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Nederland Film Festival

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Nederland, CO 80466

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Not Your Average Films for a Not So Average Town

Come celebrate local filmmakers and films that are anything but ordinary! Music in a barbershop, Leftover Salmon in Telluride, and aliens in dreams. Films that defy expectations and take you to another world. We're showcasing 12 local filmmakers, with 5 features, 21 short films, 9 International films...and two local films which won Audience Favorite awards at other Front Range Film Festivals.

Want to see a movie that was shot in Nederland? You’ll love the award-winning short, "Happy F'ing Valentine's Day" filmed at the Black Forest restaurant. Come take a surreal "Expedition" filmed in Indian Peaks. Catch an Oscar-winner you may have missed; "The Cove"-- featuring footage shot by local filmmaker, Eric Abramson. Share a crazy ride along "The Trail of Kezbegi" w/some Boulder mountain bikers in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia!

Festival Pass for the whole weekend: $50

Most of the Film Festival programs include a selection of shorts and a feature for just $10

Nederland Film Festival Program

Blue highlighted titles have links to the film trailers, please click and enjoy!

Saturday, Sept 16th, 2017

10:00: Family Shorts

  • Fish, Saman Hosseinpour, 4 min, Iran--As an older woman is doing housework, the fish tank slips from her hands. Oh, no…there’s no water. Her cranky husband comes up with a unique solution.
  • Cradle, Zanyar Lotfi, 5 min, Iran--She just wants to do her homework, but her grandpa’s snores keep waking the baby! This young lady has a good idea.
  • 1-0, Saman Hosseinpuor, 1 min, Iran--A barber tries to cut a young soccer fan’s hair but he’s VERY distracted by the game on tv!
  • CO, A Living Landscape, Jason Hatfeld, 4 min, Denver--Five years of filming led to a beautiful time-lapse piece that turns Colorado’s extraordinary fall landscapes into living art.
  • Autumn Leaves, Saman Hosseinpuor, 4min, Iran--A young school girl in Iran is distracted by leaves…will she make it to school on time?
  • Pursuit of Beauty, Kassia Binkowski, AJ Oscarson, 5 min, Boulder, CO--Hiking and painting, an artist captures the 14’ers of Colorado in a truly unique way; challenging us to change our perspectives.
  • A Whole World For A Little World, Fabrice Bracq, 15 min, France--A mother spins a fairy tale for her baby so she’ll have a story to remember her and her love. A sweet story of recording memories.

11:30: Identity, Growing Up Outdoors

Earth Seasoned: The Gap Year, Molly Kreuzman, 1 hour, 15 min, Oregon--Diagnosed with A.D.D. and dyslexia, Tori finds her greatest teacher in Nature as she spends a “gap year” living semi-primitively with four other young women in the Oregon Cascade Mountains.

1:00: Identity, Growing Up Queer

  • Sisak, Faraz Ansari, 15 min, India--A silent unfolding of forbidden love on a bustling train in Mumbai.
  • Man Crush , Richard Louprasong, 10 min, MN--Trevor has a crush. Is it mutual? Sometimes you have to go for it.
  • Happy F'ing Valentine's Day, Jeremy Dehn, 14 min, Denver, CO--Valentine’s Day provides the backdrop for this comedy short filmed at the Black Forest restaurant in Nederland. When a young couple tries to do something sweet, the result is a comedy farce.

2:30: Identity, Growing Up Coy

Growing Up Coy, Eric Juhola, 1 hour 22 min, NY--In the small town of Fountain, CO, a family is thrust into the International media spotlight when they decide to fight for the rights of their 6-year-old transgender daughter.

4:30: Music Shorts

  • More Than A Barbershop, Fernando Otero, 18 min, Ireland--How a passion for music turned an old-school barbershop into an icon of the Irish music scene.
  • Excerpts from: Years In Your Ears, Eric Abramson, 18 min, Nederland, CO--The floodgates have opened and up swims this entertaining and honest film from inside the Leftover Salmon family.

7:30: An Opera Discovery

The Way to Andina, Arlen Parsa, 1 hour 10 min, IL--When Arlen discover his great-grandfather left behind a long-lost opera that’s never been performed, he knows what he has to do…he just doesn’t know how to do it!

