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Thursday, August 15
 

7:00pm

Shuttle to Opening Film: BURNING KENTUCKY & Q&A
FREE TOWN OF VAIL BUS TO VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL (OPENING NIGHT FILM)
*Note: For anyone driving themselves, there is a parking lot at Vail Mountain School.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH
OPENING FILM: BURNING KENTUCKY & Q&A WITH DIRECTOR AND LEAD ACTRESS

EAST VAIL bus (Blue Line)

From Vail to Vail Mountain School:

 Leaves at 7pm, from top level of Vail Transportation Center to Vail Mountain School (8-minute ride)

From Vail Mountain School to Vail: 

Leaves at 9:27pm,  from Vail Mountain School to Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)



Thursday August 15, 2019 7:00pm - 9:27pm
Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:30pm

Opening Night Film: Burning Kentucky (Presented by Lu and Sam Maslak. Q&A with director & leading actor)
BURNING KENTUCKY (Presented by Lu and Sam Maslak)
Director: Bethany Brooke Anderson (USA, 2018, 97 minutes)
In the foggy mountains of eastern Kentucky, a young woman searches for the missing pieces of a mysterious event that killed her family. When the truth is revealed, she must choose between the love of a man… or avenging her family.
Starring: Emilie Dhir, John Pyper Ferguson, Charlie Bewley, Andy Umberger, Augie Duke, Nathan Sutton, Nick McCallum.
In attendance: Bethany Brooke Anderson, Emilie Dhir

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FREE TOWN OF VAIL BUS TO VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL (AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING FILM)
EAST VAIL bus (Blue Line)
From Vail: Leaves at 7pm, from top level of Vail Transportation Center to Vail Mountain School (8-minute ride)
From Vail Mountain School: Leaves at 9:27pm,  from Vail Mountain School to top level of Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)


Thursday August 15, 2019 7:30pm - 9:20pm
Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657, USA

9:30pm

Opening Night Party at Larkspur
Join us for the festival's Opening Night Party at Larkspur restaurant in Vail Village. Open to Prima, Patron, and Filmmaker passholders.

Thursday August 15, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Larkspur restaurant 58 Vail Valley Dr, Vail, CO 81657
 
Friday, August 16
 

11:00am

Shorts 1
Deep Creak
Director: John Knipp, Joel Flora (USA, 2019, 13 minutes)
Noah, a disgruntled writer, searches for seclusion at an old waterfront cabin. After a power outage, Noah discovers the identity of a previous tenant. His search for answers takes an interesting turn, leading him towards a disturbing conflict with his own reality.
Starring: Christopher Morson, Laura Gede

Go Back Forward 
Director: Marialejandra Matin (Venezuela, 2019, 9 minutes)
Coco reveals something she kept for herself, a connection with the past that transforms her self-conscious into sheer happiness.
Starring: Liliana Melendez, Rafael Marziano Tinoco, Gabriel Aguero, Hernan Marcano.

The Seal (World Premiere)
Director: Richa Rudola (USA, 2019, 16 minutes)
A young woman receives a mysterious package that upends her sedated life.
Starring: Shahana Goswami

Cannonball
Director: Sean Fredricks (USA, 2018, 17 minutes)
A type-A Brentwood mom hires a superstitious hitman...but the universe teaches them one big lesson: inertia's a bitch. Starring: Trevor Torseth, MJ Brackin
Premiere: Colorado

Bennifer
Director: Ryan McGlade (USA, 2018, 13 minutes)
Jed's family isn't how he remembered it.
Starring: Keith Poulson, Keith McDermott, Kristin Griffith, Tom Tumminello

Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

11:15am

The Promise of the Butterfly (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Meredith Kirkman  (USA, 2019, 103 minutes)
Set in Chicago, we meet Doran, part-time flower delivery boy and avid journal keeper who spends the day pondering life by bike. Caught between pressures from his mother and his undecided future, he encounters a mute dancer that takes him on an unexpected journey into himself.
Starring: Hunter Day, Jordan Omeish.
Premiere: World


Friday August 16, 2019 11:15am - 1:15pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

12:00pm

Hiro's Table (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Lynn Hamrick      (USA, 2018, 55 minutes)
HIRO'S TABLE is a documentary portrait of master chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo over a sixteen-year year span as they managed the day to day operation of their intimate Mom and Pop restaurant, Hirozen Gourmet, nestled in the unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall. 


