Vail film fest will be biggest ever
VAIL – The Colorado Film Institute has announced program details for the 2010 Vail Film Festival taking place from April 1-4 in Vail and Beaver Creek. The festival’s expansion to Beaver Creek makes it the biggest Vail Film Festival to date, with over 90 film screenings and more panels, parties and industry talent present than ever before. Tribute Awards will be given this year to actors Jane Seymour, Zach Braff and Dennis Haysbert. Seymour will receive the Riva Award for Achievement in Acting, Dennis Haysbert will receive the Vanguard Award for Excellence in Acting, with Zach Braff receiving the Festival’s Renegade Award for risk-taking in film. Seymour has worked in both film and television, with the starring role in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” and roles in the films “Live and Let Die,” “Somewhere In Time-and “Wedding Crashers.” She is in “The Assistants,” which will been shown at this year’s Vail Film Festival. Braff played the lead in NBC’s hit show “Scrubs,” and wrote, directed, and starred in the critically acclaimed “Garden State.” He also was in the hit comedy “The Last Kiss.” Haysbert has created iconic characters on the hit shows “24” and “The Unit,” as well as in the films “Far From Heaven,” “Jarhead” and “Goodbye Bofana.” Haysbert narrates the documentary, “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun,” which will be shown at the festival. The festival kicks-off on April 1, with opening night film “A Shine of Rainbows,” a full-length drama directed by Vic Sarin and starring Connie Nielson and Aidan Quinn. The opening party will be held at the Vail Plaza Hotel. The festival’s four-day program includes features, documentaries, shorts, animated family shorts, adventure films, student films and an activism showcase. Highlights include “The Hungry Ghosts” from actor/director Michael Imperioli; “Streetball,” a South African documentary from director Demetrius Wren; “Kavi,” an Oscar-nominated short film by Gregg Helvey; and “The New Tenants,” the Oscar winner for best live action short by Joachim Black. The following feature-length films will premiere at the festival: “Disrupt/Dismantle” from director Jack Lucarelli; “Inventing Adam,” from director Richie Adams, “Ride the Divide” from directors Mike Dion and Hunter Weeks, and “Being in the World” from director Tao Ruspoli. The closing night film is “Waiting for Forever,” directed by James Keach and starring Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Jaime King and Blythe Danner. Keach will participate in a Q&A following the film. The festival weekend will conclude with an awards ceremony at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek with closing night party at Ford Hall.A full 2010 program schedule can be found at http://www.VailFilmFestival.org.