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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. Lucky Star

    Priya Amritraj / Youth, CineLatino, Shorts / USA / 19 mins
    Inspired by true events, Lucky Star centers on 12-year-old Camila Garcia. Desperate to help her hardworking, single mother, she buys lottery scratchers at the local corner store. Giving one of its regulars the money to make the purchase for her as she’s underage. After months of nothing, Camila actually wins $100,000. The sort of money that could change their lives—if she can find a way to claim it. Lucky Star looks at the timely and relevant issues of immigration and income inequality through the eyes of a young girl in an emotional love story between a daughter and her mother.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

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


  2. Miss Hokusai

    Keiichi Hara / Biography, Animated / Japan / 2015 / 93 mins
    Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei is one of the rare cases of a woman artist who attains prominence, even in the shadow of her famous father.
    Miss Hokusai

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 24, 2016 11:00 am


  3. Molat and Molat

    Katharine Duhamel / Shorts / 6 mins
    This is the story of Pascal Molat dancing as told by Matisse Molat, age 5.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


  4. Muscle

    Heidi Miami Marshall / Woman Filmmaker, Cinema of Conscience / USA / 14 mins
    Amanda, a woman married to a terminally ill man, cares for him day in and day out. Their marriage broke down long before the disease and now frayed by a life in stasis, she must make the agonizing decision to live for him or live for herself.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

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


  5. The Olive Tree

    Iciar Bollain / Terroir of Cinema, Woman Filmmaker, Paseo de Espana, Cinema of Conscience / Germany, Spain / 2016 / 98 mins
    CLOSING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS A richly textured environmental family drama that touches hearts and stirs our social conscience. When Alma's grandfather refuses to speak for years, grieving for a 2000 year-old olive tree that the family uprooted and sold (sadly a common reality in Castellón, Spain today), she embarks on a journey from Spain to Germany in order to retrieve the ancient tree and return it to the family orchard, so that he may have peace in his final days. The Olive Tree is written by Paul Laferty, Ken Loach’s long time collaborator and the writer of Bollain’s Oscar contender, “Even The Rain” (a WCFF special event in 2011). It is a perfect film for our “Films al Fresco™” Closing Night film under the stars.
    The Olive Tree

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 25, 2016 7:45 pm


  6. The Other Kids

    Chris Brown / Youth, CineLatino, Cinema of Conscience, US Cinema / USA / 2016 / Cultural, Diversity, Personal Vision, Social Issues, Youth / 85 mins
    A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, THE OTHER KIDS is a bold and original hybrid of fiction & non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping, personal stories. These stories became the basis for this remarkable film in which the story-tellers are also the actors. The results were usually unplanned and often surprising. The film starts at 4:30pm Q&A with Chris Brown after the film. followed by Closing Night Reception for FilmMakers and Pass Holders.
    The Other Kids

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 4:30 pm


  7. Parisiennes

    Slony Slow / First Feature, Arts in Film, World Cinema / France / 2015 / 86 mins
    Magic and poetry...a delightful film! Join us for a Reception at 7pm. Film screens at 7:30pm . Seeking inspiration for the main character in her next novel, Japanese author Kyoko Murakai heads to the French capital of Paris to meet twelve women from all walks of life. Instead, she finds herself on a mythical journey of self-discovery and renewal. The spirit of Parisiennes is the spirit of a writer, and any writer watching this will be inspired to emulate Kyoko’s approach to travel and meeting people. Slony Sow is a leading up-and-coming young French indie director.
    Parisiennes

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 7:00 pm


  8. The Perfect Protein

    Caterina Barjau and Jorge Martínez / Food On Film / 2016 / 20 mins
    Famous chefs from around the world speak on behalf of Oceana, an organization that protects the world's oceans, as they are taking sustainable approaches to the meals they cook to help promote sea life preservation. Our fish stocks are in serious decline. We must stop overfishing, limit incidental by-catch and protect habitats. If we do, there would be enough fish to provide nutritious daily food for a 1 billion people.

