Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Lamb
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Lamb

  • Ives 101

Yared Zeleke's remarkable feature debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home. Drawing amazing performances from his cast of professional and non-professional actors, LAMB is the first film from Ethiopia to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. (2015, 94 min., in Amharic w/English subtitles). Co-Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Sonoma County.  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, La Chienne
Mar
3
Mar 5

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, La Chienne

  • Ives 101

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, La Chienne @7pm; Ives 101

Jean Renoir’s first great sound classic. LA CHIENNE is the story of an unhappily married middle-aged bank clerk, played by Michel Simon. His only passion in life is for painting, which he does in his spare time until he becomes obsessed with a prostitute (Janie Mareze). In his “Dictionary of Films,” Georges Sadoul notes, “Out of melodrama Renoir created a very realistic social portrait of certain aspects of Montmartre life. Even in this, his first sound feature, Renoir used depth-of-field to characterize the personalities in their social milieu.” (1931, 100 min., in French w/English subtitles). For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Dates:

Friday, March 3 @ 7pm

Sunday, March 5 @ 4pm

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night ft. Dr Strange
Mar
4
9:00 pm21:00

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night ft. Dr Strange

  • Ives 101

After a horrible car accident, brilliant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange must find a way and a cure to healing his hands. His quest brings him to Kamar-Taj in Nepal where he studies under the Ancient One, who teaches him the ways of magic and alternate realities. With new skills of inter-dimensional travel and spells, Strange soon discovers that he must protect the world from a deadly enemy who is out to destroy it.  Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu)
Mar
11
Mar 12

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu)

  • Ives 101

“If Ray had made nothing but APUR SANSAR he would go down in film history as one of the great directors. In essence the film is a love story so fresh and spontaneous that one feels Ray created it entirely out of his own spirit, as if it were the world's first love story. The lyric Shakespeare of ‘Romeo and Juliet' comes to mind - in the scene in which the lovers see each other for the first time - only Ray has done it all visually. The morning after the wedding night Apu rises to discover that his bride has secretly tied him to her. A more exquisite symbol for a love both passionate and humorous is inconceivable. This originality, always returning to the wellspring of human feeling, is apparent throughout the film. If ever there has been a humanist work from an alien culture completely accessible to Occidentals, APUR SANSAR is that work.” - Berkeley Cinema Guild (1959, 106 min., in Bengali w/English subtitles)

Sonoma State University Hutchins School Professor Dr. Ajay Gehlawat will introduce the film before this screening. For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Dates:

Friday, March 10 @ 7pm

Sunday, March 12 @ 4pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, SOUL ON A STRING
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, SOUL ON A STRING

  • Ives 101

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. After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a lone Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a spiritual quest: to bring it back to a holy mountain. On the way, he encounters a passionate woman, a mute with psychic powers, and two vengeful brothers. With gorgeous, sweeping cinematography of Tibet’s majestic steppes and sprawling deserts, this unconventional Asian Western pairs swordfights with the Buddhist philosophy of letting go. “Shot in some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, the film is anything but a straightforward document of Tibetan folklore and religion. It's an epic, magical, and visually stunning tale of karmic returns, of hate and love, and it draws its strength from the eternal power of timeless stories.” - Giovanna Fulvi, TIFF (2016, 142 min., in Tibetan w/English subtitles) For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, FOREVER

  • Ives 101

“Pere-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard; Modernist icons Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and sixties rocker Jim Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand. Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep their late spouses’ gravestones and water the flowers. Into this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann – Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation – brings the unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars… Honigmann has made a film of great tenderness as well as profound integrity.” – SFIFF (2007, 95 min., in French w/English subtitles).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/


Sonoma Film Institute Presents, In The Heat Of The Night
Feb
17
Feb 19

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, In The Heat Of The Night

  • Ives 101

SFI celebrates the 50th Anniversary of this landmark film and the 90th birthday of its star, Sidney Poitier. Poitier is devastatingly cool and charismatic as Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs in this multi-Oscar-winning Deep South murder mystery. Tibbs is teamed with a racist redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger) to help with the investigation, and the pair make for a riveting partnership in a film that’s equally entertaining, atmospheric and insightful about the era’s desperately strained race relations. Directed by Norman Jewison. (1967, 110 min.).  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Dates:

