Shot entirely in Sonoma County, the feature-length documentary “Harvest” reveals the blood, sweat and tears that go into every bottle of wine.

There is no swirling, no sniffing, no sipping or quaffing. This is all about back-breaking manual labor and night picks at 2 a.m. with only tiny headlamps.

Over the course of three months during Harvest 2011, the film follows five family wineries – Robledo, Rafanelli, Foppiano, Harvest Moon and Robert Hunter, along with an amateur home winemaker and an extremely rare all-female picking crew – made up of women from Michoacan and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Not interested in massive corporate wineries, director John Beck instead casts his intimate DSLR lens on salt-of-the-earth, tight-knight family farmers and field workers who are the backbone of the wine industry, reavealing a glimpse of the American grape harvest that has never before been captured on film.

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Foppiano Vineyards, which is featured in the film will provide wine for the event!

Thank you to the Foppiano family for their support!

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Director, filmmaker and journalist John Beck will be sharing his stories about the making of HARVEST after the screening!

Bay Area filmmaker and journalist, John Beck splits his time between directing and producing documentaries, shooting promotional video and writing freelance journalism.

For the past 15 years, he has worked as a journalist in Sonoma County where “Harvest” is set among the vineyards. It was while on assignment to capture footage of a night harvest at Foppiano Vineyards in 2010 that he stumbled upon the behind-the-scenes drama and sacrifice that go into every bottle of wine. That’s when he decided to follow all walks of life – rich, poor, winemaker, grape picker – through next year’s harvest of 2011. It would turn out to be the worst harvest in Sonoma County in at least 50 years.

His previous films, the feature-length “Worst in Show” and shorts “Stringers” and “Drag King,” have won numerous film festival awards. His print stories have won national awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Association of Sunday and Features Editors.

Beck was born in Nashville, Tennessee and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


A Menu inspired by the women of Oaxaca and Michoacan

will be available at 6:30pm!

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PRESS on the Film

Fruits of Their Labor

‘Harvest’ makes stars of immigrant workers and small winery owners at Sonoma International Film Festival


She has paid $2,000 for Grape Camp, a three-day getaway for tourists who want to learn how to pick grapes in the vineyards. She has perfect salon hair, neatly plucked eyebrows half hidden by sunglasses, and the relaxed demeanor of, well, someone who can afford to spend $2,000 on Grape Camp. While Mexican laborers work the vineyards behind her, she speaks to the camera.

“We’ve talked a lot over the last couple days about how happy everybody is,” she says, earnestly. “How happy people are. And you sort of see why. It’s a beautiful way to live.”

It’s a nice thought…


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KORKORO-Nov. 20th 2013


Based on an anecdote about the Second World War by the Romani (Gypsy) historian Jacques Sigot, the film was inspired by the true life of a Romani who escaped the Nazis with help from French villagers, and depicts the rarely documented subject of Porajmos (the Romani Holocaust).[1] Other than the Romanies, the film has a character representing the French Resistance based on Yvette Lundy, a French teacher deported for forging the passports for Romanies. Gatlif intended the film to be a documentary, but the lack of supporting documents caused him instead to present it as a drama.

More about the film & director Tony Gatlif in the LORBER FILMS PRESSBOOK

This month, before the feature film KORKORO, Food and Film for Thought in conjunction with KRCB will be screening a short video segment of the Community Health Connections series titled: “We Tell Our Own Stories”-comprised of interviews with persons who have experienced stigma in connection to mental health challenges. Come and enjoy a special Balkan Roma dinner reception with live music, and guest speaker, Rosemary Milbraith, Executive Director of NAMI. There will be a short question and answer period so the audience may engage in a conversation in regards to reducing the stigma around mental illness.

BRAZIL- OCT. 23rd 2013


Brazilian feast!


In the kitchen with Terri Carrion with Frederika Sumeliu


Brazil is a 1985 British dark comedic fantasy film. It was written by Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. The film stars Jonathan Pryce and features Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins, and Ian Holm.

In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler.

The title is a reference to a 1939 song “Aquarela do Brasil”,
that’s often playing in the background and that Sam likes to hum.

The relevance of Brazil today.

