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2011 Nevada City Film Festival: Official Lineup

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The 11th annual Nevada City Film Festival, running Aug. 18-21, is four nights crammed full with short films, several feature-length documentaries, one dramatic feature, stand-up comedy performances and more surprises, all nestled within the rolling hills of Northern California.

The fest opens with the feature documentary Someplace With a Mountain, directed by Steve Goodall and narrated by Chevy Chase. The film tells the story of the embattled people of the Puluwat atoll who are besieged by the Pacific Ocean itself. Rising waters due to global warming are making their land slowly disappear beneath the waves.

Other feature docs include music-based films We Are Wizards, directed by Josh Koury, about the oddball phenomenon of rock bands that only craft songs about the world of Harry Potter; and Everyday Sunshine, directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, which profiles the legendary ska punk band Fishbone that continues to bring their enthusiastic music to the masses. Plus, there’s comedy director Jay Duplass’ serious doc portrait of Kevin.

On the narrative feature front, there’s New Jerusalem, directed by R. Alverson, about a shell-shocked veteran who is befriended by an Evangelical Christian determined to guide his new friend’s soul to salvation.

Then there are the dozens of short films screening throughout the five nights at three different venues.. Films have been curated from filmmakers all over the world and programmed by their respective genres: Documentary, animation, drama, romance and more. And, as if the regular packed short film programs aren’t enough, NCFF is featuring a special “Lost Treasures” screening on the fest’s closing night that includes more shorts that didn’t make it into the main body of the fest.

For more info on the fest, including ticket info and venue location, please visit the official Nevada City Film Festival website. The full lineup is listed below:

August 18

7:00 p.m.: Someplace With a Mountain, dir. Steve Goodall. Due to global warming, the people of the remote atoll of Puluwat in the South Pacific are slowly losing their land due to rising sea levels. Narrated by Chevy Chase.
Screening with:
The Other Astronaut, dir. Jason Hallows
The Star Shepherd, dir. Dan Haring
Pioneer, dir. David Lowery

August 19

7:00 p.m.: “Documentary Shorts”
Ballarat Ghost Town, dir. Sara Shaw
Challenging Impossibility, dir. Sanjay Rawal, Natabara Mark Rollosson
Smolarze (Charcoal Burners), dir. Piotr Zlotorowicz
The Sea Is a Harsh Mistress, dir. Jason Sussberg

7:00 p.m.: “Drama Shorts/Dramedy”
Deriva, dir. Angel Tirado
40 Years, dir. Russell Appleford
Remigration, dir. Barry Jenkins
What Night Isn’t Weird, dir. Kate Bryant
The Interview, dir. Michelle Steffes

7:00 p.m.: We Are Wizards, dir. Josh Koury. A look at the phenomenon of “Wizard Rock,” i.e. rock bands who only sing songs about the world of Harry Potter.

7:00 p.m.: “Dramatic Short Films”
Mish Mush, dir. Amar Chebib
Checkpoint, dir. Ruben Amar
After the Shearing, dir. Vanessa Rojas
15 Summers Later, dir. Pedro Collantes
The Magic Hour, dir. Florian Krautkramer

9:00 p.m.: “Drama Short Films”
The External World, dir. David OReilly
Maurice, dir. Patrick Kack-Brice
The Dazzling Effects of Smoking Unicorn Horn, dir. Matthew Gottschalk
The Room, dir. Niven Wilson
Delmer Builds a Machine, dir. Landon Zakheim
Love Birds, dir. Brian Lye
Good News, dir. Erinn Clancy

9:00 p.m.: New Jerusalem, dir. R. Alverson. Returning from military service in Afghanistan, a shell-shocked Irish immigrant is befriended by an Evangelical Christian who wants to ensure his new friend’s salvation.f

9:00 p.m.: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, dir. Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler. This documentary chronicles the friendship and tenacity of Fishbone lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher, who struggle to keep their beloved band popular and relevant. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne.

9:00 p.m.: “Narrative Short Films”
Deep Blue, dir. Kazuhito Nakae
Pioneer, dir. David Lowery
Tess and Nana, dir. M. Stewart Thorndike
Half Hours on Earth, dir. Chrissy Loader

August 20

4:00 p.m.: “Dramatic Short Films”
Mish Mush, dir. Amar Chebib
Checkpoint, dir. Ruben Amar
After the Shearing, dir. Vanessa Rojas
15 Summers Later, dir. Pedro Collantes
The Magic Hour, dir. Florian Krautkramer

4:00 p.m.: We Are Wizards, dir. Josh Koury. A look at the phenomenon of “Wizard Rock,” i.e. rock bands who only sing songs about the world of Harry Potter.

