The 36th Mill Valley Film Festival had over 125 screenings, over 75 directors in attendance, and over 1600 California Film Institute members have attended films. It’s been a busy 8 days and I’m not counting on any sleep until Monday.
The past few nights have included some serious high profile talent: Jared Leto came with Dallas Buyers Club's US premiere. For his first acting role in five years, he showed no rust. The audience must have been undoubtedly different than a Thirty Seconds to Mars concert with an arena filled with screaming teens. Few ticket holders knew him from his his raw performance in Requiem for a Dream and even fewer remembered him as dreamy Jordan Catalano from My So-Called Life (I almost got out my Angela Chase costume from last year's Halloween but thought it might clash with my staff badge). Unfortunately I wasn't able to see the film but neither was Leto who revealed to the audience in the Q&A that he had still not seen Dallas Buyers Club and wasn't planning to anytime soon.
With a great morning behind me, I'm excited to take on the last two days of the festival. Maybe I'll even be able to fit in a movie!