Cue the Red Carpet

Sun Valley Film Festival opens this weekend

Published online: Mar 14, 2017 Articles, Events
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The Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, returns this year with special guests Geena Davis, Allison Williams, John Hawkes, the Farrelly Brothers and more over a weekend that promises to be an unforgettable experience.   Event highlights include:

Coffee Talks
Actor Allison Williams (GirlsGet Out)director/producer Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) with MGM Motion Picture Group President Jon Glickman, and comedic duo the Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary) will grace the stage this year for an up-close-and-personal glimpse into their work and careers. A Festival favorite.

Screenwriters Lab
Producer Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting) and Academy Award winning writer Charles Randolph (The Big Short) team up to bring the screenwriting process to life for Festival audiences. The Lab includes Q&A, the announcement of the High Scribe screenplay competition winner, and a live table read of Randolph’s latest work. Helping to bring this exclusive reading to the stage are actors Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) Dree Hemingway, Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder), and more.

The Film Lab
Two Work-In-Progress features compete head to head for $10K under the guidance of Sundance’s Director of Programming Trevor Groth. The Lab gives audiences a chance to see how feature films are made and ask questions of the filmmakers in attendance. Unlovable, written by Mark Duplass, Sarah Adina Smith and Charlene DeGuzman and starring John Hawkes and Melissa Leo competes against Break The Hold, a documentary created by Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer.

Content: The Score
Join KCRW’s Chris Douridas with composer and lead man of DeVotchKa, Nick Urata (Crazy, Stupid Love, Naledi) as they discuss the art of scoring and supervising music for film.

The Originals
Native Filmmaker Heather Rae (Frozen RiverTallulah) brings together indigenous voices of the Idaho community and Standing Rock movement for an in-depth discussion of conscious filmmaking and the water protection movement. The panel includes Dr. LaNada War Jack, Sarah Sunshine Manning and Cody Lucich and will feature clips from Lucich’s Standing Rock documentary, Akicita.

Tickets Available Now
Individual film and panel tickets are now available online at 


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