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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. Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  2. Jack London, an American Adventure

    Viotte Michel / Independent / World Cinema features / France / 2016 / Adventure, Documentary / 96 mins
    At the beginning of the 20th century, Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Martin Eden, was the most famous American writer of his time and came to symbolize adventure itself. But who was Jack London? He was alternately a vagrant, a gold prospector, a sailor, a rancher, a war reporter and a passionately militant socialist. He lived life at a hectic pace and his journey, intertwined with his writing, strikes us with its intensity. To tell his story is also to tell the story of the birth of modern America : London was the best incarnation of its ambitions, driving forces and contradictions, from the end of the conquest of the Far West to World War One. The docudrama 'Jack London, an American adventure ' commemorates the 100th anniversary of his death and recounts his outstanding fate from remarkable archives, interviews of the greatest American experts and reconstruction scenes shot in 4K and filmed in the Canadian Far North, in Polynesia and on his Californian ranch.

    Preceded by: Arrested (Again)

    Jack London, An American Adventure with Arrested (Again)

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 3:00 pm


  3. Kincsem: Bet On Revenge

    Gábor Herendi, Buda Gulyás / Independent / World Cinema features / Hungary / 2017 / 121 mins
    Ernõ Blaskovich lost everything after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Kincsem, a magnificent horse gives a purpose of his meaningless, self-destructing life. He gets a chance to gain everything back: revenge, love and fame. Kinscem tells the true story of romance and intrigue following Kincsem - the most successful Thoroughbred race horse ever. Foaled in Kisbér, Hungary in 1874, she is a national icon, and is revered all over the world. Over four seasons Kincsem won all her races against both female and male company at various race tracks across Europe, a record still unbeaten. An exciting romance / horse racing film that is critically acclaimed for good reason. Opening Night features Patricius Tokaj wines and a menu specially prepared by Rainy Day Chocolates and Catering featuring two traditional Hungarian dishes: Goulash and Fozelek.

    Preceded by: Coyote and the Tricksters (George Thompson and special guests)

    Coyote and the Tricksters (George Thompson and special guests)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 22, 2017 6:30 pm

    Kincsem

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 22, 2017 7:45 pm


  4. La Revolution du Rosé: How a Ridiculed Wine Became a Winner

    Ken Kobre / Food & Wine On Film / United States, France / 2017 / Documentary, Food, Wine / 31 mins
    A documentary in English, shot in Europe and the US "La Revolution du Rosé: How a ridiculed wine became a winner" tells the story of how rosé wine suddenly became a 'serious' wine, especially among winemakers themselves. Plays with Born of Stone and From Shore to Farm.

    Preceded by: Born of Stone, From Shore To Farm To Fork: Aran Island’s Goats’ Cheese

    Plays In:
    Rosé, Chèvre and Vernet

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 4:00 pm


  5. Lambrusco, Behind the Glass

    Carlo Guttadauro / Arts In Film / Italy / 2017 / Emotional / 3 mins
    “Behind a simple glass of wine, bursts forth all the amazing grace of a landscape molded by art. A simple gesture of guiding such an astounding glass towards one’s lips, allows one to glance at all the stories that surface from the vivid red texture of Lambrusco.” Synthesizing dance, far-reaching aerial shots, powerful montage, and remixed classical music, Lambrusco strives to give viewers an audiovisual taste of the film’s namesake.

    Precedes: Duel of Wine

    Precedes:
    Ruiz and Ramirez (Gary Ruiz and Chris Ramirez Giovacchini)

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 6:30 pm

    Precedes:
    Duel of Wine with Lambrusco

    Quarryhill Botanical Garden
    September 23, 2017 7:45 pm


  6. Left on Pearl

    Susie Rivo / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2017 / Female, Human Rights, Politics / 55 mins
    Through extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. The film highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement.

