The annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off its 12th year on August 16 for a four day run of short and long format indie film screenings and other events.
Held in two locations in downtown Nevada City, the festival will screen 100 films selected from over 400 submissions.
The films include award-winners from the U.S. and 16 countries that have appeared in prominent film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Films from emerging local and regional filmmakers are also represented.
Opening night kicks off Aug. 16 with "Neil Young Journeys". Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme's new documentary traces Neil Young on his recent solo tour as he returns to his home town of Toronto for a concert at Massey Hall.
Other festival highlights include "Watershed," narrated and produced by Robert Redford and his son Jamie (screens 8/17 & 8/19). The film documents the Colorado River system, which conservationists believe is endangered by decades of development and global warming.
The festival's Director's Spotlight this year will focus on the work of Jonathan Krisel (Aug. 18). Krisel is best known for co-creating, writing, and directing IFC's critically acclaimed series "Portlandia." and has directed shows such as "Tim and Eric Awesome Show," and "Check it Out! with Steve Brule," starring John C. Riley.
Krisel will appear and will screen past and present works that include his most popular series, as well as never-before-seen films, short films, and other upcoming works.
The festival also looks to the future with its San Francisco Film Festival Youth Media Mashup (Aug. 18), with a screening of a collection of youth-produced work.
Tickets go on sale August 1st.
12th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHEN: Aug. 16 - 19
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St. &
Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City
TICKETS: $9; $7 Students/Seniors; $99 Festival Pass