The 36th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 3 through the 13 at various venues in Marin County. Mark Fishkin, Founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival and Executive Director of the California Film Institute along with CBS Radio’s Liz Saint John sat down and talked about the the events that will revolve around the 36th year of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Mark Fishkin Interview:

“Nebraska” (credit: Paramount Pictures)

Thursday, October 3 @ 6:45 & 7:00pm

“The Book Thief”
Thursday, October 3 @ 7:00pm
Century Cinema Corte Madera

Opening Night features two movies at different venues. You may choose between “Nebraska” with special guests Bruce Dern (Django Unchained/Coming Home) & Will Forte (Saturday Night Live/MacGruber) and “The Book Thief” with special guests Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech/Pirates of the Caribbean), Brian Percival and Sophie Nelisse. Both films are followed by a special opening night gala.

Costa-Gavras (credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, October 4 @ 6:30pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Best known for films like “Z,” “State of Siege,” “Missing,” “Music Box” and “The Ax,” filmmaker Costa-Gavras will be honored for his amazing work. A special screening of Gavras’ latest work “Capital” will be followed by a career reflecting conversation with the honoree and actor Peter Coyote (A Walk to Remember/E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).

Jared Leto (credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 10 @ 6:30pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

In the new film, “Dallas Buyers Club” multi-talented actor and musician Jared Leto portrays “Rayon” a HIV positive transexual woman who partners with “Ron Woodroof,” played by Matthew McConaughey, to smuggle alternative medicine. MVFF’s Spotlight program feature a conversation with Jared Leto and a screening of Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto will be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning.

Chiwetel Ejiofor & Steve McQueen (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Friday, October 11 @ 6:30pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

In a MVFF first, director Steve McQueen & British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will both be presented with the MVFF Award. Spotlight will feature a conversation with the “12 Years a Slave” and an after party with food and wine to follow. British filmmaker Steve McQueen won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his first feature film 2008’s “Hunger.” His next film “Shame” which starred Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan was an uncompromising drama about sexual addiction.

“Return of The Jedi” (credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm)

“Star Wars Episode VI: Return of The Jedi”
Monday, October 7
Pre-show starts @ 5:30pm
Screening @ 6:30pm
Century Cinema, Corte Madera

The Force will be in attendance when George Lucas’ “Star Wars Episode Six: Return of The Jedi” celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the film festival on Monday, October 7. Enjoy a costume parade, screening, prizes & giveaways and a special Q&A session after the screening with special guests.

Andy Garcia & Vera Farmiga (credit: Anchor Bay Films)


Saturday, October 12 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, October 13 @ 11:15am

Attend two special film premiere events at CinéArts@Sequoia on Saturday, October 12 beginning with “Middleton.” Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star in this life-affirming comedy/drama. The duo play “not-so-single” parents on a college admissions tour with their kids who happen to meet over a parking space scuffle.

(credit: Storyboard Entertainment)

Saturday, October 12 @ 6:30pm
Sunday, October 13 @ 2:15pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

The second film premiere features “Beside Still Waters,” a wry, emotionally potent Big Chill for the Millennial Generation about seven childhood friends and one unexpected guest come together at a bucolic lake house to comfort one another, reconnect, reconcile and possibly rekindle romance. “Beside Still Waters” is directed by Chris Lowell, better known as an actor in films like “The Help” & “Up In The Air” and TV shows “Veronica Mars and “Private Practice.”

An after proceeds the films at the Tiburon Tavern featuring special guests Producer/Co-Star Andy Garcia, Adam Rodgers of “Middleton” and Actor/Director/Writer/Producer Chris Lowell of “Beside Still Waters.”

Dakota Fanning (credit: Peter Bregg/Getty Images)

Saturday, October 12 @ 6:30pm
Cristopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

The MVFF Spotlight Program features a conversation with actress Dakota Fanning and a screening of her new film “Effie Gray.” Fanning will be presented with the MVFF Award. After the program, enjoy a reception at Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co.

Ben Stiller (credit: 20th Century Fox)

Sunday, October 13 @ 5:00pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

Closing night screening will be of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” followed by a tribute to Ben Stiller, director and star of the movie. Stiller will be presented with the Mill Valley Film Festival Award.

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