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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Documentary


  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


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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


  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

    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


  5. 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


  6. Saving Heirlooms

    Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity

    Documentary, EcoCinema, Shorts / 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


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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


  8. 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


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

    David Vassar / Biography, Documentary, EcoCinema, Special Event, US Cinema / 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


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. Wings of Change

    Tuvi Arbel / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, EcoCinema / 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