Friday August 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:00pm

Shorts 2
Going Down Slow
Director/Writer: Eryk Pruitt (USA, 2019, 28 minutes)
A married couple at a crossroads in their relationship must put aside their differences in order to bury a body. Starring: Edith Snow, Michael Howard, Tracey Coppedge, Jeffrey Moore, and Sam Allen

Sides of a Horn
Director: Toby Wosskow (USA, 2018, 17 minutes)
From executive producer Sir Richard Branson, Sides of a Horn is the first film to tell the story of South Africa's poaching war from both sides of the fence. This dramatic film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern war that is tearing apart communities and driving a species to the verge of extinction.
Starring: Sherldon Marema, Welile Nzuza, Ayanda Seoka, Dimpho Motloung
Premiere: Colorado

Black Hat
Director: Sarah Smith (USA, 2018, 15 minutes)
At first blush, Shmuel is a pious Hasidic man leading a fairly simple life. But when his wife and daughters leave town for a few days, Shmuel will step out of his simple daily life and into a more complex world lit by the night. Starring: Adam Silver, Shelly Kurtz, Sebastian Velmont
Premiere: Colorado

The Moon and the Night
Director: Erin Lau       (USA, 2018, 19 minutes)
A Native Hawaiian teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight. Through the journey the film explores undercurrents of strife in Hawaiʻi, but at it’s heart, it is a coming-of-age tale.

Open House
Director: Michael Muncatchy (USA, 2019, 19 minutes)
A violently British real estate agent lands a starring role in a student documentary. We learn more about this weird English bird than how to sell a house. Starring: Georgia Dolenz, Daniel Acker, Johnno Wilson, Burt Moseley, Ruth Connell


Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:00pm

Festival Hangout
Filmmakers, festival guests, passholders and non-passholders, are welcome to network and mingle at festival brewery partner, Vail Brewing Company, located upstairs from the Cinebistro Theater at Solaris Plaza. Happy Hour pricing.


Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Vail Brewing Company - Vail Village 141 E Meadow Dr #209, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:45pm

Magnolia's Hope (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: AJ Tesler      (USA, 2019, 60 minutes)
When three-year-old Magnolia Tesler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to do. This intimate documentary follows the Tesler family as they spring into action in an effort to cure their daughter from a rare, debilitating disorder.



Friday August 16, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

2:00pm

Don't Be Nice (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Max Powers (USA, 2018, 95 minutes)
A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.

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Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:50pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

3:30pm

Paris la Blanche
Director: Lidia Terke    (France, 2017, 84 minutes)
Tassadit Mandi gives an affecting performance as Rekia, an Algerian grandmother whose husband was one of the many people who immigrated to France in the 1970s. Against the will of her children, Rekia undertakes a grueling solo trip to Paris. Paris la Blanche is a lesson about love, commitment, sacrifices, perseverance and the human spirit.
Starring: Tassidit Mandi, Zahir Bouzerar, Karole Rocher, Marie Denarnaud, Dan Herzberg, Sebastien Houbani.
Premiere: Colorado
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Friday August 16, 2019 3:30pm - 5:15pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

3:30pm

Bring Me an Avocado (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Maria Mealla           (USA, 2019, 99 minutes)
When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family struggles to maintain a life while managing their grief.
Starring: Molly Ratermann, Bernardo Pena, Sarah Burkhalter, Candace Roberts, Michaela Robles, California Poppy Sanchez.
Premiere: Colorado
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Friday August 16, 2019 3:30pm - 5:25pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

4:30pm

Filmmaker Reception
Open to Filmmaker, Prima, and Patron passholders.

Friday August 16, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
10th Mountain Whiskey 227 Bridge St, Vail, CO 81657

4:30pm

Adolescence
Director: Ashley Avis     (USA, 2018, 99 minutes)
A teenager from an abusive household falls in love with a free-spirited runaway that leads him into the fast-lane lifestyle of drugs and addiction which threatens to destroy him. 
Starring: India Eisley, Mickey River, Elisabeth Rohm, Tommy Flanagan, Jere Burns, Romeo Miller, Michael Milford, Ever Carradine. 
Premiere: Colorado
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Friday August 16, 2019 4:30pm - 6:10pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

5:45pm

Burning Kentucky (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Bethany Brooke Anderson    (USA, 2018, 97 minutes)
In the foggy mountains of eastern Kentucky, a young woman searches for the missing pieces of a mysterious event that killed her family. When the truth is revealed, she must choose between the love of a man… or avenging her family.
Starring: John Pyper Ferguson, Emilie Dhir, Charlie Bewley, Andy Umberger, Augie Duke, Nathan Sutton, Nick McCallum.
In attendance: Bethany Brooke Anderson, Emilie Dhir

Watch trailer


Friday August 16, 2019 5:45pm - 7:45pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

