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Wine Country Film Festival 2013


  1. The Artist and The Model

    FERNANDO TRUEBA / Arts In Film, International, Narrative / Spain / 2012 / Art, Cultural, History, Seniors, Terroir of Cinema, Transformation / 101 mins
    Marc 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

    The Artist and The Model

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 25, 2013 8:15 pm

    Preceded By:

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

  2. Bent

    Amy Jo Johnson / Narrative, Shorts, US Cinema / Canada / 2012 / Children, Music, Personal Vision, Woman Filmmaker, Women / 20 mins
    Growing up in a religious cult, Jackie and Amelia, now in their late thirties, meet up once a year at Amelia's mother's grave to reconnect and talk about life. 'Are we broken?' they ask themselves, only to decide after a topless escapade through their old sect, that they are only bent. Bent is a short film about those life long friendships that thankfully keep us feeling normal. Actress, singer, songwriter, musician and gymnast Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Ranger in “Power Rangers,” “Felicity”) directs and acts from her own script.)

    Special Guest Amy Jo Johnson will sing and play her original songs at the show.

    Precedes: Live Music featuring Amy Jo Johnson

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

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

  3. Gravity

    Alfonso Cuarón / Narrative, US Cinema / USA / 2013 / Adventure, Film Art, Vision Quest / 90 mins
    The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, two surviving astronauts in a damaged space shuttle. Bullock as queasy first-timer Dr. Ryan Stone serves as the compelling emotional linchpin and Clooney as wisecracking mission commander Matt Kowalsky ends up becoming much more than simply light relief as the tale hurtles towards its conclusion.

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 27, 2013 8:30 pm

  4. Hark

    Jonathan Fung / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Asian, Children, Human RIghts, Social Issues / 15 mins
    Hark is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.

    Hark plays with Don't Shout Too Loud by Courtney Campbell. They will join Professor Felicity Schaeffer-Grabriel of UC Santa Cruz and Professor Julietta Hua of San Francisco State University for a Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking.

    Precedes: Don’t Shout Too Loud, 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

  5. The Interlude

    Bolaji Tijani-Qudus / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2013 / Social Issues / 11 mins
    Kenny Anderson is having a good time at the bar with his buddy. He receives a disturbing call from his son. Kenny jets to his ex wife's home to confront her new boyfriends. An altercation ensues that leads to an unexpected tragedy.

    In Person: Director Bolaji Tijani Qudus to attend.

    Plays In:
    Short Film Program 1

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

  6. 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

  7. Karakara

    Claude Gagnon / International, Narrative / Canada, Japan / 2012 / Art, Asian, Cultural, Folklore, Personal Vision, Spirituality, Transformation, Vision Quest / 101 mins
    Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and unexpected lover but decides to follow his destiny, wherever it (or she) may take him. Director Claude Gagnon who also wrote the script, was able to effectively combine elements of existential doubt, romance, a spiritual quest, admiration for traditional handcrafts and a good dose of humour.

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 26, 2013 3:30 pm

  8. 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

  9. KickStart Theft

    Frederic Goodich / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2012 / African American, Experimental/Abstract, Film Art / 7 mins
    The film tells the story of Victor, a homeless man struggling to provide for his family on the streets of Los Angeles. When he finds a job as a courier, he pawns what little jewelry his wife, Nayeesha has managed to hold onto and then picks up a used motorcycle. The job goes well until the bike is stolen, after which Victor and his son, Kierky must embark on a desperate search for the thief.

    Followed by a Master Class with director and producer Frederic Goodich . (Saturday Only)

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

    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

    Satellite Boy preceded by KickStart Theft

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

  10. Still Photo from the film Lucky


    Avie Luthra / Cinema of Conscience, International, Narrative / South Africa / 2011 / African, Cultural, Diversity, Education, Family/Children, Healing/Health, History, Vision Quest, Youth / 100 mins
    Over 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

    Lucky preceded by Life Changing Moments

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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Shun Li And The Poet

    Andrea Segre / International, Narrative / France, Italy / 2012 / Asian, Cultural, Diversity, Poetry, Seniors, Women / 98 mins
    Shun Li works in a textile factory near Rome, slowly paying off the broker that brought her from China to Italy, while saving money so she can bring her young son to join her. She is suddenly transferred to work as a bartender at a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon. The pub is the hangout of the local fishermen, including Bepi, a handsome old Slav immigrant nicknamed "The Poet." A tender, delicate friendship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. But gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship, a bond that had once transcended two very different, yet not at all distant cultures.
    Shun Li And The Poet

    St Patrick's Episcopal Church
    September 27, 2013 3:30 pm

  14. Toastmaster

    Eric Boadella / Narrative, US Cinema / Spain, USA / 2013 / Cultural, Food, History, Seniors, Youth / 81 mins
    The 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


    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 26, 2013 8:15 pm

  15. 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

  16. You Will Be My Son

    Gilles Legrand / International, Narrative / France / 2011 / Agriculture/Viticulture, Film Art, Human Relationships, Seniors, Wine / 102 mins
    A demanding and passionate winemaker, Paul is also a domineering and manipulative father,  not happy that his son, who works for him on the family estate,  may one day succeed him. Paul  dreams of a more talented and charismatic heir, more in line with his own fantasies. Things deteriorate as the health of Paul’s trusted estate manager (Patrick Chesnais) takes a turn for the worse after his own brilliant son,  Philippe (Nicolas Bridet),  a winemaker as well, returns from California.  Not before long,  Paul starts seeing Philippe as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood.
    You Will Be My Son

    Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
    September 28, 2013 8:30 pm