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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Cinema of Conscience


  1. 600 Miles

    Gabriel Ripstein / Road Movie, First Filmmaker, Youth, CineLatino, First Feature, Cinema of Conscience, World Cinema / 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


  2. 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. Fading Nocturne

    Rowden Metzger / Cinema of Conscience, Shorts, US Cinema, Arts in Film / 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


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  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. 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


  11. Walk on the Wild Side

    Germaine McCormack-Kos / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, World Cinema / France, USA / 2016 / Art, First Filmmaker, Healing, Health, History, Woman Filmmaker / 58 mins
    Walk On the Wild Side is the amazing story of the pioneers who came up wtih the first cures for cancer and those who have followed in their footsteps intertwined with a poetic upbeat personal story. Germaine McCormack-Kos is a Paris based painter, a mother and a film professional who is suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She begins treatment and remembers she had met the great Pioneer of Immunotherapy, Dr.Georges Mathé, who performed the first ever bone marrow transplant, and decides to make a film that will inform, inspire and help others cope with cancer. Invited guest: Germaine Mccormack-Kos.
    Walk on the Wild Side

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 2:30 pm


  12. Wings of Change

    Tuvi Arbel / EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Documentary / Israel, Palestine / 2015 / Environmental, Jewish, Middle East, Peace, Social Issues, Viticulture / 53 mins
    WINNER of WCFF Peace & Cultural Understanding Prize A documentary about Mr. Birdman AKA Professor Yossi Leshem, a lightly religious, authoritative man with a rugged Israeli charm and the persuasion skills of a salesman. Today, he is the primary defender of Israeli nature and virtually the only ground-breaker in the talks with Palestinians and Jordanians, while negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are stuck. * There will be a Dove Release before the film. * Q&A with invited guests and Udy Epstein, CEO of 7th Art Releasing
    Wings of Change

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 12:45 pm