Society Thrives Here - Napa rolls out the red carpet
Napa Valley Film Festival 2012
Alan Cumming and Billy Bush at the Celebrity Tribute
The second annual Napa Valley Film Festival solidified its reputation as a festival to be reckoned with as it consumed the Valley from Napa to Calistoga with five days of films, food and wine from Nov. 7 to 11. Led by Sonoma Valley residents Marc and Brenda Lhormer, the festival attracts top cinema such as the hotly anticipated Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; and A Late Quartet, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. During the festival’s star-packed celebrity tribute, Alan Cumming took the Spotlight Award where he discussed his latest project, Any Day Now, about a gay couple who bring an unwanted teen with Down Syndrome into their home.
“I just felt so connected to the story. I like things that involve injustice—isn’t that weird?” Cumming said. “Politically and socially, it’s about things I am passionate about. I am still treated like a second class citizen in much of the world because of my sexuality.”
During the tribute, X-Men hunk James Marsden earned the Trailblazer Award; while British star Imogene Poots and Girls actor Adam Driver earned Rising Star Awards.
Acclaimed film historian and critic Leonard Maltin headed the festival’s jury, giving the Meadowood $10,000 U.S. Narrative Feature prize to the dramatic coming-of-age film Future Weather.
From the 2012 Winter issue of SONOMA