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Wine Country Film Festival 2013


  1. 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

  2. The Radio Gamers

    Gretchen Olivero / Narrative, Shorts, US Cinema / USA / 2013 / Comedy, Healing/Health, Music, Seniors, Transformation, Woman Filmmaker / 15 mins
    Lee and Viv mourn the death of Max, their unfamiliar coworker when they hide out in his cubicle to avoid group counseling and discover his love for music trivia. When Lee decides to call into Mutiny Radio to win DJ for a day the two have a new found look at life.

    In Person: Director Gretchen Olivero to attend.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

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

  3. A film poster for Vino Veritas directed by Sarah Knight

    Vino Veritas

    Sarah Knight / Narrative, US Cinema / USA / 2012 / Comedy, Food, Human Relationships, Independent, Wine, Women / 96 mins
    Some people need the truth to live.  Others not so much.  On Halloween night, the lives of two suburban couples unravel forever under the influence of a Peruvian wine brewed from the toxic skin of blue dart tree frogs.  This tribal elixir effectively reduces all inhibitions to nothing, and soon friendships and relationships are revealed to be not quite what they seemed.

    IN PERSON: Director Sarah Knight

    Vino Veritas

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 27, 2013 6:15 pm

  4. Walk On

    Mark Bashian / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary / USA / 2013 / Comedy, Disabilities, Road Movie, Sports / 82 mins
    Walk On documents the inspirational journey of Joseph Kibler, a physically disabled 21 year old who was born HIV Positive.  Despite medical forecasts, Joseph has gone from wheelchair to walker, walker to crutches, and at the age of 18 he took his first steps with a cane. With the help of a Quadriplegic Stand-up Comedian (Jay Cramer), an Amputee Paralympic Sprinter (Katy Sullivan), and a disabled Purple Heart Veteran, Joseph trains for a lifelong goal of walking in a 6.2 mile AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities.

    In Person: Joe Kibler, Katy Sullivan, Jay Cramer and Director Mark Bashian To Attend.

    Walk On

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 2:45 pm