Category: Arts and Entertainment

7th Annual Sustainable Buzz November 13th


Hello All,
Hope you’ll come to this year’s Sustainable Buzz. It a very cool event — pairing local farmers with Chef’s from Tampa and St Petersburg to cook up tasty treats. There’ll also be organic wines, grass to glass brews and Live Music on the river at The Straz.

We’re all stakeholders in our community! So please come and support The Sustany Foundation so we can continue to help Tampa Bay flourish and grow by promoting sustainability through education, investment and culture. Please purchase your tickets today!



Vintage Vanities & Retro Rags Fashion Show


freeFall Theatre on Nov. 17
Doors open @6pm /curtain @7pm
6099 Central Ave, St. Petersburg 33710

Happy hour from 6pm – 7pm
hors d’oeuvre courtesy of Little Greek
Art action by local artist Scott Hillis
Dress up in your Favorite vintage get-up!

All proceeds benefit Fostering Hope Florida, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping sibling groups together in foster care

purchase your tickets at:

or by calling (727)498-5205


How can you turn Halloween into a fun-filled time for your children


My kids always look forward to Halloween, even though they don’t eat the candy (at least in front of me). They look forward to dressing up in costumes, being out with their friends, and staying up late on a school night. I, on the other hand, do not look forward to Halloween. I don’t like the focus on promoting fear of ugly-looking creatures and giving toxic items to children. I don’t call the candy “treats” because that gives children the wrong message. Think about it, calling something a “treat” encourages your children to look forward to receiving the “treat”. Do you really want to encourage your children to look forward to eating something that could be as harmful as cigarettes?

With our growing obesity epidemic, the increase in diabetes and strokes in children, and the scientific link between junk food and depression, decreased intellect, criminal behavior, dementia, and cancer, it is time mothers took a stand against the traditional Halloween junk food-fest.

The sad fact is that even normally well-behaved children can start acting crazy after consuming all the highly-sugared, chemicalized junk they get. And the disrupting behavior can last for as long as a month afterward. Yet, I’m not a person who believes in letting eating choices turn my home into a war zone. I believe in providing an education in healthful eating—and setting a good example! I keep unhealthful foods out of the house, and trust my kids to use their best judgment. Thankfully, we have figured out how to make Halloween a happy time for all of us, without joining the candy craze. Here are some tips that have worked for us.

1. Hand out inexpensive toys instead of candy. By setting this good example, perhaps a neighbor will pick up on the idea. Even if nobody follows your lead, you will feel good about your decision. Toys are perhaps a little more expensive than candy, but not much, and they definitely send a great message to both the kids and the parents.

My children help choose what they think is cool. In recent years, we have been giving out glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets. The best thing about these toys is that they make kids safer in the dark because cars can see them when they are walking in the road. Kids say, “Wow!” or “Cool!” when they see the glowing gifts, so I know they love them. Plus, my kids are proud to hand them out. Now that my kids are older, they always remind me when it’s time to place my order. Other toys that we have purchased include blow up balloon balls, glow-in-the-dark animals, and glow-in-the-dark balls.

2. Make your family’s favorite dinner on Halloween night, including their favorite desserts. There are great healthy fall menu ideas in the Member Center recipe guide. With full stomachs, your kids will be less tempted to eat the junk they receive. You also can try the Halloween recipe Quick and Creepy Chocolate Treats below and other recipes in the September 2006 Healthy Times Newsletter or have some delicious Dr. Fuhrman Date-Nut Bars and Pop’ems on hand.

3. When the children come home, if they are adamant about wanting to eat the candy, set a limit on how many candies they are allowed to eat. I suggest you allow them two pieces of candy, which they can pick out—and then discard the rest. In the past, we let our children pick one or two candies to eat, but in the more recent years they don’t even want any of it. They are too well informed now. Last Halloween, much to my surprise (I was brought up conventionally, so it’s amazing to watch Nutritarian children grow up) our children played with the candy. They opened the wrappers, and exclaimed how it didn’t look like food and then molded it.

