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Synopsis A poignant and heartwarming exploration on how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. Half a world apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a sixth-grade master gardener fight for a seemingly lost cause until they discover their impact may reach further than their own actions.
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 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 Narrated and executive-produced by Oscar-winner Sean Penn. The veil is lifted over on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our products, our homes and in us. The result: Rising rates of everything from cancer to autism to infertility. A band of unlikely activists are fighting back: ranging from a conservative businessman to a teenage radical, they are staking their lives on this battle to protect our health.
Synopsis High flying city executive Amanda finds out the eggs she had frozen in her youthful prime have been accidentally defrosted. On the wrong side of forty and with her fertility nose diving she embarks on a frantic search to find a slacker happy to have a baby and stay at home to look after it.
Dir. James Larkin. Producer/Screenwriter Michael Mueller and Composer Geoff Jackson (in attendance)
Synopsis No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall’s new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.
Synopsis This funny, philosophical road-trip comedy bounces from the screen as two vibrant characters take twisty turns in a world full of unexpected possibilities. Writer-director Zoran Lisinac fuels this bent buddy-comedy with thrilling visual flourishes and a magical musical soundtrack perfectly in sync with the mood and settings, including plenty of Bay Area spots. The result is an offbeat story filled with profound messages about love, longing and cross-cultural connections.
Synopsis The story of a small traveling carnival struggling to keep their way of life alive as they make their way across the highways and back roads of Northern California. Faced with what lies ahead, Everett, the owner, is determined to keep his caravan of drifters together even though it may be the end of their road.
Dir. Jennifer Juelich. Exec. Producer Lloyd Silverman (in attendance)
Synopsis Epic chronicle of family ties and tribal violence drama during the establishment of an independent republic in Nigeria. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Children of Men) and Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness).
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When 1:45pm till 3:17pm Director Juan Carlos Cremata Synopsis In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, of a lesser ‘class’. Jorgito's mother, a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. When the children learn that Malú's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malú's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
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.
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 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 A romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Agnes is a chef and she loves cooking. She has a good job and a boyfriend who loves her. When she is both fired from the luxurious restaurant and dumped by her boyfriend she is asked to be part owner in a new restaurant. At the same time she manages to fall in love with the one person who cannot know who she really is.
Synopsis Alain, a driving instructor who raised his daughter alone after his wife quits the marriage soon after she was born. The two meet again on an Athens-bound plane just before Eyjafjallajokull erupts. Both are forced to make alternate travel plans which inevitably result in being thrown together in a desperate race to reach their destination before their daughter ties the knot. What follows is a series of mishaps, none of which is madcap enough to raise the humor from the mundanely obvious to a higher level.
Synopsis After French yuppie Arthur Vlaminck has graduated at the National School of Administration he joins the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. His ambitious new colleagues try to bully him while his superior Claude Maupas acts on the other hand rather phlegmatic. Somewhat surprisingly Vlaminck’s career gains momentum.
Synopsis After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra (a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the streets) is relieved his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child-traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed.
Dir. Richie Metha. Producer David Miller (in attendance)
Synopsis This exhilarating and energetic blend of fact and fiction follows flamboyant Cuban-born/New York-based singer and Grammy nominee CuCu Diamantes on her first tour of Cuba. This unique road film interweaves footage of her cabaret-style performances with a fictional love story. A love letter to Cuban cinema, to Cuban music and to its people.
Synopsis In the 1960s icons of urban blues, including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, passed the musical torch to a coterie of unlikely next generation admirers, among whom were Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel and Corky Siegel. These acolytes, in turn, spread the music most closely identified with Chicago around the world and back again. Their journey from the suburbs and well-to-do neighborhoods into the ghetto, seeking the blues at its source, truly launched thousands of bands over the years and kept the blues a vital musical force throughout the world into the current century. The film includes performance and interview footage featuring the aforementioned artists as well as Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Steve
Miller, Hubert Sumlin, Jack White, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Burdon, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop. Special guests from the film will be playing at the concert after the film.
Sonoma Veteran’s Hall, doors open at 7:00, film at 8:00 p.m., concert at 10 pm. Non-hosted bar featuring wines from Buena Vista, beer from New Belgium Brewing Company & cocktails created with Bacardi & Odwalla juice. Tickets $55 film & concert, VIP tickets $100 (meet & greet/preferred reserved seating, access to VIP bar).
Where Special Events, Map When 1:00pm till 3:00pm Synopsis Industry professionals are invited to a mixer in the beer garden of Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma. An annual Friday afternoon tradition where old & new friends meet. Filmmaker & patron passholders only.
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Synopsis Celebrate a-la-Latina the “cinema en español” program at the Backlot Tent 5:30-7:30 pm, with the rhythms of the Carlos Herrera band, folkloric dances by the Quetzalen group, flavors by Rancho Viejo, La Casa, Maya & Bay Area Catering paired with Robledo wines. Meet actors and directors from Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, Latino community leaders.
Sponsored by: Union Bank.
This event precedes the centerpiece film of Vamos al Cine (Chronic Love) at the Sebastaini Theater at 8pm.
Tickets available online and at the Box Office: $20. Cinema Soiree Passholders & Patrons: free
Synopsis Angel, an undocumented Latino teen coming-of-age in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood, struggles to find his identity in a world scarred by violence as his family desperately tries to hold onto their American Dream. A son going into the Far East battlefield in pursue of a legal status for his family.
Synopsis When a magnetic movie star crashes their party, four collegiate comedians are forced to confront the group's friendship and future. Set on a rural Ivy League college campus, New York City and the beaches of Long Island, the characters grapple with addiction, anxiety disorders, love, and fleeting fame. This quirky, contemplative film asks, can you live life by the rules that govern your art?
Dir. Jasiek Goracy, Producer/Screenwriter/Actor Genevieve Adams (in attendance)
Synopsis This is a story of rising to the ultimate challenge. Having the courage to risk fatal exposure and the perseverance demanded on the quest for achievement. These are not solely physical feats, they are mental conquests. We are immersed into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. How do we balance risk versus reward?
Synopsis The riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. When his father's pleas for help went unheeded, Adam was left to face his scornful platoon members, who threatened to silence him - permanently. A split-second decision changes his life forever.
Synopsis Two 60-year-old best friends who also share a marriage and family therapy practice plan a trip to San Francisco to attend a therapists’ conference. What happens to them as they play out their little fling with escort Roxie, will reveal their secrets, confront their notions of love and test their friendship in ways they never imagined. There are some real and dire consequences.
Dir. Nick Frangione and Actor/Producer David Usner (in attendance)
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