They were three beautiful days, February 9th - 11th at the Jarvis Conservatory in downtown Napa, CA. The continuous deluge of rain took pause. The sun came out. It almost felt like an early summer as filmmakers arrived from all corners of the globe to celebrate the classical arts in film.
The opening night gala, the live music events and the amazing films resonated with high remarks from patrons, panelists, filmmakers and staff. It was clear: Something special happened here.
The Official Selection of films for 2017 are all noteworthy of cinematic excellence. More important: They all, in their own special way, promote the classical arts. The Classical Arts Film Festival staff feel very honored to have been able to share these films with our Bay Area enthusiasts. All participating filmmakers have received an official selection certificate. The winning category filmmakers each will receive a Jarvis Award Plaque to honor their accomplishment.
Here are the winners of 2nd Annual Classical Arts Film Festival:
Jarvis Award for AUDIENCE CHOICE: S. Kramer Herzog - THE WORLD OF DENNIS JOHN PATTON
With such enthusiasm and love for all things art — Dennis Patton inspired us all. If the National Endownment for The Arts needs another Role Model akin to that of Pete Seeger, they should look no further then Dennis Patton.
Jarvis Award for BEST ANIMATION: Nicholas Dobkin - KANON ROCK
The struggle, determination, heartache and joy of dedicating one’s life to the Classical Arts was masterfully scripted and animated in the beautiful five minute production of KANON ROCK.
Jarvis Award for BEST SCRIPT: Michael Quigley - THE GREAT ACCOUNTANT
The life of a composer/musician is elevated to an immortal poetic struggle. Paralleling Orpheus' descent, Michael Quigley's THE GREAT ACCOUNTANT re-invents the downfall of a modern American artist. The result is a fascinating cathartic tragedy of mythological proportion. A timeless script with well crafted motifs.
Jarvis Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY: Alex McCall - WRITTEN BY MRS. BACH: BROKEN SILENCE
The magic of the WHAT IF comes alive and is very persuasive with WRITTEN BY MRS. BACH: BROKEN SILENCE. Alex McCall, Martin Jarvis, and Heidi Harralson have their finger on the pulsebeat of our time. This is a spark that will light a flame. Other films currently out there now in theaters like HIDDEN FIGURES follow suit. This film will undoubtedly influence many artists for years to come.
Jarvis Award for BEST OF FESTIVAL: Cristina Cassidy - CONCERTO
This is a documentary that breaks the clichés of the family drama films. No stereotypes here. A remarkable film that strikes a chord with any family structure. A whirlwind of thought provoking and emotional imagery that nobly encourages the audience to ask “what defines us?"