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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

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  • A still photo from the documentary film The Iran Job

    The Iran Job

    Till Schauder / Documentary, International / Canada, Iran / 2012 / Biography, Cultural, MIddle East, Sports / 93 mins

    When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point-guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands, accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries – Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles.

    Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi.

    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

  • Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

    Carroll Moore / Arts In Film, Documentary, International, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Art, Art History, Biography, Buddhism, Poetry, Politics / 32 mins

    Narrated by Ed Harris, this film is a portrait of Catalan artist Joan Miró, who was passionately committed to his native Catalonia and its struggle for independence from Spain. But he also longed to escape into artistic freedom. This tension drove his art in strange and beautiful ways. Miro was by turns influenced by Dada, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. His changes in styles and subjects also reflected the horrific events of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the dictatorship of Franco. This documentary includes original footage shot in Barcelona and Catalonia, interviews with scholars, images of Miro's paintings and sculpture, and archival footage and photos.

    Precedes:
    Breathing Earth preceded by Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

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

  • Karakara

    Claude Gagnon / International, Narrative / Canada, Japan / 2012 / Art, Asian, Cultural, Folklore, Personal Vision, Spirituality, Transformation, Vision Quest / 101 mins

    Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and unexpected lover but decides to follow his destiny, wherever it (or she) may take him. Director Claude Gagnon who also wrote the script, was able to effectively combine elements of existential doubt, romance, a spiritual quest, admiration for traditional handcrafts and a good dose of humour.

    Karakara

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 3:30 pm

  • A still from the Japanese comedy Key of Life

    Key Of Life

    Kenji Uchida / International, Narrative / Japan / 2012 / Asian, Comedy, Film Art, Humor, Transformation / 128 mins

    After unemployed thespian Kimura, played with an amusing lazy restraint by Teruyuki Kagawa, inadvertently sends hit man Kondo (Masato Sakai) to the hospital with a serious head injury and severe amnesia, the actor takes advantage of the situation by taking on the gangster’s role, trading his own sad existence for one of perpetual thrills. Sakai turns in a hilariously subdued performance as the fierce assassin suddenly transformed into a nonplussed, but still well-organized, amnesiac who ironically takes acting way more seriously than Kimura. Upping the absurdity ante and adding a touch of romantic comedy is Ryoko Hirosue as a seriously repressed book company CEO who is on the prowl for a husband. Within the mad comic swirl of the action and lunacy of ever-increasing plot twists, Uchida shrewdly explores themes of identity and anonymity.

    Key Of Life

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 5:45 pm

  • KickStart Theft

    Frederic Goodich / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2012 / African American, Experimental/Abstract, Film Art / 7 mins

    The film tells the story of Victor, a homeless man struggling to provide for his family on the streets of Los Angeles. When he finds a job as a courier, he pawns what little jewelry his wife, Nayeesha has managed to hold onto and then picks up a used motorcycle. The job goes well until the bike is stolen, after which Victor and his son, Kierky must embark on a desperate search for the thief.

    Followed by a Master Class with director and producer Frederic Goodich . (Saturday Only)

    Precedes:
    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

    Precedes:
    Satellite Boy preceded by KickStart Theft

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 29, 2013 8:30 pm

  • Life Changing Moments

    Sherry Thomas / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / Uganda, USA / 2013 / African, Family/Children, Healing/Health, Woman Filmmaker, Women / 18 mins

    Life Changing Moments follows director and surgeon Dr. Sherry Thomas as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula. This inspiring documentary also contrasts the experience of providing health care in Africa with her medical practice in the USA.

    Precedes:
    Lucky preceded by Life Changing Moments

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 1:00 pm

  • Live Amazonian SoundScape with internationally acclaimed musician, composer and author Bernie Krause

    Events / Musical Performance

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

    Preceded By:
    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

  • Live Music featuring Amy Jo Johnson

    Events / Musical Performance

    Amy Jo Johnson, the Director of Bent, will sing and play her original songs at the show.

