gilbert, singer, storyteller and one of The Weavers singing group with Pete Seeger. Roko Belic with Ann Walker and Betsy Ford. Belic's film "Happy" won the Best Film For Our Future Award and the Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Mendocino FIlm Festival. Director Roko Belic's film "Happy" won the Best Film For Our Future Award and the Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Mendocino FIlm Festival. Filmmakers Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, Maureen Gosling and Roko Belic swap some DVDs. Maysles Award winner Les Blank at his DVD and t-shirt table outside Crown Hall. Filmmakers Les Blank and Maureen Gosling have made nearly 20 films together. Albert Maysles appeared by video to announce the selection of Les Blank to receive the 2011 Albert Maysles Award for Excellence, the Mendocino Film Festival's highest honor. Les Blank holds the 2011 Maysles Award trophy as MFF advisor Jim McCullough and the audience applaud. Les Blank holds the 2011 Maysles Award trophy as Bill Nichols applauds. MFF Program Director Pat Ferrero serves freshly made garlic bread to audience members after a clip from Les Blank's film "Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers." Les Blank interviewed by Bill Nichols after the showing of clips from his films. Les Blank interviewed by Bill Nichols after the showing of clips from his films. Les Blank interviewed by Bill Nichols after the showing of clips from his films. Jennifer Taylor's home, scene of the private filmmaker party Friday evening. Jennifer Taylor's home as seen from the watertower/guesthouse (see www.mendocinovillagerentals.com ) Adam prepares and serves delicious crab cakes. Paella!!! by Karina Ulrich of KarinasCatering.com based in Fort Bragg, CA. Filmmaker party at Jennifer Taylor's home overlooking the Mendocino Headlands and Pacific Ocean. Filmmaker party BBC TV producer David Marks chats with filmmaker Les Blank. Shanti Balse, left, and Jennifer Linley Taylor, MFF's Event Coordinator and hostess of the filmmaker party. Sy and Bonnie Grossman enjoy their paella. MFF Event Coordinator Jennifer Taylor and Sally Stewart. Director Roky Belic, MFF Vice President Betsy Ford and Associate Producer Omid Heidari. Werner Herzog in a clip from Les Blank and Maureen Gosling's documentary "Burden of Dreams." Zoe Elton, Les Blank and Maureen Gosling at Crown Hall. Zoe Elton, Director of Programming at Mill Valley Film Festival, hosted the program for the MFF showing of Les Blank and Maureen Gosling's film "Burden of Dreams." Les Blank takes questions after the showing of "Burden of Dreams" at Crown Hall. Filmmaker and editor Maureen Gosling answered audience questions after "Burden of Dreams." Zoe Elton, Les Blank and Maureen Gosling at Crown Hall. Les Blank's DVD and t-shirt table was busy after the film showing at Matheson Performing Arts Center. Les Blank loads his colorful car as the 6th annual Mendocino Film Festival draws to a close.  Les acquired the car with the help of his son Harrod Blank, who made a film about art cars.

 


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