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10th Annual Winter Short Film Screening
The Sacramento French Film Festival presents its 10th Winter French Short Film Screening, featuring the 2017 Cesar (French Academy Awards)-nominated shorts, Animation and Live Action.
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2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation
The Crest will present a week of nominated short films leading into the Oscars, starting with animated shorts. The lineup includes "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" (dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes); "Borrowed Time" (dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes), "Pearl" (dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes), "Piper" (dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes), "Blind Vaysha" (dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes), and additional films "The Head Vanishes" (9 minutes), "Asteria" (5 minutes) and "Happy End" (6 minutes). "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" (PG) will be screened last because of violance, language and sex, in case parents/caregivers want to usher their kids out of the theater; otherwise, the films are acceptable for kids.
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2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary Part A
The Oscar nominees for Short Film - Documentary have been broken into two nights. The first part will feature "Extremis" (dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes), "4.1 Miles" (dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes) and "Joe’s Violin" (dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes).
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2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary Part B
The second of two nights of Oscar-nominated short-film documentaries features two entries about the war and strife in Syria. "Watani: My Homeland" (dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, German/Syrian, 39 minutes) follows the young children of Free Syrian Army Cmdr. Abu Ali; after he's captured by Islamic State, they're forced to flee Aleppo and start a new life in a small medieval German town. "The White Helmets" (dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, British/Syrian, 41 minutes) concerns the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets -- unarmed, neutral civilians who rush in after bombing attacks and rescue anyone in need.
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Benefit/Fundraiser, Film, Food/Tasting
3rd Annual Red Carpet Evening Fundraising Gala
For the third year, the Alexander Valley Film Society is bringing Hollywood glamour and glitz to Sonoma County with the annual Red Carpet Evening, a celebration of the Academy Awards. Film fans, families and students will have a red-carpet experience featuring student paparazzi, models, champagne, multiple wardrobe changes, local food and wine, silent and live auction lots, plus the Oscars ceremony on the big screen. There will be wines and nibbles, a silent auction, and TV event on the big screen. Patrons will enjoy an after-awards dinner designed by celebrity chef Domenica Catelli and a live auction hosted by Rick Gomez (“Band of Brothers,” “Justified”) in the historical Bank Building on Cloverdale Boulevard North. Proceeds from the evening will support the Alexander Valley Film Society’s educational and cultural programs.
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Animals, Film, Fair/Festival, Community Event
4th Annual Animal Film Festival
In its fourth year, the Animal Film Festival is the only national fest of its kind, screening specifically animal-themed films in every category. Presented by the Center for Animal Protection & Education, the AFF will feature independent films, funny shorts, documentaries and works by emerging artists, all telling stories about animals and the issues they face in the world today.
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Art Show, Film, Blues, Jazz, Country, Gospel, Cajun/Zydeco
Desperate Man Blues
Directed by Ed Gillan, “Desperate Man Blues” tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick, MD. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, Cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life. (2003, 55 min, digital) Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins. This screening is in conjunction with the Verge’s current exhibition, “We Buy White Albums” by Rutherford Chang. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will function as a record store, stocking only numbered copies of The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled double-LP, popularly referred to as the White Album. But rather than selling albums, the anti-store will solicit additional albums for Chang’s collection of already over 1,600 copies. Before the film, attendees are invited to browse the albums, listen to the vinyl, and of course contribute their copies of the White Album to the collection.
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Classical,Choral,Multimedia,Film
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is a spectacular music and visuals event coming to performance theaters across the country. Show composer Ramin Djawadi leads a full orchestra and choir through a selection of his vibrant scores, accompanied by a mix of show footage and newly created imagery projected on a large screen.
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Hidden Figures
"Hidden Figures" is the critically acclaimed -- and multiple award-nominated -- 2016 film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book. It's the story of how Katherine Johnson, a black mathematician and her colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, in the white male-dominated worlds of math and science of the 60s, worked for NASA and calculated the flight trajectories for the Project Mercury astronauts and, eventually, Apollo 11 and the emergency backup procedures to bring Apollo 13 home. Taraji P. Henson stars as Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Vaughan and Janelle Monae as Jackson; Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons co-star. The film earned three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress for Spencer, Best Screenplay for Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi); two Golden Globes (Best Actress, Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams & Benjamin Wallfisch); and a BAFTA for Best Screenplay.
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In the Heat of the Night
They still call him Mister Tibbs a half-century later. Sidney Poitier starred in this 1967 classic as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective heading back from visiting his mother in Mississippi when he's sucked into a small-town murder investigation. Rod Steiger co-starred as Sparta Police Chief Bill Gillespie; the cast also included Warren Oates, Lee Grant, William Schallert ... and, believe it or not, Larry D. Mann, the voice of Yukon Cornelius from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
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