9:00: Alternative Culture

  • SkyTribe Chronicle, Greg Lauer, 15 min, Boulder, CO--Out of the ashes of self-defeat, an artist stranded in a desert café discovers something out of this world.
  • The Expedition, Damon Mohl, 17 min, IN--Take a surreal journey into the wilderness with explorers facing their fears in a frozen tundra.Filmed in locations all over Boulder County and in the Indian Peaks, the amazing cinematography is like a steam punk fever dream.
  • Rift, Cooper Pagano, 21 min, Denver, CO--A grieving father chooses Virtual Reality as a way to cope with loss.
  • A Space To Call Home, Sean Cruser, 15 min, CA--While driving his estranged brother to rehab, Jerry’s car dies in the middle of the desert. Is the universe trying to tell them something?

Sunday, Sept 17th, 2017

1:00: International Shorts

  • Afternoon Tea, Maria Fredriksson, 13 min, Sweden--Suicide in the bathtub? You can’t do that to your loved ones! Four older ladies chat over tea about morality and mortality. With great openness and dry humour, they reminisce on their past beauty, their present lack of energy and their worry about being a burden. One thing they agree on, they will make their own decisions about when to die.
  • Fish, Saman Hosseinpour, 4 min, Iran--As an older woman is doing housework, the fish tank slips from her hands. Oh, no…there’s no water. Her cranky husband comes up with a unique solution.
  • Cradle, Zanyar Lotfi, 5 min, Iran--She just wants to do her homework, but her grandpa’s snores keep waking the baby! This young girl tries an unusual tactic.
  • 1-0, Saman Hosseinpuor, 1 min, Iran--A barber tries to cut a young soccer fan’s hair but he’s VERY distracted by the game on tv!
  • Summer Park, Micheal Benko, 15 min, China--A young woman, grieving the death of her parents, resorts to stealing and living on the lam. Summer finds solace in the company of Park, a sweet teenager with an obsession for recording conversations on his tape-recorder. The pair share adventures on the outskirts of Beijing.
  • Autumn Leaves, Saman Hosseinpuor, 4min, Iran--A young school girl in Iran is distracted by leaves…will she make it to school on time?
  • A Whole World For A Little World, Fabrice Bracq, 15 min, France--A mother spins a fairy tale for her baby so she’ll have a story to remember her and her love. A sweet story of recording memories.

2:30: Family Life Is A Circus

Circus City, USA, Adam Michael Wright, 30 min, OK--Since the 1940’s, more than 20 circus companies have their homes in Hugo, Oklahoma. The unique population has earned the town the nickname, Circus City, USA. Documenting the lives of the eccentric characters who make their living in traveling circuses and the people of Hugo who keep the home fires burning, this is an insider look at a possibly vanishing way of life.

3:30: Celebrating Local Filmmakers

  • The Trail of Kezbegi, Joey Schusler, 16, Boulder, CO--When four adventurous mountain bikers set off to explore one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with minimal supplies, it’s a major challenge. Encountering lightning storms, raging rivers to cross, snow-covered glacial passes, viscous dogs and tense encounters with over-zealous border guards, they power through. The gorgeous cinematography and the hardy spirits of our intrepid travelers prove that life is best when lived at full speed.
  • SkyTribe Chronicle, Greg Lauer, 15 min, Boulder, CO--Out of the ashes of self-defeat, an artist stranded in a desert café discovers something out of this world.
  • Girl Meets Germs, Chris Freeman, 7 min, Greeley, CO--A romantic comedy about a germaphobic college girl who’s trying to study…and the distraction of a boisterous messy college boy who sees her as a challenge.
  • Happy F'ing Valentine's Day, Jeremy Dehn, 14 min, Denver, CO--Valentine’s Day at the Black Forest restaurant is the backdrop for a comedy that asks the question: How can trying to do something so good…turn out so f-ing wrong?

5:00: Save the Dolphins

The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, 2 hours, 17 min, NY--In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process.

7:30: Music: Race and Religion

Body and Soul: An American Bridge, Robert Philipson, 58 min, CA--The richness of American popular music is due to the cross pollination of cultures and races. One cross-cultural encounter is the fraternity between African Americans and American Jews.This documentary teases out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul”, one of the most recorded songs in Jazz. With toe-tapping music and a look back at history, this film sheds light on how music can be a bridge between cultures.

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