9 Works by Marin Artists Appearing at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Coup 53

Director Taghi Amiran’s feature debut is a look into the 1953 American- and British-orchestrated coup d’etat in Iran that displaced the democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and strengthened the totalitarian grip of the shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Editor and co-writer Walter Murch lives in Bolinas

Journey to Hokusai

This film explores the connection between artists from different worlds. Mill Valley–bred woodblock printer Tom Killion travels to Kyoto to learn the traditional Japanese method of printing by hand as performed by his artistic inspiration, Hokusai.

Director Chikara Motomura lives in Corte Madera

Thousand Pieces of Gold

Lalu is taken from China to the American Old West after being sold into marriage in director Nancy Kelly’s underseen masterwork. Based on a true story, this film is being shown in a new 4K restoration.

Director Nancy Kelly lives in Greenbrae

The Lure of This Land

In this documentary, a group of people travel to Belize to find themselves. The country, nature of the land, and peaceful multicultural society provide freedom and an outlet for these creative seekers to flourish.

Director Alexandra A. Lexton lives in Kentfield

The New Environmentalists: From Liberia to Mongolia

This documentary short by Mill Valley Film Group profiles six activists who have placed themselves in precarious situations while fighting for environmental justice in their communities.

Directors Will Parrinello, John Antonelli and Matt Yamashita comprise the Mill Valley Film Group

Xmas Cake: This American Shelf Life

A coming-of-middle-age story centers on a female pop singer’s journey from hot to not.

Writher and Executive Producer Petra Hanson lives in Mill Valley

Counter Mapping

A traditional Zuni farmer and museum director works with Zuni artists to make maps that restore an indigenous perspective on the land, countering Western notions of geography, place and arbitrary borders.

Co-director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee lives in Point Reyes Station

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

Trejo traces his journey from troubled kid growing up in Pacoima, California, to teenage drug addict and San Quentin prison inmate to film star, philanthropist and role model.

Subject Danny Trejo served time in San Quentin State Prison

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo
Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

Fangs for the Memories

A documentary crew follows a teen “vampire” who lusts after a girl who is dating his bully.

Director Mason Reoch lives in San Rafael and is a student at Marin School of the Arts in Novato


Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.