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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. Parisiennes

    Parisiennes

    Slony Slow / Arts in Film, First Feature, 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


  10. The Prophet produced by Salma Hayek

    Roger Allers / Animated, Arts in Film, Cinema of Conscience, US Cinema, 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


  11. Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

    Haydn Reiss / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, Poetry / 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


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    Screenwriting Master Class: James Ragan, Poet / Screenwriter

    Arts in Film, Poetry, Special Event / 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


  13. Shakespeare in the Shadows

    Shakespeare in the Shadows

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Arts in Film, Poetry, Shorts / 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


  14. The Violin Teacher

    The Violin Teacher

    Sergio Machado / Arts in Film, Special Event, Youth / 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


  15. Simply Strings Performer

    Simply Strings Concert

    Arts in Film, Cinema of Conscience, Special Event / 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


  16. Syncretic Noise

    Syncretic Noise

    Stephen Bullen / Arts in Film, Shorts / 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


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

    Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, Shorts, Woman Filmmaker / 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


  18. Untold Story

    The Untold Story

    Shane Stanley / Arts in Film / USA / 2016 / 104 mins
    Barry Van Dyke plays Edward Forester, an actor whose down on his luck. His career and personal life have hit rock bottom-but not his spirit. At 64, the handsome bachelor moves in to a tiny apartment and must start over again. Edward sets out on a journey to find his destiny but most of he has to follow his heart with a little help from a new friend named Catarina (Nia Peeples.) Filmmaker Stanley states "my goal is the film will ignite a passion in our viewers (both young and old) to live their lives to the fullest and never give up on their dream."Q&A with Multi-Emmy Award winning producer, writer, director Shane Stanley follows the film.
    Untold Story

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2016 5:00 pm


  19. Even Though the World is Burning

    W.S. Merwin: Even Though the Whole World Is Burning

    Stefan C. Schaefer / Arts in Film, Biography, Documentary, EcoCinema, Poetry / 2016 / Environmental, Poetry, Politics / 82 mins
    Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings, however, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship. He established the Merwin Conservancy, a preserve consisting of the most comprehensive private collections of palms in the world. EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.”
    W.S. Merwin: Even Though the Whole World Is Burning

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 10:30 am


  20. Warrior Road

    Brad Jayne / Arts in Film, First Feature, US Cinema, Youth / USA / 2016 / Aesthetics, Art, Diversity, First Feature, Literature, Vision Quest, Youth / 91 mins
    Get in the mood with Live Music with Master Blues player JOHN BURDICK before the film. WARRIOR ROAD ~ WORLD PREMIERE An adventure of the soul. Based on writer-director Brad Jayne’s life experiences, the story follows Joseph a painfully shy writer in the waterlands of South Carolina. After robbing a rural juke joint with two lower-class buddies and joy-riding up the coast to Myrtle Beach, his journey becomes a quest for strength and courage - from being a timid boy to a spiritual warrior and finally a man. Q&A with Brad Jayne after the film. The film incorporates tracks from Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Leadbelly, Chet Baker and more. Q&A with Brad Jayne after the film.
    Warrior Road

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 24, 2016 7:45 pm


  21. The Whirl

    The Whirl

    Celal Argın / Arts in Film, Documentary, Shorts / Turkey / 2016 / 22 mins
    “Semazens” are dervishes perhaps known best for their mystical dance, the “sema”. This documentary sets out to chronicle the rigorous training required from a very early age to become a “semazen”, not least the process of spinning around a nail on the practice floor.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program- Arts in Film- Saturday

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 11:45 am