Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Action! Local films to look for at SVFF


Finding Hillywood – Part-time Sun Valley residents Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey
Directors: Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey
Producers: Leah Warshawski,
Chris Towey
Post Production Supervisor: Todd Soliday
Editor: Eric Frith
Consulting Producer: Morrie Warshawski
Writer: Christina Ruddy
Executive Producers: Rob Angel,
Tom Wright, Harold Perrinueau
FINDING HILLYWOOD is an award-winning documentary that profiles the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry and the power of cinema to heal a man and a nation. Follow five unique “pioneers” of the East African film industry as they screen local films around the countryside on a giant inflatable screen, and see what it takes to manage a film festival in the jungle. During this year (2014) – the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide – this inspiring and hopeful film is timely and important.
58 min/RWANDA

FROM THE GROUND UP – Boise, ID filmmakers Karen Day and Andy Lawless
Karen Day, Andy Lawless
Film Concept: Karen Day
Editing: Andy Lawless
Every minute ten children die from malnutrition on this planet.  FROM THE GROUND UP tells the inspiring story of how Harvard students built a stunningly successful micro-empowerment project to end global hunger and childhood malnutrition in Uganda. In four years, the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition (IECM) saved thousands of children’s lives for less than .01% of 600 billion dollars spent in international aid. IECM has created a sustainable, culturally-adaptable architecture that empowers the poorest poor to feed their families and offers a replicable model for governmental agencies, aid programs and university students to implement.  As filmmakers, we saw this deadly but preventable dilemma as an opportunity to examine solutions and inspire similar programs throughout the developing world.  Jeffrey Sachs, author of THE END OF POVERTY and provocative Ugandan journalist and TED TALK speaker, Andrew Mwenda, disagree on methodology, but they emphatically agree that addressing under-nutrition is the single most effective way to improve human well-being on the planet. See it to believe it. FROM THE GROUND UP is a film that can save lives.
43 min/USA, UGANDA

THE GUIDE – Sun Valley resident Producer, Greg Carr
Director/Producer/Editor: Jessica Yu
Producer: Elise Pearlstein
Director of Photography: Bob Poole
Music by: Jeff Beal
Featuring: Tonga Torcida, Biologist
E.O. Wilson
THE GUIDE is a coming-of-age tale set against the restoration of a war-torn national park in Mozambique. Raised near Gorongosa National Park, young Tonga Torcida dreams of becoming a tour guide. But when he meets famed biologist E.O. Wilson, his new view of the world around him, and his future, places him at a crossroads. Should Tonga become a guide, or take on a bigger role in trying to keep the park alive?


I Believe in Unicorns – Produced by part-time resident, and Idaho born and raised, Heather Rae
Writer/Director: Leah Meyerhoff
Producer: Heather Rae
Executive Producer: Allison Anders
Director of Photography: Jarin Blaschke
Editor: Michael Taylor
Cast: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack,
Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who escapes often into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. She is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, until the volatile side of his personality begins to emerge. “I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.
80 min/USA

Rover (or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future and the Return of the Next Level) Writer/Director Tony Blahd was born and raised in Boise, ID.
Writer/Director: Tony Blahd
Producers: Matthew Thurm, Tony Blahd
Editor: Catrin Hedstrom
Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell, Natalie Thomas, Reggie Gowland, Jade Fusco
In their dilapidated church headquarters, a greatly diminished and dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves. Their hapless leader, DAVE, concocts a plan: to quell infighting and give them purpose in life before their deaths, he fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world. There’s just one problem: they don’t know the first thing about film production.
92 min/USA


Capturing Wild Horses
Director/Producer: DeSiree’ Fawn
DeSiree’ Fawn
Sound Design: Candice Brunello
Capturing Wild Horses investigates the wild horses living near Challis, Idaho and the wild horse management program that determines their fate. Filmed and edited by DeSiree’ Fawn, a 5th generation Sun Valley native, who recently debuted with her award winning documentary, The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley.
40 min/USA
* Made in Idaho
* World Premiere

Eviction – Produced by Boise State professor and Boise resident, Philip Atlakson
Director: Garret Atlakson
Producer: Philip Atlakson
Co-Producer: Rath Rott Mony
Cinematographers: Garret Atlakson, Long Kimheang
Editor: Garret Atlakson
Original Music/Composer:
Dughlas Narry
Featuring: Nget Khun, Tep Vanny
In a battle between impoverished Cambodians and powerful corporations backed by armed government forces over increasingly valuable land, a 72 year old grandmother struggles to protect her home, family and community from land grabbing that often amounts to violent forced evictions.