    Precedes: Seed: the Untold Story, West Coast Sea Salt

    Precedes:
    Seed: The Untold Story

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 23, 2016 2:15 pm


  9. The Prophet produced by Salma Hayek

    Roger Allers / Animated, Cinema of Conscience, US Cinema, Arts in Film, World Cinema / France, Ireland, United Arabic Emirates, USA / 2015 / Adventure, Aesthetics, Art, Cultural, Food, Literature, Middle East, Peace, Poetry, Romance, Vision Quest, Youth / 86 mins
    All of life’s key elements – Love, Marriage, Work, Freedom – get their due as top animation directors from around the world pitch in to create a fresh fantasia out of celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran’s celebrated poems in his international best seller THE PROPHET. Culmination of 4 years of work by producer Salma Hayek. A dissident being kept under house arrest recounts valuable lessons in a series of vignettes while a mischievous young woman causes havoc in the community. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. A gem of a film to see on the big screen.
    The Prophet by Salma Hayek

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm


  10. Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

    Haydn Reiss / Poetry, Biography, Arts in Film, Documentary / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Poetry, Sexuality, Social Issues, Vision Quest / 81 mins
    “A Thousand Years of Joy” charts poet/activist Robert Bly's journey from Midwestern farm boy to global troubadour, best-selling author of “Iron John” and leader of the men's movement. Bly is one of America’s most celebrated poets, easily the most controversial, who has for over 50 years crisscrossed the cultural landscape through poetry, translation, activism and social commentary. Bly has been celebrated, vilified, but above all persisted in championing the power and importance of poetry in today’s America. With director Haydn Reiss and Poet James Ragan in Person.
    Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 4:40 pm


  11. Saint Amour

    Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern / Road Movie, Terroir of Cinema, Wine, Youth, Special Event, Food On Film, World Cinema / France / 2016 / Agriculture, Comedy, Food, Road Movie, Romance, Sexuality, Social Issues, Terrior of Cinema, Viticulture, Wine / 101 mins
    OPENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS Sideways goes French in this fond and gloriously witty comedy-drama starring Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France on an impromptu wine tour to bond with his son, the lonely big kid with a heart. “Three unlikely heroes (Gérard DEPARDIEU, Benoit POELVOORDE, Vincent LACOSTE) take to the road in this broad but pleasing picturesque wine tour featuring improbable sex and a kooky cameo from Michel Houellebecq.” Peter Bradshaw-·The Guardian

    Preceded by: Winter Frog

    Saint Amour

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 22, 2016 7:40 pm


  12. Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity

    EcoCinema, Shorts, Documentary / USA / 7 mins
    We visit Petaluma’s Seed Bank, one of an increasing number of providers of heirloom seeds for gardeners desiring a wider diversity of feedstock and a re-connection with our agricultural roots. From Petaluma, the film travels to Point Reyes, where beekeeper Kevin Forrester builds eco-friendly hives, and then finally to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway which stores an extensive collection of plant seed samples representing the world’s crop diversity.
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  13. Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

    Poetry, Special Event, Arts in Film / Master Class / 120 mins
    The Master Class with James Ragan will focus on the “Principals of Dramatic Structure” in learning the Craft of Screenwriting. It will focus on the further goal of How to Read a Film by understanding the importance of “Backdrop” in plotting and character development. The invitation to the group is to bring their passion for film and writing to the session (and their good humor).
    Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 11:00 am


  14. Seed: the Untold Story

    Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz / Food On Film / India, Mexico, South Africa, USA / 2016 / Agriculture, Food, Healing, Viticulture / 94 mins
    Seeds are miraculous and vital. SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. With Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

    Preceded by: The Perfect Protein, West Coast Sea Salt

    Seed: The Untold Story

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 23, 2016 2:15 pm


  15. Shakespeare in the Shadows

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Poetry, Shorts, Arts in Film / Sweden, USA / 2016 / 10 mins
    Set against San Francisco backdrops of swirling winds, wave pounded rocks, foreboding coastal promontories and stark film noir cityscapes, SHAKESPEARE IN THE SHADOWS shows the power, the purity, the prosody and the simplicity of the master dramatist's work: its beauty, its excellence, its well-turned phrases, its pithy and its sardonic, its diminuendo and its crescendo, its whisper and its roar. The film is a collaboration with classically trained stage actor Mark Cohen, who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) affiliate Guildhall in London.
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  16. Shorts Film Program Sunday

    Shorts / 90 mins
    These short films are great because they tell more in as little as four minutes than many feature films. Concentrated and meaningful, they take our breath away. An amazing collection of short films including Muscle, Lucky Star, Wings, The Lake, Being Seen, The Jungle

    In This Program: Being Seen, The Jungle, The Lake, Lucky Star, Muscle, Wings

    Shorts Film Program Sunday

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


  17. Shorts Film Program- The Arts in Film -Saturday

    120 mins
    “The Arts in Film” has been a core element, a large Section actually, of the Wine Country Film Festival from the very beginning in 1986. The intent of the Arts in Film is to present films that inform and inspire, that provide insight into the inner workings of art forms that are enjoyed in their finished product, but the process is hidden. Here are some of the very best short films that showcase The Arts in Film - includes Currencies, Fading Nocturne, Molat and Molat, Syncretic Noise, The Teacup, The Whirl and White.

