Vail Film Festival announces Rising Star tribute, opening and closing films |

Vail Film Festival announces Rising Star tribute, opening and closing films

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The Vail Film Festival will honor Madison Davenport with the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 9. Past Vail Film Festival Rising Star honorees include Jesse Eisenberg, Olivia Wilde, Krysten Ritter and Sophia Bush.
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If you go …

What: 13th annual Vail Film Festival

When: April 7-10.

Where: Vail Cascade in Cascade Village and Cinebistro in Vail Village.

Cost: Passes star at $59.

More information: Visit for more details and a complete schedule or to purchase tickets.

VAIL —Festival organizers recently announced the 2016 Rising Star Award, the opening and closing night films and the Friday night concert lineup for the 13th annual Vail Film Festival, taking place April 7-10 in Vail.

Rising Star Awards

The Vail Film Festival will honor Madison Davenport, one of Hollywood’s leading young stars, with the 2016 Rising Star Award. Davenport is already an industry veteran, having built her resume since the age of 7. This past holiday season, she was seen in the Universal comedy “Sisters” opposite Tina Fey and Amy Phoehler.

Also in 2015, she had the lead role opposite Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black”) in the indie feature “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” directed by Valerie Weiss. Davenport recently started production on the third season of Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic “From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series.” Her credits also include her supporting role of Na’el in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic “Noah,” where she shared the screen with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, playing the love interest of Logan Lerman’s character.

On the small screen, Davenport is most well known for her role on the hit Showtime series “Shameless,” in which she delivered a memorable performance for two seasons portraying the fan favorite character of Ethel.

The Rising Star Award will be presented to Davenport during the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 9. Past Vail Film Festival Rising Star honorees include Jesse Eisenberg, Olivia Wilde, Krysten Ritter and Sophia Bush.

Opening, Closing nights

The 2016 Vail Film Festival will open with the Colorado Premiere of “Morris from America,” starring Craig Robinson, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The film follows the adventures of a 13-year-old American boy who moves to Germany.

Vail Film Festival alum Weiss’ film “A Light Beneath Their Feet” will screen as the closing night film. The coming-of-age dramedy follows a high school senior (Davenport) who must choose between escaping to the college of her dreams or staying close to home to take care of her bipolar mother (Manning).

Other highlights

Some of the 2016 Vail Film Festival highlight films include the world premiere of “Year By the Sea,” adapted from the novel of the same name written by Joan Anderson; the world premiere of “Cut to the Chase,” by writer-director Blayne Weaver, starring Weaver and Lance Henriksen; the world premiere of “Finding Her,” starring Johnny Whitworth, Maurice McRae and Jeremy Holm; and the world premieres of the documentary films “Shelter in the City,” by director Terrence Donnellan, and “Riot,” by director Kevin McLaughlin.

Beyond the film screenings and nightly parties, the festival also will include the annual Friday Night Concert, presented by Los Angeles’ renowned Hotel Cafe. The concert will take place on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Shakedown Bar in Vail Village. Tickets are free for pass holders or $15 at the door. The concert will feature acclaimed musicians Butterfly Boucher, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, K.S. Rhoads and the band The Kin.

“Music and film go hand in hand, and we’re thrilled to once again showcase amazing musicians at our annual Friday Night Concert, one of the festival’s most popular events,” said festival co-director Scott Cross.

For more information about the musicians and Friday Night Concert, visit

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