Vail Film Festival Announces 2016 Film Program

The 13th annual Vail Film Festival returns April 7-10 to one of the United States' premier ski destinations, Vail, Colorado. Organizers announced THE LINEUP for the festival this week. The festival will showcase 67 films from around the world, including narrative features, documentaries, short films, student films and a Hong Kong Film Showcase. Twenty-eight of the films are making Colorado premieres and 11 of the films are world premieres.

The films will screen at the Vail Cascade in Cascade Village and Cinebistro in Vail Village. The opening and closing night parties will take place at the Lodge at Vail.

"This marks the 13th year of the Vail Film Festival, and we're looking forward to continuing our tradition of showcasing some of the year's most accomplished filmmakers and their incredible work," said festival co-director Sean Cross.

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; Vail Film Festival alum Valerie Weiss' new film "The Light Beneath Their Feet," starring Taryn Manning ("Orange is the New Black") and Madison Davenport ("Sisters"); and the Colorado Premiere of "Morris from America," starring Craig Robinson, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize.

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

NARRATIVE FEATURES

"A Light Beneath Their Feet" (Colorado Premiere): In a commanding performance, Taryn Manning ("Orange Is The New Black") plays Gloria, an Evanston mother wrestling with bipolar disorder and an imminent empty nest. Her dedicated daughter Beth (Madison Davenport) has a bright future ahead, but must decide if she will stay near home to care for her unpredictable mom or follow her own path. The films director Valerie Weiss will attend the festival, as well as lead actress Madison Davenport.

"Cut to the Chase" (World Premiere): Max (Blayne Weaver) has always been on the wrong side of the law but his sister Isobel (Erin Cahill) always bails him out... Until the day she disappears. Now, with the help of a mysterious stranger (Lyndie Greenwood), Max searches for his sister through the underbelly of a Louisiana town while being pursued by the notorious crime boss known only as "The Man" (Lance Henricksen). Director/Writer/Actor Blayne Weaver and actors Lyndie Greenwood (star of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow"), and Erin Cahill ("Power Rangers Time Force") will be in attendance.

"Finding Her" (World Premiere): Christian Baker, a well-known New York City journalist from The Chronicle, gets assigned to a social story about a 12-year-old African-American girl missing from Brooklyn. Director Vlad Feier, producer Ana Paula Rivera and actors Maurice McRae, Jeremy Holm ("House of Cards", "Mr. Robot"), and Jared Kemp will be in attendance.

"Morris from America" (Colorado Premiere): Morris from America revolves around a 13-year-old African-American boy named Morris (Markees Christmas) and the relationship he has with his father, Curtis (Craig Robinson), during the transitional period of adolescence. Complicating matters, they are new residents of Heidelberg, Germany a city of rich history but little diversity.

"The Adderall Diaries" (Colorado Premiere): Staring James Franco, Amber Heard and Christian Slater, "The Adderall Diaries" is an American crime-thriller film based on a "true-crime memoir" book of the same name by Stephen Elliott. The underlying true crime is the Hans Reiser murder case.Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that fuels his writing.

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