Friday, February 17 @ 7pm

Sunday, February 19 @ 4pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Original Copy
Feb
12
4:00 pm16:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Original Copy

  • Ives 101

“Set in a crumbling cinema palace in Mumbai Central, ORIGINAL COPY is a charming portrait of artist and guru Sheikh Rehman – one of the last hand-painters of colorful Bollywood posters, packed with romance and action. This intimate doc provides a window into a world in transition: while Rehman cajoles his team into hand-painting unique billboards every week, modernity is taking over. Today’s films are publicized on plastic posters, and audiences are swarming to multiplexes. Rehman is the keeper of a disappearing artform, but he won’t give up. Neither will the theater’s owner Najma, valuing history and heritage over profits. Ultimately, this exemplary and insightful doc is about the magic of cinema, its power to forge culture and community, and the changing face of India’s film industry.” – San Francisco South Asian Film Festival (2015, 95 min., in Hindi and English w/English subtitles). For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Original Copy
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, Original Copy

  • Ives 101

“Set in a crumbling cinema palace in Mumbai Central, ORIGINAL COPY is a charming portrait of artist and guru Sheikh Rehman – one of the last hand-painters of colorful Bollywood posters, packed with romance and action. This intimate doc provides a window into a world in transition: while Rehman cajoles his team into hand-painting unique billboards every week, modernity is taking over. Today’s films are publicized on plastic posters, and audiences are swarming to multiplexes. Rehman is the keeper of a disappearing artform, but he won’t give up. Neither will the theater’s owner Najma, valuing history and heritage over profits. Ultimately, this exemplary and insightful doc is about the magic of cinema, its power to forge culture and community, and the changing face of India’s film industry.” – San Francisco South Asian Film Festival (2015, 95 min., in Hindi and English w/English subtitles). For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

 

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, LUPE UNDER THE SUN (Lupe Bajo el Sol)
Feb
3
Feb 5

Sonoma Film Institute Presents, LUPE UNDER THE SUN (Lupe Bajo el Sol)

  • Ives 101

Long estranged from his family in Michoacán, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California’s Central Valley through beer-drenched camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Playing with the limits between fiction and documentary, director Rodrigo Reyes worked with non-professional actors, real farmworkers living in the heart of California, to tell a moving drama about an aging peach picker who wants to go back to his home in Mexico before he dies. Inspired by the life of his own grandfather, Reyes’ unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema. (2016, 78 min., in Spanish and English w/English subtitles) For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Dates:

February 3 @ 7pm

February 5 @ 4pm

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Jan
27
Jan 29

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

  • Ives 101

Friday, January 27 | 7 PM

Sunday, January 29 | 4 PM

Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with a fervent curiosity that has characterized his recent documentaries (Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Grizzly Man). His ever-present voiceover 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—from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. Herzog’s endlessly inquisitive eye finds beauty, mystery and staggering potential in this latest unexplored wilderness. (2016, 98 min.)  For more information about the Sonoma Film Institute, go to http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule/

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: The Pirate
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: The Pirate

  • Ives 101

One of the very best and most unjustly neglected of all the MGM musicals. Gene Kelly and Judy Garland are the featured performers, the music is one of Cole Porter’s most brilliant scores, and the film as a whole is, in the words of its director Vincente Minnelli, “a fantasy, highly colored, theatrical as possible, flamboyant, swirling and larger than life.” “THE PIRATE is above all, an exuberant parody of operetta conventions, with dividend winks at Victorian melodramas and swashbuckler romance. It’s a glorious and sophisticated entertainment, an immense, lavish production yet as enchantingly weightless as a daydream. The screenplay is uncommonly witty in its satiric thrusts at theatrical and literary conventions, and unexpectedly insightful in its underlying assumptions about the redemptive power of the artistic imagination.” – Joel Siegel, Film Heritage (1948, 102 min.)

