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2017 Wine Country Film Festival

Cinema of Conscience


  1. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. 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


  5. Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  6. 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


  7. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. 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


  11. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  12. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  13. 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 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  14. “StoryTelling with a Camera” – A Documentary Master Class

    Master Class, EcoCinema, Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / Master Class / 105 mins
    "Storytelling with a Camera." A MASTERCLASS WITH PATRICK MORELL – Producer / Director / Cinematographer / Editor INUIT LANDS. Patrick will reveal his process to unfold a story of a culture through dynamic images, character development, historical context and complex socio-economic factors, all wrapped up in a feature length documentary.
    “StoryTelling with a Camera” – A Documentary Master Class

    Kenwood Depot
    September 24, 2017 9:00 am Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  15. An Undeniable Voice

    Price Arana / Cinema of Conscience, Independent / World Cinema features / United States / 2016 / Documentary, Hiistory, Human Rights, Senior/Aging, Social Justice / 16 mins
    Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm


  16. Wishmakers

    Cheryl Halpern / Cinema of Conscience / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 35 mins
    Welcome to Israel's Tulip Winery. In this film, you will see how this kibbutz (communal settlement/farm in Israel) turned into a community stronghold. The picture will introduce you to the wonderful people who started Tulip Winery as well as their extraordinary employees and a variety of individuals that the winery benefits, including the children served by the Make a Wish Foundation. Director Cheryl Halpern will show you how this world class establishment has helped to better the community by finding humanity and purpose inside oft underestimated individuals in this heartwarming short documentary.
    Plays In:
    Cinema of Conscience Shorts Program

    Kenwood Depot
    September 22, 2017 6:45 pm