    In This Program: Currencies, Fading Nocturne, Molat and Molat, Syncretic Noise, The Teacup, The Whirl, White

    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


  18. The Violin Teacher

    Sergio Machado / Youth, Special Event, Arts in Film / Brazil / 2015 / 104 mins
    *****SPECIAL EVENT! *** FILM & MUSIC***** Based on true events, this movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra) is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a run down public school in Heliopolis, the biggest favela in São Paulo. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students open doors into a new world. ************************ The film show and discussion starts at at 7:30pm. Preceded by: LIVE MUSIC AT 6:30pm Student musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony's “El Sistema” Simply Strings Honor Ensemble conducted by Timothy Zieminski, perform before the film at 6:30pm. Following the film there will be a discussion about the transforming power of music with the Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education and Simply Strings Coordinator. Proceeds will help support the Simply Strings program.

    Preceded by: Simply Strings Concert

    The Violin Teacher

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 23, 2016 6:00 pm

    Preceded By:
    Simply Strings Concert

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 23, 2016 6:00 pm


  19. Simply Strings Concert

    Special Event, Cinema of Conscience, Arts in Film / 60 mins
    Student musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony's "El Sistema" Simply Strings Honor Ensemble conducted by Timothy Zieminski, perform before the film.

    Precedes: The Violin Teacher

    Simply Strings Concert

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 23, 2016 6:00 pm

    Precedes:
    The Violin Teacher

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 23, 2016 6:00 pm


  20. Spanish Gardener

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 5 mins
    Over the past forty years, Sebastopol, California nursery owner Polo de Lorenzo has created a rare and alluring garden which draws its inspiration from childhood memories of his native Canary Islands. In the film Mr. de Lorenzo reveals his “garden of earthly delights” and muses on the secret of living the “beautiful life.”
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  21. Syncretic Noise

    Stephen Bullen / Shorts, Arts in Film / USA / 5 mins
    A man dances secluded from a city at battle with itself. Defying conventional logic and storytelling, layered soundscapes and symbolic visuals fuel the dark atmosphere. In a hyper society portrayed in time-lapses the dancer's natural motion continues across cuts over discontinuities of space from forest landscapes to gritty urban life.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


  22. The Teacup

    Elif Boyacıoğlu / Ireland, Turkey / 2015 / 5 mins
    A thought-provoking, traditional animation, this story tells the story of a man who fears going outside, until one day a knock on the door tempts him to change his mind. Poignant, childlike and atmospherically crafted, the film interweaves gentle childlike qualities with serious moral undertones.”
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am


  23. Theeb

    Naji Abu Nowar / Road Movie, Youth, World Cinema / United Arabic Emirates / 2015 / 100 mins
    In this striking “mid-Eastern Western” Jordanian first-time Director Naji Abu Nowar crafts a beautiful desert drama of adventure, betrayal and trust. In the remote Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young boy, Theeb (”Wolf” in Arabic) lives peacefully with his Bedouin tribe. A British officer approaches on a mission to disrupt the Ottoman Hijaz Railway. Theeb’s older brother agrees to guide the Brit through the 'badlands' of the Wadi Rum rocky desert that is infested with bandits. Theeb, seeking adventure, tags along, and before long is confronted with dangers that thrusts him into manhood. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Best Director: Venice Film Festival
    Theeb

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 23, 2016 7:15 pm Buy Tickets


  24. Tilda Swinton’s The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

    Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz / Woman Filmmaker, Biography, Shorts, Arts in Film, Documentary / Switzerland, UK, Scotland / 2016 / Agriculture, Art, First Filmmaker, Food, Landscape, Literature, Nature, Personal Vision, Philosophy, Poetry, Spirituality, Terrior of Cinema, Woman Filmmaker / 91 mins
    Prolific artist, philosopher, writer, storyteller and "radical humanist" John Berger is the focus of Tilda Swinton’s vivid four-part cinematic portrait. In 1973, he moved from urban London to the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER examines different aspects of Berger's life in this remote village in the Alps. In four seasonal chapters, the film combines ideas and motifs from his work with the texture and history of his mountain home. A terrific insight into the creative process: perfect for our Arts In Film section.
    Tilda Swinton’s The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 1:15 pm