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2016 Wine Country Film Festival


  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. Dusty and Me

    Betsan Morris Evans / Youth, World Cinema / UK / 2016 / Compassion, Family, Youth / 90 mins
    A feel-good, heart-warming film set in Yorkshire in 1977 about an adolescent boy's big summer after leaving school. It's about a boy and a dog, class and ambition, first love, and above all, family. The story exemplifies the unique healing that each creature can promote on one another and the lessons it teaches about love and commitment. Preceded by “A Helping Paw” a short doc that shares the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer. Q&A with Film Rep Adrian Roup.

    Preceded by: A Helping Paw

    Dusty and Me

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm

    Preceded By:
    A Helping Paw

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2016 3:00 pm

  3. Lucky Star

    Priya Amritraj / Youth, CineLatino, Shorts / USA / 19 mins
    Inspired by true events, Lucky Star centers on 12-year-old Camila Garcia. Desperate to help her hardworking, single mother, she buys lottery scratchers at the local corner store. Giving one of its regulars the money to make the purchase for her as she’s underage. After months of nothing, Camila actually wins $100,000. The sort of money that could change their lives—if she can find a way to claim it. Lucky Star looks at the timely and relevant issues of immigration and income inequality through the eyes of a young girl in an emotional love story between a daughter and her mother.
    Plays In:
    Shorts Film Program Sunday

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 25, 2016 11:00 am

  4. 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

  5. Saint Amour

    Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern / Road Movie, Terroir of Cinema, Wine, Youth, Special Event, Food On Film, World Cinema / France / 2016 / Agriculture, Comedy, Food, Road Movie, Romance, Sexuality, Social Issues, Terrior of Cinema, Viticulture, Wine / 101 mins
    OPENING NIGHT UNDER THE STARS Sideways goes French in this fond and gloriously witty comedy-drama starring Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France on an impromptu wine tour to bond with his son, the lonely big kid with a heart. “Three unlikely heroes (Gérard DEPARDIEU, Benoit POELVOORDE, Vincent LACOSTE) take to the road in this broad but pleasing picturesque wine tour featuring improbable sex and a kooky cameo from Michel Houellebecq.” Peter Bradshaw-·The Guardian

    Preceded by: Winter Frog

    Saint Amour

    Muscardini Cellars
    September 22, 2016 7:40 pm

  6. The Violin Teacher

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

  7. Theeb

    Naji Abu Nowar / Road Movie, Youth, World Cinema / United Arabic Emirates / 2015 / 100 mins
    In this striking “mid-Eastern Western” Jordanian first-time Director Naji Abu Nowar crafts a beautiful desert drama of adventure, betrayal and trust. In the remote Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young boy, Theeb (”Wolf” in Arabic) lives peacefully with his Bedouin tribe. A British officer approaches on a mission to disrupt the Ottoman Hijaz Railway. Theeb’s older brother agrees to guide the Brit through the 'badlands' of the Wadi Rum rocky desert that is infested with bandits. Theeb, seeking adventure, tags along, and before long is confronted with dangers that thrusts him into manhood. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Best Director: Venice Film Festival

    KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
    September 23, 2016 7:15 pm Buy Tickets

  8. Warrior Road

    Brad Jayne / Youth, First Feature, US Cinema, Arts in Film / 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