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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

All 2016 Films & Events

Here are 2016 Films & Events. Note: The 30th 2016 Wine Country Film Festival runs Sept. 22 through 26th.


  1. 600 Miles

    Gabriel Ripstein / CineLatino, Cinema of Conscience, First Feature, First Filmmaker, Road Movie, World Cinema, Youth / Mexico / 2015 / Adventure, First Feature, First Filmmaker, Landscape, Latin, Nature, Politics, Road Movie, Social Issues, Spirituality / 85 mins
    Tim Roth stars in Mexico’s submission for the Academy Award directed by Gabriel Ripstein. Arnulfo Rubio smuggles weapons for a deadly Mexican cartel. ATF agent Hank Harris (Roth) attempts to apprehend him, but gets kidnapped by Rubio, instead. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the 600-miles-long drive, they slowly befriend one another. 600 Miles is a thriller, a road movie and a relationship drama: a nail biter to the very last frame with superb performances. Winner of Berlin Film Festival Best First Feature Award.
    600 Miles

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2016 7:00 pm


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    Being Seen

    Paul Zehrer / Cinema of Conscience, Shorts / USA / 2016 / Healing, Romance, Social Issues / 15 mins
    “Being Seen” explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with "developmental disabilities." Rather than defining themselves by their diagnosis, individuals (young and old) strive to create meaning, meet adversity, and dream of their futures.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 11:00 am


  3. QuarrHill

    Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 6 mins
    The Quarryhill Botanical Garden — located in Glen Ellen, California — has become a base station for international conservation efforts and a living laboratory for scientific researchers and students. A tranquil refuge from our increasingly urban way of life, the garden is a lush cornucopia of Asian plant life grown from wild seed during the past quarter century. This North Bay Bountiful segment highlights the garden’s efforts to conserve the rare and endangered maple Acer Pentaphyllum. (Director-Producer: Joshua Dylan Mellars)
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  4. Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine

    Rudi Goldman / Arts in Film, Documentary, EcoCinema, Food On Film, Wine, World Cinema / France, Netherlands / 2016 / Agriculture, Art, Cultural, Food, Viticulture / 60 mins
    A North American Premiere Through a colorful mosaic of stories, this documentary film aims to demystify the world-famous French winemaking region and offers a rare insider glimpse into the lives of the passionate people working in Burgundy's wine industry. An intimate journey into the normally inaccessible caves and domains of this exclusive wine region, introducing us to the winegrowers, chef's and even truffle hunters that make Burgundy so special.
    Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 23, 2016 5:00 pm


  5. The Caravan Film

    Margot McMaster / Road Movie / Canada / 2015 / 105 mins
    SPECIAL EVENT - FILM ~ RARE DANCING HORSES ~ EQUESTRIAN EXHIBITIONS The Caravan Film follows a group of caravaners (horse drawn and riders from 6 nations) across the country. Co-led by Access Adventure founder Michael Muir, great-grandson of America’s visionary conservationist John Muir, their 2,500 mile - 5 month journey proves that we all have hopes and dreams and ambitions and above all that we deeply care for one another. Their journey also highlights the genuine connection between horses and people of disabilities. What started out as an endurance drive, horse and driver vs. nature turns out to be far, far more than that. Gate opens at 1pm. Festivities include food and drinks for sale, time to socialize and at 2pm there will be horse exhibitions in the arena: Michael Muir's three black leopard Stonewall Sporthorse mares at liberty to music and Dr Charlyn Belluszoo presents her horses in a Dancing with Horses. **** One ticket price includes The Caravan Film AS WELL AS the EXHIBITIONS*** The Caravan Film screens at 3pm. There will be a Q&A after the film with filmmaker Margot McMaster, Michael Muir, and Belos Cavalos founder, Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo.

    Preceded by: The Caravan Film Special Presentation

    The Caravan Film

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 1:00 pm

    Preceded By:
    The Caravan Film Special Presentation

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 1:00 pm


  6. The Caravan Film

    The Caravan Film Special Presentation

    240 mins
    Horse exhibitions in the arena; Michael Muir's three black leopard Stonewall Shorthorse mares perform at liberty to music and Dr. Charlyn Belluzzo presents her horses in a Belos Cavalos' Dancing with Horses presentation.

