Film fest boasts more premieres and big celeb
BRECKENRIDGE – When coordinators of the Breckenridge Festival of Film said they want it to become one of the premier film festivals in the nation, they weren’t kidding.When the film fest named Dawna Foxx as the new executive director, vice president Karin Penegor promised a whole new look and attitude, and she was right.The festival’s new catch phrase is, “More film. Less air,” and Foxx is backing it up with more premieres and celebrities like Michael York, who has appeared in films from “Cabaret” to all three “Austin Powers” movies.”The Breckenridge Festival of Film prides itself on the laid-back style with which we conduct the festival,” Foxx said. “Every year, we hear from celebrities and filmgoers alike that this is the best festival they’ve attended.”Be the first to see the movieSince 2002, the festival has more than doubled its premiere offerings. Last year it jumped from six to 10, and this year it offers 13 premieres.”And in the past, we’ve been pretty good about getting premieres that win – or are nominated for – Oscars,” said former executive director Suzanne Burke last year. “I’m sure audiences will be delighted by the premieres this year,” said Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC film critic and host of the film fest.This year’s premieres include: – “Mr. 3000,” with Bernie Mac as an aging baseball star; – “When Will I Be Loved,” starring Neve Campbell as a femme fatale exploring the limits of her sexual and intellectual power;- “Silver City,” a thriller with Richard Dreyfuss, Daryl Hannah and Kris Kristofferson about how the discovery of a corpse threatens a politician’s campaign; – “Enduring Love,” based on the novel by Ian McEwan about two strangers becoming dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident; – Dreamworks animated “Shark Tale,” a Mafia movie set in the world of saltwater fish;- “Stage Beauty,” a drama featuring Billy Crudup and Claire Danes set in the 1660s when men played women’s roles in live theater; – “The Motorcycle Diaries,” based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution; – “Incident at Loch Ness,” a documentary about the legendary monster; – “Deadlines,” a thriller starring Stephen Moyer and Anne Parillaud; – “Conspiracy of Silence,” about controversial incidents in the Catholic Church;- “Being Julia,” a drama set in 1930s London, involving stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge, the cast stars Annette Bening, Chatherine Charleton and Jeremy Irons; – “I Am David,” about a 12-year-old who escapes a Communist concentration camp;- “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” a science-fiction thriller set in New York City around 1939 about the disappearance of famous scientists from around the world.The starThe film fest originally scheduled York to attend the festival in 2001 as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, but the events of Sept. 11, 2001, prevented him from attending. This year, he’s the main celebrity.”York is an extremely talented actor who brings years of experience in many fields of acting to the festival,” Foxx said.The London-born actor started his career more than 40 years ago at the National Youth Theatre in London. He played opposite Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret,” and his recent works as an actor include “Borstal Boy” and all three “Austin Powers” movies. He just completed “Moscow Heat,” filmed in Russia and due out in fall.The indiesThe festival, known for its eclectic independent films, features 48 indies this year. Categories include: drama, documentary and comedy, short drama, short comedy and GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender).GLBT series Now in its third year, the GLBT series presents short drama, short comedy and documentaries. This year, it also presents three feature-length films: “Eating Out,” “Brother to Brother” and “Naked Fame.””I am really pleased with the selection of films we have made this year,” said Frank Accosta, GLBT film coordinator. “The caliber of films submitted each year seems to just get better and better, and I think anyone will be able to find a few films they would be interested in viewing.”Film studyIf you secretly want to be a film major, or if you’re just curious, University of Colorado professor Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz gives free lectures revolving around “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Obscure Object of Desire” Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11.PanelsTwo filmmaker panels use film to discuss political issues.Friday, Sept. 10, pot, politics and propaganda collide in a discussion on the use of medical marijuana. The night begins with “The Party Heads,” which takes politics to a new high as grassroots political activists take on the drug war establishment and find themselves in the forefront of marijuana issues and the media. Filmmaker Heather Winters, local activist Doug Malkan and medical marijuana user Dave Schreiner address the audience afterward.Saturday, Sept. 11, “Juvies” runs. The film tells the stories of 12 kids tried as adults and explores the impact of America’s failing juvenile justice system.A panel discussion features Colorado public defender Doug Wilson; Linda Mitchell, who’s nephew is serving a prison sentence with no parole; Robert Wirtz, who was incarcerated as a child and is now a lawyer; and Mary Ellen Johnson, co-founder of the Pendulum Foundation, which helps kids in the system.TicketsThe festival offers several pass options. The Quandary pass gives people unlimited access into all events for the next two years for $349. The Peak Ten pass includes all films and events for the 2004 festival for $199. The Peak Nine pass includes all 2004 films for $149. The four punch, which can be shared for four films, is $28. Single tickets are $8 and are only available 15 minutes prior to each show. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.breckfilmfest.com. To purchase passes, call (970) 547-3100.Schedules and movies are subject to change. Visit the Web site or look in the Summit Daily News for any updates.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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