The lack of coverage devoted to the Napa Valley Film Festival in the Napa Register is a sad omission. I could not believe that it was not even included in the daily events section of the paper.
I worked the welcome desk in Napa and was appalled at how few Napans had any idea that the Napa Valley Film Festival was taking place in our valley.
Not only that, but it took several days before the paper acknowledged just one of the wonderful films, “Somm,” which had local significance, without a mention of any of the many other worthwhile and entertaining films.
It is a travesty that there was no coverage of “From the Ashes,” an inspirational and stirring film about the establishment of a bicycle racing team in Rwanda after the genocide, which is the only thing many know about that country.
The film was shown to students at high schools around the valley to rave reviews. Not only was the film shown, but two members of the Rwanda National Bicycle Racing Team accompanied each showing of the film and were part of the discussion that followed.
Daily training bike rides with the team were part of the organized events. I understand that on Sunday there were more than 100 cyclists joining the Rwandans on their ride. Yet not one word in the Napa Valley Register.
The Napa Valley Film Festival, while only two years old, is starting to get acclaim from the industry and film lovers who travel long distances to attend. Many say that before too long, it will rival the very well known Sundance Film Festival.
I would hope, in the future, that the Napa Valley Register will see fit to give this very newsworthy event more appropriate coverage in the paper.
Vic Chiarella / Napa