California’s Annual International Film Festival

Sonoma International Film Festival pic
Sonoma International Film Festival
Image: sonomafilmfest.org

A resident of Sonoma, California, Jon L. Curry manages Landers Curry, Inc., a private general contracting firm. Alongside his career in construction, Jon L. Curry supports the arts through his position on the board of the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Every year since 1997, the Sonoma International Film Festival has brought together film aficionados and industry professionals for a five-day event in Northern California. The festival showcases documentaries, short films, and independent features carefully selected from across the globe. The movies are shown in small venues surrounding the city’s central historic plaza. Sonoma itself is known for its art galleries and 19th-century architecture.

Dedicated to encouraging independent filmmakers, the Sonoma International Film Festival also seeks to present the best of Northern California’s wine country by highlighting quality wines and cuisine from the local region.

The 20th Anniversary Sonoma International Film Festival will take place in 2017, from March 29 through April 2. For more information, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org.

Mountain Biking in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park

Sonoma’s Jack London pic
Sonoma’s Jack London
Image: jacklondonpark.com

Building quality homes throughout California’s wine country, Jon L. Curry maintains a respected Sonoma County contracting enterprise. In his free time, Jon L. Curry enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking, and he takes advantage of the numerous trails the region has to offer. One of the most popular Sonoma biking spots is the Jack London State Historic Park – Sonoma Mountain Back Country Trail.

Accessible year round, the steep 8-mile trail is largely made up of fire road. It offers ample shade as it traverses a mixed terrain of madrone, wildflowers, and grasses. It also passes through cool redwood groves with ferns underneath. Deer are common, with occasional mountain lion sightings in the area. On clear days Mount Diablo can be seen.

Those in search of a piece of literary history can take Lower Lake Trail up to Upper Lake trail, which places them in the vicinity of Graham Creek. This trail takes in a number of redwood fairy rings, which grow up around the base of old growth trees that have fallen. The author Jack London wrote about this spot in his classic Sonoma novel The Valley of the Moon.