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Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival October 19-22

The Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival is right around the corner in October.

Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale take to the big screens Oct. 19 through 22, 2017, as these Wine Country towns welcome the Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival.

Presented by the Alexander Valley Film Society, the gathering draws thousands of film lovers from all over, converging for four days of screenings, industry panels, awards ceremonies, and opening and closing night parties.

As a showcase of narrative features, documentaries, short films, and breakthrough student works, the lineup emphasizes diversity and timely issues, notes Alexander Valley Film Society executive director Kathryn Hecht.

“This year, the festival embraces a theme of discovery,” she said. “The programming reflects our community and the world we want to live in.”

The 2017 festival also celebrates student talent, with a student jury, student-only screenings, a screenwriters’ panel, a student film competition, and opportunities for student internships plus volunteering through the Jr. Film Society.

Attendees can look forward to a global selection of films, such as “Bad Lucky Goat” by director Samir Oliveros; “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”; “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” an up-close-and-personal look at one of the LGBTQI heroes from the front lines of American culture; and “Dolores,” a social justice documentary examining Dolores Huerta’s legacy of community activism. 

One of the program highlights includes the Oct. 19 Neighbor Screening at Alexander Valley Hall in Geyserville, with a traditional Mexican dinner followed by a screening of “Dolores.” Community organizer Camila Chavez — Dolores Huerta’s daughter who is prominently featured in the film, and is co-creator and executive director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation — is expected to be in attendance.

Another notable event takes place Oct. 20, with the Opening Night Film and First Street Block Party at The Clover Theater and on First Street in Cloverdale. The Opening Night Film is
”The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” a big-sky Western featuring an Oscar-worthy turn by Bill Pullman as Lefty Brown. After the film there will be a Q&A session with director Jared Moshé, and then a First Street Block Party featuring local food, wine and music.

Details:Third Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival; avfilmsociety.org.

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