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Magic Theatre to show film festival favorites

Jason Graham
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Lately, Magic Theatre manager Jason Graham has had double vision.

Earlier this summer, he debuted his film along with a slew of others at the Nevada County Film Festival 2, and today he will be seeing it all over again.

When audience members saw the films produced by local filmmakers in July, which included Graham’s “Mike vs. The Machine,” they were given ballots to vote for the best actor and actress as well as the best film and screenplay. Given the festival’s success, Magic Theatre staff decided a re-screening of the most popular films would be appropriate.

“When it ran in July, the winners were selected by the audience ballot. So the audience is the one who chose the films that will be re-screened,” said Graham, who produced the film festival.

Graham has brought back such works as best film winner “Motogenocide” (by Trevor Veralrud, Bill Kiley and Nick Shahan), best documentary, “The Larry Project” (David Nicholson) and best avant-garde/animated film winner, “The Northern Light” (Galen Pehrson).

According to Graham, winning awards at a film festival can do wonders for an aspiring filmmaker.

“For me, it’s different – making films is what I do. But for others, I’ve seen the response and the success can really motivate them,” Graham added.

And don’t expect to see Graham, who was voted best actor for his role in “Mike vs. The Machine,” stepping away from behind the camera any time soon.

“I think that I would definitely want to enter another film festival in the future,” he said.


WHAT: Nevada County Film Festival 2’s Greatest Hits

WHEN: 7:35 p.m. through Sunday and a 4 p.m. Sunday matinee

WHERE: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City

ADMISSION: $5 general or $4 for seniors and students


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