Special programs at this year’s Mendocino Film Festival, June 2-5, highlight topics unique to our region, including films and panel discussions on Native Americans, Northern California firefighting and women cannabis growers.
A program from Native Cinema, including a feature documentary “Chasing Voices”, about the recording and documentation of more than 150 different Native American languages, and four short films, including one that highlights the contribution of tribal management to Jackson Demonstration Forest, will be screened together. A panel discussion with the filmmakers, including Michael Hunter, president of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, follows the films. The “Chasing Voices/Native Cinema” event will screen Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at Crown Hall in Mendocino.
As seasonal fires rage across California, thousands of professional firefighters and volunteer inmates battle the blazes for many months. “Fireboys” tells the story of how young incarcerated firefighters help manage the increasing intensity of the fire season. A panel of firefighters will be on hand to discuss the challenges. “Fireboys” screens once, Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m., in the Mendocino Film Festival tent in Mendocino.
“Lady Buds,” the story of female cannabis growers in our community, won the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It tells the story of six brave women who enter the new commercial cannabis industry. As farmers, entrepreneurs and activists, these modern-day pioneers are finding their initial optimism quickly replaced by uncertainty and fear as new legislation favors deep-pocketed businesses. The director, Chris Russo, some of the film’s star actors and industry representatives will discuss the film’s issues after the screening. The film is screened once, Friday, June 3 at 1 p.m., in the tent of the Mendocino Film Festival in Mendocino.
The 15th Annual Mendocino Film Festival includes a diverse lineup of nearly 60 films, special panels and workshops. Two dozen guest filmmakers will make Mendocino the epicenter of cinema in Northern California this June. For tickets and more information, go to mendocinofilmfestival.org