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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

66 mins

Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

Kenwood Depot
September 24, 2016 5:30 pm

Description

Joshua Dylan Mellars is a multi award winning director and producer of a variety of films screened to acclaim throughout the world. He is a native of San Francisco and a Brown University graduate. Before embarking on his filmmaking career, Joshua filed stories for the BBC, UPI and NPR from Caracas, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
     His award winning music documentary trilogy (Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion) all have played at the Wine Country Film Festival and have been feted at other film festivals throughout the world. His films were screened at prestigious institutions including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the University of Oxford, the Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C. and Cambridge University.

    WCFF awarded Joshua our “Distinguished Cinema Artist Award” (2011) to a “masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative”.   His Narratives in this show are produced by Abuela Luna Pictures, and the Documentaries are produced by KRCB North Bay Public Media.

We are thrilled to pay tribute again to this talented individual. There will be a reception before the films and a Q&A after the program concludes.

The Land of Nod
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 2016, 2 Minutes
In this short — inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Nod,” — a man, no longer young, climbs a mountain towards the possibility of buried gold in a Portuguese fortress and finds a fleeting dream of the wonder and the wanderlust of youth.
Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars, who previously produced an award winning trilogy of music documentaries (“Tango Illusions,” “Play Like a Lion” and Portuguese fado film “Heaven’s Mirror”, all in past WCFF’s), “The Land of Nod” was filmed on location in Portugal and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 6 Minutes
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 film, directed by WCFF Alumni Award Winner Joshua Dylan Mellars, highlights the garden’s efforts to conserve the rare and endangered maple Acer Pentaphyllum.
The Spanish Gardener
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 5 Minutes
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 Spanish Gardener,” Mr. de Lorenzo reveals his “garden of earthly delights” and muses on the secret of living the “beautiful life.”  Part of the Special Alumni Award to Joshua Dylan MellarsTribute.
Building a Better Society
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
2015, 27 Minutes
    Why is it that many American wage earners cannot meet the demands of a rapidly increasing cost of living? This hard-hitting and prescient documentary, filmed in Sonoma County by award winning director Joshua Dylan Mellars, examines an economy where housing, food, fuel, education, and healthcare costs continue to accelerate upwards, while wages stagnate, diminish, or disappear.
Shakespeare in the Shadows
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 2016, 10 Minutes
     Enhancing this year’s theme of “Poetry In Cinema” SHAKESPEARE IN THE SHADOWS is set against San Francisco backdrops of swirling winds, wave pounded rocks, foreboding coastal promontories and stark film noir cityscapes.  The film shows the power, the purity, the prosody and the simplicity of the master dramatist’s work: its beauty, its excellence, its well-turned phrases, its pithy and its sardonic, its diminuendo and its crescendo, its whisper and its roar.
     The camera captures actor Mark Cohen — who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company affiliate Guildhall in London — performing a riveting one man show of the Bard’s most intriguing characters. Together Cohen and the camera collaborate in a celebration of Shakespeare’s poetry, from the storm tossed, supernatural world of The Tempest to the dank, dark corridors of Macbeth’s Dunsinane.
     Shakespeare in the Shadows’ release coincides with this year’s worldwide 400th celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work.
Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 2016, 7 Minutes
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.  This is a compliment to the film “Seed” also in WCFF this year.
Down Home on the Zazu Farm
DIR: Joshua Dylan Mellars
USA, 2016, 9 Minutes
Featuring internationally acclaimed Sonoma County farm to table chefs and restauranteurs Duskie Estes and John Stewart, “Down Home on the Zazu Farm” provides a behind-the-scenes look at two successful chefs committed to sustainability. 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. On the farm and in the restaurant, the celebrated Sonoma County chefs entertainingly espouse their snout to tail philosophy — wasting no part of the animal — and discuss the importance of using only locally sourced, farm fresh seasonal produce; allowing each ingredient to speak for itself.
Sat. Sep 24, 5:30pm, Kenwood Depot Theatre

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In This Program


  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.

  2. 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)

  3. Land of Nod

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Shorts, Arts in Film / 2016 / 2 mins
    In this short — inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Nod,” — a man, no longer young, climbs a mountain towards the possibility of buried gold in a Portuguese fortress and finds a fleeting dream of the wonder and the wanderlust of youth. The short was filmed on location in Portugal and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  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.

  5. Shakespeare in the Shadows

    Joshua Dylan Mellars / Poetry, Shorts, Arts in Film / Sweden, USA / 2016 / 10 mins
    Set against San Francisco backdrops of swirling winds, wave pounded rocks, foreboding coastal promontories and stark film noir cityscapes, SHAKESPEARE IN THE SHADOWS shows the power, the purity, the prosody and the simplicity of the master dramatist's work: its beauty, its excellence, its well-turned phrases, its pithy and its sardonic, its diminuendo and its crescendo, its whisper and its roar. The film is a collaboration with classically trained stage actor Mark Cohen, who honed his craft at Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) affiliate Guildhall in London.

  6. 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.”


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Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

Kenwood Depot
September 24, 2016 5:30 pm