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Nevada County filmmakers shine this weekend

Nevada Union High School graduate Erinn Clancy is among the local filmmakers whose work will appear at this weekend’s Nevada City Film Festival.

Clancy, now living in Oakland, is a freelance video artist who also has shown his short film, “Planet XQ,” at the San Francisco International Film Festival of Short Films, and online at ErinnClancy.com

He calls his film “a music video full of surreal sci-fi imagery.” It screens at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., downtown Nevada City.

Clancy graduated in May from the California College of the Arts with a bachelor of fine arts in media arts, earning high distinction and the Media Arts Senior Faculty Award.

Clancy’s studies included a semester at Burren Art College in County Clare, Ireland.

He completed an internship with and is employed by Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman of Telling Pictures in San Francisco, Calif. He is editing footage for the DVD release of Telling Pictures’ feature film “HOWL,” by Allen Ginsberg; it opens in theaters this September.

Clancy graduated from Nevada Union High School in 2005 and thanks the Ghidotti Foundation, Grass Valley Rotary Club and the Nevada Union Teachers Association for their scholarship support.

He plans to continue his film career in Brooklyn, New York.

“My Musical Life”

This film profiles five students involved with the Music in the Mountains Young Composer program.

Director Mike Bloebaum has written, directed and produced hundreds of documentaries. He co-produced a National Geographic special for PBS, which won five Emmy Awards.

It shows at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada Theatre.

“Gray Expectations”

Director Spencer Seim is best known as the guitarist in the band Hella. He is also the drummer in the bands The Advantage, Amaranth and Sbach.

“Gray Expectations” is his first short film. He plans to make and be involved in many more films and audio CDs in the future.

The film shows at 8 p.m. Saturday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

“Shelter”

Director Jason Sussberg, now based in San Francisco, has been producing digital media for three years. His work includes commercial and promotional broadcast spots, short format nonfiction videos, LED display design and video podcasting.

“Shelter,” about growing up in Nevada County, shows at 6 p.m. today at Miners Foundry Cultural Center; at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada Theatre; and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Miners Foundry.

“In Remembrance

of Lobi Traore”

Guitarist and director Aja Salvatore created this work after the death of Lobi Traore, of the KSK independent record label. The company records traditional music from West Africa and operates on the fair trade principal.

The film screens at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada Theatre.

“Wolf Creek”

By director Patrick Kack-Brice, it screens as part of the “Wild Things” segment at 6 p.m. today at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St.; and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Miners Foundry.

The Union columnist Jesse Locks

contributed to this report.