 

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Our Last Tango
Nov
20
4:00 pm16:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Our Last Tango

  • Ives 101

Executive produced by Wim Wenders, OUR LAST TANGO tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. Now in their 80s and no longer on speaking terms, these two tango greats discuss their humble pasts, their tense personal relationship, and all that each gave up in the name of the dance. Relaying their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, their story of love, hatred and passion is transformed into unforgettable tango-choreographies. Directed by German Kral. (2015, 85 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Our Last Tango
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Our Last Tango

  • Ives 101

Executive produced by Wim Wenders, OUR LAST TANGO tells the life and love story of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart. Now in their 80s and no longer on speaking terms, these two tango greats discuss their humble pasts, their tense personal relationship, and all that each gave up in the name of the dance. Relaying their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, their story of love, hatred and passion is transformed into unforgettable tango-choreographies. Directed by German Kral. (2015, 85 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)

Film Screening and Discussion: He Called Me Malala
Nov
14
4:00 pm16:00

Film Screening and Discussion: He Called Me Malala

  • Student Center Ballroom B

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." – Malala

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

This event is part of International Education Week, and after the film, a SSU faculty member will lead a discussion on the topics and themes addressed in the documentary.

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
Nov
13
4:00 pm16:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

  • Ives 101

“The second entry in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy after PATHER PANCHALI, APARAJITO continues the story of the Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. The film is primarily the story of Apu’s adolescent encounter with education and the deaths of his parents. Ray’s sense of humor is focused on the village school system of India, with its pompous principals and excitable pupils. In the later half of the film, when Apu leaves his mother to go to the University of Calcutta, there is a subtle change in mood: the drama of city life contrasts with the simplicity of Apu’s background, and the characterization of Apu lies in the heart of modern India.” – Albert Johnson, Pacific Film Archive (1956, 113 min., in Bengali w/English subtitles) Sonoma State University Hutchins School Professor Dr. Ajay Gehlawat will introduce the film at the Sunday screening.

 

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)
Nov
11
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Aparajito (The Unvanquished)

  • Ives 101

“The second entry in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy after PATHER PANCHALI, APARAJITO continues the story of the Bengali family after they leave their home to travel to the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. The film is primarily the story of Apu’s adolescent encounter with education and the deaths of his parents. Ray’s sense of humor is focused on the village school system of India, with its pompous principals and excitable pupils. In the later half of the film, when Apu leaves his mother to go to the University of Calcutta, there is a subtle change in mood: the drama of city life contrasts with the simplicity of Apu’s background, and the characterization of Apu lies in the heart of modern India.” – Albert Johnson, Pacific Film Archive (1956, 113 min., in Bengali w/English subtitles) Sonoma State University Hutchins School Professor Dr. Ajay Gehlawat will introduce the film at the Sunday screening.

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Terraferma
Nov
6
4:00 pm16:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Terraferma

  • Ives 101

A political powder keg sparks intense conflict in Emanuele Crialese's immigration drama. Old-school fisherman Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) works the surrounding waters of an island off the coast of Sicily that is quickly turning into a tourist haven. His well intentioned, but illegal rescue of North African ‘boat people,’ forces Ernesto’s family to choose between their economic survival and doing the morally correct thing regarding the family they’ve saved at sea. (2013, 88 min., in Italian w/English subtitles)

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Terraferma
Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Terraferma

  • Ives 101

A political powder keg sparks intense conflict in Emanuele Crialese's immigration drama. Old-school fisherman Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) works the surrounding waters of an island off the coast of Sicily that is quickly turning into a tourist haven. His well intentioned, but illegal rescue of North African ‘boat people,’ forces Ernesto’s family to choose between their economic survival and doing the morally correct thing regarding the family they’ve saved at sea. (2013, 88 min., in Italian w/English subtitles)

Halloweentown
Oct
31
8:00 pm20:00

Halloweentown

  • Student Center Ballroom B

Happy Halloween! After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: No Home Movie
Oct
28
Oct 30

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: No Home Movie

  • Ives 101

“At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother's life and their own intense connection to each other. NO HOME MOVIE is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES.” – New York Film Festival (2015, 115 min., in French and English w/English subtitles)

Friday, October 28 | 7 PM

Sunday, October 30 | 4 PM

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Lorna’s Silence
Oct
21
Oct 23

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Lorna’s Silence

  • Ives 101

“The Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, are Belgian filmmakers who make heart-rending movies (LA PROMESSE, THE SON, L’ENFANT and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT) about young people left behind by the postwar European boom; their characters fall into chasms where only the most powerful exercise of will can save them from moral disaster. In LORNA’S SILENCE, Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), a pretty young Albanian woman who illegally purchased Belgian citizenship, lives with a pathetic Belgian “husband” (Jérémie Renier). She’s disgusted by him, yet when the thugs running the immigration racket want to get rid of him so that Lorna can, in turn, be married off to an incoming Russian, she slowly but sturdily revolts.” – David Denby, The New Yorker (2009, 105 min., in French w/English subtitles)

Friday, October 21 | 7 PM

Sunday, October 23 | 4 PM

 

Sustainability Days Presents: The Lorax on Lobovision
Oct
19
7:30 pm19:30

Sustainability Days Presents: The Lorax on Lobovision

  • Seawolf Plaza; LoboVision

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito.

