Vail Film Festival announces final lineup |

Vail Film Festival announces final lineup

Special to the DailyWriter, director and actor Kevin Smith's films include "Clerks," "Mall Rats" and "Dogma." He will appear at the film festival in Vail, Colorado in April

VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Film Festival announced the complete line-up of films selected to be screened at the 2009 Festival, taking place April 2- 5 in Vail, Colorado. The Festival will screen more than 50 films from around the world.

Writer, director and actor Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Mall Rats,” “Dogma,” etc.) and actress Michelle Monaghan (“Trucker,” “Eagle Eye,” “Made of Honor,” “Mission Impossible III,” etc.), will both attend this year’s festival.

The 2009 Vail Film Festival opens on April 2 with a screening of “Trucker,” directed by James Mottern, starring Monaghan, Joey Lauren Adams and Benjamin Bratt. This drama follows the story of a hard-nosed truck driver, Diane (Monaghan), who leads a carefree life of all-night bar benders until her estranged 11-year-old son shows up at her door one evening. With Diane’s ex-husband Len (Bratt) hospitalized, the two are stuck with each other ” at least for a while.

“Weather Girl,” directed by Blayne Wilson (in attendance), and starring Tricia O’Kelley (in attendance), Patrick J. Adams, Ryan Devlin, Mark Harmon and Kaitlin Olson (in attendance), will screen as the closing film on April 4.. After learning her boyfriend (Harmon) cheated on her with his co-host (Olson), a Seattle morning show weather girl (O’Kelley) freaks out on-air and is fired. Forced to move in with her little brother (Devlin) and deal with his best friend (Adams), she has to learn to cope with being 35, single, unemployed, and unfortunately famous for being the Sassy Weather Girl who lost it on live television.

Other feature film highlights at this year’s festival include: Karen Kingsbury’s “Like Dandelion Dust,” starring Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Maxwell Perry Cotton and Kate Levering; “The Disappeared,” directed by Johnny Kevorkian and starring Neil Murphy and Tom Felton; Bill Pympton’s animated feature, “Idiots and Angels and True Adolescents,” directed by Craig Johnson, starring Mark Duplass, Academy Award nominated Melissa Leo, Bret Loehr, and Carr Thompson.

“We’re very proud that the Vail Film Festival has become a sought after event for filmmakers from around the world to screen and premiere their work,” said Scott Cross, co-founder and co-director of the Vail Film Festival. “Our submissions are some of the best in independent film.”

2009 Vail Film Festival Feature Films:

The Disappeared, directed by Johnny Kevorkian

Idiots and Angels, directed by Bill Plympton

Karen Kingsbury’s Like Dandelion Dust, Based on the Best Selling Novel, directed by Jon Gunn

Trucker, directed by James Mottern

True Adolescents, directed by Craig Johnson

Weather Girl, directed by Blayne Weaver


Behind the Wheel, directed by Cody Lucich ,Tao Ruspoli, and James Wade

The Day After Peace, directed by Jeremy Gilley

Garbage Dreams, directed by Mai Iskander

Going on 13, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez


A Xinecologa (The Gynecologist), directed by Alfonso Camarero

The Antagonist, directed by Jessie McCormack

The Burger, directed by Meghan McDonough and Anna Bolt

Dinner with Raphael, directed by Joey Boukadakis

Every Other Weekend, directed by Tim Slade

Glock, directed by Tom Everett Scott

Grisen (The Pig), directed by Dorte Hoegh

In the Wind, directed by Martin Papazian

Kidnapping Caitlynn, directed by Katherine Cunningham-Eves

Lighthouse Avery, directed by Kestrel Burley

Mildred Richards, directed by Marc Kess

The New Yorkist, directed by Dana O’Keefe

Nomansland, directed by Scott Belyea

Pinatas Revenge, directed by Delaney Bishop

Porque Hay Cosas Que Nunca Se Olvidan, directed by Lucas M. Figueroa

Premature, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

Pussyfooting, directed by Lisa James-Larsson

Rubberheart, directed Brian Crano

Steak and Milk, directed by Michael Maxxis

Summer of the Cicada, directed by Alfredo Vincente

Tender as Hellfire, directed by Jason Stone

Terminus, directed by Trevor Cawood

Winter Lilacs, directed by Stephen Gurewitz

Student Films:

Coons, directed by Chris Cloyd

Desert Wedding, directed by Alexandra Fisher

In the Dark, directed by Alex Fazeli

Marooned?, directed by Ryan Nagata

Miracle Investigators, directed by Jeremy Dehn

Open Your Eyes, directed by Susan Cohen

Out of the Water, directed by Daniel Citron

Shopping, directed by Pedro Suarez

The Sheriff, directed by Jeff M. Giordano

Vampire, directed by Kwanik Park

Action Sports:

Life as a Movie, directed by Benji Weatherley

The Sublimation Experiment, directed by Chris Kitchen and Sam Pope

Uniquely, directed by John Roderick

Animated Films:

Glago’s Guest, directed by Chris Williams

Hot Dog, directed by Bill Plympton

Lavatory-Lovestory, directed by Konstantin Bronzit

Mutt, directed by Glen Hunwick

Film details and the entire line-up of 2009 film selections in all categories are now available at

Festival passes incorporate a combination of movies, filmmaker panels, and galas, with $55 a day lift tickets on skiing for festival pass holders during the event. For tickets and additional information, visit or call 970-476-1092.

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