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‘Book of Love,’ ‘Sticky Notes’ to Screen at Napa Valley Film Festival

The West Coast premieres of “The Book of Love” and “Sticky Notes” have been set for the sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival during Nov. 9-13.

The two titles are part of the 10 films in the Narrative Feature Film lineup for juried competition along with 10 titles in the Documentary Feature competition. The awards ceremonies will take place Nov. 12 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

“The Book of Love” stars Jason Sudeikis as an introverted architect with Jessica Biel as his quirky artist wife, who’s expecting their first child. When tragedy strikes, he quits his job and mopes around the house, taking passing notice of a young homeless girl (Maisie Williams) rooting around in the trash outside and helps her build a raft designed to weather a transatlantic crossing. Directed by Bill Purple.

“Sticky Notes” stars  Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who, returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta, after he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Directed by Amanda Sharp.

The rest of the feature lineup includes:

— “11:55,” in which a discharged United States Marines returns to his economically depressed home-town where he is joyously received by the family and friends he left behind a few years earlier in an effort to escape the consequences of his violent past. Directed by Ari Issler and Ben Snyder.

— “American Fable,” a fairytale thriller set in the 1980s rural Midwest about a courageous girl living in a dark and sometimes magical world. An 11-year-old girl discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man (Richard Schiff) in her family’s silo in order to save their struggling farm. Directed by Anne Hamilton.

— “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” starring Wyatt Russell as a charismatic and successful singer-songwriter, reaches out to reconnect with his estranged pal (Alex Karpovsky) who is struggling to develop his career as a stand-up comedian. Directed by Jeff Grace.

—  “Heaven’s Floor,” starring Clea Duvall as a photographer who sets off on a journey to the Canadian Arctic that morphs into a life-threatening disaster stranded on sea ice. She’s rescued by an eleven-year old orphaned Inuit girl and her uncle. Directed by Lori Stoll.

“I Love You Both,” centered on a pair of co-dependent twins still living together in their late 20s, who confront a unique new challenge when they both starting dating the same man.  Starring real life siblings and story creators Doug and Kristin Archibald. Directed by Doug Archibald.

— “Little Boxes,” focused on an interracial family struggling to adjust after relocating from New York City to a small, predominantly white town in Washington State. The parents are played by Nelsan Ellis and Melanie Lynskey. Directed by Rob Meyer.

— “Love is All You Need?”  presents an alternative reality in which same sex couples make up the majority and heterosexual couples are the closeted minority. Directed by Kim Rocco Shields.

— “Two For One” — an  urban artist (John Abrahams) has his world upturned when the tragic events of 9/11 take the lives of his two best friends (Scott Caan and Lydia Hearst) and he accepts guardianship of the couple’s young daughters who have nowhere else to go. Directed by Jon Abrahams.

The documentary lineup includes:

— “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race and America” – Daryl Davis is an accomplished musician who has played all over the world with various legends but he also has an unusual hobby: Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the KKK, many of whom have never met a person of color. Directed by Matt Ornstein.

— “Big Sonia” – For decades, nonagenarian Sonia Warshawski has been an inspirational public speaker in places where her stories of surviving the Holocaust have inspired countless individuals who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia receives an eviction notice for her classic tailor shop, she is confronted with an agonizing decision: whether to open a new shop elsewhere or to finally retire. Directed by Leah Warshawski and Charles Todd Soliday.

— “Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life” –  chronicles the inspiring personal and artistic journey of the singer-songwriter and former Men At Work front man. Directed by Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls.

— “Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary” – The bond that forms between avid fan and zealous podcaster is unlike any other, as the experience of listening to one of thousands of available podcasts can feel very personal, almost one on one.  Directed by Graham Elwood.

— “Farewell Ferris Wheel” – The heart of the traveling summer carnival is a diligent workforce of Mexican migrant workers, legally employed with the controversial H-2B guest worker visa. Directed by Jamie Sisley and Miguel M.i.G. Martinez.

— “God Knows Where I Am” – After her early release from a state psychiatric hospital, Linda Bishop was determined to remain free of the system and broke into an abandoned farmhouse, and lived off of rainwater and apples for the next four months during one of the coldest New Hampshire winters on record. Directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider.

— “Magicians: Life in the Impossible” – “Magicians” introduces four world-class practitioners of the dark arts. The film follows them on stage and off, exploring how and why these very different characters passionately dedicate their lives to the artistry and craft of illusion.  Directed by Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden.

— “Magnificent Burden” – Former Manhattan socialite Taylor Stein becomes entangled in an international baby trafficking ring and reluctantly goes undercover for the FBI to save a little boy. Directed by Rob Nelson.

— “Swim Team” – In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy  form a competitive swim team, recruiting multi-ethnic autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Directed by Lara Stolman.

— “Until 20” – Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, at age 13, James Ragan turned devastating odds into a personal mission to do one good thing a week for someone else. Directed by Geraldine Moriba and Jamila Paksima.

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