West Marin Film Festival

Friday, January 26-28, 2018

San Geronimo Valley Community Center in conjunction with The Dance Palace is proud to announce the inaugural West Marin Film Festival!

Join us for a weekend full of films created by West Marin filmmakers and films with a focus on West Marin. The festival will run January 26th through 28th.

The San Geronimo Valley Community Center will host My Life in Films—an evening with John Korty on Friday, January 26th.

The Dance Palace will present films by Tom & Amy Valens—August to June and Leaf and Water—Sunday January 28th, with remarks by the filmmakers.

Other participating filmmakers include Holen Sabrina Kahn, Alessandra Zeka, Burrill Crohn, Audrey Daniel, Ben Judkins and Dylan Hutchinson-Enos, Anne Faught, The Berensmeier Family, Ted Wright, Brenda Avila-Hanna, Corey Ohama and others to be announced.

TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS

$15 advance per day/venue or $20 at the door.

All access tickets available for $50.

Special FILM BUFF tickets $100 includes film poster.

At the Community Center:

Friday, January 26, 2018
7 – 9 pm

John Korty – My Life in Films

Buy tickets for John Korty – My Life in Films

John Korty, Marin filmmaker for 50 years, will trace his work in documentaries, animation, and feature films. Short selections will be shown. Q & A time will follow.

 

“Korty is a principled filmmaker who has worked both outside and within the mainstream, attempting to find projects that support his humanistic beliefs.” Leonard Maltin

Saturday, January 27, 2018
2 – 4 pm

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… & VIDA DIFERIDA

2 short films followed by a Q & A period with directors Corey Ohama and Brenda Avila-Hanna

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… by Corey Ohama is a creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. She is a “DREAMer,” one of the estimated 1.4 million undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. Because she doesn’t want to appear on camera, found footage from American culture illuminates her voice as she travels between despair and determination, struggling with her new identity and the reality that going to college will be very difficult without financial aid, and her future uncertain when she can’t legally drive, work or reside in what she considers to be her home country of the United States.

 

VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED) by Brenda Avila-Hanna tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a doctor, Vanessa begins to be haunted by her undocumented status as she reaches high school. Reconsidering her aspirations, Vanessa begins to give up on academics. Then, in the summer of 2012, President Obama approves the “Deferred Action” policy that would grant Vanessa immunity from being deported for the next two years and allow her to get a job and apply to college. Vanessa’s story offers a window into the DACA generation, the impact of this policy on a young person’s life and the new challenges ahead. As government policies take new turns with a new administration, VIDA DIFERIDA highlights the uncertainties haunting undocumented youth and their families in the USA.

The Saturday presentations at San Geronimo Valley Community Center are free screenings made possible by the Marin County Free Library.

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Short Films

3-6 pm

Buy tickets for Film Shorts at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center

FIRE AND SPIRIT by Audrey Daniel reveals five sculptures that explore West Marin artist Jack Kamesar’s philosophy of life and art. Working in Steel, stainless and bronze, Jack’s work is inspired by his memories about growing up in Israel and his deep connection to classical art.

 

BREAKING THROUGH – WOMEN IN JAZZ by Burrill Crohn and narrated by Marian McPartland is one part of a 3-part series women jazz musicians with interviews and/or film/tv clips with Dolly Jones Armina, Thelma White, Carla Bley, Rhiannon and more . . .

 

DRAGONS ON THE RIDGE is an intimate look into the work and world of artist Jack Wright. Filmed by his son Ted Wright at Jack Wright’s studio in Inverness, Dragons on the Ridge gives insight into the artist’s creative process and his impressions of art.

 

WILDERNESS WAY FILM SERIES by Paul Berensmeier and the Berensmeier family includes short documentaries that reveal the rich natural wonders of the San Geronimo Valley.

