Society Thrives Here -15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival
It was all red carpets when the Sonoma International Film Festival rolled into town for the 15th year in a row. With 137 films from more than 30 countries, a variety of celebrity tributes and performances and more wine than the festival’s drunken mascot Tipsy the Wineglass could possibly consume.
Christopher Lloyd, of more films than can possibly be named here, not only received the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, he was a frequent fixture around the festival, casually strolling into screenings or the VIP tent. Cult filmmaking superstar John Waters performed his salacious one-man show “This Filthy World,” as well as attending an exclusive dinner with festival patrons.
The festival also served as the premiere of the first animated feature film out of Scotland, Sir Billi, which features Dame Shirley Bassey, who attended the festival. Audiences loved the Canadian flick Starbuck, Luc Besson’s epic The Lady and the skaters that came out for Derby, Baby!
From the 2012 summer issue of SONOMA