Vail Film Festival announces lineup
Ryan Summerlin March 8, 2012
VAIL – The 2012 Vail Film Festival announced the complete line-up of 2012 films, taking place March 29-April 1 in Vail.This year’s festival will showcase 58 films from around the world, including 20 feature-length films (10 narrative features and 10 documentaries), and 38 shorts, adventure, student, and animated films, at the Sebastian hotel in Vail Village, The Four Seasons Vail, Vail Mountain School, and Cinebistro in the Solaris complex. The Vail Film Festival has also announced the return of the “Cadillac Short Series” in Solaris Plaza, the only festival “venue” where the public is invited to view festival programming without tickets. The Cadillac Short Series will feature a selection of short films throughout the festival weekend, screened from a 2012 Cadillac Escalade and two 2012 SRXs.The 2012 Vail Film Festival officially opens March 29 at the Vail Mountain School with the U.S. premiere of “The Eye of the Storm.” Directed by Fred Schepisi (“Roxanne,” “Six Degrees of Separation,”) “The Eye of the Storm” stars Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. The film explores family relationships, and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them.The Friday Night featured film, on March 30, is “6 Month Rule.” Written and directed by Vail Film Festival alum Blayne Weaver, the film stars Weaver, Martin Starr, Jaime Pressly and Natalie Morales. Weaver gives a romantic, charming, and poignant look at relationships, seen from the eyes of Tyler (Weaver), who lives by a philosophy that allows him to avoid making any significant connections with women.The Vail Film Festival continues its partnership with the acclaimed Hotel Caf with live performances at the Festival Friday Night Concert on March 30 at the Sebastian hotel. Featured musicians include Sara Bareilles (three-time Grammy nominee, celebrity judge on NBC’s hit show “The Sing Off”), Cary Brothers (“Blue Eyes” from the Grammy-winning “Garden State” soundtrack), Greg Laswell, Javier Dunn, Buddy, and Harper Blynn. Following the Saturday evening awards ceremony, the Vail Film Festival will present the closing night film, “L!fe Happens,” helmed by Vail Film Festival alum and talented new director Kat Coiro, staring Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. “L!fe Happens,” co-written by Coiro, and lead actor Ritter, is a comedy centered on three young women who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio.The 2012 Vail Film Festival Film program includes:Feature films:o “6 Month Rule,” directed by Blayne Weaver.o “Downtown Express,” directed by David Grubin.o “Inuk,” directed by Mike Magidson.o “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy,” directed by Rob Heydon.o “Life Happens,” directed by Kat Coiro.o “Mariachi Gringo,” directed by Tom Gustafson.o “The Eye of the Storm,” directed by Fred Schepisi.o “The Mulberry Tree,” directed by Mark Heller.o “Shuffle,” directed by Kurt Kuenne.o “Puncture,” directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen.Documentaries:o “Andrew Bird: Fever Year,” directed by Xan Aranda.o “Between the Harvest,” directed by Scott Drucker.o “Last Call at the Oasis,” directed by Jessica Yu.o “Words of Witness,” directed by Mai Iskander.o “One Night Stand,” directed by Trish Dalton and Elisabeth Sperling.o “Oscar,” directed by Aoife Naughton.o “Sing,” directed by Laura Crosta.o “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,” directed by Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes and Will Hess.o “Zero Percent,” directed by Tim Skousen.o “Singleton: From the earth,” directed by Robert A. Reid.Environmental Showcase:o “High Ground,” directed by Michael Brown.o “Tipping Point: The End of Oil,” directed by Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson.Adventure Films:o “The Art of Flight,” directed by Curt Morgan.o “The Movement,” directed by Greg I. Hamilton and Kurt Miller.o “Wyoming Triumph,” directed by Chris Kitchen and Sam Pope.Shorts:o “Free Hugs,” directed by Olivia Wilde.o “A Morning with Gold in Its Mouth,” directed by Samuel Dowe-Sandes.o “Arts & Crafts,” directed by Jonathan Kesselman.o “Cadaver,” directed by Jonah D. Ansell.o “Deerskin Lake,” directed by Joshua Clark.o “dik,” directed by Christopher Stollery.o “Everything is Incredible,” directed by Tim Skousen, Trevor Hill and Tyler Bastian.o “Fatakra,” directed by Soham Mehta.o “I’m Having A Difficult Time Killing My Parents,” directed by Jeff Tomsic.o “Mouthful,” directed by Robert G. Putka.o “Protect The Nation,” directed by C.R. Reisser.o “Queen,” directed by Adam Rose.o “Souterrain,” directed by Erwin Haecker.o “The Arm,” directed by Brie Larson, Jessie Ennis, and Sarah Ramos.o “The Carrier,” directed by Scott Schaeffer.o “The Jockstrap Raiders,” directed by Mark Nelson.o “What’s Life Got to Do with It?,” directed by Noah Weisberg.o “Christmas Is Ruined,” directed by Andrew Putschoegl.o “Lagun Mina,” directed by Jose Mari Goenaga.o “The Monster Whisperer,” directed by Elad Offer.Student Films:o “Roleplay,” directed by Brendan H. Banks.o “Happy Ones, The,” directed by Brandon Zuck.o “Pushing Above the Highpoint,” directed by Ben Thomas.o “Fixed,” directed by Johnny Rutter.o “Ad & Subtract,” directed by Laura Stephens.o “Live Outside the Box,” directed by Shu-Hsuan Lin.o “Necking,” directed by Lindsay Lindenbaum.o “My Friend the Thief, “directed by Roland Kennedy.o “Commerce,” directed by Lisa Robertson.o “Election Day,” directed by Zach Wechter.o “Derek,” directed by Alex Gray.o “X.C.,” directed by Sam Osborn.o “Lines,” directed by Joselito Seldera.For the complete 2012 Vail Film Festival Program and screening schedule, visit www.vailfilmfestival.com/program. For tickets, visit www.vailfilmfestival.com.