    Preceded By:
    Short Film Program 1

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

  • Live Performance Inuit Drum Dance Ceremony

    Events / Musical Performance

    Director and cast will discuss the film including Live Performance Inuit Drum Dance Ceremony

    Precedes:
    Inuk

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

  • Live Performance by Guzheng Music Society and Sword Dance

    Events / Musical Performance

    ARRIVE EARLY TO ENJOY Special Cuisine and a Live Performance by San Francisco Guzheng Music Society and a SWORD DANCE by Kung Fu Master Justin Eggert and an interactive Tai Chi experience. Presented by Taipei Economic & Cultural Office

    Precedes:
    Touch Of The Light (Come early to enjoy special food and Live Performance by Guzheng Music Society and Sword Dance!)

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 28, 2013 8:00 pm

  • Still Photo from the film Lucky

    Lucky

    Avie Luthra / Cinema of Conscience, International, Narrative / South Africa / 2011 / African, Cultural, Diversity, Education, Family/Children, Healing/Health, History, Vision Quest, Youth / 100 mins

    Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padme, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other's language, they develop an unlikely bond.

    Lucky preceded by Life Changing Moments

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 1:00 pm

  • Lyon Housemuseum

    Kerry Gardner / Arts In Film, Documentary, International, Shorts / Australia / 2012 / Art, Cultural / 9 mins

    In 1995 Corbett Lyon, a young Australian architect visited the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and was impressed with the public/private nature of turning a home into a public museum. Filled with color and beautiful works, Corbett and his wife Yueji describe the challenges and joys of life as part of the 'exhibit' in the world's only purpose built 'Housemuseum.'

    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

  • Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

    Lucy Walker / Documentary, Food On Film, International, Shorts / Japan, USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Art, Buddhism, Cultural, Food, Japan, Philosophy / 24 mins

    This film explores an almost 400-year-old Japanese company, the impact it had on a small farming community in Middle America and the art of naturally brewing soy sauce. Founded by a woman in feudal Japan, Kikkoman has been guided by a family creed handed down for 19 generations. Each article of the creed serves as a thematic chapter for this amazing story of shogun warlords, culinary craftsmanship and lifelong friendships.

    IN PERSON: Producer Jon Drawbaugh

    Precedes:
    Slow Food Story preceded by Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 4:45 pm

  • Man Up and Go

    Randy Bacon / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary / USA / 2013 / African, Education, Parenting, Youth / 92 mins

    An unlikely band of American men goes on a road trip, to the depths of Ethiopia and Uganda, to join with African men to help combat the heartbreaking situation of over 7,000,000 orphans suffering in these two countries. Not dismayed by the staggering numbers, the men literally man up and go to improve conditions, provide love and mentorship to orphans and to help provide a positive future for them. In the process the men discover their own lives are most impacted by the experience.

    Man Up and Go

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 11:00 am

  • Master Class with Director, Producer and Cinematographer Frederic Goodich ASC

    Arts In Film, Events / Master Class

    MASTER CLASS: VISUAL STORYTELLING: THE EYE OF THE CINEMATOGRAPHER

    Cinematography is the art of telling stories through meaningful images. It is a voyage through Light. It is the subtext of emotion, attitude and point-of-view in a film. It is a means by which the director’s vision of the script is implemented from moment-to-moment through the use of light, composition, color and the blocking of the actors within a landscape, location or interior set. Using clips from his body of work and that of the masters, cinematographer Frederic Goodich ASC will discuss how great cinematography -- whether shot on film or digital -- is not about ‘capturing’, but rather about ‘creating and constructing’ images. Cinematographers don’t just ‘take’ pictures they ‘make pictures’.

    Preceded By:
    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

  • Morente

    Emilio Ruiz Barrachina / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / Spain / 2011 / Art, Cultural, Dance, Film Art, Music, Poetry, Social Issues / 110 mins

    A stunning musical film with renowned but controversial flamenco singer Enrique Morente, who created his flamenco songs based on poems by Pablo Picasso. This inspired body of songs were the last work in the life of Enrique Morente. In the course of the film we discover Morente’s soul, his philosophy and of course, his unique music.

