It’s Friday the 13th… so that means we’re in full swing of the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival! Movies, wine, food, parties, more movies, more wine, more food and more parties. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one, or multiple screenings or parties– you’re missing out! It’s a great time to get to know not only influential locals, but also up and coming and well established film makers, editors, writers, actors and movie buffs.
With a kickoff reception at Saddles at MacArthur place on Wednesday evening followed by the screening of The Lady at Sebastiani Theatre made for a perfect first night. The reception at Saddles was full of wine (even some poured by The Bachelor Ben Flajnik and his colleagues), great food, drinks, photos and fun. Kevin McNeely, the Executive Director of the film festival, welcomes guests with kind words and introduces films with his passion.
Thursday was full of more films, including the Sonoma Valley High School student showcase which packed the Sebastiani Theatre. With standing room/aisle floor seating only– the students enjoyed seeing the work of their peers and is always a highlight of the festival. Thursday evening included a reception at El Dorado Kitchen with more great food and wine, and a tribute to Christopher Lloyd after the showing of Cadaver (a short animated film by director Jonah Ansell featuring the voices of Lloyd and Kathy Bates), and the feature film Last Call– starring Lloyd. In our opinion, Last Call should be shown in theatres around the country with its hysterical commedy, professionalism, great story line and star-studded cast. We are proud to have seen it first at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Following the films, Elliot Kotek, screenwriter and producer of short film ‘Raise my Hands’, led a question and answer with Christopher Lloyd. Kevin McNeely presented Lloyd with an engraved special glass wine bucket on behalf of the festival as this years Award of Excellence recipient. The Q&A included many laughs and some insight into Lloyds life, movies and incredible career.
We’re certainly looking forward to posting more videos and photos and telling you about our festival experience. Check out our Facebook page for more photos and videos as well!