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[whitespace] Sonoma Valley Film Festival

More than two dozen films screen Thursday-Sunday, March 29 to April 1, in Sonoma during the fourth annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival. Here are a few festival highlights:

The Unknown: Players from the Santa Rosa Symphony accompany a screening of the restored version of Lon Chaney's classic film. Richard May, vice president of preservation for Warner Brothers Studios, speaks on the restoration of classic films. Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. A reception follows at 9:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.

Una Cena Fiorentina: The festival's gala event features a cocktail reception, Italian food, dancing, an art auction, and awards, plus appearances by festival filmmakers. Saturday, March 31, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Cline Cellars, 24737 Arnold Drive. $165.

Screenwriters' Panel: Screenwriters like Pamela Gray (Music from the Heart) and Jane Anderson (If These Walls Could Talk) discuss the trade. Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. $8.

Critics' Panel Discussion: Film critics like Jan Wahl of KRON and Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle discuss the state of cinema. Sunday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre. $8.

All films screen at two theaters in Sonoma: Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., on the Plaza; and Sonoma Cinemas, 200 Siesta Way, off Highway 12. Full festival schedules are available at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sebastopol; Readers' Books in Sonoma; and other locations around the county. For more information, surf over to www.sonomafilmfest.org or call 707/258-5929.

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From the March 29-April 4, 2001 issue of the Northern California Bohemian.

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