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—– AIRING THIS SATURDAY ON PBS AT 11:30PM ——
Sebastopol, CA April 2, 2012 – “The Daffodils Are Blooming” a new short film made in west Sonoma County by its residents, is essentially a love letter to the glory of the county.
The film makes its television debut on KRCB PBS (Ch.22) on Saturday at 11:30pm in the 14 part series called – Bodega Bay Film Festival’s “World of Short Films”
It’s the dramatic story of a former opera singer (played by Sebastopol’s Jill Minye) who is so closed off to her emotions that she has isolated herself from the world and spends her time tending to her lush garden on Coleman Valley Road in Bodega Bay.
But one day, her self-exile from society is pierced when the mailman (Santa Rosa’s veteran actor Al Liner) delivers a strange black envelope that contains and invitation to meet in a ranch shed (located in Balletto Vineyards, Sebastopol).
Against her better judgment, she decides to let her guard down and walk across the county to the rendez-vous with a stranger. In a stunningly beautiful montage (shot in razor sharp high definition), we are treated to glimpses of Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, Duncans Mills, Monte Rio, Freestone, Sebastopol, Valley Ford and Occidental. The culminating dramatic twist takes place in downtown Sebastopol’s Bronze Plus foundry. The drama continues in Sebastopol’s beloved local hang out, Coffee Catz Café (aka Sebastopol’s living room).
Making a stellar entrance onto the screen, young Sebastopol actress Anna Giullietti delivers a captivating performance in her debut role. Her understated, realistic acting choice adds an engaging weight to the film that ends up rendering a stirring dramatic tone to the film.
The film, helmed by co-directors Pamela and Kirk Demorest was made as a group effort from Sonoma Media Arts, a filmmaking collaborative that gives voice to independent film in the North Bay. The cinematography was masterfully delivered by Dan Schieberl (Santa Rosa) and Granville Hatcher (Sebastopol).
The film started its run with an honorary screening at the 2011 Bodega Bay International Short Film Festival.
For more information about the film or to contact the filmmakers, please visit bodegabayfilmfest.org.
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