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Synopsis Investigative research and rare archive footage trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers. A business practice in France, Germany, Spain and the US which has become the basis of the modern economy.
Synopsis Hemp - it's not just for hippies anymore. Today they're making everything from salad dressings to buildings with it. Despite the inevitable jokes when hemp is mentioned, industrial hemp is actually a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries, but prohibited in the United States. A touching narrative extolling the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while illuminating the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers to tap into.
Synopsis 14-year-old, Dutch school girl, Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. A once-giddy youngster who develops into a poised and determined woman over the course of 17 months as she charts her course not just on the water, but in life.
Synopsis In 1945, the average age of the American farmer was 39; today, it is 55. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers under the age of 45 dropped 14% between 2002 and 2007; thus, as fewer and fewer young men and women choose to return to the land, the EPA seem justified in their concern about “the long-term health of family farms as an American institution.”
Synopsis Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well-financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle. Follow the excitement, hilarity, and chaos as these teams go from selection till the glory of victory or the agony of defeat
Dir. Joseph Laraja. Writter/Co-Producer Kevin Harrigan (in attendance)
Synopsis Jacky, a self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions gets canned from a series of menial cooking jobs. His pregnant girlfriend Beatrice tries to halt their financial meltdown by arranging a handyman position for him at an old folks home, but he can't resist the siren call of the kitchen. Meanwhile, a veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.
Synopsis When Roger went to Ethiopia to get his adopted daughter, she was 6 months old, but only 7 pounds, dying. Roger asked himself, Is there a way out of this? He called his dad and heard words that rocked his core: Roger, man up! If she dies, at least she will die in the arms of a father. Roger had to inspire men to be better husbands and fathers, so he launched the Man Up movement.
Synopsis Christa Richmond graduates valedictorian from a prestigious university and in the next 36 hours of her life, Christa's real education begins. A funny, romantic and thought-provoking look at three generations of a middle class family caught in the wake of the current fiscal crisis.
Synopsis A heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.
Synopsis Pachuca, 1956. Brothers Arturo and Gustavo Martínez leave their hometown in central Mexico with the desire to cross the continent on bicycles. Eighty-two days and 5,600 km later, they arrive in Toronto, not knowing that this journey will change the entire route of their lives. Over half a century later, Arturo and Gustavo - now in their 70s - retrace that epic path, in an exploration of memory, the cycles of life and the unavoidable passage of time.
Synopsis Black-humor comedy speaks of life using death as an excuse. A young lab worker decides to have her financial woes and hardships worked out by selling the tomb where her parents lie and, “piece-by-piece” their remains. It’s all about surviving and sacrificing the death to feed the living!
Synopsis With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures.
Synopsis Once a vibrant part of American culture, nearly 5000 drive-ins once dotted the nation from big cities to small towns, but today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven’t they survived? By looking at the drive-in, we see the story of changing American culture and family over the last 60 years.
Synopsis Two brothers, both great chefs, who fall out so badly that they rip the family recipe book in half, one taking the starters and the other the main courses, and set up rival restaurants across the road from each other.Twenty years later, it takes a daughter to reunite them when she's determined to persuade them to cook her wedding banquet together.
Synopsis After being convicted of road rage, playboy movie star Aaron Redmond (Harry Hamlin) is sentenced to individual mediation lessons with an enlightened Buddhist teacher named Rachel who frowns upon his bad boy lifestyle. In each of their encounters, Rachel teaches Aaron one essential truth, and avoids his patterned flirtations. But soon their mutual attraction forces both Aaron and Rachel to rethink their life choices, or risk losing love.
Dir. Gary McDonald (in attendance)
Actor Kirsten Kerr (in attendance)
Synopsis A couple makes a reservation for the best restaurant in the world for a year later. When the day arrives, they're separated and it is the last night the restaurant will be open. None of them will miss the culinary event. Fionnula Flanagan and Steven Rea.
Where Special Events, Map When 7:00pm till 10:00pm Film Links Tickets
Synopsis Vinters, Growers & Groovers - A down-home party celebrating Sonoma Valley filmmaker Casey Beck (The Organic Life – a farm-to-table documentary) as well as the director/writer Gary McDonald and a Kristen Kerr (The Fourth Noble Truth), wines from Chateau St. Jean, cocktails from Angel’s Envy Bourbon, music by the John Brothers Band and catering by “the girl and the fig” with a selection of cookies from Crisp Bake Shop. Mix & mingle in the Backlot Tent. 7:00-10:00 pm.
Tickets available online or at the Box Office: $20, Cinema Soiree & Patrons: free
Synopsis A chronicle of a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across North America for the past 30 years, the IGRA's courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. And along the way, they'll bust every stereotype in the book.
Dir. Matt Livadary and Rodeo cowboy Wade Earp (in attendance)
Synopsis On the verge of her marriage, Arghavan, 25, is gang-raped in a deserted area of Tehran. In a strict, conservative society where young women are expected to be virgins before marriage, the crime is that of her assailants; the catastrophe is hers. Overwhelmed by rumors, her life begins turning into a nightmare.
Synopsis When a manipulator and powerful businessman realizes that his spoiled children are throwing their lives overboard, he decides to fake the collapse of his company to teach them a lesson, making them believe that all their properties were seized and forcing them to do the unthinkable—work.
Dir. Gary Alazraki. Actor Gonzalo Vega (attending)
Synopsis A heartfelt and humorous exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between a father and a son. A disillusioned architect and his distant father come together after many years, but when a woman from the past resurfaces, old wounds threaten to break their new found relationship. Starring Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen and Academy Award nominee Michael Lerner.
Dir. Mahesh Pailoor. Co-writer Anu Pradhan (in attendance)
Synopsis Can a region surrounded by land produce world class surfing waves? Internationally acclaimed surf-filmmaker, Jason documents surfer, artist and environmentalist, Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his Italian homeland on what most perceive as a 'Don Quixotian' quest but transforms into a modern discovery seeped in culture, tradition and passion.
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