6:00pm

Being Frank (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Miranda Bailey       (USA, 2018, 110 minutes)
While celebrating spring break, 17-year-old Phil is shocked to see his father with another woman across state lines. His life gets turned upside down even more when he learns that good old dad actually has an entirely different family living in town.
Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Logan Miller, Danielle Campbell, Samantha Mathis, Anna Gunn
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Friday August 16, 2019 6:00pm - 8:05pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

6:40pm

Guest Artist
Director: Timothy Busfield      (USA, 2019, 74 minutes)
The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age.
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Thomas Macias.
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Friday August 16, 2019 6:40pm - 7:55pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

8:15pm

Romance Analyst (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Rachel Wortell   (USA, 2018, 92 minutes)
A comedy about a platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.
Starring: Peter Vack, Lily Meyer, Jeff Kahn, Eleanore Pienta.


Friday August 16, 2019 8:15pm - 10:00pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

8:30pm

Once Upon a River (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Haroula Rose         (USA, 2019, 90 minutes)It’s 1978 and Margo Crane, a 15 year old Native teen, must take to the Stark River on an odyssey. Akin to Huck Finn, this is a heroine like no other. Based on the best-selling novel “Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell. 
Starring: Kenadi Delacerna, Tatanka Means, Josephine Decker, Coburn Goss, Sam Straley, Ajuawak. Kapashesit, John Ashton, Kenn E Head, Lindsay Pulsipher.


Friday August 16, 2019 8:30pm - 10:15pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

8:45pm

Standing Up, Falling Down (Filmmaker Q&A)
(USA, 2018, 91 minutes)
Director: Matt Ratner
A struggling stand-up comedian at a crossroads in his life returns to his hometown and finds an unlikely kindred spirit in his pot-smoking dermatologist. 
Starring: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Caitlin McGee, David Castaneda, Debra Monk, Jill Hennessy, John Behlmann, Kevin Dunn, Leonard Ouzts, Nate Corddry.
Premiere: Colorado


Friday August 16, 2019 8:45pm - 10:30pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA
 
Saturday, August 17
 

11:00am

Shorts 3
Trip’s Duplage      (USA, 2019 15 minutes)
Director: Spencer Squire
After years spent relegated to the shadows, Trip Parker decides to take action and murder his lover, aging actress Diana Duplage. Post kill, Trip steps into the sun, finally able to flourish via the assumption of his ex-lover's identity.
Starring: Stephanie Beacham, Carolyn Hennesy, Colleen Camp, Spencer Squire, Jayson Blair
Premiere: Colorado

Pozole
Director: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros (USA, 2019, 10 minutes)
La gringa killed her Nana.
Starring: Ana Isabel Dow, Monica Sanchez, Mike Salazar, Peter Quintana, Jessica Hinojos

Hula Girl
Director: Chris Riess and Amy Hill (USA, 2018, 10 minutes)
Hula Girl is the untold story of one of the biggest fads in modern American history. At 94, Joan Anderson has waited 60 years to prove that “a gentleman’s handshake” was hardly a deal and it’s time to set the record straight.
Starring: Joan Anderson

Long Time Listener, First Time Caller      
Director: Nora Kirkpatrick (USA, 2019, 17 minutes)
After accidentally tuning to a mysterious late night radio show, small-town and sexually repressed woman, NAN, calls in to get some answers about existence, marriage, and her purpose.
Starring: Breeda Wool, Demorge Brown, Dominic Bogart, Jen Tullock, Sam Carson, Juliet Mills

My Dinner with Werner
Director: Maverick Moore (USA, 2019, 17 minutes)
Inspired by the real-life, insane 'friendship’ between madman German filmmaker Werner Herzog and maniac German actor Klaus Kinski, this is a wildly bizarre and wacky comedy about a dinner date with a murder plot as the main dish.
Starring: Chynna Walker, Matthew Sanders, Andrew Perez, Grant Virtue
Premiere: Colorado

Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

11:30am

Tour de Force (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Brad Stabio      (USA, 2019, 65 minutes)
Tour de Force is the story Denver's three most notable dance organizations, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Wonderbound and their ambitious process of putting together a show featuring all three companies.





Saturday August 17, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

12:00pm

Panel: Filmmaking; Personal Stories
The Vail Film Festival is excited to present the Filmmaking: Personal Stories panel discussion, featuring director/producer Miranda Bailey (Being Frank), director/producer Kerry David (Breaking Their Silence), writer/director Rachel Wortell (Romance Analyst),  and writer/director Haroula Rose (Once Upon a River). Moderated by Vail Daily's Tricia Swenson. There will be an audience Q&A after the panel.
Saturday August 17, 12pm at Colorado Snowsports Museum at the Vail Transportation Center.
Free and open to the public.

