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The 17th Sonoma International Film Festival: Wine, Docs and Food Films (Award-Winners)

Walking around Sonoma, I remembered that last year I named it "the town of good smells": jasmine, roses, citrus, sometimes briefly overwhelmed by garlic, grilled meat, beer.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 9, 2014 6:40 PM
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Sonoma Film Festival Day Three: Food, Wine and Taboo Subjects on Film

Today's Sonoma Film Festival theme: subjects once considered taboo explored on film. First up, "A Teacher," a brisk 75-minute first film written and directed by Hannah Fidell, well-received at Sundance, about a high school teacher's reckless affair with one of her AP English students -- he's in it for playful and casual sex, while she becomes obsessed and self-destructive.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Sonoma International Film Festival Day Two: More Food, Films and Wine!

It doesn't take much to make me happy: just a perfect Northern California spring day, five movies playing in eclectic venues within easy walking distance of a historic town square, and a festive and fancy free dinner (with wine) thrown in.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 12, 2013 6:30 PM
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food, Wine and Film at Sonoma International Film Festival, Liotta Talks 'Iceman'

As Sonoma Film Festival Director Kevin McNeely says when ebulliently introducing opener "Iceman," 80% of the films in the festival have filmmakers in attendance: "Why wouldn't they want to come to Sonoma? They're certainly going to get enough to eat and drink!" He introduces the mayor of Sonoma, Ken Brown, who is wearing a black Netflix t-shirt, black pants, and has a braided ponytail down his back: he looks like an aging grad student, except an aging grad student would probably be wearing shoes. "We love that you spend money," he says candidly to the audience.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 11, 2013 1:57 PM
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