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Film Arts - Movies & Festivals
Sonoma County Calendar

Mar 7, 14, & 21 ~ Israeli Film Festival - The Sonoma County Jewish Community Center announces its next community wide program – The Israeli Film Festival. Movies include  “The Women’s Balcony,” a comedy about sisterhood in a Jerusalem community, "On the Map,” a fast-moving, awe-inspiring, David vs. Goliath basketball documentary narrated by NBA legend Bill Walton and “Apples from the Desert,” a coming of age drama about a young woman from an orthodox family who is tired of the lifestyle that has been forced upon her, and when her father attempts marry her off to a widower with children, she runs off to find her own way in life.  $10 for the 1p matinees, and $13 for the 7:30p evening shows. Rialto Theatre, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol. Film descriptions, trailers and tickets are available at the JCC website:, or 707-526-5538.  

Mar 8 - May 17 ~ Petaluma Film Alliiance's Cinnema Series  - Wednesday night screenings of classic, foreign, and independent films with guests, lectures, and post-screening discussions.  The Petaluma Film Alliance is a strategic partnership between Santa Rosa Junior College, community businesses, and private individuals dedicated to creating unique community-based learning environments to discuss and analyze significant classic and modern cinema. $6 general, $5 senior/student. Parking $4. Ticket and parking seasonal passes available. Optional pre-film lecture at 6p, film at 7p, and post-film discussion until 10p. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium - SRJC Petaluma Campus 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway

Mar 8 ~ A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness - A true story of "honor" killing in Pakistan. Free 12-2p Center for Student Leadership, Room 4643 -SRJC 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa

Mar 9 ~ Code: Debugging the Gender Gap - focuses on the lack of women & minorities in computer science/software engineering. Free 3:30-5:30p Bertolini Student Center, 2nd floor Room 4731 -SRJC 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa

Mar 9 ~ 8th  Annual Disability Services & Legal Center Film Festival -The festival will highlight two multiple award-winning films “Getting Up: The Tempt One Story” and “Down Under Mystery Tour”, stories about overcoming disability through the power of perseverance, humor and creativity. $10. No one will be turned away due to the lack of funds - 6 -8p - Summerfield Cinemas 551 Summerfield Rd, Santa Rosa - - 707-636-3063, or

Mar 9 & 23 - Peace & Justice Center Documentary Film Series - Presenting Al Nakba, The Palestinian Catastrophe, a 2008 documentary produced by Rawan Damen of Al Jazeera. The series explores the history of Palestine from 1799 through today. Parts I and II on Mar 9, Parts III and IV on March 23. 7p Free to public, donations welcomed. Peace & Justice Center, 467 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa.

Mar 14 ~  Code: Debugging the Gender Gap - focuses on the lack of women & minorities in computer science/software engineering. Free 10:30 - Noon, Room PC 657 SRJC Petaluma Campus Sonoma Mountain Pkwy #680, Petaluma -

Mar 15 ~ Workshop on Radical Self Love & Representation in Media/ Arts - Xicana artist Crystal Galindo will lead hands on art making activity allowing participants to use art to explore their identities through personal iconography Free 4-6p Our House Intercultrual Center -  SRJC Petaluma Campus Sonoma Mountain Pkwy #680, Petaluma -

Mar 18 ~ Bodega Bay loves Hitchcock! -5th annual Hitchcock Film Fest celebrating the Master of Suspense and his timeless cinematic creations. This year we will be screening the Bird’s at 3:30pm and Rear Window at 7pm. Wine, beer, Spud Point clam chowder and other concessions available for purchase. $10.00 per film, 2 shows for $18.00, children 12 and under $5.00. Bodega Bay Grange 1370 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay, CA Tickets available through - Sponsored by the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit Bodega Bay Elementary and Tomales Elementary arts programs.

Mar 23 - 26 ~ Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival -  The festival will feature extraordinary documentaries to be shown at 5 venues in historic downtown Sebastopol. Filmmakers and subjects are coming from far and abroad and as close as Sebastopol.The Opening Night film, SACRED, is an extraordinary documentary involving more than 40 filmmakers who travelled the globe in search of religious ceremonies.  Its director Thomas Lennon will be in town for the opening. Mar 23 - 7p Opening night - Brent Auditorium - Sebastopol Center for the Arts -282 S High St.  $30 opening night, $10 all other films & events. 

Mar 25 ~ Social Action Film Series -  Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa will offer its fifth annual Social Action Goes to the Movies film series, entitled Sparks of Hope – Healing through Innovation and Creativity. FREE 7-10p. Shomrei Torah 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa - For more information visit the events calendar:

  • Mar 25  - "Home for the Homeless"  - A Better Way, a snapshot of homelessness and some new solutions.

