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News: 08/15/2016

Wine Country Film Festival celebrates 30 years

The Wine Country Film Festival is wine country’s original showcase of international and independent films. WCFF unspools its cinematic magic Sept. 22-25 and hosts an array of engaging conversations with filmmakers, actors and notable guests, live music performances, and special presentations.

Two new venues will screen films and special events including the award winning Muscardini Cellars and the stunning Belos Cavalos, a charitable equine experiential organization, both in Kenwood. Other venues include the KenWood Restaurant and the Kenwood Depot. Through movie-like magic, each venue is transformed into a state-of-the-art movie theater.

At Muscardini Cellars, movies screen outside under the stars. Wines are offered by the glass or bottle. Credit cards are accepted. Food will also be available. Bring cash since food vendors do not accept credit or debit cards. Picnics are welcome. Please, no outside alcohol. Some chairs and picnic tables are provided, or bring your low back chairs and blankets. Gate opens at 6 p.m. and films screen at 7 p.m.

Other venues will have food and beverages for purchase (cash only) and The KenWood Restaurant will offer moviegoers its daily menu.

Here are two “not to miss” screenings:

The Violin Teacher (Brazil) and Simply Strings Honor Ensemble Performance

Friday, Sept. 23 – Muscardini Cellars, 6-9:45 p.m. Admission $20.

The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the Osesp orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students opens the doors into a new world. Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Before the film, student musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Simply Strings Honor Ensemble conducted by Timothy Zieminski will perform. Following the film there will be a discussion about the transforming power of music with the Santa Rosa Symphony director of education and Simply Strings coordinator. Proceeds will help support the Simply Strings program.

The Fourth Noble Truth

Saturday, Sept. 24 – Belos Cavalos, 6:30-9:45 p.m. Admission $20.

Mindfulness. Meditation. Do you want to be Happy? The movie is about a womanizing movie star Aaron (Harry Hamlin) who is convicted of road rage, but instead of doing jail time is sentenced to meditation classes. In their sessions together, his attractive teacher is intent on teaching him meditation and Buddha’s “Four Noble Truths.” Aaron has something else in mind. But after time spent in meditation he begins to wonder if maybe there is a different way of living – maybe he can find a way to let go of infatuations, expectations and desires... After the film, under a glorious celestial canopy, there will be a fireside chat with invited guest producer David K. Zuckerman and actor Harry Hamlin who will lead a short meditation.

Pick up a program guide at a venue or go online to

Individual film tickets ($10- $30) can be purchased day of show (cash only) or in advance on the website Local Pass ($75) is good for all regular screenings and opening and closing night films. Some restrictions apply. To volunteer and for further information call the office weekdays at 935-3456 or email

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