The Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival, presented by the Alexander Valley Film Society, will be held Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22 at venues in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale in the beautiful Wine Country
of Northern Sonoma County.
The festival attracts thousands of film lovers from near and far for four days of screenings, industry panels, opening- and closing-night parties, awards ceremonies, and more.
A joyous celebration of cinema and community, the festival features a diverse array of films and filmmakers from around the world plus the work of local luminaries, and showcases award-winning narrative features, thought-provoking documentaries, inspiring shorts, and breakthrough student films.
“This year, the festival embraces a theme of discovery,” said Kathryn Hecht, Executive Director of the Alexander Valley Film Society. “The programming reflects our community and the world we want to live in as well as the organization’s enhanced focus on student engagement and educational opportunities.”
Students are participating in this year’s festival in a multitude of ways: a student jury, student-only screenings of Dolores, a screenwriters panel, student internships, volunteering through the Jr. Film Society, and a student film competition.
The festival slate features diverse groups and timely issues and features dedicated programming tracks such as Latin American content, including the breezy and surreal feature debut from Samir Oliveros, Bad Lucky Goat; LGBTQI, highlighting The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, an up-close-and-personal look at one of the heroes from the front lines of American culture; and Social Justice, headlined by Dolores, the examination of Dolores Huerta’s legacy of community activism.
Program highlights include:
• October 19th (Thursday, 6 PM) – NEIGHBOR SCREENING – Alexander Valley Hall, Geyserville – A traditional Mexican dinner followed by a screening of Dolores, a documentary on the life of activist Dolores Huerta. Dolores’ daughter, community organizer Camila Chavez, prominently featured in the film and co-creator and Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, is expected to be in attendance along with outreach partners from Los Cien, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County, and Corazón Healdsburg.
• October 20th (Friday, 6PM) – OPENING NIGHT FILM AND 1ST STREET BLOCK PARTY – The Clover Theater and 1st Street in Cloverdale. The Opening Night Film, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, is a big-sky Western featuring an Oscar-worthy turn by Bill Pullman as Lefty Brown. The film is followed by a Q&A with director Jared Moshé, and a lively 1st Street Block Party featuring local food, wine and music.
• October 21st Saturday, 9AM – SCREENWRITER PANEL + Educational Track –
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale. Professional screenwriters from across the U.S. will take part in a 75-minute panel for students of all ages, followed by screenings of the 2017 Student Film Competition short films and a student-friendly film from the festival.
• October 21st (Saturday, 8PM) – SATURDAY NIGHT CLASSIC – Odd Fellows Hall, Geyserville. A celebration of the 50th Anniversary, 4k digital restoration of The Graduate, the movie that shaped a generation, including a soundtrack for the ages.
• October 22nd (Sunday, 10AM) – FILMMAKER BRUNCH – Trading Post, Cloverdale. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Sonoma County’s “favorite new local restaurant” and meet some of the committed filmmakers and artists participating in this year’s festival.
• October 22nd (Sunday, 5:30PM) – CLOSING NIGHT FILM AND AWARDS
RECEPTION – The Raven Film Center and Spoonbar. The 2017 Festival concludes with Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, a delightful, life-affirming testament of tolerance and acceptance, followed by a Q&A with Director Katherine Fairfax Wright. The evening continues with a celebration of Student Filmmakers and Audience Award Winners at Spoonbar, a modern restaurant and event space in downtown Healdsburg’s h2Hotel.
For the full schedule of films, screening times, and attending filmmakers, please click http://www.avfilmsociety.org/s/AVFF2017_Brochure_FINAL.pdf.
For information on ticket purchases, packages, and discounts, visit http://www.avfilmsociety.org/2017-avff-tickets.
This year’s festival is generously underwritten by award-winning filmmaker and psychologist Dr. Steven Ungerleider of the Foundation for Global Sports Development. “We are proud to support the 3rd Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival,” says Ungerlieder. “The film society has brought incredible opportunities to this community in terms of art and education. It’s a pleasure to join
the other festival sponsors, volunteers, and participants for what is becoming a destination event for Sonoma County and the entire San Francisco Bay Area.”
Significant 2017 sponsors also include Bear Republic Brewery, The Arabian Family, and The Bobo Foundation.
All proceeds benefit Sonoma County students and support year-round educational and cultural enrichment programs.
About the Alexander Valley Film Society:
The Alexander Valley Film Society strengthens our community by captivating and engaging audiences, cultivating new fans of film, and celebrating our collective humanity using cinema through year-round educational and cultural enrichment programs, as well as the annual Alexander Valley Film Festival. For more information, visit www.avfilmsociety.org
Pictured on the red carpet: Kathryn Hecht, AVFS Executive Director, and her husband Ryan. Read a Q&A with Kathryn in the Fall 2017 issue of Sonoma Discoveries magazine and online at: http://www.sonomadiscoveries.com/