Go West young man, were words spoken long ago. I never heard them personally, but that’s what I am going to do tomorrow.
When it was first uttered so many years ago, it was good advice, and is still worthwhile today. That’s why I’m following those words. In a few hours I’ll be boarding a jet to take me from Sarasota, Florida to San Francisco, California, with a change of planes, and some time to kill in Atlanta.
I’ll be leaving the hot, humid, and raining everyday weather of Florida, and heading for the land of the Redwoods – Marin County.
I’m heading west to cover the first five nights of the Mill Valley Film Festival which begins on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through October 12th.
There will be an Opening Night Gala at the Town Center in Corte Madeira, and by the time I leave, I will have attended films in San Rafael, Mill Valley, and Larkspur.
I also hope to see the Point Reyes National Seashore, Mt. Tamalpais, and Muir Woods. While I have been to San Francisco and the Bay Area a number of times, this will be my first time in that city in a car that I am driving myself. Wish me luck. First stop out of SFO, the San Francisco Airport, will be a stop on Ritch Street in downtown SF to pick up my Press ID and my movie passes.
Then I head for the Golden Gate Bridge and then up US Highway 101 to San Anselmo, where I’ve booked a rustic cottage for my stay.
Below are some of the films playing during my time at MVFF37:
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, James Fichtner, James Spader (Blacklist), John Lithgow, and Meryl Streep.
Though this film begins in the West, and has the look and feel of a ‘western’, it really isn’t as Jones and Swank set out to leave the West and its broken promises. So these folks are actually heading east towards Iowa. Doesn’t Mr. Jones have that weathered and grizzled look down pat. He will be on hand for a Q & A as The Homesman is the featured opening night film.
This film will open around November 10th.