    Precedes: The Caravan Film

    The Caravan Film Special Presentation

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 1:00 pm

    Precedes:
    The Caravan Film

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 1:00 pm


  7. The Carer

    Janos Edelenyi / Arts in Film, World Cinema / Hungary, UK / 2016 / Health, Performing Arts / 89 mins
    Graduating from the Academy of Films in Budapest, both as a director and director of photography, János Edelényi rejoined the staff of the Hungarian Television, where he had worked prior to film school. Edelenyi's collaboration with Gyorgy Feher on Richard III, Volpone and other programs commissioned by the Hungarian Television, has been widely accepted as groundbreaking and redefining the medium by their daring use of extreme close ups. Two of his documentaries won First Prizes at the National Documentary Film Festival, and he was awarded Price For Best Photography, Grand Prize, Best TV Adaptation Prizes at various other national festivals. Edelenyi has directed and co-produced or/and photographed over 40 documentaries and 7 feature films. He is Executive Director of the Tel Aviv based Prolitera Productions. He co-wrote and Produced Vilmos Zsigmond’s “The Long Shadow,” a Hungarian-Israeli-American feature film with Michael York and Liv Ullmann (which was shown at the Wine Country Film Festival).
    The Carer

    September 25, 2016 7:00 pm


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    Cinematography Master Class: Jack Green ASC

    Master Class / 90 mins
    Cinematography Master Class with Jack N. Green ASC Having worked on 26 Clint Eastwood films as Director of Photography, Jack N. Green's skills and talents are extraordinary. He will talk about the role of lighting (70% of production work ) and mood; his mastery of cinematography in terms of efficiency and cooperation and how this contributed to Eastwood's reputation of always being on time and under budget; the meaning of visual poetics and more. His bond and friendship with Eastwood is legendary. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Free to attending guest filmmakers, students and Pass holders.
    Cinematography Master Class: Jack Green ASC

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 10:00 am


  9. Currencies

    Currencies

    Maggie Heaman / Arts in Film, Shorts, Woman Filmmaker / USA / Art, Theatre, Woman Filmmaker / 5 mins
    What is happening to American arts companies?
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


  10. Down Home on the Zazu Farm

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Biography, Food On Film / USA / 2016 / Food / 9 mins
    Featuring internationally acclaimed Sonoma County farm to table chefs and restauranteurs Duskie Estes and John Stewart, the documentary follows Duskie and John raising animals at their Forestville farm and cooking at their world renowned restaurant Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastopol’s artisanal and culinary center The Barlow.
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  11. Dusty500

    Dusty and Me

    Betsan Morris Evans / World Cinema, Youth / UK / 2016 / Compassion, Family, Youth / 90 mins
    A feel-good, heart-warming film set in Yorkshire in 1977 about an adolescent boy's big summer after leaving school. It's about a boy and a dog, class and ambition, first love, and above all, family. The story exemplifies the unique healing that each creature can promote on one another and the lessons it teaches about love and commitment. Preceded by “A Helping Paw” a short doc that shares the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer. Q&A with Film Rep Adrian Roup.

    Preceded by: A Helping Paw

    Dusty and Me

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm

    Preceded By:
    A Helping Paw

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm


  12. The Enduring Passion for Ink

    The Enduring Passion for Ink

    Britta Erickson / Arts in Film / 2016 / 90 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?
    The Enduring Passion for Ink

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2016 3:30 pm


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    Fading Nocturne

    Rowden Metzger / Arts in Film, Cinema of Conscience, Shorts, US Cinema / USA / 2016 / Art, Dance, Healing, Romance / 27 mins
    In this insightful short drama, acclaimed choreographer Alex(Rowden Metzger, noted dancer and instructor) struggles to complete a new work as his past haunts him. As the journey of his trauma is revealed we get an honest view of the creative process and what goes into drawing fine art from the depths of one’s heart.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


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    Flowers and Roots: James Ragan, Poet Ambassador of the Arts

    Arts in Film, Biography, Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, World Cinema / Slovakia / 2016 / 58 mins
    With James Ragan In Person Reading his Poetry. Flowers and Roots, profiles internationally recognized poet, playwright and essayist James Ragan’s role in “taking his poetry to the world” in order to challenge oppression. He revisits his family roots in Slovakia, his relationship as a poet-playwright with Czech President Vaclav Havel. The film reveals Ragan’s commitment to “bridging” communication between cultures as a world class mind and artist.
    Flowers and Roots: James Ragan, Ambassador of the Arts

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 24, 2016 6:00 pm


  15. The Fourth Noble Truth

    Gary T. McDonald / USA / 2015 / 87 mins
    Mindfulness. Meditation. Do you want to be Happy? This film is about a womanizing movie star Aaron (Harry Hamlin) who is convicted of road rage but instead of doing jail time is sentenced to meditation classes. After the film there will be a fireside chat with invited guests producer David K. Zuckerman and actor Harry Hamlin and a short meditation.

    Preceded by: The Fourth Noble Truth Special Presentation

    The Fourth Noble Truth

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 6:30 pm

    Preceded By:
    The Fourth Noble Truth Special Presentation

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 6:00 pm


  16. Fourth Noble Truth

    The Fourth Noble Truth Special Presentation

    Mingle informally with festival guests. Food and wine for purchase (cash only) followed by the screening of The Fourth Noble Truth at 6:30pm. After the film there will be a fireside chat with invited guests producer David K. Zuckerman and actor Harry Hamlin ("Mad Men") and a short meditation under a glorious celestial canopy.

