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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

All Films & Events

Here is the listing of all the films alphabetically.


  • Amazing Insects

    Steven Belfer / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Animation, Experimental/Abstract, Humor / 3 mins

    Amazing insects made from recycled objects come to life in this science-inspired nature movie from independent filmmaker Steve Belfer of “Spongebob Squarepants” fame. Watch these bugs jump, crawl, buzz, and transform, all set to a cool soundtrack. There are nearly a million species of insects in the world and some of them included in this film are; praying mantis, butterfly, caterpillar, leaf-hopper, and honey-bee. Hand-painted, kinetic sculptures take flight through puppetry, stop-motion, and clever editing.

    Precedes:
    Betting The Farm preceded by Amazing Insects

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 6:45 pm

  • Poster for the Brazilian documentary about the Amazon called Amazonia Eterna

    Amazônia Eterna

    Belisario Franca / Documentary, EcoCinema, International / Brazil / 2012 / Environmental, Latino, Social Issues / 86 mins

    PLEASE NOTE: AMAZONIA ETERNA WILL PLAY AT 6:15pm SUNDAY inside the Grand Room Theatre in the Cave at Deerfield, NOT outdoors. At a time when the world is discussing the impact of human actions on the environment, Amazônia Eterna presents a critical analysis of how the world's largest tropical rainforest is understood and appreciated in the most beautiful and elegant terms. This film tells the stories of people who live, love and work in Amazonia, telling their own stories.

    AFTER THE FILM there will be A Live Amazonian SoundScape with internationally acclaimed musician, composer and author Bernie Krause of Glen Ellen, CA IN PERSON.

    Amazônia Eterna followed by a Live Amazonian SoundScape with internationally acclaimed musician, composer and author Bernie Krause

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 29, 2013 8:00 pm

  • Still Photo from the movie Art is the Tree of Life

    Art is the Tree of Life

    Geoffrey Quinn, Christine Weicher / Arts In Film, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Art, Buddhism, Cultural, Seniors, Spirituality, Woman Filmmaker / 27 mins

    At 95 years, Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff is an undiscovered American artist with a life well lived. But, her life also is not without tragedy and that centered -- and distinguished -- her art. In this 27-minute short documentary, the artist narrates her journey.

    In Person: Filmmakers Geoffrey Quinn, Christine Weicher and nonagenarian Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff (Saturday ONLY) with some of her art in hand.

    Plays In:
    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 28, 2013 6:15 pm

    Plays In:
    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 6:45 pm

  • ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    Arts In Film

    The Advancement of the Arts has always been at the heart of the Wine Country Film Festival since our inception in 1986. Here is a collection of short films about remarkable artists for your pleasure. Includes: Lyon Housemuseum, Call Me Herman, Art is The Tree of Life, Paper Cutouts to Steel

    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 28, 2013 6:15 pm

    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 6:45 pm

  • Still picture from the film The Artist and the Model

    The Artist and The Model

    FERNANDO TRUEBA / Arts In Film, International, Narrative / Spain / 2012 / Art, Cultural, History, Seniors, Terroir of Cinema, Transformation / 101 mins

    Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Lea in the south of France, safe from the War that rages in the distance. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. One day, Léa gives shelter to a beautiful young Spanish political refugee named Mercè. Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and that he has no choice but to embark on this last artistic (and sensual) adventure.

    The Artist and The Model

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 25, 2013 8:15 pm

    Preceded By:
    OPENING NIGHT

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 25, 2013 6:15 pm

  • Bent

    Amy Jo Johnson / Narrative, Shorts, US Cinema / Canada / 2012 / Children, Music, Personal Vision, Woman Filmmaker, Women / 20 mins

    Growing up in a religious cult, Jackie and Amelia, now in their late thirties, meet up once a year at Amelia's mother's grave to reconnect and talk about life. 'Are we broken?' they ask themselves, only to decide after a topless escapade through their old sect, that they are only bent. Bent is a short film about those life long friendships that thankfully keep us feeling normal. Actress, singer, songwriter, musician and gymnast Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Ranger in “Power Rangers,” “Felicity”) directs and acts from her own script.)

    Special Guest Amy Jo Johnson will sing and play her original songs at the show.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 5:30 pm

  • Still photo from the movie Betting the Farm

    Betting The Farm

    Jason Mann, Cecily Pingree / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Environmental, Food, Landscape, Nature, Social Issues, Woman Filmmaker / 84 mins

    Betting the Farm is the story of a group of Maine dairy farmers who--dropped by their national milk company--are suddenly confronted with the real possibility of losing their farms. Banding together, the farmers launch their own milk company. Farmers Vaughn Chase, Richard Lary, and Aaron Bell--along with their families--struggle to make ends meet as they get the company off the ground. But faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off? Or will they be left worse off than before?