4. Try to get your kids to choose not to eat the candy by making another option more tantalizing. For instance, give them money or a toy in exchange for their bag of candy.

5. Some people find it easiest to throw out all the candy after the children go to sleep. Little ones probably won’t even remember it once it’s gone, and getting rid of it eliminates temptation for the adults in the house. However, it is better to do this as a family and not secretively so the children understand the reason that it should be destroyed. It would be no different if the neighbors were being neighborly serving cigarettes or addictive drugs. Some socially accepted and popular customs are simply ignorant and dangerous. Dietary ignorance is the number one cause of death in America and everyone needs to know it.

6. Life is full of compromises—and this day will pass! I believe that with a little advance planning you can ensure that your children will have a fun time. Plus they will not be tempted to hide or sneak candy. I am certain you will be happier knowing that they will be eating a lot less candy this year than they did last year.


The Kindness Exchange


The holidays are right around the corner, and I’m launching a music project to bring some light into what is, for many, a very dark time of year.  I hope you can join in, share some ideas, and participate.  Here’s the story…


The Message


It all changed with a cosmic message from…The Simpsons?
Sitting there at the table, I almost choked on my overcooked pasta.

I had been pondering doing a holiday music project, and the animated show with cutting humor and questionable values had been the final encouragement to go make a difference.

“Didn’t see that coming” I muttered to myself.


Lights in the Darkness

Some years ago, my good friend Barbara was dying of leukemia.   The eve of my 19th birthday found my brothers helping me to construct a small wooden frame of a star.  We painted it black, and wrapped Christmas lights around it.  Strapping it to the roof of mom’s tiny blue Toyota Tercel the next day, I opened birthday presents in the car as we drove out to her home.  As we set it up in her front yard, I saw her as she stood at her front door, too sick to visit anyone, a ghostly skeleton, tears running down her face in thanks – or maybe that was me crying.  The little star stood in the yard, shining out into the very real darkness that was an overcast noontime on that December day.  I’ll always treasure the visit I had with her during her brief remission several months later, and a few before she died. She told me how much the star had meant – those lights, shining.

Two years later, a few days after my grandfather had passed, I sat looking at the lights on the family Christmas tree, shining out with such hope in that bleak winter night.  And then just last year, I stared with a similar intensity at a small menorah the night of the Sandy Hook massacre.


Like small fragments of a lost sun, the lights kept on shining through the dark, promising a return to brighter times, and offering a life raft through the dark waters of the present.



The Kindness Exchange

I’m working on an idea, and I’d love to hear your input.  Let’s make it rock!

The idea is simple, and akin to a “pay it forward” action.  You do something nice for someone.  You post it online, and, if possible, tag it with the hashtag #KindnessExchange.  For example:  “@DontJoshMe: Just paid for a senior citizen’s coffee. #KindnessExchange”

The recipient could get a small card explaining what just happened, encouraging them to do the same thing.  The actions can be as simple as opening a door, or as grand as creating a homemade present for someone.  Money isn’t a factor, as it’s often tight for many people (including myself) this time of year.  It’s the action that counts!


I’ll be collecting the posts on social media, writing them down on small slips of paper, and putting them on a special holiday tree that will stay lit through the season – preferably in my front yard.  It will be like a beacon in the darkness, and a gathering place for the kindness of the world.  We often think that our kind actions don’t matter, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  And now, they’ll be all in one place, shining through the night.  As the reports of the actions arrive from all corners of the globe, they’ll all go on the tree, gathering, gathering…so many lights in the darkness.


The Music

So, what about the music?  I’ll be playing my guitar in hospitals, cancer centers, subways, nursing homes, schools, and any place that needs music during this project.  I’ll be telling folks about it, getting them on board, and bringing a bit of rock ‘n roll to brighten the days for everyone.  That will be one of the ways that I bring light with me.  I’ll also be encouraging other musicians to join me in concert for double the fun!


