Starts: Apr 09, 2008 - Ends: Apr 13, 2008
Submission Deadline: Nov 14, 2007
The Sonoma Valley Film Festival will screen more than 75 new independent films and present an array of thrilling special events including a tribute to acclaimed actor Michael Keaton, live musical performances, special celebrity appearances, filmmaker Q&A's, sizzling parties, and a grand Opening Night Gala party at Jacuzzi Winery following the premiere of the Festival's Opening Night Film FUGITIVE PIECES.
Their all-new animated program will be shown April 11 at 12 p.m. at the Vine Theater and on April 13 at 9 a.m. at the Vine Theater. The line-up includes ZOOLOGIC, FLATLAND: THE MOVIE, BIG DREAMS, MFA, THE TOLL, 'TILL DEATH DO US PART, BARE, A SHADY DEAL, THE INTRUDER, FANTAISIE IN BUBBLEWRAP and MARCELINO AND BARTOLOMEO: 'BYE-BYE!'
Sonoma boasts the only official film festival sommelier, Christopher Sawyer, who pairs wine with all the films.
The festival will kick off on Wednesday, April 9 with its Sneak Preview Film, the U.S. premiere of LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS, starring Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, Orlando Bloom, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Directed by Alek Keshishian, the cult director of MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE and presented by Luc Besson and David Fincher, it's a stylish, sexy comedy about an obsessive matchmaker (Murphy) with a fast-paced life at British VOGUE. Keshishian and Rhys who be in attendance at this year's festival.
The Film Festival will officially open on Thursday, April 10 with premiere and encore screenings of FUGITIVE PIECES, starring international film star Rade Sherbedgia, Stephen Dillane, Rachelle LeFevre, Ayelet Zurer, Rosamund Pike and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, many of whom will be in attendance at this year's festival to support their film.
FUGITIVE PIECES is a lushly executed poetic epic, dramatically gripping and deeply moving, and features a powerful international ensemble cast. A powerful and unforgettably lyrical film about love, loss and redemption, FUGITIVE PIECES tells the story of Jakob Beer (Stephen Dillane), a man whose life is transformed by his childhood experiences during WWII.
As a child in Poland, he is orphaned then saved by a compassionate Greek archeologist (Rade Sherbedgia). Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing, and then through the discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.
YOUNG@ HEART, the 2008 Closing Night Film on Sunday, April 13, will bring the festival to a show-stopping finale. Garnering huge buzz across the country, YOUNG@HEART is a musical documentary that follows the seniors-only choir YOUNG@HEART as they amaze and stun with their unexpected covers of artists from Jimi Hendrix to Sonic Youth to James Brown.
The Sonoma Valley Film Festival will also honor actor and debut director Michael Keaton with the 2008 Tribute on Saturday, April 12 at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma. Keaton will talk about his extensive work in film and as well as his new project MERRY GENTLEMAN which marks his directorial debut.
The Sonoma Valley Film Festival offers a great variety of ticket options for attendees, including $10 Door Tickets and $60 All-Day Passes, as well as great value all-week Festival Passes, VIP Premier Passes, and VIP All-Access Patron Passes.
Tickets are already selling fast. To order tickets, and also for complete film listings, screening times, events, child-care and celebrity appearances, visit www.SonomaFilmFest.org, or call the Festival office at (707) 933-2600.