Mill Valley Film Festival: One of the best in the nation

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(Courtesy of Mill Valley Film Festival) Santiago Rizzo’s “Quest” chronicles the life of an East Bay teen who changes his life around once he meets a Berkeley teacher.

The Mill Valley Film Festival turns 40 and its lineup is as spry and wise at its age suggests.

The festival is a gem in the Bay Area, and features a plethora of award-worthy films . But it equally supports Bay Area filmmakers and indie artists.

With that in mind, here are a few of my picks for films you shouldn’t miss at the festival, kicking off this Thursday (Oct. 5.)

I’ll be posting short reviews of other films worth seeing in the days ahead.

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(Kim Swims Film)
Open-water swimmer Kim Chambers of San Francisco achieves something incredible in the inspiring documentary, “Kim Swims.”

Here are my picks.

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