The Ideas
So, this is a work in progress.  Want to see the tour come to your city?  Let me know!  Have a great idea to make it more effective?  Drop me an email!  Have a sponsorship partner suggestion? I’ll call you!  Any ideas are most welcome and gratefully accepted, no matter how small.

The idea of using music as a force for good is very exciting to me, and I hope you can join in on this project.  And by the way – if, like me, holidays have been hard for you on occasion, I encourage you all the more to join in.  I think it’s like what Clarence taught us from It’s a Wonderful Life – sometimes the best ways to save ourselves is to save others.



Please, let’s talk!  The best way to reach me is, or Tweet @dontjoshme

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


In Closing

So, what was that cosmic message from The Simpsons?  Well, Moe tried to hang himself.  His buddies saved him.  He cleaned up his life a bit, eventually went back to his old ways, but smiled at the noose, saying “Not today, old friend.  The holidays are just around the corner.”

Let’s change that narrative.  Let’s get those lights shining. Let’s save some lives.  I’ll see you out there on the road.

Let’s rock!

– Josh



A Cold Night in 1936


He walked up to me, shaking a bit but quite resolute  as he guided the walker past the speaker stand to where I had invited him by my DJ table.

I stood and listened intently to this elderly man as he told me his life story, interrupting him every two and a half minutes to change the track and announce the next song for the party I was hosting.

He told me how he left his home in Idaho when he was a young lad of 18.  He hadn’t seen his mother in a decade, and he was told she was in California.  Setting out in the bitter cold of a February, chilled extra by the Great Depression, he hopped in a boxcar, assuming the life of a hobo.

I had met this remarkable gentleman during a previous music engagement, and was impressed to learn that he had invented a key piece of technology that made not only the lunar mission feasible, but countless other inventions and devices possible.  (Chances are, if you look around the room, you’ll see traces of his ingenuity.)  It was his hat that drew me in.  I was sure there was a story under the brim of the WWII ship, and I wasn’t disappointed.

We stood and talked and talked….”They told me this trick in the hobo jungle – I got in a gravel car, and started a fire in a little ashpan.  But I fell asleep, and I woke up with an inch of snow on me as the train rolled along.  I was so cold I could barely move”

Through his stories of hard work, being promoted to busboy, painting smokestacks, grading roads in the CCC, packing fruit, serving in WWII,  learning science,  inventing new technology, and earning the right to “call the moon his parking lot”, the story that struck me most was this:

Aboard the train up in a Nevada mountain night, his hobo friend said to him “Hold on, I need to go check something.”  That’s the last time he ever saw his loyal friend who had looked out for him for so many miles.  He’s not sure what happened.  Suddenly the train stopped.  Police with flashlights appeared.  Remember, hobos weren’t looked kindly upon in those days, with rail police even going so far as to killing the unwanted passengers in various removed ways.

A light shone in his face as they asked him “what are you doing in the mail car?”

“Just taking a ride.”

“It’s illegal to travel on the mail car – that’s government property.”

They hauled him off to the station in that bitter winter’s night.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m going to California.  I’m an orphan – I haven’t seen my mother since I was 8.”

“Hold out your hands.  Now turn them over.”

“What are you looking for?”

“Your fingers are straight.  That means you’re a worker, not a gambler.”

A cop disappeared into the next room, returning with a hot mug of coffee and a ham sandwich.  They fed him, and put him back on the train.

Back in the present day, I listened to  his story as I worked the DJ gig.    “That ham sandwich…that was the nicest thing….”  he said, his eyes tearing up.

I try to imagine how the cop must have felt after they dropped him off.  I bet he was hungry, because it was probably his sandwich he gave away.  He probably felt the prickle of a blush for his leniency, anticipating heckling from the next shift, wondering why he had let some grimy kid back on railroad property, “no doubt off to rob and cause trouble”, he probably thought.  “Ah, Jones, you’re a moron” he might have said to himself, delivering a mental kick.

