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NVFF 2017: The Narrative and Documentary Films in Core Competition

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Film, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is proud to announce the Narrative and Documentary Feature Films in core competition during NVFF17, November 8-12. Every year, the filmmakers in competition participate in our Artists-in-Residence (AIR) [...]

VGS Chateau Potelle: It’s Very Good S*!$

By | August 11th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , , |

On the edge of downtown St. Helena sits a quaint white house with an inviting yellow door. As you make your way through the flower and topiary garden, both French, and American flags hang [...]

Streaming Now: Genre Breaking Films from Past Artists-in-Residence

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Film festivals remain one of the only places where independent cinema can continue to thrive and flourish, as they are at the forefront of fostering new voices just waiting to be discovered. It is [...]

NVFF Alums: Where are they now?

By | July 29th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Napa Valley Film Festival’s (NVFF) Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program is a unique networking and development opportunity for independent filmmakers. The directors of the Narrative and Documentary films in competition receive a six-night stay at Meadowood [...]

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908, 2017

Streaming Now: Genre Breaking Films from Past Artists-in-Residence

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Film festivals remain one of the only places where independent cinema can continue to thrive and flourish, as they are at the forefront of fostering new voices just waiting to be discovered. It is this philosophy that has helped shape the films screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF). Every year, NVFF welcomes a diverse group of narrative and documentary filmmakers to screen their films in Juried Competition and participate in our Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program,  hosted by Meadowood Napa Valley. The AIR program is an innovative and unique week long opportunity for talented and burgeoning indie filmmakers to network and explore career development with industry professionals. (And the bonus: Meadowood also offers a $10k cash prize to the winning filmmaker in both categories). To us, there’s nothing quite as exciting as finding a new filmmaker on the cusp of cementing their cinematic legacy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it wasn’t the bigger studio films that reinvented the wheel, but rather the indie voices that advanced cinema’s capacity for storytelling. Through truly independent cinema — lower budgets, festival coverage, and dedicated fans — filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Richard Linklater, Alexander Payne, Todd [...]

608, 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Join the VIP Patron Circle

By | August 6th, 2017|Categories: Festival|0 Comments

We’ve enumerated 10 undeniably electric reasons to join the VIP Patron Circle. Elevate your experience as part of this elite entourage at the 7th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, November 8-12. 1. Charm filmmakers, winemakers, and celebrities in candid conversations while dining side by side at the elegant and exclusive Vintner Circle Dinners. 2. Walk down the red carpet at the splashiest VIP party of the year. Your Festival Gala access is equivalent to that of our celebrities and award-winning filmmakers. Mingle with your peers and film industry guests over the finest wines and world-class cuisine in the Patron Circle Lounge at the stunning CIA @ Copia. 3. Meet the Filmmaker Artists at a myriad of socializing opportunities. Kick off the festival with a party thrown by Estate Events at Meadowood. This swanky party takes place on sneak preview night, and is solely for the Patron Circle and filmmakers in competition. In our experience, long-term friendships form at this soiree and lasting memories are made. 4. Be among the first to view films that often go on to be awards season contenders at the Opening Night Red Carpet Screening and Party.  Past years [...]

2907, 2017

NVFF Alums: Where are they now?

By | July 29th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival’s (NVFF) Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program is a unique networking and development opportunity for independent filmmakers. The directors of the Narrative and Documentary films in competition receive a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, and participate in two days of workshops and panels with our esteemed Festival Faculty. With the impending release of our 2017 competition film lineup, we thought it would be great to take a look at what some of our past NVFF alums are working on now.  James Bird — Director, Honeyglue  (NVFF15)James Bird films are stellar examples of how independent films can be standard bearers for diversity on screen and behind the camera. NVFF festival goers would remember James for is his splendidly made, heartrending and somehow still optimistic Honeyglue. The film for all its successes found a truly inventive way to do away with gender expectations and traditional romance cliches. Because of this unique setting, the film creates a moving story of two people that come together to express themselves in the face of devastating circumstances.Keeping Bird’s goals of promoting diversity while telling moving stories, his next film stars Orange is the New Black Emmy winning star Uzo Aduba, and two standouts from [...]

2407, 2017

Paraduxx Wine Uncorks Innovation

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A division of Duckhorn Wine Company, Paraduxx is the only Napa Valley winery solely dedicated to contemporary wine blends. To learn more about what makes a Paraduxx blend unqiue,  I talked with Don LaBorde, the Paraduxx Winemaker, about the way in which he utilizes his background in art and wine science to craft the perfect blend of bold, expressive and innovative wine. “It’s almost impossible for me to pick out a favorite wine,” says LaBorde. “However, I love talking about our newest Co-Fermentation wine. This is a Côte-Rôtie inspired wine that is blended with Syrah and Viognier grapes. What makes this wine so interesting is that we pick our Viognier grapes first and our Syrah grapes last. Both of these grapes must be put into the tank at the same time, so we freeze our Viognier grapes until our Syrah grapes are ready. Adjacent to Paraduxx, Rector Creek Vineyards is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc. “The first year I came up with this idea, the wine was a complete experiment, and now it’s a Paraduxx favorite. Imagine closing your eyes and smelling a white wine that is floral and tropical on the nose, but has a [...]

1805, 2017

Welcome to the NVFF Vintner Circle, Davis Estates!

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Food & Wine|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The NVFF Team is excited to welcome a new Vintner Circle member into our elite group of Napa Valley wineries. At the forefront of technology and modern rustic chic, Davis Estates is establishing itself as a winery with elegance, vision, and of course, fantastic wine. What started off as a dream for Mike and Sandy Davis is now a 155 acre property featuring wine caves, a historic barn, hospitality center, and vineyards in Calistoga, Rutherford, Carneros and Howell Mountain. The Davis Family. Photo by Adrián Gregorutti. Originally from San Mateo, Mike Davis went to school in Indiana where he fell in love with history, old barns, and the importance of family values. When he and Sandy decided to bring their vision of Davis Estates to life, he knew that he wanted to create a legacy for his family, and a place where people could feel at home while experiencing the beauty of Napa Valley. From wine and food pairings put together by their Executive Chef, Mark Caldwell, to tastings on the terrace, the hospitality center feels like an upscale lodge where guests can enjoy a commercial kitchen, large fireplace, and a terrace with fantastic porch swings and a [...]

1805, 2017

Movies to Watch in May

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Festival, Film|0 Comments

Looking for an NVFF16 movie to watch this weekend? Check out some of our favorite films from last year's festival in theaters and on digital platforms this May. Colin Hay: Waiting for my Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham Follow the life of Colin Hay, and his inspiring journey after Men at Work. Available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. The Drowning, directed by Bette Gordon Based on the 2008 novel by Camilla Läckberg, this thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. The film stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, and Avan Jogia. It is in theaters until May 25 at the IFC Center in New York. Folk Hero & Funny Guy, directed by Jeff Grace A funny, offbeat road-trip comedy that is sure to make you laugh (the music is great too). The film stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, and Meredith Hagner. It is in select theaters now, and available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. Little Boxes, directed by Rob Meyer Quirky and thoughtful, this film includes humor, lovable characters, and a strong authentic voice. It stars Melanie [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12