Nevada City Film Festival set to celebrate 50 years of ‘Easy Rider’
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WHAT: 19th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHEN: Aug. 23-30
WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St.; Onyx Theatre, 107 Argall Way; Pioneer Park, 427 Nimrod St.; Festival HQ located at NCFF Office, 110 Union St., Nevada City
TICKETS: Early Bird Festival Passes (ends Aug. 22) $99 includes all films at Nevada Theatre and Pioneer Park, VR, After Dark Parties, Workshops/Panels, Reserved Seating and Complimentary Membership, Festival Passes (after Aug. 22) $150/GA, $140/Member, Student Pass $49, Individual Screenings Tickets $11/$9,
Advance Tickets available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. During the Festival tickets are available at each of the venue locations.
The Nevada City Film Festival will host a special screening of the 1969 classic “Easy Rider” as one of the highlights of the 19th annual festival. The film will be shown Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.
In celebration of the classic film, which garnered two Academy Award nominations after it was released 50 years ago, celebrity photographer Timothy White will be on hand to discuss his career, which has largely been influenced by motorcycle culture. His many portraits of celebrities ranging from Harrison Ford and Keith Richards to Indian Larry and Dennis Hopper have secured his place in the photography world, and found him in high demand among some of the world’s biggest stars. White is a partner in the Morrison Hotel Gallery and has photographed some of the most recognizable movie posters of all time.
“Easy Rider” stars director Dennis Hopper as Billy, a biker hippie who along with his friend Wyatt (Peter Fonda) uses the profits from a sizeable drug deal to hit the road on their motorcycles and head for New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebration. Seeking spiritual truth, the pair soon meet George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), an ACLU lawyer who has spent the night in jail after drinking too much. Hanson joins the pair on the road, and throughout their journey, the three are subjected to hatred and bigotry, leading them to wonder if they will be able to achieve the inner peace for which they are searching.
“Easy Rider” is often cited for being an early example of an independent film ultimately proving successful, as it was the third highest grossing film of 1969. The Nevada City Film Festival shares in the ethos of the independent filmmaker and is excited for the film and for White’s appearance.
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