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Trout Grass

Fri 12:20 PM, Sat 3:20 PM, Sun 6:20 PM, Mon 9:20 PM Plays with: Smitten

This 10,000-mile journey follows bamboo&

s transformation from a vibrant species of grass into a split-cane fishing rod. A bamboo broker travels to China each year to painstakingly sort through thousands of poles to find bamboo specifically suited to making a first-class split cane fly rod. In Montana, master-builder Glenn Brackett taps into &

the power of unseen hands&

in his rustic shop while converting this hardy piece of grass into a stunning and responsive river antenna. Out on Rocky Mountain waterways, master storytellers Thomas McGuane and David James Duncan (The River Why) put their cane rods to the test. Coursing from the verdant hills of Southern China to the majestic streams of Montana, Trout Grass is a story of passion, international partnership and the discovery of place in the natural world.

http:www.troutgrass.com

Smitten

Documentary 27 minutes

Fri 12:20 PM , Sat 3:20 PM , Sun 6:20 PM , Mon 9:20 PM Plays with: Trout Grass

Enter the world of an unusual art collector whose goal is neither about interior decorating nor increasing social status, but about discovery. At age 85, Rene di Rosa is constantly trolling for the emerging, unknown artist. He says, &

It is my greatest pleasure. Without it, I can&

t function.&

Many of the unknowns whose work di Rosa collected have become very well known. The former San Francisco Chronicle reporter turned Napa Valley vintner started buying art in the 1960s. Unlike many collectors who use a curator to purchase art for its investment value, di Rosa buys all the art himself, in celebration of the artists of the Northern California region. His collection currently has over 2,000 works of contemporary art by 800 artists. It is considered the largest and most notable collection of Northern California art in the country. The collection is at times colorful, figurative, humorous, rebellious, political, and radical. Located off the Carneros Highway at the southern end of the Napa Valley, the 217-acre di Rosa Preserve: Art Nature is a non-profit art and nature destination.

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