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2017 Wine Country Film Festival

All 2017 Films

Here are the 2017 Films & Events. Note: some films are part of show, combined with other films.


  1. Animation Plus Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 3:00 pm


  2. Arrested (Again)

    Dan Goldes / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2017 / 4 mins
    Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line? In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right and take a stand.

    Precedes: Jack London, an American Adventure

    Precedes:
    Jack London, An American Adventure with Arrested (Again)

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 3:00 pm


  3. The Beat Goes On

    Randy Kovitz / Arts In Film, Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2016 / 20 mins
    An inconsolable widower finds the rhythm in his blues. Grieving widower Earl attempts to overcome the loss of his wife, Katie by delving into his work as a doctor. It takes the persistence of a kind neighbor and the reignition of a musical passion to bring Earl back to life. Randy Kovitz wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this moving picture.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  4. Beggars

    Ram Prasad Mandal / Cinema of Conscience / India / 2016 / 8 mins
    In this short from India, a young boy changes the way he and his fellow young beggars approach the act of asking for contributions. The film reveals Indian society as one that must see a person's value before it sees their humanity. Increasingly so, government assistance and other related services viewed as "handouts" are under intense criticism. For this reason, the film's message, although fitted to Indian caste culture, extends to the western world as well.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  5. Born of Stone

    Emilio Bellu / Arts In Film / Italy / 2016 / Documentary / 15 mins
    Completed just a few weeks before Sciola’s recent passing, Born of Stone is an immersion inside the sights and sound of remarkable artists, and inside his belief that stones are not just the material that gives shape to the universe, but that they are alive, plastic, a fundamental way to communicate with nature

    Precedes: From Shore To Farm To Fork: Aran Island’s Goats’ Cheese, La Revolution du Rosé: How a Ridiculed Wine Became a Winner

    Plays In:
    Rosé, Chèvre and Vernet

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 4:00 pm


  6. The Bridge Over the River

    Jadwiga Kowalska / Animation / 2016 / Animation, Romance / 5 mins
    A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter. On the brink of suicide, a man considers taking the final step into both the river below and the waiting arms of his lover. Spotted by pedestrians on a parallel bridge, he begins to rethink his decision when matters take an unexpected turn. Bridge Over the River features hand-drawn characters brought to life in beautiful color and black-and-white animation.
    Plays In:
    Animation Plus Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 3:00 pm


  7. Cabuwazi Beyond Borders

    Gertrud Schulte Westenberg / Cinema of Conscience / Germany / 2016 / Documentary / 30 mins
    In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus, Cabuwazi , it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent team named "Cabuwazi Beyond Borders" is established and travels directly to the refugee centers. The children and young people longingly await their circus classes. One young man from Tempelhof is so enthusiastic that he himself wants to become a trainer. The climax of the 3 month long course is the final circus show in a real life circus tent.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  8. Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  9. Dance Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 11:00 am


  10. Do Not Resuscitate

    Hana Dahl / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2016 / 6 mins
    An elderly man obsessed with his own death meets his kindred spirit. Following their motto “Live each day like it’s your last,” the two live out the rest of their days attempting to fulfill their death wish. From the first note of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” to the film’s final moment, this dark comedy finds a suitable place amidst the animated films due to its use of caricature and hyperbolic humor.
    Plays In:
    Animation Plus Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 3:00 pm


  11. Don Ruperto

    Irma Orozco / Independent / World Cinema features, Animation / Germany / 2017 / 11 mins
    Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people's feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just about his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.

    Precedes: On The Roof ~ El Techo

    Precedes:
    On the Roof -with Don Ruperto

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 5:30 pm


  12. Duel of Wine

    Nicolás Carreras / Independent / World Cinema features, Food & Wine On Film / Argentina, Italy, Spain / 2016 / Adventure, Comedy, Food, Nature, Romance, Wine / 95 mins
    The famous Sommelier Charlie Arturaola fell from grace after a momentary loss of his taste during the shooting of a movie. The image of "a Sommelier without palate" destroyed his career. After a few years, Charlie becomes a taxi driver, but he never gave up of dreaming to get his reward back. When Charlie accidently gets to know the newcomer Italian sommelier, he will come with a crazy plan to try to get back into the wine world!

    Preceded by: Lambrusco, Behind the Glass, Ruiz and Ramirez (Gary Ruiz and Chris Ramirez Giovacchini), “Taste your Senses – The Family Wines of The Duel”

    Ruiz and Ramirez (Gary Ruiz and Chris Ramirez Giovacchini)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 6:30 pm

    Duel of Wine with Lambrusco

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 7:45 pm

    Preceded By:
    “Taste Your Senses” An Intensive Wine Tasting Workshop

    Quarryhill Conference / Patio
    September 23, 2017 2:00 pm


  13. EcoCinema Showcase

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 7:20 pm


  14. On The Roof ~ El Techo

    Patricia Ramos / Independent / World Cinema features / Cuba / 2016 / 75 mins
    In Havana, on a roof, three young friends gather every day to tell stories and dreams, treating life as if time passes without notice. In the midst of their boredom, without money and dreaming of prosperity, they decide to set up their own business, a pizza restaurant. Their story embodies hope and the pursuit of aspirations in unclear circumstances. This microcosm speaks volumes about the vibrant culture and climate of Cuba today, showcasing the talents of a new woman director who is someone to watch.

