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OFFICIAL

FESTIVAL WELCOME If you joined us last November for our inaugural Festival, welcome back; and if you’re new to our celebration of all things film, food and wine, welcome to the party! You know, starting a festival from scratch is like putting in a new vineyard. There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved. A bunch of money is invested that you never know if you’ll ever see again. And the first few vintages are unlikely to reveal the full potential the land has to offer. Every once in a blue moon – however – everything just clicks, as it did a year ago. The first Napa Valley Film Festival wasn’t without its minor imperfections – like a few bits of stem in the glass – but it sure tasted fantastic, and the morning-after sensation was one of wanting more, and more, and more! To be perfectly frank, while our team has worked its collective butt off all year, we’ve actually spent more than a few sleepless nights wondering how this year’s second annual Festival will stand up to last year’s remarkable debut. Fortunately for you, we’ve done all the worrying so you can just show up and enjoy a truly transformative experience. From our kickoff on Wednesday with the eagerly-awaited World Premiere of Somm, to Sunday’s closing night Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party, the second annual Napa Valley Film Festival is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This vintage has it all: a hundred or so new independent films, two hundred filmmakers and film industry guests, free-flowing food and wine, and non-stop opportunities to mix and mingle with old friends and new. Like Napa Valley’s vintners, we face enormous challenges each day; but we love what we do. We love bringing artists and audiences together. We love seeing entertaining and provocative stories spark animated conversation. And we love sharing our passions for film, food and wine with you, the reason we get out of bed each morning. What they say about red wine, we can say about our Film Festival: it’s good for the heart.

Marc Lhormer Co-Founder

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Brenda Lhormer Co-Founder

WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL

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WELCOME TO

NAPA VALLEY “The Napa County Board of Supervisors welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Napa

“On behalf of the Napa Valley visitor-serving community, I want

Valley Film Festival! You can expect a

to thank you for attending the

wonderful array of film offerings, such

second annual Napa Valley Film

as Wild Horse, Wild Ride, a first-rate

Festival. We’re very excited and

documentary I saw at last year’s

proud about the amazing line-up

festival. It subsequently won 20 major

of films and events. The enthusi-

film awards. After the show, the attendees got to meet

asm our community has shown in support of this

the star and director and discuss the film. What makes

event is a testament to our commitment to

this festival unique is that the films were shown at

supporting the arts in all its forms, and we’re

stunning and eclectic venues throughout the Valley –

thrilled that the Napa Valley’s cultural scene has

from an airplane hangar in Calistoga to the beautifully-

become one of its key draws. Of course, having

renovated Napa Valley Opera House – with the

world class wines and food available at every turn

ever-present backdrop of world-class wines, restaurants,

helps make every experience in the Napa Valley

scenery, and great people.”

legendary! Here’s to a wonderful festival!”

KEITH CALDWELL

Chairman, Napa County Board of Supervisors

CLAY GREGORY CEO/President, Visit Napa Valley

“The citizens of the delightful City of St. Helena - Napa Valley’s Main Street-

“As Mayor of the City of Calistoga, situated at the gorgeous crown of the

welcome one and all to the Napa Valley

valley, I am pleased to welcome the

Film Festival. You will find St. Helena a

second annual Napa Valley Film Festival

wonderful place to visit; we are very

to our community. This exciting film

proud of the efforts we make to ensure

festival gives locals and visitors alike

that all of our visitors are received with

the opportunity to discover a variety of

enthusiasm. Please make yourself at home here and let

new independent films, meet filmmakers and attend

us know if there is anything we can do to make your

special events throughout Napa Valley.”

visit as pleasant as you anticipate.”

JACK GINGLES DEL BRITTON

Mayor of Calistoga

Mayor of St. Helena

Napa Valley Film Festival back for its

festivalgoers enjoyed an amazing

second year – and more exciting than

lineup of films and unique experiences

ever! We welcome you, the filmmakers

that showcased our local culinary and

and the filmgoers, and invite you to

wine industry stars. Combine the cool

explore with gusto the amazing

screening rooms and hot late-night

restaurants, wine bars and tasting

lounge action with the shopping, dining, small-town

rooms, our scenic beauty and the lifestyle we enjoy

charm and beauty that is Yountville, and an award-win-

here in our small but world-class City. Enjoy your time

ning experience awaits. Cheers!”

here and come back to see us again soon.”

JOHN DUNBAR

JILL TECHEL

Mayor of Younvtille

Mayor of Napa

“American Canyon is a proud supporter of veterans and active duty military and their families. It is with great pride that we present the film Memorial Day on Veteran’s Weekend, honoring those who risked their lives protecting our country.”

CINDY COFFEY Vice Mayor of American Canyon

WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL

“The City of Napa is thrilled to have the

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FESTIVAL INFO

HOW-TO

The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place in four walk-able Festival Villages, with multiple screening and hospitality venues clustered in the distinctive communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Each village also has a Welcome Center and Wine Pavilion. Hospitality Lounges are scattered throughout the Valley. You can center yourself in one village or roam from town to town; it’s all up to you and your preferred schedule and experience! Screenings, panels and events are organized to invite conversation amongst artists and audiences. Most films screen multiple times and travel up and down the valley with their filmmakers, so you can stay focused on eating, drinking and talking about all the great movies!

FESTIVAL WELCOME CENTERS Pick up your passes and special event tickets; also find updated program information, onsite pass sales, merchandise sales and general Napa Valley information. Note: Patron Circle Members, Sponsors, Media and Filmmakers can check-in and pick up passes at a private location.

NAPA * OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET 610 First Street The Napa Welcome Center is located in the front of the Oxbow Public Market, next to Kara’s Cupcakes; enter from First Street. Look for the Wine Pavilion tent in the Oxbow parking lot between the Market and 500 First, the complex formerly known as Copia. Napa venues are centered around First and Main.

YOUNTVILLE * YOUNTVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER 6516 Washington St Located in the heart of foodie mecca is the new Yountville Community Center, where the Welcome Center is located in the courtyard; you can’t miss it. And you can shuffle in your spa robe and slippers to all festival venues in Yountville (though you may want to dress up for the Charbay Late-Night Lounge at Groezinger!)

ST HELENA * ST HELENA WELCOME CENTER 657 Main St Located in St. Helena’s official Visitor Center at the south end of town, the Welcome Center is conveniently located right next door to the Festival Front Porch at Velo Vino and just across Highway 29 from the Wine Pavilion at Farmstead & Long Meadow Ranch Winery. It’s a very short walk to the historic Cameo Cinema, Native Sons Hall, Martin Showroom and all of the shops and restaurants.

CALISTOGA * INDIAN SPRINGS ART GALLERY 1506 Lincoln Ave Indian Springs Art Gallery on Lincoln Avenue houses both the Welcome Center and Wine Pavilion, and is directly in front of the wildly popular Calistoga theater venue known as the Gliderport. The VIP Lounge is just across Lincoln Avenue in the stylish Mount View Hotel & Spa. Calistoga’s other screening venue is at Copperfield’s Books, once the home of the Ritz Theater.

VENUE HOURS Napa Welcome Center Tue: 12:00pm-8:00pm Wed-Sat: 9:00am-8:00pm Sun: 9:00am-6:00pm Other Welcome Centers Wed: 12:00pm-6:00pm Thu-Sat: 9:00am-6:00pm Sun: 9:00am-3:00pm Screening Venues Wed-Sun (see daily schedule grids for details) Wine Pavilions Fri-Sun: 2:00pm-5:00pm Hospitality Lounges (schedules vary, see p. 47) Festival Front Porches Fri-Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm


GRAB YOUR PASS AND GO!

HOW IT WORKS Patrons enter first. Other Passholders enter second. Those waiting for individual Rush Tickets enter third (space available). To catch the films you want to see, please arrive at your venue at least 20 minutes before showtime.

FESTIVAL PASS $250

OTHER OPTIONS

• • • • • •

DAY PASS – Get the same exact benefits as a Festival Pass, for one glorious day! FRI $50 SAT $60 SUN $60

Official Festival Credential Five day access to all regular film screenings Access to all Panels & Conversations (p. 42 - 43) Access to all Wine Pavilions (p.45) Passholder Perks throughout the Valley (p. 48 - 49) Late entrance to Wrap Party after 11pm (p. 35)

PASS PLUS $500 Everything included with the Festival Pass, plus… • Festival Gala at Robert Mondavi Winery (p. 29) • Celebrity Tribute Program (p. 31) • Late Night Party at Martin Showroom (p. 36 - 37) • Closing Night Awards Ceremony (p. 35) • Closing Night Wrap Party (p. 35) • Access to the Stags Leap District House of Cab at the Napa Valley Opera House, except for Wed, Thu, and Sun 5:30pm screenings (p. 47) • Access to the VIP Lounge in St Helena (p. 47) • Access to the VIP Lounge in Calistoga (p. 47)

PATRON PASS $2500 AND UP Everything included with the Pass Plus, PLUS… • Private Pass pick-up in Napa (p. 47) • Never wait in lines; always admitted first to select your preferred seat • Access to the Stags Leap District House of Cab at the Napa Valley Opera House (p. 47) • Hospitality Lounges throughout the Valley (p. 47) • Access to the Maserati Clubhouse (p. 24) • Exclusive access to the World Premiere Screening of Somm, Wednesday, Nov. 7 (p. 61) • Access to the Somm After-Party (p. 36 – 37) • Access to VIP experience at the Festival Gala (p. 29) • The Hollywood Reporter Gala After-Party (p. 37) • Tribute Night pre-reception with the Honorees (p. 31) • Charbay Late Night Lounge at Groezinger in Yountville (p. 47) • Invitation to the Winemaker Dinner Series (p. 33) • VIP Gift Bag and acknowledgement • Charitable Tax Deduction Please see pages 24-25 for more details on our four levels of exclusive Patron Circle benefits.

RUSH TICKETS - $10 (except as noted) Last-minute tickets offered at each screening, panel and tasting venue based on seating availability after Passholders have been admitted. Cash only.

SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS FESTIVAL GALA (p. 29) THU Nov 8 Robert Mondavi Winery 8:00pm - 12:00am $175 per person CELEBRITY TRIBUTES (p. 31) FRI Nov 9 6:00pm – 7:30pm Ticket Pricing to be announced Oct 1 AWARDS CEREMONY & WRAP PARTY (p. 35) SUN Nov 11 Napa Valley Opera House 8:30pm - 9:30pm The Shops at Napa Center 9:30pm – 12:00am $50 per person TO PURCHASE Online in advance (recommended): Napavalleyfilmfest2012.eventbrite.com Phone: 707-226-7500 Onsite: At WELCOME CENTERS

FESTIVAL INFO HOW-TO

We also offer Day Passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, last minute Rush Tickets, and individual Special Event Tickets. For more information, please see details below and visit our website, napavalleyfilmfest.org.

ACCESS ICON Throughout the guide, look for this icon which indicates the pass you need to get into each of our many special screenings and events

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The best way to experience our Festival is with a Pass. Not only does your Pass get you into screening venues, panels, wine tastings, and special events; it also gets you countless Passholder Perks from local businesses throughout Napa Valley (see page 48). We offer three levels of access, indulgence and fun: FESTIVAL PASS, PASS PLUS, and PATRON PASS.

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PATRON CIRCLE Members as of September 1, 2012. Names in bold are Founding Patrons who have generously renewed their annual Patron Circle subscription.

MOVIE MOGULS

Leslie & Keith Blodgett Brenda & Marc Lhormer Commissioner Mae C Woo STUDIO EXECS

Irene & Ed Ojdana Pepper & Michael Jackson Robin & John Dunbar Nina & Robert Klotz Denise & Oscar Renteria

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Maureen Casey-McKeever & Marlin McKeever Mary Ann & Pat Mahoney Paul Zaentz Heidi Paul

PRODUCERS Deanna & Radomir Antovich Christina & Rob Jennings Olga & Bill Keever Mike Faith April Gargiulo & Mitch Lowe Blye & Aaron Faust Michelle Fields-Baggett & Robin Baggett Mary & Jason Luros Ulla & John Brown Kim & Dan Johnson

Helen & Blair Pascoe Janet Markel & Barry Lhormer Erin & Adam Simms Jeri & Jim Gill Trent Moffett Chris Klein Carolyn Greenspan & Marshall Ruben Diana Nelson & Todd Zapolski Luisa & Salvador Renteria Peggy & John Wilkinson

Karin & Jerry Durham Timothy J Stark Nicole & Ryan Hill Kay & Bill Gurtin Gail & Paul Silvestri Diane & Mike Dahl Jessie Goodpasture Blakesley Chappellet Wesley Long Cathy Buck Leticia Jarvis

MASERATI CLUBHOUSE AT RAYMOND VINEYARDS FEATURING GAGGENAU The Maserati Clubhouse is exclusive to our Patron Circle members, Sponsors, Media and Film Industry VIPs during the Film Festival. Experience one-on-one driving opportunities with the full range of Maserati vehicles, test-driving through the stunning landscape of Napa Valley. Upon your return, relax and enjoy Raymond Vineyards signature wines in their luxurious Red Room while in-house Chef Michel Cornu prepares epicurean delights featuring the innovative Gaggenau Mobile Kitchen.

Maserati Ride & Drive appointments will be available daily from November 8 - 11, 2012 by invitation only. Please direct inquiries to Kim Lancashire, patroncircle@napavalleyfilmfest.org


JOIN THE CIRCLE The Patron Circle is comprised of members who support our mission, vision, and desire to have the most immersive experience at the annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Subscriptions operate on a calendar basis, with year-round events kicking off in January at Sundance and culminating each November in Napa Valley. Join us for this year’s Napa Valley Film Festival.

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• FESTIVAL FIRST LOOK – Sunday, October 28 • Private Credential Pick-Up Location • No Waiting in Lines, Acknowledgement & VIP Gift Bag • RIDE & DRIVE daily at the exclusive Maserati Clubhouse at Raymond Vineyards • World Premiere of Somm & festival KICK OFF PARTY at The Shops at Napa Center • Filmmaker/Winemaker/Celebrity Chef VIP DINNER SERIES • Opening Night GALA at Robert Mondavi Winery - access to private barrel room • CELEBRITY TRIBUTES hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush • VIP ACCESS – Opening/Closing Night Films, Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party • Charbay LATE NIGHT LOUNGE for Patrons and filmmakers in Yountville • AFTER PARTY at Bottega hosted by Chef Michael Chiarello & wife Eileen • Invitations to Year-Round Events - Chappellet’s Movie on the Meadow • Named SPONSORSHIP of Festival Film • Access to CONCIERGE Service and TRANSPORTATION Fleet • GREEN ROOM Receptions – Stags Leap District ‘House of Cab’ • VIP RECEPTION at Bardessono featuring Alpha Omega wines • Exclusive PARTY at the private estate of Jean-Charles Boisset & Gina Gallo • Private TRANSPORTATION to the most exclusive of the VIP Dinner Series • Invitation to Year-Round Events – a Fireside Chat hosted by Millennium

Tower in San Francisco • Named SPONSORSHIP of a Premiere Film • Private FILM INDUSTRY MIXER at Round Pond Estate winery

• Invitations to PRIVATE DINNERS Year-Round—Oscar-winning directors of

Undefeated at Farmstead • Named SPONSORSHIP of Opening/Closing Film – extra access • Dedicated CONCIERGE Service throughout the festival • Dedicated luxury CAR & DRIVER from Mercedes Benz of Fairfield • HEAD TABLE with Celebrity Honorees at most exclusive of VIP Dinner Series • HEAD TABLE at Year-Round events - Exclusive Winemaker Dinner and Launch

Party at St Regis Deer Valley during Sundance plus Annual Strategy Retreat

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KICKOFF PARTY Somm World Premiere The Napa Valley Film Festival kicks off in style with a blowout party celebrating the World Premiere of Somm. Patrons, Sponsors and invited guests party with the filmmakers and sommeliers of the incredible new documentary Somm. See page 61 for details on the film.

WINE & SPIRITS Duckhorn Portfolio of Wines Napa Valley Vintners Benchmark Wine Group Spire Collection The Tasting Panel Champagne from Ruinart & Krug Southern Wine & Spirits Terlato Wine Group

WED Nov 7 8:00pm – 12:00am HOSTED BY THE SHOPS AT NAPA CENTER Downtown Napa just steps from the Napa Valley Opera House Enter at First and Randolph

AMBIENCE & ENTERTAINMENT The Lux Productions VonSaal Design Build

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS Guild of Sommeliers NVTID - Napa Riedel

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GOURMET FOOD Chef Ken Frank / La Toque Oenotri Eikos Tarla Whole Foods Carpe Diem The Thomas Pizzeria Azzurro Norman Rose Tavern Anette’s Chocolate

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Š2012 Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, CA Please enjoy our wines responsibly.

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Proud Host of the Napa Valley Film Festival Opening Night Gala


FESTIVAL

GALA

Hailed as “a hoot and a holler” by the extraordinary Margrit Mondavi herself, the Festival Gala at Robert Mondavi Winery is the one party you won’t want to miss! Enjoy an evening filled with amazing wine, reserve tastings, epicurean treats, live music, dancing and sheer spectacle. All wines served will be from the world-class RMW collection, provided by our gracious host. The evening’s co-host is the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort in Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival.

featured artist Renowned artist Clifford Bailey, described by Carolyn E Davis of Us Weekly as “a highly esteemed painter… [of] Oscar-worthy tribute,” will be the featured visual talent at the Gala. Dance away the evening with David Martin’s House Party.

7801 St Helena Hwy | Oakville THU Nov 8 8:00pm – 12:00am PATRONS, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS, PASS PLUS Non-passholders may purchase Gala Tickets, $175 while they last; on sale Oct 1.

MAURO PANDO Grace’s Table

MICHEL CORNU Raymond Vineyards

PATRICK KELLY Angéle

BOB HURLEY Hurley’s Restaurant

JORDAN MACKEY Restaurant Cuvée

PHILIPPE JEANTY Bistro Jeanty

KARA HASPEL LIND Kara’s Cupcakes

JEFF MOSHER Robert Mondavi Winery

CHRIS JONES Brix

CHRIS KOLLAR Kollar Chocolates

MIKE COLLINS Siena at Meritage Resort and Spa

GREG COLE Celadon

RENE ORTIZ La Condesa

JEFFREY JAKE Silverado Resort and Spa

RICK ENOS Compadres Rio Grille

VICTOR SCARGLE Lucy at Bardessono

BRAD FARMERIE The Thomas

PERRY HOFFMAN étoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon

MICHAEL GYETVAN Norman Rose Tavern/ Azzurro Pizzeria

KEVIN MILLER The Vintage Estate

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MICK SALYER ZuZu

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Head Gala Chef Bob Hurley of Yountville’s famed Hurley’s Restaurant has rounded up an all-star team of Napa Valley’s culinary masters to dazzle your tastebuds.

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CELEBRITY

TRIBUTES WALK THE RED CARPET  

Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush hosts the Festival’s brightest night as the Napa Valley Film Festival honors creative achievements in film.

SPOTLIGHT Alan Cumming Alan Cumming is chameleon-like in both his choice of roles and his ability to inhabit them convincingly. One of the hardest working actors of our time, the Scotland-born Cumming studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before embarking on a career that would have its roots on the stage. When he embraced the film industry, Alan made a splash as the oleaginous shopkeeper, Sean Walsh, in Circle of Friends in 1995. Alan made more than an impression in Goldeneye, Emma, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Titus, Eyes Wide Shut, The Anniversary Party (which he also directed), Spy Kids, X-Men 2, Sweet Land, and Burlesque, to name only a handful.

 

Alan also remained, and remains, true to live theatre. His role as Cabaret’s Emcee won him every New York theater award in 1998, including Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. This summer, Alan played all the roles in MacBeth in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center in NYC while on hiatus from his Emmynominated leading turn for the past three years as Eli Gold on the CBS smash hit The Good Wife. Alan also took Best Actor awards at the 2012 Outfest and Seattle Film Festivals for his powerful performance in the heart-wrenching drama Any Day Now, which is playing at the Festival in our Narrative Features Competition.

  TRIBUTE PROGRAM FRI Nov 9 Lincoln Theater Yountville

On the bucolic grounds of the historic Veterans Home of California - Yountville.

SCHEDULE 4:30pm - VIP Reception HONOREES PATRON CIRCLE 5:30pm - Doors Open 6:00pm - Tribute Program PATRON CIRCLE PASS PLUS SPONSORS / MEDIA FILMMAKERS 8:00pm - Private Party HONOREES PATRON CIRCLE A-Lister and above Hosted by Gina Gallo & Jean-Charles Boisset

PASSES & TICKETS A limited number of single tickets may become available as of Oct 1. Passes, Tickets and up to date information on all honorees: napavalleyfilmfest.org


TRAILBLAZER James Marsden Having appeared in a wide range of films over the course of his still early career, James Marsden continues to carve out a distinctive place for himself in Hollywood. Marsden recently wrapped production on Universal’s Two Guns opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. He also completed production on Lee Daniel’s film The Butler where he takes on the role of John F. Kennedy. James can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Robot & Frank opposite Frank Langella, Liv Tyler and Susan Sarandon. He also stars in the hit comedy Bachelorette opposite Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Adam Scott. Past credits include: Straw Dogs, Hop, Death at a Funeral, 27 Dresses, Enchanted, Hairspray, Superman Returns, The Notebook, and the X-Men trilogy. On the small screen, James appears in NBC Universal’s hit comedy, 30 Rock, for a multi-episode arc, as Tina Fey’s love interest.

 

RISING STAR Imogen Poots

Imogen Poots delivers a terrific performance in A Late Quartet playing at this year’s Festival. She first burst onto the scene in 28 Weeks Later, which was then followed-up with a starring turn in the critically-acclaimed Miss Austen Regrets. Imogen has a wide range of credits for someone still so young. To name just a few: Waking Madison opposite Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Roemer and Frances Conroy; Me And Orson Welles, opposite Zac Efron; Cracks, opposite Eva Green and Juno Temple; Solitary Man, opposite Michael Douglas; Centurion opposite Michael Fassbender and Olga   Kurylenko; Fright Night with Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin; Greetings from Tim Buckley opposite Penn Badgley; Filth with James McAvoy; and Chatroom. Imogen just wrapped shooting The Knight of Cups with Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. We also look forward to seeing her star turn in A Long Way Down with Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, and Toni Collette.

Adam Driver’s already impressive career is about to explode. The Playlist recognized Adam as one of 10 “On the Rise TV Stars who should break out as Movie Stars.” Yet, Adam’s back-story is hardly conventional; he’s a former Marine who joined the Corp after 9/11 as an 18 year-old. After an injury in 2004, Adam studied theater at Julliard, and became an OffBroadway mainstay, most notably in the 2010 revival of Angels In America. That led to roles in You Don’t Know Jack and J. Edgar before he took a lead part in the acclaimed HBO hit series Girls. Thanks to his layered and brilliant character study on the show, it looks to be the start of some really big things for the actor. Watch for Adam in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the upcoming Frances Ha, a huge hit at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. And catch his charming performance in Not Waving But Drowning, screening at the Festival in this year’s Narrative Features Competition.

 

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WINEMAKER

DINNERS

Filmmakers | Vintners | Masters of Cuisine Sat NOV 10 | 8:00pm - 11:00pm Immediately following a special surprise screening at Generations in Yountville, the spotlight shifts from screen to table. Across the Valley, Napa’s renowned winemakers team up with local chefs to present feasts fit for a Master Sommelier. Freshly prepared five-star cuisine, world-class wines and animated discussion about films and filmmaking are the stars of the show in an experience one can only find here at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Private transportation to the most exclusive dinners provided for our Patron Circle A-Listers, Studio Executives and Movie Moguls.

PATRON CIRCLE SPONSORS INVITED MEDIA INVITED FILMMAKERS Information on joining our Patron Circle, and up-to-date Winemaker Dinner details at: napavalleyfilmfest.org

Host Wineries and Chefs ALLORA VINEYARDS WITH CHEF MUNTHER MASSARWEH OF WILDFOX MESQUITE-FIRED KITCHEN Join two generations of the Klein family hosting an amazing feast at their gorgeous Allora Vineyard just north of St Helena. Taking pride in their incredible wines, the family is no stranger to a good time. Chef Munther Massarweh of WildFox provides a dramatic pairing for these small lot boutique wines. ALPHA OMEGA WITH VINTNER AND MASTER OF THE BBQ ROBIN BAGGETT Join Alpha Omega owners, Robin Baggett and Michelle Fields-Baggett, for an evening of spectacular barbeque. As a certified BBQ Judge and accomplished Vintner, Robin Baggett prepares an array of barbequed meats paired with Alpha Omega’s highlyregarded handcrafted wines. BEAULIEU VINEYARDS WITH CHEF TOMMY HALVORSON OF FOXTAIL CATERING Guests will enjoy a unique evening at BV’s Rutherford House Estate starting with hors d’oeuvres and select Reserve wines served on the veranda overlooking the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Dinner, specially crafted by Chef Halvorson, will be served in the elegant 100 year-old dining room accompanied by wines from the Library Cellar of the Estate.