    Morente

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 27, 2013 8:30 pm

  • The Mosuo Sisters

    Marlo Poras / EcoCinema, International / China, USA / 2012 / Asian, Biography, Buddhism, Women / 50 mins

    A tale of two sisters caught in the whirlwind of China’s breakneck modernization. Juma and Latso, young women from one of the world’s last remaining matriarchal societies, are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose their jobs in Beijing. Left with few options, they return home to their remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas.

    The Mosuo Sisters

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 12:00 pm

  • My Right Eye

    Josecho de Linares / International, Shorts / Spain / 2012 / Children, Human Relationships, Latino, Women / 13 mins

    Zurdo maintained a special relationship with his grandmother. Since he went away to study they have lost contact. On the last day of summer Zurdo decides to visit her with the intuition that he might not see her again.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

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

  • Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

    Matthew VanDyke / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Biography, MIddle East, Social Issues, Women / 15 mins

    A short documentary about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely tells why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.

    Precedes:
    Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore

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

  • OPENING NIGHT in the Cave

    Arts In Film, Cinema of Conscience, Food On Film, International

    Join us for the Opening Night Festivities in the Grand Room of Deerfield Ranch Wineries Cave Theatre. The night is dedicated to THE ARTS IN FILM, a major focus of the Festival this year, with a touch of ECO CINEMA. We will see A Portrait of Artist Adam Shaw by John Knoop, In Person with Adam Shaw; The Enduring Passion for Ink by Britta Erickson, In Person with Zheng Chongbin, an abstract painter featured in her film; and Bittersweet, by Peter Bicknell & Andrew Kappel , about the Fair Trade cocoa growers of Ghana, with a Tasty treat by DRW Winemaker and Chef Robert Rex who will serve his famous Chocolate Truffles paired with succulent Syrah. Then, move outdoors to the ‘Al Fresco Cinema™’ to see the feature presentation THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL by Oscar winner Fernando Trueba.

    OPENING NIGHT

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

    Precedes:
    The Artist and The Model

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

  • Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

    Events / Panel

    Courtney Campbell, director of Don't Shout Too Loud 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.

    Preceded By:
    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

  • Poster for a short film called Paper Cutouts to Steel featuring the art of Carmen Lomas Garza

    Paper Cutouts to Steel

    Arturo L. Garza / Arts In Film, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Art, Latino, Spirituality / 29 mins

    Carmen Lomas Garza celebrates her Mexican American heritage through traditional art forms rendered in her unique style. Among those forms are papeles picados, the Mexican art of cut paper, familiar as banners that flutter in the breeze at birthday parties. Imagine these paper cut-outs as grand in scale as the great Mexican murals, built to withstand Texas hurricane winds and abate freeway noise, but like their paper ancestors, letting air and light pass.

    In Person: Director Arturo Garza and Artist Carmen Lomas Garza will appear along with her unique art.

    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

  • Peru Sabe

    Jesus Maria Santos / Documentary, Food On Film, International / Peru, Spain / 2012 / Biography, Cultural, Education, Food, Latino / 70 mins

    Culinarians Ferran Adriá, (of elBulli fame) the world’s most prestigious chef, from Catalonia, and Gastón Acurio, Latin America’s most influential chef, from Peru, as we discover the social phenomena of Peruvian gastronomy, where cuisine became an amazing asset for social development for the population. They embark on a journey to explore the roots of the splendor of Peruvian cuisine and its potential to transform lives. Exquisitely photographed in the PERU SABE is the result of this journey; an exciting testimony to the way in which Peruvian cuisine has found a perfect recipe for spurring social and economic development.

    Peru Sabe

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 3:00 pm

  • A Portrait Of Artist Adam Shaw

    John Knoop / Arts In Film, Documentary, Shorts / USA / Aesthetics, Art, Biography, Literature, Nature, Philosophy, Transformation / 26 mins

    Contemporary painter Adam Shaw is shown at work in his studio over the course of a year. He takes brisk walks in the vineyards, sculpts with rocks and lumber on his Glen Ellen terrace, improvising on his guitar, cooking meals for family and friends– painting, and explaining his philosophy and method of finding ‘the painting in the canvas.”

    In Person: Adam Shaw and filmmaker John Knoop.

    Plays In:
    OPENING NIGHT

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