Little did he know that he’d helped get us to the moon, made power tools possible, and make a 96 year old man tear up in memory on a beautiful autumn day as people ate potato salad and drank fruit punch.

From a kind act by an anonymous, long dead police officer on a cold winter’s night in 1936 for a grimy faced hobo kid, the ripple still continues, changing the world enough to make both old and young men misty eyed.

Let’s keep it going.  Perhaps the world will be saved with a sandwich.  Perhaps…perhaps it already has been.

– Josh



SCAD presents the 17th annual Savannah Film Festival





The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) proudly presents the 17th Annual Savannah Film Festival from October 25 to November 1. The eight day festival is filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year more than 40,000 people attend the festival to take part in a variety of film competitions, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.

PASSES: Passes start at $75 to $750 per person and are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale October 1st. For more information, contact or call (912) 525-5051.

One of the few festivals started by an arts university, the Savannah Film Festival runs the gamut of cinematic creativity by showcasing the very best in independent filmmaking. From feature-length films with compelling stories to two-minute shorts with innovative approaches, the festival promises to keep audiences engaged and hungry for more.

Screenings take place at the Trustees Theatre at 216 E. Broughton St., the Lucas Theatre for the Arts at 32 Abercorn St. and the SCAD Museum of Art Theatre at 601 Turner Blvd.

In addition to the competition films, the festival also screens award-winning studio releases ahead of their theatrical run. Before the evening gala screenings, the festival honors leaders in the film industry including directors, producers, actors, screenwriters, entertainment journalists and editors. Previous festival honorees include Alexander Payne, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Dormer, Abigail Breslin, John Goodman, Matt Dillon, Stan Lee, Diane Lane, Lily Tomlin, Oliver Stone, Ray Liotta, James Marsden, Aaron Eckhart, Geoffrey Fletcher, Ellen Barkin, Liam Neeson, Miles Teller, Sir Ian McKellen, Isabella Rossellini, Patricia Clarkson, Charlie Rose, the Redgraves, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Arthur Penn, Emmy Rossum, Michael Douglas, Milos Forman, Brett Ratner, John Sayles, Roger Ebert, Kathleen Turner, Norman Jewison, Sidney Lumet, Peter O’Toole, Debbie Reynolds, Malcolm McDowell and many others!

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Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival




Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up,
Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees

Celebrity Tributes include Kevin Costner and Jeremy Jordan. Notable Attendees include Shailene Woodley, Mike Myers, Shep Gordon, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Tate Donovan, Chris Messina, Joe Carnahan, Angela Kinsey, Carla Gugino, Melanie Lysnkey, Ned Benson, Richard LaGravenese, Matthew Lillard, James Keach and More

Napa, California (October 2, 2014) – The fourth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announces its complete line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, special events and honorees for its Celebrity Tribute Program. NVFF returns in full force with a five-day festival showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 14 unique screening venues in the four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 12-16. Organizers also showcase Napa Valley’s finest food and wine at all special events, VIP receptions and Vintners Circle dinners, pre-screen wine tastings, and a series of celebrity chef presentations and demonstrations on the Culinary Stage.

The Festival kicks off Opening Night, Wednesday, November 12, with a Red Carpet screening of The Imitation Game, fresh off winning the audience award at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, The Imitation Game, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Director Morten Tyldum is expected to attend. Following the screening, NVFF Patron Circle Members and other VIP guests will enjoy an Opening Night Party at the Napa Valley Museum catered by Estate Events by Meadowood.

On Thursday, November 13, the extravagant Red Carpet Festival Gala will follow the screening of Director Mike Binder’s new film Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. NVFF Patron Circle Members and Pass Plus and Gala ticket holders will mingle with filmmakers and celebrities at the not-to-be missed party of the year. Guests will enjoy cuisine from more than 20 of the Valley’s top chefs including Ken Frank (La Toque), Bob Hurley (Hurley’s), Joseph Humphries (The Fox and the Farmer), and Victor Scargle (Lucy at Bardessono) and wines from more than 50 of Napa Valley’s boutique wineries.

