Alexander Valley Film Fest Launch Party 2016 | Erickson Art Gallery

In just a few weeks Healdsburg and the surrounding areas will be celebrating the 2016 Alexander Valley Film Festival. Hosted by Sandy Erickson at her beautiful fine art gallery in Healdsburg, the town kicked things off with a launch party. This will be the second year for Kathryn Hecht and her team at the AVFilm Society to be organizing this event. Don't miss out on the fun Oct. 20-23!

“This festival is designed to engage, provoke, excite, and reflect both the diversity and commonality within our community and beyond,” said Kathryn Hecht, Executive Director of the Alexander Valley Film Society.

Program highlights include:

  • October 20th (Thursday, 6PM) - NEIGHBOR SCREENING - Alexander Valley Hall, Geyserville – A rustic Italian dinner catered by Catelli’s and followed by a screening of National Bird. In this whistleblowing documentary executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris and directed by Sonia Kennebeck, the secret U.S. predator drone program comes under fire.

  • October 21st (Friday, 6PM) - OPENING NIGHT FILM AND 1ST STREET BLOCK PARTY - The Clover Theater and 1st Street in Cloverdale. The Opening Night Film, The Saver, is a story about a 16-year-old girl who, after her mother’s unexpected death, begins a quest to become a millionaire. The film is followed by a Q&A with lead actress Imajyn Cardinal, in her first appearance with the film outside of Canada, and a lively 1st Street Block Party featuring local food, wine, and music.

  • October 22nd (Saturday, 7PM) - CLASSIC FILM UNDER THE STARS - Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Hitchcock’s Rear Window will be screened outdoors, making for a unique movie-going experience at one of the region's most breathtaking locales.

  • October 23rd (Sunday, 5:30PM) - CLOSING NIGHT FILM AND AWARDS RECEPTION - The Raven Film Center and Healdsburg SHED. The 2016 Festival concludes with Finding Kim, an exhilarating documentary that explores gender identity, self-acceptance, and the definition and cultivation of family, followed by a Q&A with Director Aaron Bear and other filmmakers. The evening continues with a celebration of Student Filmmakers and Audience Award Winners at SHED, a modern grange in downtown Healdsburg.

For the full schedule of films, screening times, and attending filmmakers, please click

For information on ticket purchases, packages, and discounts, visit

All proceeds benefit Sonoma County students and support year-round educational and cultural enrichment programs.

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