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Meet the Boise Film Underground, a Band of Indie Filmmakers Hard at Work in Idaho

Give it a few years, and Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival could be a spring Telluride: an intimate, filmmaker-friendly event buzzing with savvy cinephiles and industry mavens, and screening top international art cinema either off the festival circuit or for the first time. Here are five reasons why you should go.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 10, 2014 6:45 AM
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Meet Nell Shipman, 'Girl from God's Country' and Silent Film Pioneer Who Fled Hollywood for Idaho (VIDEO)

It was 1920 when Nell Shipman, a silent film starlet and screenwriter from Canada who broke into Hollywood as a teenager, packed up her 10 year-old son, director-lover and 70 abused animal actors and left Tinseltown for the Idaho wilds. Boise-based filmmaker Karen Day is now working a new documentary, "Nell Shipman: Girl from God's Country," about this intriguing tale of a woman, lost to history, who worked outside the studio system -- while making waves on the inside.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 5:13 PM
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REVIEW: Why 'Unicorns' Fest Discovery Leah Meyerhoff Is One to Watch

One of the finds at this year's SXSW Film Festival was Leah Meyerhoff's directorial debut "I Believe in Unicorns," now simply titled "Unicorns," about the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's first sexual experience, and the velocity of teenage love. Fresh off its Austin premiere, the film played the Sun Valley Film Festival last weekend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 19, 2014 1:34 PM
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Idaho's Glorious Sun Valley Film Festival Unveils 2014 Prize Winners

Give it a few years, and the Sun Valley Film Festival, nestled in the Gem State's titular resort town, a haven for Hollywood types throughout the years, could be a spring Telluride -- an "it"-event that cinephiles and industry bigwigs won't want to miss. Here is the 2014 festival's list of prize winners.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 18, 2014 5:16 PM
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Idaho's Cutting Edge Treefort Film Festival Kicks Off This Wednesday

There's a lot going on in Idaho this month. As of this year, the Gem State has proclaimed March its official Arts and Culture Month, with the Sun Valley Film Festival having wrapped last weekend and the Treefort Film and Music Festival kicking off this Wednesday, March 19.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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Review: Sun Valley Film Fest Opener 'Mission Blue' Plumbs Depths of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle (VIDEO)

You won't be ordering fish off the menu soon after viewing Fisher Stevens' new documentary "Mission Blue," which world premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and just opened Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday night.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 14, 2014 3:24 PM
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Idaho's Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Star-Studded 2014 Lineup

From March 13 to 16, the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers in Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La. This third edition of the festival will serve up a film slate of over 50 features and shorts, along with new programs, galas, concerts and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 26, 2014 2:16 PM
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Brody Diary Day One: Sun Valley Film Festival Brings Will McCormack, Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway, 'Wind Walkers'

Why am I at the Sun Valley Film Festival for its second annual outing? Because I ran into film blogger Michael Guillen, of The Evening Class, at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Winter Event on February 16 – a delirious day-long extravaganza of silent films with eclectic live music accompaniment, a teaser for the annual four-day festival in July – my favorite among many film festivals in San Francisco.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 15, 2013 1:02 PM
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