Call of the Valley: The Enduring Lure of Sonoma

documentary Call of the Valley Sonoma

Sun, December 29, 2019, 3:30 pm

A new historical documentary depicts Sonoma Valley’s evolution as a mecca for Native Americans, missionaries, rancheros, the military and American pioneers. Twenty locals are interviewed, including historians Robert Parmelee, Gaye LeBaron, Dr. Peter Meyerhof and Arthur Dawson who recount surprising twists and turns of the valley’s history and highlighting cultural clashes, political maneuverings and the rise and fall of Sonoma’s fortunes. Local luminaries including Sam Sebastiani, Hank Marioni, Jim Bundschu, Alexa Wood, and Angelo Sangiacomo recount trials and tribulations of keeping a family business afloat over several generations. Other locals including Breck Parkman, former senior state archaeologist at California State Parks; Bill Lynch, former publisher of the Sonoma Index Tribune; and Richard Dale, executive director of the Sonoma Ecology Center, discuss the challenges facing valley residents over thousands of years. The film draws upon more than 600 historic images and videos from over three dozen public and personal archives.

Dec 29th & Feb 16th


Sebastiani Theatre

476 First Street East

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