Film festival draws wide array of talent |

Film festival draws wide array of talent

“This year’s festival is on a whole new level. We’ve got more venues, more events and celebs, too!” -Jason Graham, Festival co-director

The excitement is building. Anticipation is high. There’s no doubt that Nevada City is fast becoming a film mecca. Joining SYRCL’s environmental and adventure film fest that occurs every January is the Nevada City Film Festival, which occurs in August.

Festival Directors Jason Graham, Jeffrey Clark and David Nicholson (all of Nevada City) have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s experience (the seventh) beyond fabulous.

Over the course of four days, the festival will present 30 local and international films at four historic venues throughout Nevada City.

Part of the fun of a film festival is getting to interact with cutting edge artists and filmmakers and to ask questions of them. This happens after each screening. Plus three panel discussions, during which leading film and entertainment professionals discuss their craft, will be held in a row on Aug. 18 at the National Hotel from 2 to 6 p.m.

A special happening, says Jason Graham, is that the masterminds behind the YouTube sensation “Lonelygirl15” have agreed to take part in this year’s panel on “New Media and Internet Storytelling.”

“‘Lonelygirl15,'” he says, “came to international attention ostensibly as a real video blogger who achieved massive popularity on YouTube to the tune of over 11 million viewers, thus achieving the “#2 Most Subscribed” video cast on YouTube.”

They will join others on a panel to discuss new outlets for creative film and video makers and will be joined by other YouTube celebrities, including Crista Flanagan from MadTV and “Hope is Emo.”

Don’t miss the Opening Night Gala at The Nevada Theatre on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. It will feature Morgan J. Freeman’s “indie gem” feature film “Just Like the Son,” which reviewer Chuck Jaffee talks about in this issue. (Also, see his “Girls Rock” review in the next issue, Aug. 16.)

More on celeb watch. Opening night is Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut in a short film entitled “Orchids,” a project she took on as part of Glamour Magazine’s “Reel Moments” program. The daughter of famed Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, Howard recently starred in “Spider-Man 3” for director Sam Raimi, in which she played the role of Gwen Stacy, a love interest for Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker. She will next star in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, “As You Like It,” in which she plays Rosalind opposite Kevin Kline and Alfred Molina; the film will air on HBO, Aug. 21, at 9 p.m. Howard made her feature film debut in “The Village,” opposite Adrien Brody, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver.

Of course the films will be judged, and there are three awards given: One to the Audience Favorite, voted on by audience members with ballots available at each screening and tallied up before the award ceremony on Sunday; the second will be decided on by our jury of professionals and filmmakers; and the third will be presented by Current TV, based on its criteria, to the most “socially relevant” film.

Then, if all this about movies isn’t enough, after show parties and concerts will take place Aug. 16, 17 and 18. There will be more about them in the Aug. 16th issue of the Prospector.

WHAT: 7th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: Thursday, Aug.16 Ð Sunday, Aug. 19

WHERE: Four locations in Nevada City: The Nevada Theatre, Miners Foundry, The National Hotel and The Magic Theatre.

ADMISSION: Tickets $9 for individual events. Discount festival and day passes for $23-$60. Tickets and passes may be purchased online at http://www.nevadacityfilm

INFORMATION: Contact info@nevadacity or (530) 265-2681. The printed program is in today’s The Union; programs also available at the Magic Theatre and will be at all festival venues. Also, online at http://www.nevadacity

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