BLACK STALLION VINEYARDS WITH CHEF GEORGE MORRONE Black Stallion Vineyards resides on the site of the former Napa Valley Equestrian Center that now houses the winemaking production. These wines exude the grape growing and winemaking history of the Indelicato family that spans three generations. Guests will enjoy an amazing dining experience when these wines come to life with the cuisine prepared by award-winning American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Chef George Morrone. CARDINALE WITH CHEF KEN FRANK OF LA TOQUE The Cardinale Estate, situated in the world-renowned Oakville District, will host an intimate dinner with winemaker Christopher Carpenter featuring a seasonal menu crafted by Michelin-rated Chef Ken Frank. Guests will enjoy exquisite library selections of Cardinale and Lokoya wines from Napa’s mountain appellations, wrapping up with dessert and a private tour of the stunning estate home which has been transformed into the Traditional Home Showhouse featuring the work of top interior designers. CHAPPELLET VINEYARDS AND DAVID ARTHUR WITH CHEF HOLLY PETERSON Climb Napa’s eastern slopes for an intimate dinner at Chappellet Winery with co-hosts David Arthur Vineyards and Chef Holly Peterson. The extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon produced by these two vintners put Pritchard Hill on the map as one of Napa’s true Grand Cru growing regions. No chef is more fit for this occasion than Chef Holly Peterson, who serves up her most inventive cuisine at this exceptional evening worthy of an Oscar for food and wine.


GRGICH HILLS ESTATE WITH CHEF BOB HURLEY Join two of Napa Valley’s most highly regarded pillars of wine and cuisine. Chef Bob Hurley teams up with winemaking pioneer Mike Grgich and his amazing wines to serve up a pairing that can tell the story of Napa Valley all by itself.

ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY WITH IN-HOUSE CHEF JEFF MOSHER The open arch of the Robert Mondavi Winery has welcomed millions of guests to share in Robert’s belief that the path to a more gracious lifestyle leads through the appreciation of wine, food, and art. Overlooking the acclaimed To Kalon Vineyard, guests are invited to share in Robert’s passion and celebrate the 2nd Annual Napa Valley Festival with a Crab Feed paired with current and library vintages of Robert Mondavi wines.

LAIL VINEYARDS WITH CHEF PETER HALL Lail Vineyards traces its Napa Valley roots back five generations to the founding of Inglenook in 1879 by Captain Gustav Niebaum, great grand-uncle of Robin Daniel Lail. Join Robin’s daughters, Erin and Shannon, and taste the history in the wine for an indulgent evening at private Mole Hill Estate, with cuisine prepared by one of Napa’s most renowned private chefs: Chef Peter Hall. MATTHIASSON AT SILENUS VINTNERS WITH CHEF MICK SALYER OF ZUZU Taste the fine craft of Matthiasson winemaking complemented by Chef Mick Salyer with his colorful cuisine rooted in the flavors of Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. Both chef and vintners are inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients and place emphasis on using organic and sustainable agriculture. Enjoy the freshest cuisine at Silenus Vintners’ stunning multi-winery facility located in the heart of Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District.

SOMERSTON ESTATE WITH CHEF MORGAN ROBINSON OF SMOKE OPEN FIRE COOKING The farm is the foundation of the culinary experience at Somerston. The essence of Somerston will be brought to the table when wines and ranch pair with the masterful open fire cooking techniques of Chef Morgan Robinson. Using red oak and grape vine cuttings in the very preparation of the cuisine, this is a true farm-to-table experience. SULLIVAN WITH EXECUTIVE CHEF JAKE RAND OF EIKO’S Sullivan Vineyards is a family-owned winery nestled in the historic Rutherford District of Napa Valley. Ross and Sean Sullivan, brothers, respectively President and Winemaker, are delighted to share their home and family history. Chef Jake Rand pairs wines with his delectable menu. Dinner will be hosted in the family estate’s private dining room overlooking the lake and surrounding vineyards.

WINEMAKER DINNERS

RAYMOND VINEYARDS WITH HOST JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET AND CHEF MICHEL CORNU Hosting perhaps the most buzzed-about dinner at the 2011 Film Festival, the one-and-only Jean-Charles Boisset and Raymond’s own Chef Cornu pull out all the stops once again. Join them in Raymond’s famous Crystal Cellar for another amazing occasion sure to be raved about.

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DOMAINE CHANDON WITH CHEF PERRY HOFFMAN AT ÉTOILE Guest will dine at Michelin-starred étoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon with Chef Perry Hoffman. Recently crowned with Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef award, Chef Perry Hoffman dons a reputation as one of the culinary world’s brightest-shining stars.

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JURIES JURY PRESIDENT

LEONARD MALTIN is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, first published in 1969 and now available as an iPhone and iPad app. He currently teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, was Playboy’s film critic for six years, and has served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Premiere, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, and The Village Voice. He now holds court at leonardmaltin.com. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park (or was it Carmela consulting his Movie Guide on an episode of The Sopranos?).

U . S . NARRATIVE

FEATURES

JOHN HORN covers the film business for The Los Angeles Times, where he has been a staff writer since 2002. He previously served as a senior writer and senior editor for Newsweek and Premiere magazines, and graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. SYDNEY LEVINE’s thirty plus years in the film industry include having been the first woman in in-

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FEATURES & SHORTS LISSA GIBBS is the Executive Director of the Napa Valley College Foundation. Prior to her work in educational philanthropy she directed Film Arts Foundation’s annual film festival in San Francisco and served as a programming consultant to many prominent film festivals and museums including the Pacific Film Archives/Berkeley Art Museum, the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and SXSW.

ternational film distribution at 20th Century Fox, a pioneering acquisitions executive for Lorimar, and later Vice President of Acquisitions for Republic Pictures. She maintains the blog Sydney’s Buzz, which appears on IMDbPro’s front page and is a featured blog of IndieWIRE. LISA SCHWARTZ is the Executive Vice President of Distribution, Operations and Business Development for Sundance Selects and IFC Films. In this role she serves as the senior distribution strategist for the division and oversees domestic and foreign distribution for IFC Films’ operations across all platforms, including theatrical, premium VOD, pay TV, digital, portable devices, home video and all emerging new platforms.

MORRIE WARSHAWSKI has worked in the nonprofit arts and culture sector for over thirty years and formerly served as the Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. He is the author of many articles and books used extensively by filmmakers, including Shaking The Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video. Hollywood producer PAUL ZAENTZ is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and started his movie-making career on the Academy Award winning film Amadeus. Over the last 30 years he has had the privilege of working with many brilliant and passionate movie makers on projects such as The Mosquito Coast, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Goya’s Ghosts.

TJ MARTIN and DAN LINDSAY are the co-directors/coeditors/co-cinematographers of the Oscar-winning documentary, Undefeated, a selection of the NVFF 2011. Both filmmakers got their start by making independent documentaries and have produced, directed and edited several short-form and feature length pieces individually and as a team. Lindsay was born and raised in Rockford, IL and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2001. Martin was born and raised in Seattle, WA and graduated from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University.

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SHORT FILMS SHEILA BENSON was the principal film critic for the Los Angeles Times from 1981–1991. Affiliated with the National Society of Film Critics and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, she has served on juries at film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. Her work has appeared in publications from Interview, Premiere and Variety to the New York Times; and now at CriticQualityFeed.com. An accomplished and versatile actress, New Zealand-born MELANIE LYNSKEY can currently be seen in Hello I Must Be Going. Past credits include: Win-Win, Up in the Air, The Informant, Away We Go, Flags of Our Fathers, Sweet Home Alabama and her first award-winning role was in Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet. On television, she is beloved as Rose in the hit series, Two and a Half Men. PAT SAPERSTEIN is associate editor of Variety, where she coordinates festival coverage and daily news. Pat has served on juries at several festivals and has been on numerous panels sharing her wisdom and experiences on topics ranging from independent filmmaking, financing and distribution, to digital filmmaking.


AWARDS CEREMONY

WRAP PARTY Join Jury President Leonard Maltin and the rest of our esteemed Jury of film industry experts as we present:

Juried Awards • Meadowood $10,000 Prize for best U.S. Narrative Feature • U.S. Documentary Feature • U.S. Narrative Short Film • U.S. Documentary Short Film

Audience Awards • Mount Veeder Peak Performance $1,000 Prize for favorite actor or actress • U.S. Narrative Feature • U.S. Documentary Feature • Lounge Feature • U.S. Narrative Short Film • U.S. Documentary Short Film

AWARDS CEREMONY SUN Nov 11 8:30pm – 9:30pm Napa Valley Opera House Napa

PATRON CIRCLE PASS PLUS SPONSORS / MEDIA FILMMAKERS

A limited number of $50 combo tickets to the Awards Ceremony & Wrap Party may become available as of Oct 1. Passes, Tickets and up-to-date information on all Awards: napavalleyfilmfest.org

Foodspotting Awards

Student Awards Our Master of Ceremonies Raj Mathai presents our local Student Filmmaking Awards: • Best Short Film • Honorable Mentions • Facebook Favorite

WRAP PARTY SUN Nov 11 9:30pm – 12:00am The Shops at Napa Center Enter at First & Randolph Celebrate an amazing Festival with the winning Filmmakers! Late-night snacks, specialty cocktails, groovy tunes and of course more great wine!

AWARDS CEREMONY & WRAP PARTY

Restaurant of Meadowood’s 3-star Michelin Chef Christopher Kostow presents the Foodspotting Awards: • Crowd Favorite • Best Menu Item • Master Foodspotter

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NBC Bay Area’s news anchor and personality Raj Mathai hosts the Awards Ceremony on Closing Night.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

ROUND-UP

EVENT ACCESS

SUN Oct 28 Patron Circle First Look JARVIS CONSERVATORY 1711 Main St, Napa 5:00pm – 8:00pm A personalized sneak peek at the top films and events. Featuring Saintsbury estate pinot noir and estate chardonnay paired with a gourmet spread by Whole Foods Gourmet Catering, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and Volcanic Mineral Refresher. Sparkling by Mumm Napa. PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

WED Nov 7 Somm Green Room AT THE STAGS LEAP DISTRICT HOUSE OF CAB Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main St, Napa 4:15pm – 5:15pm Raise a glass, filmmakers and somms! You deserve it: your film is about to have its world premiere! Enjoy some of the best Cabernet in the world from premium Stags Leap District wineries. Featured Wines: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Hartwell Vineyards, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Regusci Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery, Taylor Family Vineyards, Terlato Family Vineyards Featured Cuisine by: The Fatted Calf and Laura Chenel Chevre PATRON CIRCLE (A-LISTER AND ABOVE), INVITED GUESTS

World Premiere Screenings of Somm NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE 1030 Main St, Napa 5:30pm – Premiere Presentation 8:30pm – Encore Presentation PREMIERE – PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

ENCORE – ALL PASSHOLDERS, RUSH SEE PAGE 61 FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FILM

Red Carpet Screening of Silver Linings Playbook NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE 1030 Main St, Napa 5:30pm PATRONS, SPONSORS, PASS PLUS

SEE PAGE 63 FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FILM

Century Napa Valley Screenings CENTURY NAPA VALLEY 195 Gasser Dr, Napa Festival attendees are invited for a sneak peek at the new movie theater complex prior to its opening to the general public the next day! 5:30pm – It’s A Disaster 8:30pm – Silver Linings Playbook ALL FESTIVAL ATTENDEES SEE PAGES 63 AND 66 FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FILMS

Festival Gala ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville 8:00pm - 12:00am SEE PAGE 29 FOR FULL DETAILS

The Hollywood Reporter After-Party at Bottega 525 Washington St, Yountville 11:00pm – 2:00am The action continues with an exclusive after-party at Chef Michael Chiarello’s hotter-than-hot Bottega. PATRONS, INVITED GUESTS

FRI Nov 9 Film Industry Mixer ROUND POND WINERY 886 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford 1:00pm – 4:00pm Mix and mingle in the heart of Napa Valley. Stunning vineyard views, classic Napa Valley atmosphere, Round Pond Wines and a culinary spread presented by in-house chef Eric Maczko along with Kara’s Cupcakes and Volcanic Mineral Refresher. FILMMAKERS, INDUSTRY GUESTS, PATRON CIRCLE

(STUDIO EXEC AND ABOVE)

The Somm World Premiere Party

Celebrity Tribute VIP Pre-Reception

THE SHOPS AT NAPA CENTER 8:00pm – 12:00am Patrons celebrate Somm’s World Premiere with a one-of-a-kind party as memorable as the film itself. PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS SEE PAGE 27 FOR FULL DETAILS

LINCOLN THEATER GRAND FOYER 100 California Dr, Yountville 4:30pm – 5:45pm Raise a glass of bubbly and celebrate with the celebrities before we honor them on stage. Featuring sparkling by Domaine Chandon, wines from Ehlers Estate, elegant cuisine: KIND Healthy Snacks, Laura Chenel's Chevre

THU Nov 8 Red Carpet VIP Pre-Reception AT THE STAGS LEAP DISTRICT HOUSE OF CAB Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main St, Napa 4:15pm - 5:15pm Patrons, VIPs and filmmakers sample the most premier cabernets in the Valley presented by wineries of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers. Gourmet foods from Ca’ Momi, Enoteca, Fatted Calf, Le Belge Chocolatier Featured Wines by: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Stags’ Leap Winery, Taylor Family Vineyards. Sparkling by Mumm Napa. PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

PATRONS (A-LISTERS HAVE A SPECIAL GREEN ROOM

WITH HONOREES), SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

Celebrity Tributes LINCOLN THEATER 6:00pm – 8:00pm SEE PAGE 31 FOR FULL DETAILS

Tribute After-Party BOISSET ESTATE 8:00pm - 12:00am Wine industry power-house couple Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset open their private estate to toast our honorees at the Festival’s most exclusive party. PATRON CIRCLE (A-LISTER AND ABOVE), HONOREES, INVITED GUESTS


Friday Bash at Martin Showroom

VIP Pre-Reception

MARTIN SHOWROOM 1350 Main St, St Helena 8:00pm – Till she sings!! Erin Martin joins with the Film Festival to rock your world. This party is sure to get completely loose with utmost style. If you haven’t partied with Erin or been to her showroom...DO IT!! La Condesa keeps you fed with amazing Latin-inspired late night bites to soak up the fine spirits, wine and vibes. Hang onto your hat at this one.

AT THE STAGS LEAP DISTRICT HOUSE OF CAB Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main St, Napa 4:15pm – 5:15pm Featured Cuisine by: Carpe Diem Wine Bar, The Fatted Calf and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Featured Wines by: Clos Du Val, Hartwell Vineyard, Malk Family Vineyard, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Terlato Family Vineyards PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

PASS PLUS, PATRONS, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS

Charbay Late-Night Lounge at Groezinger

Closing Night Screening of Quartet

6525 Washington St, Yountville 11:00pm – 2:00am

NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE 1030 Main St, Napa 5:30pm - 7:30pm

VIP Reception BARDESSONO 6526 Yount St, Yountville 4:15pm – 5:15pm Exclusive VIP and Patron reception hosted at the stunning and elegant Bardessono Hotel and Lucy Restaurant. Chef Victor rolls out award-winning cuisine paired with Alpha Omega wines. PATRON CIRCLE (A-LISTER AND ABOVE), INVITED GUESTS

American Canyon Special Screening & Party 5:00PM - SPECIAL SCREENING OF MEMORIAL DAY American Canyon High School 3000 Newell Dr, American Canyon 8:00PM - GALA PARTY AT REATA WINERY 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd, Napa $99 TICKET COVERS BOTH SCREENING AND PARTY; INFO AND TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: cityofamericancanyon.org

Private Patron Screening GENERATIONS SCREENING ROOM 6516 Washington St, Yountville 5:30pm - 7:30pm A special SURPRISE screening of a prestigious new indie film. A perfect way to whet your appetite for the Winemaker Dinners. PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS

Winemaker Dinners FILMMAKERS | VINTNERS | MASTERS OF CUISINE A series of unforgettable experiences at private wine estates. SEE PAGES 32-33 FOR FULL DETAILS

Charbay Late-Night Lounge at Groezinger 6525 Washington St, Yountville 11:00pm – 2:00am SEE PAGE 47 FOR FULL DETAILS

SUN Nov 11 Jury Lunch COLE’S CHOP HOUSE 1122 Main St, Napa 11:00am – 1:00pm Chef Greg Cole serves up a gourmet lunch with Mimosas and Bloody Marys as our esteemed Jurors caucus with Jury President Leonard Maltin to select the winning films. See pages 34-35 for details on Juries & Awards.

SEE PAGE 69 FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FILM

Awards Ceremony Pre-Reception with Wines of Mount Veeder Appellation NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE 1030 Main St, Napa 7:30pm – 8:30pm Enjoy another glass of outstanding wine and assortment of nibbles while we reset the stage for the Festival’s Awards Ceremony. Cuisine by Tarla Mediterranean Grill and Le Belge Chocolatier. Featured Wines: Trinchero, Lagier Meredith Winery, Godspeed and Paratus. Sparkling by Mumm Napa. PATRONS, SPONSORS, INVITED GUESTS, FILMMAKERS

Awards Ceremony NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE 1030 Main St, Napa 8:30pm – 10:00pm The verdict is in! NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai hosts the 2nd annual NVFF Awards Ceremony. Jury President Leonard Maltin presides over the announcement of Juried Awards for filmmakers. Audience Awards also presented. Student Film Awards. Food & Wine Awards. PASS PLUS, PATRONS, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS SEE PAGE 35 FOR ALL DETAILS

Festival Wrap Party THE SHOPS AT NAPA CENTER Enter at First and Randolph Under the rotunda and in the shops 9:30pm – 12:00am IT’S A WRAP! Come let it all hang out to close the 2nd annual NVFF with a bang. Celebrate with the award-winning filmmakers with live music, Napa’s impressive food truck scene, Lagunitas beer and a whole lot more. Don’t forget, Monday is the official Veterans Day Holiday so no need to go home early tonight. Let the festival never end! PASS PLUS, PATRONS, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS

SEE PAGE 35 FOR ALL DETAILS

VIP After-Party at 1313 Main 1313 Main St, Napa 11:00pm – 2:00am PATRONS, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS

SPECIAL EVENTS ROUND-UP

SAT Nov 10

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VENUES NAPA Napa Valley Opera House 1030 MAIN ST | 450 Seats

The Napa Valley Opera House (NVOH) is located in the heart of downtown Napa and is a national historic landmark. Truly a classy theater, NVOH will host the World Premiere of Somm (see page 61), as well as our studio sneak previews of Silver Linings Playbook and Quartet on Thursday and Sunday. *NEW* Introducing the Stags Leap District House of Cab. Sample 15 or more of the best cabs in the valley up to one hour before each afternoon and evening screening. Private Green Room for Somm; Patron Circle and Sponsors for Sneaks; Pass Plus and above for all others

Jarvis Conservatory 1711 MAIN ST | 220 Seats Described as a jewel of a theater, and an acoustic marvel, Jarvis Conservatory is Napa’s best-kept secret. Just a few blocks from the Opera House, a nice walk to Jarvis Conservatory delivers an elegant wine and film experience that is a festival must. Pre-screen wine tasting by Naked Wines

500 First Screening Room 500 FIRST ST | 250 Seats The theater in the building formerly known as Copia gets a makeover for NVFF. With the Festival Wine Pavilion right outside and Oxbow Public Market across the lot, an afternoon at 500 First is a full-throttle film, food and wine experience. Fine wines provided by Swanson vineyards at afternoon and evening screenings

The Lounge at Hatt Hall | Napa River Inn 500 MAIN ST | 100 Seats Feeling adventurous? The Lounge is the home for our special film picks with content that walks the line and dares to cross it. Lounge out and have fun getting to know filmmakers who are truly independent. Toolbox Wine and Lagunitas Beer

Panels & Conversations at Silo’s Napa | Napa River Inn 530 MAIN ST | 100 Seats Tucked inside the historic Napa Mill like a classy Chicago speakeasy, Napa’s premier intimate music room once again hosts our series of interactive panels and conversations. See pages 42-43 for full details.

Century Napa Valley 195 GASSER DR The brand-spanking new 12-plex opens its doors to the public on Friday, November 9, just in time to partner with the Napa Valley Film Festival. A pair of prestigious studio sneak previews on Thursday, November 8 offers Festival attendees a sneak peek at the new theater complex. All passholders (free admission) and members of the general public ($10 Rush Tickets at the door)


YOUNTVILLE Barrel Room 1870 at V Marketplace 6541 WASHINGTON ST | 160 Seats Once the wine maturation cellar of the Groezinger Winery in the 1870s, the historic Barrel Room is one of NVFF’s most prized screening rooms. The commanding brick structure blends the character and historic charm of Napa Valley’s yesteryear with the comfort and features of a modern theater. Fine wines served at evening screenings are provided by Terlato Family Wines.

Generations Screening Room YOUNTVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER 6516 WASHINGTON ST | 300 Seats Boasting a platinum LEED certification, sleek modern architecture and an extra-large barn door-style entrance, Generations is a film fan favorite. Generations plays host to a variety of fabulous films, including a surprise sneak preview screening for our Patron Circle. Fine wines served at evening screenings are provided by Cornerstone Cellars, David Arthur Vineyards, Hill Family Wines, Hope and Grace, and Broman Cellars.

Lincoln Theater 100 CALIFORNIA DR | 1200 Seats This gorgeous performing arts facility is the largest in the Valley and located on the grounds of the California Veterans Home. In addition to our Celebrity Tribute Program (see page 31), Lincoln Theater hosts an impressive Veterans Day film lineup (see pages 132-133).

ST HELENA Cameo Cinema 1340 MAIN ST | 140 Seats Built and founded as the Golden Gate Theatre in May 1913, the Cameo has provided locals with a steady slate of cultural programming and entertainment. Don’t miss the twin pairings of Room 237 / The Shining (page 62) and Year of the Living Dead / Night of the Living Dead (page 95) bookending the Festival on Wednesday and Sunday evenings!

Native Sons Screening Room 1313 SPRING ST | 200 Seats A community staple for over 100 years, Native Sons Hall is filled with character. Situated just off Main St next to St Helena’s best new bar and restaurant­, Goose & Gander, Native Sons serves up a perfect dinner and movie combo. Frank Family Vineyards offers pre-screen tastings before afternoon and evening screenings.

BEHIND 1506 LINCOLN AVE | 200 Seats The Gliderport Hangar at Indian Springs Resort serves as the premier screening venue at the Crown of the Valley. The unique structure is located next to the old Calistoga Airstrip. Follow the dirt road between the Indian Springs Art Gallery and the historic Calistoga Train Depot. Heighten your experience at select screenings with wine from Somerston High Flyer.

The Ritz at Copperfield’s Books 1330 LINCOLN AVE | 200 Seats Copperfield’s and NVFF have partnered to revive the spirit of Calistoga’s original movie theater. Known as the Ritz Theater c.1940, the space now tells its tales as the beloved local bookstore. You might see the ghosts of Humphrey Bogart and Ernest Hemingway as you sit amongst the stacks watching the best new independent films.

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PANELS & CONVERSATIONS overview

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Our series of interactive panels and conversations offer deeper insights into the filmmaking process and the latest trends in the film industry.

MAKE YOUR PITCH

New this year, we also present a series of Culinary Panels in Yountville at V Marketplace, adjacent to the Festival’s Yountville Wine Pavilion. All other Panels & Conversations take place at Silo’s Napa.

A practical and theatrical way to learn the skill of pitching your ideas for the next award-winning independent film or box-office blockbuster! Pre-selected filmmakers (established and aspiring) deliver timed pitches of their best film ideas, to be analyzed and critiqued by our experts. To submit a pitch, visit our website, napavalleyfilmfest.org.

Passholders are admitted for no charge Rush Tickets ($10-$20)

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Please visit our website or check out our mobile app for full details on each day’s panel.

Leading the panel is Peter Belsito, founding member of IFP and FilmFinders, now a guest blogger on Sydney’s Buzz (on IMDb and Indiewire). Joining Peter in evaluating pitches is the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Sting and creator, writer and director of the Major League franchise, David S Ward.

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a composer’s perspective FRI | Nov 9 1:30pm

12:00pm – 1:30pm Join Food Arts Senior Editor Jim Poris with an impressive lineup of industry professionals discussing film, food and wine. The panel series kicks off with Brian, DLynn, Dustin and Ian, the subjects of the hotly-anticipated documentary, Somm. You won’t want to miss this conversation.   Arrive at 11:45am each day for an amuse bouche pre-reception with Jim and the other panelists. Stay after and become part of the conversation during an informal Q&A. Linger for a little one-on-one, libations and light fare. Non-passholders may attend for $20.