Fertile Crescent – Q&A
Jason Willford
Jason Willford
Make-up: Brianna Kimball
Props: Prentiss Cutler
Cast: E. Leonard, Kel Verde, Yurek Hansen
Fertile Crescent, a short horror piece is about the westernization of ancient human civilizations. The women in this film use a process of procreating without sexual intercourse. This is the story of one man’s sacrifice for the sustainability of such a culture.
15 min/USA
*World Premiere
*Made in Idaho

Writer/Director: Chaz Gentry
Composer: Robin Zimmerman
Cinematographers: Chaz Gentry,
Tyler Neisinger, Matt Wade
Art Design: Julie Pegan,
Kirsten Strough
Grip/Electric: Meghan Underwood
Cast: Sara Lynch, Darrell Boatwright
Lucy is a poetic fantasy about an infatuated boy who follows a young girl into the dark snowy night, only to find to his horror how far he would go in order to please her. How far would you go?
4 min/USA
*Made in Idaho

Writer/Co-Director: Matt Larson
Zack Spiger
Producer: Olivier Chini
Cast: Paul Boche, Chelsea Schuchman, Stone Jack Jones, Cameron Bouiss, Madison Rowley
Music by: TALISCO
Two reckless runaways hold up a roadside saloon in the high-desert wastelands of the West. The cost of their crime is a lesson hard learned, issued from a self-righteous and above-the-law local.
11 min/USA
*American Premiere
*Made in Idaho

The Damned Thing – Q&A
Director: Jesse Cordtz
Writer/Producer: Jane Merrow
Director of Photography: Jake Kuwana
Music/Sound Design: Robin Zimmerman
Gaffer: Michael Sullivan
Cast: Tate McCullough, George Hemmings, Greg Ilk
Idaho 1893. Something unseen lurks in the backwoods. A savage attack on a local recluse, Morgan, causes a small rural community to investigate.  They suspect a wild animal is responsible for the attack but Harper, a  witness to what transpired, tells a different story. The discovery of a diary could be the key to unraveling the mystery of what truly happened.
13 min/USA
*Made in Idaho
* World Premiere

The Lighthouse – Made by Meridian, ID filmmakers, and partially filmed in Idaho
Directors: Andrew Garcia,
Nathan Garcia
Writers: Andrew Garcia, Nathan Garcia
Producers: Andrew Garcia,
Nathan Garcia
Editors: Andrew Garcia, Nathan Garcia
Music Composed by: Robert Casal
Cast: William Engle, Max Price, Nathan Garcia
Loosely Based on the story of the Prodigal Son, an aging lighthouse keeper struggles to keep his faith after his son abandons him for the sea.
21 min/USA

The Pig
Writer/Director: Garret Atlakson
Producer/Assistant Director:
Philip Atlakson
Director of Photography: Corey Kupfer
Editor: Garret Atlakson
Original Music/Composer: Dughlas Narry
Cast: Glen Hughes, Kathryn Cherasaro, Joe Golden, Carly Oppie, Jasmine Garlock
An outsider in a small mountain community has a reputation for being the town bully. But when he courts a woman with questionable overtures, he stirs up suspicion among local inhabitants, raising questions about who the real bully might be.
20 min/USA
* Made in Idaho

Turncoat – Q&A
Writer/Director: Emily Sandifer
Producer: Emily Sandifer
Director of Photography/Editor: Emily Sandifer
Composer: Jeffrey Downer
Cast: TJ Dalrymple, Emily Sandifer
After the Civil War, Confederate soldier Levi Haywood battles with his new life out west and the secrets he struggles to keep quiet. “Turncoat” touches on the physical and mental effects of war.
Filmed in Southeast Idaho and created entirely by three cast/crew members.
13 min/USA
* Made in Idaho

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