Art Inspiring Action2019-01-29T11:25:48+00:00


With the support of passionate movie-lovers and philanthropists Jennifer King and Tim Fredel, your Napa Valley Film Festival programming team has curated a special collection of issues-based films under the banner of #ArtInspiringAction. Several of our filmmakers have collaborated with partner organizations to create action campaigns that enable audiences to engage more deeply with the issues raised in the films. Throughout our mobile app, website, and program guide, look for the #ArtInspiringAction “stamp” indicating films with action campaigns.

Members of our Patron Circle, and all of our festival audience, are encouraged to align themselves with films that match their philanthropic interests. To learn more about and to join our Patron Circle, click here.

Read about the films, the issues they tackle, and the opportunities to deepen the impact of provocative cinematic storytelling.



Following a new generation of young Afghan women cyclists, Afghan Cycles uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights.

Visit Women For Afghan Women to donate and learn more about how to secure and protect the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls.
Visit Equality League to learn how to help fight gender discrimination in sport.


A cancer survivor travels to all 50 states to uncover the stories of others who’ve also been diagnosed with cancer in their youth.

Teen Cancer America is working to build a whole new focus in our medical system – so that teens and young adults who are diagnosed get specialized facilities, medical teams and research.

Critical Mass is working to change policy on a national level, in ways that will support youth through cancer.


The Interpreters follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan military interpreters who worked with US forces on the ground.

Veteran run organization No One Left Behind is helping interpreters who arrive to the U.S., while pushing for legislation that will provide more visas and a more streamlined process to deal with applicants.


A group of women in a refugee camp in Lebanon open a food truck to benefit their community.

Alfanar is the first Arab venture philanthropy organization.

Buy the Soufra Cookbook. Proceeds go to supporting the supplies that are needed to run the children’s center that Miriam is trying to open inside the refugee camp.


Turning Point takes us inside the quest for the first medication that that could treat the underlying process of Alzheimer’s disease

Take action against Alzheimer’s.
Join a research study. Participate in a clinical trial near you. Find a trial at

Donate $10 to research. Text 50555 to TPMOVIE to support research and learn more about Alzheimer’s disease.


Life in the Doghouse tells the story of Danny and Ron who have opened up their home to foster rescue dogs.

Support animal rescue.


An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood.

An urgent call to stakeholders within and outside Hollywood to join a movement towards equity, equal opportunity and fair representation of women behind and in front of the camera. Visit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to donate and learn how to support gender equality in the film and television industry.


Uncrushable covers the fires that effected the Napa Valley and how the community rallied together to recover.

Donate to your local disaster and emergency relief fund.
Habitat For Humanity Sonoma County
American Red Cross
Napa Valley Community Foundation


The short film Devil’s Garden is about the preservation of national forests for Wild Horses. The feature film High-Sensitive Youth in the Horse-Heart-Space is about the bond between foster children and rescue horses.

This year viewers of the The Whinnies! Best of Equine Film can experience and preserve the heart-fullness of horses through these local programs, sanctuaries and advocates: The Pony Express in Santa Rosa, Sunrise Horse Rescue in Calistoga, Flag Ranch in the Sierra foothills, and the American Wild Horse Campaign.


Unlikely‘s impact campaign aims to disrupt current perceptions around evaluating and choosing a college, raise awareness of the needs and challenges facing older, disadvantaged, and first generation students, and ignite a movement calling for universities to prioritize student support and success.

Support the following organizations to call for universities to prioritize student support and success:
Gates Foundation
• Lumina Foundation
Strada Education


The Price of Free is story of how Kailash Satyarthi launched and built a global movement to rescue children from slavery.

Learn more about Kailash’s mission and the 100 million campaign at


Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career.

Support Guide Dog training at:

Guide Dogs for the Blind 
Canine Companions for Interdependence
Can Do Canines


Join Rob Stewart’s mission to end Shark finning. Visit Rob Stewart’s Foundation to learn how to keep sharks out of our food and products, and visit Sharkwater’s website to find out how to get involved.

Rob’s campaign, Fin Free, aims to ban the import/export of shark fin in the US and Canada. Click here to join the Fin Free movement.

Click here donate to Rob’s foundation and mission.


TransMilitary follows four individuals as they put their careers on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve in the U.S. Military.

Support your Transgender troops by donating to which works with organizations to legally challenge the proposed ban on transgender troops. Also contact your elected officials to urge them to represent all of their constituents, including our troops.
Express your support for #OpenTransService and #ProtectTransTroops on social media, and encourage others to watch the TransMilitary film.



The Kodiak Queen is about the transformation of a warship that survived Pearl Harbor into an artificial reef and dive site by Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.

At 100% of donations will go towards swim and ocean conservation programs in the British Virgin Islands.


You don’t get a new liver until you, and the people you love, go through hell. Who’s going to win — Patrick, or his dying liver?

Become an organ donor on the National Donate Life Registry

Donate to make one transplant for life a reality through Power2Save, a part of the American Society of Transplantation.


The Eliza Project is a philanthropic endeavor led by Hamilton cast members to hold artistic workshops with the students at Graham Windham, the orphanage created by Eliza Hamilton.

Donate to the historic Graham Windham to help foster children find a safe and loving family and have the tools they need to thrive in school and in life.


Born in the aftermath of a school shooting, this remarkable team of psychological first aid trauma dogs, the K9 First Responders, are called upon after America’s worst tragedies.

K9 First Responders, Inc. is a Critical Incident Mental Health Support organization that bridges the gap between a traumatic event and the connection to mental health supports. Donate and get involved at



To become an Art Inspiring Action Patron, click below for more details.

NVFF19 • NOV 13 - 17

NVFF19 • NOV 13 – 17