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OPENING NIGHT: Damsel (USA)

Director David & Nathan Zellner

Spotlight Feature

Narrative Feature

It's a classic tale of the Old West: Samuel Alabaster is a man searching for his true love. Parson Henry is another, much drunker man, searching for a new start. Penelope is a woman who has found her own path. And Rufus Cornell is just a mean bastard with a taste for buckskin. There's rotgut, rawhide, rootin' tootin', and hootin'. Plus a little tiny horse. Starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

Date: Wednesday, May 23

Time: 7 pm

Location: Minaret Cinemas

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$15

CLOSING NIGHT: Love, Gilda (USA)

Director Lisa D'Apolito

Spotlight Feature

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

 

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

 

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time:  7:30 pm

Location: US Forest Service

$14

Centerpiece Sierra Spirit Award Presentation

A Night With Academy Award® Winning Actress Melissa Leo

Screening of FROZEN RIVER

Award ceremony and Q&A with Melissa Leo

Spend an unforgettable evening with the celebrated actor Melissa Leo. A screening of her Academy Award® nominated performance in Frozen River will be followed by a ceremony for the Sierra Spirit Award, honoring her bold and fiercely independent acting career and the consistently outstanding quality of her work, and an on-stage conversation.

Melissa Leo's rich and varied filmography includes an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for her tour de force performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar® and SAG Award® nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades. Leo also shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams, opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. She currently stars as Goldie in the Showtime series I’m Dying up Here, executive-produced by Jim Carrey.

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time:  8 pm

Location: US Forest Service

$14

Pick of the Litter (USA)

Directors Dana Nachman, Don Hardy Jr.

Spotlight Feature

Documentary

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 4 pm

Location: Minaret Cinemas

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$12

On Her Shoulders (USA)

Director Alexandria Bombach

Spotlight Feature

Documentary

 

At only twenty-three years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction.

 

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 5 pm

Location: US Forest Service

 

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$12

SPOTLIGHT SCREENING IN BISHOP: Dyna Does Dressage (USA)

Director Sarah Crowe

Special Bishop Screening

Documentary

A mule, often mistaken as a donkey, is defined as the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Historically, mules have most commonly been known as “working animals' with an attitude problem. Dyna Does Dressage is a documentary about the first mule ever to compete at the national level in the competitive equestrian sport of dressage. Defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training,” the idea of mules competing at this level has never been considered. This underdog story follows Dyna and her owner/rider, Laura, as they defy odds to find their place among this elite world of horse riding. With the incredible reach and size of the equine world; Laura and Dyna are receiving a lot of media and press attention; and because of this media attention, people are anxious and ready for this documentary. Combined with Laura’s determination and the Dyna’s charm, this is a classic underdog story that needs to be shared and seen.

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Bishop

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$12

Fort Maria (USA)

Director Thom Southerland, Co-Director S. Cagney Gentry

​​Narrative Feature

Maria is a woman with no country. A Bulgarian immigrant and adoptive mother of a black daughter, she finds herself suddenly stricken with debilitating anxiety following a break-in at her home in Kentucky. When her daughter’s aging dog dies, Maria’s house arrest puts her into equally painful and funny situations that soon entangle her neighbors.
As Maria copes with the issues that have led her - a world traveler - into her self-inflicted prison, her daughter Meredith discovers her own identity through a search for her biological family.

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 7:15 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

My Name Is Myeisha (USA)

Director Gus Krieger; Writers Rickerby Hinds, Gus Krieger

Narrative Feature

A teenager crosses over into a hip-hop-musical dreamscape at the moment of her tragic death and contemplates her life: what it was and what it could have been. Spoken word, beatboxing, and hip-hop dance combine to tell the tragic story of nineteen-year-old Myeisha Jackson, and the fateful night she crossed paths with the police, in December of 1998. Based on the internationally-acclaimed stageplay Dreamscape by Rickerby Hinds.

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 7:15 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

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$12

Minding the Gap (USA)

Director Bing Liu

Documentary

First-time filmmaker Bing Liu’s documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’s tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.

Date: Thursday, May 24

Time: 9:30 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

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$12

Home + Away (USA)

Director Matt Ogens

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have an unusual commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life: Erik, a soccer player, dreams of playing professionally; Shyanne, one of the school’s best wrestlers, sees the Army as a way to get to college but begins to rethink her course in the current political climate; and Francisco, a hard throwing pitcher and third baseman whose father isn’t allowed into the United States, plays each game with that absence in the back of his mind. Matt Ogens’ observational documentary Home + Away follows each of these students as they navigate academics and athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife, during the their final years at Bowie.

Date: Friday, May 25

Time:  3 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

$12

Birds Without Feathers (USA)

Director Wendy McColm

Narrative Feature

In this dark comedy, six broken individuals unable to make a human connection will give everything away in an attempt to receive love. Janet, a wannabe Instagram star, seeks identity in others’ approval; her boyfriend Sam remains unable to face his fears and perform as a stand-up comedian. Tom, a Russian cowboy obsessed with Jeff Goldblum, desperately wants to fulfil his image of the American Dream. Daniel, a self-help tape maker, has never been able to help himself; Marty, a victimizing caretaker, uses her profession to gain attention and the help she is incapable of asking for. And Jo steals the identities of others to avoid her inability to be vulnerable.

