Four film fests set for Sonoma County in October

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Film festivals are popping up all over these days. There are four of them in Sonoma County during October:

1. The 20th annual Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival opened Tuesday, Oct. 13, with “Dough,” a comedy set in a London Jewish Bakery, with screenings at 1 and 7:30 p.m., at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastpol. The series continues with weekly screenings at the Rialto, closing Nov. 17 with “Hunting Elephants,” starring Patrick Stewart, about a 12-year-old boy who conspires with three senior citizens to rob a bank and save his family home. Tickets: $10 for matinees, $13 for evening shows. Information: 528-4244,

2. The annual Kickstarter Film Festival, playing at 32 theaters across the United States, comes to the Rio Theater on Thursday, Oct. 15, with five films presented in two programs, at 7 and 9:20 p.m. Program I; “Afronauts,” “What We Do in Shadows”; Program II: “World of Tomorrow,” “Submarine Sandwich” and “T-Rex.” Admission: free. Information:

3. The seventh annual Petaluma International Film Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16-18, at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma. The festival will show six programs a day, starting at noon each day. Highlights include a spotlight on Cuban Cinema, and a collection of films by Sonoma County filmmakers. Tickets: general admission, $12; festival pass, $180; day pass, $60. Information: 415-251-6433,

4. The Alexander Valley Film Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 22-25, at venues in Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg. Films include “On Her Own,” the story of Sonoma County farmer Nancy Prebilich’s struggles to save her fifth-generation family farm, and “Wildlike,” winner of of more than 21 best film and audience awards. Festival passes start at $100, and individual screening tickets cost $12. Information:

You can reach staff writer Dan Taylor at 521-5243 or On Twitter @danarts.

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