PANELISTS


Miranda Bailey - Director, Producer, Actor
Miranda Miranda Bailey first wrote, directed and starred in the play MEMORIES FROM AN ATTIC when she was at the Vail Mountain high school. Miranda's first cinematic directorial debut was GREENLIT, a comedic documentary looking at the inherent hypocrisies surrounding Hollywood when trying to "green" a film set which debuted at SXSW in 2010. IFC International and Virgil Films picked it up for distribution. Since then, she directed the award-winning narrative short ANOTHER HAPPY ANNIVERSARY which, after a successful festival run, premiered on Shorts TV and has hosted on Jill Soloway's website "Wifey TV" promoting female filmmakers. Miranda also shot and directed The Behind the Scenes of James Gunn's SUPER and an episode of the web TV series FIRSTS. Miranda's second documentary feature, THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST, is an intimate portrait of the controversial and discredited Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The documentary premiered on April 20, 2017 at the Manhattan Film Festival as the opening night film and won Best Documentary Feature. It played at the 2017 Downtown LA Film Festival and Bailey won Best Director - Documentary Feature. The film opened in theaters September 2017.
Over the last 14 years, Miranda Bailey has produced over 20 films including the Oscar nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, James Gunn's SUPER and the Gotham Award Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. Miranda has been nominated twice for the Best First Feature Spirit Award - once in 2017 for Swiss Army Man and once in 2016 for The Diary of a Teenage Girl which she won. Miranda is also the founder of TheCherryPicks.com, a new media platform bringing you unique and nuanced perspectives on film with reviews, ratings, and high-quality original content, all through a female lens. Most recently, Miranda directed the feature comedy BEING FRANK starring Jim Gaffigan, Logan Miller, Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, and Alex Karpovsky. BEING FRANK will screen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Vail Film Festival.



Kerry David - Director, Producer, Writer
Kerry David has been working in the film and television industry for more than 20 years. She began her career at Paramount Pictures, followed by 3 years as Executive Assistant to Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on their various projects. In 2001 she started her own production company. Kerry’s film credits include the award-winning DVD Deposing the Usual Suspects, the Agent Cody Banks franchise, Perfect Romance for Lifetime Television, as well as the critically-acclaimed, award-winning feature documentary My Date with Drew, followed by the feature film Like Dandelion Dust, based on the New York Times bestselling book and adapted for the screen by Oscar nominee Stephen J. Rivele (A Star is Born, Ali, Nixon). Kerry then produced her third documentary Making Miles – The Miles Davis Story for Oscar-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson (Bohemian Rhapsody, Ali, Nixon), followed by her fourth documentary, Seeking Happily Ever After, one of only 25 films accepted into the Sundance Film Lab.
In addition to her award-winning film work, Kerry has also been a guest speaker, panelist, and moderator at schools such as University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, and the New York Film Academy. She is a voting member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA). After completing Bill Coors: The Will to Live, Kerry produced and directed "Breaking their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War" which will screen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Vail Film Festival.



Haroula Rose - Writer/Director
Haroula Rose is a filmmaker and musician who has just completed her feature debut as writer/director, ONCE UPON A RIVER. She also recently completed a new short film, AS THEY SLEPT. She wrote and directed the pilot entitled LOST & FOUND, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 then went on to win the Audience Award at Bentonville Film Festival. It was positively mentioned by the New York Times, and named one of the top things to see at Tribeca by Filmmaker Magazine. Rose’s work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in Madrid, Spain, Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, WarnerMedia, Warner Brothers Directors Workshop, and Tribeca All Access. She received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago and attended USC's MFA program. Rose’s other award winning short films and music videos include WEDDING DRESS, NO LOVE SONG, and BABY CRAZY.
As a singer-songwriter her music can be heard in many films, series, theater productions and commercials. She has toured internationally and released LPs, EPs, remixes, and compositions through Thirty Tigers and Little Bliss Records. She has also produced films such as FRUITVALE STATION, PERMANENT, THE FEAR OF THIRTEEN, HEAVEN ADORES YOU, and more. ONCE UPON A RIVER will screen as an Official Selection of the 2019 Vail Film Festival.



Rachel Wortell - Writer, Director
Rachel Wortell is a filmmaker based in New York. She is a member of Film Fatales, Alliance of Women Directors, New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Media, and Film Powered. Her first feature film, "A Sibling Mystery," which she co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced, is a comedy about a brother and sister who become consumed with investigating a mysterious woman they suspect has stolen their winning lottery ticket, endangering their summer party plans. "A Sibling Mystery" had it’s World Premiere at the 2017 Vail Film Festival. Her film has gone on to screen at numerous festivals including the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Portland Film Festival. "A Sibling Mystery" is available to watch on iTunes and Amazon.
Rachel produced the feature "Treasure Trouble," currently in post-production. Her second feature as writer, director is "Romance Analyst" screening as an Official Selection of the 2019 Vail Film Festival.