Napa Valley Film Festival Co-Founders/Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are excited to announce that the BVisionary Award will be presented by Beaulieu Vineyards to Screen Icon Kevin Costner at the Celebrity Tribute Program. Domaine Chandon will present the Rising Star award to Jeremy Jordan who appears in the NVFF Selection The Last 5 Years opposite Anna Kendrick. The Tribute Program will take place on Friday, November 14 at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville and will include video highlight reels and intimate on-stage conversations with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. Additional Tribute Honorees will be announced over the next few weeks.

Actress Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Descendants) will receive Variety’s Indie Impact Award at the 10 Producers to Watch event, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, on Saturday, November 15 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos will also be conducting a “Contenders Conversation” with Kevin Costner at the event. A screening of The Fault in Our Stars will run Sunday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa, and Ms. Woodley will be in attendance for the Q&A.
“This year’s lineup is particularly diverse, including work by established directors alongside promising debuts by newly emerging talents,” said Artistic & Executive Director Marc Lhormer. “We are so gratified to see how many directors, writers, producers, and actors are planning on attending in support of their films. The interaction between artists and audience conversing about the films and enjoying wonderful food and wine is truly magical to behold.”

Other film highlights include:
-Alex of Venice – In actor Chris Messina’s directorial debut feature, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a workaholic environmental attorney, is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. Messina will participate in the post-screening Q&As. (November 15, 12:30 p.m., Cameo Cinema; November 16, 10:00 a.m., City Winery)
-Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – An intimate, devastating, and inspiring look at the final tour of musical legend Glen Campbell as he faces the end of his career due to Alzheimer’s disease. This special screening takes place at the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa that was the venue for Campbell’s final poignant performance. Director James Keach will attend the Q&A. (November 16, 5:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre)
-Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – Mike Myers will attend the festival with Shep Gordon, the original mega talent manager and subject of Mike’s hilarious, touching and award-winning documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Fandango’s Chief Correspondent Dave Karger will moderate an on-stage conversation with Myers and Gordon will follow the screening. (November 13, 2:00 p.m., Uptown Theatre)
-The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her & Him – A special presentation of a unique cinematic achievement: back-to-back screenings of Ned Benson’s two versions of a film about a marriage falling apart, one from the wife’s perspective and one from the husband’s, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. A post-screening discussion with Director Ned Benson will follow. (November 15, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., City Winery).
-Sideways – 10th Anniversary – Few films have so accurately captured the ethos of friends, wine and wine’s place in modern civilization, as the 2004 romance/road film/buddy comedy Sideways. After the special screening of the movie, festival attendees can enjoy a grand tasting of some of the best Napa Valley Merlots (Screening: Friday, November 14, 1:00 p.m., Yountville Community Center; public tasting and expert tasting panel follow from 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Yountville Wine Pavilion).

Additional sneak previews include:
-The Better Angels – Director A.J. Edwards’ debut feature tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the wilderness of Indiana. Starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bently (November 14, 12:30 p.m., Cameo Cinema; November 16, 12:30 p.m., City Winery). California Premiere
-The Last 5 Years – Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, and adapted by writer/director Richard LaGravenese, The Last 5 Years is the story of a couple’s tumultuous relationship, from entanglement to denouement starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. An on-stage conversation with Mr. LaGravenese will take place after the screenings (November 12, 5:00 p.m., Cameo Cinema; November 13, 8:30 p.m., City Winery). Mr. Jordan will join the Q&A on November 13). West Coast Premiere
-Match – A Seattle couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) travels to New York to interview an acclaimed former ballet star (Patrick Stewart) for a research project on the dance scene in the 1960’s. (November 14, 8:00 p.m., Cameo Cinema; Saturday, November 15, 5:30 p.m., City Winery). California Premiere.
-Escobar: Paradise Lost – The debut feature from writer/director Andrea Di Stephano traces the journey of a young Canadian surfer (Josh Hutcherson) who falls under the spell of a beautiful young woman in Columbia. Unfortunately she also who happens to be the niece of international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). An edgy crime drama and a soul-searching love story about family ties and loyalty, the film is a look at a dark chapter in the war on drugs and the casualties. (November 13, 5:00pm, Barrel Room Theatre; November 15, 5:30pm, Oddfellows Hall). West Coast Premiere