    Betting The Farm preceded by Amazing Insects

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 6:45 pm

  • Bittersweet

    Peter Bicknell, Andrew Kappel / Documentary, EcoCinema, International, Shorts / Ghana, Netherlands / 2012 / African, Agriculture/Viticulture, Business, Food, Student / 19 mins

    Bittersweet, by Peter Bicknell & Andrew Kappel looks at how the cocoa trade works and especially how the 800,000 farmers in Ghana have made it the world’s number-two cocoa producer. Bittersweet focuses on the courageous work the Conservation Alliance, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working in Western Africa to protect the environment and save the Fair Trade cocoa community.

    With a sampling of Robert Rex’s acclaimed fair trade Chocolate Truffles!

    Plays In:
    OPENING NIGHT

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 25, 2013 6:15 pm

  • Breathing Earth

    Thomas Riedelsheimer / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / Germany / 2012 / Art, Asian, Biography, Dance, Enlightenment, Environmental, Nature, Theatre / 97 mins

    Breathing Earth is a film about wind, art and love and the philosophy of the wise 75 year old Japanese artist Susumu Shingu. He sculpts the winds and follows them in search of a resting place. The artist talks with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with the wind and with water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever-changing movement. Susumu renders visible the veiled and the unseen and opens to us new perspectives.

    Breathing Earth preceded by Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 5:30 pm

  • Call Me Herman

    Tom Gidwitz / Arts In Film, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Art, History, Literature / 7 mins

    Although Herman Melville wrote 'Moby Dick,' a classic of world literature, he was all but forgotten when he died. This off-beat biography follows him from his first voyage on a whaling ship in 1841, through fame, failure, and death to the present day, where he enjoys his posthumous success.

    In Person: Director Tom Gidwitz to attend./h4>

    Plays In:
    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 28, 2013 6:15 pm

    Plays In:
    ART TRANSFORMS: an Arts In Film Short Program

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 6:45 pm

  • Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi

    Events / Epicurean

    Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi

    Preceded By:
    The Iran Job (with Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi)

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 2:00 pm

  • Don’t Shout Too Loud

    Courtney Campbell / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International / USA / 2013 / Healing/Health, Politics, Social Issues / 40 mins

    Set against the backdrop of the world's most viewed sporting event, Don't Shout Too Loud explores the anticipated increase in human trafficking in South Africa leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The film poses difficult and rarely asked questions about the human trafficking issue as seen through the efforts of public officials and activists as they race to ready themselves and the citizens of South Africa before the first match.

    Director Courtney Campbell and Dr. Jonathan Fung, director of “Hark” will take part in a Panel discussion on Human Trafficking following the films along with Professor Felicity Schaeffer-Grabriel of UC Santa Cruz and Professor Julietta Hua of San Francisco State University.

    Don’t Shout Too Loud preceded by Hark and followed by Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 4:00 pm

  • Dreamers

    Noëlle Deschamps / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / France / 2012 / Art, Film Art, Film Studies, Literature, Woman Filmmaker / 52 mins

    This documentary is a worldwide "poetic journey" through the imagination of several film writers and directors, from all over the world, such as Frank Pierson, Jacques Audiard, Pan Nalin, James Gray, Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Maïwenn, Michel Gondry... By entering their world we will discover what they all have in common through the images of their films, the interviews about their inspiration, the highly specific way in which they work, their subjects, their characters and their directing styles.

    Dreamers preceded by KickStart Theft and followed by a Master Class with Director, Producer and Cinematographer Frederic Goodich ASC

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 10:30 am

  • The Enduring Passion for Ink

    Britta Erickson / Arts In Film, Documentary, International, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Art, Asian, Biography, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Philosophy, Woman Filmmaker / 12 mins

    “The Enduring Passion for Ink” consists of ten short films about ten Chinese ink painters living in China, Europe, and the United States. Ranging from 78 to 38 years old, some remain embedded in the circle of Chinese ink connoisseurs while others are famous on the international art circuit, but all face the same choices: Why ink? How is ink’s expressive range distinct from that of other artistic media? How does the artist approach issues such as tradition, creative innovation, and personal expression?

    In Person: Britta Erickson and Zheng Chongbin, an abstract painter living in Marin County, will attend the screening.

    Plays In:
    OPENING NIGHT

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 25, 2013 6:15 pm

  • Poster for the Jonathan Demme documentary called Enzo Avitabile Music Life

    Enzo Avitabile Music Life

    Jonathan Demme / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / Italy, USA / 2012 / Art, Biography, Music / 80 mins

    Enzo Avitabile, renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer/songwriter, is here filmed by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, a longtime admirer of Avitabile’s music. This work represents an incredible opportunity as one of the world’s great directors tells us not just about the music of a singular artist in its fusion of Neapolitan, world music (and especially Arab with performances by Naseer Shamma and Palestinian singer Amal Murkus) and jazz but also of a city, Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions, as Enzo creates amazing new music with collaborators from all over the world, including Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Naseer Shamma, Daby Touré and Trilok Gurtu.