Tricia Swenson - MODERATOR
Swenson’s story-telling has spanned the globe. For over two decades she has interviewed professional athletes, artists, actors, musicians, chefs and many more on national and international TV and internet broadcasts. She now works for the Vail Daily creating digital content.



Saturday August 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mountain Haus

12:00pm

Student Showcase
Akinyi and Yvonne    (USA, 2019, 8 minutes)
Director: Elizabeth Chatelain
Two law students, Akinyi and Yvonne, deconstruct women's roles in academia, dating fetishes, and the age old debate of tampons vs pads.

A Poem in Bamboo     (China, 2019, 5 minutes)
Director: Xufei Wu
1920s, southern China. A young bridegroom is visiting his aunt, who lives alone in the distant mountains. Bamboo grows everywhere like an ocean. The mansion is beautiful, and his aunt seems kind. Still, there is that locked room in the attic. And that strange noise. And secrets?

Fraser Syndrome & Me        (USA, 2019, 20 minutes)
Filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys, is only the 75th person to be born
with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome.
Having always felt alone in the world, she sets out on a journey to find her community and finally meets
others just like her.

From 6th Man to MVP         (USA, 2019, 9 minutes)
Director: Karen Morey
The story of the 2012 James Harden trade and James Harden's rise from 6th Man of the Year with the OKC Thunder to MVP with the Houston Rockets.

Kim       (USA, 2019, 6 minutes)
Director: Madeline Landry
Kim is a stop motion mock-umentary style short about the day in the life of a friendly, outgoing, man eating siren named Kim.

Maid for Us     (India, 2019, 7 minutes)
Director: Disha Mundra
She relentlessly works throughout the day in various houses, ironically the least in her own house. While attending to other’s comforts and needs ,she hardly gets time to attend to her loved ones.

Phoebe  (USA, 2019, 9 minutes)
Director: Kyra Gardner
Phoebe is a real catch... she just doesn’t know it yet. Far from home, she tackles a new sea of challenges during her first weeks at college. With her flamboyant roommate Adam as her navigator, she no longer feels like a small fish in a big pond, and she learns to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Variables       (USA, 2019, 23 minutes)
Director: Sabina Vajraca
In the middle of the Bosnian War, a teenage math-wiz is given a way out of the bloodshed when his math club gets an invitation to compete at the 1995 International Math Olympiad in Canada.


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:00pm

Snaeland (World Premiere and Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Lise Raven       (USA, 2019, 75 minutes)
When disgraced German journalist Fred Haas goes to a small Icelandic fishing village, he stumbles upon the tabloid story that could redeem his career. A slow burn neo-noir.
Starring: Emily Behr, Frank Bruckner, Vikingur Kristjansson, Vignir Rafn Valborsson.
Premiere: World


Saturday August 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:00pm

Festival Hangout
Filmmakers, festival guests, passholders and non-passholders, are welcome to network and mingle at festival brewery partner, Vail Brewing Company, located upstairs from the Cinebistro Theater at Solaris Plaza. Happy Hour pricing.


Saturday August 17, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Vail Brewing Company - Vail Village 141 E Meadow Dr #209, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:30pm

Stalag Luft III (Filmmaker Q&A) - Presented by Vail Veterans Program
Director: Louise Woehrle         (USA, 2018, 104 minutes)
A true story told by World War II U.S. Eighth Air force Bombardier Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of 10,000 officers in Stalag Luft III – a German prisoner of war camp depicted in the iconic movie, “The Great Escape.” Charles takes us from Pine City Minnesota to war-torn Europe where his B-17, the Concho Clipper, was shot down — portrayed through reenactment and VFX.

Presented by Vail Veterans Program


Saturday August 17, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

2:15pm

Bring Me an Avocado (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Maria Mealla           (USA, 2019, 99 minutes)
When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family struggles to maintain a life while managing their grief.
Starring: Molly Ratermann, Bernardo Pena, Sarah Burkhalter, Candace Roberts, Michaela Robles, California Poppy Sanchez.
Premiere: Colorado
Watch trailer


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:15pm - 4:10pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

3:00pm

Once Upon a River (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Haroula Rose         (USA, 2019, 90 minutes)It’s 1978 and Margo Crane, a 15 year old Native teen, must take to the Stark River on an odyssey. Akin to Huck Finn, this is a heroine like no other. Based on the best-selling novel “Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell. 
Starring: Kenadi Delacerna, Tatanka Means, Josephine Decker, Coburn Goss, Sam Straley, Ajuawak. Kapashesit, John Ashton, Kenn E Head, Lindsay Pulsipher.


