Film/TV celebs to appear at Sun Valley Film Fest

Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 12:34:27-05

The 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, has confirmed several new film/television special industry guests -- namely, film producer Chris Moore, film/television actress Amy Smart, and HGTV star and lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse.

All three are scheduled to present at the Film Festival’s popular signature “Coffee Talks,” which are offered free to the public each morning during the festival.

As we previous reported here, the Sun Valley Film Festival’s Lifetime Vision Award honoree Oliver Stone will also present a “Coffee Talk.”

With over 20 full-length feature films to his credit, Stone has made some of the most influential and iconic films of the several decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth—films such as “Platoon” (1986); “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989); “JFK” (1991); “Natural Born Killers” (1994); and “Nixon” (1995).

Stone’s films have often reached wide, international audiences and have had significant cultural impact. These include “Salvador” (1985), deeply critical of the U.S. Government’s involvement in Central America; “Wall Street” (1987), an exposé of America’s new capitalism; “World Trade Center” (2006), a true story of two (of only twenty) 9/11 survivors; and “The Doors” (1991), a poetic look at the 1960s and Jim Morrison’s ecstatic music.

His other films include “Any Given Sunday” (1999), an unconventional view of the world of American sports; an epic historical drama “Alexander” (2004), and “Alexander -The Ultimate Cut” (2014); “W.” a satirical view of former U.S. President, George W. Bush; and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) a realistic sequel about the 2008 financial crash and Gordon Gekko’s fate after prison.

His written screenplays, though not directed, gave him an early taste of the difficulty of his ideas. An uproar greeted “Midnight Express” (1979) which only grew with “Scarface” (1983). He also wrote “Year of the Dragon” (1985) and “Conan the Barbarian” (1982). He has produced or co-produced a dozen films including “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), “Joy Luck Club” (1993), and “Reversal of Fortune” (1990).

His latest work “The Untold History of the United States” (Showtime, 2012), five years in the making, is a monumental 12-hour interrogation of the conventional, triumphalist narrative of U.S. History

Chris Moore has worked in Hollywood for nearly thirty years, starting as an agent representing writers and directors including M. Night Shyamalan, and then transitioning to producing.

As a producer, his filmography includes “The Adjustment Bureau,” Howard Zinn’s documentary “The People Speak,” “Feast,” “Waiting,” “Iconoclasts”, “Best Laid Plans,” “Joy Ride,” and the Academy Award-winning “Good Will Hunting.” He is also the co-creator of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” and STARZ’ “The Chair.”

His filmography also includes the highly successful series of “American Pie” films, “Reindeer Games,” “Pop & Me,” “Promised Land,” “Think Tank” and “The Can.” He founded several industry companies over the course of his career, including Launch Media, LivePlanet and most recently, The Media Farm.

Amy Smart has starred in over 60 feature movies and television shows over her 20-year film career. After steady appearances as Alison on the television series “Justified,” Amy was most recently seen in the film “Break Point” alongside actors Jeremy Sisto, David Walton and J.K. Simmons.

She is currently working on two new independent film scheduled to premiere next year.

Previously, Amy starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in “The Butterfly Effect,” Jason Statham in “Crank and Crank: High Voltage,” Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy in the hit television series “Shameless,” and Ryan Reynolds in “Just Friends.” She was also seen alongside such actors as Matt Dillon and William Dafoe in “Bad Country.” A Los Angeles native, Amy got her start in TV-movies and made her feature debut in Stephen Kay's “The Last Time I Committed Suicide” screened at 1997's Sundance Film Festival alongside Keanu Reeves.

She was a relatively new arrival to the film scene when she first gained notice for her supporting roles in the hit teen films “Varsity Blues” and “Outside Providence.” Other credits include “Rat Race,” “Felicity,” “Scrubs,” and “Single Moms Club.”

Carter Oosterhouse is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts. Having carried many popular television series ranging from TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and HGTV’s “Red and Hot & Green” to “Million Dollar Rooms” and “Celebrity Motor Homes.”

Most recently, Carter played host to FYI’s “Home Grown Makeover” and will be co-hosting ABC’s hit primetime series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

An authority in eco-living, Carter has a history of gently leading viewers to greener pastures by creating manageable steps to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart are married.

Coffee Talk Schedule:

Talks run 10-11am at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum

Friday, March 4: Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse

Saturday, March 5: Chris Moore

Sunday, March 6: Oliver Stone