Leonard Maltin heads Napa Film Fest jury

Wine docu 'Somm' opens November fest

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin will head the jury at the second annual Napa Valley Film Festival from Nov. 7-11.

The fest, which takes place in four towns in the Northern California winegrowing region, also announced it will open with the world premiere of docu feature “Somm.” Directed by Jason Wise, the docu follows four young sommeliers as they study for the difficult Master Sommelier exam.

Maltin will oversee jurors for the narrative feature, narrative shorts and documentary features and short juries. The narrative jury will select the Meadowood best U.S. narrative feature, which has a cash prize of $10,000.

“The greatest thing about this movie is that you don’t have to be a wine expert to love it,” says NVFF co-founder Brenda Lhormer. “The level of commitment these four guys show in their pursuit of this honor is staggering.” Several of the sommeliers featured in the docu will be guests at the fest’s gala at Robert Mondavi winery on Nov. 8.