The 4th annual Tahoe Film Fest, scheduled to take place December 6-9, has announced its lineup of films, including special presentations, award season contenders, environmental and adventure films as well as award winning documentaries. Films will be screened in Incline Village, Northstar Village Cinemas and Truckee Community Arts Center.
Some of the highlights of this year’s film fest include:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Here’s something new from the Coen brothers – an anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales.” Wildly entertaining, and, like all Coen films, endlessly surprising. Ethan Coen will be on hand to introduce his newest film.
Venice Film Festival – Best Screenplay
Alfonso Cuaron, the writer-director-cinematographer and co-editor of this marvelous autobiographical film, gives us fascinating fragmentary glances of locations and characters that inspired his own Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men and Gravity, while with his title he also evolkes Federico Fellini – the true master of autobiographical cinema. Venice Film Festival – Best Film
Everybody Knows- Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Ricardo Darin star in this new psychological thriller from Academy Award winning director Asghar Farhadi.
Free climbing, the mountain climbing subculture which involves scaling sheer vertical walls without the use of ropes or harnesses, has one monolithic goal nobody has ever achieved: ascending the 3200-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Sacramento native Alex Honnold was the first. Toronto Film Festival – People’s Choice Award – Documentary.
In the late ‘80s, surfing was in the early stages of its ascent to broad popularity. On the north shore of Oahu, a ragtag group of teenage surfers congregated in a small house with easy access to the Pipeline. Through footage and interviews, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell – the momentum generation – redefined surfing forever.
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
Born into a family of surfers, at age 13, she was surfing and was attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark and lost her left arm. More than a decade later, Hamilton, now a mother, is a fearless athlete at the top of her game, becoming a world champion.
In 2010, while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Grant Korgan, a north Lake Tahoe native, burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae. In 2012, along with two seasoned athletes, he became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself – nearly 100 miles to the bottom of the globe – the South Pole.
Living in the Future’s Past – Jeff Bridges produced and narrates this beautifully photographed tour de force documentary of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face.
What does it mean to be human? What connects people around the globe? How can we celebrate the beauty of love and life in a world turned upside down? These are just a few of the questions world-renowned musician Michael Franti explores in this captivating and stunning new documentary.
Border – Equal parts thriller adult fairytale, romantic drama and social commentary. Border is a difficult film to classify as it tells the story of a Swedish border agent who has the remarkable ability to smell human emotions. Cannes Film Festival – Winner – Un Certain Regard
The Other Side of the Wind
Die-hard film buffs have been waiting to see this film for a long time. It’s been 48 years since the then 55-yr-old Orson Welles began shooting his self-produced portrait of an old Hollywood pro (played by John Huston) confronting the New Hollywood (represented by Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Mazursky, Henry Jaglom and others). Welles didn’t live to complete the film, but the film is now finished.
A Tribute to Paul Newman and Robert Redford – Directed by: George Roy Hill
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 50th Anniversary Celebration
A making of the film documentary immediately following.
The Sting – 40th Anniversary Celebration
With filmed interviews of the actors immediately following.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit: www.tahoefilmfest.org
Tahoe Film Fest is presented by North Lake Tahoe, Coldwell Banker, Crystal Bay Casino, Verizon, Sierra Sun, Hyatt Regency, Welk Resorts, Hampton Inn & Suites, Best Western Truckee, Reno Tahoe, Northstar California, Tito’s Vodka, Casa Noble, Kim Crawford and Meiomi Wines. All ticket sales benefit Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP).
Content and photos submitted by Suzanne Wilkins, Tahoe Film Fest