NVFF Happenings in Downtown Napa
Downtown Napa is pleased to be a part of the seventh annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) November 8 – 12, welcoming filmmakers, film crews, actors and attendees to the valley. With five days of 100+ independent film screenings, more than 300 attending filmmakers, actors, directors, producers and industry executives, plus celebrity tributes, nine screening venues and 150+ wineries and 50+ chefs participating, NVFF attendees have a whirlwind of programs and events from which to choose — many of which are conveniently located in downtown Napa.
BLUE NOTE NAPA
Start the festival experience on a good note: In partnership with the Napa Valley Film Festival, Blue Note Napa will feature two performances by Dennis Quaid and The Sharks as part of the festival’s Sneak Preview Night. The band plays original songs and cover tunes, all with a rock ‘n’ roll and country-soul sound (November 7).
The Award Ceremony, held at Napa’s 850-seat Uptown Theatre, will reveal the winners of the Juried and Audience Awards. Each winner will receive a large-format collectible wine bottle from one of the NVFF Vintner Circle partners. In addition, the winners of the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature will each take home a check for $10,000, courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley (November 11). The Uptown is also the host venue for many of the festival’s films and red-carpet studio sneak previews (November 8 – 12).
Films at the Uptown Theatre:
- “Back to Burgundy”
- “Crown Heights”
- “The Upside”
- “The Year of Spectacular Men”
- “Man in Red Bandana”
- “The Current War”
- “Breakable You”
- “Mighty Ground”
- “People You May Know”
- “I, Tonya”
- “Dog Years”
- “American Folk”
- “40 Years in the Making — the Magic Music Movie”
- “The Whinnies”
- “Molly’s Game”
- “Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise”
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN (CIA) AT COPIA THEATER
Directly after the Award Ceremony is the glamorous Festival Gala, held at the CIA at Copia. Gala highlights include cuisine from some of the valley’s prominent culinarians; copious cocktail and wine bars; surprising entertainment and multiple musical acts; a Stella Artois beer garden and Timber Cove Resort lounge; interactive exhibits and photo booths; and a special Culinary Theater lounge hosted by Vintage Wine Estates, Cambria Stone Surfaces, Whole Foods, Essentia and Hangar 1 vodka. Attendees with a Pass Plus or Patron Circle Members can expect to mingle among attending filmmakers and celebrity guests at this blowout event (November 11). A select number of individual tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are available.
The CIA at Copia is also hosting Variety’s 10 to Taste, an NVFF-exclusive event for Patron Circle members, that shows off Rising Star Chefs’ innovative dishes paired with iconic films. After the tasting, a panel — including a celebrity chef, actor and film director — discusses the shared dishes, culinary trends and the role of food in film (November 9).
The Napa Valley Film Festival hosts daily “Intermissions” at 3 – 5 PM for passholders to enjoy extraordinary wine tastings and local music. The venue also plays host to 13 Culinary Demonstrations presented by food and wine experts, as well as filmmakers, who collaborate to share their creativity and mouthwatering insights — and samples — with the audience (November 9 – 12, with one additional “preview” demo on November 8).
Passholders and rush ticket holders can enjoy an impressive film lineup at the Copia Theater (240 seats); fun to note is that many of the films are about food, wine and culinary trends
(November 8 – 12, plus two Sneak Preview Night films on November 7).
Films at the CIA at Copia:
- Narrative Shorts 1
- “Bernard and Huey”
- Short Features 2
- Documentary Shorts 2
- “Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies”
- “Constructing Albert”
- “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table”
- “The Gateway Bug”
- “A Fine Line”
- “The Boy Downstairs”
- “ACORN and the Firestorm”
- “The Sounding”
- Documentary Shorts 3
- Short Features 3
- “New Chefs on the Block”
- “Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen”
- “Poisoning Paradise”
- “The Ataxian”
- “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”
- “Food Evolution”
MATERRA | CUNAT FAMILY VINEYARDS
The new Rising Star Showcase will honor young talent at Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards, a beautiful, new winery just north of downtown Napa. Patron Circle members will meet and hear from actors Ana de Armas, Odeya Rush, Austin Stowell, Gregg Sulkin, Analeigh Tipton and Alex Wolff (November 11). And the Festival Wrap Party on this property is the last hurrah for the Napa Valley Film Festival 2017 (November 12).
JAM CELLARS BALLROOM
The JaM Cellars Ballroom is at the Margrit Mondavi Theater on the second floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. NVFF curated a special set of films for this 300-seat venue, dubbed “The Lounge,” where organizers screen the more-adventurous edgy fare, plus some whacky comedies. The Q&As at these films will be entertaining and pure fun (November 8 – 12).
Films at the JaM Cellars Ballroom:
- “Class Rank”
- “Amanda & Jack Go Glamping”
- “Coup D’etat”
- Lounge Shorts
- “A Happening of Monumental Proportions”
- “Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town”
- “The Relationtrip”“Entanglement”
- Narrative Shorts 2
- “Life Hack”
- Documentary Shorts 1
- Narrative Shorts 3
- “I Can I Will I Did”
Napa Valley Film Festival: Passes and tickets
Napa Valley Film Festival passes and tickets are on sale now at nvff.org. Please note that passholders are admitted to the events in order of priority based on pass level:
- Individual tickets: $25, available in advance for a guaranteed seat to a select number of these great new films.
- Special Event tickets: select events for non-Pass Plus and Patron Circle members — $25 – $200.
- Advance Screening tickets: For all non-passholders — $20 – $30.
- Passes and VIP Experiences: Festival Pass ($295), Pass Plus ($695), Patron Circle (starting at $2,500).
- Limited Stay passes: Weekend Pass ($225), Flex Pass ($125), Midweek Pass ($125), Friday ($85), Saturday ($105), Sunday ($85).
- Rush tickets: $20 at the door, depending on seating availability.
The NVFF Full Program lineup of films, celebrity tribute honorees, special events, parties, passes and more is on nvff.org, or call 707.226.7500 for more information.
Napa Valley Film Festival: Wildfire Relief
PLEASE NOTE: The festival will donate 10 percent of all pass sales revenue from Oct. 16 through the end of the festival to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. In addition to other charitable support for the recovery, the Napa Valley Film Festival Presenting Sponsor Lexus is donating 1,000 free tickets to select movies for those affected by the North Bay fires.