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SFI Fall Line up Features Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema


SFI Fall Line up Features Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema

Above: Lupe Under the Sun

The Sonoma Film Institute announces its spring slate of screenings, ranging from lively documentaries to international features and rarely shown classic cinema. The season kicks off with the Werner Herzog’s documentary on the virtual world, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (1/27 & 19). Herzog engages cyberspace pioneers such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick in provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has virtually transformed how everything in the real world works.           

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected WorldIn a season highlighted by extraordinary documentaries, SFI will be presenting Original Copy (2/20 & 21), a charming portrait of artist and guru Sheikh Rehman – one of the last hand-painters of colorful Bollywood posters; and The Groove is Not Trivial (4/14 & 16), on the internationally recognized Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. Local filmmaker Tommie Dell Smith will be in attendance on Friday night only to introduce her film and answer questions after the screening.  

SFI is Co-Sponsoring the West Coast premiere of the restored version of Kalpana (4/7), with the Green Music Center. 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, the film was restored in 2008 by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project in association with the family of Uday Shankar and the National Film Archives of India.            

Rodrigo Reyes’ independent feature Lupe Under the Sun (Lupe Bajo el Sol) (2/3 & 5) follows the drama of an aging peach picker who wants to go back to his home in Mexico before he dies. Reyes’ unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema.           

Current international features to be shown include the first film from Ethiopia to be submitted for Best Foreign Language Oscar, LAMB (2/24); and a new film from Tibet Soul on a String 3/24 & 26), a stunning mystical epic about a killer on the run who is entrusted with a sacred mission.           

SFI will also present rare revivals of both classic American and foreign films, including the 50th Anniversary screening of the Academy Award-winner for best picture in 1967 (and the 90th birthday of its star, Sidney Poitier), In the Heat of the Night (2/17 & 19). The schedule also includes French director Jean Renoir’s first great sound classic, La Chienne, and Part 3 of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, Apu Sansur (The World of Apu).            

All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Suggested ticket donation is $5.00. There is a $5.00 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots. 

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