Mar 29 -  Apr 2 ~ Sonoma International Film Festival -Benefitting multiple youth and arts programs in the Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) provides a welcoming, entertaining and inspiring cinematic experience that supports and promotes independent films and celebrates the cultural diversity in the Sonoma Valley through the art of film. Featuring over 100 hand-selected films screened in six state-of-the-art, intimate venues all within walking distance of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Passes available at, 707-933-2600 

Mar 25 ~ Home for the Homeless, A Better Way about Tiny Houses - a snapshot of homelessness and some new solutions. Social Action Film Series -  Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa will offer its fifth annual Social Action Goes to the Movies film series, entitled Sparks of Hope – Healing through Innovation and Creativity.   FREE 7p-10p - Shomrei Torah 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa - For more information visit the events calendar:

Mar 30 ~ The Hunting Ground - One in Five women in college is sexually assuaulted. This documentary looks at rape culture on campuses and follow survivors pursusing both their education and justice. Free 10:30 - noon Room PC 657 SRJC Petaluma Campus Sonoma Mountain Pkwy #680, Petaluma -

Apr 7 ~ Kalpana, A Film By Uday Shankar - The sole film of celebrated Indian dancer Uday Shankar (older brother of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar), Kalpana is a vibrant dance-drama that revolves around a young dancer's dream of forming his own dance academy. Originally filmed in 1948, it was restored in 2008 by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, founded by Martin Scorsese, at Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata in association with the family of Uday Shankar, the National Film Archive of India, and Dungarpur Films.  The film is presented as part of a weekend celebrating Indian culture, including, a free International symposium entitled "The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema" (see Events Calendar) Film, $20 7p Schroeder Hall,  Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

April 10 ~ National Bird, Film Screening and Discussion -Brought to you by Veterans For Peace Sonoma County #71 and the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County. National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Both Lisa Ling, one of the whistleblowers, and filmmaker, Sonia Kennebeck, will lead discussions after the screenings. 1 and 7p Rialto Cinema, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol

Petaluma Film Alliance - Wed. Nights at Carole L. Ellis Auditorium - SRJC Petaluma Campus 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway - General Admission: $6, Senior/Student: $5, Season Pass: $45, Parking: $4, Season Parking: $20 - Optional pre-Film lecture 6p; Film 7p; Post Screening Discussion until 10p - For more info:

Mar 8 ~ Lamb
Mar 15 ~ Nocturnal Animals
Mar 29 ~ Lion
Apr 5 ~ La La Land
Apr 12 ~ The Jungle Book
Apr 19 ~ Gun Crazy
Apr 26 ~ 20th Cenrury Women
May 3 ~ Green is Gold
May 10 ~ The Truman Show
May 17 ~ Deadpool 

Sonoma Film Institute ~ All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Fridays at 7p, Sundays at 4p. $5 Donation - There is a $5 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots. INFO:  or call (707)664-2606.

Mar 10 & 12 ~ Apur Sansar -features Ray’s perennial star Soumitra Chatterjee as the now adult and struggling writer Apu.  The film follows Apu into an arranged marriage with Aparna (played by Sharmila Tagore — then 14, and a distant relative of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, an important Ray influence). 

Mar 31 & Apr 2 ~ Forever - Zhang Yang (Shower, Paths of the Soul) adapts two novels by Tibetan writer Tashi Dawa for this stunning mystical epic about a killer on the run who is entrusted with a sacred mission.

Cinema Numina ~  Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts 707-815-1675 - $10 donation. Discussion afterwards. The Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa

The Clover Theater ~  offers mainstream fare, as well as art-house programming including independent films and classics. The Clover is is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For showtimes and ticket info please visit our website: 707.894.6347

Rialto CinemasBringing the Best Films in the World to Sonoma County. www.rialtocinemas.com6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol.

Israeli Film Festival presented by Sonoma County Jewish Community Center, shows at 1p and 6:30p

Mar 7 - The Women’s Balcony

Mar 14 - On the Map 

Mar 21 - Apples from the Desert

Summerfield Cinemas: Sonoma County's home for Art, Independent and Foreign Films. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. Sebastopol Special Events - $18 - $25 unless stated otherwise

Mar 1 ~ Met Opera Live in HD 2016/17 Season: Rusalka (NR) 1 & 7pm
Mar 2 ~ Disney's Newsies The Broadway Musical (PG) 7pm
Mar 4 ~ National Theatre Live: Saint Joan (NR)4 10am
Mar 8 ~ Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet (NR) 4pm
Mar 11 ~ Disney's Newsies The Broadway Musical (PG)10:30am 

Community Media Center of the North Bay (CMCNB TV) Local television by, for, and about the people of the North Bay. Watch CMCNB TV streaming online at; on Santa Rosa Comcast Cable Channels 26, 27, 28, & 30; and throughout the North Bay on the AT&T U-Verse system Channel 99. (707)569-8785 ext. 325.


Last Weds ~ Movie Night ~ Transition Sebastopol presents films on issues of Peace, Justice, & Sustainability. By donation. 7pm, French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave ~

3rd Fri ~ Movie with a Meal ~ Before each movie, we will provide a simple meal for the community to share in. We'll gather at 6p for the meal; the movie will begin around 6:45. Popcorn, tea and sodas available during the movie. A suggested donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments. Sonoma Shambhala
 Meditation Center 255 West Napa St, Sonoma. (415) 412-8570