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2015 Wine Country Film Festival

All 2015 Films & Events

Here are 2015 Films & Events. Note: The 29th 2015 Wine Country Film Festival runs Sept. 16 to 21.


  1. Open City of Amereida

    Andres Tapia-Urzua / Arts in Film / Chile, USA / Architecture, Art, Documentary / 51 mins
    Andres Tapia-Urzua explores a radical architectural project and community in Chile.

    Preceded by: First Degree, When the Land Turned Black

    Open City of Amereida

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 20, 2015 5:00 pm


  2. Out of the Fire

    Courtenay Singer / Arts in Film / USA / 2013 / Art, Documentary / 76 mins
    Follows a four day wood-kiln firing of nearly 2000 pots by potter Kevin Crowe. During this firing, a dedicated crew stokes wood into the kiln approximately every 10 minutes, day and night. Six months worth of work - and income - are at stake.
    Out of the Fire

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 19, 2015 7:00 pm


  3. Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

    Daniel Augusto / World Cinema / USA / 2014 / Biography, Drama, Music / 112 mins
    A chronicle of Paulo Coelho's rise from his troubled life to become one of the most influential writers in Brazilian history.
    Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 5:30 pm


  4. Peeled Faces on the Amazon: The Story of the Amazon Express

    West Hansen / EcoCInema / USA / 2015 / Action, Adventure, Documentary, Sport / 102 mins
    This is the account of the first expedition to paddle the entire 4000+ miles of the Amazon River from its most distant source high in the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. This international multi-generational team of explorers ran 500 miles of uncharted white water before hitting the final 3800 mile push to the ocean. Along the way, they were fired upon, held at gunpoint 5 times, dealt with hostile natives and friendly narcotraffickers, robbed by pirates, beaten by massive waves and tidal surges and dealt with team conflicts and illness all within the 111 day expedition.
    Peeled Faces on the Amazon: The Story of the Amazon Express

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 20, 2015 1:00 pm


  5. The Poet of Havana – Carlos Varela

    Ron Chapman / Arts in Film / USA / 2014 / Biography, Documentary, Music
    A remarkable portrait of the talented poet/songwriter whose songs are known by heart throughout Cuba, in spite of his many years of underground performances.
    Poet of Havana

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 21, 2015 8:00 pm


  6. ReWined

    Ferdinando Vicentini / World Cinema / Italy / 2014 / Comedy, Mystery, Thriller / 92 mins
    A thirst for the genius of Italian winemakers transforms a shy bank clerk into a powerful wine writer, lothario and…possibly murderer.
    ReWined

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 18, 2015 8:00 pm


  7. The Rite of Spring: A Musical Odyssey

    Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe / Arts in Film / USA / 2015 / Adventure, Drama, Short / 36 mins
    Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, Juilliard alumni and Billboard chart-topping pianists, tread uncharted territory with their cinematic re-imagining of one of history's most monumental compositions. The Rite of Spring: A Musical Odyssey fuses a ferocious dueling piano performance with an epic tale of soul-searching and survival, culminating in the sacrificial destruction of a 140-year-old organ.
    The Rite of Spring

    Deerfield Ranch Winery "Al Fresco™' Outdoor
    September 19, 2015 7:00 pm


  8. Serrat & Sabina: Two for the Road

    Francesc Relea / Arts in Film / Spain / 2013 / Biography, Documentary, Music / 82 mins
    A journey through Latin-America during the last tour of the Spanish musicians Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina, who have both been deeply influenced by the history of this continent.
    Serrat & Sabina: Two for the Road

    Orpheus Winery
    September 17, 2015 5:00 pm

    Serrat & Sabina: Two for the Road

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 20, 2015 3:00 pm


  9. Shorts Program One

    Here are some of the very best and highly prized short films of 2015. Not to be missed. Includes Noble Spirit, Birthday, Come Away with Me, When the Fall Comes. Filmmakers attending.

    In This Program: Birthday, When the Fall Comes, The Noble Spirit

    Shorts Program One

    Orpheus Winery
    September 18, 2015 3:00 pm


  10. Shorts Program Three

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 20, 2015 1:00 pm


  11. Shorts Program Two

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 11:15 am


  12. Shoulder The Lion

    Patryk Rebisz, Erinnisse Rebisz / Arts in Film / France, Ireland, USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Documentary, Drama, Music / 74 mins
    Using art as the catalyst, this film explores how the human spirit prevails in the face of tragedy. The film features three people; a photographer who becomes blind, a painter/sculptor who loses half her brain in a boxing match, and a musician losing his hearing to tinnitus. Using art to illustrate change, this film explores how the human spirit prevails in the face of tragedy and what new meanings emerge that otherwise would not have been found if not for their disability.
    Shoulder the Lion

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 1:30 pm


  13. Soledad

    Eduardo Maytorena, Wayne Mitchell / US Cinema / USA / 2015 / Drama / 85 mins
    A lonely limousine driver named Victor lives an isolated existence until one evening he is forced to defend a client from being sexually assaulted by her prom date. A simple act of compassion that sets off a series of events destined to bring back a past for Victor he has fought desperately to get away from. A road trip journey through the City of Angels that reminds us that it only takes one night to change our lives forever.
    Soledad

