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Get the best of the 2010 Nevada City Film Festival

This last August, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) celebrated its tenth year of bringing top independent cinema to Nevada County and neighboring Foothill communities. Over the course of four days, NCFF screened 43 films, a combination of short and full-length features in a variety of genres including comedy, drama, action, animation, and documentary, in the historic locations of the Nevada Theatre and Miners Foundry.

Twenty-five filmmakers traveled from New York, Austin, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area to share their films. NCFF also showcased films by filmmakers from or living in Nevada County including Jason Sussberg, Patrick Kack-Brice, Erinn Clancy, Emmy Award-winning director Mike Bloebaum, and the winners of the KSK Young Filmmakers Grant Jeff Dunant and Camen Hodges. Nearly a thousand people attended this year’s festival, with 80 percent of attendees traveling from out of town, mostly Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno.

“The film festival is always an exciting weekend,” explains NCFF Program Director, David Nicholson. “Town has a buzz about it, with the filmmakers and festival-goers hanging out in the local coffee shops, bars and restaurants talking about film or their great afternoon spent swimming down at the Yuba River.”

Oscar Bucher, one of the guest filmmakers and first time visitor to Nevada City agrees and already planning his return. “Thank you for an incredible time in your beautiful town with such great, compassionate, film-loving people. I hope to come back to your beautiful city sooner rather than later.”

Bucher’s film “Waiting on a Train” was this year’s winner of the Best Non-Fiction and the prestigious Audience Award, which has attached to it a cash prize of $500. It is the humorous and engaging true story of Japanese emigrant, Toshio Hirano, whose life was transformed by the music of country musician Jimmie Rodgers.

Other winners from this year include for Best Comedy the short film “Winner: Best Short Film” a clever story about a filmmaker (Kevin Farley), who claims to be the winner of the Sundance Short Film Competition while trying to impress a Hollywood producer (John Farley).

Winner of Best Drama, the coveted Best In Show award and $1500 grand prize was “The 3rd Letter” directed by Greg Jonkajtys. Jonkajtys has worked on such films as Pan’s Labrinyth and Sin City. He is best known for his second film “ARK” for which he was nominated for a Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

For those who missed this year’s film festival and curious about what the festival has to offer or dying to relive all the highlights over again, NCFF and the Magic Theatre will screen these films along with a handful of other festival selections during “Best of the Fest” Monday, October 18 at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

Following the “Best of the Fest” program is a special screening of “Hombre Sencillo”, which features Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covering Graham Nash’s “Simple Man” in Spanish. “Hombre Sencillo” is one of the songs off of the Grass Roots Record Company’s “Be Yourself: A Tribute To Graham Nash’s Songs For Beginners” which also features the Fleet Foxes, Mariee Sioux, Brendan Benson and more. The short film is directed by Britt Govea of (((folkYEAH!))) and Brian Ziffer and features Billy wandering the countryside serenading various ladies, including bassist Paz Lenchantin and singer/guitarist Robin Sue Miller aka Big Eagle.

Lemonade is cool and refreshing, usually sweet and a little bit tart. Jesse Locks is a freelance writer. You can reach her at

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