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.



"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.

"Year By the Sea" (World Premiere): Hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free. This coming of age story is based upon Joan Anderson's New York Times best-selling memoirs. The film's writer/director/composer Alexander Janko will attend the festival, as will Producer Laura Goodenow and Anderson, the book's author.

Hong Kong Film Showcase: Presented by the Hong Kong Trade Office, this showcase will feature four cutting-edge films from some of Hong Kong's finest filmmakers. Films include: "Already Tomorrow in Hong Gong," directed by Emily Ting; "Monster Hunt" directed by Raman Hui; "Office," directed by Johnnie To; and "Little Big Master", directed by Adrian Kwan.


"Out of the Ashes" (World Premiere): From the streets of war-torn eastern DR Congo, two boys with a passion for education find their way to school and MLK inspiration. Armed with a dream, their community attains scholarships for them to attend their senior year of high school in Orange County, Calif. The film follows Prince and Grace from their last months in DR Congo through their first year in the U.S. Director Susan Saltz will be in attendance.

"Riot" (World Premiere): A chilling look at the long-term effects of urban conflict on a city and its people.Viewers will come face-to-face with not only the racism and violence of the Newark Riots of 1967, but with the heartbreak that followed, and the ensuing determination of people who refused to let the riot define or defeat them over the next 50 years. Director Kevin McLaughlin will be in attendance.

"Shelter in the City" (World Premiere): A look at homelessness through the story of a father and son, "Shelter in the City" also interviews a variety of individuals and organizations to try to get a better understanding of the causes of homelessness and, hopefully, find a solution. Director Terence Donnellan will be in attendance.


Twenty-two short films will screen at this years festival. Included among those are four Colorado short films being screened as part of the Colorado Short Film Showcase.

Throughout the duration of the festival, pass holders will be able to enjoy numerous film screenings, parties, events, and a hospitality lounge. Additionally, pass holders will be invited to attend the red carpet Awards Ceremony, being held on April 9, and honoring some of the best and brightest creative talents working in the film industry today. For more information about the Vail Film Festival, or to purchase passes, visit

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About Vail Film Festival

The 13th Annual Vail Film Festival, founded by Scott Cross and Sean Cross, will take place April 7 10, 2016 in Vail, Colorado. Festival activities include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception. The Colorado Film Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Colorado Film Institute is proud to stage the Vail Film Festival, a four-day event that enlightens and entertains thousands of film festival attendees and offers a creative outlet to the film world's newest storytellers and innovators.

Vail Film Festival Announces 2016 Film Program

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