The Narrative and Documentary Feature Competitions are sponsored by Meadowood Napa Valley. Directors of the Narrative and Documentary films in competition participate in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence Program presented in partnership with the incomparable Meadowood Napa Valley. Directors stay at the luxury resort for six nights during the festival and are treated to special events and workshops with their competition group and industry mentors. Meadowood Napa Valley will also award $10,000 to the winning filmmakers in both the Narrative and Documentary competition categories at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 16.

Documentary Competition:
-#chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On A Dictator, Director Joe Piscatella (California Premiere)
-American Native, Director Steven Oritt (World Premiere)
-An Honest Liar, Directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom (California Premiere)
-Botso, Director Tom Walters (Bay Area Premiere)
-Flying The Feathered Edge; The Bob Hoover Project, Director Kim Furst (World Premiere)
-Havana Curveball, Directors Ken Schneider and Marcia Jarmel
-States of Grace, Directors Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman
-Underwater Dreams, Director Mary Mazzio
-What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It?, Director A.W. Gryphon

Narrative Competition:
-Amira & Sam, Director Sean Mullin (California Premiere)
-East Side Sushi, Director Anthony Lucero (World Premiere)
-Fall To Rise, Director Jayce Bartok (California Premiere)
-Kinderwald, Director Lise Raven
-Like Sunday, Like Rain, Director Frank Whaley
-Little Accidents, Director Sara Colangelo
-Song One, Director Kate Barker-Froyland (West Coast Premiere)
-Sun Belt Express, Director Evan Buxbaum (California Premiere)
-Teacher of the Year, Director Jason Strouse
-Thank You A Lot, Director Matt Muir (California Premiere)
-The Road Within, Director Gren Wells
-WildLike, Director Frank Hall Green (West Coast Premiere)

The rest of the NVFF film line-up is as follows:

Lounge Features:
-All Stars, Director Lance Kinsey (West Coast Premiere)
-Bar America, Director Matthew Jacobs
-Big In Japan, Director John Jeffcoat (California Premiere)
-Cheatin’, Director Bill Plympton
-Gone Doggy Gone, Directors Brandon Walter and Kasi Brown
-Goodbye To All That, Director Angus MacLachlan (West Coast Premiere)
-Growing Up and Other Lies, Directors Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky
-Mudbloods, Director Farzad Nikbakht (Bay Area Premiere)
-We’ll Never Have Paris, Directors Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (California Premiere)

Special Presentations:
-#standwithme, Directors Patrick Moreau and Grant Peelle (World Premiere)
-Big Dream, Director Kelly Cox (Special Sneak Preview)
-Buscando A Gaston (Finding Gaston), Director Julia Patricia Perez (US Premiere)
-Food Chains, Director Sanjay Rawal (West Coast Premiere)
-Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists, Director Leslie Buchbinder (West Coast Premiere)
-Half The Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women’s Professional Cycling, Director Kathryn Bertine
-Harlem Street Singer, Directors Trevor Laurence and Simeon Hutner (West Coast Premiere)
-Harmontown, Director Neil Berkeley
-Last Days In Vietnam, Director Rory Kennedy
-Stretch, Director Joe Carnahan (World Premiere)
-True Son, Director Kevin Gordon
-Impossible Light, Director Jeremy Ambers

