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Encore!: Foothill Films 2015 returns Sunday

A scene from "Seventy-Nine Cents," one of the Foothill Films to be screened Nov. 1.
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By popular demand, Nevada County Television will present “Foothill Films 2015: Second Screening.”

This encore presentation of eight home-grown films, all written, produced and filmed by local residents, takes place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Foothill Event Center on Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley.

Each film has its roots as a winning selection in the Foothill Films 2015 screenplay contest earlier this year.

“A lot of people couldn’t attend the red carpet premiere in early October,” explains NCTV General Manager Cheryl Noble. “This second showing is a lot more low key and appeals to a different audience.”

Admission is $10.

The second showing is an opportunity for fans of the filmmaking process to interact with the winners of the screenplay contest.

There will be a question/answer session with the screenwriters after the showing.

“The screenwriters will take questions from the audience after the films are screened, plus the audience will get to vote for their favorite film,” says Noble.

From script to silver screen, Foothill Films celebrates the art of film making in Nevada County.

Noble explains that each 10-minute film – ranging from the suspenseful chiller, “The Innocent,” to the feel-good romance, “Today,” to the quirky comedy, “98.7%,” to the funny and engaging tale of a feisty homeless couple, “Seventy Nine Cents” (which took home multiple awards after the first screening) — began as a dream to tell a story.

“If it weren’t for the screenwriters we wouldn’t have the films,” says Noble. “They were integral to the entire filmmaking process. Foothill Films provided the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realize their dream.”

Many of the screenwriters, including two-time winner Donna Cobb (“The Girl in the Photograph”), Camille Beatrice Cadeaux Collings (“98.7%”), and Mitch Faatz (“Abigail”), also found themselves taking on the roles of editor, director, and producer.

“They were fully consumed in the entire process,” says Noble.

After the call for entries in January, NCTV offered screenwriting classes and a film production class.

NCTV also helped the movie-making process with a cast and crew call, equipment, the use of NCTV’s studio and video editing software, and emotional support.

“Foothill Films is a benefit for NCTV. Everyone is a volunteer aiming for the memorable pay off of a red carpet experience and the thrill of seeing all the hard work come to life on the big screen,” says Noble.

What began as a modest script-writing contest has grown into an event that has made NCTV a hub of creativity and innovation.

Last year, Foothill Films 2014 received the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

“Foothill Films is an opportunity for NCTV to go beyond its role as a nonprofit, noncommercial cable television station and bring together an array of talent in our community, including aspiring film students,” Noble commented. “It’s very relationship- and community-building.”

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