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 17, 2015 7:00 pm


  14. States of Grace

    Helen Cohen, Mark Lipman / Cinema of Conscience / USA / 2014 / Documentary, Drama / 74 mins
    After surviving a near-fatal head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge, a revered physician struggles to come to terms with her injuries and discover new meaning in her radically altered life. Her longtime partner cares for her and their disabled teenage daughter as the family embarks on a journey of loss, resilience, and renewal.
    States of Grace

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 19, 2015 11:30 am


  15. Steve McQueen – The Man & Le Mans

    John McKenna, Gabriel Clarke / Arts in Film / USA / 2015 / Action, Biography, Documentary / 102 mins
    This is a story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how Steve McQueen, one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much he held dear in the pursuit of his dream, nevertheless followed it to the end.
    Steve McQueen – The Man & Le Mans

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 20, 2015 5:30 pm


  16. Super Hero Hotline

    Miles Levin / Shorts / USA / 2015 / Comedy / 9 mins
    A woman strapped to a bomb has three minutes to live and calls the Super Hero Hotline in hopes of being saved. Will her incompetent hero be able to defuse the bomb in time? Or will the awful customer service kill her first?
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program Two

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 11:15 am


  17. Sweet & Vicious

    Juan Paulo Laserna / CineLatino / Colombia / 2015 / Drama, Family, LGBT / 88 mins
    MANUELA is the only daughter of wealthy Colombian parents and in a relationship with her yuppie boyfriend MAURICIO, who cheats on her. As part of the Colombian elite, she appears to have every advantage in life but is completely unhappy, living a multitude of lies. She yearns to escape Bogota with her best friend ADRIANA with whom she is secretly in love. When Manuela discovers that she's pregnant, her life and dreams begin to unravel.
    Sweet & Viscious

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 3:45 pm


  18. Thank You, Surf Again

    Frank Sun / EcoCInema / USA / 2015 / Adventure, Documentary / 19 mins
    'Thank You, Surf Again' chronicles the activities of non-profit 'Surf For Life', a voluntourism organization that takes teams of volunteers to impoverished coastal communities. Professional surfers Chadd Konig and Holly Beck are joined by the core Surf For Life team and other surf-centric organizations to launch education, clean water and relief programs throughout the developing world.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program Three

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 20, 2015 1:00 pm


  19. This Uphill Climb

    Tomoko Miyamoto / Shorts / Japan / 2014 / Drama, Short / 25 mins
    At the top and bottom of a hill are two factories. One is on the verge of bankruptcy while the other continues to profit. In order to help her father, 19-year-old Yuriya accepts wealthy Hayato's proposal for marriage. But when things don't go as expected, she is thrust into a world of confusion.
    Plays In:
    Japanese New Wave Shorts – Thursday

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 17, 2015 1:00 pm

    Plays In:
    Japanese New Wave Shorts – Saturday

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 19, 2015 1:30 pm


  20. The Trials Of Spring

    Gini Reticker / Egypt, USA / 2015 / Documentary, History, News, War / 90 mins
    When 24-year-old Hend Nafea is arrested and tortured for demonstrating peacefully in Cairo's Tahrir Square, her pursuit of justice reflects post-revolution Egypt at an uncertain crossroads.
    The Trials of Spring

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 17, 2015 5:00 pm


  21. Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi

    Junichi Suzuki / Food on Film / 2015 / Food On Film / 107 mins
    An in-depth journey into the origins of the traditional food of Japan, or Wa-Shoku, in America and explores the history, impact and fascination of all Japanese cuisine—not just Sushi—and its continuing global popularity. Preceded by Live Shakuhachi Performance by Elliot Kallen - Shakuhachi
    Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi

    Orpheus Winery
    September 19, 2015 7:30 pm


  22. A Warm Spell

    Toshimichi / Shorts / Japan / 2014 / Drama, Family, Short / 25 mins
    When their mother's funeral brings two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments. Terrific camerawork distinguishes Toshimichi's film style.
    Plays In:
    Japanese New Wave Shorts – Thursday

    The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
    September 17, 2015 1:00 pm

    Plays In:
    Japanese New Wave Shorts – Saturday

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 19, 2015 1:30 pm


  23. When the Fall Comes

    Adriana Marchione, Wyatt Roy, Michael Brandt / Arts in Film / USA / 2014 / Biography, Documentary, Drama, Short / 29 mins
    "When the Fall Comes", a film about love, loss and art, chronicles how one woman moves through grief by using dance, poetry and a performance piece to illustrate her healing process.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Program One

    Orpheus Winery
    September 18, 2015 3:00 pm


  24. When the Land Turned Black

    Ashley Panzera / EcoCInema / USA / 2014 / Agriculture, Documentary, Drama, Environmental, Nature, Short / 5 mins
    When the Land Turned Black is a short documentary directed by Ashley Panzera. The film is a glimpse into the life of a third generation farmer, Donny Nelson, and the changes hes seen to his land during North Dakotas oil boom. Donny's connection and love for his land is a powerful contrast to the oil industry around him.

    Precedes: Open City of Amereida

    Precedes:
    Open City of Amereida

    The Dunbar Elementary School
    September 20, 2015 5:00 pm