Director, Catherine Hardwicke

Film Curator
Zoë is Director of Programming at Mill Valley Film Festival, where she’s worked as a curator and director for over three decades. She’s been an advisor for festivals as far afield as Rwanda and Mendocino, received the Milley Award for her creative achievements and is an inductee of San Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF.
INITIATOR

PET PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES AT THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

 

MIND THE GAP

Part celebration, part call to action, the Mind the Gap women’s initiative launched at MVFF in 2015, with participants including director Catherine Hardwicke; the creative team of Suffragette; Carey Mulligan; Brie Larson; Valerie Weiss; Jenna Malone and Sir Ian McKellen, who created a talk especially for Mill Valley, “Women I Have Filmed With.

 

ACTIVE CINEMA

Launched in 2008, Active Cinema is a forum for cause-driven films and those who are inspired by them.

 

¡VIVA EL CINE!

This initiatve is an annual Award-winning program of films from Latin America and Spanish speaking countries. Recognized by the Marin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Diversity Award

 

CINEMA AFRICA

2 decades of African cinema and dozens of filmmakers guests from across the continent including but not limited to Sub Saharan Africa, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Noted African artists Tsitsi Dangarembga, Gaston Kaboré, Dani Kouyaté, and Idrissa Ouédraogo have been guests of the Mill Valley Film Festival. 

 

VIDEOFEST

As a founding staffer of Mill Valley Film Festival, Zoë created the Videofest (1979—2007). MVFF was the first film festival to include that upstart—video—in its program. Known as one of the top video festivals in the US, it showcased artists like John Sanborn and Lynn Hershman and mapped the evolution of digital cinema and those who were inventing it.

Variety Article on MVFF MIND THE GAP