Don’t miss features from the Sf Latino Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival and Green Film Festival lineups

A first-hand account of being migrant pot-leaf-cutting workers in the Emerald Triangle, as well as a feature of a superhero grandfather helping his former actor grandson to get your groove back, are two features worth checking out during the 14th San Francisco Latino Film Festival.

Pass the Remote roams the festival’s robust slate and also dives back into the latest wave of the 45th Mill Valley Film Festival and San Francisco’s Green Film Festival this weekend. We’ll also give you the juicy details of the star-studded 25th anniversary screening of Berkeley filmmaker Finn Taylor’s “Dream With the Fishes” in San Rafael.

It’s official. October has now sealed its reputation as one of the busiest months on the Bay Area film festival circuit. The Latin Film Festival is the most timely event – coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, ending this Saturday. The full schedule of in-person and virtual screenings launched last week and runs through October 22.

The opening night documentary “Jose Feliciano: Behind This Guitar” by Frank Licari and Helen Murphy kicked off the in-person portion of the festival. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can still stream this well-narrated recap of Felicano’s childhood in Puerto Rico and the multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist’s meteoric career via the festival’s streaming platform.

Another documentary that caught our attention is “Trimmigrants” by David Kohan and Gustavo Anselmi. This immersive dip after their three-year stint as cannabis cutters, most of whom are migrant workers from various countries, finds the then-unemployed Argentine directors reserving it in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle region ( including swathes of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties) upon hearing a tantalizing claim that they could earn up to $10,000 a month cutting pot leaves. What they discover once they arrive is very different from what they heard and imagined. Available to stream now.

For a TV or laptop treat, watch Brazilian director Filipe Gontijo’s “Capitao Astucia” (“Captain Wits”). It seems irresistible and involves a grandfather trying to get his depressed grandson, who is a former child star, to enjoy life again by becoming his superhero wingman. It is available to stream now.

If you’re looking for something intense, head to Roxie on Monday for the thriller “Mas que el Agua” (“Heavier than Water”). The award-winning film (director Amauris Perez won best filmmaker for the first time at the Montreal Independent Film Festival this year) is also linked to the cannabis industry. It tells the tortured story of brothers Nicolas and Carlitos, both living in La Rioja, Spain. The older brother makes a difficult decision to try to stop his brother from entering the life he leads now. It is also available for streaming.

For a full schedule and to order tickets in person and/or stream movies, visit

As the Mill Valley Film Festival continues to draw acclaimed talent (Brendan Fraser this Thursday and Eddie Redmayne on Sunday), Marin County will roll out the red carpet for a special Monday night screening of the 1997 indie hit “Dream With the Fishes”. “

It’s a cinephile favorite starring writer/director Taylor, an Oakland native who attended San Francisco State University, channeling the renegade, edgy spirit of Hal Ashby and John Schleisinger for a comedy of odd couple in which a terminally ill drug addict (played by Brad Hunt) befriends a suicidal pepping Tom (David Arquette). They go on a road trip (the Bay Area struts around in her beautiful, versatile personality) and get into all sorts of R-rated mischief, including a naked bowling match. (You must see it to believe it).

Both tender and gonzo and by turns funny and sad, “Fishes” tackles difficult and delicate subjects as the main characters work towards an agreed upon goal – one of them must kill the other.

Taylor went on to direct three more narrative features, including 2002’s ‘Cherish’, 2006’s ‘The Darwin Awards’ and 2016’s ‘Unleashed’ – a romantic comedy that animal lovers will love.

In addition to Taylor, others expected to walk the carpet are Arquette, Hunt, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Erbe, Patrick McGaw, producer Mitchell Stein, cinematographer Barry Stone and music supervisor Charles Raggio.

Cost of tickets: $15 general, $13 senior/youth; $10 Member of the California Film Institute. Visit

Meanwhile, two film festivals wrap up this weekend. This does not in any way mean that they end their programming.

