November 19, 2010, was opening day for the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival in California. This festival featured digital films, good music and great wine.
The Digital Film Festival at Paso Robles was smaller this year. Prior to arriving, many people had not heard any news about the reduction of events, so it was shocking. Several people at the event said they cut down the number of films and interviews, so they would not overlap. In theory, this seemed like a good idea, but there were blocks of time with no events.
The 2010 Paso Robles Digital Film Festival had several venues. The Holiday Inn Express, Le Vigne Winery, Level Four and La Quinta were the main hosts for the events in Paso Robles. Visitors had the opportunity to sample wine and food at all of the locations. In addition, the festival was streaming live video on Openfilms.com and other media sites.
The Friday festival pass cost $45 but included admission to all the films and music performances. The first part of the day was devoted to interviews at the Holiday Inn Express. Le Vigne Winery hosted the premiere of “Haute Couture: A Fashion Documentary.” Many thought it would be a boring review of anorexic models. Instead, it was an interesting look at the modeling industry with nice music.
Le Vigne Winery also hosted the screening of “Blood Into Wine.” This documentary featured musician Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski. The main focus of the film was their struggle to produce wine in Arizona. It was surprising to see a more human side to Maynard James Keenan. His devotion to Judith, his mother, was clearly shown during several segments, and he named his wine after her. Also, this film had some surprising funny moments.
The 2010 Paso Robles Digital Film Festival attracted many children of famous stars. The celebrities included Paula Nelson, Bela Lugosi Jr., Kyle Eastwood and Francesco Quinn. Many film makers attended the festival to promote their work. Also, most of the events were crowded with locals and visitors.
The overall mood of the Paso Robles Film Festival was extremely positive, and the constant presence of wine helped in this area. Also, California’s pleasant weather put people in a good mood. The films at this year’s festival were clever and original, the music was energizing, and the people were kind.