Episode 21 – Mendocino Film Festival
SnapSessions! presents Episode 21, devoting a full chapter to the Mendocino Film Festival of 2019! This year’s 2020 festival has been cancelled due to the Corona Crisis so we bring out our tribute, a full length look at last year’s festival, to the filmmakers, the administrators, the workers, and the fans that have made 14 years of the Mendocino Film Festival one of the premier little film shows around.
From May 31 to June 2, 2019 we celebrated film in this picturesque little hamlet on the North Coast of California and SnapSessions! was there to cover it! 5600 people attended the Mendocino Film Festival, which featured 54 films and hosted 30 attending filmmakers. SnapSessions interviewed directors, producers, and tech workers, attended panel discussions on women in film and increasing diversity, and watched all kinds of films.
We talked to or recorded panel discussions with filmmakers Harald and Vesmeloy Zwart, Angie Wang, Liz Miller, Pat Ferrero, Scott Balcerek, Laurie York, Gina Leibert, Christy McGill, Jacqueline Olive, Julie Karman, Christy Courney Kearin, Jenny Winn, and actor Jonathon Rhys Meyer. We interviewed Mendocino Film Festival technicians Marshall Brown and Alex Fields as well as President of the LA Film Critic Association, Claudia Puig, who also serves as program director for the Mendocino Film Festival. We also had the good fortune to talk to Silent Film Curator George Russell and our administrators and Board members, Alayna Cruz, Kara deVries and Blair Foster. All in all a terrific collection of first person narratives.
Episode 21, our tribute to the 2019 Mendocino Film Festival is 72 minutes long. With luck the festival will be back at the beginning of June 2021. We look forward to the return of the fabulous Mendocino Film Festival. Please enjoy our tribute.
SnapSessions! includes original music by Marshall Brown, production by Marshall Brown and Ken Krauss, voiceovers by Ken Krauss and Doug Nunn, and articles and interviews by Doug Nunn. Our SnapSessions! artist and logo maker is caricaturist, Daniel Stieglitz.