MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
A TRIBUTE TO JULIE DASH
OCTOBER 14TH, 2016
SAN RAFAEL, CA (September 19, 2016) – The Mill Valley Film Festival is proud to honor director Julie Dash with a Tribute, featuring an on-stage conversation, a clip reel from her body of work, a screening of DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.
Tribute to Julie Dash
Filmmaker and author Julie Dash combined cinematic technique honed from her graduate work at UCLA during the “LA Rebellion” movement of Black Cinema and a desire to create uniquely female African American narrative films with her personal history of rich Gullah heritage to produce the 1991 groundbreaking and internationally acclaimed Daughters of the Dust, the first feature-length film by an African American woman with theatrical release in the US and the only African American woman with a feature film inducted, by the Library of Congress, into the National Film Registry where in 2004 it joined a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures. Dash has continued to produce impressive works, including The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories. Her upcoming projects include Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, a documentary about writer- actor-griot-culinary anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor.
About DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
US 1992, 112 min
Director Julie Dash
Exquisitely cinematic and profoundly imagined, Julie Dash’s lyrical story of family migration is unlike any other, establishing her as a strikingly original artist in the pantheon of American cinema. This seminal, award-winning work continues to inspire (notably, Beyoncé’s homage, Lemonade); its newly restored digital print reveals the gorgeous visual palette.
An onstage conversation with Julie Dash featuring assorted clips from her body of work, and a screening of Daughters of the Dust, culminating in the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Green Chile Kitchen in San Rafael.
Friday, October 14th at 7:00PM at the Smith Rafael Film Center
Tickets for TRIBUTE TO JULIE DASH
Program & Party (non-member): $50 (member): $45
Program Only (non-member): $25 (member): $20
About the Mill Valley Film Festival
For nearly four decades, the world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has maintained its position as a vital showcase of the global film community, attracting iconic red-carpet talent, burgeoning filmmakers, passionate audiences, and astutely curated premieres. An in-demand destination for film lovers, drawn by unmatched locale and a diverse program of mainstream studio features and new visions from independent voices from around the world, MVFF also hosts an exciting array of filmmaker and industry conversations, panels, parties, and live music performances, featuring the most acclaimed emerging and veteran actors, filmmakers, and musicians of our time. A destination event for cinephiles everywhere, and known for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, MVFF has earned a deserved reputation as a “filmmaker’s festival” by celebrating the best in American, independent, and world cinema alongside high profile and prestigious award contenders. Presented by the California Film Institute, this year’s Festival runs October 6 – 16, 2016. Opening Night Gala will be held at Marin Country Mart and Closing Night Party will be held at Cavallo Point. Delta Airlines is the official MVFF39 airline.
Screening locations include: CinéArts@Sequoia and The Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael), Cinemark Century Larkspur Landing and Lark Theatre (Larkspur), and Cinemark Century Cinema Corte Madera (Corte Madera).
About the California Film Institute
The non-profit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through year-round programming at the non-profit independent theatre, Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, presentation of the acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival and cultivation of the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through CFI Education programs. For more information, visit http://www.cafilm.org or call (415) 383-5256.
As a nonprofit arts organization, CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain not only the Festival, but also the year-round programs of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success as we celebrate our 39th year.
CFI is once again proud to acknowledge the leadership support of Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith and Jennifer Coslett MacCready, and the continued major support of Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund, Drusie and Jim Davis – Drusie Davis Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Gruber Family Foundation, Michael and Susan Schwartz Fund, Marin Community Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. We are also fortunate to have the contributions of the following Signature and Major Sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival: Wells Fargo, Jackson Square Partners, Lucasfilm, Ltd., Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance Services, Zaentz Media Center/A Wareham and Development, Bellam Self Storage and Boxes, Delta Airlines and San Francisco Chronicle and Government Support from the National Endowment for the Arts.