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Rio Theater salutes horror film director William Castle

Sebastopol author Joe Jordan vividly remembers the day he found out about the work of classic low-budget horror film director William Castle. “The date was Oct. 31, 1999. ‘House on Haunted Hill’ was being aired on television as part of a Halloween showcase. Two days earlier the Geoffrey Rush remake [...]

By | March 10th, 2015|0 Comments

‘Russian River’ film screens in Sonoma

The documentary film “The Russian River: All Rivers,” a close look at the condition of the 110-mile waterway, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Commnunity Center. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with the filmmakers, William Sorenson and Stella [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Documentary film ‘John Brown’s Body — At San Quentin Prison’ screens in Santa Rosa

  San Francisco filmmaker Joe DeFrancesco will screen his documentary, “John Brown’s Body -- At San Quentin Prison” Saturday, Jan. 17, in Santa Rosa. The film follows rehearsals for a production of the Pulitzer Prize-wining play “John Brown’s Body” by Stephen Vincent Benet at San Quentin, performed by nine inmates [...]

By | January 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Two Santa Rosa theaters screen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Few films have had a lifespan like Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And this weekend in Santa Rosa, it will live again. The movie, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and ultimately was listed by the American [...]

By | December 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Santa Rosa actor stars in new film ‘The Mendoza Line’

"The Mendoza Line," a new independent film starring Santa Rosa comedian and actor Juan Carlos Arenas, will screen at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Arenas and the film’s writer and director, Nathan Kaufman [...]

By | April 16th, 2014|1 Comment

John Lasseter honored by San Francisco Film Society

  John Lasseter John Lasseter of Sonoma, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be honored at the annual San Francisco Film Society awards night gala May 1 at the Regency Center in San Francisco. Lasseter, creator of "Toy Story" and other animated hit [...]

By | April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Documentary on Italian immigrants in California screened

The North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation will screen the documentary film "Finding the Motherlode: Italian Immigrants in California" at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Carole Ellis Auditorium on the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus. In "Finding the Motherlode," filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien document stories set in [...]

By | March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival set for March 27-30

The seventh annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival returns March 27-30 with 71 films showing on six screens, and more than 100 filmmakers and guests expected. Tickets cost $25 for the opening night film, awards, and gala, $10 for individual films and special programs throughout the weekend, and $250 for all-access [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Rialto, Summerfield plan special screenings

Two Sonoma County movie theaters plan special events this month. The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol opens the new monthly New York Film Critics Series next week, featuring screenings of new films before their national release, plus high-definition simulcasts of question-and-answer sessions with the stars and filmmakers. The first [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Santa Rosa actress in new film released nationwide

Santa Rosa stage, television and film actress Marjorie Mann appears in the new movie, I’m in Love With a Church Girl, opening in major cities nationwide Friday, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in downtown Santa Rosa. In the film, Mann plays Julia Montego, [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|0 Comments