Jin Ju Lee / Woman Filmmaker, Biography, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary / USA / 2015 / Art, Biography, Buddhism, Social Issues / 80 minsA 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.
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.
David Vassar / Biography, Special Event, EcoCinema, US Cinema, Documentary / USA / 2016 / Adventure, Biography, Environmental / 100 minsSPECIAL EVENT - LIVE PRESENTATION Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial - 100 Years of Wilderness The Wine Country Film Festival is thrilled to host an inspiring afternoon with Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian, David Vassar, a WCFF Alumni. "A Walk in the Park with David Vassar" is an epic life-long film retrospective through America's magnificent Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks, among others, highlighted with personal stories from Vassar's lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Following the film there will be a Q&A with David Vassar. And an Optional VIP Reception.