October 3 is opening night for the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Several of my clients have films in the group of social issue documentaries categorized as The Active Cinema.
“Standing on Sacred Grounds” directed by Toby McLeod with his team The Sacred Lands Project is a four hour series about eight indigenous populations defending their homelands from environmental degradation. Locations include the Shasta river watershed in Northern California and the Alberta Canada oil sands which imperils the lives of First Nation people. Other scenes take you to Papua New Guinea, Russia, Australia, Ethiopia, Peru, and Hawaii.
Among the production and editorial team for McLeod are members of the team of The Mill Valley Film Group who will show this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners in their short film “The New Environmentalists”. Filmmaker John Antonelli has expanded one of the Goldman prize stories into a longer film about wildlife poaching in Africa called “Unfair Game” and this will join the program.
Clarity Films will present their film “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine”. Connie Field directed this documentary of a tour of African American singers who join a Palestinian theater company in performing a play about Dr. King updated to a Middle East setting. The production is a struggle among its participants and the alliances formed are not easily won but are tragically tested.