Known mostly as a spa getaway, burgeoning wine country destination and launch pad for hot air balloon rides, Southern California’s Temecula also hosts the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival, which commences its 16th annual edition on Wednesday.
The five-day affair, sponsored by the City of Temecula, boasts 150 offerings of features, documentaries and shorts from around the globe, as well as a two-day music fest.
Scheduled to attend the event’s closing-night gala on Sunday will be thesps Raquel Welch, who will receive the fest’s Icon Award, and Eric Roberts and Kenny Loggins, being honored with Outstanding Career Achievement kudos in film and music, respectively. San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film will also be honored for Academic Excellence in the Arts.
Music-themed entries include “Nowhere Boy,” about John Lennon’s formative years, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Lennon’s Aunt Mimi; “Ivory,” about an international music competition in New York, with Peter Stormare and Martin Landau; and “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” with Jason Ritter, Peter Fonda, Lukas Haas and Taryn Manning.
Also on tap will be “The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi,” a documentary about the late jazz pianist best known for his music in Peanuts specials such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”