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17th Annual Film Festival

17th Annual Film Festival

The lines were long for Saturday night's showing of "The Great Beauty" at the Sebastiani Theatre. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

The Sonomawood sign was once more erected by Creekside High School students. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Trixie silently greeted moviegoers at the Sebastiani Theatre. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

The Sebastiani Theatre was, once again,a primary venue for festival films. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Plenty of refreshments were provided at the showing of "Born in Chicago" and the following concert on Friday night. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

"Born in Chicago", a film about white teenaged musicians who traveled to Chicago to learn the blues from masters of the genre, screened at the Vets Hall on Friday night. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Elvin Bishop was a featured performer at the concert that followed a screening of "Born in Chicago" on Friday night. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

A blues concert followed a screening of "Born in Chicago" at the Vets Hall.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Nick Gravenites was one of the performers at the concert that followed the film "Born in Chicago" on Friday. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Charlie Musselwite performed at the concert on Friday night. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Electric blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite performed at the concert on Friday at the Vets Hall. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Harvey Mandel was one of the performers at Friday night's concert. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Audience members couldn't stop themselves from moving to the live music provided after a screening of "Born in Chicago" on Friday. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Peter McEvilley, director of ""Le Sauvetage", a film which featured the Olate dogs, chats with Kevin McNeely after a showing of the film.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Sonoman Eva Sapper, of "Everybody is a Star" (an organization that promotes self-estem in special needs youth), performed on Saturday morning for an appreciative audience. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Performers from "Everybody is a Star" entertained the audience on Saturday morning. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Performers from "Everybody is a Star" sang, danced, and provided DJ expertise for an appreciative audience.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

The Backlot Tent, next to City Hall, provided a place to rest and a place to party. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

David Allen, proprietor of Artefact Design and Salvage at Cornerstone, added his special touch to the decorations that filled the Backlot Tent. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

David Allen, proprietor of Artefact Design and Salvage at Cornerstone, decorated the Backlot Tent with items from his store. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Sean Carscadden entertains visitors to the Backlot Tent. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Peter Hansen gathers together his students who wrote, produced, directed and acted in their own films. The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Richard Olate and his dogs perform at the end of the children's program on Saturday morning.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

The Sonomawood sign becomes a political message.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)

17th Annual Film Festival

Richard Olate with one of his performing dogs.The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took place from Wednesday, 10 April through Sunday, 14 April. (Photos by Robbi Pengelly/Index Tribune)