Fall Film Festivals in Wine Country

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Fall Film Festivals in Wine Country

This fall, film festivals and wine country pair as perfectly as a velvety Merlot and a fine cut of beef. Here's a look at four events that will give Sonoma County a certain cinematic buzz over the next few months.

First up, the 28th Annual Wine Country Film Festival is set to take place from September 17 – 22 at various locations around Sonoma County including Valley of the Moon Cinema in the Vineyards of Deerfield Ranch Winery, the Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre and The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space. As an added bonus, this year's edition of the festival features new VIP seating at tables to compliment the cuisine from gourmet food trucks on offer every night throughout the festival and six different festival passes to satisfy film buffs of every variety.

Among the expected highlights of the festival are the films, 4 Nights in the Hamptons, the tale of a couple forced to question their feelings about marriage and relationships after they run into an old friend and his free-spirited girlfriend; Barolo Boys, the fascinating story of one on the world's most famous wines and how it exploded as a world phenomenon; and Drunktown's Finest, an examination of what happens when three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

To see a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the 28th Annual Wine Country Film Festival click here.

Meanwhile on September 18th, the Sonoma International Film Festival will host an outdoor cinema event at Chateau St. Jean Winery featuring the documentary film, Impossible Light, and attended by the film's director, Jeremy Ambers. Wine tasting, music and film are included in the price of admission. A food truck with reasonably priced food for sale is also promised. Tickets are $20 pp lawn seating / $30 pp picnic table seating. To find out more or to purchase tickets, click here.

Next up, the Petaluma International Film Festival (PIFF) kicks off on October 16 and runs through October 19 showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

And finally, on October 25, the Sonoma International Film Festival will hold yet another event, The Hitchcock Film Noir Party, for which guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Hitchcock characters for an evening of wine, music, film, food and mystery hosted by Jean-Charles Bousset at Buena Vista Winery.  Tickets are $175.

It all kind of makes you want to fall in love with film all over again, does it not?

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Duane Wells