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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

EcoCinema


  1. Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 6 mins
    The Quarryhill Botanical Garden — located in Glen Ellen, California — has become a base station for international conservation efforts and a living laboratory for scientific researchers and students. A tranquil refuge from our increasingly urban way of life, the garden is a lush cornucopia of Asian plant life grown from wild seed during the past quarter century. This North Bay Bountiful segment highlights the garden’s efforts to conserve the rare and endangered maple Acer Pentaphyllum. (Director-Producer: Joshua Dylan Mellars)
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  2. Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine

    Rudi Goldman / Wine, EcoCinema, Arts in Film, Documentary, Food On Film, 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


  3. 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


  4. Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity

    EcoCinema, Shorts, Documentary / 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


  5. Spanish Gardener

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 5 mins
    Over the past forty years, Sebastopol, California nursery owner Polo de Lorenzo has created a rare and alluring garden which draws its inspiration from childhood memories of his native Canary Islands. In the film Mr. de Lorenzo reveals his “garden of earthly delights” and muses on the secret of living the “beautiful life.”
    Plays In:
    Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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