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Short Films: Then & Now
Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 8:00 PM – Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 3:00 PM PST
The Mendocino Film Festival will bring three days of screenings and events to Matheson Performing Arts Center for Presidents’ Weekend, Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19. The program, Short Films: Then and Now, will feature “Live Cinema” – a selection of films from the silent era accompanied by live music from Dave Mihaly and the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble – and the award-winning Mendocino Film Festival Short Films Program: Only Human. A portion of the proceeds from the program will benefit the Mendocino High School Multimedia Arts Program.
The Saturday program will feature seven short films produced between 1909 and 1925. In their day, these films were always accompanied by live music, creating an in-the-moment experience for both the audience and the musicians “playing the picture.” The Mendocino Film Festival plans to continue this “Live Cinema” tradition, with Dave Mihaly and the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble providing their own musical score for these lively silent films. Screened on a reel-to-reel projector, the program features a variety of films, ranging from comedies starring Snub Pollard to dramas like D.W. Griffith’s A Corner in Wheat (1909) to an enchanting early stop-motion animation, The Automatic Moving Company (1912).
Jumping to the present day, the Short Films Program: Only Human showcases more recent short films, including the 2016 Academy Award® Winners for Best Animated Short (Bear Story) and Best Live-Action Short (Stutterer), and offers a sometimes touching, sometimes funny, always entertaining look at the triumphs and travails of being human. These nine short films from around the world present an intimate and heartwarming view of what unites us. The program screens on Friday and Sunday, and both screenings will feature a filmmaker Q&A with Paige Morrow Kimball, the director of Play Date.