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Vail Film Festival announces 2006 film selections, festival jurors

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VAIL – The Vail Film Festival announced the jurors and complete lineup of films selected to be screened at the 2006 festival, taking place March 30-April 2 in Vail. The festival will screen 75 films from around the world, including 20 feature films, 16 world premieres, as well as 55 documentaries, short films, animated films, action sports, student films and television pilots.The Vail Film Festival opens on March 30 with a screening of Ambush Entertainment’s “The Oh in Ohio,” starring an ensemble cast that includes Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, Mischa Barton, Miranda Bailey, Liza Minnelli and Danny DeVito. This film follows the wild journey of Priscilla Chase, after her husband unexpectedly leaves her, ultimately leading her to satisfaction and love in the most unlikely of places.”American Dreamz” was selected as the closing film on Saturday, April 1. Starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Willem Dafoe, Chris Klein and Judy Greer, the film is a satire of American identity, based around the wildly popular television singing contest with the same name.Other feature film highlights at this year’s festival include: “The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang” from the makers of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Justin Long, Jeremy Sumpter, Carl Weathers, Rob Pinkston and Joey Kern; “The King,” starring William Hurt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pell James, Paul Dano and Laura Harring; and “Americano,” starring Dennis Hopper, Joshua Jackson, Leonor Varela, Timm Sharp and Ruthanna Hopper. Goal is to support filmmakingFilmmakers Scott and Sean Cross founded the festival to foster new filmmakers and encourage innovative filmmaking. “We are excited to debut an amazing lineup of work by some of the world’s best independent filmmakers,” said Scott Cross. “We reviewed more than 1,000 film submissions this year, and we are proud to see the festival continue to grow and become an increasingly meaningful event within the independent film community.”The year’s festival will mark the world premiere of 16 films, including “The Naked Ape,” “10 mph,” “Keep Your Distance,” “Outside Sales,” “Stalking Santa,” “Jam,” “Snowblind,” “Bon Apetit,” “Fast Talkers,” “By the Wayside,” “Zombie Prom,” “One Per cent,” “Altered By Elvis,” “The Death of Salvador Dali,” “No Menus Please” and “Laundry Night.” Jurors also announced Vail Film Festival jurors were also announced. Jurors in the features category will include: Laura Bickford, Oscar-nominated producer of “Traffic”; writer and director Tim Kirkman; Wellspring Media’s VP of Acquisitions Rob Williams; actor, writer and director Alex Winter (“The Lost Boys,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”); and Stephen Perrine, editor in chief of Best Life magazine.Documentary jurors include: Tiffany Thiessen (“Hollywood Ending,” Beverly Hills 90210); writer and producer Dean Johnson (“Just Pray”); and David Gaynes, director of the 2005 Vail Film Festival’s award winning documentary “Keeper of the Kohn.” Jurors in the categories of shorts, student films and television pilots include: producer and editor Deborah Rosenberg; University of Minnesota professor and actor Tom Isbell; voiceover artist Chip Bolcilk; Jen Marie Jones; Peter Duffy; Lorri Lindberg; Lydia Antonini; Josh Schaer; and Jennifer Yale.Now in its third year, the 2006 Vail Film Festival is rapidly growing in prestige, setting record ticket sales. Last year’s festival drew more than 9,000 attendees from around the globe, doubling attendance from the previous year. Other festival highlightsAdditional festival highlights include an opening night gala at the Donovan Pavilion on Gore Creek, a filmmakers’ reception at Larkspur at the base of Golden Peak, the festival awards ceremony and party on-mountain at Vail’s Eagle’s Nest Marketplace and the festival closing brunch at Larkspur.Best Life Magazine is the festival’s primary sponsor. The Best Life Lodge, which will act as the festival’s central hub, will feature such partners as L’Oreal, Subaru, Serengeti, Realities, Stella Artois and iTravel and will be open to all festival passholders. Also this year, Best Life has aligned the festival with some of Vail’s finest restaurants, Kelly Liken, La Tour, Larkspur, Sweet Basil and Terra Bistro to feature their signature dishes during lunch and aprés ski events all four days of the festival.If you goFestival passes incorporate a combination of movies, filmmaker panels, galas and music, with deep discounts on skiing for festival passholders. For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.org or call (866) 476-1092. Film details and the entire line-up of 2006 film selections in all categories are now available at http://www.vailfilmfestival.org.Vail, Colorado

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