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Napa Valley Film Festival


The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 11 - 15 (Wednesday - Sunday) in the four walk-able villagesof Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Each year the festival features 125 new independent films, 300+ filmmakers and film industry guests, 150 wineries, 30 chefs, and an array of culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, and special events.

The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The festival's co-creators (and Cinema Napa Valley Founders) are Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers and distributors of the feature film BOTTLE SHOCK, about the historic upset victory by Napa Valley wines over the French at the infamous 1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. BOTTLE SHOCK premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before going on to international theatrical distribution. The husband-and-wife team also ran the successful Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 through 2008. In addition to producing the annual Napa Valley Film Festival, Cinema Napa Valley presents special film programs throughout the year and provides support to student filmmaking programs in Napa Valley schools. To learn more, visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org.


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Cinema Napa Valley Announces the Retirement of Napa Valley Film Festival Founders Brenda & Marc Lhormer

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Napa, CA (February 4, 2019) – The Board of Directors of Cinema Napa Valley (CNV) has announced the retirement of founders Brenda and Marc Lhormer from Cinema Napa Valley and their respective roles as Co-Director and Executive & Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival.   In June 2009, the Lhormer made a decision to commit their time, talents and personal funds to creating a world-class film festival for the Napa Valley community. Their vision included su...

Interview with Director Thiago Dadalt for 'DUKE' (2018) @ NVFF

  Thiago Dadalt Brazilian born Los Angeles, California resident Thiago Dadalt is an award-winning and celebrated writer, director and editor. He got his start in the entertainment business as a teenager by writing and directing plays in a Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to Sao Paolo at the age of 17, he got work as an editor for a production company then later as a 1st assistant director to high profile Brazilian advertising directors, of whose clients included Unilever, Mercedes-B...

Interview with Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace @ NVFF

Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace began his entertainment career on the stage at Improv/Olympic in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to LA, he wrote for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show then later went on to make performance appearances on major TV series Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, Narcos and more. As producer, he his titles include: The Scenesters (2009), It's A Disaster (2012), Mothers & Daughters (2016) and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), which was his director...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Vanessa Knutsen for 'Only Humans' (2018) at NVFF

Director Vanessa Knutsen Film still of Ivy Matheson and Micah Hauptman  Vanessa Knutsen's feature film Only Humans (2018), an arresting and lyrical tale about love in varying forms, is making its way around international film festivals; it most recently screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Known for her work on such high profile films as The Interpreter (2005), Maps to the Stars (2014) and The Deep End (II) (2008), Only Humans is her directorial debut.   Is the film ins...

Interview with Director Yuri and Scriptwriter Marcela Garces for @ NVFF

Scriptwriter Marcela Garces Director Yuri Morejon    Spanish director Yuri Morejon and scriptwriter Marcela Garces screened their 54 minute film 'The Txoko Experience. The Secret Culinary Space of the Basques' (2017) at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. In homage to the film, a Txoko food demonstration at the Studio by Feast it Forward, hosts of the NVFF.   In an interview with Yuri and Marcela about their film, here is what they had to say:   Can...

Interview with Spencer K. Jones, Chelsea Alden and David Beatty for 'The Human Project' (2017) @ NVFF

  The Human Project (2017) is a heartfelt short about siblings dealing with the death of their father in conflicting ways. Reminiscent of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia (2011), the story is told with a poetic, albeit melancholy, depth that reels the viewer in with each intense moment, enlightening yet leaving one in suspense. Written by David Beatty, directed and edited by Spencer K. Jones and starring Chelsea Alden, their film screened at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. ...

Interview with Writer/Director Chris Paine for 'Do You Trust this Computer' (2018) @ NVFF

A graduate from Colgate University, writer and director Chris Paine also studied documentary film at Stanford University. He is most known for his two documentary features 'Revenge of the Electric Car' (2011) and 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Paine also works as a prolific producer. Some of his producing titles include independent documentaries- 'Bikes vs Cars' (2015), 'Faster' (2003) and 'No Maps ...

