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The Mendocino Film Festival 2023

The Mendocino Film Festival began on the coast of the Mendocino Headlands sixteen years ago, and they needed coffee. Thanksgiving Coffee saw the opportunity to share art and visions from around the world and bring more culture to our small community. The partnership was a great success and we have been supporting each other ever since.

This year we offered four concession stands at three venues and poured 75 pounds of coffee over four days. We served Paul’s Blend to highlight our winning coffee selection from our Roaster of the Year Award ~ A once in a lifetime honor, along with our Royal Decaf.  Thanksgiving Coffee's co-founder, Joan Katzeff has been the mainstay connection for this enduring relationship with the Film Festival all these years.  

“We have a lot of appreciation for the volunteers who brewed the coffee very well”  
– Co-founder Joan Katzeff

Something New - Affogatos

A unique addition to our drip coffee came from our Sales and Marketing Manager Joe Seta. In partnership with Cucina Verona, the makers of the delicious vanilla ice cream, Thanksgiving brewed our light roast Espresso - called The Upsetter - and poured it, steaming hot, over the ice cream to create 550 Affogatos (An Italian dessert) to the delight of the festival goers, both at the opening Gala and the Italian shorts series.

Joe Seta preparing Affogatos for the Festival Goers

Joe Seta serving up the Affogatos

Native Cinema Returns

Last year as part of our Bee Bold Alliance, Thanksgiving Coffee sponsored, and produce the first Native Cinema Program for the Mendocino Film Festival. It was met with great success and the Festival board then voted to include it into every festival season.

From left to right: Bernadette Smith, Ras K'Dee and Coastal Pomo Dancers. Image by Holly Sheehan.

This year’s Native program was co-produced with Xa Kako Dile:, A women’s led Indigenous learning garden and working farm. Bernadette Smith (the Board Chair) led the Coastal Pomo Dancers in a beautiful and heartfelt opening along with Ras K'dee who all set the stage for the wonderful feature documentary Groundworks. This film follows four California Indigenous Artists who were reunited for the first time (since the filming in 2017). They gave an insightful and inspired panel discussion about their work and how to learn more about local Native Culture.

From left to right: Kanyon Sayers-Roods, L. Frank, Bernadette Smith, Ras K'Dee. 

Insight from our own Shane Powers

"I attended several films at the Mendocino Film Festival with friends, and they were all very entertaining and well done. We enjoyed Patrick and the Whale on Saturday, which featured some really great cinematography and a fascinating story with helped us better understand many of the whale species found along the Mendocino Coast. The panel discussion afterward with local marine and whale experts took that knowledge deeper and added so much meaning to the film.

We also very much enjoyed Little Richard: I Am Everything, and we were convinced that Little Richard indeed WAS the “King of Rock and Roll”, through lots of archival footage, some great music and a vast array of interviews, including many with Little Richard himself. And we were so inspired by Native Cinema: Groundworks, a documentary made by indigenous people about indigenous people, specifically those near and dear to our local hearts. To see the beautiful, well-presented live dance performance before the film was a real treat as well. Overall, we were impressed with the organization, passion and presentation of the festival by everyone from staff to volunteers to vendors/sponsors and everyone involved." Shane Powers - Online Sales Administration at Thanksgiving Coffee.

Reel Mendo with Mischa Hedges

" I always enjoy attending the Mendocino Film Festival, and it's truly a special experience to have the opportunity to screen films I've made in my hometown. This year's program was thought-provoking, entertaining, and joyful - the range of films was fantastic. I look forward to attending again next year - hopefully with another film!" Mischa Hedges Founder & Executive Producer of Trim Tab Media and filmmaker and panelist for Reel Mendo with Oracle: the Life & Music of Michael Hedges 

Thanksgiving Coffee donated to four concession stands, at three venues, and poured 75 pounds of coffee over four days.

Yes, It has been sixteen years of coffee and support for the Mendocino Film Festival. It has been full of visual creativity with insights from the wider World onto the big screen in the big tent on the hill. We look forward to many more seasons to come.  Thank you for the memories.

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