This panel will feature composers whose latest films are being screened at the Festival. Moderated by a leading music executive, the panel will discuss the art and business of film music, paying special attention to the experience of scoring indie films. The in-depth discussion will be valuable to filmmakers, producers, composers and fans of film looking for a deeper understanding of how music is woven into movies, providing the emotional fiber of cinematic storytelling. Brought to you by ASCAP, the world’s leading Performing Rights Organization


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THE BUSINESS OF FILM

ACTORS: IN CONVERSATION

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As movie-lovers, we think primarily about the art of entertainment. But it is, as they say, the film business. Writers, actors and directors are surrounded by a complex ecosystem of managers, agents, producers, financiers, publicists, and studio executives. While the roles have largely stayed the same for over one hundred years, the ways in which the film business is conducted are starting to change.

A fun and casual discussion amongst actors from NVFF films covering a range of topics related to the art and craft of acting. Sit in and gain insights into such topics as choosing projects, preparing for a demanding role, getting into an unusual character, work-life balance, and more!

CRITICS PANEL

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SUN Nov 11 1:30pm

The Tweet House showcases collaboration, creativity, and technology in an informal and festive environment. The Tweet house is a celebration of the Real-Time Web and Twitter’s pervasive role within it. It brings together those who are creating and evangelizing the technologies that are defining the future.

Join respected veteran film critic and NVFF Jury President Leonard Maltin and LA Times staff writer John Horn as they lead a panel discussion about the current state of film criticism in all forms. How do traditional print journalists approach their work in the digital age, where do those platforms intersect, and how can they complement each other to give viewers a holistic look at films and the film industry within both historic and rapidly evolving cultural contexts?

The afternoon includes entrepreneurs, analysts, bloggers, industry executives and filmmakers talking about the latest and greatest happenings in the digital convergence that is defining the 21st century. At the Napa Valley Film Festival, the Tweet House is where Silicon Valley and Hollywood converse, cavort, and converge. *Panels followed by a Reception

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Prolific independent film producer J. Todd Harris of Branded Pictures Entertainment leads this illuminating discussion with a quartet of top-tier industry players.

The conversation will be moderated by a senior member of the editorial staff of The Hollywood Reporter. Check the NVFF website or our mobile app for an updated list of participating actors.

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PAVILIONS When the films aren’t playing... Everyone

drinks wine!!!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm in all four villages Showcasing Napa Valley’s finest, most distinctive wine regions, each pavilion offers guests the unique opportunity to sample as many as 20 wines each day. FREE for all Passholders. $20 tasting tickets also available at each pavilion. Must be 21+

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500 First Gardens 500 FIRST ST Located at the far side of the Oxbow Public Market parking lot. Follow signs outside the 500 First lobby entrance.

V Marketplace Pavilion 6525 WASHINGTON ST Located on the upper grass pavilion directly next to Chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega.

Long Meadow Ranch Winery/ Farmstead 738 MAIN ST

Indian Springs Art Gallery 1506 LINCOLN AVE

SAT Nov 10 Showcase: NSMAVA Alex Sotelo Cellars Ceja Vineyards Encanto Vineyards Mi Sueno Winery Renteria Wines Robledo Family Winery Voces Wines ... and more

Calistoga Winegrowers and Yountville regional wines The Grade Cellars Ziata Wines Zahtila Vineyards Joseph Cellars Winery Hope and Grace Cornerstone Cellars ... and more

SAT Nov 10 Showcase: Stags Leap District Winegrowers Baldacci Family Vineyards Chimney Rock Winery Cliff Lede Vineyards Clos Du Val Hartwell Vineyards Malk Family Vineyards Pine Ridge Vineyards Regusci Winery Robinson Family Vineyards Silverado Vineyards Stags’ Leap Winery Taylor Family Vineyards Terlato Family Vineyards

SUN Nov 11 Showcase: Atlas Peak/ Regional Boutique Wines Antica Napa Valley Hill Family Estate Krupp Brothers Wines Reid Family Vineyards Truchard Vineyards St. Supery Ca’Momi Winery ... and more

SUN Nov 11 Regional & Boutique Wineries of Yountville Laird Family Estate MUMM Spoto Wines Pink Girl Wines Fortunati ...and more

SAT Nov 10 Showcase: NG The Next Generation in Wine Broman Cellars Charles Krug Fisher Vineyards Frazier Vineyards Hill Family Estate Long Meadow Ranch Madonna Estate Signorello Estate ZD Wines Peju Province Winery

SUN Nov 11 Showcase: Appellation St Helena Chase Cellars Jaffe Estate Pine Ridge Winery Crocker and Star Winery Dancing Hares Vineyard ... and more

Calistoga Winegrowers Association presents a 3-day showcase of wines representing the entire Calistoga region. Featuring: Rios Wine Co. Summers Estate Wines Rutherford Grove Kenefick Ranch Winery Jericho Canyon Vineyards Joseph Cellars Ziata Wines Zahtila Vineyards ... and many more

WINE PAVILIONS

Regional & Boutique Wineries of Napa Bridesmaid Wines Ca’Momi Winery Fortunati Hagafen Cellars, Inc. Laird Family Estate Madonna Estate MUMM Napa Pink Girl Wines Saintsbury St. Supery Truchard Vineyards

St. Helena Mountain Vineyards Behrens Family Winery Merryvale Vineyards Spring Mountain Vineyard Terra Valentine Winery Chappellet Schweiger Vineyards Cliff Family Wines ... and more

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FRONT PORCHES where the conversation continues

Napa Valley Film Festival Front Porches are two of the Valley’s hippest locations! Drop in, check in and hang out with other Festivalgoers, filmmakers, old friends and new. NVFF Passholders: enjoy special offers exclusively available for you!

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LOUNGES

converse into the night Napa Valley’s nightlife comes alive at NVFF’s Late-Night Lounges. No matter what town you find yourself in, there’s a place to keep it going after the last films let out. Please see below for Lounge access, location, days and hours.

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velovinonapavalley.com 709 Main St, St Helena | 707.968.0625

FRI – SUN | 11:00am – 6:00pm The Festival Front Porch at Velo Vino is all about bikes, wine, healthy living and good times. Stop in and try the finest wines from Clif Family Winery on the gorgeous patio and browse the integrated bike and wine shop for exclusive deals. Stay and hang out from 3:00pm6:00pm to get a true taste of the Velo Vino lifestyle and meet some of the filmmakers (who are cyclists too!). Keep up to speed with NVFF happenings around the valley with interactive tablets and monitors. Recharge your body with some of Gary and Kit’s Napa Valley gourmet foods, and recharge your electric car at the “Blink!” charging station. You can leave your car there and explore the Festival in St. Helena by foot.

somerstonwineco.com 6490 Washington St, Yountville | 707.944.8200

FRI – SUN | 11:00am – 6:00pm Passholders can drop in for a true taste of Napa Valley lifestyle at the Somerston Wine Company. Enjoy estate grown Priest Ranch Wines as well as winemaker Craig Becker’s Highflyer wines at the tasting room or up on the exclusive Rooftop Terrace; open from 2:00pm6:00pm. Somerston pulls out all the stops for Passholders with special offers on wine tasting and purchases. Be sure to check-in via Foursquare when you get there! Receive a complimentary splash of Grenache Blanc and be entered into a raffle for a unique ATV vineyard tour for four at the scenic Somerston Estate.

johnanthonyvineyards.com 1440 First St, Napa | 707.265.7711 FRI – SUN | 9:00pm – 1:00am Anchoring Napa’s downtown West-End District, the hip John Anthony Wine Lounge is the late-night place to be. PASS PLUS and above

Hurley’s Restaurant hurleysrestaurant.com 6518 Washington St, Yountville | 707.944.2345 THU – SUN | 10:00pm – 1:30am A popular local spot in town, Hurley’s Restaurant is the heart of Yountville. Try late-night specials with an extended happy hour under the warm patio heaters. ALL PASSHOLDERS

Goose & Gander goosegander.com 1245 Spring St, St Helena | 707.967.8779 WED – SUN | 9:00pm – 2:00am Goose & Gander has quickly become known as the hottest late-night, speakeasy-style scene in the Valley. Next door to the Native Sons Screening Room, don’t miss this classy hangout featuring cocktails from some of the finest mixologists. ALL PASSHOLDERS

barolo barolocalistoga.com 1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga | 707.942.9900 WED – SUN | 9:00pm – 1:00am A Calistoga gem, barolo is home to some of the town’s best Italian food and perfectly crafted cocktails. Shh, don’t tell the locals we told you! ALL PASSHOLDERS


VIP

LOUNGES Sprinkled throughout the Napa Valley, VIP Lounges provide an exclusive and relaxing stop on your busy Festival schedule. Indulge in artisan foods and boutique wines at some of the hottest and unique NVFF venues day or night. Select VIP access is available during the five-day Festival. Please refer to the respective Lounges for specific access details. (Must be 21 or older to attend.)

MASERATI CLUBHOUSE AT RAYMOND VINEYARDS FEATURING GAGGENAU raymondvineyards.com 849 Zinfandel Ln St Helena | 707.963.3141 THU – SUN | 10:00am – 3:00pm See page 24 for more details

FILMMAKER LOUNGE THE SHOPS AT NAPA CENTER shopnapacenter.com Enter at First and Randolph Napa | 707.257.6600 WED | 12:00pm – 6:00pm THU – SUN | 9:00am – 6:00pm Highly-anticipated and eagerly-awaited, The Shops at Napa Center hosts the NVFF Filmmaker Lounge: a place for our filmmakers and industry guests to slip away from the hustle and bustle to mingle, relax, access WiFi and enjoy local foods, wine and beer. PATRON CIRCLE, SPONSORS ALSO WELCOME MEDIA LOUNGE AT WESTIN VERASA NAPA westinnapa.com 1314 McKinstry St Napa | 707.257.1800 WED – SUN | 10:00am – 3:00pm The Westin Verasa Napa hosts the exclusive Media Lounge, where visiting journalists can set up shop, unwind, enjoy an all-day buffet of healthy small bites, and mix and mingle with fellow festival media attendees.

PASS PLUS and above MOUNT VIEW HOTEL INDIE LOUNGE mountviewhotel.com 1457 Lincoln Ave Calistoga | 707.942.6877 WED – SUN | 11:00am – 5:00pm Mount View Hotel’s hip Indie Lounge is the perfect setting for our VIP attendees to sit back and relax in historic downtown Calistoga. Light fare, movie snacks and libations are generously offered by local partners. PASS PLUS and above STAGS LEAP DISTRICT HOUSE OF CAB NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE nvoh.org 1030 Main St Napa | 707.226.7372 WED - SUN Stags Leap District (SLD) Winegrowers are transforming the lobby café into a Cabernet lover’s dream. With over 15 SLD brands being served, hanging out before screenings will leave you with an appreciation of the Valley’s finest Cabernet and ready to appreciate the year’s best independent films. Opens one hour before each afternoon and evening screening throughout the Festival. PATRONS, MEDIA, FILMMAKERS, PASS PLUS (pre-screening exceptions noted in Pass Plus benefits)

HOSPITALITY & LATE-NIGHT LOUNGES

PATRON CIRCLE, SPONSORS, FILMMAKERS

MARTIN SHOWROOM VIP LOUNGE martinshowroom.com 1350 Main St St Helena | 707.967.8787 FRI – SUN | 11:00am – 5:00pm Martin Showroom is the edgiest, most progressive art and design gallery in town, and owner Erin Martin’s daring style dazzles as she hosts this year’s St Helena VIP Lounge. Tantalizing treats to taste, plus seductive wines will be available all day long.

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CHARBAY LATE-NIGHT LOUNGE AT GROEZINGER vintageinn.com 6525 Washington St Yountville | 707.944.2451 FRI – SAT | 10:00pm – 2:00am Once again the prime NVFF location for after-hour VIP shenanigans, local favorite Charbay serves up the very best spirits, hand-crafted cocktails and fine wines. Thomas Keller’s Bouchon dishes out light fare to sustain the extended evenings’ conversations.

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IT PAYS TO BE A PASSHOLDER FLASH YOUR FESTIVAL PASS FOR EXCLUSIVE PERKS THROUGHOUT NAPA VALLEY The Napa Valley Film Festival has amazing partners throughout the entire Valley! We encourage our Passholders to visit our favorite boutiques, restaurants, spas, hotels and tasting rooms while here enjoying the Festival: take advantage of exclusive special offers provided by our partners. It’s a great opportunity to get out between films and explore the legendary Napa Valley. Visit napavalleyfilmfest.org for Partner Perk details.

NAPA Anette’s Chocolates Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca Baker Street Downtown Beau Wine Tours Bloom Creative Hair Salon Ca’ Momi Enoteca Carpe Diem Wine Bar Caché Salon Cake Plate Fashion Ceja Vineyards

Napa General Store Chimney Rock Napa Valley Roasting Co. Compadres Rio Grille Norman Rose Tavern Fatted Calf Fleur et Beauté Florist & Day Spa Oenotri Pine Ridge Vineyards Helen Lyall Restaurant Cuvée Hog Island Oysters Saintsbury Kara’s Cupcakes Scott Lyall Le Belge Chocolatier Tarla Mediterranean Grill Laird Family Estate Truchard Vineyards Madonna Estate Winery Vintage Sweet Shop

YOUNTVILLE Cornerstone Cellars Hill Family Estate Lucy’s Restaurant & Bar

Mustards Grill Organic Karma Coffee Redd Wood

Sisters Boutique Tay & Grace V Marketplace

ST HELENA Baksheesh Behrens Family Winery Chase Cellars Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill & Wine Bar Goose & Gander La Condesa

Long Meadow Ranch/Farmstead Napa Soap Company Napa Valley Roasting Co. Pearl Wonderful Clothing Raymond Vineyards

Calistoga Olive Oil Company Calistoga Kitchen Calistoga Roastery Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Calistoga Village Bakery Calistoga Wine Stop Ca’ Toga Art Gallery

Checkers Restaurant Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Hydro Grill & Bar JoLe: Farm to Table Lincoln Avenue Spa Mount View Hotel & Spa Pacifico Restaurante Mexicano Palisades Deli Café

Peju Robert Mondavi Winery

Rutherford Hill Winery Swanson Vineyards

CALISTOGA All Seasons Bistro barolo Baths at Roman Spa Bosko’s Trattoria Brannan’s Grill Café Sarafornia Calistoga Balloons - Napa Valley

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LODGING

DIRECTORY A host of welcoming lodging partners in our Festival Villages are offering special rates and packages for Festival attendees. Consult our Lodging page on napavalleyfilmfest.org for specials and be sure to identify yourself as a Film Festival guest when calling to make reservations. Also ask about their $50 discount on Festival Passes!

NAPA Andaz Napa 1450 First St 707-224-3900 avianapa.hyatt.com

The Inn on First 1938 1st St 707-253-1331 theinnonfirst.com

River Terrace Inn 1600 Soscol Ave 707-320-9000 riverterraceinn.com

Beazley House 1910 1st St 707-257-1649 beazleyhouse.com

Inn on Randolph 411 Randolph St 707-257-2886 innonrandolph.com

Silverado Resort & Spa 1600 Atlas Peak Rd 707-257-0200 silveradoresort.com

Best Western Plus Inn at the Vines 100 Soscol Ave 707-257-1930 innatthevines.com

La Residence 4066 Howard Ln 707-253-0337 laresidence.com

The Napa Inn 1137 Warren St 707 257-1144 napainn.com

Cedar Gables Inn 486 Coombs St 800-309-7969 cedargablesinn.com

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa 1815 Silverado Tr 707-255-1197 millikencreekinn.com

Westin Verasa Napa 1314 McKinstry St 707-257-1800 westinnapa.com

Cottages of Napa Valley 1012 Darms Lane 707-252-7810 napacottages.com

Napa River Inn 500 Main St 707-251-8500 napariverinn.com

White House Inn & Spa 443 Brown St 707-254-9301 whitehouseinnnapa.com

Chardonnay Lodge 2640 Jefferson St 707-224-0789 chardonnaylodge.net

Napa Winery Inn 1998 Trower Ave 707-257-7232 napawineryinn.com

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Embassy Suites Napa Valley 1075 California Blvd 707-253-9540 embassysuitesnapahotel.com

Napa Valley Marriott 3425 Solano Ave 707-253-8600 napavalleymarriott.com

Hennessey House 1727 Main St 707-226-3774 hennesseyhouse.com

Old World Inn 1301 Jefferson St 707-257-0112 oldworldinn.com

Hilton Garden Inn 3585 Solano Ave 707-252-0444 napahiltongardeninn.com

RiverPointe Resort & Spa 500 Lincoln Ave 707-252-4200 riverpointeresort.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa 3600 Broadway St 707-674-2100 napavalleyamericancanyon. doubletree.com


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Bardessono 6526 Yount St 707-204-6000 bardessono.com

El Bonita Motel 195 Main St 707-963-3216 elbonita.com

Cottage Grove Inn 1711 Lincoln Ave 707-942-8400 cottagegrove.com

The Bordeaux House 6600 Washington St 707 944-2855 bordeauxhouse.com

Meadowood Napa Valley 900 Meadowood Ln 707-963-3646 meadowood.com

Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort 1507 Lincoln St 707 942-4102 drwilkinson.com

Hotel Yountville 6462 Washington St 707-967-7900 hotelyountville.com

Harvest Inn 1 Main St 707-963-9463 harvestinn.com

Hideaway Cottages 1412 Fairway 707-942-4108 hideawaycottages.com

Lavender 2020 Webber Ave 800 522-4140 lavendernapa.com

Southbridge Napa Valley 1020 Main St 707- 967-9400 southbridgenapavalley.com

Indian Springs Resort 1712 Lincoln Ave 707-942-4913 indianspringscalistoga.com

Maison Fleurie 6520 Yount St 800 788-0369 maisonfleurienapa.com

Wydown Hotel 1424 Main St 707-963-5100 wydownhotel.com

Luxe Calistoga 1139 Lincoln St 707-942-9797 luxecalistoga.com

Napa Valley Lodge 2230 Madison St 707 944-2468 napavalleylodge.com

Mount View Hotel & Spa 1457 Lincoln Ave 800-816-6877 mountviewhotel.com

North Block Hotel 6757 Washington St 707-944-8080 northblockhotel.com

Roman Spa Hot Springs 1300 Washington St 707-942-4441 romanspahotsprings.com

Petite Logis 6527 Yount St 707 944-2332 petitlogis.com

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel 22223 California Hwy 29 Middletown, CA 95461 707-987-0197 twinpine.com

The Railway Inn 6523 Washington St 707 944-2000 napavalleyrailwayinn.com Villagio Inn & Spa 6481 Washington St 707-944-8877 villagio.com Vintage Inn 6541 Washington St 707-944-1112 vintageinn.com

*Bold type indicates Premier lodging partners. To make reservations, visit napavalleyfilmfest.org

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peju province winery

8466 st helena hwy rutherford, ca 94573 p707.963.3600 peju.com open daily 10 - 6


join us Thirty years ago, we moved to the Napa Valley, purchased a small Rutherford vineyard and founded Peju. We learned the values of hard work, tenacity and commitment to excellence. Now, that pioneering heritage inspires us to ensure the vitality of our land, the integrity of our business practices and the quality of our wines. We invite you to discover a garden oasis in the heart of the Napa Valley—call or visit us online to reserve one of our private Experiences today: Cépage, a private tour of our beautiful gardens and reserve barrel tasting followed by a classic wine tasting; Privé, an intimate, private reserve tasting in the stunning Peju tower; Fromage, a selection of local artisan cheeses paired with our estate grown wines.

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While you’re here, explore our holiday boutique for luxurious one-of-a-kind wine country gifts and let one of our personal shoppers help you find the perfect item for the discerning wine lover on your list. Please present your film festival credentials upon arrival. We look forward to seeing you!

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OVERVIEW Leafing through the Program Guide can be completely overwhelming. Over 100 films, 11 screening locations, 4 Festival Villages … not to mention world-class chefs and over 100 wineries offering tastes and who wouldn’t want to try them all? Here are a few thoughts and pointers to help you plan your Festival experience. Our Film Program is comprised of the following tracks: • PREMIERES, SNEAK PREVIEWS, AND RED CARPET SCREENINGS • U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURES COMPETITION • U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURES COMPETITION • THE LOUNGE (a specific venue offering edgier fare) • SPECIAL SCREENINGS (films playing out of competition on a variety of topics) • SHORTS PROGRAMS (narrative and documentary competitions, and out-of-competition shorts) Our curatorial approach leans towards films that capture the intricacies of characters and relationships (drawing us inwards), that celebrate the richness, diversity, and commonality of the human experience (expanding outwards through time and space), and that leave us believing in the potential for mankind to progress (which tends to go better with the wine).

We’ve spent all year researching and watching films to bring the magic of the movies to Napa Valley. Don’t be afraid of the dark. Dive in.

Marc Lhormer Executive & Artistic Director

Laura Henneman Senior Programmer

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As you might expect, we complement all of the wonderful films with plenty of Napa Valley’s outstanding food and wine, and numerous opportunities to meet, mingle with, and converse with the visiting filmmakers. For the best overall experience, we suggest you clear your calendar and immerse yourself. We recommend adopting an attitude of discovery. See a foreign film, try something at the Lounge, catch a Shorts Program, attend one of the Panels. And party with your best new filmmaker friends into the wee hours.

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As you study the program and plan your schedule, you’ll notice several themes emerging, including Equestrian, Health & Wellness, Food & Wine, Music & Arts, and a sprinkling of films from around the world. We are also hosting several special presentations of local and regional interest, as well as a full day of free screenings in honor of Veterans Day (see pages 132-133). Lastly, we are especially proud of our expanding Education & Outreach Program that brings Festival films into the classroom and local student films into the Festival (see page 145).

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The Guild of Sommeliers Our community of Somms toasts four its own... Guild members

Brian McClintic Ian Cauble Dustin Wilson D’Lynn Proctor Director

Jason Wise on the world premiere of

committed to the development, inspiration and exchange of information for wine service professionals and enthusiasts worldwide.

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Access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam....until now. Intrepid filmmaker Jason Wise takes us on a journey inside the process. Along the way, we get to know his four subjects almost as intimately as they know themselves. The Napa Valley Film Festival is humbled and honored to host the World Premiere of Somm. How much do you know about wine?

Production Country: USA Total running time: 100 min

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 5:30pm Opera House | Napa WED Nov 7 8:30pm Opera House | Napa FRI Nov 9 1:00pm Cameo | St Helena SUN Nov 11 8:30pm Generations | Yountville Director: Jason Wise Producer: Jason Wise, Christina Tucker, Jackson Myers Screenwriter: Jason Wise Composer: Bryan Carmody

Jason Wise is a graduate of Chapman University’s film program. He has worked as an underwater photographer, a professional bartender, and a teacher. Jason currently works as the director of photography for the YoShow on Yahoo! Somm was a three-year, six-country labor of love through the wine world. Jason lives in Los Angeles with his wife Christina. The two are expecting their first child, Somm is his first feature film.

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Somm is the exhilarating story of four talented young sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The exam covers literally anything having to do with the entire world of wine and that is just the beginning. Sommeliers also have to know everything there is to know about pairing wine with food, about spirits, cigars, and anything served in a restaurant.

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ROOM 237 In 1980, Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, The Shining. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level.

DIRECTOR BIO Rodney Ascher directed the short film The S From Hell which, like Room 237, premiered at Sundance and traveled the world (and the internet) soon after. Ascher is known for genre-blurring work including countless short films, as well as commercial projects for clients including EA Games, Capitol Records, and VH1. His work has appeared nationally in various institutions including the San Francisco Museum, The George Eastman House and under the Brooklyn Bridge. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded The Shining’s secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Ascher’s Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning are braided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic. Our opening night presentation at the Cameo Cinema in St Helena of Room 237 will be followed by a classic screening of The Shining. Courtesy of IFC Films

THE SHINING Special Screening, 146 min Directed by Stanley Kubrick Revisit the 1980 Jack Nicholson-starring classic after a viewing of Room 237. The perfect spooky way to kick off your 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival experience.

SHOWTIME WED Nov 7 8:30pm Cameo | St Helena

Production Country: USA Total running time: 102 min

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 5:30pm Cameo | St Helena SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Jarvis | Napa Director: Rodney Ascher Producer: Tim Kirk Featuring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner room237movie.com


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Production Country: USA Total running time: 117 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm Opera House | Napa

Director/Screenwriter: David O. Russell

When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious young woman with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their unusual arrangement plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon Featuring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Tucker, Chris Tucker

DIRECTOR BIO David O. Russell previously directed The Fighter (2010), a film that earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Russell’s prior films include Three Kings, the comedies I Heart Huckabees and Flirting With Disaster, and the first film he wrote and directed, Spanking The Monkey, which won the 1994 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award. In 2002, Russell joined the board of the Bronx’s Ghetto Film School. He got his filmmaker friends, studios and industry professionals involved; today GFS is New York’s first public high school for cinema, an award-winning program model that has helped over 500 black and Latino teenagers tell their stories.