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

4:00pm

Standing Up, Falling Down (Filmmaker Q&A)
(USA, 2018, 91 minutes)
Director: Matt Ratner
A struggling stand-up comedian at a crossroads in his life returns to his hometown and finds an unlikely kindred spirit in his pot-smoking dermatologist. 
Starring: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Caitlin McGee, David Castaneda, Debra Monk, Jill Hennessy, John Behlmann, Kevin Dunn, Leonard Ouzts, Nate Corddry.
Premiere: Colorado


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:45pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

4:50pm

Breaking Their Silence (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Kerry David        (USA, 2019, 110 minutes)
The sordid world of wildlife trafficking and poaching is orchestrated by ruthless crime syndicates.
An unlikely group of heroes are rising up to do all they can to prevent and reverse these terrible offenses against the planet.


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:50pm - 6:55pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

5:15pm

Clementine (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Lara Jean Gallagher     (USA, 2019, 93 minutes)
Clementine follows KAREN, 29, an unhinged and heartbroken woman unable to let go of her failing relationship with an older and more successful woman. In a desperate plea for attention, she steals away to her estranged lover’s lake house in a remote and beautiful forest in the Pacific Northwest. Here she meets LANA, a provocative young girl hell-bent on moving to California.
Starring: Atmara Marerro, Sydney Sweeney


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 7:05pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

6:15pm

Paris la Blanche
Director: Lidia Terke    (France, 2017, 84 minutes)
Tassadit Mandi gives an affecting performance as Rekia, an Algerian grandmother whose husband was one of the many people who immigrated to France in the 1970s. Against the will of her children, Rekia undertakes a grueling solo trip to Paris. Paris la Blanche is a lesson about love, commitment, sacrifices, perseverance and the human spirit.
Starring: Tassidit Mandi, Zahir Bouzerar, Karole Rocher, Marie Denarnaud, Dan Herzberg, Sebastien Houbani.
Premiere: Colorado
Watch trailer


Saturday August 17, 2019 6:15pm - 7:55pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:00pm

Shuttle to Awards and Closing Film: BANANA SPLIT & Q&A
FREE TOWN OF VAIL BUS TO VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL (AWARDS & CLOSING NIGHT FILM)
*Note: For anyone driving themselves, there is a parking lot at Vail Mountain School.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH
AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING NIGHT FILM: BANANA SPLIT

EAST VAIL bus (Blue Line)

From Vail to Vail Mountain School: 

Leaves at 7pm, from top level of Vail Transportation Center to Vail Mountain School (8-minute ride)

From Vail Mountain School to Vail: 

Leaves at 8:27pm, from Vail Mountain School to Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)
Leaves at 9:27pm, from Vail Mountain School to Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)
Leaves at 10:27pm, from Vail Mountain School to Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)

Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 10:27pm
Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:25pm

The Beaver Believers (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Sarah Koenigsberg       (USA, 2019, 65 minutes)
The Beaver Believers shares the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser - who share a common goal: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, furry little bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. 


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:25pm - 8:45pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:45pm

Awards Ceremony & Rising Star Award - Hannah Marks
Join us for the festival Awards Ceremony, celebrating the winning films from this year's festival. Prizes include Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Screenplay, and Audience Award.

The festival will honor actor, writer, director Hannah Marks with the Vail Film Festival 2019 Rising Star Award. Hannah Marks is the writer and lead actress in this year's Closing Night Film, Banana Split, screening directly after the awards ceremony. Hannah Marks and director Ben Kasulke will at the screening for a Q&A.

RISING STAR AWARD: HANNAH MARKS
Saturday, August 17th at 7:45pm at the Vail Mountain School.
 
Hannah Marks is an actress and filmmaker who was named one of Rolling Stone's 25 under 25 artists changing the world in 2017. Her first feature AFTER EVERYTHING fka SHOTGUN as co-writer/director premiered to rave reviews at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival where Hannah was also nominated for the Game Changer award. She became the youngest female studio director in history in early 2019 when it was announced she would helm the adaptation of John Green's best selling novel TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN.
As an actress, Marks has four films slated for 2019/20 release, including this year’s Vail Film Festival Closing Night Film, BANANA SPLIT, which she stars in, wrote, and produced. She was also the female lead of the television show Dirk Gently for BBC America/AMC Studios opposite Elijah Wood. Seasons one and two recently premiered on Hulu and can be seen on Netflix internationally.
Prior film credits include THE RUNAWAYS and Rose McGowan's DAWN which both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Her other notable television work includes a three-season arc on Golden Globe nominated series Necessary Roughness and a two-season arc on Emmy nominated series Weeds.
The award presentation and Q&A with Hannah Marks will take place at the Vail Film Festival Awards Ceremony, followed by the screening of BANANA SPLIT, the festival’s Closing Night Film.

