Sun Valley is no stranger to film. Several movies have been shot in the Wood River Valley, including 1985’s “Pale Rider” starring Clint Eastwood. Last year, after finishing his latest story, screenwriter Ted Grennan came up with an idea that would add to the local film scene.
“I really didn’t know what I was going to do next and a friend called and I said ‘What about a film festival in Sun Valley,’ and he said ‘there are film festivals everywhere.’ And I said ‘there is not one in Sun Valley’ and he said you might be on to something,” explains Grennan.
Grennan organized the first Sun Valley Film Festival last year. This year, 33 feature length films will be shown including a peek at a film that Grennan helped produce. It’s called An Unkindness of Ravens and was shot in the McCall area last year. It’s about a group of friends who come together for their annual 4th of July holiday weekend. A newcomer arrives named Chad. He’s a nature photographer played by Grennan’s good friend Will McCormack.
“He’s a different sort of eccentric character who has trouble relating to this family but they take him anyway,” says McCormack, who will see the film for the first time at the Festival. McCormack says in the end Chad changes everyone’s lives.
An Unkindness of Ravens is one of three works in progress that will be shown at the Festival this weekend. Producer Heather Rae’s Wind Walkers will also be shown as a work in progress. It’s about friends who go on hunting in the Florida Everglades and realize they’re being hunted. Children is the other nearly finished film that will screen. It’s about two women who go camping in Southern Idaho’s mountains and soon find their friendship tested.
Here's a rundown of this weekend’s Sun Valley Film Festival events.
Friday, March 15:
Coffee Talk with Academy-Award® winning writer Stephen Gaghan, NexStage Theatre (free).
Presented by Chobani, coffee provided by Starbucks. Coffee Talks are free, on a first come-first serve basis with limited seating.
Film screeningsat Sun Valley Opera House, NexStage Theatre, Magic Lantern Cinemas and the Liberty Theatre.
See Film Schedule for details.
Sun Valley Film Festival / African Wildlife Federation / Nat Geo WILD
Press Conference, Festival HQ.
Tito's Handmade Vodka VIP Party at Cornerstone Bar & Grill, Featuring DJ N8 and Sun Valley Film Festival's signature cocktail. (For VIP Pass holders and invited guests only).
Saturday, March 16:
Coffee Talk with the directors and cast members of SVFF's WIP slate, NexStage Theatre (free).
Presented by Chobani, coffee provided by Java Cafe. Coffee Talks are free, on a first come-first serve basis with limited seating.
Film screenings at Sun Valley Opera House, NexStage Theatre, Magic Lantern Cinemas, and The Liberty Theatre.
See Film Schedule for details.
SVFF Freebies: Family Film Fest (free screening of Nat Geo WILD's Kingdom of the Oceans and TV premieres suited for the entire family), Liberty Theatre.
Sponsored by Cox Communications.
Zions Bank Hollywood Heritage Screening at Sun Valley Opera House. Featuring the enduring classic American Western Pale Rider produced and filmed in Sun Valley. Introduced by producer David Valdes. Admission with VIP and Festival Pass. Very limited number of tickets available at Festival HQ for $10
Zions Bank Hollywood Heritage Cocktail Reception. (Open to VIP Pass holders and invited guests only).
The SVFF/Lionsgate Main Event at Whiskey Jacques. Admission included with VIP and Festival Passes. Tickets available for $20 online and $25 at the door. Buy Built To Spill Tickets Here.
Sunday, March 17:
Coffee Talk with Academy Award®-winning actor/director Jodie Foster, NexStage Theatre (free). Presented by Chobani, coffee provided by The Coffee Grinder and Gallery. Coffee Talks are free, on a first come-first serve basis with limited seating.
- 11am – 6pm
Film screenings at Sun Valley Opera House and NexStage Theatre. See Film Schedule for details.
Best of the Fest
Your chance to rewind and see the hottest films of the festival, for the second time. Sun Valley Opera House and the Liberty Theatre. Sponsored by The Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
Alaska Airlines Après-Ski Closing Ceremony, NexStage Theatre. Join Academy Award®-winning actor/director Jodie Foster for the presentation of the Vision Award. Priority admission to VIP or Festival Pass holders and invited guests. [ Event information courtesy of the Sun Valley Film Festival ]