Obviously, the 43rd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival will be one to remember. A drive-in opening night, ten days of streaming feature films and shorts, all happening with very little social contact.
Besides the community gatherings and celebrity sightings, the Mill Valley Film Festival also raises funds for the California Film Institute. This year, because of the pandemic pivot, covering costs – let alone raising funds – will be a challenge. Hence Make it Better Media group has stepped in to help with a fundraising campaign, aiming to raise $10,000 for this important organization through social media. It’s time to mask up and help future filmmakers!
You Play – We Pay
Take a photo of yourself at one of the Bay Area’s famous film locations and tag @MarinMagazine and @CFIEducation to help fund CFI: each post is equal to a $100 donation. Three posts become $300, if you bring your family along, it could easily be $500!
But wait, there’s more. Dress as the character in the scene, and another $100 is added on. Explore the coolest movie locations in the Bay Area (see below) AND raise money for this important community resource? It’s a win-win for sure. If you know of film location not listed, no problem, just let us know.
Films in the Bay Area
Here are just a few films to consider. The options below correspond to the feature illustration above, by Dave Urban (click on the image to enlarge). Have fun! See you on social.
American Graffiti (1973)
Fourth and Main streets serve as the film’s main drag.
Some scenes were shot at the Fireside Motel, 115 Shoreline Highway.
Basic Instinct (1992)
Scenes at a college were filmed at Dominican University.
The Birds (1963)
In the film, screaming children take refuge in St. Teresa of Avila’s Church.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Future lovers meet at a mansion on Britton Avenue.
Dark Passage (1947)
Shots of the prison appear as Parry makes his escape.
Dirty Harry (1971)
The final showdown was shot at the Hutchinson Rock Quarry.
The Godfather (1972)
Kay Adams and Michael Corleone stroll down a tree-lined street.
The Fog (1980)
Point Reyes Station serves as the town of Port Antonio.
The Marin Civic Center served as the space exploration agency.
Near Drake High, cameras captured exterior shots of Jones’ home.
Airport scenes were filmed at the Hamilton Air Force Base.
Foul Play (1978)
Sausalito and Belvedere
Opening-credits drive in Sausalito; party scene in Belvedere.
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Sausalito and Stinson Beach
Woody Allen and cast members visit the beloved Trident Restaurant.
The Right Stuff (1983)
Location shooting largely occurred at Hamilton Air Force Base.
Mostly shot in Vancouver, but Muir woods has some cameos.
Salomy Jane (1914)
Jane and Jack share a famous kiss near Lagunitas Creek.
The real Stu’s house can be found on Tomales Road.
Jedi wound around Roy’s Redwood Preserve’s tall redwoods on speedy bikes.
Tucker drives his iconic car along a winding Marin road.
How to Help
For more ways to support local businesses, go here.
For more on Marin:
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- Alyssa Ravasio On Developing Hipcamp and Sustaining Her Business During Covid-19
- How to Help Victims and Firefighters of the Northern California Fires
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.