Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Although not quite done, what a year it has been! Covid-19 has left most reeling and many grieving, while the death of George Floyd in May ignited universal righteous indignation and protests, and California has been on fire, literally. Several months into a worldwide pandemic, and just weeks away  ...

The Glorias (2020)

If you have been aching to travel, to get on the road and forget about the new normal of life during the coronavirus pandemic, The Glorias might be the film for you. Julie Taymor, known for her spectacular mise-en-scene in the Broadway musical The Lion King, has teamed with  ...

Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has to Die)

In this Netflix Latino dramatic series, Gabino returns home to Spain after having lived and studied in Mexico for 10 years. He surprises his family by arriving with a Mexican male ballet dancer in tow. The dancer, Lázaro, is played by Isaac Hernández, in his screen acting debut.Hernández was  ...

The Boys Who Said No (2020)

This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history: the youth-led nonviolent resistance to America’s participation in the war between communist Chinese-backed North Vietnam and the capitalist U.S.-backed South Vietnam (1964-1973). Resistance to the U.S. Army’s draft began in 1964 with a  ...

The Niceties

The rules of social engagement undergo a powerful rewrite when discourse between a white professor and a Black undergrad goes from cordial to combustible in “The Niceties,” kicking off the 16th season of MOXIE Theatre. The action takes place in the office of American history professor  ...

Necessary Sacrifices

Speaking truth to power takes on profound new meaning when the parties involved are abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Here’s your chance to be a fly on the wall as these great men meet in “Necessary Sacrifices,” a west coast streaming premiere by North Coast Rep.    ...

In Love and Warcraft

Talented playwright Madhuri Shekar won the “2013-14 Kendeda Graduate Playwrighting Contest” for the engaging rom-com “In Love and Warcraft,” and it has been successfully produced around the United States ever since. The tender two-act play (2 hours, including one 10-minute intermission) follows a slice of college life, focusing on  ...

The Last Conception (2020)

Prejudice, procreation, and mixed marriage form a comic triangle in The Last Conception by director Gabriela Ledesma. The story centers on a 30-year-old Indian American woman whose immigrant parents insist that she must marry and produce a child to carry on their lineage. Their only other child, a daughter,  ...