By Caleb Logue
For all the movie lovers last month, Sonoma International Film Festival began March 21, and lasted until the 25th.
The 21st annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) featured dozens of different movies, and included wines and cuisine from local businesses and caterers. According to its website, the SIFF “is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.”
The festival took place in different participating venues near Sonoma’s historic plaza. According to the festival’s website, SIFF has grown steadily to become one of the top ten festival destinations since its original year. Among the many to attend the festival over the years were Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and Robin Williams.
The movies highlighted at the festival ranged from a variety of genres and styles, but most were either feature or documentary films.
The 21st, opening night, began at 5:00 p.m. and ended around 9:00. From the 22nd to the 24th, the festival opened at 9:00 in the morning and ended around 10:00 p.m. The film festival’s final day began at 9:00 a.m. as well, but closed around eight that night.
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Some movies shown during the festival include The Push, a documentary about Grant Korgan’s attempt to reach the South Pole. Korgan made history as the first athlete ridden with a spinal cord injury to reach the South Pole. On the opposite side of the spectrum is The Replacement, a sci-fi comedy about a janitor becoming jealous of his clone after the clone becomes president. Another movie being shown is a short movie called Woodman, which tells the story of a man made out of wood and the obstacles he must overcome in being in such a unique position.
These films are just a few of the many masterpieces that were shown during this festival, and the event was surely the most successful of any of its predecessors.