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Tumbledown

"Tumbledown," one of the Napa Valley Film Festival narrative film choices, is the story of a woman who hires a professor to help write her late husband's biography, and she is thrown for a loop when he begins investigating the death. 

The Napa Valley Film Festival, scheduled to take place Nov. 11-15, has announced its narrative and documentary feature film lineups for juried competition.

The complete program of approximately 125 films, including special presentations, sneak previews of award season contenders, narrative and documentary shorts, and short features, will be announced at an upcoming date.

Directors of the narrative and documentary feature films in competition will participate in NVFF’s artists-in-residence program, which will be hosted at Meadowood Napa Valley. Meadowood Napa Valley will also award $10,000 to the winning filmmakers at the closing night awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 15.

“We experienced nearly a 50 percent jump in submissions this year, making it just that much more difficult to whittle down to our 10 narrative and 10 documentary feature films for our core competition,” said Marc Lhormer, executive director of the film festival.

The 10 films selected include:

— “Astraea” – When humanity is mysteriously wiped out, clairvoyant 14-year-old Astraea is led by her older brother through the snowy landscapes of a postapocalyptic America to the far Northeast where their parents are believed to still be alive. Directed by Kristjan Thor.

— “Honeyglue” – Morgan seeks out a new perspective and lifestyle after receiving a severe life-threatening medical diagnosis.

— “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong” – After a chance encounter in Hong Kong during which an ex-pat and a tourist seem to strike a romantic spark, Ruby and Josh are blessed with an equally coincidental second date. Unfortunately, the two seem to have found the perfect connections at the most inopportune times.

— “Jane Wants a Boyfriend” – Jane, an aspiring costume designer on the autism spectrum, recruits her sister to help her find her first boyfriend.

— “Life in Color” – Mary, a failed nanny, and Homer, a floundering comedian, grapple with the harsh realities that preclude them from the success that appears to come so easily to others.

— “Lola’s Last Letter” – While completing her community service, a young woman continues to deal with the emotional trauma left over by the mistake that sent her to prison.

— “Moments of Clarity” – Two unlikely friends, Claire and Danielle, elude their protective parents and embark on a quest to repair an antique camera.

— “Outliving Emily” – Twelve diverse actors portray the various stages of Tim and Emily’s anthologized marriage.

— “The King of New Orleans” – Larry’s story is chronicled from the passenger seat of his taxi cab. His regular commuters and new riders represent the various walks of life in the faded and haunted beauty of New Orleans.

— “Tumbledown” – Hannah, the widow of an acclaimed folk musician, engages a New York professor to assist her in writing her late husband’s biography. Her emotions are thrown for a loop when he begins investigating the circumstances surrounding the untimely death.

Documentaries include:

— “A Place to Stand” – Jimmy Santiago Baca was a 17-year-old petty thief and drug dealer when he was sentenced to five years in Arizona State Prison. Against all odds, he taught himself how to read and write, discovering a passion for poetry that ultimately saved his life.

— “Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play” – Based on the book by anthropologist John Fox, “The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game,” “Bounce” explores the question: Why do we play ball?

— “Code: Debugging the Gap” – “Code” asks the questions: Why is there a dearth of female and minority software engineers; what would society gain from having more women and people of color coding, and how do we get there?

— “King Georges” – Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned, 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, from closing.

— “Life Under Siege: Exploring Gaza’s Secret Tunnels” – The story of a U.S.-Palestinian family divided by the siege on the Gaza Strip, and reunited under the cloak of the Arab Spring.

— “Right Footed” – Despite being born without arms, Jessica Cox learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and fly an airplane. “Right Footed” follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor.

— “Romeo Is Bleeding” – Donte Clark’s poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of Richmond, and he uses his artistic perspective — and inspiration from the Bard — to create a personalized production of “Romeo & Juliet” as one man’s attempt to save his city from itself.

— “Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103” – When a terrorist-planted bomb destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, 270 lives were ended and a heartbreaking new reality for thousands of relatives began.

— “The Family Next Door” – He was the star Yale football player who went on to become an attorney. She was the beautiful cheerleader who became a loving, caring teacher. Their genes were perfect to start a dream family. Four children and 17 years later, they are a family affected by autism, with drastically altered expectations.

— “The Uncondemned” – In 1997, a mismatched group of underdog lawyers embarked on a quixotic quest to have rape classified as an international war crime. This is the story of their fight for the first conviction and the story of the heroic Rwandan women who risked a wave of witness assassinations to testify.

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