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THU Nov 8 8:30pm Century | Napa Valley

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Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. Pat’s parents don’t care so much about the wife; all they want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share the family obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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A LATE QUARTET

DIRECTOR BIO A Late Quartet follows Yaron Zilberman’s first film, the award-winning feature length documentary Watermarks, co-produced by HBO and ARTE, which had successful North American and international theatrical releases. The film centers around the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club Hakoah Vienna, who reunite in their 80’s to swim together one more time in the city they were forced to escape 65 years earlier when the Nazis marched into Austria. Yaron Zilberman graduated from M.I.T with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s in Operations Research. He lives in New York City with his wife, producer Tamar Sela, and their two children.

On the eve of a world-renowned string quartet’s 25th anniversary season, their beloved cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. When Peter announces he wishes to make the upcoming season his last, his three colleagues find themselves at a crossroads.

Production Country: USA

Competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the quartet’s second violinist, announces his desire to alternate chairs with first violinist Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir), after years of sacrifice and peacemaking for the benefit of the group. Robert’s wife, violist Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener) has a particularly difficult time grappling with the tragic diagnosis, as Peter has served not only as a colleague, but as a dear father figure since childhood.

SUN Nov 11 1:00pm Jarvis | Napa

Total running time: 105 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm Cameo | St Helena

Director/Screenwriter: Yaron Zilberman Producers: Tamar Sela, David Faigenblum, Vanessa Coifman, Mandy Tagger, Emanuel Michael Screenwriter: Seth Grossman Featuring: Philip Seymour

When Juliette is unable to support her husband, their marriage is strained with a palpable tension that they can no longer ignore. Tossed into the maelstrom is their daughter Alexandra (Imogen Poots), a talented violinist in her own right. Like her father, she too decides to act on her desires. As the string quartet prepares to play Beethoven’s Opus 131 for what might be the members’ last concert together, the seven movements of the piece echo their own tumultuous journey. Courtesy of Entertainment One

Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots westendfilms.com


SHADOW DANCER Production Country: UK Total running time: 96 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 8:30pm Cameo | St Helena

Director: James Marsh Producer: Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney Screenwriter: Tom Bradby Featuring: Clive Owen,

A tension-filled powerhouse of a movie-going experience, Shadow Dancer is sure to spark animated conversation and perhaps even heated debate. Be sure to stay after the screenings for interaction dialogue led by our esteemed Ringmasters. Courtesy of ATO Pictures

Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson

DIRECTOR BIO James Marsh is a director of both documentary and narrative feature films. His most recent documentary, Project Nim, won the best director award (World Documentary) at Sundance 2011. Prior to that, Marsh directed the dramatic film Red Riding: 1980 for Channel 4. The film was theatrically released in the US by IFC Films in 2010. Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire premiered at the 2008 Sundance film festival and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary the following year. Marsh was born in Truro and grew up in Cornwall and London. He now lives between London and Copenhagen with his wife and two daughters.

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Shadow Dancer is a gripping, emotional thriller about a woman forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son. It is 1993 and single mother Collette McVeigh (Andrea Riseborough) is a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested in London following an aborted IRA bomb plot, Mac (Clive Owen), an MI5 officer, offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison for 25 years or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in Mac and return home, but when her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informer are raised within the IRA and Collette finds herself and her family in extremely grave danger.

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IT’S A DISASTER An average Sunday morning couples’ brunch takes an extreme turn when the eight participants learn that this may be their last day on Earth.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 88 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Todd Berger hails from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been making movies since the age of eleven (Dick Tracy vs. Dr. Bubbles, in which he also starred.) His first feature, The Scenesters, played over 30 film festivals in 2010 and took home Most Interesting Film from The Slamdance Film Festival. His feature-length documentary Don’t Eat The Baby: Adventures at post-Katrina Mardi Gras played on the final night of the 2007 New Orleans Film Festival. He works as a screenwriter and actor in Los Angeles, with scripts currently in development at MGM, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Jim Henson Productions, and The Disney Channel. He prefers waffles over pancakes.

Tracy and Glenn are on their third date. Host couple Emma and Pete are keeping up appearances even though their marriage is falling apart. Lexi and Buck maintain an eccentric but happy open relationship. And Shane and Heddy have been engaged for years but have yet to tie the knot. Technological hiccups (no cell signal, a dead landline, and nothing but static on the TV) interrupt this breezy and determinedly cheerful gathering; but no one suspects that anything is really wrong until a gawky neighbor appears wearing a hazmat suit and bearing tidings of imminent doom. The cracks in the group’s collective friendship rapidly begin to widen, exposing the interconnected secrets of the group.

THU Nov 8 5:30pm Century | Napa SAT Nov 10 10:00am Opera House | Napa SUN Nov 11 8:00pm The Lounge | Napa Director/Screenwriter: Todd Berger Producer: Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan Featuring: Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Fer-

Fast-paced, hilarious dialogue, excellent performances, and a continually unfolding plot keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the suspenseful final scene. Impeccably chosen and placed music add an undercurrent of sly humor to this dark comedy about the foibles of human nature. Presented as a special sneak preview selection, It’s a Disaster also guest stars as a featured film in The Lounge on Closing Night. Courtesy of Oscilloscope

Generously supported by Denise and Oscar Renteria

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THE SAPPHIRES Total running time: 99 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 8:30pm Opera House | Napa SAT Nov 10 1:00pm Cameo | St Helena Director: Wayne Blair Producers: Rosemary Blight, Kylie de Fresne Screenwriters: Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs Featuring: Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda

Julie, the youngest of the mouthy trio of sisters and the star performer, badgers Dave into securing an audition for a gig to perform for the American Marines in Vietnam. There’s money to be made and, having none of his own, Dave reluctantly agrees to come on board as their Musical Director cum Manager, with the one proviso that the girls drop their Country & Western songs and learn to sing Soul Music. And thus are born The Sapphires.

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DIRECTOR BIO Wayne Blair is an actor, writer and director. He has directed several short films including The Djarns Djarns, winner of the prestigious Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and Black Talk, which won the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Short Film.

Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

As an actor, Wayne has appeared in numerous stage and film roles including his production of Jesus Hopped the A Train. It was this performance that so impressed Phillip Seymour Hoffman that he asked Wayne to star in True West which he directed for the STC.

Generously supported by the Honorable Mae C Woo

As a writer, he has written for the acclaimed BBC/ Nine Network series Lockie Leonard and he won an Australian Writers’ Guild Award for his work on the SBS series The Circuit.

Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of self-discovery, family and music.

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Against this backdrop of social upheaval, three young Aboriginal sisters, Gail, Cynthia and Julie, live on the Mission and dream of a brighter future singing Country & Western tunes. The sisters enter a Talent Contest in a nearby town. They don’t win, of course. Aboriginals never do. But the girls are spotted by Dave Lovelace, a down-on-his-luck Irish musician with attitude and a taste for Irish Whiskey.

Production Country: Australia

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1968 was the year the planet went haywire. And for three young Aboriginal women from a remote mission in rural Australia, 1968 was the year their lives changed forever. Around the globe, there are riots and revolution in the streets; hard drugs, soft drugs, free love and psychedelic music; the shock of assassination as Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy are gunned down; and a war in Vietnam.

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BROOKLYN CASTLE

DIRECTOR BIO Katie is a documentary producer and director whose work has appeared on MTV, A&E, HBO/ Cinemax and VH1. She has held various production and outreach roles on award-winning documentaries including 39 Pounds of Love, To Die in Jerusalem, 51 Birch Street and American Teen. In 2010, she and her husband, Nelson, co-founded television and film production company Rescued Media. Brooklyn Castle, Katie’s feature directorial debut, has received support from IFP Independent Film Week, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, and Britdoc’s The Good Pitch.

Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318, an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level. The otherwise-challenged school also happens to have the most winning junior high school chess team in the nation. Under the leadership of a dynamic teacher, the school has cultivated many of the nation’s highest ranked players. To gain some perspective, if Albert Einstein - who was rated 1800 - were to join the team, he’d only rank fifth. Chess has helped transform the school from one cited in 2003 as a “school in need of improvement” to one of New York City’s highest achieving middle schools. But a series of recession-driven public school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 101 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm Generations | Yountville FRI Nov 9 10:00am Gliderport | Calistoga SUN Nov 11 10:00am Opera House | Napa Katie Dellamaggiore Producers: Nelson Dellamaggiore, Brian Schulz

We’ve seen plenty of films recently about the challenges facing America’s schools, students and families. Brooklyn Castle succeeds on the strength of the powerful personalities of its subjects, both juvenile and adult. The film is already being remade into a narrative feature. You’ll want to see the real deal first!

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Generously supported by Paul Zaentz

Featuring: Rochelle Ballantyne, Justus Williams, Pobo Efekoro, Elizabeth Vicary, John Galvin brooklyncastle.com


QUARTET Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the infamous home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is: it’s a big star.

Production Country: Australia Total running time: 99 min

SHOWTIMES SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Cameo | St Helena

Director: Dustin Hoffman Producers: Finola Dwyer, Stewart Mackinnon Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood Featuring: Maggie Smith,

Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s annual gala concert? Perfect material for Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.

Tom Courtenay, Bill Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon,

DIRECTOR BIO A two-time Academy Award winner and seventime nominee, Dustin Hoffman continues to add singular performances to a career rich with characters that have obliterated the line previously dividing the archetypes of “character actor” and “leading man”.

Dame Gwyneth Jones

Hoffman caught the world’s attention in The Graduate. He was nominated for his work in Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie and Wag The Dog. Hoffman won the Oscar in 1979 for Kramer Vs. Kramer, and again in 1988 for Rain Man. In 1997, he was awarded the Golden Globes’ esteemed Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Jean’s subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard.

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CLOUDBURST Total running time: 93 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 5:30pm Cameo | St Helena SUN Nov 11 8:30pm 500 First | Napa Director/Screenwriter: Thom Fitzgerald Producer: Doug Pettigrew

This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his youthful bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle. With equal parts humour and grace, Cloudburst explores the important themes of life, death and love through the eyes of this oddball trio. Please join us Sunday, November 11 in welcoming acclaimed actress Olympia Dukakis who will join us for a Closing Night Red Carpet Presentation.

Featuring: Olympia Dukakis, Ryan Doucette, Brenda Fricker cloudburstmovie.com

DIRECTOR BIO Thom Fitzgerald is an award-winning writer, director and producer. Independent and always provocative, Fitzgerald’s character-driven films have earned him a place amongst Canada’s leading filmmakers. A native of New York City, Fitzgerald moved to Nova Scotia in the late 1980s to attend university. His acclaimed film, The Hanging Garden, was released in 1997, garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. Cloudburst marks his third outing with Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. He says about his co-stars: “The film relies on the rapport and the deep love and sense of comfort between these two women and I was quite sure that Brenda and Olympia would be a fantastic on-screen couple, like Redford and Streisand.”

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Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life’s ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dotty’s prudish granddaughter, Molly, decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities.

Production Country: Canada

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Cloudburst is a romantic road movie starring Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married.

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Napa Valley Film Festival A center for social, cultural and viticultural life in the Napa Valley, Meadowood is proud to partner with the Napa Valley Film Festival to host the 2012 Filmmakers Artists-in-Residence Program. Settled on a private, two hundred-fifty acre estate, Meadowood offers golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness, spa, wine education and a Michelin three-star dining experience. We invite you to stay with us during the Napa Valley Film Festival or join us for a memorable dinner. In either case, we look forward to welcoming you.

900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, California 94574 Tel (707) 963-3646 www.meadowood.com


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Jenny Deller

Director/Producer/Screenwriter of Any Day Now

Director/Producer/Screenwriter of Future Weather

Dan Mirvish

Devyn Waitt

Director/Producer/Screenwriter of Between Us

Director/Screenwriter of Not Waving But Drowning

Brent Willis and Warren Sroka

Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters of Dog Years

Directors/Screenwriters of Now, Forager

Richard J Bosner

Terence Nance

Director/Screenwriter of Falling Uphill

Director/Producer/Screenwriter of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Kevin and Matthew McManus

Stuart Acher

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters of Funeral Kings

Director/Producer/Screenwriter of Stuck

MEADOWOOD NAPA VALLEY hosts NVFF’s innovative Artists-in-Residence program. The directors of the ten films in the U.S. Narrative Features Competition will stay in the lap of luxury. While they are not out-and-about presenting their films to eager audiences, these talented filmmakers will be networking with each other, discussing new projects and career development with industry mentors, and mingling with the other guests at one of the world’s most beautiful resorts. The industry mentors will conduct a Master Class with our Artists-in-Residence during the day on Thursday, November 8. Leading the Faculty is David S Ward, prolific and sought-after Hollywood writer, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Sting (which he wrote when he was in his mid-twenties), and writer/director of the hit baseball comedy Major League. Along with hosting the Festival’s Artists-in-Residence program, Meadowood Napa Valley also presents a $10,000 cash prize to the filmmaker whose film is selected by the Jury as Best U.S. Narrative Feature.

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Travis Fine

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2012 PARTICIPANTS

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ANY DAY NOW It’s 1976, West Hollywood. Rudy is a talented but broke drag performer. Fiery and passionate, he pounces on a shy, handsome stranger who shows up at the bar one night. Paul is a small town boy from Walla Walla, Washington, all grown up and working to change the world in the DA’s office.

DIRECTOR BIO In the midst of a successful acting, writing and directing career, Travis Fine abruptly left the entertainment business in 2001. Deeply affected by the events of September 11, and seeking a more fulfilling pursuit

Despite their differences, the two men form an immediate connection, a connection both deepened and complicated when Rudy takes in Marco, his teenage neighbor with Down Syndrome who’s been left alone after his mother was arrested. Knowing that foster custody is no place for a child like Marco, Rudy turns to Paul for advice and the three of them quickly solidify into a true family.

forged a new path as a screenwriting airline pilot. While Travis was in the flight deck of a commercial airliner on autopilot

Their non-traditional family structure is soon discovered and, of course, threatened. Having risked everything to care for a child they love as their own, Rudy and Paul must now fight against prejudice, injustice, and irrational authorities to keep the three of them together.

attendant and an unaccompa-

Any Day Now is a bittersweet story of romantic and familial love, standing up for what’s right, and the family you choose.

nied minor who connect amidst the chaos of September 11 and developed it into his screenplay The Space Between. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo, The Space Between

*Star Alan Cumming, also the recipient of a Tribute at this year’s Festival on FRI Nov 9, is scheduled to appear IN PERSON with director Travis Fine for Q&A’s after screenings of Any Day Now.

had it’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on the USA Network on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm 500 First | Napa FRI Nov 9 10:00am Generations | Yountville SAT Nov 10 1:00pm Gliderport | Calistoga

Travis Fine Producers: Kristine Hostetter Fine, Chip Hourihn, Liam Finn Screenwriter: George Arthur Bloom Featuring: Alan Cumming,

at 36,000 feet, he conceived the story of a hardened flight

Total running time: 98 min

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of his artistic endeavors, he enrolled in flight school and

Production Country: USA

Fine, Cumming and co-star Garret Dillahunt will appear at the SAT Nov 10 screening at the Gliderport in Calistoga.

Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva anydaynowmovie.com


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Based on a successful off-Broadway play, Between Us uses stylized flashbacks while maintaining a claustrophobic intensity that magnifies the jealousy, competitiveness, and contempt that can seethe beneath the surface of relationships.

Total running time: 90 min

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 5:30pm Generations | Yountville

DIRECTOR BIO Dan Mirvish is an active

FRI Nov 9 10:00am Cameo | St Helena

director, screenwriter, producer and author. He was mentored by Robert Alt-

SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Opera House | Napa

man on his first film, Omaha (The Movie), which led him to co-founding the upstart

Director/Producer/

Slamdance Film Festival

Screenwriter: Dan Mirvish

that famously runs concur-

Producers: Mike S.

rent with Sundance. His film

Ryan, Hans Ritter

Open House led the Academy

Screenwriter: Joe Hortua

Awards to controversially

Featuring: Julia Stiles, Taye

rewrite their rules on the Best

Diggs, Melissa George,

Original Musical category.

David Harbour

Mirvish also co-wrote the

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critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt.

US NARRATIVE FEATURES

So much in love as newlyweds in the earlier scenes, in New York it is Grace and Carlo whose relationship is feeling the strains of financial insecurity and divergent desires. Joel and Sharyl have sobered up, found solace in religion, and healed the rifts in their marriage. Inequalities in the two couples’ success and happiness reveal each individual’s personal anxieties and inadequacies, inviting the viewer to determine what he or she would do if faced with similar situations and choices.

Production Country: USA

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After a period of estrangement, two couples – the men friends since art school – find themselves uncomfortably together again in Grace and Carlo’s New York apartment. Two years earlier the four had gathered at Sharyl and Joel’s opulent Midwestern home, where Grace and Carlo were startled to witness their friends’ façade of perfection crumble, laying bare a destructive relationship suffocating in Americana.

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DOG YEARS Elliot, an emotionally withdrawn Japanese-American, isn’t interested in his current business trip to Tokyo. Happy to operate as an anonymous foreigner, Elliot’s dull daily pattern is challenged when he’s ambushed by his estranged but well-intentioned half-brother Ben, who is teaching English in Japan and determined to engage with the local culture. Ben, an eternal optimist, seems very happy in Toyko, showing childlike wonder and enthusiasm for his temporary home. But as he trails Elliot like a lonely puppy it becomes apparent that he sees this as his only chance to solidify an adult relationship with the brother he’s idolized since childhood.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 88 min

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 5:30pm Native Sons | St Helena FRI Nov 9 8:30pm The Ritz | Calistoga SAT Nov 10 10:00am Jarvis | Napa Directors/Producers/ Screenwriters:

DIRECTOR BIO Warren Sroka and Brent Willis (known together as Tokyo Manhattan Film Co) collabo-

Though Elliot appears to simply tolerate his brother, as the two embark on more and more adventurous outings, Elliot’s walls start to come down. After a fantastically inelegant, cathartic fistfight, Elliot finally confronts the ghosts of his past.

rate on scripts, films, music

In this funny and charmingly awkward first feature, tions. Warren was born and writer/director/actors Brent Wills and Warren Sroka raised in NYC. He began acting bring gravity and life to their characters, showing the professionally at age of seven uncomfortable human choice between remaining apart and by 18 was the youngest and adrift, or sacrificing one’s comfort zone for the graduate of The American chance of more meaningful relationships. videos and theater produc-

Academy of Dramatic Arts. Brent was raised in Tokyo and Portland, OR, where he performed in and directed theater productions from a young age. He studied film at The Northwest Film Center and acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Warren Sroka, Brent Willis Producers: Dan Addelson, Joseph Saroufim, Sean French Featuring: Brent Willis, Warren Sroka facebook.com/DogYears


FALLING UPHILL Robert is having an early-life crisis. Unfulfilled in his work and struggling to make ends meet in San Francisco, he’s made the tough decision to move back in with his parents in Rochester, NY. Or has he? One year ago, beautiful and sweet Jenny took a room in Robert’s apartment. Despite their platonic friendship and the existence of Jenny’s boyfriend Glen, Robert hasn’t been able to keep himself from falling in love with Jenny. In the days before he leaves for home, he struggles to decide if he should tell her, or move on without taking that risk.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 83 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in Rochester, NY, Richard

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grew up with a love for storytelling and the collaboracurrently works as a Producer/

Richard J. Bosner

Line Producer for feature films,

Producer: Barret Hacia

commercials, and television. He

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has studied filmmaking formally

Jessiqa Pace,

at Visual Studies (Rochester,

Jack McGee, Jena Hunt

NY), The International Film and

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Television Workshops (Rockport, ME), Wright State University (Dayton, OH), and earned his B.F.A. in motion picture production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Richard recently wrapped principal photography on the feature film Fruitvale starring Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) and Octavia Spencer (The Help). Falling Uphill is his first feature-length film as both a writer and director.

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Lovingly shot in the neighborhoods of San Francisco, Falling Uphill dives into the uncertainties in life, celebrates friendships and chance meetings, and explores the choices people make when faced with the unknown.

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Enter Sarah, a mysterious and eccentric young woman who inexplicably attaches herself to Robert and pushes him to look at his life from a different perspective. But Sarah has her own challenges, and by the time Robert heads to the airport, they’ve each been a catalyst for change in the other’s life.

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FUNERAL KINGS Foul-mouthed Charlie and Andy have it made as the go-to alter boys of St. Mark’s Middle School where they’re frequently excused from class to serve at funerals. Not expected back in school after services, they spend their days wandering in town and in the woods, scamming the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and trying to shoplift porn from the local video store.

DIRECTOR BIO Graduates of Emerson College’s BFA program, Kevin and Matthew McManus have written and directed several award winning short films. “Funeral Kings” is the McManus Brothers’ debut feature.

When the elder statesman of the alter boys disappears after hiding a mysterious locked trunk in Andy’s bedroom, the boys are determined to find out what’s inside. With innocent new kid in town Davy in tow their 14-year-old antics quickly get them into trouble way over their heads.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 100 min

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Cleverly scripted and enhanced by a comically contrasting soundtrack, the funny and irreverent Funeral Kings was developed from a short film of the same name by writer/director brothers Kevin and Matthew McManus and features standout performances by the film’s young stars.

Screenwriters: Kevin McManus Matthew McManus Featuring: Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus, Jordan Puzzo, Charles Odei, Kevin Corrigan, Michaela McManus, Michael Delaney funeralkings.com


FUTURE WEATHER Lauduree is an eighth-grade loner, passionate about nature and obsessively worried about global warming. Greta, her grandmother, is a fiery 50-something nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. Their worlds collide when Lauduree’s mother Tanya runs away to Hollywood.

Production Country: USA

At first Lauduree manages to conceal her mother’s absence, clinging to the secluded rural trailer where she lives and has begun a long-term carbon sequestration experiment. When her secret is discovered, she’s forced to move in with Greta, but even this may prove to be a temporary situation as Greta plans to move to Florida with her boyfriend Ed.

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Total running time: 100 min

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Screenwriter: Jenny Deller

Laudueree buries her troubles in her work with the junior high science club: an activist teacher she idolizes and a lonely new boy. Meanwhile, Greta, daunted by commitment, begins to sabotage her plans with Ed. As the two women struggle with Tanya’s disappearance, they inch closer to one another, finding brief moments of redemption and transcendence in an uncertain time. With its engaging, authentic characters and exceptional cast, Future Weather is a coming-of-age drama about saying goodbye to what we love and leaping into the unknown.

Producer: Kristin Fairweather Featuring: Perla Haney-Jardine, Lili Taylor, Marin Ireland, William Sadler, Anubhav Jain, Amy Madigan futureweathermovie.com

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Jenny Deller is a writer, director and producer living in Philadelphia. Her debut feature, Future Weather, received the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting from the Nantucket Film Festival as well as three grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011” by The Independent, Jenny has directed and edited eight short films. She has participated in FIND’s Producers and Screenwriters Labs; IFP’s Narrative Lab; LA Film Festival’s Fast Track market; and the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. Most recently, Deller was selected to participate as one of 25 up-and-coming directors in the inaugural Emerging Visions program co-curated by IFP and Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING

DIRECTOR BIO Devyn Waitt wrote and directed Not Waving But Drowning. This is her first feature film. Devyn graduated from The Film School at Florida State University. She is a transhumanist, an oneironaut and an Aries.

Told unconventionally in two parts, the vivid and stylish Not Waving But Drowning opens with the prologue short piece, “The Most Girl Part of You.” Teenage Amy and her best friend, Big Guy, begin to see each other in new ways in the days after Big Guy’s mother commits suicide. Dark yet sweet, the story brings rushing back from distant memories the excitement of those moments when you know childhood is gone and your real life is just about to begin.

Production Country: USA

The second, featured story is less about growing up and more about growing out, shedding your skin and evolving beyond who you thought you wanted to be. Best friends Adele and Sara are eager to escape their small Florida hometown and seek their fortunes in NYC. When, at the last minute, the more reserved and timid Sara decides to stay home with her family, bold and energetic Adele finds herself embarking on the next chapter in her life alone, without her trusted sidekick. As they strive to find their own true paths, the two young women, once so connected, begin to grow apart, encountering new friends and situations that better fit their evolving identities.

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Not Waving But Drowning brings the viewer inside the dizzying, tumultuous experience of being on the verge of adulthood, and marks an ambitious debut by a talented, original filmmaker.

