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by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
As excitement builds for what promises to be another inspiring year at the ninth annual BendFilm Festival, film lovers are pouring over the festival lineup which features approximately 90 films showing over four days. Cinema aficionados can choose between narratives, documentaries, conservation films, shorts and student shorts.
The festival kicks off Thursday night with the opening film, Ethel. A documentary directed by her daughter, Rory Kennedy, the film takes a deeply personal look at the life of Ethel Kennedy through extensive interviews with Kennedy and seven of her eleven children.
Deadfall, a special preview and west coast premier on Friday night (not in competition), is a Magnolia Pictures film starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson in an icy thriller; following a casino heist and a run to the Canadian border, the characters are on a collision course in the middle of a deadly blizzard.
Friday night festivities will continue with a dance party featuring DJ Bryan Swett at one of the new festival venues, Cascade Theatrical Company.
Three local filmmakers will have a presence at the festival this year with tales of Ugandan orphans, Tunisian skateboarders and the healing nature of horses. “We definitely try and include local filmmakers in the festival each year,” said BendFilm Director Orit Schwartz. “The selection committee doesn’t always know they are local films though, it really varies year to year.”