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2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020

I am happy to say that the theaters in Sonoma County are opening this weekend. Be safe and wear masks and don't sit near strangers! Fans of “Hamilton” will be excited to know they can see this gem on Disney Plus starting July 3rd. Filmed live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original Broadway cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Alexander Hamilton and Daveed Diggs playing Thomas Jefferson. I get goosebumps knowing for the price of a monthly subscription of Disney Plus you can see “Hamilton” when in the past it cost over $100 to see it live.

2020-02-15Feb 15, 2020

The 5th Annual Sonoma County Israeli Film Festival, presented by the JCC takes place March 3-31 at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol. The festival seeks to nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in Sonoma County, exploring the human stories and important issues facing Israeli society, and the larger world.The official selections focus on issues of gender identity, love at old age, the pull between secular life, religion, and paganism, and the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

2019-03-26Mar 26, 2019

The closing night film is “Bad Education” starring Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney and Ray Romano. There will be tributes to actors Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan. It is definitely worth the drive from Sonoma County to San Francisco for this event. On April 3rd “Beastie Boys Story” opens at a theater near you. Also, on April 3rd, “The Burnt Orange Heresy” opens. On April 10th “The Lost Husband” opens.  If you're reading this month's Gazette on April 1st you will appreciate that everything, I have written so far is an elaborate April Fool's joke. 

2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020

Spike Lee is a masterful story teller. Lee directed, produced and co-wrote Da 5 Bloods released recently on Netflix. Five soldiers who dubbed themselves "Da Bloods" function under the leadership of "Stormin' Norman" who, to them is their "Martin and Malcolm". Tragically he is the one who does not survive. Four now old soldiers meet again in Vietnam ostensibly to retrieve the remains of their fallen leader but also surreptitiously to lay claim to a hidden treasure, a cache of gold that they buried so many years ago. 

2020-06-16Jun 16, 2020

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce that it has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject category. Read more...winners are listed in the article with director acceptance video and trailer links.

2020-05-25May 25, 2020

Summer begins without movies in the movie theater. What a loss. At least you can see amazing movies in the comfort of your own home. Lots to watch in the comfort of your own home: “the Wife”, “Forrest Gump”, “Meet Joe Black”, “After the Wedding”, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, The Birdcage”, “Boogie Nights” , "A Clockwork Orange" and many many more. AlsoBroadway is suspended till September 6th, but you can find your favorite Broadway stars on television.  

2020-04-23Apr 23, 2020

Oh, how I wish I had gone to Camp Jened, a summer camp where disabled teenage campers could be themselves. It took until I was in my mid-20s to discover the joy and pride of being a member of the disability community.  The film 'Crip Camp' tells that story and shows in a delightful way the empowering force of community as the first step towards civil rights.

2020-03-12Mar 12, 2020

This year the Doc Fest brings films from 49 countries which will be screened at two venues: Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Rialto Cinemas®. Due to circumstances related to the corona virus, SDFF 2020 has been postponed, and tickets sales have been suspended. Please watch our website for more information as it develops.  SebDocs.org.In the meanwhile Watch the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020 Teaser video by Jane Winslow @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke56b3vqBAs. Original Music by Tyler Carson from Living Music

2020-03-01Mar 1, 2020

Crip Camp, a documentary directed by  Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, premiered the first night of the Sundance Film Festival this January.  Crip Camp, "not about overcoming, but becoming” was produced with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher GroundProductions and will be on Netflix starting March 25th.

2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

As a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences, this is pretty exemplary stuff. Ice on Fire keeps the narration from DiCaprio to a minimum, bedding it over high-definition footage, often shot with drones or using time-lapse techniques, under the direction of cinematographer Harun Mehmedinovic.”  OUR VERY OWN Raymond Baltar, RFFI’s North Coast Biochar Project Manager, is interviewed in the film on location about RFFI’s forest-based biochar project which converts competing hardwoods into biochar.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

We lived history last month when “Parasite” won best picture at the Academy Awards. It was the first time a foreign film won in that category. As you remember, I predicted “1917” would win best picture. I'm rarely wrong. I was right on all acting categories. I was very happy Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. I was definitely happy that Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for “Joker”. I also predicted that Renee Zellweger would win for “Judy” and Laura Dern would win for “Marriage Story”.  Opening in movie theaters March is, Onward, Spenser Confidential, The Way Back, Big Time Adolescence, A Quiet Place 2 and Mulan. 

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