Total running time: 110 min

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Director/Screenwriter: Devyn Waitt Producer: Nicole Emanuele Featuring: Vanessa Ray, Megan Guinan, Adam Driver, Lynn Cohen, Ryan Munzert, Lili Reinhart notwavingbutdrowning.com


NOW, FORAGER Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unreliable.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 93 min

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Beautifully photographed and chaptered by insightful scientific descriptions of fungi, Now, Forager is a thoughtful, genuine look at the gradual metamorphosis of a relationship.

BETWEEN LAND AND SEA Documentary Short, 9 min

Situated on tiny East Brother Island in San Francisco Bay, Peter and Dina are newly-married and have been running a lighthouse bed and breakfast for nearly two years. The strain of serving up an idealized tourist experience and living in extremely close quarters is beginning to show. Between Land and Sea shows the contrast between the romanticized images of self-reliance and isolation and the realities of running a business in the modern world.

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DIRECTOR BIO Jason Cortlund studied film and writing at the University of

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Oregon, earned a Master’s in screenwriting at the University of Texas, and was a postgraduate

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fellow at the James Michener

Jason Cortlund

Center for Writers. Julia Halperin

Julia Halperin

received her B.A. summa cum

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laude from Hunter College and

Kit Bland

her M.F.A. from the University of

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Texas. Julia’s directing credits

Jason Cortlund

include Texas Pawn and Super

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Doll. Julia has also worked as an

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editor for Greta Schiller, Heather

Maisels, Almex Lee

Courtney, and Redmond

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As opportunities arise that move the couple further and further away from each other physically, their emotional distance also grows. When Regina takes a job in Rhode Island the rift seems insurmountable, until a chance meeting offers the hope of reconciliation or transformation.

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Craving more stability, Regina decides to quit the fall foraging season early to take a prep cook job at a hip, new octopus restaurant, where she blossoms working alongside a charismatic chef. Frustrated and feeling threatened by his wife’s success, independence, and employer, Lucien attempts to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, picking up an odd job here and there. By winter, Lucien is forced to take a temporary job on the night shift at a bakery, causing the couple to see each other only in passing, one climbing into bed as the other is leaving for work.

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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

Production Country: USA Total running time: 110 min

DIRECTOR BIO Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He comes from a family of actors, photographers, and musicians. Terence began drawing, acting, and writing music as a young child sitting in on his mother’s play rehearsals, and his uncles’ studio sessions. He studied visual art at NYU, and his art making practice includes mixed media installation, music, and film. Terence currently resides in Brooklyn along with the rest of The Swarm.

You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight. How do you feel? With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents Terence’s experience of his relationship with that intriguing young woman as they teeter on the divide between platonic and romantic. Weaving a tapestry of live action and varied styles of animation, the film explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through the young man’s mind during a singular moment in time. Mixing narrative and documentary styles, subjective interpretations and intimate interviews, this highly-inventive, wholly original and unusual film invites the audience along for a ride on the relationship roller-coaster.

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm The Ritz | Calistoga FRI Nov 9 8:30pm Barrel Room | Yountville SAT Nov 10 5:30pm Jarvis | Napa Director/Producer/ Screenwriter: Terence Nance Producers: James Bartlett, Andrew D. Corkin Featuring: Terence Nance, Namik Minter ofherbeauty.com


STUCK Guy walks into a bar. No, seriously. This is the story of Guy, in his early 30’s and incapable of handling a mature relationship. One night he walks into a bar and meets Holly, a serial monogamist on a mission that she is not emotionally ready for: a one-night stand. Cut to: The Morning After. Holly has never done this before and Guy has sworn to never do it again. Guy offers to drive Holly to her car parked back near the bar. This simple act of chivalry goes awry when they find themselves trapped in dead-stop traffic on the freeway. A commitment-phobe is stuck with a commitment-aholic.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 93 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Stuart Acher graduated from Boston University where he

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directed several short films including Bobby Loves Mangos, which caught the attention of

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film critic Roger Ebert at the

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Sundance Film Festival. The film

Producer: Joel Michaely

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and is distributed by Atomfilms.

stuckthefilm.com eos for artists including Carly Simon, Powder, and Snoop Dogg, and commercials for clients such as Nike, Philips, and Land Rover. Stuart’s first documentary feature, Stu Plus Who?, also had a successful film festival run. Stuck is Stuart’s first narrative feature film. He has two more in the works.

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Hungover and begrudgingly getting to know each other, now-sober Guy and Holly initially seem like oil and water. But as their sexual attraction fades, emotional interest gradually builds. While Guy and Holly aren’t going anywhere, the film’s forward motion cleverly peels back the layers to reveal the events of the previous night. By the middle of the third act, filmmaker Stuart Acher pieces together for us the puzzle of why Guy and Holly are where they are and shows the surprise of where they may be going – once the traffic clears.

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DIRECTOR BIO Olympia Stone is a producer, director and editor who has worked on documentaries for the Discovery Channel, A&E Networks, WGBH, MTV, and ABC. Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art, was completed in 2007. Most recently, Olympia has worked as a radio producer for The State of Things, a daily radio program broadcast on WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she lives.

The Cardboard Bernini examines the unusual work and life of artist James Grashow and follows his creative process over four years as he builds a giant cardboard fountain inspired by the work of the famous baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Grashow has created such installations as 15-foot tall fighting men, an anthropomorphic city and an ocean using paper mache, fabric and chicken wire. While visiting his art dealer, Allan Stone, Grashow stumbles across his giant paper mache fighting men that, for lack of space, had been placed outside. They were disintegrating. While it was deeply painful for Grashow to see his work decomposing, he found it surprisingly beautiful. To be honest with himself about the full arc of his process and the inevitable decay of his work, he challenged himself to own the entire process by building something magnificent to be installed outside, then allowed to disintegrate. This film follows Grashow as he asks what is the point of art and creation? What is the connection between creation and destruction? And, ultimately, how do we find meaning in our lives when we and everything around us are faced with mortality?

INSTALLATION Documentary Short, 8 min Directed by Laura Green Sculpture and construction, as well as art and labor, are often imagined as not only unrelated but at odds with one another. Installation is a visual poem that documents the day to day labor of riggers, truckers, and construction workers as they assemble Richard Serra’s immense steel sculpture “Sequence.” This beautifully composed film captures workers and steel in moments of unexpected grace.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 77 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 1:00pm Gliderport | Calistoga SAT Nov 10 10:00am Barrel Room | Yountville SUN Nov 11 10:00am Jarvis | Napa Director/Producer: Olympia Stone Featuring: James Grashow floatingstone.com


G-DOG G-Dog is what the homies call the priest. The film of the same name introduces us to Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest who’s spent some 25 years in the toughest part of East LA, and the tough, street-smart, and amazingly sweet young people – all former gang members – whom G-Dog loves and helps. Father Greg uses a radical but simple remedy for what he calls “a global sense of failure” for kids: boundless, restorative love. He works by a powerful idea: “Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job.”

Production Country: USA

Over the years his unstoppable compassion has turned around the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian and African American gang members creating Homeboy Industries, an international model for rebuilding and redirecting the lives of gang members. The film is often hilarious and astonishing but it is not just a poem of sweetness and light. G-Dog chronicles a tough year in the life of Homeboy Industries facing tumult, change, and pain.

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Director/Producer/ Screenwriter: Freida Mock Featuring: Father Greg Boyle gdogthemovie.com

DIRECTOR BIO Freida Mock is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, a director, writer and producer of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films. Mock was the first Governor elected to the new Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as Governor and Chair for five years. Mock received a B.A. from UC Berkeley where she did graduate work in history and law. She is a partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation that specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and the humanities.

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Director Freida Mock, cinematographer Erik Daarstad, documentary subjects/”homies” Hector Verdugo and Louis Perez of Homeboy Industries are scheduled to appear in person for a Q&A after these screenings.

Total running time: 92 min

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GETTING UP: THE TEMPT ONE STORY How does a fallen man get back up?

Production Country: USA Total running time: 73 min

Tony ‘TEMPT’ Quan is a legendary LA graffiti artist, social activist and publisher. In 2003, he was diagnosed with ALS (also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a degenerative nerve disorder, which has rendered him unable to move, breathe or speak.

DIRECTOR BIO Caskey Ebeling is a director whose avant-garde vision draws inspiration from the beauty found in the bizarre and distorted details of ordinary life. With roots in advertising, content development and design, Caskey has combined her solid vision with a unique creative approach to tell stories across multiple distribution channels: film, broadcast, print, web, and wireless. Caskey’s first short film, The Package, was a visual foray into the vulnerable world of an odd deliveryman’s quest for love. Getting Up: The Tempt One Story is her first feature documentary.

But his mind and creative spirit are still intact. In 2009, Mick Ebeling and his Not Impossible Foundation brought a motley crew of international hackers and artists to Los Angeles to attempt the impossible: invent a low-cost, open source DIY device that allows Tempt to once again create art, using the only part of his body that still moves, his eyes. After days and weeks of harrowing trial and error, the EYEWRITER was born and Tempt was once again able to create art.

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 8:30pm Gliderport | Calistoga FRI Nov 9 8:30pm Generations | Yountville SUN Nov 11 1:00pm 500 First | Napa Director: Caskey Ebeling Producer: Jon Barlow Featuring: Angst, Defer, Tony “Tempt One” Quan, Eyeone, Nuke, Prime,

Getting Up beautifully illustrates that through the will of two men, and on the shoulders of a community, anything is possible.

MONDAY NIGHT REHAB Documentary Short, 22 min Directed by Rick Darge A colorful, in-depth journey into the late night bicycle riding culture of Los Angeles, told through the eyes of a charismatic ride leader who works at a law firm by day, and transforms into a popular ride leader by night. Energized by an eclectic group of bike riding friends who take to the streets well after dark, Monday Night Rehab gives a unique glimpse into the emerging sub-culture of late night Los Angeles bike riding.

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HIGH GROUND Total running time: 92 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 5:30pm Barrel Room | Yountville SAT Nov 10 10:00am Native Sons | St Helena SUN Nov 11 3:00pm Lincoln | Yountville Director/Producer/ Screenwriter: Michael Brown Producer: Don Hahn Screenwriters: Scott McElroy, Brian Mockenhaupt, Ryan Fenson-Hood, Matthew L. Murray Featuring: Steve Baskis, Chad Butrick, Ashley Crandall, Aaron “Ike” Isaacson, Chad Jukes, Nicolette “Nico” Maroulis, Cody Miranda, Justin Moore, Matt Nyman, Katherine “Rizzo” Ragazzino, Dan Sidles highgroundmovie.com

DIRECTOR BIO As a world-class mountaineer, Michael Brown has summited Mount Everest five times. A three-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Brown has made over fifty expeditions to all seven continents, all with cameras rolling. He visits the world’s harshest, most dangerous environments— the South Pole, the North Face of the Eiger, and 1,500 feet underground in Choreadoro cave— and always returns with footage and stories. Outside Magazine describes the cerebral filmmaker as a “swashbuckling librarian,” and Men’s Journal calls him “a master of gut-dropping action.” As founder of the Outside Adventure Film School, Brown practices another of his favorite pursuits: teaching.

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How these wounded soldiers transition is one of the most important repercussions of these wars and an adversity with which we will contend for generations. Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the Gold Star Mom who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to these heroes’ journey all captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing cinematography by three-time Emmy winner, director Michael Brown.

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Featuring stunning cinematography and powerful emotions, High Ground is an honest and gripping portrayal of eleven wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, their poignant story unfolds in unexpected ways as they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history.

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JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS

Production Country: USA Total running time: 54 min

DIRECTOR BIO Tadashi Nakamura is a fourth-generation Japanese American and secondgeneration filmmaker seeking to tell his community’s history to new generations. Nakamura carries on the work of his parents— renowned Asian American film pioneers Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura. He recently completed A Song for Ourselves, the third film of his trilogy, The first film of the trilogy was Yellow Brotherhood, and the second was Pilgrimage. Nakamura has an M.A. in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

A thirty-something, fourth-generation Japanese American, Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) was born and raised in Honolulu, the child of parents who both loved music. Jake’s mother, Carol, played the ukulele and began to teach him at age four, as soon as his fingers were big enough to form the chords. Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro who expresses strong attachment to Hawaii, its aloha spirit having taught him to use his instrument for good. It is this spirit that he brings to his life and music, continuing to believe that “the ukulele is the instrument of peace. And if everyone played the ukulele,”he says, “the world would be a better place.” This film reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, the loneliness of separation from home and family.

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Documentary Short, 16 min Directed by Matt Day Shape of Things to Come gives viewers an exhilarating and heartwarming glimpse into the life of Nick Zammuto, professional recording artist as he balances his passion for music with his devotion to his growing family. The first part of the documentary focuses on life at the Zammuto homestead in rural Vermont as he and his wife expect their third child. It resumes six months later as Zammuto’s new band prepares for its first show at Mass MoCa.

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 10:00am 500 First | Napa SAT Nov 10 1:00pm Barrel Room | Yountville SUN Nov 11 1:00pm The Ritz | Calistoga Director: Tadashi Nakamura Producer: Donald Young Featuring: Jake Shimabukuro


OF TWO MINDS Total running time: 90 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 1:00pm 500 First | Napa SAT Nov 10 5:30pm Native Sons | St Helena SUN Nov 11 10:00am Barrel Room | Yountville Directors: Doug Blush, Lisa Klein Producers: Lisa Klein, Kristin Chambers

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Screenwriter: Lisa Klein

Doug Blush is an award winning documentary director, editor, cinematographer, and writer. He has edited a wide range of major theatrically-released documentaries, including Wordplay, Freakonomics, and The Invisible War.

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Lisa Klein is a writer and filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Los Angeles for graduate school at the University of Southern California. Klein’s impetus to make this documentary stemmed from her sister’s long battle with bipolar disorder.

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Far from a clinical study of mental health issues, this film is a vibrant canvas of emotions ranging from painful to painfully funny, with unflinchingly honest personal accounts and moments of decisions and change. The passion to make this film traces back to co-director Lisa Klein’s sister Tina, who was diagnosed with manic depression in the early 1990s and died in 1994. Tina’s suffering was as real as that of any patient fighting a chronic illness, yet the understanding and compassion toward her suffering was nearly absent. By putting a human face on bipolar disorder we hope that Of Two Minds will help move toward reducing the stigma that continues to plague those who live with the condition every day.

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Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and triumphs of three people among the over five million Americans living with bipolar disorder. Intimate stories of harrowing events from across the country blend together to create a compelling look at what it means to be bipolar. In a blending of personal verité and intimate interviews, the film portrays the exhilaration of the manic highs and the crushing despair of depression.

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PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF

DIRECTOR BIO Writer/Director/Producer Tom Bean has worked in many capacities on documentary and feature films alike. He co-produced and wrote a feature length documentary about the Iranian hostage crisis, featuring Jimmy Carter and Walter Cronkite. Writer/Director/Producer Luke Poling has worked on many productions, including The Departed, and The Fog of War. He was a writer/director for the omnibus film Twelve. He also worked as a staff writer and director on the award-winning podcast Hello Simon.

Using Plimpton’s own narration – along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries, Plimpton! tells the story of writer, editor, amateur sportsman, George Plimpton. It is the story of a man who hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, got Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Plimpton also co-founded The Paris Review, which became one of the most influential literary magazines in history, launching the careers of generations of writers, from Philip Roth and Terry Southern to William Styron and Jay McInerney. The film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man. Both The Paris Review and Plimpton’s family have generously collaborated to support the production of the film and they have provided a bounty of previously unseen material, which will surprise even the most die-hard Plimpton fans.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 88 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 5:30pm Barrel Room | Yountville FRI Nov 9 8:30pm Opera House | Napa SUN Nov 11 1:00pm Cameo | St Helena Directors/Producers/ Screenwriters: Tom Bean, Luke Poling Producers: Terry McDonell, Adam Roffman, Fernando Villena Featuring: George Plimpton, Sarah Dudley Plimpton, Terry McDonell, Taylor Plimpton, Freddy Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen plimptonmovie.com


RISING FROM ASHES In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the Genocide, it is how you survived. During 100 days in 1994, as five and a half lives were systematically murdered per minute, thousands of Rwandans escaped certain death on their bikes. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Citizens of the country have participated in the sport, hosting local races for bragging rights, riding barefoot, many times without brakes or gears.

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Amidst the heartache and trauma, a committed group of young cyclists began importing racing bikes into the country with the hopes of resurrecting the sport. In 2005, legendary bike-builder Tom Ritchey explored the country on his bike, and upon meeting a group of cyclists who called themselves Team Rwanda he left with a vision. Together with his one-time cyclist rival, Jock Boyer, he asked the question: What if a Rwandan cyclist could make it to the Olympics?

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Director/Producer: T.C. Johnstone Producer: Greg Kwedar Featuring: Adrien Niyonshuti, Rafiki Uwimana, Nathan Byukusenge, Abraham Ruhumuriza, Nyandwi Uwase,

On Sunday, November 11, join Napa Bike and the riders of Team Rwanda on a recreational ride. The 40-mile ride will start and finish at Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino in St Helena. Ride is self-supported. Wheels up at 9:30am. For more information please go to napabike.org

GEORGENA TERRY Special Screening, 6 min Directed by Amanda Zackem This short documentary shares the story of Georgena Terry, founder of Terry Bicycles. Terry revolutionized the women’s biking industry by creating a frame specific to a woman’s body.

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T.C. Johnstone began making films in Steamboat Springs 10 years ago. After producing his first feature he moved to Santa Monica, CA and began working as a DP and documentary director on a wide variety of projects in television and independent films. Johnstone has traveled to over 40 countries and has a deep desire to see people contribute to the common good. With a passion for redemptive stories and world issues, Johnstone’s vision is simple: allow audiences to dream. He believes a well-told story can create a catalyst for change.

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This is the story of how this dynamic woman got her start and the challenges within the women’s biking movement.

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TRASH DANCE Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 68 min

DIRECTOR BIO Andrew Garrison is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, who works in both documentary and fiction. His past films include the documentary feature Third Ward TX (2007) and the narrative triptych The Wilgus Stories (2000), both of which premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS. Garrison’s work has earned him Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships, and his films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. He is an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin.

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 1:00pm Jarvis | Napa SAT Nov 10 10:00am Gliderport | Calistoga SUN Nov 11 1:00pm Barrel Room | Yountville Director/Producer: Andrew Garrison Featuring: Allison Orr trashdancemovie.com

UNWIELDY BEAST Documentary Short, 6 min Director: Brandon Loper Unwieldy Beast tells the delightful story of Gary Frank Skaggs and his unique piano, which happens to be set atop a three-wheeled bicycle. Saint Frankenstein, as it is so aptly named, is a rare combination of bicycle wheels and piano strings and was literally resurrected by Skaggs and given a new life as an unwieldy beast roaming musically through San Francisco. A six-minute film that you’ll remember and relish for a long time.


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The documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which “Night” was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and race rebellions at home combine with iconic music from the 60s to invite viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this moment in history. Year of the Living Dead shows us how this young filmmaker created a worldrenowned horror film that also offers profound insights into how our society really functions.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Special Screening, 96 min Directed by George A. Romero The 1968 cult classic receives the royal treatment at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival, screening as the closing night film at the Cameo Cinema in St Helena following the screening of Year of the Living Dead. SHOWTIME SUN Nov 11 8:30pm Cameo | St Helena

Total running time: 76 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 8:30pm Generations | Yountville FRI Nov 9 8:30pm Jarvis | Napa

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Year of the Living Dead is Rob’s first feature-length documentary as a Director. SUN Nov 11 5:30pm He previously co-directed Cameo | St Helena and edited Enemies of War (PBS, 2001), and This is a Director/Producer/ Game Ladies (PBS, 2003, Screenwriter: Rob Kuhns Audience Award – AFI SilProducer: Esther Cassidy Featuring: George A. Romero, verdoc Festival). His many editing credits include Larry Fessenden, Mark Harris, Gale Anne Hurd, Elvis Mitchell, Moyers and Company (2011 - Present), Seeper Cell Sam Pollard, Chiz Schultz, (Showtime, Golden Globe Jason Zinoman nomination, 2005), and Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination, 1990). Rob also wrote and directed the short comedy, King’s Day Out, (1993 Sundance Film Festival). Rob lives in Brooklyn with his wife and producing partner, Esther Cassidy.

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Year of the Living Dead is a fascinating and entertaining account of how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers - policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner - to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film.

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In 1968 a young college drop-out named George Romero directed a low budget horror film that shocked the world and became an icon of the counterculture. That film was Night of the Living Dead.

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DIRECTOR BIO Jordan Galland is a prolific songwriter and composer as well as a screenwriter, producer and director. He has written original songs and scores for

It’s the not too distant future. Or is it the recent past? Hard to say, but one thing is certain: once revered superheroes have lost all government and public support. Tensions reach an all time high when a superhero by the name of Fridge becomes embroiled in a government conspiracy.

Production Country: USA

Fridge, who has the ability to shoot deadly ice from his hands is in a funk after his girlfriend cheats on him with his own civilian alter ego! Meanwhile Fridge’s colleague C-Thru, who possesses superhuman X-ray vision, has captured Shrink, a super villain who allegedly murdered Fridge’s parents.

SUN Nov 11 11:00am The Lounge | Napa

over a dozen films, and previously directed the feature film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead. He has an extensive comic book collection and it has long been a dream of his to make a comedic mystery with superheroes.

Total running time: 81 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 5:00pm The Lounge | Napa

Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Jordan Galland Producers: Milan Chakraborty, Dan Farah, Carlos Velazquez

In order to regain the respect of a society that has lost all hope in superheroes, Fridge and C-Thru must work to resolve their own super problems before they can begin to worry about everyone else’s. Alter Egos is great fun.

Featuring: Danny Masterson, Sean Lennon, Brooke Nevin, Joey Kern, Kris Lemche alteregosmovie.com


BEWARE OF MR. BAKER Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, legendary drummer Ginger Baker’s first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. Best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, 73-year-old Ginger’s famous hair has now faded. He spends his days smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner inside a fortified South African compound where he lives with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies. At times as intense and frenetic as Ginger’s stage presence, this rollicking documentary traces Ginger’s volatile career, through his own recounting as well as stories from his ex-wives, children, and many of the greatest living musicians who worked with him.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 100 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Jay Bulger attended Fordham University where he boxed

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Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Cole, and Hermés. After a two-year bout with cancer, Jay dedicated himself to writing and directing and articles for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, and many other publications. He has directed music videos and commercials for bands such as The Hold Steady, Nightmare of You, The Washington Social Club, Permanent Me, and Playradioplay; for labels including Island, Def Jam, Warner Brothers, East West, Vagrant, and French Kiss; and brands

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A fantastically creative documentary, the film grew out of director Jay Bulger’s Rolling Stone Magazine article “In Search of Ginger Baker,” for which Jay spent three months living with the rock legend in South Africa. A marriage of the film and music spheres, Beware of Mr. Baker catapults the viewer into Ginger’s world – with every smash of the bass drum there is a man behind it smashing his way through life.

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DEAD DAD When their father dies unexpectedly, estranged siblings Russell, Jane (AKA Chainsaw) and their adopted brother, Alex, come home to Los Angeles to tend to his remains.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 82 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Director/Writer Ken J. Adachi’s projects have screened across the country, and his short film Picture Day won a College Television Award in 2010. While working primarily in short formats, Adachi developed an urge to complete a feature length film. New to Los Angeles and with limited funds, he and his collaborators embraced a grassroots approach and worked nights and weekends to make it happen. The result is Dead Dad, Adachi’s feature film debut.

Resentment and frustrations bubble up among the siblings as they strive to deal with their loss and with each other. Russell denies that his siblings knew their dad as well as they claim they did, since they were never there for him. Meanwhile Jane’s pursuit of the perfect goodbye grows frantic, as she overcompensates for her brothers’ lack of concern about where to scatter the ashes. And Alex, who still struggles with his identity within the family, just wants to get it all over with and move on with his life.

FRI Nov 9 11:00am The Lounge | Napa SAT Nov 10 5:00pm The Lounge | Napa Director/Screenwriter: Ken Adachi Producers: Kelly Calligan, Ben Hethcoat Screenwriter: Kyle Arrington

The Sawtelle children’s attempts to cope manifest in varied ways: binge drinking one night, picking a fight at a baby shower the next, and eventually sending them on a misguided roadtrip to seek out a favorite mini-golf course they recall from their childhood. Dead Dad is in turns poignant, funny, and awkward. The film’s three leads vividly portray the wildly different emotions encompassed by grief, and reveal the uneasy but deep-rooted affection the Sawtelle siblings share.

Featuring: Kyle Arrington, Jenni Melear, Lucas K. Peterson deaddadmovie.com


ELECTRICK CHILDREN Total running time: 95 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 11:00pm The Lounge | Napa FRI Nov 9 8:00pm The Lounge | Napa Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Thomas Producers: Jessica Caldwell, Richard Neustadter

Electrick Children is a haunting debut film featuring a standout performance from young star Julia Garner.

