Living in a small town, away from LA and the glitz and glam of Hollywood, I’m always supportive of my local film festivals, be it the long and well-known Mill Valley Film Festival or San Francisco International Film Festival to the young upstarts like the Alexander Valley Film Festival put on by the Alexander Valley Film Society up in Sonoma County’s wine country. Last year I had the pleasure and honor of helping decide some of the films to be screened at the 2018 festival and look forward to doing it again this year.
The Oscars Red Carpet Evening is one of AVFS’s most important fundraising events. It helps put on the festival in October, but even more than that the Alexander Valley Film Lab is the educational arm of the Film Society. They work with school districts, community nonprofits and youth leaders to provide programs that complement what is offered in public schools including filmmaking workshops, field trips to film festivals, free and in-school film screenings, and service learning opportunities.
From Jaws at the Drive-In to locally-produced documentaries, throughout the year the AVFS presents films that connect with our community’s diverse needs and interests including arthouse fare, classic titles, and family-friendly content.
Please consider supporting this local film society. If you live in wine country or the Bay Area or just want to see a young film festival thrive. Click here for Gala tickets and the Oscars’ auction is now open! Click here to review the catalog and know that every dollar you spend goes straight into the educational and cultural programming from AVFS that you’ve come to love.
The Alexander Valley Film Society’s Red Carpet Evening at the Oscars is February 24th and will be held at Soda Rock in Healdsburg, CA.