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Waking up the star-struck

The Inaugural Vail Film Festival opens its curtains today, bringing big screen blockbusters, small screen art films, documentaries and shorts to the theaters of Vail. The festival includes premieres, parties, celebrity panel discussions and Grammy-winning musicians.

Local radio stations The Eagle (101.5 / 95.3 FM), Ski Country (104.7 / 99.3 FM) and Choice-FM (92.7 / 92.3 FM), are conducting in-studio live interviews with the directors of several feature films today and Friday on the morning shows.


Between 7-8 a.m.: Chad Lowe is on the advisory board for the Vail Valley Film Festival and will be one of the celebrity guest speakers at the panel discussions. He’ll phone in.

8-9 a.m.: Director Wayne Ewing of the film “Breakfast with Hunter” will also join the on-air staff. This highly anticipated documentary stars Johnny Depp, John Cusack and Benicio Del Toro and is an intimate look at the real-life trials and triumphs of the infamous outlaw journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The self-described “most elderly dope fiend in America” who created his own genre of writing – gonzo journalism – and changed the nature of American journalism forever.

9-10 a.m.: Thomas Ian Nicholas (of “American Pie”) also will be in attendance at the Film Festival and on the radio airwaves his brother Tim talking about the feature film they wrote, “LA DJ.” The picture surrounds a true-to-life story two talented brothers who live in a small town trailer park and have a dream of becoming famous DJs. They go to LA to try and break into the club scene, but wind up DJ-ing Bar Mitzvahs.


8-9 a.m.: Listeners can catch director Jon Gunn of the comedy “My Date with Drew.” The storyline features Brian Herzlinger, who has loved Drew Barrymore since he first saw her in E.T. in second grade. Twenty years later, he’s no closer to his dream of meeting her, so he decides it’s time to finally make the first move. He’s got 30 days, $1,100 and six degrees of separation.

The Vail Film Festival will also feature screenings with stars Ethan Hawke, Tim Roth, Bono, Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Janeane Garofalo and Isabella Rossellini in addition to showcasing these talented up-and-coming filmmakers. Grammy-award winning musicians and songwriters will be performing free concerts starting at 2 p.m. on Bridge Street in Vail today, Friday and Saturday afternoons to celebrate the festival’s inaugural season in the Vail Valley.

For more information on the event line-up or to reserve event tickets, visit http://www.VailFilmFestival.org or call 333-9689.

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