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Eleven Eleven Wines: Experience the Unconventional

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Eleven Eleven Wines chose its name to represent the “meant-to-be” moments in life that are worth celebrating and symbolize every surprising, awe-inspiring or fated moment that awaits us all. Ellie Anest, a co-founder of [...]

Nancy Meyers: The NVFF17 Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For over three decades, Nancy Meyers has been writing, directing, and producing films that portray the female experience. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and [...]

NVFF17: Variety’s 10-to-Taste

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

During Variety's 10 to Taste ten uniquely talented chefs will showcase their fresh spin on dishes inspired by iconic film scenes. Invited participants include Bay Area chefs who are focused on presenting pop-up style experiences, [...]

Meet the NVFF17 Artists-in-Residence Faculty

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We are pleased to announce the Napa Valley Film Festival’s esteemed Faculty for 2017. This group of industry professionals include a wide-range of talents and experience, from Oscar winners to ground-breaking screenwriters and producers.  [...]

Charles Krug Winery: The 4th Generation

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Charles Krug Winery, the oldest and most iconic winery in the Napa Valley, is entering its fourth generation of Mondavi leadership. Or, as Angelina Mondavi puts it, “Between my grandfather, Peter Sr., and great uncle Robert, we [...]

Raymond Vineyards: The Original Napa Valley Trailblazer

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Raymond Vineyards was one of the original trailblazers of the Napa Valley, and that entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit that the winery was founded on lives on today under the vision of Jean Charles Boisset. Raymond’s [...]

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411, 2017

Meet the NVFF17 Artists-in-Residence Faculty

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the Napa Valley Film Festival’s esteemed Faculty for 2017. This group of industry professionals include a wide-range of talents and experience, from Oscar winners to ground-breaking screenwriters and producers.  The faculty will share their insights and expertise with our core competition filmmakers during the Artists-in-Residence Program at Meadowood Napa Valley. Several of our esteemed Jurors also will also participate in this year’s faculty, acting as mentors to the amazing group of versatile filmmakers that make up the Artists-in-Residence program. Read below to learn more about each faculty member participating at NVFF17. Lee Aronsohn is a television producer credited for work on shows such as The Love Boat, Murphy Brown, and Cybill. He is also one of the creative minds behind television’s hit sitcoms Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. Nnamdi Asomugha starred in and produced Amazon/IFC's Crown Heights, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — where it won the audience award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Prior to Crown Heights, Nnamdi played in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles for 11 years. He is also a graduate of University [...]

311, 2017

Charles Krug Winery: The 4th Generation

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Charles Krug Winery, the oldest and most iconic winery in the Napa Valley, is entering its fourth generation of Mondavi leadership. Or, as Angelina Mondavi puts it, “Between my grandfather, Peter Sr., and great uncle Robert, we have massive shoes to fill.”    The six heirs to the Charles Krug Winery — Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna (Marc Mondavi’s children) and Lucio and Lia (Peter Jr.’s children) — are making sure that the legacy of the winery remains intact, while continuing to innovate for the future.   Currently, Angelina and Lucio sit on the board of the winery, but all of the 4th generation children are involved. Riana, who lives in Dallas, handles the winery’s restaurant relationships throughout the United States. Giovanna lives in Boston, but continues to hold tastings and events on the East Coast to build the brand of the winery. Alycia, who is local, like Angelina, participates in events on-site at the winery and around the neighboring communities within the Napa Valley. And they all have one goal in mind.   “For us, it’s all about innovation. We’ve been about innovation since day one with Charles Krug. From Charles Krug using a cider press to make wine to my grandfather creating and really instilling cold fermentation — [...]

3010, 2017

Raymond Vineyards: The Original Napa Valley Trailblazer

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Raymond Vineyards was one of the original trailblazers of the Napa Valley, and that entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit that the winery was founded on lives on today under the vision of Jean Charles Boisset. Raymond’s history starts as just like most American success stories start — with an immigrant who has a dream of coming to America and fulfilling their own vision. Roy Raymond Sr. came to America with his family as a German immigrant in the 1930s. He got his start with Beringer, learning the business of wine growing, making and selling. However, in the 1930s, this was a long ways away from when California began to be seen as competent and equal rival to Burgundy, France. After working for Beringer from 1933 to 1970, Roy Sr. told himself “I don’t want to work for a corporation, I want to have my own winery.” This led him to purchase the current property where Raymond Vineyards stands today. Yet at the time, it was nothing but land for fruit trees, with the Judgment at Paris of 1976 — the event that launched Napa wine to the elite level — was still a few years off. With dedication, perseverance, and yes, [...]

2910, 2017

Michael Stuhlbarg — The Transformative Character Actor

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Michael Stuhlbarg, receiving the NVFF17 Charles Krug Spotlight Tribute, is quite the chameleonic actor. So much so, that the Los Angeles Times wrote an article in 2015 titled “Michael Stuhlbarg might be the most popular actor you don't recognize,” in which they praised his ability to perfectly morph into any character he is tasked with portraying. Graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School in Drama, Stuhlbarg got his start in theater, making his first major impact in playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The play was a major success, in large part to Stuhlbarg’s performance as Michal, an unreliable narrator with a constantly shifting character arc. "Is he good, is he bad?  What are his motivations," the audience would likely be asking throughout the play whenever Michal (as played by Stuhlbarg) was on stage. The Pillowman received a Tony nomination for Best Play in 2005. Going from working with a darkly comedic writer like McDonagh (In Bruges; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) to the Coen Brothers, Stuhlbarg's next part left a major impression on viewers. His role of the neurotic physics Professor, Larry Gopnik, masterfully portrayed a man torn between his boring life and the desire for something more. Stuhlbarg received a [...]

2810, 2017

Michael Shannon: The Trailblazer of his Generation

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Two-Oscar nominations, a Tony win, 60 movies, 40 plays, and 5 seasons of a critically acclaimed TV series — Michael Shannon is the definition of a trailblazer. Because of this, we are pleased to announce Michael Shannon will receive the Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Tribute at our Celebrity Tributes Program on Thursday, November 9. Known for being an intensely committed actor, Shannon has given indelible performance after indelible performance. Shannon first received widespread attention in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, in which he played the alcoholic and deadbeat boyfriend of B-Rabbit’s (Eminem) mom (Kim Basinger). In a fun but unexpected career choice, his next role of note was as gangster Frank Lombardo in the kid friendly, wacky Kangaroo Jack. From here, Shannon took on his first collaboration with Jeff Nichols on Shotgun Stories — who has remained a consistent directorial partner for Shannon — as well as starring in William Friedkin’s Bug, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road. Revolutionary Road happened to be Shannon’s first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor . With the aforementioned list of directors all speaking highly of Shannon and his talent, he was able to get even more high profile auteur-directed [...]

2710, 2017

40 Years in the Making — The Magic Music Movie

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For many, there’s always an artist that we find at the perfect moments in our lives. We listen to their music, and it just connects with us perfectly. Emotionally, and spiritually even, the music has captured something beautiful and perfect about life. We absolutely know this band is going to “make it big.” There’s no way they couldn’t, right? Not always. Sometimes the bands we love the most, the ones we think are the most talented never quite make the big stage. But why? Well, former writer and producer of Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory, Lee Aronsohn, explores this very dynamic in his new documentary 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. The film documents Lee’s journey to find a band he had enjoyed in college, the Magic Music band, in the hopes of getting their story told and the band reunited. Starting with his early days in the 60s at University of Colorado, Boulder, Lee stumbled on the band playing in an open field on campus. Everyone around him, and eventually himself, was enraptured with the music coming from the six band members. “What drew me to the band was both [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12