January 18 & 19, 2020
The Old Rainier Brewery

Wine ~ it begins with the seed, becomes the grape, then crushing, then wine. The pregnant beauty of the fruit is violently stomped, then delicately passes over our palates, and transports us from the ordinary. 

Film ~ it begins with the concept, becomes storylines, then revisions, then film. The pregnant tale is at times beautiful, at times violent, and transports us from the ordinary.

The Festival ~ join us where the reel unwinds and the cork unwines, where in our chairs unmoving we are moved jointly and transported from the ordinary.

U.S.A. Film Premiere of

Star Sand

Directed by Roger Pulvers

Star Sand is set on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa during the war. A young woman finds two men hiding in a cave: a Japanese army deserter and a debilitated American soldier (sensitively played by Australian actor Brandon McClelland).


This debut feature, based on a novel of the same name by Roger Pulvers, captures small moments in the progressive entanglement of these three lives – gestures, glances and shared silences. As their story reaches into present-day Tokyo, the film reveals the power of the past and the enduring pain of war.


With title music by pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto (best known for his work in “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”), the film is impeccably visualized by an all-Japanese crew. Pulvers, a prolific novelist, playwright, and essayist formerly from Australia, has spent many years in Japan but now calls London home. 

Featured Performances by Matt Palmer

“of the highest quality…with flawless technique, deep levels of personal expression, and an artistic integrity that seems far too rare these days.” 

Guitar International Magazine




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world-class guitarist