Featuring: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Cynthia Watros, Billy Zane electrickchildren.com

DIRECTOR BIO Rebecca Thomas was raised in Las Vegas, NV, the youngest of five children. She took a break from studying film at Brigham Young University to serve a Mormon mission in Japan. She went on to pursue her MFA at Columbia University. Electrick Children is Rebecca’s debut feature film.

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Three months later, Rachel turns up pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the music. Rachel’s parents arrange a marriage; but Rachel rebels and runs away to the closest city, Las Vegas, to search for the man who sings on the cassette tape, thinking he has something to do with her mysterious pregnancy.

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Rachel is a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah. On Rachel’s fifteenth birthday she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience.

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THE FINAL MEMBER At once humorous and profound (and not for the squeamish), The Final Member tells the story of Sigurdur “Siggi” Hjartarson, Curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, and his quest to complete his collection of mammalian phalluses by inducting the first human specimen.

DIRECTOR BIO Jonah Bekhor runs the production company Citizen Jones, with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. He has directed short films and produced both shorts and features. The Final Member is his first feature-length film as a director.

While it may seem sensational on the surface, The Final Member is a deeper story about the passion, ambition and pride of three very different men: curator Siggi, and his two donation candidates, Icelandic Pall Arason and American Tom Mitchell. Locally renowned paramour Pall chuckles over his scrapbook, gleefully recounting his conquests. Meanwhile, Tom takes steps to ensure the lasting fame of his beloved body part by making plans to have it removed before his own death. Despite the outlandishness of the project, it is Siggi, a sweet family man whose other preoccupation is translating historic works of literature, who keeps the story grounded with his genuine, uncomplicated hopes for a complete collection. As Pall ages and the likelihood of his donation being of a valid “legal length” (as defined by the local folktale) declines, Tom’s obsession and desire to control his presentation in the museum becomes overbearing, and Siggi questions whether or not he himself will live to see his museum completed. The Final Member is a charming, memorable documentary that dispenses with the taboos of its subject and explores the profoundly human themes of mortality, virility, and legacy.

Production Country: Canada Total running time: 75 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 8:30pm Cameo | St Helena SAT Nov 10 2:00pm The Lounge | Napa SUN Nov 11 5:00pm The Lounge | Napa Directors/Producers: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math Featuring: Sigurdur “Siggi” Hjartarson, Pall Arason, Tom Mitchell


THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK Future Folk is an acoustic music duo from outer space whose adventures are chronicled in this delightful, sci-fi musical comedy.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 86 min

SHOWTIMES The planet Hondo is doomed. The highly evolved and human-like Hondonians know that they have just a few years before their planet will be destroyed by a fiery comet headed their way. Even worse? There’s no music on Hondo.

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Years ago, Hondonian hero General Trius was sent to Earth to deploy a flesh-eating virus that will destroy the human race, clearing the way for a Hondonian colony. But hearing music for the first time made him reconsider his mission. Years later, General Trius, now known as Bill, lives in Brooklyn with a family he loves and a day job for cover as he tries to find an alternative to eliminating the race that brought the banjo, the theme from Mario Bros, and the ‘50s pop song “Lollipop” into existence.

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Directors: J. Anderson Mitchell

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Jeremy Kipp Walker,

J. Anderson Mitchell is a Brooklyn based screenwriter and filmmaker. He earned his MFA in dramatic writing at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.   Jeremy Kipp Walker is a New York-based film producer and director. His recent producing credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Half Nelson.   The History of Future Folk is the directing team’s debut feature, having previously co-directed the award-winning short films Super Powers and Goodnight Bill.

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When Hondonian Kevin is sent to execute General Trius and complete the original mission, Bill must win him over with music and convince him to help him save both Hondo and humanity.

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A perfect fit for The Lounge, but with such broad appeal that we couldn’t keep it contained in Napa, The History of Future Folk is one of the few films to break out of The Lounge in 2012, bringing the gospel of Hondo to the upper valley.

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THE INSTITUTE Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure?

Production Country: USA Total running time: 91 min

DIRECTOR BIO From the realm of higher education, Spencer McCall was hired by a dog cloning company to travel the world shooting videos of cloned puppies for eccentric and frivolous millionaires. After the company rolled over and went belly-up, Spencer was hired by the government to attend rodeos. He documented these adventures through a short doc entitled Rodeos Special. The brief stint-del-rodeo having been completed, he has since worked for several Bay Area companies in the realm of multi-media design and production. The Institute is his first feature film and he is currently living in San Francisco and teaching as an Industry Lecturer at SFSU.

The Institute is a feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for. Told from the players’ perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where the real world and fictional narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. The premise for the Alternate Reality Game begins in 1988, when 17-year-old Evalyn Lucien mysteriously disappeared from the Coit Tower area of San Francisco. Twenty years later, the mystery still unresolved, friends of Evalyn created a city-wide art project dedicated to her memory and the hope of solving her case once and for all. Described by director Spencer McCall as, “a documentary about a fictional narrative,” The Institute will leave you questioning exactly where the boundaries of reality and fiction lie.

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 8:00pm The Lounge | Napa SAT Nov 10 11:00pm The Lounge | Napa Director/Producer/ Screenwriter: Spencer McCall Featuring: Daniel Shoup, Jeff Hull theinstitutemovie.com


VINYL

Vinyl is good old-fashioned fun about living life all the way through, and is one of the few films from The Lounge to travel up valley.

Total running time: 85 min

SHOWTIMES WED Nov 7 5:00pm The Lounge | Napa SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Gliderport | Calistoga SUN Nov 11 2:00pm The Lounge | Napa Director/ Producer/ Screenwriter: Sara Sugarman Producer: Preston Clay Reed Featuring: Jamie Blackley, Julia Ford, Keith Allen, Perry Benson, Phil Daniels vinyl-themovie.com

DIRECTOR BIO Sara started her career as an actress and trained at RADA before moving into directing. In 1999, her short film, Valley Girls, won prizes at the Montepulciano, Turin and Welsh International Film Festivals as well as being nominated for a BAFTA. Sara’s feature films include Very Annie Mary (starring Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Price and Matthew Rhys), and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (starring Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox).   Currently, Sara is teaming up again with Jim Cooper, her co-writer from Vinyl, on Occupy Wall Street, a film based on the true story of a family from a small Welsh village who claim to own Wall Street.

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Johnny and his band-mates assemble a talent-less bunch of teenagers to be the face of their new single. It’s a hit… and the kids become stars. Interviews, a record deal and a spot in the Top Ten follow. The band is the hottest property in the UK and they have a charismatic leader, Drainpipe, who is destined to become rock royalty. His mother was a pretty dedicated groupie back in the day and suddenly it seems that Johnny has a little more than he is ready for. Namely a son. And a pregnant wife. And then there’s the mutinous band-mate, Minto, who decides to steal some of the glory for himself and blow the whistle on the entire hoax.

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After a booze-fuelled post-funeral jam session, Johnny and his old band-mates come up with a gem of a pop punk single. The problem is that no one is interested in re-signing a bunch of washed-up, has-been rockers. But Johnny’s not one to quit easily. And he has a plan – a hoax that will reveal the sham that the music industry has become.

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Production Country: Croatia Total running time: 52 min

Like the Old Vine is the life story of Miljenko Mike Grgich, narrated by himself. Mike is famous for having made the Chardonnay (for Chateau Montelena) that was victorious at the 1976 Judgement of Paris. But few know the full details of the incredible journey his life represents.

DIRECTOR BIO Milka Barisic graduated with a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb. Since 1993 she has been working on Croatian National Television (HRT). Her first documentary was An American Village on Penninsula Peljesac, which was prized at the 2000 International Festival of Tourism in Split. Her favourite issues are about small forgotten places or unusual people who never give up.

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Mike was born in Croatia, at the time part of former Yugoslavia. After education on The Agriculture Faculty in Zagreb, he left for Germany as he did not want to live in a communistic state. Mike describes the immigrant’s path towards California (the heaven on Earth), his very first night in California, his winemaking teachers and years of further education. Mike’s friends, family members and colleagues are witness to his amazing life story and his biggest achievements. Please join us for a very special film presentation and discussion with Napa Valley legend Mike Grgich. And then join Mike for a post-screening reception at his Grgich Hills Winery.

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BOOM VARIETAL Argentine Malbec is currently the fastest growing wine varietal in the United States. Originally from the Cahors region of France, Malbec never gained the acceptance that it has achieved in Argentina. Thirsty Italian immigrants arriving in Argentina at the turn of the 20th century planted Malbec cuttings all along the Andean foothills in Mendoza. In this high, dry climate, Malbec found its perfect terrior. Originally producing inexpensive and bland blends to satisfy the huge demand of the local population, Argentina’s vintners have more recently developed high quality boutique wines.

Production Country: Argentina, Canada, USA Total running time: 73 min

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This movement, combined with a dramatic shift to an outward looking, export driven economy, plus the country’s 75% currency devaluation in 2002, has caused Malbec to boom. U.S. consumers now seem to be enamored with the varietal, but will the boom last? Difficulties for foreign investors, government unpredictability and a proliferation of export brands, may sow the seeds for the varietal’s demise.

Featuring: Santiago Archeval, Baptiste Cuvelier, Richard Battagion, Hector Durigutti, Pablo Durigutti, Adolpho Basso, Carlos Basso, Angel Mendoza, Carmelo Patti, Dana Rothkop, Carlos Tizio, Kirk Ermisch

Sky Pinnick is thrilled to be presenting his featurelength documentary Boom Varietal for Napa Valley audiences. Previously, Sky has directed, produced, shot and edited a series of low-budget skiing films. Not surprisingly, Sky’s interests include skiing and wine.

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The film profiles several key wine producers as they speak about their successes and struggles in these times: focusing on family, the importance of terrior, dedication to quality, collaboration with fellow winemakers and diversifying to grow more than just Malbec. Beautifully shot and with an original music score, Boom Varietal will unlock your understanding of Argentina’s great Malbec.

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DIRECTOR BIO Stephen Oliver has worked in the television industry in the UK, Australia and Spain since 1995. He is a British, Australian and Spanish citizen, speaks four languages and has travelled widely making high-quality television for virtually all the major international broadcasters about all manner of subjects from polygamous pop stars to Islamic extremists and even the odd heroic marsupial.

Production Country: Australia Total running time: 59 min

It’s the 1970s and Australian wine is a joke— not for drinking, as Monty Python put it, but for ‘laying down and avoiding’. The idea that a wine made ‘Down Under’ could ever challenge the august products of Burgundy or Tuscany has wine buffs and snobby sommeliers sniggering into their tasting spoons.

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In a story-line remarkably similar to that of Napa Valley, 40 years later Australian winemaking is leading the world. London merchants sell more wine from Australia than any other country, while the chastened French wine industry reluctantly takes note of how modern winemaking— and wine marketing— is really done.

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Stephen Oliver Producers: Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle Screenwriters: Stephen Oliver, Phil Craig Featuring: Bruce Tyrrell,

Chateau Chunder is both a social history of wine and wine drinking and an in-depth examination of how a small group of enterprising Australian wine makers took on the world…and won. With humour and insight, the documentary features winemakers, marketers, merchants, critics and drinkers including Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrell’s Wines), Robert Hill Smith (Yalumba), James Halliday and Max Allen (Australian wine critics), Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson (UK wine critics), and Sir Les Patterson (Cultural Attaché to Australia, a comic creation of Barry Humphries).

BIODYNAMIC Documentary Short, 18 min Director: Kristyn Loving A few of New Zealand’s accaimed viticulturists are using biodynamic agriculture to restore the land to the potential it once had naturally, turning a farm into a healthy sustainable ecosystem. The result: grapes that capture the essence of the land and convey that uniqueness into the creation of great wine.

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Total running time: 50 min

Production Country: USA Total running time: 62 min In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns to their home

Farming in America is simultaneously a privilege and a service.

state of Alabama. They set out to eat the way their grandparents

And it is not easy. Young farmers in America face tremendous

did— locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agricultural

structural obstacles. They seek access to land, capital, education,

industrial complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about

and business training. They seek cultural support and open

the food system has changed since farmers once populated the

minded consumers. They need reasonable paths to acquiring

area and their family histories.

mechanical equipment and other infrastructures of medium-scale agriculture. The production of The Greenhorns is part of the

A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and

grassroots nonprofit’s larger campaign for agricultural reform.

sustainability, Eating Alabama is a story about why real food matters. Though the project began in Berkeley, the film introduces us to enterprising, hopeful greenhorns all over the country: descendants of family dairies, punky inner-city gardeners, homesteaders, radical Christians, anarcho-activists, ex-suburbanites, graduates with biological science degrees, ex-teachers, ex-poets, ex-cowboys, the sons of traditional farmers, the daughters of migrant farm workers, the accidental agriculturalists and the

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Andrew Beck Grace was born and raised in north Alabama. He is an independent documentary filmmaker whose films have aired on Public Television stations and at film festivals across the country. He received an MA in American Studies from the University of Wyoming where he made his first documentary feature about the reenactments of Custer’s Last Stand in southern Montana.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a farmer-filmmaker-activist dedicated to moving farmers out of the margins of recent history and back to the heart of the American food landscape.

Back in his home state, Andrew teaches at The University of Alabama and oversees a unique interdisciplinary social justice documentary program called Documenting Justice, and was recently named by The Oxford American one of the “Most Creative Teachers in the South.”

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NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE

DIRECTOR BIO Kum-Kum Bhavnani is a university professor by day and filmmaker by night. She has lived in California for the last two decades, via India and London. Her first documentary, The Shape of Water (2006: narrated by Susan Sarandon) screened around the world.

From currency to candy, chocolate reflects a rich history saturated with sacred ritual, endorphin highs, hip antioxidants, exotic sensuality, and high quality luxury‌ and enslaved children. Anarchist chocolate maker, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative, pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world, ethically and taste-wise. With a rich blend of human ingredients missing in corporate chocolate, the Grenada Chocolate factory, a worker-owned cooperative, draws on solar power, employee shareholding and smallscale antique equipment to make delicious, organic, and socially conscious chocolate. Also featuring Nelice Stewart, an independent cocoa farmer in Grenada, the documentary offers an intimate portrait of the parallel lives of Mott and Nelice. Nothing Like Chocolate serves up a deliciously radical experience.

She is very passionate about her new film Nothing Like Chocolate. Her hope is that this story will help inspire a new generation of people also passionate for change.

BITTERSWEET Documentary Short, 20 min Director: Peter Bicknell, Andrew Koppel Bittersweet highlights the good work being done by Conservation Alliance, a Non-Governmental Organization with project sites throughout Western Africa. They train cocoa farmers in the correct ways to grow and cultivate the crop without damaging the environment or themselves. More please!

Production Country: USA Total running time: 63 min

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SPINNING PLATES Spinning Plates is a feature documentary film about three restaurants, extraordinary for what they are today as well as the challenges they have overcome. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion; a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community; a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are putting everything they have on the line just to make enough to survive and provide for their young daughter. World-renowned chef and local hero, Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) graces the screen with commentary on these unique stories of unbelievable passion, dedication and perseverance that collectively reveal the intense emotional ties we have to food and the places we love to eat.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 95 min

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DIRECTOR BIO In May, 1999, Joseph Levy produced the highly acclaimed

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capacities of production, development and representation, and has created and produced films and television productions. Levy is a graduate of the University of

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Southern California and

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currently resides in Los

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Angeles. Spinning Plates marks

Speakeasy Supper-Club explores the culinary adventures of PushStart Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia. Created by chef Zach Meloy and his wife Cristina, PushStart is a private supper club that is quickly becoming a food phenomenon. Serving one table of ten people a night, two nights a week, the couple creates a dining experience that is not only inspired, but exquisite.

his feature directing debut.

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Screening together* THU Nov 8 1:00pm | 500 First NAPA The Movement FRI Nov 9 5:30pm | Generations Yountville

THE MOVEMENT:

THE BIG PICTURE:

One Man Joins an Uprising

Rethinking Dyslexia

Director: Kurt Miller

Director/Producer: James Redford

Director/ Screenwriter: Greg I Hamilton

Producer: Windy Borman

Screenwriter: Greg I Hamilton

Featuring: Dylan Redford, Allison Schwartz, Skye Lucas,

Featuring: Rick Finkelstein, Chris Waddell, Jim Martinson,

Sebastian Galvan, Drs. Sally and Bennet Shaywitz

Traci Anne Taylor

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Total running time: 40 min

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makeahero.org/the-movement-film Dylan, a high school senior, hopes to attend a competitive In 2004 Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen

college. In spite of accomplishments in the arts, sports and

Mountain. With a severed spine and internal trauma, he wasn’t ex-

academics, Dylan is a poor speller and slow reader. Alison, a

pected to live. Six years, nine surgeries, and a lifetime of rehab

graduate student at Columbia, reveals a desire to surpass low

later, cameras captured his dramatic return to Aspen.

expectations borne from assumptions about learning disabilities.

  Rick’s story intertwines with those of mentors who overcame

Skye, a bright seventh-grader, feels that dance competition is

their disabilities and found freedom through skiing: the world re-

her “release valve” from the pressure to keep pace with her

cord holder for speed skiing blind; a Vietnam vet who transformed

grade. Sebastian, a ski-racing fifth-grader, helps us understand

adaptive sports; and an amazing little girl who triumphed over a 10

why providing extra time on tests for dyslexics is not an unfair

percent chance of survival. Robert Redford, narrator: ‘Our move-

advantage.

ment started with the word never. ‘You’ll never walk again ... You’ll

  Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, directors of the Yale Center

never see ... You’ll never live to age five.’ Never? Our heroes re-

for Dyslexia and Creativity, provide invaluable insight into the

fused to accept that word.

neurological origins of dyslexia, and explain how difficulties in

The Movement is the story of one man joining an uprising. He

reading must be seen in a larger context – one that often includes a

may not have chosen to be disabled, but now he must choose

superior ability to think “out of the box”, create original ideas, and

whether to face the mountain again. Warren Miller, co-narrator:

“see the big picture.” Dyslexia is as much a gift as a challenge.

‘This is a movement for- movement itself.’

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After the better part of two decades

James Redford writes, produces and

owning and running Warren Miller Enter-

directs for film and television. After

tainment, producer/director Kurt Miller

surviving two liver transplants, James

had a vision for The Movement. Like his

founded JRI, a non-profit dedicated to

father, he wanted to share the inspiring

promoting a deeper understanding of

stories of individuals with disabilities

the miraculous gift of organ donation.

who have found freedom through skiing.

His live musical event, “Share the Beat”,

In parallel with the film, he created MakeAHero.org with the mis-

has been performed across the country with top stars from the

sion of helping local adaptive sports groups gain recognition and

music and entertainment communities. James also plays guitar

funding. Miller’s talent for bringing high-level resources together

for Olive and the Dirty Martinis.

has served both the film and the foundation.

*Directors Kurt Miller and Jamie Redford will attend a special combined screening of The Movement and The Big Picture THU Nov 8 at 1:00pm, at the screening room at 500 First in Napa. The Movement also shows FRI Nov 9 at 5:30pm at the Generations Room of the Yountville Community College. Kurt Miller and subject Rick Finkelstein are expected to attend.


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PAD YATRA:

THE WALKING HOSPITAL:

A Green Odyssey

Road to Lomanthang

Director/ Producer: Wendy J.N. Lee

Director: Timothy Farrell

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Producer: Robyn Hussa

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Featuring: Frank Butler, Kunzum Thakuri

Total running time: 70 min

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Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of seven hundred

In Tim Farrell’s stirring documentary, a small group of practitio-

courageous open-hearted souls trekking across the Himalayas

ners trained in an ancient form of Chinese field medicine embark

to spread a call to action. Filmmaker Wendy Lee joined her

on a rugged trek to their final destination of Lomanthang.

sister on the historic walk.

Beginning in the crowded streets of Kathmandu, the healers, in

  With 15,000 glaciers, the Himalayas has fallen victim to a

the service of the Global Alternative Healthcare Project, ascend

barrage of freak weather disasters caused by rapid glacial

to remote mountain villages in Upper Mustang, a Nepalese

melting as global temperatures rise. Battling the harshest

enclave of the high Tibetan plateau. Armed only with bags of

mountain terrain on the planet, the trekkers move village to

herbs and needles, the doctors battle the elements to offer

village to educate locals on environmental preservation and

urgent care to individuals isolated geographically and financial-

living responsibly. Surviving injuries, illness, and starvation, the

ly. Tim offers us an eye-opening story about health, healing and

trekkers emerge with 800 lbs of plastic waste collected on their

the powerful lessons of generosity that transcend borders and

backs, and memories to last several lifetimes, having ignited an

boundaries.

environmental movement never before seen in the Himalayas. With stunning cinematography and sensitively narrated by actress and activist Daryl Hannah, Pad Yatra is an adventure you

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Wendy J.N. Lee is a writer, director,

Tim Farrell has over twenty years of

and producer from LA. She is an alumna

experience as theatre director,

of Film Independent’s talent lab, Proj-

television producer and filmmaker in

ect: Involve (2009), and USC School of

New York City. Tim is currently

Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Pro-

Producer of Inside City Hall – the

duction (2008). Outside of film, Lee

NY1 News nightly political show in

volunteers in the Himalayas and assists

New York City.

non-profits with marketing and media strategy. Hobbies include surfing, improv comedy, and Scotch.

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won’t want to miss.

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LOST AND SOUND Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different and music is suddenly unrecognizable. All the songs you loved and all the songs you’ve yet to discover are suddenly out of reach.

DIRECTOR BIO Lindsey Dryden is a documentary filmmaker and obsessive music lover from London, UK. She’s worked on documentaries for broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 and Current TV, written for newspapers and magazines, and screened her films at True/ False, East End Film Festival, London International Documentary Festival, the British Film Institute and others. This is her first feature. She is partially deaf.

One in seven of us will experience some kind of hearing loss in our lifetime. So what would happen to the music you love, if your hearing was lost? Could you find a way to get music back again... and could music find you? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, this fascinating documentary follows three extraordinary people as they try to rediscover music after deafness: a dancer deaf since birth, a young pianist who lost her hearing as a baby, and a music critic facing sudden partial hearing loss.

Production Country: UK Total running time: 76 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 1:00pm Native Sons | St Helena SUN Nov 11 10:00am Gliderport | Calistoga Director/Producer: Lindsey Dryden Producer: Kat Mansoor Featuring: Nick Coleman, Emily Thornton, Holly Loach, Dr David Eagleman lostandsound.org

Lost and Sound combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new insights from the world’s top neuroscientists, to tell the story of the great human love affair with music.


HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG

Production Country: USA Total running time: 104 min

SAT Nov 10 8:30pm The Ritz | Calistoga SUN Nov 11 8:30pm Jarvis | Napa Director/Producer/ Screenwriter: Gary King Producer: Daryl Ray Carliles, Mark DiConzo, Sujata King, Christina Rose Composer: Kenneth Lampl Featuring: Joe Schermann,

DIRECTOR BIO Gary King is a contemporary American filmmaker whose work is known for powerful performances with an emphasis on a strong, visual style. He has written, directed and produced several critically acclaimed feature films.

Christina Rose, Mark DiConzo, Debbie Williams, Daryl Ray Carliles, Jenn Dees joeschermannsong.com

In 2009, he made his feature film debut with the ensemble drama New York Lately which has been hailed by The Independent Critic as “a remarkable achievement” and Row Three as “a beautiful film” making its Top Ten Films of 2009 List. His previous feature film What’s Up Lovely had critics buzzing about its visual elegance and outstanding performance by lead actress Jenn Dees.

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How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song is an inventive and highly-entertaining film combining a cinema verite style with Broadway caliber musical numbers. Director Gary King has done the impossible: coax a performance out of an actor playing himself that is truly what it’s meant to be: a performance.

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Joe (Joe Schermann) dreams of hitting it big on Broadway. After landing an opportunity to write for an OffBroadway musical, he is forced to cast either the love of his life Evey (Christina Rose) or his newly discovered muse Summer (Debbie Williams). The realities of show business prove to Joe that writing is easy, living is hard.

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I AM NOT A ROCK STAR

DIRECTOR BIO Bobbi Jo Krals-Hart is an award winning-director, producer, writer and researcher who has been part of the Adobe team for many years. She also runs Esperanto Productions Inc. Previous credits include her first film A Calling to Care about nurses working in Pakistan; Shrinkage, about a mother living with manic depression, who looks to comedy as an antidote; and She Got Game: Behind the Scenes of the Women’s Tennis Tour.

Shot over eight years, I Am Not A Rock Star is the coming-of-age journey of fiery, Juilliard-trained pianist Marika Bournaki, who will stop at nothing to become a world-class concert pianist. Marika’s parents never realized their own youthful dreams in music and ballet; but they saw their daughter’s raw talent as early as age 5. Her father-turned-manager risked everything - including his career, family and marriage - to make Marika into a star. From child prodigy accolades at age 9, to backstage tears and moving alone to New York City to study at Juilliard at age 14, the film includes behind-the-scenes footage at concerts, airports, auditions and in hotel rooms around the world.

