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Wine Country Film Festival 2013


  1. 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.

    Preceded by: Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

    Breathing Earth preceded by Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape

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

  2. 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.

    Precedes: A Portrait Of Artist Adam Shaw

    Plays In:

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

  3. 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, Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

    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

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    Precedes: The Artist and The Model

    In This Program: Bittersweet, The Enduring Passion for Ink, A Portrait Of Artist Adam Shaw


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

    The Artist and The Model

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

  8. Shun Li And The Poet

    Andrea Segre / International, Narrative / France, Italy / 2012 / Asian, Cultural, Diversity, Poetry, Seniors, Women / 98 mins
    Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed "The Poet." A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different, yet not at all distant cultures.
    Shun Li And The Poet

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 3:30 pm