Shark film opens Nevada City Film Fest
KNOW & GO
WHO: 16th Annual Nevada City Film Festival Opening Night Film “Of Shark & Man”
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8-11, 2016, 5:30pm (Adventure Shorts), 7:30 p.m (Of Shark & Man)
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
TICKETS: Tickets $10 GA/$8 Student & NCFF Members for individual screenings, Early Bird Festival Passes $59 (limited to 200, available until 9/1), $89 GA/$79 Student & NCFF Members Festival Passes. Advance tickets available online at http://www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF HQ 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City.
The 16th annual Nevada City Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with the groundbreaking, feature length documentary film, “Of Shark and Man,” directed by David Diley, and the Adventure Short Films program featuring the compelling documentary “Crossing Bhutan,” directed by Ben Henretig, narrated and featuring original music by Imogen Heap.
Opening Night Film
Five years in the making, Of Shark and Man is an epic, incredibly ambitious, cinematic and award-winning love letter to the world’s most feared predator, in which the shark is the hero.
The film follows Diley, a 32-year-old man, trapped in a dead end job in England’s industrial north. He feels his life is going nowhere, but he has a lifelong dream to swim with the world’s biggest Bull Sharks near Shark Reef in Fiji.
The film asks, “Should he follow the advice of everyone around him and forget about it, or should he risk everything and against all the odds, take his one chance to fulfill his greatest ambition, an ambition, which finds him in the middle of a feeding frenzy with sixty of the world’s most dangerous sharks?”
Fiji is a world-class example of shark conservation, and Diley uses stunning cinematography, an honest voice, and the perfect music to describe not only his personal endeavor, but also that of the island, their people, and their relationship with sharks.
The film has received acclaim from film festivals, ocean conservationists and shark lovers around the world. Most recently, the film won at the Nice International Film Festival for its soundtrack and use of music, which features the talents of local music producer David Lawrie.
Adventure Shorts Program
The first short films program of the festival is the Adventure Shorts. This program is a showcase for the breathtaking camera work and humanitarian theme of “Crossing Bhutan.”
Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress. Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic kingdom, four veteran athletes attempt an unprecedented human-powered, border-to-border crossing of Bhutan, hoping to experience Bhutan’s policy of “GNH” first hand. When the demands of the grueling 32-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhist’s call the Middle Path – embracing the benefits of our fast-paced modern life while still honoring the ancient traditions and values that makes Bhutan so unique.
The Adventure program also offers cinéma verity views into wild realms where bands of skydivers and skateboarders explore and challenge both nature and themselves; and exhilaration and risk always go hand in hand.
In the riveting short documentary Above All Else, which tells the tale of skydiver Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld and how he managed to overcome a life-altering accident in order to pursue his stratospheric dreams. The film is directed by Yali Sharon and features a spectacular slow motion skydiving scene shot on the RED Dragon at 200fps by Craig O’Brien, the man behind the skydiving segments for Ironman, Godzilla, and Kingsman.
Also in this program is the short film “Northbound,” about the first attempt to bring skateboarding to the frozen sandy beaches in northern Norway. Join four of Norway’s best skaters in this poetic and playful encounter with the Arctic winter.
Filmmakers will be present at both screenings for Q&A.
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