SFI announces slate of film screenings
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The Sonoma Film Institute at Sonoma State University has announced its fall slate of screenings, which range from lively documentaries to international features and rarely shown classic cinema.

The season kicks off with the beginning of a semester-long tribute to documentary filmmaker, Les Blank, who died in April. Though widely admired by critics and other filmmakers, Blank’s films were not widely known by moviegoers.

Combining his twin loves of authentic music and good food, he sought out traditional cultures where music and food provided spiritual nourishment and continuous rhythms for daily life. Films to be shown include “Mardi Gras Always for Pleasure” on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, and “Yum! Yum! Yum!” on Nov. 22 and Nov. 24 about the music and food Cajun and Creole cultures of Southern Louisiana.

Award-winning filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, will make an appearance on Sept. 20 with their recent documentary, “Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives,” about a youth theater project in Chicago that transforms the lives of immigrant, underserved teenagers.

The season also includes the restored version of Shirley Clark’s LGBT film “Portrait of Jason” on Sept. 6 and Sept. 8; “Hollywood Hair” on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 about a hair salon on Hollywood Boulevard that caters to the down-and-out who came to Los Angeles in hopes of a better life; and Andre Gregory’s “Before and After Dinner” on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, a film portrait of the groundbreaking actor, director and artist who remains most famous for his work with Wallace Shawn in Louis Malle’s “My Dinner with Andre.”

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