By Lisa Murray
Special to the Express
The Ag & Art Film Festival is will run from Sept. 14 to 18 at Journey Downtown, 308 Main St. in downtown Vacaville. The kickoff party at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14m at Hyatt Place Vacaville.
The Ag & Art Film Festival, first launched in 2019, is a platform to celebrate and raise awareness about agriculture, art and artists around the world.
All screenings take place during the day in “Movie Blocks” — the first block is at 10 a.m. and the second is at 2 p.m., with a break for lunch in between. The schedule is identical during the day, Thursday to Saturday. On Sunday, movies start later — at 11 a.m. — and instead of a lunch break, there is a shorter coffee break with the final block at 2 p.m.
Out of 60 film submissions received worldwide, 37 will screen in the festival. Ag films include winemakers in Paso Robles and British Columbia, a coffee bean farmer in Kenya, a banana farmer in Peru, a coconut sugar farmer in Indonesia, the state of farming in the U.S., sugar cane boiling in the Southern U.S., farming near urban borders, a year in the life of a flock of sheep and more.
Art films include a mixed-media visual artist from Minneapolis who incorporates elements of nature into her work, an accomplished illustrator (New Yorker Magazine) and musician living and working in New York City, the first African American woman to have her paintings exhibited in the White House, a multi-Grammy nominee and Cuba-born pianist and composer living and working in the U.S., and a short film from a local autistic artist from Vacaville.
All movie descriptions are on the festival’s website at http://agandartfilmfestival.com/. A handful of the filmmakers are traveling to Vacaville to attend the festival and to introduce their films.
The Box Office will be in the “Festival Plaza” (Journey Courtyard) starting 10 a.m. Sept. 14, but tickets are available now on the festival website. The Festival Plaza will also feature local ag (agriculture) and art organizations as well as local artists.
Festival Passes are available to grant the holder access to all of the eight movie blocks as well entry to the film “Man in the Field” on at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, and a private passholder-only wine and wood-fired pizza mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. in The Library — next-door to Journey Downtown. Everyone else is invited to the Journey Courtyard to enjoy pizza and drinks before the movie — tickets are sold on the website for both.
Other events include Wine Tasting & Outdoor Movie Night at Hank & Hazels on Saturday, Sept. 17, and an Awards Dinner catered by Backdoor Bistro in Town Square on Sunday, Sept. 18.