One week until Vail Film Festival |

One week until Vail Film Festival

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoVail Film Festival passholders can enjoy the Festival Hospitality Lounge, which will feature free Stella Artois beer and live music from musicians including Grammy winner Cary Brothers, Laura Jansen, Holly Conlan and Buddy.

VAIL, Colorado The Vail Film Festival is less than a week away. The festivities kick off Thursday in Vail, Colorado with the opening night film, Trucker, directed by James Mottern and starring Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor, Eagle Eye, Mission Impossible 3, Eagle Eye). Michelle Monaghan will be in attendance for a Q&A session. Following the film is the festivals opening night gala at the Donovan Pavilion. Film screenings continue throughout the weekend, and passholders can enjoy the Festival Hospitality Lounge, with complimentary Stella Artois beer, and live music from L.A.s acclaimed Hotel Caf. Performing musicians include Grammy winner Cary Brothers, Laura Jansen, Holly Conlan, and Buddy. The Hotel Cafe musicians will also perform a special concert the night of April 3 at 8 p.m. at the Cascade Balloom. Saturday, April 4, features live readings of winning short and feature script winners and a filmmaker panel discussion on activism in film. Other events include the festival awards ceremony, honoring the winning filmmakers in each film category, along with the festival audience award. The festival will also present a Tribute Award to Michelle Monaghan for excellence in acting and the Renegade Award to Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy, Zack and Miri). Smith will participate in a special Q&A after the award presentations. Weather Girl will screen April 4 as the festivals closing night film. Director and Vail Film Festival filmmaker alum, Blayne Weaver (Outside Sales), actor Tricia OKelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and actor Kaitlin Olson (Its Always Sunny in Philadephia) will all be in attendance for a special Q&A after the film.Other film highlights include The Day After Peace, featuring Jude Law and Angelina Jolie, Like Dandelion Dust, starring Mira Sorvino, Cole Hauser and Barry Pepper, with director Jon Gunn in attendance. Kidnapping Caitlyn, followed by a Q&A with actor Jason Biggs (American Pie, My Best Friends Girl) and director Catherine Cunningham Eves Gospel Hill, directed by Giancarlo Esposito and starring Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, and Giancarlo Esposito, with Esposito in attendance. April 5 the festival will play the award-winning films in each category throughout the day, including the audience favorite. Film categories include features, documentaries, short films, animated films, student films, and action sports. For more information, visit the festival Web site at or call 970-476-1092The $45 Vista Pass gets you access to all films, panels and the Festival Hospitality Lounge, featuring live music and complimentary Stella Artois beer. Other passes include the opening night party, filmmaker reception, awards ceremony and closing party.

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