Skip to main content

Wine Country Film Festival 2013


  1. Amazing Insects

    Steven Belfer / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Animation, Experimental/Abstract, Humor / 3 mins
    Amazing insects made from recycled objects come to life in this science-inspired nature movie from independent filmmaker Steve Belfer of “Spongebob Squarepants” fame. Watch these bugs jump, crawl, buzz, and transform, all set to a cool soundtrack. There are nearly a million species of insects in the world and some of them included in this film are; praying mantis, butterfly, caterpillar, leaf-hopper, and honey-bee. Hand-painted, kinetic sculptures take flight through puppetry, stop-motion, and clever editing.

    Precedes: Betting The Farm

    Betting The Farm preceded by Amazing Insects

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

  2. 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

  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:

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Inuk

    Mike Magidson / EcoCinema, International, Narrative / Greenland / France / 2010 / Adventure, Food, History, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Native American, Road Movie, Youth / 90 mins
    As 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


    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 26, 2013 8:00 pm

  8. 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

  9. Revolution

    Rob Stewart / Documentary, EcoCinema / Canada / 2012 / Adventure, Environmental, Nature, Oceans, Politics, Transformation, Vision Quest / 85 mins
    Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger – it's humanity itself. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences from across the globe to start a revolution and change the world forever.



    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 29, 2013 11:00 am


    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 29, 2013 8:15 pm

  10. Satellite Boy

    Catriona McKenzie / EcoCinema, International, Narrative / Australia / 2012 / Adventure, First Filmmaker, Folklore, Human RIghts, Indigenous Peoples, Landscape, Road Movie, Spirituality, Terroir of Cinema, Vision Quest, Woman Filmmaker, Youth / 90 mins
    Pete and Jagamarra live in an abandoned drive-in movie theater, enjoying the vast skyscapes and starry nights. Pete’s grandfather teaches the boy the traditional Aboriginal shamanic ways and how to live with nature alone. Pete resists his grandfather’s mystical teachings, preferring to race around on his bike with his friends. That changes when they discover that the new owners are going to demolish their home, the old outdoor cinema. Pete and his friend decides to trek to the city to plea for its preservation, only to get lost in the desert wilderness on the way. Starving and thirsty Pete learns the value of his grandfather’s teachings.

    Preceded by: KickStart Theft

    Satellite Boy preceded by KickStart Theft

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 29, 2013 8:30 pm