Nov 18

Roll film, Paso Robles

Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church enjoy a glass of wine in the hit comedy in "Sideways."

The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival is back for a fourth year

This weekend, Paso Robles is a movie and music mecca.

The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, which runs today through Tuesday, features film screenings, wine tasting, panel discussions, concerts and a score of other attractions.

Below is a list of the films screening at the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival. All movies, unless otherwise mentioned, can be seen at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2615 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles.

Admission ranges from $20 to $35 per day.



“Winter Frog” (screening at 6:45 p.m.)

A young Japanese woman (Eriko Takeda) helps a French winemaker (Gerard Depardieu) come to turns with his wife’s death in this short film.

“Sideways” (8:30 p.m.)

Audiences will recognize lots of local landmarks in this intoxicating comedy about two friends — sad-sack writer Miles (Paul Giamatti) and sex-crazed actor Jack (Thomas Hayden Church) — who head to the Santa Ynez Valley for a week of wine, women and golf. A question-and-answer session with “Sideways” author Rex Pickett follows the film.


“Life on the Douro” (noon)

This documentary explores 300 years of Portuguese wine-making history, focusing on the port produced in Portugal’s Douro River region. Director Zev Robinson will be on hand to talk about “Life on the Douro.”

“Butterflies” (2 p.m.)

Documentary filmmaker Esther Brymova follows the lives of six young people who have become online celebrities, thanks to popular video sharing site YouTube.

“David Amram: The First 80 Years” (5 p.m.)

Director Lawrence Kraman’s documentary introduces moviegoers to multi-talented jazz musician David Amram, whose lengthy career has included stints as a Hollywood movie composer (“Splendor in the Grass,” “The Manchurian Candidate”) and Beat novelist Jack Keroauc’s musical collaborator. You can meet both men at the screening.

“Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me” (7:30 p.m.)

Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Clint Eastwood and others pay tribute to the legendary songwriter, who won four Academy Awards for his work on such memorable songs as “Moon River” and “Days of Wine and Roses.”

“The Innocent” (9:15 p.m.)

Cyber bullying is the subject of this drama, which features “Friday the 13th” star Adrienne King. She’ll attend the screening along with the filmmakers.


“2012: The True Mayan Prophesy” (1:15 p.m.)

Nobel Peace Prize winners Rigoberta Menchu, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama share what the ancient Mayans really believed will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, and what people should do to prepare for the future. Documentary filmmakers Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff will attend the screening.

“Ferlinghetti” (3:30 p.m.)

Famed poet, publisher, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlingetti reads many of his significant poems, discusses his political and social activism and shares insights into his lengthy life in this documentary, directed by filmmaker Chris Felver. The director will receive the festival’s Music in Media Award.

“JumpRopeSprint” (5 p.m.)

This movie directed by Stephen Ihli documents the birth of a new kind of sports competition: JumpRopeSprint, in which athletes run at top speed while jumping rope.

“Jack Tempchin Live At Tales From The Tavern” (7:15 p.m.)

You’re guaranteed to get a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” when you watch this concert documentary filmed at the Tales From the Tavern concert series in Santa Ynez. Here, Jack Tempchin performs many of his hits, which include “Already Gone,” “The Girl From Yesterday and “Smuggler’s Blues.”


Youth films (1 to 3 p.m.)

Organizers will screen a number of short films made by young moviemakers, including “Elise’s Potato Project,” “Pieces of War,” “War of the Little World” and “Punkey Pets.” Eventgoers can also watch John Andrew Parks perform “My Window’s World World” on a Chinese television documentary about children living with AIDS.


For more information about the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, visit the film festival online.

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