Production Country: Canada Total running time: 85 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 1:00pm Jarvis | Napa SUN Nov 11 10:00am Cameo | St Helena Director/Screenwriter: Bobbi Jo Krals-Hart Producer: Robbie Hart Featuring: Marika Bournaki

On the cusp of international stardom at age 20, Marika has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Verbier Festival, had an audition with a major recording label, and found her first love - but also finds out her parents are divorcing and begins to question her path. With over 130 hours of footage in nearly a dozen international locations, this is a process film shot in cinema verité style about chasing an elusive dream and the cost that comes with it.

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Marika is expected to join us in Napa Valley and may grace us with a mini-recital after the Thursday, November 8 screening at Jarvis Conservatory.

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ORCHESTRA OF EXILES Some stories get lost in the turmoil of their times. It is often only in retrospect that we can discover the true shapers of history. One such man is the prodigious Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman. Orchestra of Exiles explores this great man’s 4-year odyssey which culminates in the founding of the orchestra that would become the Israel Philharmonic. His fascinating story touches many of the major themes of the 20th century and the unfolding drama of his life is riveting.

Production Country: USA

During the darkest days of a Europe being torn apart by anti- Semitism and Nazi aggression, Huberman’s extraordinary efforts saved hundreds of Jewish families from the approaching holocaust and his achievements changed the landscape of cultural history. Before the Nazis came to power, Huberman was focused only on building his own monumental career. But witnessing Hitler’s agenda was a call to action that Huberman could not ignore. Huberman’s personal transformation and subsequent heroic struggle to get Jewish musicians out of Europe to found this orchestra are at the heart of the film.

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Screenwriter: Josh Aronson Featuring: Thomas Kornmann, Elin Kolev, Henk Reinicke, Geno Lechner, Jan Uplegger firstrunfeatures.com/ orchestraofexiles

DIRECTOR BIO After starting his career as a still photographer for Time Life, Aronson began directing television films and commercials. Through Aronson Films he directed MTV videos, television pilots and specials and over 500 commercials before turning to documentaries in 1999. Since then Aronson has made award winning documentaries on a fascinating variety of topics. He is also a concert pianist and regularly plays chamber music in New York and at the Telluride Musicfest, the chamber music festival he founded in 2002 with his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann.

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DAKOTA 38 In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, had a dream in which he was riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862.

THE WHINNIES A new kind of partnership between people and horses is emerging worldwide. Instead of building our civilization and transporting us to where we need to go, horses are now collaborating with us in subtler ways. This year our special track of equine films features one short film and one feature in which horses catalyze human healing.

Now, four years later, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. This is the story of their journey—the blizzards they endure, the Native and non-native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away— aided by an old friend: the horse.

TANGLEWOOD Documentary Short, 16 min Directed by Sara Newens Horses have an extraordinary ability to sense human emotion. As prey animals, they have an incredible awareness and capacity to reflect the intuition of those who surround them. Tanglewood explores this non-verbal connection over the course of several months, as a young woman battling cancer comes to terms with a very grim prognosis.

As part of The Whinnies! Best of Equine Film, Equinality Equine Art: Running with Flag, a show of equine photographic art, runs Wednesday through Sunday at 500 First in Napa. These powerful images are uniquely printed and framed by premier San Francisco photographer Tara Arrowood. Proceeds benefit The Whinnies Equine Charities.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 78 min

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 1:00pm Gliderport | Calistoga SAT Nov 10 10:00am 500 First | Napa Director: Silas Hagerty

Free to NVFF passholders $10 Rush tickets are a donation to our NVFF Education & Outreach Programs in local schools.


HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT Myanmar, Thailand, USA Total running time: 83 min

SHOWTIMES SAT Nov 10 10:00am Cameo | St Helena SUN Nov 11 10:00am 500 First | Napa Director: Timothy Gorski Synthian Sharp Producer: Timothy Gorski Featuring: Juliette West, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, Joyce Poole, Carol Buckley

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Tim Gorski is Director and Producer for Rattle the Cage Productions and the Dandelion Project. Gorski is also an animal rescue specialist and undercover investigator of wildlife crimes. He has worked and filmed all over the world. Synthian Sharp, is an activism renaissance-man. As a screenwriter, filmmaker, author, and the lead singer for the activist rock band, Exit Ophelia, he has proudly contributed footage and music to a variety of impactful projects.

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Juliette meets Asia’s famous Elephant Lady, Lek Chailert, and together these unwavering and determined women from opposite ends of the earth and cultural spectrum converge on common ground: saving elephants. They will stop at nothing to expose the dark secrets within the industries so steeped in greed and cruelty and hopefully reverse the damage. But Juliette knows time is of the essence. The Southeast Asian elephant is facing extinction in the wild and the animal entertainment and elephant trekking industries are growing exponentially. With few laws to protect domestic elephants and so much corruption within the system the situation looks bleak.

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How I Became an Elephant is one girl's journey to inspire a movement. When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself, she got far more than she bargained for. Now she is angry. Her anger is driven by love; love for all that is natural and free. How I Became an Elephant follows this innocent fourteen year-old girl from suburban California on her quest to save the world's largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the giants she aims to save.

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BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

DIRECTOR BIO Neil Berkeley has worked as a designer and director in film and television for over ten years. His work includes main title design for some of TV’s most popular shows; he has also directed several national commercials. Since 2009, Mr. Berkeley has operated his design-based production company: BRKLY. The company developed most of the animated sequences in Beauty Is Embarrassing including the Mimi Pond Cartoon, the Pee-wee’s Playhouse sketches and the end credits. Beauty Is Embarrassing is Mr. Berkeley’s first feature length documentary.

For over 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world. As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician, Wayne has created images and ideas that are an integral – yet sometimes subconscious – part of the pop culture lexicon. To this day, he still gets up every morning to do the only thing his body and mind were made to do: create. Whether the world acknowledges it or not. Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmys.

Production Country: USA Total running time: 88 min

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Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Neil Berkeley Producers: Chris Bradley,

Wayne White’s trip to the top came relatively early in life but was followed by a fall that felt all too real. Yet, as Wayne explains in the film, there are sometimes second acts in life that take us to new heights, which we witness in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. At its core, Beauty Is Embarrassing shows what it takes for one uniquely talented, profanely hilarious, and utterly uncompromising artist to make it his way in America.

Generously supported by Mary Ann and Pat Mahoney

Morgan Neville, Milan Erceg Screenwriters: Chris Bradley, Kevin Klauber Featuring: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Matt Groening, Gary Panter, Ric Heitzman, Paul Rubens BeautyIsEmbarrassing.com


FRENCH IMMERSION French Immersion is a contemporary comedy about five Anglo-Canadians — actually four Anglos and a New Yorker— who find themselves in a two-week total immersion French program in a remote town in Northern Quebec. The place is perfect for total immersion, since according to the most recent census the population is 97% Quebecois, unilingually French, and fervently nationalist. No one is quite sure who or what the remaining 3% is. Playing like multiple fish-out-of-water stories simultaneously, the cultural gaffes pile and build upon each other to hilarious effect. A most refreshing and satisfying two hours you will not soon forget.

Production Country: Canada Total running time: 99 min

SHOWTIMES FRI Nov 9 5:30pm The Ritz | Calistoga SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Generations | Yountville SUN Nov 11 1:00pm Native Sons | St Helena Director/Producer: Kevin Tierney Producers: Kevin Tierney, Claude Bonin Screenwriters: Kevin Tierney, Jefferson Lewis

DIRECTOR BIO Kevin Tierney is a prolific television writer and producer in Canada. He was the producer and co-writer of Bon Cop, Bad Cop, the first-ever bilingual film made in Canada, and the highest grossing Canadian movie in domestic box office history. French Immersion is Kevin’s directorial debut.

Featuring: Fred Ewanuick, Vanasse, Martha Burns, Olunike Adeliyi, Pascale Bussières, Robert Charlebois

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OMA & BELLA Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the private world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Both survived the Holocaust and remained in Germany after the war. Cooking food together in their cramped kitchen, they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity.

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As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma’s granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.

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Germany, USA Total running time: 75 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Alexa Karolinski is a halfGerman, half-Canadian filmmaker who grew up in Berlin with weekly lunch visits to her grandmother’s. After studying art history in London, she moved back to Berlin to work for Vice Magazine, and then became a director at Arte. She recently graduated from New York’s School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking. Alexa currently lives and works in New York, where she directs fashion videos, freelances for Arte, works for the filmmaker John Walter and if she has time, cooks feasts for her friends. Oma & Bella is her first feature length film but she is already at work on her next movie.

Director: Alexa Karolinski Featuring: Regina Karolinski, Bella Katz omabella.com

NECKING Documentary Short, 10 min Director: Lindsay Lindenbaum Necking is a study of love, dating, and the longevity of relationships from the perspective of those who know the subject better than anyone else - our elders. We hear from three couples (all married for over fifty years) and one widow who muse over their relationships and offer wise words about how to make a marriage work. These vignettes remind us that despite all the odds, true love really is still alive and kicking.


O’MAST O’mast is an engaging journey inside the proud tradition of bespoke tailoring in the city of Naples. The film features interviews with masters in their field, generations of craftsmen working with excellence, dignity, beauty, elegance and passion. It’s a story that celebrates the people and their craft.

Production Country: Italy

Breathtaking cinematography ranges from showing the beauty of Naples in wide shots, to exploring in close-up the texture of a fine fabric destined to be a one-of-a-kind suit. And an excellent score adds yet another sensory element to this wonderfully textured documentary.

SUN Nov 11 10:00am The Ritz | Calistoga

Total running time: 67 min

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DIRECTOR BIO Gianluca Migliarotti was born in Naples and attended the

Director: Gianluca Migliarotti

NYU Filmschool and The Lee

Producer: Gianluca Migliarotti

Strasberg Theater Institute in

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New York. He founded Kid Dandy Prod. In Milan, a boutique company producing documentaries, short films and commercials for clients like Pinko, Starwood Hotels, Cantine Banfi, MBC, Global Fashion News, Christofle,

renowned production houses like The Family and Luchino Visconti’s Enormous Films. In 2010 Gianluca produced and directed the documentary Lino Sabattini, awarded Best

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Film on Design at the 29th

Documentary Short, 14 min

Asolo Art Film Festival.

Directed by Sandy Patch For 55 years, Baltazar Ushca has trekked over 10 km up the tallest mountain in Ecuador. He hacks away at glacial ice and breaks it into blocks, which he wraps in hay and loads onto his donkeys' backs. On Saturdays, he sells the ice at the market for $2.50 a piece, to vendors who turn it into ice cream and fruit juices. Baltazar is now the last remaining ice merchant; when he dies, the tradition of harvesting glacial ice will be lost forever.

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He also collaborates with

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DIRECTOR BIO Mark Obenhaus is a leading producer, director and writer of documentary television and film. In addition to Dreamland, he recently completed Steep, an epic film about the world of big mountain skiing. His work has received many awards, including five national Emmys, the duPont Award, two Robert Kennedy Journalism awards and four American Film Festival Awards.

California has long been known as a land of dreamsa place irresistible to visionaries from all walks of life who come to innovate, create, entertain, and accomplish feats that, in turn, go on to change the world. But dreams don’t just happen– they are made. Built up day-by-day, piece-by-piece.

Production Country: USA

Dreamland tells the story of one day in California. Filmed simultaneously from dawn until dusk on November 19, 2010, it follows a remarkable ensemble of Californians who are pushing the bounds of the possible. Counted among the ranks are entrepreneurs, daredevils, entertainers, scientists, politicians, chefs, and technologists, and others who are in California to realize a vision and whose ideas and actions are changing the world.

Director: Mark Obenhaus

Total running time: 60 min

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Producer: The Documentary Group Featuring: Tommy Caldwell Kevin Jorgeson, Susan Feniger Liz Phair, Bran Ferren, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Amelia Ceja, Professor Stephen C. Sillett, PhD, Bob Burnquist, Bill Clerico & Rich Aberman,

Dreamland delivers a living, breathing snapshot of what drives ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things.

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THE AMERICA’S CUP: 150 YEARS IN THE MAKING Production Country: USA Total running time: 60 min

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Director/Producer: PJ Panzica Screenwriter: John Rousmaniere Featuring: Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, Larry Ellison

Panzica’s original film will be augmented with spectacular recent footage of the newer 45 and 72-foot masted catamarans, the former of which thrilled Bay Area audiences during warm-up regattas this Fall.

A blue-ribbon panel follows the screening. Filmmaker PJ Panzica and San Francisco Chronicle sailing writer Paul Oliva co-moderate a rousing discussion with world-renowned sailor Paul Cayard (CEO, Artemis Racing Team), Ian “Fresh” Burns (Oracle Racing Team), screenwriter and commentator Kimball Livingston (who has covered every America’s Cup since 1980) and other sailors, engineers and designers working right now on America’s Cup 2013.

DIRECTOR BIO PJ Panzica is a California native and a self-taught sailor. At 23 she was living in the Caribbean aboard her own 42’ sloop. Teaching sailing and navigation at sea internationally, PJ went on to race offshore and eventually sailed as a captain for the New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup Challenge, “Young America”. She was fascinated by the rich history of the America’s Cup and drawn to the innovation and technology that has been driven by the sport.

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FRI Nov 9 1:00pm Opera House | Napa

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A journey through the dramas of the oldest and grandest event—and the greatest obsession—in international sport. Narrator Walter Cronkite takes you behind the scenes, examining the Cup’s hold on some of the most powerful men of seven generations, each possessed in different ways by Cup fever. You’ve heard the names: Lipton and Vanderbilt, Ted Turner, Larry Ellison. Filmmaker PJ Panzica sails you across the decades from wooden-hulled grandeur to high-tech machines of carbon fiber, sailing on the edge, pushing to the limit. It begins as a calling. It becomes a way of life.

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MEMORIAL DAY Memorial Day, 1995. When 13 year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the

Production Country: USA

World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud,

Total running time: 106 min

everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself

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striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souve-

SAT Nov 10 5:00pm American Canyon High School | American Canyon

nirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. The souvenirs not only takes us on a journey into Bud’s complicated

DIRECTOR BIO

wartime past, but also into Kyle’s wartime future.

Sam Fischer has 25 years of

SUN Nov 11 10:00am Lincoln Theater | Yountville

feature film and episodic

As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to

television experience that has

realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their

taken him from best boy,

lives. Featuring a moving performance by acclaimed actor James

gaffer, camera operator and

Cromwell and his real-life son, John, playing Bud as a young man,

director of photography to

Memorial Day is a moving tribute to all who serve our country in

Director: Sam Fischer

director. In his spare time,

the defense of freedom.

Producer: Craig Christiansen

Sam basks in the bright light

Screenwriter: Marc Conklin

of his two baby boys – Sev

Featuring: James Cromwell,

and Viggo – and receives

John Cromwell,

direction from his lovely wife,

Jonathan Bennett,

Janna.

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HIGH GROUND US Documentary Feature see page 89 for full details High Ground screens as part of our US Documentary Feature Competition, and also as part of our special Veterans Day Program on Sunday, November 11. See facing page for Veterans Day schedule.


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RIPPLE EFFECT

WAR PROFIT

UNMANNED

Total running time: 20 min

Total running time: 10 min

Total running time: 22 min

Director/Producer/ Screenwriter:

Director/Producer/

Director/Screenwriter:

Velvet Andrews Smith

Screenwriter: Aaron Singfield

Casey Cooper Johnson

Producers: Emily Moore,

Producer: Liesl Hinde

Producer: Casey Fenton

Kathryn Dudenhausen,

Screenwriters: Derek Joseph

Featuring: Jonah Wharton,

Kirk M. Smith

Draper, Liesl Hinde

Danielle Doyen, Austin James

Featuring: Ari Skye, Patrick Quinlan

Featuring: Derek Joseph

Rodriguez, Dan Stransky,

10:00am Memorial Day

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Draper, Belinda Raisin

Rick Gifford, Sola Bamis

1:00pm Vets Shorts

In Southern Afghanistan, even

Connor Gallagher did five tours

amidst the harshest circumstances

with the Royal Irish Regiment

A young Air Force drone pilot

of armed conflict, what goes

before moving to Australia. As

struggles to cope with the

around, comes around.

he and his wife fall deeper into

daily commute between his

debt, his promise to never go

suburban family life in America

back on tour becomes harder

and the war he fights by

for him to keep.

remote control.

TOWING Total running time: 14 min

HORSE SOLDIERS OF 9/11

Director: Wenhwa Ts’ao

Total running time: 19 min

Producer: Karen Loop

Director: Alex Quade

All shows SUN Nov 11 Lincoln Theater | Yountville

*Free Admission

Screenwriter: Cari Callis Featuring: Camille Guaty

It was the news the world

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breathlessly waited for after the 9/11 terror attacks: a

Towing is a film about a

report of the first American

female veteran’s struggle to

troops on the ground in

make the adjustment to

Afghanistan. All at once,

civilian life. One fateful night

attention focused on an iconic

her experiences in the war

photo of teams of Special

come back to challenge her as

Operations Forces riding

she’s yet again forced to face

horses into combat. Ten years

meaningless death. Towing

later, that photo would go on

explores themes of gender,

to inspire an artist to sculpt

race and class with a feminine

an 18 feet-tall monument at

perspective on the emotional

Ground Zero. Narrated by

effects of war.

actor and vet Gary Sinise.

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Helen Lyall features some of the world's greatest designers. Experience a most unique and elegant shopping experience, which includes personalized service and private appointments, wardrobe consultation and free gift wrapping in the heart of downtown Napa at The Riverfront.

650 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

707-252-7400

Scott Lyall clothes for men is a men’s clothing store for the man with a casual

contemporary lifestyle and a taste for fashion. Located at The Riverfront in downtown Napa, Scott Lyall features designers and sportswear lines such as; Robert Graham, Ben Sherman, Haupt Shirts, Alberto Denim and Slacks, AG Jeans, Andrew Marc leathers to name a few. The ambience is fun and relaxed while sipping a glass of wine.

614 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558 707-255-5858

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MY NAME IS YOUR FIRST LOVE

STAKEOUT

THE PACT

Total running time: 16 min

Total running time: 19 min

Total running time: 14 min

Director/Producer/

Director/Screenwriter:

Director: Rob Richert

Screenwriter: Kit Pongetti

Jason Pugatch

Producer/Screenwriter:

Producers: Alicia Cheatham,

Screenwriter: Jason Pugatch

Darren Anderson

Justin George, Mark Stege-

Featuring: Kat Foster, Timm

Featuring: Owen Campbell,

mann, Rick Redick,

Sharp, Lindsey Kraft

Tonya Glanz

Sarah Jane Morris Featuring: Elizabeth McLaugh-

Kate and Greg haven’t spoken

Teenage Christian takes a

lin, Juliette Goglia

since they were 21 years old,

summer job as a gardener for

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when they made a pact that if

his trashy but beautiful new

they were both still single at

neighbor, Geena. Working for

In 1986 suburbia, two high-

35, they would get married.

her, he suddenly discovers a

school best friends play secret

Fourteen years later, the two

purpose for life: allowing his

agent and spy on parties, until

awkwardly reunite in L.A. to

growing feelings for Geena to

one fateful night when one of

revisit this pact and maybe,

show through his care of her

the girls goes inside.

just maybe, go through with it.

TANDEM

KAMA SUTRA KING

BORN YESTERDAY

Total running time: 9 min

Total running time: 8 min

Total running time: 14 min

Directors/Producers/

Director: Benjamin Jones

Director/Screenwriter:

Screenwriters:

Screenwriter: Todd Meier

Nathan Larkin-Conolly

Jared Hillman

Featuring: Graham Emmons,

Producers: Alex Creasia,

Matthew Helfgott

Morgan Weaver

Ari Costa, Maggie Lyons

garden.

Featuring: Craig Zimmerman,

Featuring: John Weselcouch,

Scott Krinsky

A young man falls in love with

Larisa Oleynik, Ashley

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a beautiful librarian. Through

Lendzion, Heather Morris,

flirting glances she entices

Jonathan Lipnicki

Jim wants nothing more than

him to follow her. Expressing

to marry his true love and

her interest and raising his,

In this sweet tale, two lovers

impress his future in-laws. But

she leads him to The Book of

have a one-night stand and

when his fiancee’s daredevil

Kama Sutra. But all is not as it

end up with a child the next

brother takes him skydiving

seems in this sweet story. The

morning. The baby, diagnosed

as a rite of family initiation,

main character must choose:

with rapid aging syndrome,

Jim worries he might not

will he continue living the

will live an entire lifetime in

make it to ‘happily ever after.’

fantasy or take action and

one day, so the couple is

make the fantasy real?

determined to make it count.


flight two: FRUIT-FORWARD LONG FINISH

FRI Nov 9 5:30pm Gliderport | Calistoga SAT Nov 10 10:00am Generations | Yountville SUN Nov 11 5:30pm Jarvis | Napa

SOUNDTRACK

LIGHTWEIGHT

HENRI

Total running time: 18 min

Total running time: 20 min

Total running time: 20 min

Director/ Producer/

Director/Screenwriter:

Director/Screenwriter:

Screenwriter: Thomas Leisten

Randy Kovitz

Eli Sasich

Schneider

Producer: Adrienne Wehr

Producer: Jefferson Richard

Producers/Screenwriters:

Screenwriter: Deborah Hosking

Screenwriter: Eli Sasich

Michael Tringe, Winnie Kemp

Featuring: Kate Rogal,

Featuring: Keir Dullea,

Featuring: Angus Sutherland,

Anthony Carrigan

Margot Kidder

Alex Kemp

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Simon is a frustrated writer.

While visiting Pittsburgh for a

HENRi is an epic sci-fi short film

Someone has written a

family funeral, Elizabeth’s

about a derelict spaceship that

soundtrack of his life that’s

boyfrend announces that he’s

becomes self-aware and builds

playing inside his head. He

leaving her. Bitsy, as her

itself a mechanical body in

finally discovers his inner

family calls her, lost her job a

order to feel alive. Utilizing a

voice when he tunes in to the

few weeks ago; now she’ll

mixture of quarter-scale

music rather than trying to

need to find a new apartment,

miniatures, in-camera effects,

tune it out.

too. It’s all too much, and she

and computer animation, HENRi

becomes disconnected from

is a completely unique and visu-

her surroundings. But an old

ally stunning achievement.

friend and a new opportunity help her get her feet back on

ADMISSIONS

Total running time: 18 min

Total running time: 21 min

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Director: Harry Kakatsakis

Producers: Sarah Elgart,

Producer: Gavin J. Behrman

Tabitha Mason, Tamika Lamison

Screenwriter: John Viscount

Screenwriter: Jabril Muhammad

Featuring: James Cromwell,

Featuring: Jabril Muhammad,

Oren Dayan, Anna Khaja,

Michael Ealy, Kerry Washington

Anthony Batarse

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Put it in a Book is about two brothers trying to survive the

Acclaimed actor James Cromwell plays a wise clerk in the

mean streets of LA while avoiding the gang culture that sur-

Admissions Room for the Afterlife. He is called on to guide

rounds them. When one is killed by gang violence, the other

an Israeli couple and a Palestinian who have suffered simi-

must choose between a path of righteousness or a path of

lar tragic endings. As the details of how their fates are

revenge. Put it in a Book was created through the Make A

intertwined become clear, the Clerk attempts to teach

Film Foundation, a non-profit organization that teams film

them the wisdom required to find everlasting peace.

industry professionals with terminally or critically diagnosed

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the ground.

youth to create short film legacies. Jabril Muhammad, who has Sickle Cell Anemia, wrote and stars in Put it in a Book.

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DOUBLE OR NOTHING

THE BREAK-UP TOUR

GROW UP ALREADY

Total running time: 11 min

Total running time: 7 min

Total running time: 10 min

Director: Nathaniel Krause

Director/Screenwriter:

Director/Screenwriter:

Producers: Andrew

Alexander Poe

Richard Pragacz Keith

Carlberg, Josiah Bultema

Featuring: Caitlin Fitzgerald,

Producer: Tom Rice

Screenwriter: Neil LaBute

Ian Unterman, Jennifer

Featuring: Johnny Simmons,

Featuring: Adam Brody,

Carpenter, Noah Bean

Ethan Suplee, Odette Annable,

Keith David, Louisa Krause

Frances Fisher, Jim O’Heir

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facebook.com/growupalreadyfilm

Clark and Becca leave a bar

A tourist couple get taken on a

After being dumped by his

after a night out with friends.

bizarre tour of Greenwich

girlfriend Winnie, Andy Mott is

When a homeless man ap-

Village.

determined to win her back—

proaches them on the street,

the only problem is, he’s got a

Clark has a plan to turn the

LOT of growing up to do.

situation to his advantage. A very dark comedy by master playwright Neil LaBute.

