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Category - Special Events,Films
Posted - 07/12/2014 03:27am
Upcoming Film Events for Summer 2014

Thursday, July 24



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A Long Way Down

Chateau St. Jean Winery, 6:30 PM
Live music by John Burdick, Food by Nellie's Oysters and Wine Tasting
Tickets: $20 lawn seating / $35 reserved seat at picnic table & benches
(all tickets include live music, wine tasting and film)

At dusk, settle back to enjoy the entertaining film A Long Way Down starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogene Poots, Aaron Paul and Sam Neill.

In this comedy/drama, four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.   When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper's Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

Thursday, August 7



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Do not miss the chance to see the upcoming film, A Hundred Foot Journey - does not open until Aug. 8 but you have the chance to see it first with us at the Sebastiani Theatre.
This film stars Helen Mirren, Ronhan Chand & Charlotte Le Bon; directed by Lasse
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Öm; produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey.

The Hundred Foot Journey centers on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory.  This film already has Oscar buzz.

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We are partnering with Sondra Bernstein and she has arranged for us to have the patio of the girl & the fig for our private use for dinner that evening prior to the film screening.  Dinner includes aperitif, 2 glasses of wine, 2 course dinner plus desert, water, coffee and tip.(non-alcoholic beverages also provided for those not drinking).
Tickets for dinner & show: $100   BUY TICKET

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Category - 2014,News
Posted - 03/31/2014 05:08pm
Dom Hemingway, Beside Still Waters to open Sonoma

25 March, 2014 | By

The 17th edition of the Sonoma International Film Festival will open with Richard Shepard’s dark comedy Don Hemingway starring Jude Law and Chris Lowell’s friendship drama Beside Still Waters.

Amma Asante’s Belle will close the event.

World Cinema selections include Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar winner The Great Beauty, Biye Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun and Lance Daly’s Life’s A Breeze.

Among the Latin American strand Vamos Al Cine are Gary Alazraki’s Mexican entry We Are The Nobles, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s Jardin de Amapolas from Colombia and Jorge Perugorria’s Cuban film Se Vende.

All in all more than 100 films will screen at eight venues and more than 200 filmmakers are invited to attend. The festival runs from April 2-6.

“We are very proud of what this year’s festival has to offer,” said SIFF executive director Kevin McNeely. “Each day guarantees an amazing combination of films from 22 countries, parties featuring premium wines and food from local restaurants, an industry panel focusing on films that are important to make, and gracious hospitality offered in our stylish Backlot Tent…not to mention the most talented group of filmmakers and actors attending from around the world.”




Category - Festival,2014,Party!
Posted - 03/19/2014 04:44pm
It's Party Time!
 
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I T'S   SIFF  P A R T Y   T I M E

For the first time, Sonoma International Film Festival is offering A Party Pass.  For those who want to have dancing and party fun joining filmmakers, special guests, and filmgoers during the festival here is your chance.  Soirée Party Passes are now available .... only 50 for sale ... so partiers you can join us and still enjoy festival events.  Pass is $200.  Click to Buy
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Wednesday, April 2 Burgers & Vine After Party - 10 PM - Midnight



 

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Thursday, April 3 Vintner's Growers & Groovers Party - 7 - 10 PM Backlot Tent



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Friday, April 4 Latin Fiesta Party - 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Backlot Tent




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LGBT - Queens & Cowboys Party - 7 - 10 PM - Backlot Tent




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FILMMAKER AWARDS CEREMONY & PARTY - 8:30 PM - Backlot Tent



 
REMINDER: Very Special Event

BORN IN CHICAGO 

ACCLAIMED BLUES DOCUMENTARY AND LIVE PERFORMANCE BY LEGENDARY MUSICIANS SEEN IN THE FILM HIGHLIGHT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Friday, April 4
Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall - 126 First St. West, Sonoma, CA
Doors Open 7:30 PM    Film at 8 PM    Concert at 10 PM

"..Muddy Waters recorded a song called 'The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll.' That, in a nutshell, is the story told in the new documentary 'Born in Chicago' — how he, Howlin’ Wolf and other black blues musicians working in Chicago in the 1960s schooled young white acolytes from that city who went on to play on some of the most influential pop recordings of the era."
- Larry Rohter/NY Times 
    

Film will be followed by a question and answer session with a number of the film's principal musical players.  Thereafter, Chicago Blues Reunion, the band that includes Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Harvey Mandel, with Rick Reed and Gary Mallaber will perform a full concert in the hall.  It is anticipated that the band will be joined by some special guests who are also seen in the film. 

