Vail Film Festival announces 2013 film program
Ryan Summerlin March 14, 2013
VAIL – The 10th anniversary Vail Film Festival, slated for March 28 – 31, announced the complete line-up for the 2013 festival this week. The festival will showcase 40 films from across the globe, including 17 feature-length films and 23 other films, including shorts, documentaries, animated and student films. The films will screen at Four Seasons Resort Vail, which will serve as the host hotel, as well as at Cinebistro at Solaris and Vail Mountain School.”This marks the 10th year of the Vail Film Festival and we couldn’t be happier with this year’s film program,” said Festival Director Sean Cross. “We’re excited to share these incredible, compelling films with our attendees. Over the last ten years we have screened over 500 films, hosted more than 2,000 filmmakers, and had film submissions from over 40 countries. We look forward to our next decade of screening amazing work from the U.S. and beyond.”For the third consecutive year, Cadillac will use Solaris Plaza to create the popular “Cadillac Short Film Series,” which invites the general public to view select festival programming without having to purchase a ticket. Vail residents and visitors will be invited inside a luxury Cadillac vehicle and treated to a selection of short films screened directly from the vehicles entertainment console.The 10th anniversary Vail Film Festival officially opens on March 28, at the Vail Mountain School with “Disconnect.” Starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgrd and directed by Henry Alex Rubin, “Disconnect” follows three distinct storylines about how people manage to find human connections in the 21st century world of the Internet. The March 29th featured film is “The Iceman,” directed by Ariel Vromen and starring James Franco, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Michael Shannon and Stephen Dorff. “The Iceman” tells the true story of Richard Kuklinski who, unbeknownst to his family, had been working as a hired assassin. Kuklinski’s family did not learn of his real profession until after his arrest in 1986. “The Iceman” won Vromen the Capri Breakout Director Award at the Capri Hollywood Festival. Following the Friday night screening, the festival continues its tradition of partnering with Hotel Caf for a live music and performances and the Festival Friday Night Concert hosted at the Cadillac Screening Room at Four Season Resorts Vail. The Festival closes on Saturday night with Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies.” Starring Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston, “Drinking Buddies” centers around co-workers (Wilde, Johnson) at a Chicago craft brewery whose friendship develops into a flirtation. Livingston and Kendrick star as their significant others, who complicate the newly developing flirtation. Throughout the duration of the Festival, pass holders will be able to enjoy the numerous film screenings, parties, events, and a hospitality lounge. Other notable screenings include:”While We Were Here,” directed by Kat Coiro, centers on the relationship that develops between a married woman, Jane, and the younger man she meets on the island of Ischia while working on a writing project. The film stars Kate Bosworth as Jane, along with Iddo Goldberg, Claire Bloom and Jamie Blackley. The film recently screened In Competition at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. From writer-director Joseph Levy, “Spinning Plates” is a documentary feature about three extraordinary restaurants and a look behind-the-scenes at the people that make them work. “Spinning Plates” won audience awards at both the Austin Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. A preview screening of director Mirra Bank’s “The Only Real Game,” narrated by Oscar winner Melissa Leo, is a fighters’ and dreamers’ story about the magic of baseball for people in a troubled place. The tiny state of Manipur, in strife torn northeast India, defies civil war, drugs and gun traffic through love of baseball. “Keeping the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” directed by Justin Ervin, follows the thousands of advocates who, on July 22, 2012, gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. to participate in the “Keep the Promise on HIV/AIDS” march and rally as a precursor to the opening ceremonies of the XIX International AIDS Conference. Additionally, pass holders will be invited to attend the red carpet Awards Ceremony, being held on March 30.For more information about the Vail Film Festival, or to purchase Festival passes, visit: www.vailfilmfestival.com
Feature Films:21 & Over, directed by Jon Lucas & Scott MooreCongratulations, directed by Eric Levy and Juan CardarelliDisconnect, directed by Henry Alex RubinDrinking Buddies, directed by Joe SwanbergThe Iceman, directed by Ariel VromenSomewhere Slow, directed by Jeremy O’KeefeSweet Talk, directed by Terri HanauerWhile We Were Here, directed by Kat Coiro Documentaries:Elephant in the Room, directed by Justin ErvinKeep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS, directed by Justin ErvinThe Only Real Game, directed by Mirra BankSpinning Plates, directed by Joseph Levy Environmental Showcase Presented by Chipotle:Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, directed by Wendy J.N. LeePlanet Ocean, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot Adventure Films:Climb to Glory – Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers: , directed by Max BervyFree Base En Riglos, directed by Jesus MediavillaWampler’s Ascent, directed by Elizabeth WamplerWhere the Trail Ends, directed by Jeremy Grant Shorts:Byron’s Theme, directed by Bennett BarbakowCouch, directed by Ian GelfandCrescendo, directed by Alonso Alvarez BarredaDetrs del espejo (Behind the Mirrors), directed by Julio O. RamosDismissed, directed by Oren HodDr. Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game, directed by James CunninghamEl Cocodrilo (The Crocodile), directed by Steve AcevedoGrounded, directed by Kevin Margo, Barrett MeekerThe Hunter, directed by Marieka WalshIf You’re Serious, directed by Zhi LiLa Mirada Perdida (The Missing Look), directed by Damian DionisioLichen, directed by Kevin LimLuminaris, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramellaresund, directed by Martin WernerSecond Kiss, directed by Robbie NorrisThe Test, directed by Anthony DiBlasiToita Runs Away, directed by Teri CarsonWhitey Goes to Compton, directed by Reese Avanessian & Alen Aivazian Student Films:Blackwood, directed by Natasha Johns-MessengerGrey Matter, directed by James B. CoxLegacy, directed by Adam FloeckMadly Unto Eternity, directed by Pikey HoldredgeNo Otter Zone, directed by Spencer Buttig, Nicholas Dasilva, Clint Reynolds, Alexander Romanov. The Suitcase, directed by Natassha Amalia Visit www.vailfilmfestival.com.