    Preceded by: Rule of Nature

    Left on Pearl with Rule of Nature

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 7:00 pm


  7. Libera

    Walter Yamazaki / Arts In Film / United States / 2017 / 6 mins
    Dancers often struggle with the complexities of their own minds. Whether they are bound by their self-doubt or liberated by their love for dance, it is a continual journey of self-discovery and faith in their chosen path. This short film examines each dancer in both worlds - the world of constraint and the world of infinite freedom - and how so often they must strive to find the balance between the two.
    Plays In:
    Dance Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 11:00 am


  8. The Magical Mystery of Musigny

    Emmett Goodman, John Meyer / Food & Wine On Film / United States / 2016 / Animation, Food, Wine / 3 mins
    John tells of his enthusiasm for wine, especially for a particular Pinot Noir, and his attempts to convince his wife of the power of wine.
    Plays In:
    Wines & Vines

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 1:00 pm


  9. Mrs Drake

    Caitlin FitzGerald / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2017 / Drama, Female / 15 mins
    This film features a superb performance from Rachel Fowler as Laura, an overworked single mother. Laura struggles to maintain her sanity while dealing with her frequently problematic son, Jack. One night, Jack tells Laura that during the day his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locked him in a closet during recess. Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt—not knowing what to believe or where her responsibility lies. "Mrs. Drake" is a story about blame, uncertainty, and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. Directed by actress Caitlin FitzGerald.

    Precedes: Slipaway

    Precedes:
    Slipaway with Mrs Drake

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 3:00 pm


  10. Mwah

    Sara Soheili / Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2017 / 12 mins
    Five pregnant women sit in their doctors waiting room, their unborn babies inside of them carry on conversations about their life inside their mommy's belly and even about their futures outside of the womb.... but will they all have a future... that's the real question. Director Sara Soheili In Person.
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  11. Nature’s Orchestra

    Stephen Most / EcoCinema / United States / 2016 / Animals, Documentary, Nature / 23 mins
    With breathtaking images of the Alaskan and Arctic tundras and their vibrant wildlife follows noted soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause as he travels to the Arctic and shows how nature sounds are crucial indicators of the health of today's wild habitats and the origins of music or bioacoustics. This documentary brings together music, science, and nature to present an awe-inspiring picture of the natural world we live in. Celebrate sound, nature, and our beautiful environment with this thoughtful picture.
    Plays In:
    EcoCinema Showcase

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 7:20 pm


  12. North & Nowhere

    Scott Ballard / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2017 / Comedy / 11 mins
    A girl, a gun and a last chance. Devan moves back home to care for her father, who has suffered a stroke. When her father's condition worsens, Devan's sister checks their father into an assisted care facility, against Devan's wishes. It is up to Devan and friend Kyle to get her dad out of there, by any means necessary.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  13. Numbness

    Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2017 / 12 mins
    Virginity is a very important issue in Iranian females lifestyle. They need to save it till their marriage, otherwise .... "Setareh" has been accused by her husband the day after wedding..."
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  14. Old Dog

    Elizabeth Rodgers / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2017 / 9 mins
    Two sisters come home from college for the holiday to discover that their parents have a new dog. Struggling to cope with the waning health of their old dog, Penny, the family must learn how to endure loss while adapting to change. Meanwhile, there is one family member who is lost in the process. Another film by WCFF alumni and Oscar nominee Elizabeth Rodgers, who is expected to attend.

    Precedes: Wilderness

    Precedes:
    Wilderness with Old Dog & Solitude

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 5:00 pm


  15. Only 5 Minutes

    Mohammad Mohammadian / Iranian Films / Iran/ / 2016 / Disability, Experimental, Female, Human Rights / 5 mins
    "Brief Synopsis : A blind girl is walking in the streets and faces multiple obstacles . --------------------------------------------- *************** Very Important ********** ***** : This a short experimental film, no camera has been used during the production and it consists of sound, credits and English subtitle. ***"
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  16. Our Wonderful Nature – the Common Chamoleon

    Tomer Eshed / Animation / Germany / 2016 / Animation / 3 mins
    This three-minute animated short film offers a comedic take on the feeding habits of the chameleon in mockumentary style. Director Tomer Eshed presents a fun and light-hearted experience with beautiful visuals and sound.
    Plays In:
    Animation Plus Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 3:00 pm


  17. Prime Meridian of Wine

    Nana Jorjadze / Independent / World Cinema features / Georgia / Documentary / 60 mins
    In the 1960's, one of greatest discoveries in wine world was the acknowledgment of Georgia as the birthplace of wine. A young man, dreaming of emigration and seeking his place in life, starts traveling the wine route: England (greatest civilization of wine commerce) and France - (Chateau Margaux, Chateau d'Yquem, Chateau Smith Lafitte, Chateau Branaire-Ducru). The discoveries during his wine adventure bring him back to the birth place of wine, his own birth place: Georgia.
    Prime Meridian of Wine

