Sun Valley Film Festival Kicks Off this Weekend


Sun Valley, ID (March 13, 2017) – Known for its stunning mountain setting and intimate environment, the Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, returns this year with special guests Geena Davis, Allison Williams, John Hawkes, the Farrelly Brothers and more over a weekend that promises to be an unforgettable experience. Event highlights include:

Coffee Talks

Actor Allison Williams (Girls, Get Out), director/producer Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) with MGM Motion Picture Group President Jon Glickman, and comedic duo the Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary) will grace the stage this year for an up-close-and-personal glimpse into their work and careers. A Festival favorite.

Screenwriters Lab

Producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting) and Academy Award® winning writer Charles Randolph (The Big Short) team up to bring the screenwriting process to life for Festival audiences. The Lab includes Q&A, the announcement of the High Scribe screenplay competition winner, and a live table read of Randolph’s latest work. Helping to bring this exclusive reading to the stage are actors Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) Dree Hemingway, Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder), and more.

The Film Lab

Two Work-In-Progress features compete head to head for $10K under the guidance of Sundance’s Director of Programming Trevor Groth. The Lab gives audiences a chance to see how feature films are made and ask questions of the filmmakers in attendance. Unlovable, written by Mark Duplass, Sarah Adina Smith and Charlene DeGuzman and starring John Hawkes and Melissa Leo competes against Break The Hold, a documentary created by Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer.

Content: The Score

Join KCRW’s Chris Douridas with composer and lead man of DeVotchKa, Nick Urata (Crazy, Stupid Love, Naledi) as they discuss the art of scoring and supervising music for film.

The Originals

Native Filmmaker Heather Rae (Frozen River, Tallulah) brings together indigenous voices of the Idaho community and Standing Rock movement for an in-depth discussion of conscious filmmaking and the water protection movement. The panel includes Dr. LaNada War Jack, Sarah Sunshine Manning and Cody Lucich and will feature clips from Lucich’s Standing Rock documentary, Akicita.

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About the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival

The Sixth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, will run March 15-19, 2017, and will feature a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging Talks with top industry insiders, fabulous parties and panels, a Screenwriters Lab led by award-winning writers – host Charles Randolph and judge Chris Moore – and the spectacular SVFF/Tito’s Handmade Vodka Awards Bash. The combination of cutting-edge programming and intimate insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is bringing Sun Valley Film Festival to the forefront of boutique festivals. This coming spring, filmmakers from around the world will bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival, and movie lovers are invited to watch it come into focus.

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