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Keep up with PFA's special events and guest filmmakers.

Cinema Series opens with Oscar frontrunners

January 23rd, 2015   •   no comments   

On Wednesday, January 28th, the Petaluma Cinema Series opens its spring season with The Grand Budapest Hotel kicking off another great line-up of Oscar nominees, international classics, independent films, and guest filmmakers.

The new season will feature seven films from 2014 including this year’s Best Picture nominees Boyhood, Birdman, and The Grand Budapest Hotel as well as Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive. Director Jen McGowan will join us in conversation February 11th to present her debut feature Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis and co-directors Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden will join us March 25th with their brand new documentary, Almost There.

The season is rounded out with William Wyler’s 1961 drama The Children’s Hour, Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Pulp Fiction, Alexander Payne’s high school comedy Election, and Performance starring Mick Jagger as well as the international classics Hero, Salaam Bombay!, The Celebration, and Bagdad Cafe.

Screenings are hosted in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Petaluma Campus of Santa Rosa Junior College every Wednesday at 7pm (Boyhood and Pulp Fiction begin at 6:30pm). Guests are invited to attend an optional pre-film lecture at 6pm. Visit for schedule details and film trailers.

Get your tickets for Film Fest Petaluma

April 12th, 2014   •   3 comments   

Film Fest Petaluma returns for its sixth annual festival of short films on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the historic Mystic Theatre in downtown Petaluma.

Programs feature a broad mix of animated, live action, and documentary shorts as well as a blend of comedy and drama. Shows run at 2:30pm, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm. Each session will host filmmakers in conversation including several Sonoma County students.

The festival features films from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Iran, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Australia. Highlights include Ali Asgari’s Iranian drama More Than Two Hours which screened in competition at the recent Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals, Wild Horses, winner of the Jury Prize for Best Live Action Short at the 2013 Palm Springs International Shortfest, and the Australian stop motion stunner Sleight of Hand, winner of Best Animated Short at the New York and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals. All three directors are expected to attend. Forestville resident Steve Tucker will also be presenting his mini-doc Michael Garlington: Built to Burn on the Petaluma artist’s recent creation for the Burning Man Festival.

The work of four Sonoma County student filmmakers will also be showcased throughout the day including The Promise by Sophia Wasteneys from Summerfield Waldorf High School in Santa Rosa, Ten Grahams by SRJC student Miles Levin, and Bleeding Black by SRJC students Ariana Victor and Joey Emmons. Top films from SRJC’s Associated Students Film Festival on April 4th were invited to screen at the downtown event.

Tickets for the Fest are available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, or online through the Petaluma Film Alliance and Mystic Theatre websites. Tickets range from $10-$15. All-day passes are available for $25. Programs are recommended for 15 and over.

Visit for the complete film schedule and ticket information.

Day For Night opens Season 10

January 25th, 2014   •   12 comments   

The new Spring Cinema Series features a kaleidoscope of rarely-screened international gems, brand-new award-winning documentaries with directors in conversation, Hollywood classics, and some of this year’s top Oscar contenders.

Join us Wednesday nights from January 29th through May 14th as we celebrate our tenth season of films. We open this week with Francois Truffaut’s Day For Night, a humorous and loving homage to the triumphs and perils of the motion picture industry, Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 1973.

Check out our new season here.

Film Fest Petaluma – Directors Tour 2012

May 19th, 2012   •   no comments   

Here are some highlights from our 2012 directors tour we held before the festival…

A big thank you to all the businesses who took the time to give us an inside perspective on how they
provide a unique service to our town.

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Della Fattoria
Terra Firma Farms
Petaluma Historical Museum
Sonoma Valley Portworks
The Tea Room provided our delicious lunch!

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