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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

Biography

  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:
    OPENING NIGHT

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


  3. 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


  4. 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.

    Precedes: 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


  5. 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

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

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

    Preceded by: Refuge

    Precedes: Flying Paper

    Precedes:
    Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore

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


  8. 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


  9. 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.

    Preceded by: Bittersweet, The Enduring Passion for Ink

    Plays In:
    OPENING NIGHT

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


  10. Slow Food Story

    Stefano Sardo / Documentary, Food On Film, International / Italy / 2013 / Biography, Food, Healing/Health, Human Relationships, Wine / 74 mins
    The founder of the Slow Food movement is Carlo Petrini who, in 1989, launched it in Paris as an international “resistance” movement against fast food. Today, Slow Food is present in 150 countries and promotes worldwide the use of “good, clean and fair food”. All this started among good friends in Bra, in the Italian province of Piemonte. Slow Food Story tells the tale of a group of friends in the provinces. It’s a story of pranks and political passions, of restaurants and rediscovered peasant rites, of wine and journeys and gambles, some won and some lost but all taken with the same unsinkable, grouchy irony. The film shows how even the most important cultural adventures can be born of a tongue-in-cheek approach to life.

    Preceded by: Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

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

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


  11. Win. Lose. Forgive.

    Mer Aldao / Documentary, Shorts, US Cinema / USA / Biography, Documentary, Sports / 27 mins
    This film will make you feel connected to the most brutal sport you've probably never heard of.  "Win. Lose. Forgive." is a short film that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of Muay Thai and the lessons it can teach all of us. The film features legends of the sport: fighter and trainer Jongsanan "Woodenman", Monlit Sitpohdaeng (voted Muay Thai Coach of the Year 2010 in Thailand), and Ben Brown, student of Jongsanan and Monlit and owner/trainer at PHAS3 Martial Arts.

    In Person: Jongsanan "Woodenman" and Ben Brown

    Win. Lose. Forgive.

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 28, 2013 9:00 am