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Above all, Harvest doesn't fall into the documentary trap of seizing upon—or worse, creating—a touching narrative, though every story in Harvest could probably have been its own documentary.
"More seasoned documentary filmmakers than I probably would have done that," says Beck, driving back south from Healdsburg. "And here's the only reason I didn't: I initially set out with this goal of filming all walks of life. And I thought of Harvest as being this ensemble cast. If it's called Harvest, and it's this broad swath, I want to show everybody. In the end, the harvest itself is the character. Does that make sense?"
'Harvest' premieres Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Screenings feature wine from Foppiano Vineyards. Sebastiani Winery, 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 3:15pm. $15. 707.933.2600.
Films From Around the Way
Select local films at the Sonoma International Film Festival with North Bay ties
4 Way Stop Part of the "Believe It or Not" shorts program, this four-minute film by Sonoma County's Herbie Kritzer shows "people being people" at a four-way stop. April 12 at 12:30pm at the Vintage House; April 13 at 11:45am at the Sebastiani Winery Barrel Room Theater.
Alarm Clock Alley Shown during the "Spirited Sounds and Animation" shorts program, this three-minute Armani Cooper music video is directed by Sonoma resident Mike Lee. April 12 at 2:45pm at the Vintage House; April 14 at 4pm at Sonoma Community Center.
Bella Gaia Produced by the local Baum Foundation, this multimedia journey simulates space flight and shows planet Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts. April 13 at 6pm at Sonoma Community Center; April 14 at 6pm at Sebastiani Theatre.
Born & Raised Coming-of-age drama by Sebastopol-bred filmmakers explores family, forgiveness and small-town life. April 13 at 7:15pm at the Sonoma Valley Women's Club; April 14 at 6pm at Vintage House.
Buskers Part of the "Sixth Sense" shorts program, this 19-minute documentary by local filmmaker Trent Anderson follows jugglers, musicians and others who make their living performing on city streets around the world. April 13 at 1pm at Vintage House; April 15 at 3:30pm at Vintage House.
Circus Dreams Feature film documents a year in the life of famed youth troupe Circus Smirkus, with performance by local acrobats before the film. April 14 at 10am at Sebastiani Theatre; April 15 at 5:30pm at Sebastiani Winery Barrel Room.
Derby, Baby! Documentary explores international boom of Roller Derby, featuring attendance of local resident Jerry Seltzer, a founder of the film festival and the son of roller derby's creator, and a demo by Sonoma County's Resurrection Roller Girls. Film, April 14 at 3pm at Sebastiani Theatre; Derby at 2pm.
Doggie Boogie This "Wizard of Oz for Dogs" by San Francisco filmmaker Romanus Wolter features pups, colorful costumes and fantastical sets. Apr 12 at 6pm at Vintage House; Apr 15 at 9:30am at Vintage House.
Everything Is Going to Be Fine Part of the "Edgy," shorts program, this humorous tale deals with San Francisco filmmaker Ryan Malloy's growing anxiety about the fate of the world. April 13 at 6:15pm at Vintage House; April 15 at 3pm at Sonoma Valley Women's Club.
On Falling Film by Peter McEvilley follows friends just out of college as they travel from SoCal to Sonoma—and into the hidden-in-plain-sight world of Northern California's marijuana land. Apr 13 at 8:30pm at Vintage House.
Luckiest Man Alive Short film about one man's happy misfortune, directed by Summerfield Waldorf graduate Matthew Temple. Thursday, April 12 at 9:45am at the Sonoma Valley Women's Club; April 14 at 8:15pm at the Sonoma Community Center.
Santa Ken This film about a Marin County man who goes decoration mad at Christmas is directed by Eric Paul Fournier. April 12 at 4pm at Murphy's Irish Pub.
My Father Who Art in Nature Sonoma native Alden Olmsted chronicles his troubled relationship with his father, California naturalist and John Muir follower John Olmstead. April 15 at 10am at Sebastiani Winery.
Special guests at the festival include John Waters, Christopher Lloyd and more. For full schedule and tickets, see www.sonomafilmfest.org.—Rachel Dovey