Every year, the Academy Award nominations spark a fierce flash of interest among film fans. But for decades, one category languished in the shadows — the short films. Locally, Ky Boyd, proprietor of the Rialto Cinemas — first in Santa Rosa, and now in Sebastopol — has championed these little gems. When the shorts, both live and animated, became available to release as a package program to movie theaters in 2001, the Rialto was among the few nationwide to leap… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
Think you could get to London and back for under $20? Probably not. But if you want to see the Royal Ballet production of “Romeo and Juliet,” simulcast live from London, you’ll save a fortune. Summerfield Cinemas, at 551 Summerfield Road in Santa Rosa, will present this program at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, with encore showings at 1 p.m. April 1 and 6:30 p.m. April 1o. Admission: adults, $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. Information: http://summerfieldcinemas.com, (707) 522-0719.
Petaluma filmmaker Tom Wyrsch’s hit documentary double bill about two gone-but-not-forgotten San Francisco attractions is coming back for yet another encore Saturday, March 10, at Santa Rosa’s Summerfield Cinemas. “Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “Sutro’s, the Palace at Land’s End,” have played to full houses and long lines three times this year, mostly recently on Sunday, March 4. You can see “Playland” at 1 p.m. and “Sutro’s” at 2:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session following both screenings. These are… Read More »
Petaluma filmmaker Tom Wyrsch has a hit on his hands. His documentary double bill about two gone-but-not-forgotten San Francisco attractions, “Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “Sutro’s, the Palace at Land’s End,” have played to full houses and long lines at Santa Rosa’s Summerfield Cinemas. That has happened not just once, but twice, earlier this year. Both films return Sunday, March 4, to Summerfield: “Playland” at 1 p.m. and “Sutro’s” at 2:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session with Wyrsch following… Read More »
Welcome to world of Woody, the guy who said, “Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.” He has a way with a phrase. To him, a noise in the pipes sounds like somebody’s sawing a trombone in half. And he’s not afraid to talk about love, life and death: “There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?” A stand-up comedian who became a movie… Read More »
How long does it take to watch a good move? As little as seven minutes, if you pick the right movie. Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa will screen A collection of 10 of the best short films starting Friday, Feb. 10, all nominated for 2012 Academy Awards, and ranging in length from seven to 31 minutes. There are two different programs, each featuring five films, running daily. Information: 539-6773, summerfieldcinemas.com. The animated films are: — “Sunday/Dimanche,” 10 minutes, English, Patrick… Read More »
Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa will present a big-screen, high-definition, live simulcast of “MacBeth,” from the Royal Opera House in London, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 13. The movie house also has scheduled two encore presentations of this production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, based on the William Shakespeare play, at 1 p.m. June 19 and 6:30 p.m. June 21. Address: 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. Admission: adults, $20; students and seniors, $18; children, $16. Information: (707) 522-0719; (707) 523-1586, ext.… Read More »
The Wine Country Film Festival will screen “Even the Rain,” a nominee for best foreign language film at the last Academy Awards, at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. Released in Spain as “Tambien la Lluvia,’ the drama weaves together three stories spanning five centuries. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Sebastian, a film director working on location in Bolivia in 2000, when conflict breaks over an attempt the privatize the water supply. Admission… Read More »