4:00 p.m.: Someplace With a Mountain, dir. Steve Goodall. Due to global warming, the people of the remote atoll of Puluwat in the South Pacific are slowly losing their land due to rising sea levels. Narrated by Chevy Chase.
Screening With:
The Sea Is a Harsh Mistress, dir. Jason Sussberg

6:00 p.m.: “Animated Shorts”
The Star Shepherd, dir. Dan Haring
Rumbleseat, dir. Mike Roberts
Birdboy, dir. Pedro Rivero
Trembling Veil of Bones, dir. Matthew Talbot-Kelly
Bike Race, dir. Tom Schroeder
5 Minutes Each, dir. Vojin Vasovic
The Sisyphean Grammatology of the Autonym, dir. Niven Wilson

6:00 p.m.: “Documentary Shorts”
Leap Before You Look, dir. Stephane Goldsand
Grandpa’s Wet Dream, dir. Chihiro Amemiya
Shinya Kimura, dir. Henrik Hansen
Hot Tubs, dir. Gabe Rosenn

6:00 p.m.: “Narrative Stories/Drama”
The Stopover, dir. Robert Fearon
The Knife, dir. James Johnston
The Guest, dir. Bryan Ryan
Fatakra, dir. Soham Mehta
Carta a Julia, dir. David Gonzalez Rudiez

6:00 p.m.: “Narrative Short Films/Romantic Stories”
Scooterman, dir. Kirsten Cavendish
Blind Date, dir. Joe Rosen
The Other Astronaut, dir. Jason Hallows
Televisnu, dir. Prithi Gowda
Deux Petits Bateaux, dir. Kate Raney
After a Break Up: Him With Her, dir. Sebastian Pardo

8:00 p.m.: Kevin, dir. Jay Duplass. A documentary profile of Duplass’ friend Kevin Gant, a musician who dropped out of the scene years ago and is trying to break back in.

8:00 p.m.: “Short Films/Drama”
Small Change, dir. Cathy Brady
Ridicula, dir. Domingo J. Gonzales
The Way Back, dir. Cynthia Mitchell and Anjali Sundaram
A Night Out, dir. Bret Haley
Half Hours on Earth, dir. Chrissy Loader

8:00 p.m.: “Comedy Shorts”
Bear Force One, dir. Andy Mogren
Sack, dir. Daniel Zagayer
Time To Relax, dir. Bard Ivar Engelsas
Project 5, dir. Camen Hodges

8:00 p.m.: Nostalgia for the Light (Nostalgia de la Luz), dir. Patricio Guzmán. In Chile’s Atacama Desert, scientists study the stars at an observatory while others search the sands for bodily remains of those who went “missing” during Pinochet’s rule.

10:00 p.m.: “The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show”
A live stand-up comedy performance featuring comics Brent Weinbach, Brendan Walsh, Eric Andre and Lizzy Cooperman. Hosted by DJ Douggpound.

August 21

3:00 p.m.: “Narrative Short Films”
Deep Blue, dir. Kazuhito Nakae
Pioneer, dir. David Lowery
Tess and Nana, dir. M. Stewart Thorndike
Half Hours on Earth, dir. Chrissy Loader

3:00 p.m.: “Narrative Stories/Drama”
The Stopover, dir. Robert Fearon
The Knife, dir. James Johnston
The Guest, dir. Bryan Ryan
Fatakra, dir. Soham Mehta
Carta a Julia, dir. David Gonzalez Rudiez

3:00 p.m.: “Documentary Shorts”
Leap Before You Look, dir. Stephane Goldsand
Grandpa’s Wet Dream, dir. Chihiro Amemiya
Shinya Kimura, dir. Henrik Hansen
Hot Tubs, dir. Gabe Rosenn

5:00 p.m.: “Narrative Short Films/Romantic Stories”
Scooterman, dir. Kirsten Cavendish
Blind Date, dir. Joe Rosen
The Other Astronaut, dir. Jason Hallows
Televisnu, dir. Prithi Gowda
Deux Petits Bateaux, dir. Kate Raney
After a Break Up: Him With Her, dir. Sebastian Pardo

5:00 p.m.: “Drama Shorts/Dramedy”
Deriva, dir. Angel Tirado
40 Years, dir. Russell Appleford
Remigration, dir. Barry Jenkins
What Night Isn’t Weird, dir. Kate Bryant
The Interview, dir. Michelle Steffes

5:00 p.m.: Sneak peek: Music in Mali: Life is Hard, Music is Good, dir. Aja Salvatore. This is a preview of the documentary in progress about the musicians of Mali.

7:00 p.m.: “Animated Shorts”
The Star Shepherd, dir. Dan Haring
Rumbleseat, dir. Mike Roberts
Birdboy, dir. Pedro Rivero
Trembling Veil of Bones, dir. Matthew Talbot-Kelly
Bike Race, dir. Tom Schroeder
5 Minutes Each, dir. Vojin Vasovic
The Sisyphean Grammatology of the Autonym, dir. Niven Wilson

7:00 p.m.: “Lost Treasures of the NCFF”
A special screening of short films not accepted into the festival, but deserve to be seen.

7:00 p.m.: “Best of the Fest”
A special screening of this year’s award-winning films.

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