The Vail Film Festival continues through Sunday |

The Vail Film Festival continues through Sunday

Caramie Schnell
The film "A Dark Reflection" screens today at 6:45 p.m. at the Vail Marriott. Directed by a former British Airways captain, the film is based on real events. By chance, two British journalists discover aviation's biggest cover-up following a hushed up near miss.
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VAIL — Movie buffs rejoice: you can catch 12 hours of back-to-back films in Vail Saturday. The Vail Film Festival continues Saturday and Sunday with films screening at Cascade Resort in Vail and at the Vail Marriott from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Kids Shorts Showcase starts the day off on a light, happy note at 11 a.m. See the Colorado premieres of films like “The Magic Ferret,” an 8-minute film about a 6-year-old orphan with a pet ferret named Booger. “When the newest prospective parents come to visit, Sam decides to impress them with a few magic tricks, with Booger as his trusty assistant. When his most amazing trick flops, Sam is deflated but not defeated, and with Booger’s help he conjures up a different kind of magic,” according to the film synopsis.

Other Saturday highlights include the readings of the winning screenplays for a short film (“Rule of Law” about a public defender, an assistant district attorney, a seasoned judge and a violent defendant who all cross paths when a young girl is attacked and killed) at 11 a.m. and feature film (“Tater Tot & Patton”

about a frustrated millennial sent to her stubborn uncle’s South Dakota ranch) at 11:45 a.m. Both readings take place at the hospitality lounge at the Vail Marriott.

At 4:30 p.m., documentary film “The Dawn Wall” will screen at Cascade. Climber Kevin Jorgeson will attend the screening, which includes never-before-seen footage of his recent epic climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell. Considered by many to be the hardest route ever climbed, the climb garnered worldwide media attention and was featured on the front page of the New York Times. On Dec. 27, 2014, the climbers started their “push” to leave the ground and not return until they either succeeded or were stormed off. After 19 days, their dream became a reality when they stood on the top of El Capitan. Following that movie, stick around to see another documentary featuring a local celebrity. “Lindsey Vonn: The Climb” documents Vonn’s journey as she recovered from two devastating injuries and returned to the top of the podium at a 2014 World Cup downhill race in Alberta, Canada.

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The Vail Film Festival awards ceremony takes place at Vail Mountain School at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the closing night film, “Slow West.” Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn, the film follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. It’s the Colorado premiere of the film.

Head over the Vail Marriott for the closing night party, held at 8:30 p.m. at the Marriott’s downstairs ballroom. And if you’d rather sneak in more films than mingle with filmmakers, be sure and catch the world premiere of “Queen Mimi.” This charming documentary by Yaniv Rokah tells the story of a homeless woman who has was forced onto the streets in her 50s following a divorce. She eventually took shelter at a Santa Monica laundromat where she met actor Zach Galifianakis.

Films screen at the Cascade and Marriott again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit for more information and a full film schedule.

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