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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

Documentary


  1. Amazônia Eterna

    Belisario Franca / Documentary, EcoCinema, International / Brazil / 2012 / Environmental, Latino, Social Issues / 86 mins
    PLEASE NOTE: AMAZONIA ETERNA WILL PLAY AT 6:15pm SUNDAY inside the Grand Room Theatre in the Cave at Deerfield, NOT outdoors. At a time when the world is discussing the impact of human actions on the environment, Amazônia Eterna presents a critical analysis of how the world's largest tropical rainforest is understood and appreciated in the most beautiful and elegant terms. This film tells the stories of people who live, love and work in Amazonia, telling their own stories.

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

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

    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


  2. Art is the Tree of Life

    Geoffrey Quinn, Christine Weicher / Arts In Film, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Art, Buddhism, Cultural, Seniors, Spirituality, Woman Filmmaker / 27 mins
    At 95 years, Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff is an undiscovered American artist with a life well lived. But, her life also is not without tragedy and that centered -- and distinguished -- her art. In this 27-minute short documentary, the artist narrates her journey.

    In Person: Filmmakers Geoffrey Quinn, Christine Weicher and nonagenarian Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff (Saturday ONLY) with some of her art in hand.

    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


  3. Betting The Farm

    Jason Mann, Cecily Pingree / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Environmental, Food, Landscape, Nature, Social Issues, Woman Filmmaker / 84 mins
    Betting the Farm is the story of a group of Maine dairy farmers who--dropped by their national milk company--are suddenly confronted with the real possibility of losing their farms. Banding together, the farmers launch their own milk company. Farmers Vaughn Chase, Richard Lary, and Aaron Bell--along with their families--struggle to make ends meet as they get the company off the ground. But faced with slow sales and mounting bills, can the farmers hang together long enough for the gamble to pay off? Or will they be left worse off than before?

    Preceded by: Amazing Insects

    Betting The Farm preceded by Amazing Insects

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 28, 2013 6:45 pm


  4. Bittersweet

    Peter Bicknell, Andrew Kappel / Documentary, EcoCinema, International, Shorts / Ghana, Netherlands / 2012 / African, Agriculture/Viticulture, Business, Food, Student / 19 mins
    Bittersweet, by Peter Bicknell & Andrew Kappel looks at how the cocoa trade works and especially how the 800,000 farmers in Ghana have made it the world’s number-two cocoa producer. Bittersweet focuses on the courageous work the Conservation Alliance, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) working in Western Africa to protect the environment and save the Fair Trade cocoa community.

    With a sampling of Robert Rex’s acclaimed fair trade Chocolate Truffles!

    Precedes: A Portrait Of Artist Adam Shaw

    Plays In:
    OPENING NIGHT

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


  5. 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


  6. Don’t Shout Too Loud

    Courtney Campbell / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International / USA / 2013 / Healing/Health, Politics, Social Issues / 40 mins
    Set against the backdrop of the world's most viewed sporting event, Don't Shout Too Loud explores the anticipated increase in human trafficking in South Africa leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The film poses difficult and rarely asked questions about the human trafficking issue as seen through the efforts of public officials and activists as they race to ready themselves and the citizens of South Africa before the first match.

    Director Courtney Campbell and Dr. Jonathan Fung, director of “Hark” will take part in a Panel discussion on Human Trafficking following the films along with Professor Felicity Schaeffer-Grabriel of UC Santa Cruz and Professor Julietta Hua of San Francisco State University.

    Preceded by: Hark

    Precedes: 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


  7. Dreamers

    Noëlle Deschamps / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / France / 2012 / Art, Film Art, Film Studies, Literature, Woman Filmmaker / 52 mins
    This documentary is a worldwide "poetic journey" through the imagination of several film writers and directors, from all over the world, such as Frank Pierson, Jacques Audiard, Pan Nalin, James Gray, Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Maïwenn, Michel Gondry... By entering their world we will discover what they all have in common through the images of their films, the interviews about their inspiration, the highly specific way in which they work, their subjects, their characters and their directing styles.

    Preceded by: KickStart Theft

    Precedes: Master Class with Director, Producer and Cinematographer Frederic Goodich ASC

    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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. A Film About Kids & Music: Sant Andrue Jazz Band

    Ramón Tort / Arts In Film, Documentary, International / Spain / 2012 / Aesthetics, Music, Performing Arts, Personal Vision / 101 mins
    Sant Andreu Jazz Band is about a project arising from a music class in Catalonia. Conductor, professional musician and teacher Joan Chamorro, brings together children between 6 and 18 years old, around a big band classic jazz repertoire with lots of swing.
    A Film About Kids & Music: Sant Andrue Jazz Band

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 1:00 pm


  11. Flying Paper

    Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International / Palestine, USA / 2013 / Art, Children, MIddle East, Poetry, Politics, Terroir of Cinema, Youth / 71 mins
    Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown. It showcases the creative resilience of these children making and flying kites despite the difficult realities they face in their daily lives. The film has been co-produced with young Palestinians in Gaza trained by the filmmakers through a youth media program called Voices Beyond Walls. Through the perspective of children and young people comes a story of determination and artistic expression as the youth in the film work together to achieve a shared goal.

    In Person: Co-Director Roger Hill to attend.

    Preceded by: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, Refuge

    Flying Paper preceded by Refuge and Not Anymore

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


  12. The Fruit Hunters

    Yung Chang / Documentary, EcoCinema / Canada / 2012 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Food, History, Terroir of Cinema / 95 mins
    This 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.
    The Fruit Hunters

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 1:30 pm


  13. Grandmothers

    Afarin Eghbal / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, International, Shorts / United Kingdom / 2011 / History, Latino, Social Issues, Women / 10 mins
    Grandmothers 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.
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

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


  14. Growing Cities

    Daniel Susman / Documentary, EcoCinema / USA / 2013 / Environmental, Food, History / 93 mins
    Growing 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.

    Precedes: Round Table Discussion about Sonoma County’s Grassroots Movement: Growing Healthy Food

    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


  15. 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


  16. 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


  17. 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

    Precedes:
    Lucky preceded by Life Changing Moments

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


  18. 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


  19. 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

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

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


  20. 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


  21. 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


  22. 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


  23. 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


  24. 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