The organizers of the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival entered the fest’s fifth day with a heavy heart due to the tragic fires in the North Bay.

In an effort to help, organizers have turned Wednesday’s B and the Hive concert at the Sweetwater Music Hall into a benefit for the American Red Cross of the California Northwest, which serves more than 941,000 people across six counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Medocino, Lake, Sonoma, and Napa County.

“For those of you who have been affected by the fires, and for our neighbors, families and friends who are impacted by this, we are deeply sorry, and for those of you who have provided any assistance for those who have been affected by the fires, we are deeply thankful,” MVFF Executive Director Mark Fishkin said in a statement. 

In addition to the benefit concert, MVFF organizers are offering free tickets to all MVFF films at the Century Larkspur theater at Larkspur Landing on Oct. 9 & Oct. 10 to anyone who identifies themselves as a North Bay Fire evacuee. Those include:

Oct. 9
Yeva, 6:15pm
Spoor (Pokot), 6:45pm
Jaha’s Promise, 8:45pm
El Amparo, 9:15pm