2014 Festival Sidebar – Architecture (sponsored by Blue Homes):
-Henry Hornbostel in Architecture and Legacy, Director Mark Fallone (California Premiere)
-Lutah, Director Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Northern California Premiere)
-Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form, Director Aimee Madsen (Northern California Premiere)
-Robin Boyd: Australian Beauty, Director Kerry Gardner

Special Presentation Short Stories:
-Ace of Diamonds, Director Ana Overgaard
-LA Miner, Director Thomas Wood (Bay Area Premiere)
-The War Photographers, Director Steven Kochones

Special Presentations: Pixar & Disney Programs:
-Lava, Director James Murphy
-The Tunes Behind the Toons, Director Dave Bossert (Bay Area Premiere)

Special Presentations: The Whinnies:
-Freedom of the Heart, Director Jolanda Ellenberger (US Premiere)
-Horse Medicine, Director James Anaquad Kleinert
-Riding My Way Back, Directors Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum

Documentary Short Programs:
A Stroll the Park: An Asbury Symphony, Albie (World Premiere), Cab City (World Premiere), Crooked Candy (California Premiere), David Hockney in the Now: In Six Minutes, Slomo, The Bulletproof Stockings, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, The Ox, White Earth (Bay Area Premiere), The Invisible Peak

World Cinema Shorts:
5 Tropoina Pethaneis (5 Ways 2 Die), Bis Gleich, Chronophobe (California Premiere), Into the Silent Sea, Lan Yen, Rez Carz

Narrative Shorts:
His Keeper, Horrible Parents (World Premiere), Last Shot (Nor Cal Premiere), Mediation, My New Apartment, Pin It (Nor Cal Premiere), Snail (Nor Cal Premiere), Team Work (World Premiere), The Gunfighter, An Honorable Man (California Premiere), Care, Gift, Immaculate Reception, Looms, Be My Unfinished (World Premiere), New, One Foot In (World Premiere), Plain Clothes, Salvatore (Nor Cal Premiere), Selling Rosario (World Premiere), The Inheritance, Undercover, Bunion, Humpty (California Premiere), Leonard in Slow Motion, Neighbors, Sure Thing (Nor Cal Premiere), The Motion Picture Co. 1914 (Nor Cal Premiere), The Oven

Animated Shorts:
Collectors, Silent, Humanexus, John Doe, Prelude, Sticky, The Box, The Duck, The Missing Scarf, The Umbrella Factory

Panel Discussions:
Each year the Napa Valley Film Festival welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for its informative and entertaining panels covering a wide range of topics. The Film Industry Panels take place Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16 and are located at 500 First Street, Napa.

Friday, November 14th
-Pitch Contest Boot Camp – Industry veterans Peter Belsito and Scott Manville teach aspiring writers, directors and producers the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch a new project. Help decide which of the 24 semifinalists move on to the final pitch on Sunday. (10:00 a.m.)
-Actors in Conversation – Moderator Dave Karger, Fandango’s Chief Correspondent, gets up close and personal with some of visiting actors as they discuss choosing projects and preparing for roles (12:00 p.m.)
-Power Players – Top talent agents, managers, studio executives, producers and financiers talk about what it really takes to put movie projects together in today’s rapidly evolving entertainment industry. Moderated by J. Todd Harris. (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 15th
-Bill Plympton Presents… – “The King of Indie Animation” unspools a tour de force presentation on the art of creative visual story-telling. (10:00 a.m.)
-Hope For Film: A Conversation with Ted Hope – Multi-talented indie producer Ted Hope believes the best days of the film industry still lie ahead. (12:00 p.m.)
-Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch – Variety’s executive editor Steven Gaydos moderates a roundtable discussion with some of the hottest rising stars in the producing world today. The conversation will dive deep into the myriad of challenges and opportunities they encounter every day. (2:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 16th
-Pitch Contest Final – A dozen finalists pitch their new ideas and audience members get to vote. The winner gets a $1000 cash prize from Scott Manville’s TV Writers Vault and a chance to present to The Weinstein Company. (10:00 a.m.)
-Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women Behind the Camera – Lissa Gibbs moderates a discussion of the challenges faced by women writer-directors in an industry heavily dominated by men. Our female competition filmmakers share their experiences. (12:00 p.m.)
-Meet the Artists: Documentary Filmmakers – Documentary filmmaking has been having a great run over the past decade. Join 2013 Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) and other directors for a lively discussion on bringing their stories to life on the big screen. (2:00 p.m.)