Date: Friday, May 25

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

Vianey (USA)

Director Marko Vuorinen

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

 

“Vianey” is a intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero, also known by the stage name So Icey Trap. The raw and at the same time lyrical coming-of-age story reveals the reality behind growing up on the streets, the lure of escorting, everyday life in jail, and being a female artist in the music industry.

 

Date: Friday, May 25

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

 

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$12

The Queen of Hollywood Blvd (USA)

Director Orson Oblowitz

West Coast Premiere

Narrative Feature

On her 60th birthday, the proud owner of a Los Angeles strip club finds herself in hot water over a 25 year old debt to the mob, leading her on a downward spiral of violence and revenge through the underbelly of Los Angeles.

Date: Friday, May 25

Time: 8 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

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$12

A Woman Captured (Hungary)

Director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Spotlight Feature

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

 

A 52-year-old Hungarian woman has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day - without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her and she’s not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in.

The presence of the camera helps her realize she isn’t completely alone. She begins to show signs of trust, gathers her courage and reveals her plan: “I am going to escape.”  The film follows Marish's heroic journey back to freedom.

 

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

Buddha.mov (India)

Director Kabir Mehta

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

Lured by the chance of being the protagonist of a documentary film, Buddha Dev, a 27 year old flamboyant cricketer from Goa, starts authorising unrestricted access into the most private parts of his life.

NOTE: For Mature Audiences.

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 3 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

White Tide: The Legend of Culebra (USA)

Director Theo Love

West Coast Premiere

Documentary

Rodney is an American dreamer. His glass is not only half full, but it's half full of the finest wine you've ever tasted. But when the great recession wipes out his construction business in Central Florida, his family faces a nightmare of debt. One evening around a campfire, Rodney hears a story from an old, barefooted hippy that just might solve his family's problems. There's an island. There's a map. And there's buried treasure...$2 million dollars just waiting for someone to dig it up. Rodney is hooked. But there's just one slight, itty-bitty problem...he doesn't have a shovel. Oh, and the $2 million dollars just happens to be in cocaine form.

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 3 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

$12

Barren and Empty The Sea (Spain)

Directors Lucas Parnes Pereira, Jesus Serna

International Premiere

Foreign Narrative Feature

When Esteban wakes up, no one recognizes him. Everybody says he has been missing for days. Esteban tries to convince his acquaintances of the opposite. Suddenly there is an accident. Esteban is not Esteban anymore, but a stranger that arrives in the village.

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

Vidar the Vampire (Norway)

Directors Thomas Aske Berg, Fredrik Waldeland

Foreign Narrative Feature

A Christian farmer searching for a higher purpose to life falls into sin and wakes up as the Prince of Darkness in the city of Stavanger, Norway.

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

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$12

Tourists (Poland)

Directors Mateusz Romaszkan, Marta Wójtowicz-Wcislo

North American Premiere

Documentary

Tourists is a full-length documentary film assembled from amateur video materials recorded by participants of sightseeing tours. Through the lens of the amateur camera, we watch the collective rituals of contemporary tourists, for whom filming becomes an instrument of cognition and the essence of travel. The filmed world takes on masks, graces the camera, stands on its head and demands payment.

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time:  12:30 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

Melodrama / Random / Melbourne! (Australia)

Director Matthew Victor Pastor

North American Premiere

Foreign Narrative Feature

Presented in Glorious Cinema - O - Ke. A feminist documentarian, a pick up artist and a virgin's lives collide. Blood will be shed on neon-lit streets of Melbourne.

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

$12

Rock Steady Row (USA)

Director Trevor Stevens, Writer Bomani J. Story

West Coast Premiere

Narrative Feature

 

When a lone freshman arrives at Rock Steady University he discovers that the campus is controlled by two warring factions: Kappa Brutus Omega and The High Society. His bike is stolen and shuffled into the fraternities’ most valuable source of income, the bicycle market. Turning the University into more of a war zone than a place of education, the freshman plays the rival fraternities against one another to reclaim his stolen bicycle

 

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

 

 
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$12

Tower. A Bright Day (Poland)

Director Jagoda Szelc

Foreign Narrative Feature

Mula lives with her family in the country. Just before her daughter's First Holy Communion, Mula's long lost sister pays them a visit. The family believes in reconciliation, but Mula has her reasons to feel afraid of Kaja.

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time: 5 pm

Location: Edison Theatre

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$12

Crime + Punishment (USA)

Director Stephen Maing

Documentary

 

Stephen Maing's documentary about the NYPD's illegal policing quotas and other discriminatory practices gets the blood boiling. This unnerving documentary about the New York City Police Department's harmful, money-grubbing methods spans the years 2014 through late 2017, though the corruption it tackles head-on has long been a staple of an organization that purports to exercise Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect.

 

Date: Sunday, May 27

Time: 5 pm

Location: US Forest Service Theatre

$12

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