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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Biography


  1. 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


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

    Biography, Cinema of Conscience, Arts in Film, 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


  3. 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


  4. Just to See ~ a Mystery

    Jin Ju Lee / Woman Filmmaker, Biography, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary / 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


  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


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

    Stefan C. Schaefer / Poetry, Biography, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary / 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


  9. A Walk in the Park with David Vassar / and Reception

    David Vassar / Biography, Special Event, EcoCinema, US Cinema, Documentary / USA / 2016 / Adventure, Biography, Environmental / 100 mins
    SPECIAL 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.
    A Walk in the Park with David Vassar

    Kenwood Depot
    September 25, 2016 2:00 pm