FREE TOWN OF VAIL BUS TO VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL (AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING FILM)
EAST VAIL bus (Blue Line)
From Vail: Leaves at 7pm, from top level of Vail Transportation Center to Vail Mountain School (8-minute ride)
From Vail Mountain School: Leaves at 10:27pm,  from Vail Mountain School to top level of Vail Transportation Center (8-minute ride)


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:45pm

Closing Night Film: Banana Split (Presented by Kaye Ferry. Filmmaker Q&A)
BANANA SPLIT (Presented by Kaye Ferry)
(Closing Night Film. Q&A with filmmakers Hannah Marks & Ben Kasulke)
Director: Benjamin Kasulke (USA, 2018, 85 minutes)
Over the course of a summer, two teenage girls develop the perfect kindred spirit friendship, with one big problem: one of them is dating the other’s ex.
Starring: Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse, Luke Spencer Roberts, Jacob Batalon, Addison Reicke, Jessica Hecht.
Premiere: Colorado
In attendance: Hannah Marks, Ben Kasulke


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Vail Mountain School 3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:50pm

Adolescence
Director: Ashley Avis     (USA, 2018, 99 minutes)
A teenager from an abusive household falls in love with a free-spirited runaway that leads him into the fast-lane lifestyle of drugs and addiction which threatens to destroy him. 
Starring: India Eisley, Mickey River, Elisabeth Rohm, Tommy Flanagan, Jere Burns, Romeo Miller, Michael Milford, Ever Carradine. 
Premiere: Colorado
Watch trailer


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:50pm - 9:30pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

8:25pm

Satanic Panic
Director: Chelsea Stardust       (USA, 2019, 85 minutes)
A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life - and her tips - when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Jordan Ladd, Ruby Modine.


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:25pm - 9:50pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

9:15pm

Magnolia's Hope (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: AJ Tesler      (USA, 2019, 60 minutes)
When three-year-old Magnolia Tesler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to do. This intimate documentary follows the Tesler family as they spring into action in an effort to cure their daughter from a rare, debilitating disorder.



Saturday August 17, 2019 9:15pm - 10:30pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

10:00pm

Closing Night Party at La Tour
Join us for the festival's Closing Night Party at La Tour restaurant in Vail Village. Open to Avanti, Prima, Patron, and Filmmaker passholders.

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:00pm - Sunday August 18, 2019 12:00am
La Tour Restaurant 122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657, USA
 
Sunday, August 18
 

11:00am

Clementine
Director: Lara Jean Gallagher     (USA, 2019, 93 minutes)
Clementine follows KAREN, 29, an unhinged and heartbroken woman unable to let go of her failing relationship with an older and more successful woman. In a desperate plea for attention, she steals away to her estranged lover’s lake house in a remote and beautiful forest in the Pacific Northwest. Here she meets LANA, a provocative young girl hell-bent on moving to California.
Starring: Atmara Marerro, Sydney Sweeney


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:40pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

11:30am

Being Frank (Audience Award Winner)
Director: Miranda Bailey       (USA, 2018, 110 minutes)
While celebrating spring break, 17-year-old Phil is shocked to see his father with another woman across state lines. His life gets turned upside down even more when he learns that good old dad actually has an entirely different family living in town.
Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Logan Miller, Danielle Campbell, Samantha Mathis, Anna Gunn
Watch trailer


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:30am - 1:35pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

12:00pm

Romance Analyst
Director: Rachel Wortell   (USA, 2018, 92 minutes)
A comedy about a platonic love triangle between a woman, her best friend, and her therapist.
Starring: Peter Vack, Lily Meyer, Jeff Kahn, Eleanore Pienta.


Sunday August 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

1:10pm

Stalag Luft III - Presented by Vail Veterans Program
Director: Louise Woehrle         (USA, 2018, 104 minutes)
A true story told by World War II U.S. Eighth Air force Bombardier Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of 10,000 officers in Stalag Luft III – a German prisoner of war camp depicted in the iconic movie, “The Great Escape.” Charles takes us from Pine City Minnesota to war-torn Europe where his B-17, the Concho Clipper, was shot down — portrayed through reenactment and VFX.

