Sun Valley Film Festival organizers announce film line-up
A large collection of independent and documentary films have been selected for screening at the 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival, coming up March 14-17. The event is represented by Zions Bank.
The selected 33 feature films were curated from hundreds of submissions by filmmakers throughout the United States and 20 foreign countries.
The 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival feature film lineup includes 18 narratives and 15 documentaries, with four world premieres.
The range of subjects covered by the selected feature films is especially diverse, noted Festival Programming Director Laura Mehlhaff.
"From drama, romance and adventure, to thrillers and comedy, to films that challenge the status quo in terms of storytelling, social issues, and in the craft of filmmaking itself, our goal was to curate a lineup that appealed to film lovers of all kinds," she said.
In addition to the feature films, organizers said the Sun Valley Film Festival will also be adding other new feature films -- as well as presenting 20 selected short films, 14 student films, and 15 music videos, all of which will be posted to the Festival website and on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are some the dramatic feature films scheduled to be shown:
“CRATERS OF THE MOON” (pictured)
A young couple on a cross-country road trip lose their way in a blizzard and wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere. As the days pass, their relationship slowly deteriorates, leading to the film's chilling climax.
(photo: courtesy sunvalleyfilmfestival.org)
Girl Rising is the feature-length film at the center of 10x10's global action campaign for girls' education. The film tells the stories of girls across the developing world, selected in consultation with acclaimed women writers and working closely with non-profit partners.
In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarks on an astonishing expedition—a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and his fear of water, Thor decides to prove his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself.
The film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson) after their worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates and taking care of her chihuahua, while Sadie passes her days alone, tending to her garden. After a confrontation at a yard sale, Jane finds something unexpected in a relic from Sadie's past.
A hot one-night stand turns into an awkward morning after when Guy (Joel David Moore) and Holly (Madeline Zima) get stuck together in a bumper-to-bumper dead-stopped traffic jam. As they begrudgingly get know each other, we learn of their sexually raucous evening and are then led to their surprising destiny.
Inspired by a true story, “The Sapphires” follows four young and talented Australian girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship, and war when their all-girl group entertains the US troops in Vietnam in 1968.
“THIS TIME TOMORROW”
Some people believed that the world would end on December 21, 2012. Stacey, a self-defeating romanticist, was not quite sure. As the day approaches, though the world ending seems unlikely, Stacey decides that if it were the last day, he'd want to share it with his former girlfriend, Parker. Despite their complicated history, he convinces her to forget their past and embrace the idea of spending just one last day together.
“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.