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June 2 — June 5, 2016


Please join us for a special Valentine's Presentation of the 1978 classic Same Time, Next Year, starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, on Saturday, February 13. See 1970s Mendocino and this unique romance on the big screen at 4:00 pm (Members only) and 7:00 pm at Matheson Performing Arts Center in Mendocino.

Tickets are $10.00. A portion of the proceeds benefit Mendocino High School.

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This Academy Award-nominated film, which stars Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, was shot locally at Heritage House, which had served as the original inspiration for Bernard Slade to write both the Broadway play and the eventual screen adaptation. Director Robert Mulligan also knew the region, having filmed Summer of '42 on the Mendocino Coast in 1971.

During filming in February 1978, many locals participated as extras and stand-ins. Bob Avery, who was Alan Alda's stand-in, reported at the time that it was "a remarkable experience. All of them are experts, and all of them are good people." Of the Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Robert Surtees, Avery had this to say in 1978: "Now in his 51st year with the industry, Surtees is the acknowledged master. With him, you can bet every frame will be right."

With the irreverent tagline "They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other," the film garnered critical acclaim for its intimate portrayal of an unusual couple: two people who meet once a year to continue their 25-year-long affair.

Ellen Burstyn won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nomination for her performance. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in three other categories: Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song (for "The Last Time I Felt Like This," performed by Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor).

The events below are from the 2015 program. Please check back in January for details on our 2016 Winter Event Series.

Plastic Man Art Exhibition

May 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on May 9 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mendocino Art Center for a special Second Saturday reception celebrating the work of “found-object alchemist” and sculptor Jerry Ross Barrish, the subject of 2015 Mendocino Film Festival selection Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish. In partnership with the Mendocino Art Center, an exhibit of the works of Jerry Ross Barrish runs from May 2 through May 31.

Kickoff Party

May 13, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Support a good cause while enjoying a good meal: join us at our Kickoff Party at MacCallum House on Wednesday, May 13, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. Make your Festival selections while enjoying the culinary talents of Executive Chef Alan Kantor, with full meals in the main dining room, casual meals in the atrium, or appetizers and drinks in the Victorian-style bar. A portion of the proceeds from the night will benefit the Mendocino Film Festival.

Cinema in the Vineyards

May 22 - 24

Opening the Mendocino Film Festival on Memorial Day Weekend in Philo, Cinema in the Vineyards presents Films that Evoke the Senses, this year with a focus on farm-to-table and sustainable agriculture, agrarian and country living, and, of course, wine. You can see a complete list of films and special events here.

Festival Headquarters Opens

May 27

Come see us at our fabulous Festival Headquarters! All Festival operations, including our Box Office, move to Oddfellows Hall in Mendocino Village on Wednesday, May 27. See more information on tickets and Box Office hours here.


May 28-31, 2015

Celebrate ten remarkable years with screenings and special events in Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg, Point Arena, and Willits.

Read about our Tenth Anniversary program here.
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A Toast to Ten Years

A Special Screening for our Members and Sponsors

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 pm

Take a trip down memory lane with our Festival Favorites Short Films Program, preceded by the winner of Mendocino High School’s 2015 student film contest, at this exclusive Member and Sponsor event. Enjoy Scharffenberger sparkling wine and gourmet popcorn as we raise a glass to ten remarkable years at this elegant and entertaining celebration.

Hand Made with Love in Mendocino

Opening Night Party and Chef Showcase for our Members and Sponsors

Friday, May 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Don your Red Carpet attire for this exclusive Member and Sponsor celebration. Enjoy exquisite hors d’oeuvres and live music as you take in the sweeping vistas from the Hill House and mingle with filmmakers and friends over elaborate amuses-bouches, craft cocktails, wine, beer, chocolate, and more, all from local purveyors and prepared by local chefs. Proudly sponsored by Pamela Hudson Real Estate. Read more about the soiree of the season here.

Mendo After Dark

Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31, 10:00 pm - last call

Don’t stop the party: once we wrap for the day, head over to Dick’s Place, Patterson’s Pub, or Flow for more revelry. Socialize at these unofficial after-parties and discuss the day’s screenings as we continue the celebrations until closing time. Dick’s Place will also host dance parties on Friday and Saturday night, featuring DJ DLT.

The Breakfast Club

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31, 9:00 am • Oddfellows Hall

We invite you to join us every morning at Festival Headquarters at Oddfellows Hall in Mendocino Village for coffee and pastries at 9 am.


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