October 14, 2008

Livermore Winery Concert to Benefit Human-Rights Film

By Elizabeth Pfeffer/

LIVERMORE -- The team behind the buzzed-about human rights documentary "Tapestries of Hope" is throwing a music, food and wine- packed benefit to fund postproduction of their film about sexual abuse of girls in Africa.

Filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley of Palo Alto is determined to finish editing by Oct. 31, in time to meet the Sundance Film Festival's submission deadline, she said. The film focuses on the Girl Child Project in Zimbabwe, which works to combat the rape of girls by men trying to cure themselves of AIDS.

The benefit will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore. A $35 ticket includes food, two wine tastings and the chance to hear an array of talented musicians.

Headlining is Nashville singer-songwriter Suzanna Spring. Bay Area band The Front Porch will play, featuring one of the film's producers, pianist Ray Arthur Wang of Livermore, in addition to Wente Vineyards winemaker Karl Wente and other local musicians.

"Failure is not an option," Wang said of the documentary's money woes.

He estimated the film's total production cost was less than $100,000 and said they have almost nothing left to pay the editor -- even at a discounted rate -- or to travel to festivals.

Tickets are available at the door. McGrail Vineyards is at 5600 Greenville Road.

Originally published by Elizabeth Pfeffer/ CORRESPONDENT.

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