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Nevada City Film Festival returns for 15th year

The 15th annual Nevada City Film Festival kicks off next week on Thursday, Sept. 10, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 13.

The international independent film festival screens between 80 and 100 films, hosts dozens of visiting filmmakers who participate in Q&A's following their films and presents a variety of special events in historic locations throughout downtown Nevada City.

New to this year are three programs co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy is best known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars. Nevada City Film Festival directors worked closely with the Academy to curate these programs special for Nevada County audiences.

This year's film festival coincides with the 49th annual Constitution Day weekend and parade in Nevada City. In honor of this local celebration of American history, the film festival presents "The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives", Friday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m. at the Miners Foundry. The program offers a few choice glances at the way in which Hollywood filmmakers have portrayed various viewpoints of the same subject, the American Civil War 1861-65. Whether an historian, filmmaker or movie buff this brief discussion will present a focused look at how audiences perceive point-of-view from the characters and filmmakers viewpoints, and how they impact our understanding of history and "the truth."

Presented by Randy Haberkamp, managing director of Preservation and Foundation Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this program is designed for all audiences interested in how we interpret movies and includes film clips from Glory, starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, about the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company; Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln; the 1965 classic Shenandoah, with James Stewart; and the 1926 classic film The General, starring Buster Keaton, which is considered to be the greatest film ever made, and many more. The first 50 students with ID will be admitted for free.

Following "The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives" is the never before seen "Hollywood Home Movies". This selection of home movie footage from Hollywood's Golden age features some of Hollywood's biggest stars as you've never seen them before including behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind, Shirley Temple on the set of Heidi, Fred MacMurray at home, Jerry Lewis on the set of The Geisha Boy, Marion Davies throwing a circus-themed birthday party for William Randolph Hearst at her Santa Monica Beach house and more. This program promises to be a delight for those who remember or long for old Hollywood. Friday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m. at the Miners Foundry.

The final program co-presented with the Academy is "The Short Films of Pixar" on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Miners Foundry. The torch-bearers of digital animation, Pixar began as a subdivision of Lucasfilms Limited before being taken over by Steve Jobs and was later acquired by Disney in 2006. The studio has earned numerous awards for their films and other work, including 26 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and three Grammys. These short films have all the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes. Pixar has not only used the short film medium to craft superb storytelling, they use it for technological experimentation. Many of their shorts were originally companion pieces to their feature films and only seen in the theaters, now audiences can watch them up on the big screen one more time. This program is for both children and adults.


WHO: 15th annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: Thursday–Sunday, Sept. 10-13

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City; Haven Underground, 226 Broad St.; Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City

TICKETS: Tickets $8/$10 for individual screenings, $89/$99 Festival Passes. Tickets on sale now, online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at the NCFF Office, 110 Union St., Nevada City (Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)