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2017 Wine Country Film Festival


Directed by Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz

Arts In Film, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Drama, Senior/Aging, Youth / 88 mins / English

Slipaway with Mrs Drake

Kenwood Depot
September 23, 2017 3:00 pm


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 compassionate lady.  Loaded with heart and grace, Slipaway features fine performances by Elaine Partnow and Jesse Pepe.

Slipaway was shot in San Diego & Los Angeles on a rare vintage sailboat that was crafted in 1938.  Stranded offshore at night, battling sea sickness, and navigating production in tight quarters, our crew and cast endured a daring project, yet our unity and spirit made this filmmaking experience unforgettable.

Director's Bio

Julia Butler was born in Moscow. As the daughter of a renowned concert pianist and a university professor, she was raised in a household filled with music and literature. Julia learned English at an early age and attended one of the best schools in Moscow. Her true passion, however, was figure skating. Julia displayed such talent, that she was discovered by Mosfilm Studios and chosen for the lead role of a skater in the feature film Vitka. Her acclaimed performance led to other roles, and she continued skating for years, until completing her Masters degree at the University of Moscow. She followed in her father’s footsteps translating children’s books from Norwegian into Russian, and teaching languages at the Institute for Diplomats (MGIMO).
Upon immigrating to Italy at the age of 22, Julia founded an impresario company, organizing tours of Italian artists to the former Soviet Union. She indulged in her love of music through writing and recording her own songs and soon gained popularity as a singer and songwriter. She traveled to Los Angeles in pursuit of her music career, and was signed by SBK Records (EMI Group). An unexpected merger put Julia’s project on hold, and her dreams were dashed. Never being one to accept defeat, she turned her attention to other endeavors and enjoyed considerable success in the business world, though she always had the soul of an artist who deeply desires to make a difference and to touch the lives of others. Slipaway is her directorial debut.

DANIEL MENTZ was born and raised in Roedermark, a small town near Frankfurt, Germany. He began dancing Rock ‘n Roll when he was six years old, which in turn developed his love for performance and the fine arts. Consequently, he often “borrowed” his mom’s video camera, gathered his friends and produced short films and documentaries. After graduating high school, Daniel went on to college and majored in English, Politics and Economics. He continued to write, direct and star in films throughout his formal education. Following college, he worked for his father’s import/export company until he was drafted for Germany’s mandatory military duty. He opted for the substitute community service closer to home instead, and was able to help his struggling mom out of the financial crisis in 2008. Daniel moved to Los Angeles in February 2009 and has continued to work his craft in acting, directing and writing ever since. He currently serves as Director of Operations at The Captivating Company, teaching teens and adults to become conscious communicators and leaders. Slipaway is his directorial debut.

Preceded By

  1. 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

Dates & Times

Slipaway with Mrs Drake

Kenwood Depot
September 23, 2017 3:00 pm