    Precedes: The Fourth Noble Truth

    The Fourth Noble Truth Special Presentation

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 6:00 pm

    Precedes:
    The Fourth Noble Truth

    Belos Cavalos
    September 24, 2016 6:30 pm


  17. Gabo: The Magic of Reality of Gabriel García Márquez

    Justin Webber / Biography, CineLatino, Documentary / Colombia, Spain / 2015 / 88 mins
    Justin Webster’s extraordinary documentary about Gabriel García Máquez, one of Latin America’s most beloved and influential writers and thinkers is a must-see for lovers of literature and film. The inventor of “Magical Realism” is revealed through archival footage, interviews with writers, political leaders, relatives, and men and women on the streets, and the words of García Márquez himself. Webster thoroughly follows the artistic, political and personal evolution of this law-school dropout and political journalist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
    Gabo: The Magic of Reality of Gabriel García Márquez

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 12:00 pm


  18. Helping Paw

    A Helping Paw

    Faith Cox / Cinema of Conscience, Shorts / USA / 2015 / 8 mins
    This short film tells the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer in a series of three vignettes. Each story takes a closer look at these incredible animals and how they impact the lives of those around them.

    Precedes: Dusty and Me

    A Helping Paw

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm

    Precedes:
    Dusty and Me

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm


  19. Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    66 mins
    Joshua Dylan Mellars is a multi award winning filmmaker whose films screened to acclaim throughout the world. His award winning music documentary trilogy (Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion) all have played at WCFF and around the world. Joshua received the WCFF “Distinguished Cinema Artist Award” (2011) to a “masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative”. We are thrilled to pay tribute again to this talented individual. His Narratives in this show are produced by Abuela Luna Pictures, and the Documentaries are produced by KRCB North Bay Public Media. There will be a reception before the films and a Q&A after the program concludes.

    In This Program: Down Home on the Zazu Farm, Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest, Land of Nod, Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity, Shakespeare in the Shadows, Spanish Gardener

    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


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    The Jungle

    Onur Saylak, Doğu Akal / Shorts / Turkey / 2015 / 15 mins
    In the center of Istanbul, a mega city of nothingness, Omar who fled from the war in Syria is struggling to rebuild his life. He finds stray dogs and sells them to Fahri the owner of a pet shop. Fahri has an unusual request - he wants Omar to find a snake from the nearby forest. A middle class couple Zeynep and Dundar living in their comfort zone are jogging by when their path in the forest intersects with Omar. Unexpectedly their lives change forever.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 11:00 am


  21. Just To See a Mystery

    Just to See ~ a Mystery

    Jin Ju Lee / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, EcoCinema, Woman Filmmaker / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Social Issues / 80 mins
    A lyrical film portrait of photographer Philip Perkis, who penetrates life's essential questions through his 60 years working in black and white photography. From childhood he had exceptional vision, but also severe learning disabilities. Made by his former student and initially inspired by his small, poetic book "Teaching Photography: Notes Assembled," the film is built around this distillation of his experiences and his photography. It also explores the intimate, but respectful—and often playful—relationship between teacher and student.
    Just to See – A Mystery

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 24, 2016 1:00 pm


  22. The Lake

    The Lake

    Michael Buie / Shorts / USA / 2016 / 15 mins
    A provocative, ambiguous, moving short film about personal choices, morality, control … and a cat and dog — this is a masterpiece in style and brevity, poignantly encapsulating the conflicting opinions about end of life care. The story is based on Michael Buie’s stepdad Paul Kuntz, the prominent Kitchener businessman (Kuntz Electroplating) and philanthropist. He is the inspiration for Buie's film, about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer who decides to end his life on his own terms to save his family the pain of his gradual decline.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 11:00 am


  23. Land of Nod

    Land of Nod

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Arts in Film, Shorts / 2016 / 2 mins
    In this short — inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Nod,” — a man, no longer young, climbs a mountain towards the possibility of buried gold in a Portuguese fortress and finds a fleeting dream of the wonder and the wanderlust of youth. The short was filmed on location in Portugal and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  24. Lonely Boys

    Lonely Boys

    Daniel Simon / First Feature, US Cinema / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Transformation, Vision Quest / 90 mins
    A buddy movie of transformation and self-discovery. Following a recent breakup, struggling writer Jules (Dan Simon) crashes with his recently separated best friend, Saul (Gregory Lay), at his apartment in Brooklyn. After Saul is fired from his job as restaurant manager and Jules loses an off-Broadway production of his play, the two embark on a weekend bender through New York City and Connecticut in search of solace and sometimes more pain. When the sun finally rises, neither expects to see the light. First Feature. West Coast Premiere Q&A with Patrick Davin, Gregory Lay, Bob Gregory
    Lonely Boys

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 7:15 pm