The Napa Valley Film Festival starts with previews on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11.
In St. Helena, there are five screening venues, showing a variety of movies throughout the day. Additionally, the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch will host “Up-Valley Intermissions,” wine pouring events from various producers on Thursday through Sunday.
The NVFF showcases 100 new films across nine screening venues with theaters in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and a Drive-In in Calistoga at the Napa County Fairgrounds. At the five venues in St. Helena, films will be shown more than 90 times during the five-day festival.
The Up-Valley Intermissions, wine tastings, are as follows:
-Appellation St. Helena, 3-5 p.m., Thursday
-The Rutherford Dust Society, 3-5 p.m., Friday
-Local Boutique Winery Collection, 3-5 p.m., Saturday
-NG: Next Generation in Wine, 3-5 p.m., Sunday
-“The Front Runner” follows the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart, who was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign was sidelined by his extramarital affair. It is shown at 5:45 and 8:45 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 6.
-“At Eternity’s Gate” is a journey inside the world and mind of Vincent van Gogh, who despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. It shows once, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Cameo Cinema.
-“Vox Lux” begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe – while catapulting Celeste to stardom. It shows at 5:30 p.m., Sunday.
-“Green Book” shows at 5:30 p.m., Saturday. It tells the story of a bouncer from the Bronx, who is hired to drive a world-class black pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. They rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is the location of the St. Helena box office for pass pickup.
-“General Magic” reveals a side of Silicon Valley that most people never see. It is a tale of a company “General Magic” that was spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the “next big thing.” The film shows how great vision and epic failure can change the world. It shows at 9:45 a.m., Friday.
-“The Price of Free” is a suspenseful yet intimate look at Lailash Satyarthi’s groundbreaking crusade to liberate every child from slave labor. It shows at 9:45 a.m., Saturday.
-“Brewmaster” tells the story of the rise of craft beer through two young men pursuing their dreams in the world of beer. It plays at 8:15 p.m., Thursday.
Native Sons Hall:
Wine from Ladera Vineyards will be available.
-Inspired by true events, “Summer ‘03” centers on 16-year-old Jamie and her extended family who are reeling after her calculating grandmother unveils an array of family secrets on her deathbed. It plays at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Native Sons Hall and 5 p.m., Friday at the Charles Krug Winery.
-“Grace” shows at 10 a.m., Friday and 8:30 p.m., Saturday at Cameo Cinema. It is the story of Charlie, a once-famous author who suffers from writer’s block. Charlie’s agent sends him an aspiring young writer, Dawn, to be his assistant.
-“Spare Room,” which shows at 5:30 p.m., Friday at the Native Sons Hall and 12:45 p.m. at Acacia Barn, is the story of David, a war-ravaged veteran, who meets Lil, a young widow who struggles to make ends meet while caring for her 15-year-old brother, who has Down Syndrome. Lil eventually rents her spare room to David.
Acacia Barn at Las Alcobas:
Wines from Mersenne Wines will be available at Acacia Barn at Las Alcobas. Highlight screenings include “Cold Brook,” “We Are Boats” and “This Changes Everything.”
-“Cold Brook” tells the story to two best friends, who are maintenance workers at an upstate New York college. Their routines are upended when they spot an intruder in a museum exhibition. It plays at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Acacia Barn and 9:30 a.m., Sunday at Charles Krug Winery.
-“We Are Boats” weaves a surreal tale of human connection and fate. After her death, Francesca takes an other-worldly job in the hopes that it will allow her to visit her daughter back on earth.
-“This Changes Everything” takes an incisive look into the male-dominated film industry to examine the forces that continue to foster the systemic under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It plays at 9:45 a.m., Sunday.
Charles Krug Winery:
Highlight screenings include “You Can Choose Your Family,” “Only Humans” and “Uncrushable.”
-In “You Can Choose Your Family,” high school student Phillip longs to attend music school in New York City. His father, Frank, forbids it. Then Philip discovers his father’s secret: a second family. It plays at 8:30 p.m., Thursday at the Cameo Cinema and 12:30 p.m., at Charles Krug Winery.
-“Only Humans” tells the story of Vince, a handsome, 30-year-old who moves back to his deceased mother’s home to organize things and ready the property for sale. Next door are a single mother and her daughter and before too long, Vince becomes involved in both of their lives. It plays at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday at Acacia Barn and at 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Charles Krug Winery.
-“Uncrushable” tells the story of the Oct. 8, 2017 wildfires through the eyes of those most affected in the area. It shows at 12:30 p.m., Sunday.
Marc and Brenda Lhormer founded the festival in 2009 and presented the first NVFF in 2011. As well as co-founders, Marc is the executive and artistic director and Brenda is co-director. Before that, the Lhormers ran the Sonoma Valley Film Festival for seven years, from 2001 to 2008.