Visit Petaluma and slow down to watch filmsThe Petaluma Film Festival has many advantages over larger festivals. Petaluma is a great town with easy 10min. access from Hwy 101. There are lots of good hotels, restaurants and coffee shops nearby, and parking in the garage for the theatre district is free (for 10 hrs.).
The Film Festival itself is not well signed, and can easily be missed as the festival takes place in a working movie theatre showing other films. The festival’s director said the lack of large promotional material for the festival had to do with city signage ordinances/limitations. They are working to get more for next year.
Minor technical problems existed, one film on Saturday had the subtitles cut-off, and there was a persistent sound problem that existed on Saturday, but thankfully was gone by Sunday’s films.
Overall the Petaluma Film Festival is worth attending. The films I saw were all thought provoking and done very well. My favorites were ‘Snow Pirates’ on Saturday, about the escapades of three young boys trying to survive by scouring the countryside for coal; and ‘A Todo Color’ on Sunday, a film about a group of Cuban musicians who were forced to leave Cuba due to the economic problems of the 90’s, and who then return to Cuba to share what they discovered. Great music and the sound system handled it very well.
Afterwards it was great to take a casual stroll, through a town that still feels small, before heading home. Great place for a film festival.