Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rumors and finally a confirmation...that the Bobstar was sitting in with Jelly & Pat Nevins in Mill Valley at Sweetwater.
With total assurance from a friend known for having his "Finger on the pulse", I dashed out and made it to Sweetwater in time to snag a key spot by the stage. Within moments of settling the show began with members of Jelly & Grapefruit Ed opening up with a few Grateful Dead tunes. After just 2 songs Bobby was on stage and what a treat!
I have a couple of phone pix here but wait til you see ones by the local camera kids.



Stars will be on hand to celebrate 30th year of Mill Valley Film Festival
By Paul Liberatore
Article Launched: 09/11/2007 07:38:41 PM PDT

The Mill Valley Film Festival turns 30 in October, and a cluster of stars will be on hand to help celebrate this historic cinematic birthday, a Marin movie milestone.

Actresses Jennifer Jason Leigh and Laura Linney, actor Ben Affleck, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and Irish director/writer Terry George are among the luminaries adding wattage to the 30th anniversary festival - Oct. 4 through 14.

"Of course we're looking back at our past this year, but we're also looking forward," said festival founder and executive director Mark Fishkin. "That's what the 30th is all about."

This year's lineup of 212 films from 49 countries, including 14 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and 13 U.S. premieres, was announced Tuesday at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco.

The festival presents two opening-night films: Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution," an erotic espionage thriller starring Joan Chen, and "The Savages," a family "dramedy" co-starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

For its 30th birthday, the festival brings its opening night gala back to the plaza in downtown Mill Valley, the scene of many great opening night bashes in the past.

"The Kite Runner," a big-screen adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling


novel, closes the 11-day feast of films on Oct. 14. After the screening, the curtain comes down with a closing night party at the Mill Valley Community Center.
Ang Lee, a festival fixture and one of its ardent supporters, will be honored with an Oct. 5 tribute that includes clips from his films and an on-stage conversation with him at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. It's followed by a reception at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club.

The festival shines its "spotlight" on Jason Leigh with an Oct. 13 screening of "Margot at the Wedding," a sardonic family drama also starring Nicole Kidman and Jack Black, at the Rafael Film Center. An on-stage conversation with Jason Leigh follows the film.

Terry George also gets the spotlight treatment with an Oct. 10 screening of his new movie, "Reservation Road," at the Rafael, followed by a conversation with the director of such films as "Hotel Rwanda" and "Some Mother's Son." The stars of "Reservation Road," Mark Ruffalo and Mira Sorvino, have been invited to attend.

On Oct. 11 at the Rafael, a "centerpiece" screening of "Man in the Chair," starring Christopher Plummer, includes an appearance by director Michael Schroeder and a reception at Gaylord India restaurant in Sausalito.

For the first time, all the honorees will be presented with a new Mill Valley Film Festival Award, a sculpted statuette designed by Mill Valley artist Alice Corning.

Affleck is expected for the Oct. 9 showing of "Gone Baby Gone," which he wrote, produced and directed. It stars his younger brother, Casey Affleck.

The festival takes a look back at its debut year, 1978, when Marin director John Korty was honored with the first festival tribute. Thirty years later, Korty returns with a new digital master of "The Crazy Quilt," the 1966 Beat-era film he shot in West Marin.

Movies about music and live performances strike a power chord this year.

The Marin Symphony teams with the festival on Oct. 7 and 9, performing a new score by Dmitri Shostakovich for a screening of Sergei M. Eisenstein's 1925 black and white silent film classic, "Battleship Potemkin," at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Cate Blanchett takes an adventurous star turn as a Bob Dylan-esque rebel rock star in "I'm Not There," a pseudo-biography of Dylan directed by Todd Haynes. Capping the Oct. 7 screening is an evening of Dylan music at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, one of Dylan's earliest influences, plus Dan Hicks, Dylan interpreter Tom Corwin, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and John Doe, among other top musicians.

"Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten" looks at the British punk scene through the life of Joe Strummer of the Clash. After the Oct. 12 screening at the Sequoia Theatre in Mill Valley, vintage punk rocker Pearl Harbour headlines a concert at 142 Throckmorton.

"Control" also delves into the darkness of punk rock, telling the sad story of British singer Ian Curtis of the '80s band Joy Division, a suicide at 23.

"The Trips Festival," a documentary by Marin filmmaker Eric Christensen, takes viewers back to the 1960s counterculture happening known as the Trips Festival, three days of guerilla theater, light shows and music by the Grateful Dead.

While "The Trips Festival" documents the counterculture, the politics of the New Left come into focus with "The People's Advocate: The Life & Times of Charles R. Garry," a documentary on the radical Black Panther lawyer.

As for the future, the festival looks ahead with a New Movies Lab, an extensive Children's Filmfest and a California Film Institute Education program aimed at building the next generation of filmmakers and movie audiences.

In a special pre-festival presentation, "Into the Wild," based on John Krakauer's bestseller, will be screened this Thursday evening at the Rafael Film Center.

Actor-writer-director Sean Penn and 22-year-old actor Emile Hirsch, who stars in this film about a young man's journey into the Alaskan wilderness, will discuss the movie after the screening and mingle with film-goers at a reception at San Rafael Joe's.

At Tuesday's press conference, Zoe Elton, director of programming, was asked how she feels about the 30th anniversary.

"After 30 years," she said with a smile, "maybe we've got this film festival thing down."

If you go: Tickets for the Oct. 4-14 Mill Valley Film Festival go on sale to California Film Institute members Wednesday and to the public on Sunday. For tickets, call 877-874-6833.

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