After 11 days, dozens of star-studded events and hundreds of film screenings, the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival drew to a close Sunday night, and it did so with panache.

Actress Laura Dern, who has “been engaging audiences with her entirely unique and wholly authentic screen presence” since the mid-1980s, was the guest of honor. Dern appeared at a screening of her latest film, Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon stars in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, a striking account of the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail trek she undertakes to grieve the death of her mother (Dern) and help give closure to a troubled past. 

Dern, the daughter of celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd and the star of such films as MaskBlue VelvetWild at HeartRambling RoseJurassic Park, and Citizen Ruth, was the subject of a tribute and held a Q&A session after the screening

After that event, hundreds turned out for the Closing Night Party at Maple Lawn Estate at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael. The party featured live music by Danny Click and cuisine from Sol Food, Theresa & Johnny’s Comfort Food, Big Jim’s BBQ, and West End Cafe, among others.  

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