    Preceded by: Don Ruperto

    On the Roof -with Don Ruperto

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 5:30 pm


  15. The Endless River

    Mohammad Mohammadian / Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2016 / Animals, Environmental, Human Rights, Politics / 3 mins
    A young boy is sitting next to a droughty river, watching the barren land while fantasizing about fishing. Drown in his daydreaming, he coughs and comes back to his senses, gets up and walks along the river.
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  16. Faith’s Gambit

    Dr. Steven Zlotowski / EcoCinema / United States / 2016 / Comedy, Drama, Environmental, Romance / 24 mins
    A young man, Knox, encounters a young woman, Amara, walking on his family's private property. Her witty report charms him into allowing her to continue her trespassing. Later, they meet again in a grocery store by chance, and she invites him over to dinner. Their conversation lingers on climate change and its potential impact on the future. In the face of global warming, is the planet's future hopeful or bleak?informative and slightly romantic, this film will resonate with viewers concerned about the environment.
    Plays In:
    EcoCinema Showcase

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 7:20 pm


  17. French Tour – Tour de France

    Rachid Djaidani / Arts In Film, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / France / 2016 / 95 mins
    "French Tour" (Tour de France) stars Gérard Depardieu as Serge, a retired stone mason and amateur painter who is determined to retrace the footsteps of the 18th century master Joseph Vernet who painted the Ports of France for Louis XV.  Serge is determined to set up his easel in the same spot as Vernet and paint the Ports of France himself.   He and his driver, Far’Hook (Sadek) , a rapper on the run, make this grand tour together in spite of the great cultural differences they have.   Despite the age gap and culture clash, an unlikely friendship forms between his talented rapper / driver and the stone mason from the north of France.

    Preceded by: Creme Brûlée (Leta Davis and Ruth Edwards, Oscar Baker (Special Presentation)

    Creme Brûlée (Leta Davis and Ruth Edwards)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 6:30 pm

    Oscar Baker (Special Presentation)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 7:30 pm

    French Tour – Le Tour de France

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 24, 2017 7:45 pm


  18. From Shore To Farm To Fork: Aran Island’s Goats’ Cheese

    Marie Elliott / Food & Wine On Film / Ireland / 2017 / Documentary, Food / 17 mins
    Gabriel Faherty makes goat cheese on the Aran Islands while being as sustainable as possible.

    Preceded by: Born of Stone

    Precedes: La Revolution du Rosé: How a Ridiculed Wine Became a Winner

    Plays In:
    Rosé, Chèvre and Vernet

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 4:00 pm


  19. The Guy Came on Horseback

    Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi / Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2016 / 15 mins
    When the rural man got aware of the truth that his disabled son has fallen in love with their neighbor's daughter, He decides to work around it...
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  20. I Don’t Like Her

    Javad Daraei / Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2016 / Experimental, Student / 20 mins
    Eli has been involved in a personality dualism and regardless of her constant disagreements with her father, she still seeks her true nature.
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  21. In Exile

    Alexander Kurilov / Animation / Moldova / 2016 / Animation, Social Drama / 11 mins
    In Exile showcases director Alexander Kurilov’s elegant use of sound and visual detail to build a narrative around the animated short’s central character, a young boy who has lost his parents. As the viewer pieces together aspects of the boy’s life both through careful attention to audiovisual cues and intermittent segments of blended dreams and memories, one realizes that the protagonist is in exile on a number of levels.
    Plays In:
    Animation Plus Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 3:00 pm


  22. In the Shadow

    Ferolyn Angell / Arts In Film / United States / 2016 / Experimental / 34 mins
    Dance, music, spoken word and photographic imagery combine to explore the shadow cast upon generations by the Holocaust threat of annihilation .
    Plays In:
    Dance Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 11:00 am


  23. Into Sunlight

    Ron Honsa / Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 67 mins
    INTO SUNLIGHT brings together a choreographer, her dancers, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the nonfiction book that inspired her bold experiment. David Maraniss' "They Marched Into Sunlight "is a chronicle of the Vietnam era that explores the effects of war on those in battle and those at home. The challenge for choreographer Robin Becker is to combine these historic events in Vietnam and on the home front into a full-scale contemporary dance. Director Ron Honsa blends rehearsal, performance footage and interviews. culminating when the dancers are invited to perform their work in Vietnam, adding another layer of depth to this provocative story of war and its lasting imprint on all of us.
    Plays In:
    Dance Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 11:00 am


  24. Inuit Lands, The Melting Point

    Patrick Morell / Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 112 mins
    This documentary film by master class presenter Patrick Morell exemplifies the making of history and narrative associated with the documentary film genre. Attempting to portray the world as it really is, Morell’s cinema verité explores the resilience and vulnerability of the Inuit communities in northern Greenland as they face the challenges of social and climatic change. Interviews with Jean Malaurie, a French anthropologist and expert on the Inuits of Thule, and a number of hunters provide first-hand accounts of not only the hunting culture and rich heritage of these communities, but also the kinds of problems they face today. This documentary explores the resilience and the vulnerability of the Inughuit communities of North Greenland, who face new challenges posed by social and climatic changes.
    Inuit Lands; The Melting Point

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 5:00 pm