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Tharlo
Oct
14
Oct 16

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Tharlo

  • Ives 101

“Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s moving new feature (adapted from his own novella) about a Tibetan shepherd named Tharlo. Visiting a Tibetan town in Qinghai province to obtain a proper ID card from the local police station, Tharlo surprises the police chief by reciting from memory a lengthy excerpt from one of Chairman Mao’s essays. But things develop in a romantic rather than a political direction. To prepare for his ID photo, Tharlo needs his hair washed, and so meets Yangtso, a beautiful local hairdresser. Their courtship is both exquisitely awkward and enthrallingly suspenseful. Tharlo is smitten, but town-dweller Yangtso’s ideas of fun are not quite Tharlo’s, and he spends an uncomfortable evening with her at a local karaoke joint. This is a passionate love story with darker undercurrents, where basic pastoral imperatives such as protecting his sheep from hungry wolves run against Tharlo’s discovery of the contemporary pleasures of smoking, drinking, singing and sex.” – Vancouver International Film Festival(2016, 123 min., in Tibetan w/English subtitles)

Friday, October 14 | 7 PM 

Sunday, October 16 | 4 PM

One Love Escalation Film and Discussion
Oct
10
6:00 pm18:00

One Love Escalation Film and Discussion

  • Student Center Ballroom B

Student led Movie and discussion on healthy and unhealthy relationships. Sponsored by Title IX and Title IX Interns.

The One Love Foundation was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just weeks short of graduation. Prior to that day, Yeardley’s friends and family had no sense she was in danger.  In the months that followed, they were stunned to learn that relationship violence is something that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US will experience in his/her lifetime.  Research also shows that young women ages 16-24 are 3x greater risk and have limited awareness of this fact.  One Love’s focus today is changing these statistics by sparking conversations in schools and communities around the country.

One Love works to give others the information that Yeardley and her friends and family didn’t have about what unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship behaviors look like, empowering them to help themselves and their friends.  To do this, One Love focuses on building emotionally-engaging, powerful content and tools that meet people where they are, show them the relevance of this issue in their own lives, and inspire them to join a movement for change

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night Featuring ZOOTOPIA
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night Featuring ZOOTOPIA

  • Seawolf Plaza Lobovision

Join us for some popcorn and an outdoor movie on Lobovision! In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman.

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Paths of the Soul
Oct
7
Oct 9

Sonoma Film Institute Presents: Paths of the Soul

  • Ives 101

“Chinese director Zhang Yang’s PATHS OF THE SOUL is a captivating and profound portrait of a small group of Tibetan villagers on an arduous pilgrimage to the holy city of Lhasa. This meticulous and soulful film offers a rare glimpse of a startlingly difficult rite of passage, one that requires the devotees to not only walk 1,000 miles on a dangerous highway, but to kowtow the entire way, constantly dropping to a prone position and even touching their foreheads to the asphalt. Beautifully shot in a documentary style in the Himalayas, Zhang recruited villagers on the Tibet-Yunnan border to recreate the arduous pilgrimage. The journey becomes an astonishing representation of group dynamics and togetherness, and when they finally move on from magnificent Potala Palace into the breathtaking vistas by holy Mt. Kailash, the film radiates an unearthly beauty and the toil and suffering of both the trek and the pilgrims’ lives is magically transcended.” – Gustavus Kundahl, SFIFF (2015, 115 min., in Tibetan w/English subtitles)

Friday, October 7 | 7 PM

Sunday, October 9 | 4 PM

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night Featuring THE BOSS
Oct
1
9:00 pm21:00

Scene It Big Screen Movie Night Featuring THE BOSS

  • Ives 101

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage.