This year, NVFF’s Presenting Sponsor Lexus will be generously donating 1,000 free tickets to those impacted by the Valley fires. These tickets can be picked up at the Community Resources Office at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) in downtown Napa. Each ticket is valid for 1 of the 10 film screenings below. Please note, reselling of tickets is prohibited.
ACORN and the Firestorm
When: Wednesday, November 8th, 2:00pm.
Synopsis: ACORN, America’s largest grassroots community organizing group, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s historic victory. Big businesses, Republicans, and right-wing activists took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The conservative opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today’s political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.
Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen
When: Thursday, November 9th, 10am.
Synopsis: Buckle up for a mouth-watering in-depth exploration of the world famous Michelin Guide. What started as a tire company’s attempt to get customers to drive more has evolved into the international gold standard of restaurant ratings. This guide to gastronomy is as notorious as it is famous, with chefs and food writers admiring the star system as well as questioning or in some cases even loathing and fearing it. Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen takes us behind the scenes of the Michelin inspectors’ process and interviews top chefs and critics to uncover their views on what it means to have, or not have, one, two, or three Michelin Stars.
Rebels on Pointe
When: Friday, November 10th, 8:30pm
Synopsis: Rebels on Pointe follows Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York’s Stonewall riots. The company has performed in over 500 cities and 33 countries, and has a cult following spanning the globe. Bobbi Jo Hart’s timely film celebrates our shared humanity through universal themes of identity, dreams, family, love, loss, determination, and resilience, proving that a ballerina is not only defined as a woman dancing, but can also be an act of revolution in a tutu.
Man in Red Bandana
When: Saturday, November 11th, 2pm
Synopsis: After he had stayed behind to help others escape the oncoming destruction, 9/11 hero Welles Crowther was tragically killed in the lobby of the South Tower when it collapsed on top of him. After eight months, recounts of his bravery finally surfaced with the help of one ordinary object … a red bandana. Director Matthew Weiss re-traces the unique manner in which his heroics became known, as well as his last inspirational hour (his finest hour) saving others from the upper reaches of the South Tower.
Served Like A Girl
When: Saturday, November 11th, 5:30pm
Synopsis: Many female veterans struggle with PTSD, broken families, serious illness, and military sexual abuse. Years ago, a group of veterans turned to competing in a Ms. Veteran America competition as a way to adapt and overcome. In Served Like A Girl, the stories of a handful of these women build through riveting drama to the grand finale. We watch them transform before our eyes as they recover lost parts of self and identity. We are left with a deepened understanding and appreciation of the diverse American women who join the military, and what happens to them when they return from serving their coun
When: Saturday, November 11th, 8:30pm
Synopsis: LA 92 takes its audience on a riveting and comprehensive tour of the events that led up to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles following the Rodney King beating by the police. Told only through archival news footage from that time period and even earlier going back to the Watts Riots of 1965, LA 92 provides the needed background on the ever continuing racial tensions and police relations in Los Angeles that led up to the events of 1992. This powerful new film from Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin is a conversation catalyst for contemporary America. It begs the question: after some 25 years have passed, have we progressed as a nation and society? Or are we still struggling with the same insurmountable conflicts that have plagued us for decades, if not centuries?
The House of Tomorrow
When: Sunday, November 12th, 5:30pm
Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has spent most of his life living with his Nana (Ellen Burstyn) in their geodesic dome and tourist attraction. She homeschools him within their secluded residence, focusing his studies on the teachings of renowned futurist Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry on Fuller’s dogmas and change the world. When a sudden stroke debilitates Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared (Alex Wolff), a punk-obsessed teenager who has had a heart transplant and wants to start a band. With his Nana’s aspirations for him, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely.
40 Years in the Making — The Magic Music Movie
When: Saturday, November 11th, 1:30pm
Synopsis: With their original songs, acoustic instruments, and tight harmonies, Magic Music was a tremendously popular band in Boulder, Colorado in the 60s and early 70s. Living in teepees, cabins, and converted school buses up in the Boulder mountain canyons, the band only left their camp to grace city-folk and university students with their sweet melodies. Although they had many brushes with fame, the group never made a record deal and broke up in 1976. Now, lifelong fan and television producer Lee Aronsohn has set out to get the band back together for one final show.
When: Saturday, November 11th, 8:30pm
Synopsis: 78/52 presents audiences with a calculated and pensive analysis of the on-screen murder that shook the cinematic world and forever changed the tactics used in narrative storytelling. Director Alexandre O. Philippe’s enhanced look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho delves deep into the history of the American cinematic experience and incorporates the thoughts and musings of various cinephiles and masters of suspense such as Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
When: Sunday, November 12th, 10am
There are two films in The Whinnies.
Don’t Shoot the Zebra Pony is about Ziggy, a hybrid zebra-pony cross, was bred as a novelty, but had hoof issues and was impossible to tame. The owner was considering shooting her, until Caroline Hegarty, Founder of “Equitopia,” jumped in to help.
Taming Wild: A Girl and A Mustang asks “What if horses were given a choice? Would they let us ride them? Without force or tools to control, and without bribes to lure them?” Elsa Sinclair sets out on a journey with a wild mustang to answer these fascinating questions.