Documentary about a local autistic artist as part of the Ag & Art Festival

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FAIRFIELD — A documentary about Vacaville artist Simon Eisenberg will premiere during the fourth season of the Ag & Art Film Festival in Vacaville.

A kick-off party will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. on September 14 at Hyatt Place Vacaville, 610 Orange Drive.

“The Ag & Art Film Festival is a platform to celebrate and raise awareness of agriculture and art (and) artists around the world. The festival was launched in 2019,” organizers said in a statement.

The festival director is Lisa Murray, independent filmmaker and host of “I Have Dreams Dammit!” podcast. She divides her time between Vacaville, Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Eisenberg’s father, Gary, edited the documentary about his son, who has autism.

Screenings take place at Journey Downtown from September 15-18. The first Thursday-Saturday block of movies is at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m., with a lunch break in between. On Sundays, screenings take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a short coffee break in between. The festival will present 37 films.

Journey Downtown is located at 308 Main St.

“Farm films include grape growers in Paso Robles and British Columbia, a coffee bean farmer in Kenya, a banana farmer in Peru, a coconut sugar farmer in Indonesia, the state of agriculture in the United States, boiling sugarcane in the American South, farming near urban borders, a year in the life of a flock of sheep and more,” organizers said.

“Art films include a mixed-media visual artist from Minneapolis who incorporates elements of nature into her work, an accomplished illustrator (New Yorker Magazine) and musician living and working in New York City, the first African-American woman to see his paintings exhibited in the White House, multiple Grammy nominee and Cuban-born pianist and composer living and working in the United States”

A handful of filmmakers will be present and present their films. Descriptions of all films are available at http://agandartfilmfestival.com.

Tickets are available for the festival at Journey Downtown. Ticket offices open at 10 a.m. at the “Festival Plaza” (Journey Courtyard) from Wednesday first day, and are already available online.

Festival passes allow holders access to all eight cinema blocks as well as the film “Man in the Field” at 7 p.m. on September 15, as well as a private wine and pizza mixer at the fire of wood from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in The Library, next to Journey Downtown.

For more information about the festival, visit the website or send an email to [email protected].

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