The Mill Valley Film Festival begins its 11-day celebration of the best in independent and world cinema on October 3. Over 200 filmmakers from around the world will be welcomed to the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area to showcase international features, documentaries, shorts, and children’s shorts.

We’re proud to announce that the following Cal Humanities-supported documentaries have been selected to play at the film festival:

John Brown’s Body At San Quentin Prison, dir. Joseph De Francesco
The unifying power of art takes center stage in this absorbing, emotionally charged documentary about a group of actor-inmates who discover their inner-thespians amid the harsh reality of hard time, illuminating the undeniable connection between creative freedom and spiritual fulfillment.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2:00 pm, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
Wed., Oct. 9, 6:30 pm, Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

Ghost Town to Havana, dir. Eugene Corr
Cultures clash but new bonds form when a West Oakland youth baseball team travels to Cuba in this exploration of class, mentorship and the power of America’s pastime to foster hope at home and abroad.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 5:00 pm, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3:00 pm, Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

For more information about Ghost Town to Havana, please click HERE.

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, dir. Eric Slade, Stepen Silha, & Dawn Logsdon
MVFF’s very first tributee in 1978, experimental filmmaker/poet and embodiment of mid-century Bay Area bohemia James Broughton is a beloved figure in Mill Valley lore. This wonderfully entertaining documentary gallivants through the colorful history of Broughton’s avant-garde art, queer trailblazing and singular jouissance.
Sunday Oct. 6, 11:30 am, Sequoia Theater, Mill Valley
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2:45 pm, Smith Rafael Film Center

For more information about Big Joy, please click HERE.

For more information about the film festival, please click HERE.

About the California Documentary Project
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. For more information about CDP, please click HERE.