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Healdsburg Flix - Independent - Experimental and Documentary films


Healdsburg Flix - Independent - Experimental and Documentary films

By Harvey Brody

Healdsburg Flix mix was founded in 2015 by Jonathan W. Wind in cooperation with programmer Toney Merritt and education director Harvey Brody to offer a monthly variety of independent and experimental films—narratives as well as documentaries, both feature length and short.

The mission is to build awareness of film as an art form and to showcase whenever possible films about art and artists. From their home base at the Paul Mahder Gallery and Cultural Center in Healdsburg, they celebrate the innovation and scholarship in films that inspire and enrich our lives and lead us to a new understanding of our world.  Every program has the filmmaker in attendance to introduce the movies and be available for questions after the screening.

William FarleyHealdsburg Flix Mix has established a reputation as a showcase for independent film since its inaugural showing in March 2015. They have presented the films of Will Farley, including his biopic of the sculptor Jerry Barrish “Plastic Man” Ashley James and Kathryn Golden screened

“Bomba:Dancing The Drum” as part of their two night program.  Local filmmaker Flora Skivington shared her films on the theme of the imaginative power of places including “Oscar and Isabelle.”  Begona Colomar brought her vibrant and thoughtful art films in February of this year followed by the industrial/experimental films of Dominic AngerameGustavo Vasquez screened his documentary on Mexican wrestling “Que Viva La Luche” along with other witty and forceful films.

Bomba: Dancing the DrumThe May program is part of  “With No Place To Call Home”, a show that seeks to bring awareness of the homeless population in Healdsburg through the artwork of Healdsburg students reflecting their feelings and responses to the many faces of homelessness.  It also includes the art made by some of the homeless people participating in the project.  Flix Mix will screen the documentary film of the project being made by a Healdsburg High School student.

The art show runs from May 14 through May 26 at the Paul Mahder Gallery and the documentary film will be screened on May 20 and 21st at 7:30.  Admission is free both nights.

Oscar and IsabelleJune 18, 19 and 20 are the dates for the first annual Healdsburg Flix Mix Short Film Festival.  The Festival is a juried and curated competition that promises to show an eclectic mix of films from around the world.  The call for entries have attracted many domestically produced films but also films from Iran, the UK, France, Sweden, Italy and Denmark.  Each of the 3 festival dates will provide a unique set of films.  There is a Best of Festival Award of $500 and each audience will pick 3 Audience Choice Awards of $100 each.  The call for entries deadline is April 25.

PemonitionFuture plans for Healdsburg Flix Mix include combining cinema with lectures, concerts, dance and food. Healdsburg Flix Mix Short Film Festival welcomes interested volunteers.  Information on all the events can be found at the website