Napa Valley Film Festival

Film Review: Superb documentary 'Perfect Note' profiles San Francisco's Café Jacqueline

Film Review: ‘Perfect Note’ tells uplifting story about San Francisco’s Café Jacqueline

Café Jacqueline, near the intersection of Grant and Union in San Francisco, has been a culinary legend for 27 years. This tiny restaurant in the heart of North Beach is the subject of a short documentary Perfect Note, Perfect Taste screened at the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival.Chef Jacqueline grew...
Ask for Jane film review - Napa Valley Film Festival

‘Ask Jane’ a riveting independent film based on true events

Ask for Jane is a riveting independent film shown recently at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Written and directed by Rachel Carey and produced by Caroline Hirsch, the movie tells the story of a Chicago-based underground collective which provided pregnancy terminations for thousands of middle-class women in the late...
Green Book - Napa Valley Film Festival Fall arts preview

First Look Fall Arts: ‘Green Book’ to open Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov. 7 – 11)

Welcome to the eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (November 7 – 11), just 47 miles north of San Francisco. Less than a month after the devastating fires which swept across wine country, the Festival moves forward to create a memorable week of the best in cinematic storytelling.Of particular...
The Graduate - Alexander Valley Film Society

Alexander Valley Film Society adapts festival as fundraiser for devastated Sonoma County

100% of the proceeds will go directly to fire relief and recovery via the Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Resilience Fund.
John Travolta to receive career achievement award at NVFF

John Travolta to receive career achievement award at NVFF (Full Schedule)

He's stayin' alive. And in our hearts.Famed ageless wonder known as John Travolta is set to unlock a career achievement award at this year's edition of the Napa Valley Film Festival.Now in its fifth year, NVFF organizers say they will also hold special tributes for actor Bruce Dern ("Legendary Actor"), and actor-writer...
Spotlight - Film Review

All-star cast propels ‘Spotlight’ (Review)

Mark Ruffalo. Michael Keaton. Rachel McAdams. Liev Schreiber. John Slattery. Stanley Tucci.Together, in one movie?Yes. That would be Spotlight. And it's a monster.Tom McCarthy's newsroom drama will surely go down as one of the year's best films. Based on true events surrounding the take-down of the Catholic Church in...
Son of Saul - Independent Film Review

‘Son of Saul’ an astonishing, devastating experience not to be missed

At filmmaker Lázló Nemes' request, Son of Saul screened at MVFF using a gorgeous, organic 35mm print. Interestingly, after opening promos, the screen and drapes re-sized to a 4:3 aspect ratio. Odd, I thought. I suspected this was an artistic choice. It gives the viewer little relief, and contributes to...

Sun Valley Film Festival announces lineup

Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster is a featured guest this year.

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Jury Winners, Audience Favorites

NVFF, now in its second year, more than doubled in size.

Napa Valley Film Festival Tributes: Alan Cumming, James Marsden, Imogen Poots, Adam Driver

Access Hollywood's Billy Bush to host special night. The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival runs November 7 - 11 at venues in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.