FERNANDO TRUEBA / Arts In Film, International, Narrative / Spain / 2012 / Art, Cultural, History, Seniors, Terroir of Cinema, Transformation / 101 minsMarc 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.
Preceded by: OPENING NIGHT in the Cave
Tom Gidwitz / Arts In Film, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Art, History, Literature / 7 minsAlthough 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>
Yung Chang / Documentary, EcoCinema / Canada / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Food, History, Terroir of Cinema / 95 minsThis 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.
Afarin Eghbal / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / United Kingdom / 2011 / History, Latino, Social Issues, Women / 10 minsGrandmothers 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.
Daniel Susman / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2013 / Environmental, Food, History / 93 minsGrowing 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
Mike Magidson / EcoCinema, International, Narrative / Greenland / France / 2010 / Adventure, Food, History, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Native American, Road Movie, Youth / 90 minsAs 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
Preceded by: Live Performance Inuit Drum Dance Ceremony
Avie Luthra / Cinema of Conscience, International, Narrative / South Africa / 2011 / African, Cultural, Diversity, Education, Family/Children, Healing/Health, History, Vision Quest, Youth / 100 minsOver 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.
Preceded by: Life Changing Moments
Michelle Steffes / Cinema of Conscience, International, Shorts / USA / 2012 / History, MIddle East, Social Issues, Woman Filmmaker / 14 minsSet in present-day Iraq, Refuge tells the story of Nabil, who moves to Baghdad with his two young sons after the kidnapping and murder of his wife Mariam. When Nabil sees a new arrival in the neighborhood he thinks he recognizes the stranger as the man who killed his wife. If he is correct, and the man is in fact the killer, Nabil must decide whether to honor his wife by avenging her death or by remembering the heart of her beliefs which would allow for redemption.
Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore
St Patrick's Episcopal Church
September 28, 2013 12:00 pm
Eric Boadella / Narrative, US Cinema / Spain, USA / 2013 / Cultural, Food, History, Seniors, Youth / 81 minsThe fine art of the “toast” at Armenian dinners is passed on from generation to generation. It’s aim is to touch the hearts of all dinner guests and remind us of our humanity. This is the basis of “ToastMaster,” a new independent feature having its World Premiere in the Cave Theatre in Deerfield Ranch Winery. Alek & Mariella find themselves at their reclusive uncle's house, in Glendale, California, surrounded by his parrot, sheep, and rooster, while awaiting Alek's mother's second wedding. Uncle Kapriel realizes this weekend is his perfect opportunity to teach Alek their ancient Armenian tradition, Toastmaster, just in time for his mother's wedding. What Uncle Kapriel does not expect, is what his nephew will uncover about his secret past.
IN PERSON: Director Eric Boadella