HEADS UP

LEADER OF THE PACK

WELL ENOUGH ALONE

HIGH MAINTENANCE

Total running time: 13 min

Total running time: 15 min

Total running time: 9 min

Total running time: 17 min

Director: Alex Merkin

Director/Screenwriter: Ari Costa

Director/Producer/

Director/Screenwriter:

Producer: William B. Porter

Producer: Maggie Lyons

Screenwriter: Heath Cullens

Shawn Wines

Screenwriter: Ben Carlin

Screenwriter: Danny Zucker,

Producers: Adam Beamer,

Producer: Brigitte Liebowitz

Featuring: Adam Lustick,

Maggie Lyons

Paul Grellong

Featuring: Raymond Bokhour,

Craig “Mums” Grant

Featuring: Danny Pudi,

Featuring: Heath Cullens,

Geneva Carr, Marylouise Burke

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Steven Weber

Laura Spencer

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Heads Up is an edgy, comedic

In this dark comedy short, Doug

A one night stand on the

Hank’s just an ordinary guy

story of two long-time friends

has landed his dream gig as a

rocks with a twist.

trying to get his wife preg-

and partners in crime who

Venture Scouts Troop Leader,

nant. When his mother-in-

love each other to death but

taking over for his childhood

law shows up and threatens

don’t always get along. When

mentor, Jerry. As Jerry shows him

to ruin everything, Hank’s

suspicions of trust and loyalty

the ropes Doug discovers the

desperate attempts to get

arise at the weekly poker

tradition of corruption that

rid of her lead him down a

game, the situation erupts in

underlies his beloved organization.

darkening path filled with

an extreme way.

guns, drugs, kidnapping, hookers, and karaoke.


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CADAVER

THE LAST BROADCAST

Total running time: 17 min

Total running time: 8 min

Total running time: 19 min

Director: Ryan Darst

Director/Screenwriter:

Director/Screenwriter:

Producer/Screenwriter:

Jonah D Ansell

Jason Hallows

Whit Hertford

Producers: Amanda Dunham Ely,

Producer: Matthew Perez

Featuring: Whit Hertford,

Michael Raspatello

Featuring: Craig Welzbacher

Stephanie Allynne

Featuring: Christopher Lloyd,

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Tavi Gevinson, Kathy Bates

Cut off from the outside world,

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an overnight disc jockey

A frustrated writer and

continues to broadcast through

apathetic partner, Miles is at a

A cadaver wakes up to say a last

what could very well be the

crossroads when he meets

goodbye to his wife but discovers

apocalypse.

Paige, the proverbial ‘one that

a truth in death he didn’t know in

got away.’ This is his chance to

life. Entirely hand-drawn with

make sure that they see each

Sharpies, it is a cinematic poem.

other beyond tomorrow.

Literally, it rhymes. A small film with a big, broken heart.

BIKE <3

TABLE FOR ONE

Total running time: 5 min

Total running time: 23 min

Director/Producer/

Jesse Coane

PRATTLE: YOUR WORDS ARE EMPTY AND SO IS YOUR HEART

Screenwriter: Rick Darge

Producer: Nick Read

Total running time: 15 min

Featuring: Dee Dee K

Screenwriter: Alexis C. Jolly

Director/Featuring: Ryan Daniel

Featuring: Ryan Pratton,

Dobson, Patrick Cavanaugh

A simple love story about a

Monica Barbaro,

Producers: Kelli Powers,

girl and her bicycle.

Mitch Costanza, Lena Hart

Tiffany Elle

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Screenwriter: Ryan Daniel Dobson

Philip is a young professional

A clever, witty dark comedy about

whose life is in limbo. Nothing

two competitive, philosophically

is wrong per se, but is this all

self-absorbed, hipster best friends

there is? One day Philip comes

who make an ill-conceived bet:

home to find his apartment

the first person to meet, date, and

transformed, sparking

successfully propose to a woman

unexpected self-discovery in

online wins $500.

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TOMORROW

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this entertaining and thoughtful short film.

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FRI Nov 9 10:00am The Ritz | Calistoga

FAREWELL EXILE

CUVÉE

(Salam Ghourba)

BLINDSIDED (Afhjupunin)

Total running time: 17 min

SAT Nov 10 8:30pm Native Sons | St Helena

Total running time: 15 min

Director/ Screenwriter:

Total running time: 16 min

Director/Producer/

Joe Fontana

Director/Producer/Screenwriter:

Screenwriter: Lamia Alami

Producer: Shareef Salaam

Richard Scobie

Featuring: Oum Elghait,

Featuring: Hossein Mardani,

Producer: Kristin Einarsdóttir

Mohamed Elfallahi, Mourad Zaoui

Doug Power

Screenwriter: Sigurgeir Thordarson

salamghourba.com

Production Country: USA

Featuring: David Gudbrandsson,

Production Country: Morocco, Switzerland, USA

Sara Asgeirsdottir, Bjorn Hlynur Set in the Golan Heights, two

Haraldsson, Helgi Bjornsson

winemakers, cultural, political

Production Country: Iceland

In an impoverished neighbor-

and religious opposites find

hood of Casablanca, Fatima

themselves uneasy neighbors.

A racist and bigoted man is

awaits impatiently for news from

Can they find reconciliation in

blinded in a serious car accident.

her husband in exile. Will she

a land known for winemaking,

Not sure if he will ever regain his

receive the immigration papers

where water is scarce and

sight, he must rely on his caretak-

that will secure a brighter future

understanding is rare?

ers to bring him back to health,

for her and her son?

and hopefully open his eyes.

YOU & ME

THE PASSAGE

(Tu & Eu)

(Le Passage)

THE BOAT

Total running time: 15 min

Total running time: 18 min

Director/Producer:

Director/Screenwriter:

Director/Screenwriter:

Somchay Phakonkham

Edward Shieh

Fabien Montagner

Producer: Thai Phuong

Producer: Marcia Mohuiddin

Producer: Laurent Montagner

Screenwriter: Peter Schneider

Screenwriter: Richard Vetere

Featuring: Cindy Colpaert,

Featuring: James Schaw,

Featuring: Daniela Ruah,

Vernon Dobtcheff,

Jeremy Kewley

Ato Essandoh

Pierre Hatet, Fanny Capretta,

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Philippe Ohrel, Rainer Sievert

Production Country: Australia

Production Country: USA

Production Country: France

Does love conquer all? Through

A lonely teenager lives

tries to rebuild his fragmented

one brief interwoven phone

uncomfortably with her

relationship with his father,

conversation spanning the globe,

grandfather. One day, whilst

Walter. Father and son have

You & Me follows several star-

taking the dog for a walk, she

become estranged; but when

crossed lovers whose differences

has an adventure out of time

Finn’s life falls apart, he turns

have put their long time love

which reveals a dark moment

to Walter for guidance.

affair at a critical impasse.

in her family’s history.

Total running time: 14 min

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BETWEEN LAND AND SEA

GEORGENA TERRY

INSTALLATION

MONDAY NIGHT REHAB

with Now, Forager, pg 81

with Rising from Ashes, pg 93

with The Cardboard Bernini, pg 86

with Getting Up, pg 88

Total running time: 9 min

Total running time: 6 min

Total running time: 8 min

Total running time: 22 min

Directors/Producers:

Director/Producer:

Director/Producer: Laura Green

Director/Producer:

J. Christian Jensen,

Amanda Zackem

Featuring: Thomas Seligman,

Rick Darge

Sarah Berkovich

Featuring: Georgena Terry

Joe Vilardi

Producer: Mark Armes

This short documentary shares

Installation is a visual poem

Featuring: Peter and

Featuring: John ‘Osnap’ Clark the story of Georgena Terry,

that documents the day-to-

A colorful, in-depth journey into

A couple living in a lighthouse

founder of Terry Bicycles. Terry

day labor of riggers, truck-

the late night bicycle riding

on a tiny island in San Francisco

revolutionized the women’s

ers, and construction workers

culture of Los Angeles, told

Bay experiences a collision of

biking industry by creating a

as they assemble Richard

through the eyes of a charismatic

romanticism and reality.

frame specific to a woman’s

Serra’s immense steel sculp-

ride leader who works at a law

body. This is the story of how

ture “Sequence.” This beauti-

firm by day, and transforms into

this dynamic woman got her

fully composed film captures

a popular ride leader by night.

start and the challenges within

workers and steel in mo-

the women’s biking movement.

ments of unexpected grace.

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

THE LAST ICE MERCHANT

UNWIELDY BEAST

El Ultimo Hielero

with Trash Dance, pg 94

with Jake Shimabukuro, pg 90

with O’mast, pg 129

Director/Producer:

Total running time: 16 min

Total running time: 15 min

Director: Brandon Loper

Lindsay Lindenbaum

Director/Producer: Matt Day

Director: Sandy Patch

Featuring: Gary Frank Skaggs,

Featuring: Arthur & Marcia

Featuring: Nick Zammuto

Producer: Jeremy Yaches

St. Frankenstein

Featuring: Baltazar Ushca

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with Oma & Bella, pg 128

Total running time: 10 min

Total running time: 6 min

Jacobs, Cis & Tony Carillo, Ruth & Barney Kipperman,

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FILM FESTIVAL Cinema Napa Valley, dba The Napa Valley Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. Our mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking and to enhance the cultural landscape and economic diversity of Napa Valley through artistic vitality. We produce the annual Napa Valley Film Festival, present special sneak preview screenings of prestigious new films at various times throughout the year and support the development of student filmmaking programs in local schools.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Marc Lhormer, President, Chair Brenda Lhormer, Vice President Robert Jennings, Treasurer Michelle Fields-Baggett Blakesley Chappellet Kim Johnson Diana Nelson Colby Smith Oscar Renteria J Todd Harris Steven Ray Eileen Chiarello Jeri Gill Carrie Markham, Secretary

CREATIVE ADVISORY COUNCIL We are thrilled to benefit from the support and guidance from a growing set of entertainment industry advisors. Members of the Creative Advisory Council (CAC) include studio executives, agents, managers, publicists, festival and film producers, actors, directors and media representatives. John Sloss, Cinetic Media Tracy Brennan, CAA Graham Taylor, WME Jessica Lacy, ICM Mickey Liddell, Liddell Entertainment Gary Meyer, Telluride Film Festival Billy Bush, Access Hollywood Gary Rubin, Cohen Media Kevin Iwashina, Preferred Content

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Cover art by Noble Rot Productions

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Program design by Sayf Khidir

Mark Curcio, Private Equity and Film Finance

© 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival

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EDUCATION

OUTREACH NVFF Education & Outreach Programs have three components: 1 . Bringing socially-conscious documentaries to schools for students and teachers to discuss with the filmmakers and subjects 2 . A student-organized program of student-made short films, to be presented at the annual Film Festival 3 . Year-round internships for local students with the Film Festival organization

FESTIVAL FILMS IN THE SCHOOLS HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT How I Became an Elephant features Juliette West, who at 14 brought an abused elephant to freedom and started a non-profit to save Asian elephants. Juliette will be interacting with over 1000 students at 4 middle schools. Cybermill in Napa hosts a free screening of the movie and discussion for students and parents with Juliette on November 9. Juliette and her parents will stay through the weekend, attending additional screenings of the film during the Festival. See page 125.

RISING FROM ASHES Rising from Ashes is an incredible story about Team Rwanda, a group of young cyclists who reclaim a proud tradition against the backdrop of genocide and its aftermath. The story culminates with one team member representing Rwanda at the 2012 London Olympics. Rising from Ashes filmmakers and members of Team Rwanda cyclists will meet with local high school students for a series of intimate, challenging and transformational discussions on conflict resolution and reconciliation. Rising from Ashes plays in the Documentary Features Competition. See page 93.

STUDENT WORKS short films by local students

Films were created by local students (grades 8-12) and selected by a panel of professional and student judges. Awards will be presented during the Festival’s Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to the spirited students who managed this program from start to finish— marketing the call for entries, reviewing submissions and selecting final entries. Join us in saluting our future filmmakers!

SHOWTIMES THU Nov 8 | 5:30p Napa Valley District Auditorium

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Joe Fontana Palladin Productions

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PERK PERK

VILLAGE MAPS - CALISTOGA

GLIDERPORT

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

THE RITZ

161


FESTIVAL

AT-A-GLANCE PREMIERES

SNEAK PREVIEWS

U . S . NARRATIVE

FEATURES

U. S . DOCUMENTARY

FEATURES

OPERA HOUSE OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE THE LOUNGE SILO’S

THE

LOUNGE

SPECIAL

SCREENINGS

SHORT

FILMS

GENERATIONS

BARREL ROOM LINCOLN

PANELS

CONVERSATIONS

SPECIAL

EVENTS & TBA

CAMEO

LIKE THE OLD VINE

NATIVE SONS

GLIDERPORT

THE RITZ

Green Room Pre-Reception for Somm World Premiere of Somm Festival Kick-Off Party

Reception


OPERA HOUSE

SOMM

SOMM

NOW, FORAGER / BETWEEN LAND AND SEA

FALLING UPHILL

OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE

VINYL

LOUNGE SHORTS

THE LOUNGE SILO’S

GENERATIONS

BETWEEN US

FUNERAL KINGS

ROOM 237

THE SHINING

DOG YEARS

STUCK

RISING FROM ASHES / GEORGENA TERRY

GETTING UP / MONDAY NIGHT REHAB

BARREL ROOM LINCOLN

ST HELENA CAMEO OPERA HOUSE NATIVE SONS

THE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENTS Reception World Premiere Kickoff Party

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

GLIDERPORT

AT-A-GLANCE

CALISTOGA

163


OPERA HOUSE OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS

THE MOVEMENT / THE BIG PICTURE I AM NOT A ROCK STAR

JARVIS THE LOUNGE

GENERATIONS OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM 500 FIRST LINCOLN

ST HELENA CAMEO

CASTING BY

NATIVE SONS

CALISTOGA GLIDERPORT

THE WHINNIES

THE RITZ

Red Carpet VIP Pre-Reception Red Carpet Screening of Silver Linings Playbook Century Napa Valley Screenings Festival Gala at Robert Mondavi Winery The Hollywood Reporter After-Party at Bottega

Reception


OPERA HOUSE OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE THE LOUNGE CENTURY NAPA VALLEY

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

THE SAPPHIRES

ANY DAY NOW

NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE / BITTERSWEET

NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING

O’MAST / LAST ICE MERCHANT

HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK

THE INSTITUTE

IT’S A DISASTER

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

GENERATIONS

BROOKLYN CASTLE

YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD

OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

PLIMPTON!

BOOM VARIETAL

CAMEO

A LATE QUARTET

SHADOW DANCER

OPERA HOUSE NATIVE SONS

FUTURE WEATHER

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES

SHORTS FLIGHT THREE

CHATEAU CHUNDER / 9 BIODYNAMIC

OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

SPINNING PLATES / SPEAKEASY SUPPER-CLUB

ELECTRICK CHILDREN

YOUNTVILLE

500 FIRST LINCOLN

ST HELENA

OPERA HOUSE THE RITZ

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

GLIDERPORT

AT-A-GLANCE

CALISTOGA

Reception Screening Screening

Screening Festival Gala After-Party

165


DREAMLAND

THE AMERICA’S CUP

OPERA 500HOUSE FIRST

JAKE SHIMABUKURO/ SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

OF TWO MINDS

500 FIRST JARVIS

G-DOG

TRASH DANCE / UNWIELDY BEAST

OPERA HOUSE

JARVIS THE LOUNGE

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER

DEAD DAD

THE LOUNGE SILO’S

PANEL

PANEL

MAKE YOUR PITCH

FILM COMPOSING

YOUNTVILLE GENERATIONS

ANY DAY NOW

SHORTS FLIGHT THREE

BARREL ROOM

STUCK

NOW, FORAGER / BETWEEN LAND AND SEA

CAMEO

BETWEEN US

SOMM

OPERA HOUSE NATIVE SONS

SHORTS FLIGHT ONE

LOST AND SOUND

GLIDERPORT

BROOKLYN CASTLE

CARDBOARD BERNINI / INSTALLATION

THE RITZ

WORLD SHORTS

500 FIRST LINCOLN

Film Industry Mixer at Round Pond Winery Celebrity Tribute VIP Pre-Reception Celebrity Tribute Program Celebrity Tribute After-Party Friday Night Bash at Martin Showroom Charbay Late-Night Lounge at Groezinger

NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING

Industry Mixer Reception


OPERA HOUSE OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE

LOVE, MARILYN

PLIMPTON!

OMA & BELLA / NECKING

EATING ALABAMA / GREENHORNS

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD

ALTER EGOS

ELECTRICK CHILDREN

HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK

THE LOUNGE SILO’S

YOUNTVILLE GENERATIONS

THE MOVEMENT

GETTING UP / MONDAY NIGHT REHAB

OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

HIGH GROUND

OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

500 FIRST LINCOLN

TRIBUTE PROGRAM

CAMEO

CLOUDBURST

THE FINAL MEMBER

OPERA NATIVEHOUSE SONS

FALLING UPHILL

FUNERAL KINGS

GLIDERPORT

SHORTS FLIGHT TWO

FUTURE WEATHER

FRENCH IMMERSION

DOG YEARS

OPERA HOUSE THE RITZ

AT-A-GLANCE

ST HELENA

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

SPECIAL EVENTS Reception Tributes Dinner Party Bash After-Party

167


SAT Nov 10 NAPA OPERA HOUSE

IT’S A DISASTER

RISING FROM ASHES / GEORGENA TERRY

500 FIRST

THE WHINNIES

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES

JARVIS

DOG YEARS

FUTURE WEATHER

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER

THE LOUNGE

THE FINAL MEMBER PANELS TWEET HOUSE

PANEL FILM BUSINESS

SILO’S

YOUNTVILLE GENERATIONS OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

SHORTS FLIGHT TWO

SHORTS FLIGHT ONE

CARDBOARD BERNINI / INSTALLATION

JAKE SHIMABUKURO / SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

500 FIRST LINCOLN

ST HELENA CAMEO OPERA HOUSE NATIVE SONS

HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT

THE SAPPHIRES

HIGH GROUND

CHATEAU CHUNDER / BIODYNAMIC

TRASH DANCE / UNWIELDY BEAST

ANY DAY NOW

NOW, FORAGER / BETWEEN LAND AND SEA

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

CALISTOGA GLIDERPORT OPERA HOUSE THE RITZ

VIP Reception at Bardessono American Canyon Special Screening & Party Patron Circle Surprise Screening Winemaker Dinners Charbay Late-Night Lounge at Groezinger

Reception


SAT Nov 10 NAPA OPERA HOUSE

PAD YATRA / WALKING HOSPITAL

BETWEEN US

OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST

FUNERAL KINGS

STUCK

500 FIRST JARVIS

OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

ROOM 237

JARVIS THE LOUNGE THE LOUNGE SILO’S

DEAD DAD

LOUNGE SHORTS

THE INSTITUTE

RECEPTION TWEET HOUSE

YOUNTVILLE GENERATIONS

CASTING BY

FRENCH IMMERSION

OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

FALLING UPHILL

SPINNING PLATES / SPEAKEASY SUPPER-CLUB

CAMEO

NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING

QUARTET

OPERA NATIVEHOUSE SONS

OF TWO MINDS

WORLD SHORTS

GLIDERPORT

HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK

VINYL

OPERA HOUSE THE RITZ

G-DOG

500 FIRST LINCOLN

ST HELENA

CALISTOGA

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

AT-A-GLANCE

HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG

Reception Screening

Party

Screening Winemaker Dinners After-Party

169


OPERA HOUSE

BROOKLYN CASTLE

STUDENT WORKS SHOWCASE

HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT

GETTING UP / MONDAY NIGHT REHAB

CARDBOARD BERNINI / INSTALLATION

A LATE QUARTET

OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST 500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE

ALTER EGOS

THE LOUNGE SILO’S

PANEL ACTORS

VINYL PANEL CRITICS

YOUNTVILLE PAD YATRA / WALKING HOSPITAL

G-DOG

OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

OF TWO MINDS

TRASH DANCE / UNWIELDY BEAST

500 FIRST LINCOLN

MEMORIAL DAY

GENERATIONS

VETERANS DAY SHORTS

HIGH GROUND

ST HELENA CAMEO

I AM NOT A ROCK STAR

PLIMPTON!

NATIVE SONS

EATING ALABAMA / GREENHORNS

FRENCH IMMERSION

GLIDERPORT

LOST AND SOUND

OMA & BELLA / NECKING

THE RITZ

O’MAST / LAST ICE MERCHANT

JAKE SHIMABUKURO / SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

CALISTOGA

Closing Night VIP Pre-Reception Closing Night Screening of Quartet Awards Ceremony Pre-Reception Awards Ceremony Festival Wrap Party Closing Night After-Party

Reception


QUARTET

OPERA HOUSE OPERA HOUSE 500 FIRST

SHORTS FLIGHT ONE

500 FIRST JARVIS JARVIS THE LOUNGE

AWARDS CEREMONY

SHORTS FLIGHT TWO THE FINAL MEMBER

CLOUDBURST HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG

IT’S A DISASTER

SILO’S

YOUNTVILLE GENERATIONS

RISING FROM ASHES / GEORGENA TERRY

SOMM

OPERA HOUSE BARREL ROOM

SHORTS FLIGHT THREE

NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE / BITTERSWEET

CAMEO

YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

OPERA NATIVEHOUSE SONS

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

THE BROTHERS WARNER

GLIDERPORT

SHADOW DANCER

LOVE, MARILYN

THE RITZ

BOOM VARIETAL

500 FIRST LINCOLN

ST HELENA

AT-A-GLANCE

CALISTOGA

NAPAVALLEYFILMFEST.ORG

SPECIAL EVENTS Reception Screening Reception Awards Wrap Party After-Party

171


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137

Alter Egos

98

Leader of the Pack

America’s Cup: 150 Years In The Making, The

131

Lightweight

137

Any Day Now

74

Like the Old Vine (Kao stara loza)

108

Beauty is Embarrassing

126

Between Land and Sea

81, 140

Late Quartet, A

64 138

Lost and Sound

118

Memorial Day

132

Between Us

75

Monday Night Rehab: The Story of a Midnight Ride Leader

Beware of Mr. Baker

99

Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising

116

Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, The

116

My Name Is Your First Love

136

Bike <3

139

Necking

Biodynamic

110

Night of the Living Dead

95

Bittersweet

112

Not Waving But Drowning

80

Blindsided (Afhjupunin)

141

Nothing Like Chocolate

112

Boat, The

141

Now, Forager

81

Boom Varietal

109

Of Two Minds

91

Born Yesterday

136

Oma & Bella

128

Break-Up Tour, The

138

O’mast

129

Orchestra of Exiles

121

Brooklyn Castle Cadaver

68 139

Oversimplification of Her Beauty, An

88, 140

128, 140

82 136

Cardboard Bernini, The

86

Pact, The

Chateau Chunder: A Wine Revolution

110

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey

117

71

Passage, The (Le Passage)

141

Cloudburst Cuvee

141

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Dakota 38

124

Prattle: Your Words Are Empty And So Is Your Heart

Dead Dad

100

Dog Years

76

(now in black and white!)

Put It In a Book

Double or Nothing

138

Quartet

Dreamland

130

Ripple Effect

Eating Alabama Electrick Children

111 101

92 139 137 69 133

Rising From Ashes

93

Room 237

62

Falling Uphill

77

Sapphires, The

67

Farewell Exile (Salam Ghourba)

141

Shadow Dancer

65

Final Member, The

102

Shape of Things To Come

French Immersion

127

Shining, The

62 63

90, 140

Funeral Kings

78

Silver Linings Playbook

Future Weather

79

Somm

G-Dog

87

Soundtrack

137

Speakeasy Supper-Club

113

Georgena Terry

93, 140

61

Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story

88

Spinning Plates

113

Greenhorns

111

Stakeout

136 83

Grow Up Already

138

Stuck

Heads Up

138

Student Works

137

Table for One

139

Tandem

136

HENRi High Ground

89, 132

145

High Maintenance

138

Tanglewood

124

History of the Future Folk, The

103

Tomorrow

139

Horse Soldiers of 9/11

133

Towing

133

How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song

119

Trash Dance

How I Became An Elephant

125

Unmanned

120

Unwieldy Beast

I Am Not a Rock Star Installation

86, 140

94, 140 105

Walking Hospital: Road to Lomanthang, The

117

66

War Profit

133

90

Well Enough Alone

138

Institute, The

104

It’s a Disaster Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

Vinyl

94 133

Kama Sutra King

136

Year of the Living Dead

95

Last Broadcast, The

139

You & Me (Tu & Eu)

141

Last Ice Merchant, The (El Ultimo Hielero)

129, 140

FILM INDEX

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2012 Official Guide