Sun Valley Film Festival
Producers: Ken Marshall, Philip Moross
Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Chrisopher Eccleston
Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.
Wind Walkers (WIP screening)
Producers: Heather Rae, Dori Sperko, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt, Ricou Browning Jr.
Director: Russell Friedenberg
Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Zane Holtz, J. Larose, Kiowa Gordon
All tribes tell stories of beasts that are said to lurk in the forests. Some call it a spirit, others call them Wind Walkers; razor thin creatures that ride the wind, howl, and search for human flesh. Wind Walkers is the story of a group of friends who head into the Florida Everglades for their annual hunting trip and soon realize that the only thing being hunted is them.
Breaking Through *World Premiere
Producers: Cindy L. Abel, Barbara Rubin
Director: Cindy L. Abel
Openly LGBT elected officials at all levels - including the first gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin, and Idaho's own Nicole LeFavour - share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers ranging from race and poverty to gender and sexual orientation, revealing a deeply personal, rarely-seen side of politicians and gay people. Though featuring politicians, it isn't about politics: it's about people who feel fear and shame, yearning to live meaningful lives. They reveal how they broke through internal and external barriers to achieve the future they envisioned. Showing that "anything is possible," they impact people from all walks of life.
Code of the West
Producer: Rebecca Richman Cohen
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
At a time when the world is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state rises to the forefront. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the state of Montana may now become the first to repeal its medical marijuana law. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West follows the political process of marijuana policy reform - and the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana growers across the country. This is the story of what happens when politics fail, emotions run high, and communities pay the price.
Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth
Producers: Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag
Directors: Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag
THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a four-part documentary series entitled 'Creating Freedom' exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. The series draws together interviews with some of the world's leading intellectuals, journalists and activists to offer an alternative perspective on today's society and the future we're creating. We do not choose to exist, or the environment we grow up in. Our starting point in life is one of passive reliance on forces over which we have no control. THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH shows that from birth onwards our minds are a battleground of competing forces: familial, educational, cultural, and professional. The outcome of this battle not only determines who we become, but the society that we create.
First Comes Love
Producer: Nina Davenport
Director: Nina Davenport
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. For filmmaker Nina Davenport, that old playground song didn't go as planned. Single at age forty-one, she decides to have a baby on her own, never minding the odds stacked against her or the extra hurdles of living in New York City. Filming the whole process, she excels at candour and comedy. Think of a real-life Girls, only with more grown-up problems.
Heart Rock Ranch, A Conservation Story * World Premiere, Filmed in Idaho
Director/Producer: Kendall Nelson
Cinematographer: John Plummer
Editors: John Plummer, Kendall Nelson
Heart Rock Ranch, A Conservation Story, chronicles the largest private stream restoration efforts ever undertaken in Idaho. Located just across the way from Silver Creek Preserve, Heart Rock Ranch has become a world class finishing paradise that provides many benefits to local wildlife. Working together with the Nature Conservancy, the nation's best hydrologists, biologists, and ecologists, teamed with contractors in 2011/12 to enhance over six miles of streams. Come meet the experts as they take you through the restoration process.
Ready to Fly
Producer: Whitney Childers
Director: William Kerig
Ready To Fly is that all-too-rare, true story of a woman hero who triumphs over massive obstacles to not only achieve her dream, but to change the world for other women in the process. We follow Lindsey Van and her women's ski jumping family through their 15-year fight to achieve gender equality in the Olympic Winter Games. A character-driven documentary of pluck and determination, Ready To Fly will make you laugh, cry, and leave the theater feeling empowered. It's a stand-up-and-cheer movie.
Running From Crazy
Producers: Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy
Director: Barbara Kopple
'Running from Crazy' is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. Through stunning archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters and intimate moments with Mariel herself, the film examines the remarkable though often heartbreaking Hemingway legacy. As Mariel comes to terms with the tragedies of her family's past that have shaped the course of her life, deeply hidden secrets are revealed and truths emerge. Through it all, Mariel finds a way to overcome a similar fate for herself and her daughters, brings awareness to an issue she's deeply passionate about, and discovers an inner strength and peace.
Starring Adam West * World premiere
Producer: James Tooley
Director: James Tooley
In 1966 Adam West was on top of the world. The Farm boy from Walla Walla, Washington was on a meteoric rise to fame as the star of the ABC series Batman. But after three seasons, the series was cancelled leaving West typecast as the Caped Crusader. But Adam West never gave up. Through good years and bad, he continued to follow his passion, pursue his craft, and fight his way back. Starring Adam West is the story of a true Hollywood survivor, a family man, and the loyal fans who will stop at nothing to finally see their superhero justly rewarded.
UnMade in China
Producer: Francis Krow
Directors: Tanner King Barklow, Gil Kofman
UNMADE IN CHINA is an absurd and hilarious documentary about an overeager American striving to make art in a Communist regime. This documentary follows the experience of a Los Angeles filmmaker (Gil Kofman) who finds himself in Xiamen, China, trying to direct a thriller, in Chinese, using a translator. He soon discovers that the old adage of making a film three times-in the writing, shooting, and editing-is in fact the opposite in China, where his film is "unmade" three times with each subsequent stage of the process being even more excruciating and devastating than the one that came before it.
Producers: Fredrik Stanton, Alexander Davidis
Director: Fredrik Stanton
Uprising tells the story of the Egyptian Revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key organizers. Detailing their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed, this film is an inside look at this important revolutionary moment. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, Uprising provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.
Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West
Producers: Jill Tidman, James Redford, Renata Foucre
Director: Mark Decena
Narrator: Robert Redford
Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, Watershed tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact reaches its limits, Watershed introduces hope. Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?
The 2nd annual Sun Valley Film Festival, March 14-17, will feature a curated slate of over 60 cutting edge films and TV premieres, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders like Hollywood legend Jodie Foster, fabulous parties with top entertainment including indie rock legends Built to Spill, a Screenwriter's Lab led by Independent Spirit Award nominee Will McCormack, and a spectacular Alaska Airlines Closing Awards Après-Ski Ceremony. This spring, filmmakers from around the world will bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival and movie lovers are invited to watch it come into focus.
For Festival details and tickets: http://www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org. Get Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter. The Festival is presented by Zions Bank. Other major sponsors include Alaska Airlines and Nat Geo WILD.