Sterling Vineyards Hosts 9th Silver Screen Series for Charity

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sterling Vineyards the landmark Calistoga winery has announced the ninth annual Sterling Silver Screen Series. Once again through the generosity of NBC Universal the 2011 summer season of movies in the vineyards will feature classic and neo-classic films in a range of genres from the Universal archives. All proceeds from the summer screenings will benefit two local non-profits: the Calistoga Family Center and the St. Helena Family Centers. To date the Sterling Silver Screen program has raised more than $120 000 for local charities.

The screenings July 30th with the 1985 neo-classic Back to the Future and continue August 20th with the Marx Brothers in Monkey Business.  Made in 1931 this classic comic favorite was the boys' first Hollywood feature and stars Groucho Zeppo Harpo and Chico as stowaways on an ocean liner. Hilarious antics ensue as they encounter gangsters and true love while avoiding capture by the crew.

 Seabiscuit on September 10th is the true story of the Depression era racehorse that despite his small stature and a slight limp became an unlikely track champion and symbol of hope for a generation of Americans. Seabiscuit united his owner trainer jockey and an entire nation and proved that heart and tenacity can triumph against all odds. The season concludes on October 1st with Saboteur a 1942 Hitchcock thriller. When sabotage destroys part of an aircraft factory plant worker Barry Kane is accused of the crime.  In an attempt to clear his name he sets out to track down the man he believes to be the actual saboteur. The two men confront each other in a memorable showdown atop the Statue of Liberty. A precursor to North by Northwest and The Fugitive the Saboteur screenplay was written by the legendary Dorothy Parker.

 The Sterling Silver Screen Series is very popular with Valley residents says Mark Mathewson Sterling Vineyards visitors’ center manager. Remarkably we have fans that plan their summer getaways around our screening schedule. Bring your friends and family to Sterling watch a great movie over a glass of wine and benefit two local causes. More information is available online at