FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AVFILM BRINGS EDUCATIONAL FILM SERIES TO NORTH BAY
Explore the language of filmmaking with AVFilm Director of Programming Mike Traina in a new five-part film series, Through This Lens.
Healdsburg, Calif. (November 8, 2022) – AVFilm will present Through This Lens, a new educational film series in Healdsburg and Cloverdale, spanning November 2022 through March 2023. Mike Traina, Director of Programming, will focus each lecture and discussion on key elements of film design.
Audiences are encouraged to take advantage of the cozy fall and winter months and join AVFilm in these interactive sessions. Traina will set the stage before each screening so that viewers can observe visual storytelling through a new perspective as well as lead a talk back after the film.
Tickets are $15 for General Admission/$5 for Student Admission. Series Passes are $60 for General Admission/$25 for Student Admission. The first two sessions will be hosted at Young & Yonder, a chic urban distillery in downtown Healdsburg. Concessions and cocktails will be available for purchase at the screenings. Find more information and tickets for the events here: https://avfilmpresents.org/arthouse-screening-series/
Details on each event are listed below:
Monday, November 14, Young & Yonder
Focus on: The Shot
LIVING IN OBLIVION
(Tom DiCillo, 1995, USA)
Tom DiCillo’s hilarious satire of the motion picture business stars Steve Buscemi as a wildly optimistic director who must navigate the absurd reality of low-budget filmmaking. Cleverly employing virtually every technical gimmick in the movie trade, the film features an all star cast of indie film favorites including Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, James Le Gros, and Peter Dinklage.
Monday, December 12, Young & Yonder
Focus on: Mise-en-Scene
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
(Barry Jenkins, 2018, USA)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts James Baldwin’s 1974 novel chronicling two star-crossed lovers in 1970s Harlem. Gorgeously photographed, meticulously structured, and deeply resonant, Jenkins lyrically demonstrates how little has changed in the Black American experience over the past 50 years. The film was awarded Best Feature and Best Director at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards and Regina King won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Monday, January 9, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Focus on: Cinematography
AFTER THE WEDDING
(Susanne Bier, 2006, Denmark)
When the manager of an orphanage in India travels to Copenhagen to pursue a new financial partnership, he discovers a life-altering family secret. Expertly crafted with surprising twists and turns, Susanne Bier’s riveting family drama exemplifies the best of New Danish Cinema. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 Academy Awards.
Monday, February 13, Young & Yonder
Focus on: Editing
(Mike Nichols, 1967, USA)
Ben, a young college graduate confused about his future, becomes involved with an older woman in one of movie history’s most famous love affairs. Featuring masterful cinematography, a legendary soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, and pitch perfect performances from Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, The Graduate is widely considered one of the greatest films in movie history. Nominated for 7 Oscars, including a win for Best Director Mike Nichols.
Monday, March 13, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Focus on: Sound Design
(Craig Gillespie, 2017, USA)
Director Craig Gillespie takes a darkly comedic approach as he tackles one of the most notorious and sensational scandals in sports history: the ill-conceived and poorly executed attack on Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan. Told through multiple perspectives over a span of twenty years and accompanied by an expertly constructed soundtrack, I, Tonya offers humor, insight, and a great deal of empathy toward Tonya Harding, a working-class sports hero that everyone loves to hate. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Actress for Margot Robbie and Best Supporting Actress for Allison Janney (who won as Harding’s mother).
AVFilm began in 2015 when film lovers in Cloverdale and Healdsburg came together with a goal of bringing the rural North Bay more access to cinema arts events and education. The first AVFest featured 24 films across four days on four screens in two cities. In the eight years since our origin, AVFilm has exhibited more than 500 films and now serves more than 5,000 people, 1,000 public school students, and 600 lifelong learners through year-round educational and cultural programming. AVFest2022 was a 10-day celebration featuring more than 100 screenings and events across five cities. Through the transformative power of film, AVFilm brings global perspectives into our community, builds partnerships to broaden our impact, and educates, empowers, and engages students of all ages. For more information, visit www.avfilmpresents.org.