 

Also, MARSHALL by Ben Judkins & Dylan Hutchinson-Enos, ONEWORDCAMINO by Anne Faught and more…

 

At the Dance Palace

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

7 – 9 pm

 

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… & VIDA DIFERIDA

 

2 short films followed by a Q & A period with directors Corey Ohama and Brenda Avila-Hanna

 

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO, BUT… by Corey Ohama is a creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. She is a “DREAMer,” one of the estimated 1.4 million undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children. Because she doesn’t want to appear on camera, found footage from American culture illuminates her voice as she travels between despair and determination, struggling with her new identity and the reality that going to college will be very difficult without financial aid, and her future uncertain when she can’t legally drive, work or reside in what she considers to be her home country of the United States.

 

VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED) by Brenda Avila-Hanna tells the story of Vanessa, a teenager born in Mexico who has lived in the United States with her family since she was six years old. Once an excelling middle-school student with big dreams of becoming a doctor, Vanessa begins to be haunted by her undocumented status as she reaches high school. Reconsidering her aspirations, Vanessa begins to give up on academics. Then, in the summer of 2012, President Obama approves the “Deferred Action” policy that would grant Vanessa immunity from being deported for the next two years and allow her to get a job and apply to college. Vanessa’s story offers a window into the DACA generation, the impact of this policy on a young person’s life and the new challenges ahead. As government policies take new turns with a new administration, VIDA DIFERIDA highlights the uncertainties haunting undocumented youth and their families in the USA.

 

The Friday presentations at the Dance Palace are free screenings made possible by the Marin County Free Library.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
5:30-6:30 pm

 

Short Films

Buy tickets for Film Shorts at the Dance Palace

MARSHALL is a short fictional film aimed at understanding the balance an individual must find between the natural landscape of the coast and the manmade, concrete world. The film takes place on Tomales Bay in Marin County, California, and is divided into four chapters, each symbolic of an element — water, land, fire, and wind. The filmmakers Dylan Hutchinson-Enos and Ben Judkins were raised in West Marin.

 

REDUX MEADOW LARK is a short film inspired by Craig Pleasants’ Sculpture: Heliotrope. Director, cinematographer, performer: Holen Sabrina Kahn.

 

THE HISTORY OF SMILES/THE HISTORY OF GHOSTS/THE HISTORY OF MAPS

Short animation collaborations with Holen Sabrina Kahn and The Tiny Circus in its inaugural year.  Tiny Circus was established as a collaborative and community-based art project. The Circus uses the medium of stop-motion animation to create and tell stories.

 

ONEWORDCAMINO is a short film by Anne Faught capturing her experiences walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and culminating in Santiago de Compostella on the west coast of Spain.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

7 – 9 pm

 

A QUIET INQUISITION, by Holen Sabrina Kahn & Alessandra Zeka, is a film about a brave OBGYN doctor in Managua, Nicaragua, who struggles with her conscience as she contends with the harrowing implications of a new law that prevents the termination of any pregnancy, even when a woman’s life is at stake.As the Doctor and her colleagues navigate the fears of prosecution and whether to the use medical protocols that enable them to save lives, the drama of the deadly impact of this law emerges, illuminating the reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious and historically complex national identity.

 

Q & A with Holen Sabrina Kahn following the film

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

12-2 pm

 

August to June & Leaf and Water

2 films created by Tom & Amy Valens with remarks by the filmmakers

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AUGUST TO JUNE gives a look inside a public school happily and purposefully going against current trends. Join 26 8-10 year olds, their teacher, and their parents for a year bursting with opportunities for curiosity, creativity and compassion. An 56-minute documentary celebrating values we are on the brink of losing in the single-minded pursuit of higher test scores!

 

LEAF AND WATER is a film that documents American tea importer, David Lee Hoffman, as he travels to the most remote locations in China, where, according to Hoffman, the absolutely best tasting teas are grown by small farmers who’ve been cultivating the leaf for generations. This film (recorded at the same time as Les Blank and Tom Valens gathered footage for the award winning ALL IN THIS TEA) was made to promote Hoffman’s company, Silk Road Teas. It takes us inside the often complex world of finding and importing organic teas.