Films & Events 2011
See the Invitation for 2011 Opening Night in Kenwood, Wednesday, September 14
A selection of Special Screenings, events and highlights and tickets are available below.
Each year we pursue films that fit within our artistic and philosophical approach and fall into six basic categories. Each category is listed here with one spotlight film chosen to showcase.
Arts in Film: Films that deepen our understanding of various art forms
|Heaven’s Mirror: A Portuguese Voyage
Director Joshua Dylan Mellars’ love song to fado music, this documentary is a Chatwinesque travelogue of the filmmaker’s encounter with fado that goes deep into the spell of this hauntingly beautiful Portuguese folk music and its salient emotion. LIVE FADO MUSIC, PORTUGUESE FOOD and WINE.
Trailer WORLD PREMIERE
Saturday, September 17, 6:30 pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
Sunday, September 18, 4:00 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
US Cinema: Highlights emerging talent within the United States
|City of Gardens
A young California surfer has to grow up in a hurry when he is thrown into a Peruvian political prison in 1980. Based on the true story of Monty Fisher.
Director Camilo Vila and Monty Fisher will attend.
Friday, September 16, 8:00 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
EcoCinema: Films that address environmental issues
A film based on the extraordinary life of Marcos Rodrigues Pantoja who was sold to a goatherder at age seven and spends twelve years with no human contact and living with a pack of wolves. Featuring Carlos Bardem
WINNER of SRIFF JACK LONDON SPIRIT AWARD.
Tuesday, September 20, 8:00 pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
CineLatino: Films that engage us in the Latino culture
Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists (Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi and Ricardo Porro) in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. Alysa Nahmias, Co-Director, Producer, In Person
TrailerNORTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
Tuesday, September 20, 4:00 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
Cinema of Conscience: Deals with pressing issues of the day
|Only A Number
Stephen Beserman’s parents, Aranka and Joseph, are suvivors of the Holocaust. Before dementia began to destroy her memory, Aranka wrote about the horrors she endured at the hands of the Nazis and how she met her husband in a concentration camp. To better understand her journey, Stephen travels to Europe and the cities and landscapes that hold a dark, chilling past. This documentary was awarded Best Feature Documentary by the Jersey Shore Film Festival.Director Stephen Beserman and Holocaust Survivor Lillian Judd, who will debut her new book “From Nightmare to Freedom,” will attend. Includes Reception and Book Signing.
We are proud to have the support of the Sonoma County Jewish Community: http://www.jccsoco.org/
Trailer WEST COAST PREMIERE
Sunday, September 18, 1:00 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
Monday, September 19, 2:00 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
World Cinema: Includes films from around the world
|I, Don Giovanni
A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his Don Giovanni opera.
Thursday, September 15, 8:00 pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
Tuesday, September 20, 6:40 pm at Summerfield Cinemas
Food on Film: Films that arouse the senses through cuisine and wine, from the earth to the table
Gérard Depardieu plays Benjamin, a vineyard owner in the Loire valley, gives way to despair after his wife’s death, but soon after a young Japanese woman enters the picture. Will she help Benjamin in his time of mourning by bridging the gap between their cultures? With a special video message from Gérard Depardieu and a taste of his wines! Shown on opening night along with My Afternoons with Margueritte.Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
Terroir of Cinema: Films that reflects the roots of the filmmakers and subjects they focus on
In 1865, 163 Welsh men, women and children set sail for Argentina to escape the poverty of their hill farms and find the promised land where they could prosper. Years later, an old Patagonian woman brings her neighbor’s son to Wales to find the farm where her mother grew up and a couple’s trip to Patagonia that ends in a love triangle prove that the dream of Patagonia is still alive today.
Sunday, September 18, 8:00pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
|The Cove – Added Event
This extraordinary 2009 documentary follows a group of environmental activists, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, who travel to Taiji, Japan and on a covert mission, infiltrate an isolated cove and expose the cruel horrors of dolphin drive hunting, performed under the cover of night, in which some of these animals are hunted for their meat while the survivors suffer in captivity. Includes a debut of Cove Wines and special guests from the Oceanic Preservation Society.
Friday, September 23, 7:00pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery