FILM

FILM 2018-08-14T12:09:07+00:00

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

ANNOUNCING THE 2018 CORE COMPETITION LINEUP

BROWSE FILMS

Program Overview

NVFF’s Film Program is comprised of the following core components:
• Competitive screenings of 90 or so new independent films
• Sneak Previews of prestigious studio films before theatrical release
• Conversations with 300+ writers, directors, actors, producers
• Juried & Audience Awards
• Exclusive Artists-in-Residence Program
• Celebrity Tributes (Legends, Mavericks, Trailblazers and Rising Stars)
• Inspiring Student Programs
• Countless opportunities for artist-audience interaction

Juried & Audience Awards

Industry experts decide the Juried Awards and audience ranking determines the Audience Awards. Awards are presented at a festive Awards Ceremony on Saturday night before the Festival Gala. Winning filmmakers take home 3-liter (double-magnum) bottles of highly sought-after Napa Valley wines presented by members of our Vintner Circle. Winners of the Juried Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature also receive $10,000 cash prizes courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley.

Juried Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts.

Audience Awards Categories
Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Verge (edgier fare), Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Food & Beverage Documentaries, Documentary Showcase, Acting Awards

2018 NARRATIVE FEATURES

ARE YOU GLAD I’M HERE

A Lebanese housewife and a millennial American girl bridge cultural differences to become friends. Dark secrets are aired and one night they find themselves partners-in-crime. Starring Tess Harrison and Marwa Khalil. Directed by Noor Gharzeddine. [West Coast Premiere]

ASK FOR JANE

Based on real events, Ask for Jane tells the story of a group of young college women who developed an underground abortion network that helped over 11,000 women get illegal abortions in Chicago between 1969 and 1973. Starring Cody Horn, Sarah Ramos, Alison Wright and Sarah Steele. Directed by Rachel Carey. [West Coast Premiere]

COLD BROOK

Cold Brook tells the story of Ted & Hilde, two ordinary men who share an extraordinary experience, where helping a stranger find home places their own homes and everything they take for granted at risk. Directed by William Fichtner. Starring William Fichtner, Kim Coates, Harold Perrineau, Robin Weigert, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. [West Coast Premiere]

GRACE

Charlie Elliston is a once famous author suffering from writer’s block. With his book advance spent, his agent and best friend Bernie sends him Dawn, a belligerent young woman in order to inspire and check on him – but she has some plans of her own. Starring Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan, Matthew Lillard, Mircea Monroe, Debby Ryan, and Missi Pyle. Directed by Devin Adair. [West Coast Premiere]

ONLY HUMANS

Through her attempt to ignite a romance with a much older man, Sarah, a fiercely independent teenager, learns to appreciate not only her youth but also her overbearing mother. Starring Peri Gilpin, Micah Hauptman and Ivy Matheson. Directed by Vanessa Knutsen. [West Coast Premiere]

SPARE ROOM

A young widow caring for her brother with Down Syndrome is drawn to a mysterious veteran who has rented her spare room. Starring Skyler Samuels and Martin Sensmeier. Directed by Jenica Bergere. [California Premiere]

TOMORROW

A war veteran struggling to find a reason to live is befriended by a man who lives every day as though it’s his last. Starring Stuart Brennan, James Cosmo, Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sebastian Street. Directed by Martha Pinson. [California Premiere]

WHEN WE GROW UP

When We Grow Up follows a close-knit, albeit sometimes contentious, family brought together by an unconventional emergency that forces them to confront each other’s secrets, flaws, and temperamental inner children. Starring Catherine Curtin, Grace Hannoy, Clyde Voce, Jennifer Tsay, and Mitch Poulos. Directed by Zorinah Juan. [West Coast Premiere]

YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY

A seventeen year-old boy blackmails his father after discovering his secret second family. Starring Danielle Campbell, Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn, Alex Karpovsky, Samantha Mathis and Logan Miller. Directed by Miranda Bailey. [Northern California Premiere]

2018 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

AFGHAN CYCLES

Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights – human rights – and the struggles faced by Afghan women on a daily basis; from discrimination to abuse, to the oppressive silencing of their voices in all aspects of contemporary society. Directed by Sarah Menzies.

CANCER REBELLION

What is it really like to have cancer as a teenager? A survivor travels to all 50 states to uncover the stories of others who’ve also been diagnosed with cancer in their youth. In a world that largely avoids the subject, their voices are a call for revolution. Directed by Hernan Barangan. [World Premiere]

A FATHERLESS GENERATION

Nathan Cheney turns the camera on himself and captures his emotional journey as he seeks the courage to face his biggest fear, his father. Along this six-year journey Cheney takes an emotional turn and discovers that he must first confront his personal demons before he can confront his father. Directed by Nathan Cheney. [Northern California Premiere]

FATHER’S KINGDOM

In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine began a religious movement that would reach over a million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic equality. Despite his influence and achievements, Father Divine is little remembered today, dismissed by detractors as a con man and a fraud. The reason: Father Divine claimed to be God. Directed by Lenny Feinberg.

GENERAL MAGIC

General Magic is a documentary about a business that Forbes described as the “greatest dead company in Silicon Valley.” It is a tale of how great vision and epic failure changed the world as we know it. Directed by Matthew Maude and Sarah Kerruish. [California Premiere]

THE INTERPRETERS

The Interpreters follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan military interpreters who worked with US forces on the ground. In many cases, interpreters face danger in their countries because of their affiliation with the US war effort. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives. Directed by Sofian Khan and Andres Caballero. [California Premiere]

TRANSMILITARY

TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. Directed by Gabe Silverman and Fiona Dawson.

THE TROUBLE WITH WOLVES

Death threats, court battles, and an iconic endangered species in middle, The Trouble with Wolves takes an up-close look at the most heated and controversial wildlife conservation debate of our time. The film aims to find out whether coexistence is really possible by hearing from the people directly involved. Directed by Collin Monda.

UP TO SNUFF

Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In Up to Snuff, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history. Directed by Mark Maxey. [California Premiere]

Mentors | Panelists | Moderators

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The directors of our Narrative and Documentary Feature Films are accepted into our unique Artists-in-Residence Program in partnership with the incomparable Meadowood Napa Valley. These 20 or so talented filmmakers network with their peers, learn from industry mentors, and mingle with patrons and other Meadowood guests at a slew of intimate events. Meadowood also sponsors the twin $10,000 cash prizes awarded by the Jury for Best Narrative and Best Documentary Feature.

Industry Events

We are committed to supporting the careers of working independent filmmakers and developing audiences who appreciate this exceptional and important storytelling art-form.

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11