    Enzo Avitabile Music Life

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 26, 2013 6:15 pm

    Enzo Avitabile Music Life

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 5:15 pm

  • Still photograph from the movie A Film About Kids and Music

    A Film About Kids & Music: Sant Andrue Jazz Band

    Ramón Tort / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / Spain / 2012 / Aesthetics, Music, Performing Arts, Personal Vision / 101 mins

    Sant Andreu Jazz Band is about a project arising from a music class in Catalonia. Conductor, professional musician and teacher Joan Chamorro, brings together children between 6 and 18 years old, around a big band classic jazz repertoire with lots of swing.

    A Film About Kids & Music: Sant Andrue Jazz Band

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 1:00 pm

  • Flying Paper

    Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International / Palestine, USA / 2013 / Art, Children, MIddle East, Poetry, Politics, Terroir of Cinema, Youth / 71 mins

    Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls. Through the perspective of children and young people comes a story of determination and artistic expression as the youth in the film work together to achieve a shared goal.

    In Person: Co-Director Roger Hill to attend.

    Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 12:00 pm

  • The Fruit Hunters

    Yung Chang / Documentary, EcoCinema / Canada / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Food, History, Terroir of Cinema / 95 mins

    This new documentary from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight ), is a sensual and seductive tribute to nature's sweetest bounty. It is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture - a film that will change not just the way we look at what we eat, but what it means to be human. Inspired by Adam Leith Gollner's book of the same name, and accompanied by a motley group of fruit fanatics including Hollywood actor Bill Pullman, Chang explores a wider, weirder world of fruit: stinky durians, cherimoyas, ice cream beans.

    The Fruit Hunters

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 1:30 pm

  • Grandmothers

    Afarin Eghbal / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / United Kingdom / 2011 / History, Latino, Social Issues, Women / 10 mins

    Grandmothers explores the traumatic ramifications of General Videla's military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976-83. During this time, an estimated 30,000 men, women and children, 'disappeared'. Using real-life testimonials from members of the 'Grandmothers of May Square', this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 5:30 pm

  • Still photo from the movie Gravity

    Gravity

    Alfonso Cuarón / Narrative, US Cinema / USA / 2013 / Adventure, Film Art, Vision Quest / 90 mins

    The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, two surviving astronauts in a damaged space shuttle. Bullock as queasy first-timer Dr. Ryan Stone serves as the compelling emotional linchpin and Clooney as wisecracking mission commander Matt Kowalsky ends up becoming much more than simply light relief as the tale hurtles towards its conclusion.

    Gravity

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 27, 2013 8:30 pm

  • Growing Cities

    Daniel Susman / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2013 / Environmental, Food, History / 93 mins

    Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.

    IIn Person: Andrew Monbouquette joins us for a round table discussion about Sonoma County's Grassroots Movement: Growing Healthy Food along with Ruth Roberson of Community Garden Network of Sonoma County, Wendy Mardigian, Co-Founder Work Horse Organic Agriculture, Suzanne Grady, Program Director of Petaluma Bounty and Catherine Brooke of Foodscaping Sonoma County. after the film.

    Growing Cities followed by a Round Table Discussion about Sonoma County’s Grassroots Movement: Growing Healthy Food

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 12:00 pm

  • Hark

    Jonathan Fung / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Asian, Children, Human RIghts, Social Issues / 15 mins

    Hark is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.

    Hark plays with Don't Shout Too Loud by Courtney Campbell. They will join Professor Felicity Schaeffer-Grabriel of UC Santa Cruz and Professor Julietta Hua of San Francisco State University for a Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking.

    Precedes:
    Don’t Shout Too Loud preceded by Hark and followed by Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 4:00 pm

  • The Interlude

    Bolaji Tijani-Qudus / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Social Issues / 11 mins

    Kenny Anderson is having a good time at the bar with his buddy. He receives a disturbing call from his son. Kenny jets to his ex wife's home to confront her new boyfriends. An altercation ensues that leads to an unexpected tragedy.

    In Person: Director Bolaji Tijani Qudus to attend.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 5:30 pm

  • Still photo from the movie Inuk

    Inuk

    Mike Magidson / EcoCinema, International, Narrative / Greenland / France / 2010 / Adventure, Food, History, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Native American, Road Movie, Youth / 90 mins

    As a child, Inuk (played as a teen by newcomer Gaba Petersen) witnessed his father’s death in a tragic dog-sledding accident. Since then he has lived with his increasingly alcoholic mother in the capital, Nuuk, cut off from his former life in the wilds. When social services finally steps in, Inuk finds himself living near his traditional home and paired up with taciturn hunter Ikuma (Ole Jorgen Hammeken), whose attachment to the land and knowledge of traditional ways offer a glimpse of a different life for the troubled teen.

    INCLUDES Live Performance Inuit Drum Dance Ceremony

    Inuk

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 26, 2013 8:00 pm