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Experience NVFF17 at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

This summer, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) proudly revealed its nine unique screening venues playing host to 124 films and Q&As featured at the festival.  Today, we’d like to shine a spotlight on [...]

Will Ferrell, The Triple Threat

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Triple Threat: Someone in a particular field who exhibits three skills that are necessary to excel. For this year's Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Tribute Will Ferrell, these “triple threat” skills are unique, thought-provoking, and hilarious. [...]

The NVFF17 Culinary Theater Schedule

By | October 24th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Join us at this year’s NVFF Culinary Theater at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)’s new facility, the CIA at Copia in downtown Napa. Directors, documentary subjects and actors from our festival films are [...]

Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tributes — Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , |

This year, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed will receive the Napa Valley Film Festival's Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute. While both actors have been involved in widely successful television shows and movies (Ian starred [...]

Napa Valley Film Festival announces 2017 Education & Outreach Programs

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is proud to announce its 7th year of Education and Outreach events for students, including the popular INSPIRE field trip and the highly anticipated Filmmakers-in-the-Schools programs. Kicking [...]

Following Your Own Path: John Anthony Vineyards

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Festival, News|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s not always an easy choice to risk failure and venture out on your own. Yet that’s exactly what John Anthony Truchard has done with John Anthony Vineyards. With a specific vision, confidence and [...]

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2310, 2017

Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tributes — Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

This year, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed will receive the Napa Valley Film Festival's Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute. While both actors have been involved in widely successful television shows and movies (Ian starred in Lost and The Vampire Diaries; Nikki had roles in Twilight and Sleepy Hollow), Ian and Nikki also dedicate their time to helping people in need and our four-legged best friends. In 2010, Ian Somerhalder founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) with the purpose to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources; provide relief to the poor, distressed, and underprivileged; and support other organizations conducting activities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Ian’s foundation also spends a large portion of its time caring for and protecting animals. For example, the ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals was established in February of 2014. This grant provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations, agencies and individual rescuers responsible for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, and injuries suffered from a traumatic event or other illness. The purpose of this grant is to provide animal victims a second chance by alleviating their rescuers of the financial stress of treatment so they can focus [...]

1910, 2017

Napa Valley Film Festival announces 2017 Education & Outreach Programs

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is proud to announce its 7th year of Education and Outreach events for students, including the popular INSPIRE field trip and the highly anticipated Filmmakers-in-the-Schools programs. Kicking off the week on Monday, November 6th, NVFF will showcase a full day of back-to-back documentary films for 1,200 Napa and Solano County students at INSPIRE 2017, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. INSPIRE, which in past years has been limited to just one day of powerful films, has expanded this year to include two additional days, November 7 and 8, at American Canyon High School and St. Helena High School, respectively. The first of the two INSPIRE films, The Gateway Bug, follows the rise and fall of edible insect startups in America, exploring cultural taboos in diet and agriculture, and exposing America’s disconnect with the idea of our food system courting climate catastrophe. Director Johanna B. Kelly and Producer Cameron Marshad will both be in attendance, with featured subjects from the film, including Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Secondly, Man in Red Bandana, recounts the bravery of 9/11 hero Welles Crowther, who was tragically killed in [...]

1910, 2017

Following Your Own Path: John Anthony Vineyards

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Festival, News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s not always an easy choice to risk failure and venture out on your own. Yet that’s exactly what John Anthony Truchard has done with John Anthony Vineyards. With a specific vision, confidence and talent, he has forged his own path. “Some people look at my journey as a split from the family business, but I don’t. I view it more along the lines of one’s father being a great musician and instead of joining his band I decided to find some great musicians and put together my own band and make our own music. My parents gave me the great gift of learning the wine business. The highest form of thanks that I know is to put what they taught me to use. Simply stated, my parents are living their dream and they instilled in their children to do the same with our lives.” When John was 23-years-old, his desire to get his winery off the ground, and gather the money needed to create this winery was imperative. But through hard work as a vineyard manager, farming land for others, he earned the money needed for his ambitions, and leased his vineyard in 1999. John’s dedication to his [...]

810, 2017

NVFF17 Pass Type Breakdown

By | October 8th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year, the Napa Valley Film Festival offers a variety of pass types for all festival attendees. Choose from 5 full-day passes, weekend passes, or individual day passes. Based on your time, interests and budget, your perfect NVFF pass is on sale now. Read on to learn more about what NVFF17 experience is right for you! Patron Circle The NVFF Patron Circle receives beyond the velvet rope treatment during this not-to-be-missed festival. Members of the Patron Circle are first in line (no waiting!) at all theaters, are offered special access to filmmakers and receive invitations to exclusive parties, VIP receptions, Vintner Circle Dinners and more. Choose from 3 levels of membership in the elite Patron Circle: Patron, A-Lister and Movie Mogul….the essential, elevated and ultimate festival experiences. Learn more here! Pass Plus With a Pass Plus, attendees receive priority access to screenings, plus invitations to special events and parties including the Friday Night Bash, the Festival Gala, and the Closing Night Wrap Party. Don't forget to arrive early for the movies to get a great spot in line, especially for the highly anticipated Awards Season films, and the screenings at smaller venues. [...]

610, 2017

The First NVFF Rising Star Showcase

By | October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Napa Valley Film Festival is excited to announce our first ever Rising Star Showcase! This year, in partnership with our friends at Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards, we are introducing an exciting new event. This beautiful winery location will serve as the backdrop for a moderated panel discussion with six talented young actors who will share their thoughts on life in the entertainment industry, and what it is like to be an actor today. Enjoy Materra’s finest wines paired with small bites while you get to know these up-and-coming stars. This event is open to Patron Circle members (Patrons, A-Listers and Movie Moguls). A limited number of tickets will be available for Pass Plus at $25. Read more about our Rising Stars here. Ana de Armas Cuban born actress Ana de Armas is one of the world’s rising stars. Ana can be seen now in Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, where she stars alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Robin Wright. Last year, Ana was seen in Hands of Stone alongside Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro. She also starred in in Todd Phillips’ War Dogs with Miles Teller and Jonah Hill . De Armas had her [...]

610, 2017

A Conversation with Acumen Winemaker Henrik Poulsen

By | October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Born in Denmark, the Director of Winemaking and Executive Manager of Acumen Wines, Henrik Poulsen, fell in love with wine at an early age (14). From here, he began working in a high-end wine retail shop in Copenhagen. While he enjoyed his work, he knew his ultimate aspiration was to be a winemaker — so he made a plan to spend a year in every major wine region. After Poulsen’s stay in Bordeaux, Napa was the next stop on his list. But after being offered a Harvest Internship in 2000, 17 years later, he’s still here with no intention of leaving. “When I talk to consumers, we have a tendency to put Bordeaux and France up on a little bit of a pedestal. It’s seems our reference point for some of the best wines in the world. I actually respectfully disagree. To be honest, I think Napa has way better potential,” said Poulsen. Although Poulsen recently re-joined the Acumen team, he owes his position to one person, the late Denis Malbec. “One day, he asked me where do you see yourself in 5 years? I very candidly responded saying that I was going ‘to be up on [...]

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11