For information or to buy passes, visit NVFF.ORG or call 707-226-7500.

About the Napa Valley Film Festival and Cinema Napa Valley
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. Cinema Napa Valley’s mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking and cinematic storytelling; enhance and diversify Napa Valley’s cultural landscape, and to provide educational opportunities in and out of the classroom for local students.

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Janis Ian & Tom Paxton at the Capitol Theatre



GRAMMY® Award-Winners
Janis Ian And Tom Paxton
Together At Last
At The Capitol Theatre On Monday, April 13 At 7:30 pm

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, September 20 At 10 am

Two of America’s greatest songwriters, Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, will perform at the Capitol Theatre on
Monday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 20 at 10 am at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket
Office. Performing together on the Capitol Theatre stage for the first time, Together At Last will present Janis Ian
and Tom Paxton singling all their best known songs, plus a lot more.

One of the great American songwriters of our day and a towering talent, Janis Ian penned such classics as
Jesse, Stars, At Seventeen (which earned her a GRAMMY® Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance) and so
many more. Her songs have been recorded by countless diverse artists. Ian’s art is not for the faint of heart. Her
first hit (Society’s Child, at age 14) ignited controversy. Janis has never been afraid of voicing the truth. Her art is
still fresh, powerful and passionate. In 2013 she won another GRAMMY®, for her spoken word album, Society’s

Always armed with his acoustic guitar, Tom Paxton emerged with his share of what were then called protest
songs and became a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the
absurdities of modern culture. But he also wrote songs about love and humor and celebrated the tenderest bonds
of family, friends and community. Many became oft-covered standards (including Bottle of Wine, Ramblin’ Boy
and The Last Thing On My Mind. In 2009, Tom received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 51st
GRAMMY® Awards.

Reserved tickets priced at $42 and $29 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111
McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open
Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase
tickets at 24/7.


Chris Botti Returns to the Capitol Theatre

Chris Botti


GRAMMY® Award-Winner
Chris Botti
At The Capitol Theatre On Wednesday, April 15 At 7:30 pm
Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, September 20 At 10 am

GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Botti returns to the Capitol Theatre for one night only on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 20 at 10 am at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office.  This will be Botti’s first appearance at the Capitol Theatre since his sold-out date in January of this year and like that concert, tickets are expected to sell quickly.Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist.  His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums as well as multiple gold, platinum and GRAMMY® Awards.  Most recently, his latest albumImpressions won the GRAMMY® for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 GRAMMY® Awards.  Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.Impressions, Botti’s 2012 Columbia Records and GRAMMY® winning release, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums includingWhen I Fall In Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007) and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009), that have firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.Reserved tickets priced at $93 and $73 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400.  The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at 24/7. A very limited number of VIP packages are also available, which include a premium seat and a meet & greet opportunity.

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, manages and operates the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts, the Capitol Theatre and other related site events such as Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road and Friends of Music. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.’s mission is to engage the community to master, experience, discover and explore quality performing arts.The Capitol Theatre, located in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland District, was constructed in 1921 and is one of Florida’s oldest operating theaters. Through a partnership between the City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc., the Capitol Theatre is undergoing a $9 million renovation that will see the 92-year old venue go through an inspired reimagining, where the customer experience will be greatly enhanced. The 750-seat theater will host more than 150 events a year and will be the catalyst for downtown development presenting a much wider variety of events including pop, rock, jazz and classical concerts, musicals, comedy, movies and more.
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