Interview with Writer/Director Marco Calvani for 'The View from Up Here' (2017)

New York based Italian writer/director Marco Calvani's latest short film 'The View from Up Here' (2017) is a drama about contrasts in culture, worldview and perspective in today's geopolitical climate. Set in New York, neighbors Claire (Melissa Leo) and Lila (Leïla Bekhti) face a complicated situation when forced to live beside each other despite their polarized differences. Produced by Falling Up Films and Move Movie, it held its world premiere at the 2017 Savannah (SCAD)...

Interview with Katie Locke O'Brien for 'Have It All' (2018) at 8th Annual NVFF

Katie Locke O'Brien is an award winning actress, writer, director and producer for stage, TV and film. Known for her appearances in TV series 'Community' (2009), 'Justified' (2010) and 'I'm Dying Up Here' (2017), she has also worked on numerous independent feature films and written, directed and produced three short films. Her latest oeuvre 'Have It All' (2018) has recently swept up the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the 8th annual Napa Val...

Interview with Writer/Director Kelly Tatham at 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

  Vancouver native writer/director Kelly Tatham screened her directorial debut film 'Multiverse Dating for Beginners' (2017) at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. With a background in acting and writing, Kelly only recently began directing her own work. Her previous credits include webseries 'The New Romantics' (2017).   I interviewed her during the Napa Valley Film Festival about her film. Here is what she had to say:   What were the events that inspir...

Mira Sorvino, Kelly Dodd, Lamorne Morris, Brenda Strong, Kim Coates and more at Napa Valley Film Fest WanderLuxxe Lounge

Mira Sorvino WanderLuxxe headed to Napa Valley Film Festival for a pop up filmmakers lounge Nov. 8-11th at the annual Northern California cinematic celebration for outstanding and uplifting storytelling combined with Napa Valley's world class food, wine and hospitality, located at the festival hub at Feast It Forward studios. Guests such as Mira Sorvino, Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Kelly Dodd (Real Housewives of Orange County), Emma Bell (Dallas), Brenda Strong (13 reasons why / Dallas), Ki...

Alexandra Shipp, Billy Magnussen w/ Meghann Fahy, Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, Taissa Farmiga, Tye Sheridan & More at NVFF

 Photos by Jason Merritt/Radar Pics Alexandra Shipp, Billy Magnussen w/ Meghann Fahy, Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, Taissa Farmiga, Tye Sheridan & More at NVFF.   On Saturday at the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) six up-and-coming talented stars were honored in the fest’s second annual Rising Star Showcase. Tribute honorees included Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Nun), Billy Magnussen (Maniac, Game Night), Camila Mendes (Riverdale, The New Romantic), Rosa Sa...

Celebrity Tributes at the 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF)

 Alice Eve, Billy Bob Thornton and Laurence Fishburne  The annual Celebrity Tributes program rounded out day 2 of the festival with Hollywood’s finest being honored including Laurence Fishburne (Charles Krug Legendary Actor honoree), Billy Bob Thornton (Caldwell Vineyard Maverick honoree) and Alice Eve (Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer honoree). Access’ Scott Evans hosted the annual event, which was also attended by Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, and Tye Sheridan who were ...

The Groundlings Theatre & School and Geena Davis Receive Tributes at Napa Valley Film Festival

  On Friday, November 9th, the Napa Valley Film Festival was pleased to honor The Groundlings Theatre & School with the Miner Family Winery Legacy Ensemble Tribute in a special presentation that consisted of an on-stage conversation with Groundlings alumni including Jordan Black, Stephanie Courtney, Tracy Newman, Cheri Oteri, Julia Sweeney and Michaela Watkins, moderated by current Groundling Michael Churven. The theater was filled with laughter as the group looked back on their time a...

2018 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

Katie Locke O'Brien wins for 'Have It All'   Winners include “Tomorrow,” “TransMilitary” and “Fear Us Women”   Cinema Napa Valley Announces Dates for 2019 Festival   Napa Valley, CA (November 10, 2018) – The 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  The Festival, held from November 7-11, sc...

The 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Opening Night 2018

Actor Paul Sloan, screenwriters Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie and composer Kristopher Bowers The 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) kicked off on Wednesday, November 7 with a screening of their Opening Night film Green Book. Screenwriters Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, actor Paul Sloan, and composer Kristopher Bowers were in attendance and participated in a Q&A for audiences following the screening. Actors William Fichtner and Kim Coates w...

