MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Showcase for Bay Area Documentaries

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival opens October 2 and tickets are selling now and some shows are going fast.

Mill Valley is a true friend to the Bay Area documentary filmmaker and this year offers a few of my clients in the Valley of The Docs and The Active Cinema series.

These include:


Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman  | STATES OF GRACE

Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier | F R E E 



Barrett Edmonds | AHH SAN FRANCISCO

See you in the movies in Mill Valley.

FOOD FORWARD Series on PBS showcases Bay Area Post Production

FOOD FORWARD has begun to air its new season on PBS.
The 13 part series employed several Bay Area post production professionals for editorial, animation, sound mix, online conforming, and I was in on the color finish.

The first two episodes about sustainable fishing and meat production can be found online at the link provided above.
This week episode three about SEEDS explores the controversy of genetic modification and highlights a public library’s role in distribution and preservation of poly-cultural seed variety.

Future episodes explore food harvested in the wild from mushrooms to roadkill, creative water management by farmers in drought times, modern dairy practices including raw milk and artisanal cheese and ice cream making, and cooking insects as a protein source for the planet’s human masses.

KQED broadcasts Thursday evenings at 11PM.
Consult your local listings.

Coates Promotes “Havana Curve Ball” at The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Ken Schneider and Marcia Jarmel premiere their new film HAVANA CURVE BALL next week at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Havana Curveball is a hero’s journey, a young man’s rite of passage in the transmission of menschkeit over generations, at least three in this story.

The hero’s quest is to heal the world a bit by bringing first world wealth in the manner of baseball equipment to third world impoverished lovers of the game in Cuba.

Happy endings are not assured. Epiphanies are.

Ken is also the editor of Abby Ginzberg’s “Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa” also on screens in the festival.

This is also another opportunity for Bay Area audiences to see Nancy Kates’s “REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG” on a big screen at the Castro Theater and other locations.

See you in the movies!





Regarding Susan Sontag in Bay Area Cinemas

Nancy Kates’s feature documentary REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG sold out the Victoria Theater in the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival last night.

Bay Area filmgoers get another opportunity to see this brilliant film at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Castro Theater, August 2.

Director Kates enlisted great local talent for a hard-to-make film but especially benefited from Director of Photography Sophie Constantinou and editor John Haptas.

Thanks to Zoetrope Aubry Productions for including me in on the post production finishing team, grading in DaVinci Resolve in their office at the San Francisco Film Center in the Presidio National Park.