Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Night Film "The Green Book"


Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Phone: 415-383-5256

You're invited to The Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Night film, The Green Book, a film about classically trained Black jazz piano prodigy Dr. Don Shirley and his white chauffeur and bodyguard Tony Lip on a 1962 concert tour of the American South that proves an eye-opening experience in unanticipated ways.  Attending the Opening Night festivities will be Emmy Nominated actor Mahershala Ali and director Peter Farrelly.

Synopsis of The Green Book: Peter Farrelly’s sharply observed drama, spiked with wry humor and inspired by real-life events, features the prodigiously gifted Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, MVFF 2016) as the ultra-sophisticated, polylingual Shirley, an elegant, mannered outsider wherever he goes and a transformed Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) as his truculent, semi-illiterate lip. Tooling around rural roads in a highly conspicuous turquoise Cadillac and getting into—and barely out of—life-threatening encounters together, each starts to see the real man beyond the other’s surface. The period details are spot-on, and so are the hate and the horror that greet a Black man in the Jim Crow South.

Following the opening night films, MVFF41 kicks off this year’s festivities with an Opening Night Gala (9:00pm-12:00pm), celebrating the glamor of cinema and our beautiful home in Marin County, at the Marin Country Mart. Enjoy fabulous food provided by Belcampo, Big Jim’s BBQ, Fiorello’s Artisan Gelato, Johnny Doughnuts, Pizza Antica and Sol Food, refreshing beverages provided by BevMo, Bartenders Unlimited, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Equator Coffee, and dance the night away to live music from Notorious, DJ Rich Factor and the Crackerjack DJs.


  • Program & Gala: $125 General/$110 CFI Members
  • Program Only: $60 General/$55 CFI Members
  • Gala Only: $90 General/$75 CFI Members

Tickets for the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival go on sale to Members on September 9 and the General Public on September 15.  Early Bird Tickets, including ticket 12-packs, Membership Packages, and All-Access Passes are available!



Additional Location or Other Information

"The Green Book" will be showing at CineArts Sequoia located at 25 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, & The Gala is at Marin Country Mart located at 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939.