March 12, 2023, 3 p.m. - Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

SDFF 2023 Special Event: Curtain Raiser

Dusty & Stones Screening, Filmmaker Q&A, BBQ, Country Western Dance Party

SDFF 2023 Curtain Raiser Event – Dusty & Stones, Filmmaker Q&A, BBQ & Country Dance Party!

DATE: Sunday, March 12, 2023 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, Sebastopol, CA

The 16th annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival will kick off on March 12 with a Curtain Raiser Event on March 12, featuring the California Premiere of Dusty and Stones (82 mins). This unique film captures the journey of a Country music duo from Swaziland, as they embark on a 10-day road trip through the American South after receiving a surprise invite to compete at a battle of the bands in Texas. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jesse Rudoy.

Once the screening and Q&A wrap, the evening will take a toe-tapping turn, becoming a Country Western Dance Party, including food (BBQ, cornbread, salads) from A Guy and His Grill, and assorted beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options). In addition to spinning a variety of Country Music for the dancing (Country Two-Step and Waltz, line dancing and East & West Coast Swing), DJ Joy Anagnostis from OutWest Dance in Sebastopol will also be leading line dancing lessons!

Curtain Raiser Schedule:
2:30 p.m.    Doors Open
3:00 p.m.    Dusty & Stones screening
4:20 p.m.    Filmmaker Q&A
5:00 p.m.    Line Dancing Lessons, Food & Drinks
5:30 p.m.    Country Western Dance Party
7:00 p.m.    Event Ends

Dusty & Stones Image Gallery

(click on thumbs to access full-sized images)

Gazi “Dusty” Simelane and Linda “Stones” Msibi, aka Swazi Country duo Dusty & Stones, on the dance floor, from Dusty & Stones (Jesse Rudoy, 82 mins). The feature-length doc will have its California premiere at the SDFF 2021 Curtain Raiser on Mar. 12.
Swazi Country Western duo Dusty & Stones perform at a battle of the bands in Texas, from the doc Dusty & Stones (Jesse Rudoy, 82 mins), which captures their journey across the American South. The film will have its California premiere at the SDFF 2023 Curtain Raiser on Mar. 12.
“Stones” takes a turn on the dance floor during his journey through the American South to Texas for a battle of the bands in Dusty & Stones, which will have its California premiere at the SDFF 2023 Curtain Raiser on Mar. 12. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jesse Rudoy, BBQ, and a Country Western Dance Party.
Head Shot of Dusty & Stones director Jesse Rudoy, who will do a Q&A after the documentary’s California premiere at the March 12 Curtain Raiser for SDFF 2023.

Event presented by Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, in partnership with Sebastopol Community Cultural Center.

The 16th Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival runs March 16-19, 2023, followed by a Virtual Festival March 20-29, which features a selection of films from the live fest. Details and tickets are available at

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