From: What Does This Movie Mean? Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985) at This Ruthless World

…“So you change the system; you put it on autopilot, where certain key words trigger an arrest, indefinite detention (with torture) and disappearance. And that’s how you get to a humble shoe salesman being dragged away on Christmas eve and tortured to death without a trial — for no reason other than a glitch in the system.”…

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“Brazil was released twenty-seven years ago. Today, we live in a world where Americans are subject to an unprecedented degree of surveillance by the government. (Go ahead, click on that link. If you think you are safe from warrantless spying because you are an all-American farmer from Idaho or a stereotypical Texan cowboy, and not some “Middle-Eastern”, think again.) When I read about the extent of routine warrantless surveillance, I have to wonder what the authorities do with all that information. Does anyone actually read all those billions of e-mails? Analyze them? Cross-reference them? After all, mere gathering of information is no substitute for actual human intelligence — and the more information you collect, the harder you make it for people in the law enforcement to use that information intelligently. Putting aside the moral and Constitutional implications of all this spying, collecting mountains of mostly useless information will probably make hunting terrorists harder, not easier — again, as a purely practical point. So you change the system; you put it on autopilot, where certain key words trigger an arrest, indefinite detention (with torture) and disappearance. And that’s how you get to a humble shoe salesman being dragged away on Christmas eve and tortured to death without a trial — for no reason other than a glitch in the system. We are not there yet, thankfully — but excessive surveillance is surely the first important step towards creating the kind of society that exists in Brazil.”
Today, Brazil is a widely, feverishly loved film, but once upon a time it had its share of detractors—specifically, those who financed it and released it in the U.S. In the documentary The Battle of “Brazil,” critic Jack Mathews charts director Terry Gilliam and producer Arnon Milchan’s struggles to get Universal to put out the filmmaker’s cut, which the studio found too dark and difficult (marketing division president Marvin Antonowsky suggested it was more of an art-house specialty film than a mainstream movie). Here, in a clip from the documentary, which is available in full on our special edition of Brazil, Gilliam and Milchan describe the first important—and disastrous—screening for the execs.  From:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, co-directed with Terry Jones)
Jabberwocky (1977)
Time Bandits (1981)
Brazil (1985)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Fisher King (1991)
12 Monkeys (1995)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Tideland (2005)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
The Zero Theorem (2013)

See Terry Gilliam’s complete filmography


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Award winning ‘Project Censored The Movie’ takes an in depth look at what is wrong with the news media in the US today and highlights the work of 37 year veteran media democracy organization Project Censored (PC) and their commitment to media literacy education as an antidote to propaganda and censorship.
La premiada “Proyecto Censurado – La película” mira en profundidad lo que actualmente está mal con los medios de comunicación en los EE.UU., y pone de relieve la labor de 37 años de la veterana organización en democracia de medios, Project Censored (PC) y su compromiso con la educación sobre medios como un antídoto contra la propaganda y la censura

The September event will benefit:    Community Media Center of the North BayCMEDIA

Thank you to everyone who came out for the August 28th Event!




WHAT IS THE Gross National Happiness INDEX?
Download the .pdfs and learn more.
Gross National Happiness Index Explained in Detail
A Short Guide to the GNH Index

SHIFT CHANGE EVENT! July 24th 2013

It was great night!

Collage by Evelina Molina

The Basque inspired meal was a hit!



The documentary was inspiring and the discussion was educational and entertaining!

After film discussion

941193_10201523434187295_1251647314_nA special thank you to the Roseland Food Security Network for their donation of food items for this months Northern Spanish Menu!

RFSN is working hard to provide healthy organic and non-gmo food and education on eating right to low income families in Sonoma County, CA. Visit their stand, El Trianguis del Pueblo, at the West End Farmers Market in Santa Rosa, every Sunday.

Some facts about Basque Cuisine

The Basque Country has one of the richest and most innovative cuisines in Spain, based on a solid gastronomic tradition, and a wealth of internationally famous restaurants such as Arzak, Akelare (belonging to chef Pedro Subijana), Mugaritz (Andoni Luis Aduriz) or Martín Berasategui.

It is essential to note the three basic institutions of Basque gastronomy: the txiquiteo or poteo (which consists of having tapas, going from bar to bar in the old quarters of any of the region’s cities); the cider-houses of Guipúzcoa, which serve cider directly from the barrel and fixed menus including cod omelette and large T-bone steaks; and the sociedades gastronómicas (dining clubs) or txokos, private clubs of friends who are food-lovers and gather for meals together.

Fish dishes include cod, tuna, hake, sea bream, sardines and anchovies. Marmitako, a fisherman’s stew of tuna and potatoes, and little cuttlefish cooked in their own ink are typical Basque recipes.

Restaurants specialising in roast meats (asadores) are very popular, and the arrival of autumn brings with it a vast array of seasonal mushroom dishes.

Desserts generally feature milk from the numerous livestock herds of the region: leche frita (deep fried custard slices), mamía (curdled sheep’s milk), intxaursalsa (milk pudding with cinnamon and walnuts), cuajada (milk curds)… and the outstanding Idiazabal cheese.


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