4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival: Film Line-Up


4th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up
Festival to Open with “Damsel,” Close with “Love, Gilda”

Mammoth Lakes, California (April 24, 2018) – The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) is pleased to announce their feature film line-up, as well as the Closing Night film, for the fourth iteration of the festival, taking place May 23 through 27 at venues across Mammoth Lakes.


MLFF will open with Damsel on Wednesday, May 23. Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in the film about a businessman (Pattinson) who sets out to rescue his kidnapped fiancée, Penelope (Wasikowska). The situation turns out to be more complicated than it first appears, and Penelope is no mere damsel in distress. The film from Magnolia Pictures is directed and written by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner

The festival will close with the documentary film Love, Gilda on Sunday, May 27. In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries ready by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story. The film from CNN Films is directed by Lisa D’Apolito.

“We’re excited to bring such a dynamic and diverse lineup to this year’s festival,” said Festival Director Shira Dubrovner. “In four short years, we’ve already begun to establish MLFF as a must-attend festival thanks to our scenic and majestic backdrop of the Eastern Sierras and world-class cinema.”

“MLFF focuses on films that have evocative, strong artistic voices,” said Director of Programming Paul Sbrizzi. “We look forward to bringing out festival-goers the thought-provoking stories found in this year’s slate.”

The MLFF film line-up is as follows:

Core Competitions

Narrative Features:

Birds Without Feathers - Unable to make a human connection, six broken individuals will give everything away in an attempt to receive love. Directed and written by Wendy McColm. West Coast Premiere

Fort Maria – Four women in the south are connected by the death of a dog. Directed and written by S. Cagney Gentry and Thom Southerland.

My Name Is Myeisha - A teenager crosses over into a hip-hop-musical dreamscape at the moment of her tragic death and contemplates her life. Directed by Gus Krieger, written by Rickerby Hinds.

The Queen of Hollywood Blvd. - On her 60th birthday, the proud owner of a Los Angeles strip club finds herself in hot water leading her on a downward spiral of violence and revenge in LA. Directed and written by Orson Oblowitz. West Coast Premiere

Rock Steady Row - A college freshman’s bike is stolen and he is compelled to take action against the reigning fraternities and ultimately the dean. Directed by Trevor Stevens, written by Bomani J. Story.

Documentary Features:

Buddha.mov - Lured by the chance of being the protagonist of a documentary film, Buddha Dev, starts authorising unrestricted access into the most private parts of his life. Directed by Kabir Mehta. West Coast Premiere

Crime + Punishment – A group of brave officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments. Directed by Steven Maing.

Minding the Gap - Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. Directed by Bing Liu.

Tourists – Through the lens of the amateur camera, we watch the collective rituals of contemporary tourists, for whom filming becomes an instrument of cognition and the essence of travel.  Directed by Mateusz Romaszkan and Marta Wójtowicz-Wcislo. North American Premiere

Vianey - An intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero (Icey Trap). Directed by Marko Vuorinen. West Coast Premiere

White Tide: The Legend of Culebra - A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million in cocaine. Directed by Theo Love. West Coast Premiere

Foreign Features:

Barren and Empty the Sea (Spain) - When Esteban wakes up, he is no longer himself, but a stranger that arrives in the village where everybody says he has been missing for days. Directed and written by Lucas Parnes Pereira and Jesus Serna. International Premiere

Melodrama / Random / Melbourne! (Australia)- A feminist documentarian, a pick up artist and a virgin's lives collide, and blood will be shed on neon-lit streets of Melbourne. Directed by Matthew Pastor, written by Celina Yuen and Matthew Victor Pastor. North American Premiere

Tower. A Bright Day (Poland) –Just before her daughter’s First Holy Communion, Mula’s long lost sister pays them a visit. The family believes in reconciliation, but Mula has her reasons to feel afraid of Kaja. Directed and written by Jagoda Szelc. North American Premiere

Vidar the Vampire (Norway) - A Christian farmer searching for a higher purpose to life falls into sin and wakes up as the Prince of Darkness in the city of Stavanger, Norway. Directed and written by Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland.

Spotlight Presentations:

Dyna Does Dressage - Documentary about the first mule ever to compete at the national level in the competitive equestrian sport of dressage. Directed by Sarah Crowe.

Home + Away – A group of students navigates academics and athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife during the their final years at Bowie High. Directed by Matt Ogens. West Coast Premiere

On Her Shoulders - Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor, becomes the voice of her people and their best hope to spur the world to action. Directed by Alexandria Bombach.

Pick of the Litter –  The story of puppies from the moment they're born through their quest to become guide dogs for the blind, the ultimate canine career. Directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr.

A Woman Captured - A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years and decides to take steps to escape the oppression. Directed by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter. West Coast Premiere

The festival will also feature Short Film Programs of 26 Narrative Shorts, 10 Documentary Shorts, and 11 Animation Shorts.

MLFF jurors include: Allison Amon (EVP Sales & Development, Bullitt), Lindsey Bahr (Associated Press), Peter Baxter (Filmmaker; President/Co-Founder, Slamdance), Shalini Dore (Variety), Alonso Duralde (TheWrap), Tim Rhys (MovieMaker Magazine), Nicole Sperling (Vanity Fair) and Rachel Winter (Producer). Over $40,000 in cash and prizes will be given out in nine categories to this year’s films in competition.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 27 at a Closing Night reception.

About Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, held in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra of California, brings together world-class cinema, emerging filmmakers, industry veterans, and audiences from around the world to celebrate films with thought-provoking stories. The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is a DBA under Mammoth Lakes Foundation—the nonprofit Dave McCoy founded in 1989 (who also founded Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1953). Dave McCoy turns 103 years old this August and is excited to be a part of the fourth annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. Visit www.MammothLakesFilmFestival.com for more information or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

2018 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Sponsors include Honda, Panavision, Light Iron, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, Tambour Foundation, Paul and Kathleen Rudder, Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa (preferred lodging partner), Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Blue Moon, Black Box Wine, Chapman University and many others.