Presented by Vail Veterans Program


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:10pm - 3:10pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

2:05pm

Breaking Their Silence
Director: Kerry David        (USA, 2019, 110 minutes)
The sordid world of wildlife trafficking and poaching is orchestrated by ruthless crime syndicates.
An unlikely group of heroes are rising up to do all they can to prevent and reverse these terrible offenses against the planet.


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:05pm - 4:05pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

2:15pm

Standing Up, Falling Down and Variables (Best Student Film)
VARIABLES  (USA, 2019, 23 minutes)
Director: Sabina Vajraca
In the middle of the Bosnian War, a teenage math-wiz is given a way out of the bloodshed when his math club gets an invitation to compete at the 1995 International Math Olympiad in Canada.

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN
(USA, 2018, 91 minutes)
Director: Matt Ratner
A struggling stand-up comedian at a crossroads in his life returns to his hometown and finds an unlikely kindred spirit in his pot-smoking dermatologist.
Starring: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Caitlin McGee, David Castaneda, Debra Monk, Jill Hennessy, John Behlmann, Kevin Dunn, Leonard Ouzts, Nate Corddry.
Premiere: Colorado

Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

3:40pm

Hiro's Table
Director: Lynn Hamrick      (USA, 2018, 55 minutes)
HIRO'S TABLE is a documentary portrait of master chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo over a sixteen-year year span as they managed the day to day operation of their intimate Mom and Pop restaurant, Hirozen Gourmet, nestled in the unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall. 


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:40pm - 4:35pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

4:30pm

Snaeland (World Premiere)
Director: Lise Raven       (USA, 2019, 75 minutes)
When disgraced German journalist Fred Haas goes to a small Icelandic fishing village, he stumbles upon the tabloid story that could redeem his career. A slow burn neo-noir.
Starring: Emily Behr, Frank Bruckner, Vikingur Kristjansson, Vignir Rafn Valborsson.
Premiere: World


Sunday August 18, 2019 4:30pm - 6:15pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

4:45pm

Banana Split (Best Film Award) & Cannonball (Best Short Film Award)
BANANA SPLIT (Presented by Kaye Ferry)
(Closing Night Film. Q&A with filmmakers Hannah Marks & Ben Kasulke)
Director: Benjamin Kasulke (USA, 2018, 85 minutes)
Over the course of a summer, two teenage girls develop the perfect kindred spirit friendship, with one big problem: one of them is dating the other’s ex.
Starring: Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse, Luke Spencer Roberts, Jacob Batalon, Addison Reicke, Jessica Hecht.
Premiere: Colorado
In attendance: Hannah Marks, Ben Kasulke

CANNONBALL
Director: Sean Fredricks (USA, 2018, 17 minutes)
A type-A Brentwood mom hires a superstitious hitman...but the universe teaches them one big lesson: inertia's a bitch. Starring: Trevor Torseth, MJ Brackin
Premiere: Colorado

Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 6:45pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

5:05pm

Don't Be Nice (Best Documentary Award)
Don't Be Nice
Director: Max Powers (USA, 2018, 95 minutes)
A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.
Watch the trailer

Sunday August 18, 2019 5:05pm - 6:55pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

6:45pm

Guest Artist
Director: Timothy Busfield      (USA, 2019, 74 minutes)
The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age.
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Thomas Macias.
Watch trailer


Sunday August 18, 2019 6:45pm - 8:00pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:15pm

Magnolia's Hope
Director: AJ Tesler (USA, 2019, 60 minutes)
When three-year-old Magnolia Tesler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to do. This intimate documentary follows the Tesler family as they spring into action in an effort to cure their daughter from a rare, debilitating disorder.


Sunday August 18, 2019 7:15pm - 9:00pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

7:35pm

The Beaver Believers (Filmmaker Q&A)
Director: Sarah Koenigsberg       (USA, 2019, 65 minutes)
The Beaver Believers shares the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser - who share a common goal: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, furry little bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. 


Sunday August 18, 2019 7:35pm - 8:40pm
CinéBistro 3 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

8:30pm

The Promise of a Butterfly
Director: Meredith Kirkman (USA, 2019, 103 minutes)
Set in Chicago, we meet Doran, part-time flower delivery boy and avid journal keeper who spends the day pondering life by bike. Caught between pressures from his mother and his undecided future, he encounters a mute dancer that takes him on an unexpected journey into himself.
Starring: Hunter Day, Jordan Omeish.
Premiere: World


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
CinéBistro 2 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA

9:30pm

Poisoning Paradise
Director: Keely Shaye Brosnan   (USA, 2019, 77 minutes)
Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. 


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:30pm - 10:47pm
CinéBistro 1 at Solaris 141 E Meadow Dr #104, Vail, CO 81657, USA