Ag Film Fest digs deep for quality films – Times-Herald

Lisa Murray was ready to screen the 2020 Ag & Art Film Festival film on several farms around Vacaville. Then the LNU fire was a hit. It destroyed the structure, mainly the farm, which was the venue for the annual festival.

“I thought’probably should be canceled’,” recalls Murray, who had to evacuate from his home.

The show went on. And she is grateful.

“After 80% of my place was burned down, people contacted me and said,’You can do it here,'” Murray said. “We scrambled to find a new place and people loved it. They wept and approached me, thanking them that they had to leave the house. “

Art & Ag Film Fest is back. Murray scrutinized 55 entries and eventually decided to watch 27 movies.

The lineup includes “Peasant’s Soul”, “Giant Hornet Hunting”, “Grass Farmer”, “Pride: Soy Sambu Lion”, “Homestead”, “Pollen Mating Power”, “Where’s Where” It will be. It used to be water. “

“The Soul of a Farmer” will be starring Isabella Rossallini with farmer Patty Gentry as part of a month-long Art & Ag Festival at the Soul Food Farm in Vacaville on Wednesday, September 8th. (Photo courtesy)

“I couldn’t plan as I wanted because everything is still going on this year,” she said in fear after the COVID restrictions began. “I thought,’There will be a second shutdown.’ It was always imminent. I was worried, so I took everything slowly.”

According to Murray, the third annual event, from September 7th to 29th, will be held for a month, “because only a large number of movies can be shown in the dark at 7 or 8 pm.” It is said that it will be done.

“Most of the feature films are short films because it’s difficult to see them in full,” Murray said, and at least half of the films were made by women. “It makes me happy.”

There is also a movie “Micro Shorts” that takes less than 5 minutes.

“They are really like commercials,” Murray said. “I really like short films. You can say and accomplish a lot in less than 30 minutes.”

With the help of Michel Dicky of the Solanoland Trust, “she came like an angel in the first year,” Murray said she was excited to help others as well.

“People want to be part of it and feel that energy,” she said.

Murray is planning a condensed five-day event in 2022, a destination for movie fans. For now, she is happy to return to some of the places that were hit by the fire last year.

“The (Ag) festival wants to be like a sundance in that it goes there, not Hollywood,” Murray said. “It’s a fun way for people to come from all over the world to celebrate local agriculture, local food, local wine and chefs. That’s what we need to celebrate more.”

According to Murray, Vacaville is close to his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.

“There were citrus orchards and farms, but they’re all gone. They’re all strip malls and apartments,” Murray lamented. “I will give you something to return to my childhood where you can stop by the side of the road and pick up a strawberry crate.”

Filming of “Visible Farmer” screened at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville on September 8th. (Photo courtesy)

Officially at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, an independent filmmaker “frequently flew to town (Vacaville)” to meet a friend who owns a winery.

“I expected to stay in the summer or a year, but I stayed for six years,” Murray said.

Yes, she said, “It was what I needed, but there was an adjustment. I was definitely healed in the countryside, in the vineyards, in nature. Everything was much slower. . “

Escaping from the Southern California traffic nightmare was a plus, Murray added.

“In LA, we have to be more aggressive. Not here. I wanted it,” she said.

Murray settled in Vacaville, hoping that the festival would become a tourist destination within five years.

“It may be less than five years,” she said. “It takes a couple of years to run a five-day festival. We get more films every year and get more” topics “from filmmakers. “

Indeed, Murray said it would be helpful to some extent to include A-list celebrities in the event.

“I understand its importance because I’ve worked in Los Angeles for a long time, working around many celebrities,” she said. “But it can work against you. You need someone with true desires, someone who wants to protect local agriculture.”

Murray sees a reconnection with Paramount in 2022 “to premiere the big film or become an early” screener “.” “I would like to start incorporating larger films like Napa (film festival). I don’t know if I want to make it so big. I want to keep a small atmosphere.”

As it grows in popularity, so does the interest mentioned above. Of course, there are also “really scary” movies that want entry.

“I hate to say that. If you make something, I applaud you,” Murray said. “I love people who seize opportunities.”

Whatever the movie, “I always see it as a fan first,” Murray said. “I’m grateful that this story was told and the amount of work in it, and I’m just grateful that it crossed my path so that this movie could be shown in Vacaville, in front of the computer. You may be sitting in. “

Indeed, Murray said, “If you can watch a great movie and show it for people, you’ll feel better.”

And what if the festival is over?

“I was relieved. I was very, very relieved,” she said.

For more information, please visit artandagfilmestival.com.

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