Billy Bob Thornton to Receive Caldwell Vineyard Maverick Tribute at 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

BILLY BOB THORNTON TO RECEIVE CALDWELL VINEYARD MAVERICK TRIBUTE AND ALICE EVE TO RECEIVE RAYMOND VINEYARDS TRAILBLAZER TRIBUTE AT THE 8th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL   Thornton and Eve join fellow Tribute honorees Geena Davis and Laurence Fishburne, Rising Stars Taissa Farmiga, Billy Magnussen, Camila Mendes, Rosa Salazar, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp, and Groundlings Theatre & School esteemed alumni   Napa, California – The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Fes...

Interview with Brenda Lhormer, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF)

Co-founder and co-director of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Brenda Lhormer is an 8th generation Northern Californian native who runs the festival with husband and co-founder Marc Lhormer. The festival began in 2011 and has been growing exponentially ever since its inception in size, attendance and vision. This celebratory miscellany of specialty cuisine, wine, independent film and the arts started in the 1980s as just a pipe-dream for the married couple, an idea that has metamorphosed d...

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

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2018 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   Winners include “Tomorrow,” “TransMilitary” and “Fear Us Women”   Cinema Napa Valley Announces Dates for 2019 Festival   Napa Valley, CA – The 8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  The Festival, held from November 7-11, screened 100 fi...

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) November 7-11

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  THE STARS COME OUT TO NAPA! KATIE CASSIDY, KIM COATES, STEPHANIE COURTNEY, GEENA DAVIS, TATE DONOVAN, TAISSA FARMIGA, WILLIAM FICHTNER, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, CHEF TYLER FLORENCE, FRANK GRILLO, JOHN KARNA, ALEX KARPOVSKY, TARAN KILLAM, MATTHEW LILLARD, BILLY MAGNUSSEN, CAMILA MENDES, LOGAN MILLER, LAMORNE MORRIS, LARAINE NEWMAN, CHERI OTERI, DEBBY RYAN, ROSA SALAZAR, SKYLER SAMUELS, TYE SHERIDAN, ALEXANDRA SHIPP, JULIA SWEENEY AND MORE TO ATTEND 8TH ANNUAL EVENT The Napa Valley ...

8th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

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8th ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESITVAL The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, in the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 7-11. Now in its 8th year, the Napa Valley Film Festival will feature over 100 new independent films to be screened alongside awards season contending films screening in beautiful venues throughout the Valley, as visiting filmmakers and celebrities interact...

2018 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Narrative & Documentary Films in Competition

  Festival to showcase films starring Danielle Campbell, Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan, William Fichtner, Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn, Matthew Lillard, Missi Pyle, Debby Ryan and more   Napa, California – The 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 7 - 11, announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups in core competition today. The complete program lineup of approximately 100 films, including special presentations, award season ...

Interview With Writer/Director Thiago Dadalt for 'Chocolate' (2017)

    Multi award winning short 'Chocolate' (2017) is the latest work by Brazilian writer/director/producer Thiago Dadalt. Thiago's career began with the stage as a play director; after which, he switched to film. Since producing and directing his first short film, 'The Postman', (2007), he also made films 'Life on a Leash', 'On My Way'', '2nd Time Around' and headed commercials for Unilever and Mercedes Benz. Thi...

Interview with Rasmus Dinesen for 'Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017)

Danish director Rasmus Dinesen's documentary 'Michelen Stars: Tales from the Kitchen' (2017) recounts the history of the Michelen Guide's coming to being and its evolution into the canon go to book reference for the best culinary restaurants. The film travels to Michelen star restaurants around the globe to hear stories and perspectives from the kitchen by their award winning chefs. Produced by Jasper Jarl Becker, the film is being distributed by Juno Films. It recently screene...

Interview with Writer/Director Nick Pollack for 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night' (2017)

 Nick Pollack (left) and Aaron Bush (right). Australian film team writer/director Nick Pollack and producer Aaron Bush attended the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival with their 30 minute short film 'And Though the Music Ended, We Danced on Through the Night'. The film follows three frenetic characters hanging on at the end of their rope after what might be a tragic accident. Reminiscent of Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), the lives of these three desperate charact...

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