Here are five films to see at the 45th Mill Valley Film Fest:

Writer/director Ellie Foumbi’s ‘Notre Père, le Diable’ (“My Father, The Devil”) continues to google the awards – it won the People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded by the Moulin Valley Film Festival is the much-loved honor of Mind the Gap – and if there is any justice, there should be even more in Foumbi’s future. Quickly made and unforgettablely acted, Foumbi’s film finds the arrival of a priest at an assisted living facility setting in motion a legacy of pain for the main boss (Babetida Sadjo) and a mission of revenge. It’s electrifying, just like Sadjo’s performance. (6 p.m. Thursday at Rafael; 11 a.m. Friday at Sequoia)

Belgian filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s ‘Close’ captures the devastating pain and emotional fallout when a seemingly unbreakable bond between 13-year-olds – Leo (Eden Dambrine) and Remi (Gustav De Waele) – breaks due to taunts, cultural assumptions and attitudes about masculinity. Shot with such a shrewd and emotional eye, this heartbreaker tells a sensitive story and treats all of its characters with respect, compassion and care. It’s lovely. (6 p.m., Friday at Sequoia; 8 p.m. Saturday, Rafael)

Senegalese immigrant Aisha (Anna Diop) lands a well-deserved gig to care for the child of an extremely wealthy and woefully dysfunctional New York couple in Nikyatu Jusu’s “Nanny.” While mysterious forces provide a thrill or two, “Nanny” conjures up disruptions of the past with the present for a gripping vision. (6 p.m. Saturday at Sequoia; 7 p.m. Sunday at Roxie in SF)

If you’re looking for an old-school, well-deserved shoutout, check out Michael Grandage’s triangulated romance “My Policeman.” Known at times as that other Harry Styles movie, chances are you’d prefer this one and its performance as a locked-down cop leading a double life better than “Don’t Worry Darling” and his work. But the MVP here is David Dawson, playing a museum curator who wins this cop’s heart and then suffers for it. Emma Corrin stars as the woman who thinks she’s the one with the cop’s affections. Based on the novel by Bethan Roberts, it’s a beautiful film filled with beautiful people. As older counterparts to the younger characters, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, and Rupert Everett are equally impressive. (2:30 p.m., Friday at Sequoia)

It is impossible for South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook to make a film without interest, and “Decision to Leave” draws you into its lair from the start and keeps you in suspense from then on. In this Hitchock-tinged murder/romance mystery, a detective (Park Hae-il) becomes intoxicated by a potential murder suspect (Tang Wei), sucking him into an obsessive, “Vertigo-like” vortex. Some of the creative visuals are framed from such a quirky and unusual perspective that they take your breath away. (7 p.m., Sunday, BAMPFA)

One of the pleasures of the San Francisco Green Film Festival is to survey the harvest of local short films. Here is an overview of some titles available on the festival’s virtual platform. (Please note: they are divided into separate shorts categories)

In Berkeley filmmaker Gabriel Diamond’s crisp and concise five minutes, “How Not to Be a Climate Activist,” Diamond expresses to people on the streets of the bay his outrage at climate change and gets some interesting and sometimes equally outraged.

In “Southern Range: Salmon in the Santa Cruz Mountains,” Santa Cruz filmmaker Kyle Baker delves into the powerful subject of how what we do on this planet affects not just humans but everything around us.

Certain to be a favorite in the East Bay is “The Long Game: How Robert Doyle Changed the East Bay”. Joan Hamiltion’s 36-minute feature covers the events and achievements that Robert Doyle’s life, from his childhood in Concord and beyond, led to his work through to his work in founding the conservation group Save Mount Diablo.

In Kentfield filmmaker Kiki Goshay’s 30-minute “The Grid,” California’s strained power system ushers in a new reality for residents whose power goes out more frequently due to changing weather conditions and forest fire season.

And if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet, Oakland filmmaker Chloe Fitzmaurice’s “For the Bees” delivers just that thanks to the engaging presence of Yemeni immigrant and Oakland beekeeper Khaled Almaghafi. He talks about his connection and appreciation for bees. For full lineup and ticket information, visit

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