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 11:00 am


  18. Retouch

    Kaveh Mazaheri / Iranian Films / Iran/ / Crime Drama / 19 mins
    In the corner of the home, Maryam's husband does weightlifting. Suddenly, the weight falls on his throat and puts him between life and death. Maryam tries to save him, but she just decides to stop helping and stand and watch her husband's death. After she makes sure her husband is dead, gathered her stuff and goes out with her child. During the day, she pretends her husband is got disappeared and she does not have any news.
    Plays In:
    Iranian Shorts

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 1:00 pm


  19. Rosé, Chèvre and Vernet

    EcoCinema, Arts In Film, Food & Wine On Film / 110 mins
    Rosé... is, well, Rosé. Chèvre is goat cheese... and Vernet? Joseph Vernet is a remarkable 18th century French painter whose painting of sea ports, skies, seascapes and working people set a new bar for French painting. His work is the inspiration for our Closing Night film "FRENCH TOUR - Tour de France" with Gérard Depardieu. Come to the films and Reception Friday afternoon and see reproductions of Vernet's French Ports series. After the films, Robert Rex of Deerfield Ranch winery will discuss his philosophy of Rosé and we will sample a taste of his rosé as well as Ashton Vineyards Rosé of Syrah.

    In This Program: Born of Stone, From Shore To Farm To Fork: Aran Island’s Goats’ Cheese, La Revolution du Rosé: How a Ridiculed Wine Became a Winner

    Rosé, Chèvre and Vernet

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 4:00 pm


  20. Rule of Nature

    Dieter Primig / EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / Namibia / 2017 / Documentary, Female, Human Rights, Youth / 25 mins
    This documentary explores the current situation of the San people, also known as the “bushmen,” in the south African nation of Namibia. The film poses the question “Adapt or die?” Are the San, largely forced onto conservancies and accustomed to a hunting-gathering lifestyle, willing to abandon aspects of their heritage in order to mesh with the more modern demands of the state? A young San woman provides her insights on the fate of her people and the role of education in protecting their future. Rule of Nature depicts the world of a people in tune with nature, but whose nature is being put to the test.

    Precedes: Left on Pearl

    Precedes:
    Left on Pearl with Rule of Nature

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 7:00 pm


  21. Searching for the Goldspot: The Wild After Wildfire

    Maya Khosla / EcoCinema / 2017 / Environmental, Nature / 30 mins
    This film stresses the importance of fire to the mountain forests and wildlife of the American West. The film follows teams of scientists through the wild, scientists who are at once awed, amazed, and filled with a need to explain the high value of post-fire forests. While searching for rare woodpeckers, the research team also finds a plethora of wildlife: deer, black bears, bobcats, sapsuckers, bluebirds, wrens, raptors, spotted owls, and their offspring, all in the post-fire forests. Travels take viewers across the Californian mountains to the Yosemite, Stanislaus, Lassen, Plumas, El Dorado, Sierra, Tahoe, Inyo, and Sequoia National Forests. The film includes fire-safety tips from scientists who have served as firefighters. Director Maya Khosla will be in attendance at the festival.
    Plays In:
    EcoCinema Showcase

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 7:20 pm


  22. Secret Wine of Israel

    Talya Seppala, Moshe Alafi / Food & Wine On Film / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 8 mins
    Plays In:
    Wines & Vines

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 1:00 pm


  23. Slipaway

    Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz / Arts In Film, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Drama, Senior/Aging, Youth / 88 mins
    Neglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty yet compassionate lady. Loaded with heart and grace, Slipaway features fine performances by Elaine Partnow and Jesse Pepe.

    Preceded by: Mrs Drake

    Slipaway with Mrs Drake

    Kenwood Depot
    September 23, 2017 3:00 pm


  24. Solitude

    Michael Raso / Cinema of Conscience / Australia / 2015 / 7 mins
    Margaret is an 80 year old widow who spends each day visiting her local train station. She pleasantly sits on a bench absorbing the surroundings which give her a lot of bliss. The staff are aware of her presence and give her something significant in an envelope, hoping she'll no longer return. What's in the envelope?

    Precedes: Wilderness

    Precedes:
    Wilderness with Old Dog & Solitude

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 5:00 pm