They will rock you with their blues.
 
 
Tickets: $55 Film & Concert
$100 - LImited Tickets for Film with Reserved Seat; Concert;
Personal Meet & Greet with Band after Concert




Or call SIFF office (707.933.2560) to order
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Category - General
Posted - 03/17/2014 06:20pm
MUSICIANS SEEN IN THE FILM HIGHLIGHT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BORN IN CHICAGO
ACCLAIMED BLUES DOCUMENTARY AND LIVE PERFORMANCE BY LEGENDARY MUSICIANS SEEN IN THE FILM HIGHLIGHT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

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Link to trailer: http://vimeo.com/sinapz/review/61650612/1b89ba3898

"..Muddy Waters recorded a song called 'The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll.' That, in a nutshell, is the story told in the new documentary 'Born in Chicago' — how he, Howlin’ Wolf and other black blues musicians working in Chicago in the 1960s schooled young white acolytes from that city who went on to play on some of the most influential pop recordings of the era."- Larry Rohter/NY Times    
 
Born In Chicago, the much lauded documentary film that tells the story of middle class white kids who learned to play and live the blues directly from its most legendary practitioners, will screen at the Sonoma International Film Festival on Friday, April 4th.  The film will be shown  at 7:30 PM at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall,  126 1st Street West, and will be followed by a question and answer session with a number of the film's principal musical players.  Thereafter, Chicago Blues Reunion, the band that includes Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Harvey Mandel, with Rick Reed and Gary Mallaber will perform a full concert in the hall.  It is anticipated that the band will be joined by some special guests who are also seen in the film.

Tickets for the film screening and concert event are priced at $55 and can be purchased online through the SIFF website; a limited number of VIP passes which ensure reserved seating as well an opportunity to attend a private reception with the film's principals are $100.

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 physical and spiritual 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.
 
Born In Chicago was directed by John Anderson who earned a Grammy nomination for Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE.  The film was produced by John Beug who previously won an Emmy for Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago (PBS Great Performances) and worked on Grammy-winning long-form video projects for Tom Petty and the Doors. The film’s co-producer is musician Barry Goldberg; executive producers of Born In Chicago for Chicago's Out of the Box Records are Timm Martin, Chris Stewart, Bert Moreno and Elliot Rabinowitz.  Mitchell Sinoway who has worked on projects by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Van Halen, Roy Orbison and many others edited Born In Chicago.  The film is narrated by Marshall Chess, scion of the family whose Chess Records label helped catalyze Chicago's post-war blues explosion.


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Barry Goldberg
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Nick Gravenites
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Harvey Mandel 
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Charlie Musselwhite
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Elvin Bishop 
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Marshall Chess
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Corky Siegel
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Sam Lay 
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Jack White

                                                                                                                                               
*Acclaim for Born In Chicago:
 
"Born In Chicago sets the record straight about the mighty and tough urban blues scene that exploded from the Windy City in the 20th Century. The film also proves that many of the same musicians are still blowing harps and minds in the 21st. This is soulful stuff -- exactly what America needs to remind itself of what it used to be." Michael Simmons/MOJO/The Huffington Post
 
"The kids fueled their teacher’s spirits. The teachers taught their students well. It was beautiful." Dave Hoekstra/Chicago Sun-Times
 
"..a pean to a vanished Chicago.  Everything changes; one set of musical survivors informs another.  The music carries it." Michael Phillips/Chicago Tribune
 
"...a valentine to a lost scene.. reminding us of what could once be dreamed and achieved."  Gene Sculatti/Rock's Back Pages
 
"Fascinating archival footage is mixed with contemporary performances... Enjoy and ponder." Michael King/Austin Chronicle
 
"Born in Chicago is very good documentary, one of the best films I've seen all year..."  Jake Salinas/Movie Talk
 
"...the story of a bunch of middle-clsss white kids... who forged personal and musical relationships with Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin and other seminal Chicago bluesmen. The result was an extraordinary body of work every bit as important as chart-topping blues-influenced British Invaders like the Rolling Stones, the animals and the Yardbirds."  Michael Sigman/The Huffington Post

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ABOUT the Sonoma International Film Festival:


Now in its 17th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (April 2-6,2014) takes place in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country and features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance on Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.
 
This unique 5-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Danny Glover have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance. 



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