Best of Paonia Film Festival

Best of Paonia Film Festival presents a special selection of best winning films from 2011-13!!

April 26th – 7:30PM

All seats are $10 at the door.

Paonia Film Festival will host a fundraiser for PFF 2015 this Saturday April 26th at 7:30 pm at The Paradise Theatre in Paonia.

This would have been the 4th Annual Festival but due to the huge transition and focus around the fundraising campaign to save The Paradise Theatre, festival organizers decided to take the year off to regroup and give filmmakers more time to get out there and make movies!

This Saturday’s benefit for PFF 2015 will be a program called “The Best Of” with a selection of some of the award winners from years past and some NEVER seen before films for the one time special screening.

Free prizes, drink specials, silent auction items and the audience choice award for Best Dressed.

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The Past – Cabin Fever Series

Friday and Saturday, Mar, 28 & 29 (7:30PM)
Sunday, Mar. 30 (3PM and 7PM)

Admission: $10

past-posterFollowing a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo)’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

Winner, Best Actress: Cannes Film Festival
Best Foreign Language Film: Golden Globe Nominee
Music, Drama

PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.

Cabin Fever Film Series

A long time Paradise Theatre tradition is back! The Cabin Fever Series begins January 10th. Films in the series will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and also Sunday matinee.

Tickets are $10 each!

pastThe Past (PG-13)

Winner, Best Actress: Cannes Film Festival
Best Foreign Language Film: Golden Globe Nominee
Music, Drama
March 28-30, 2014

Cabin Fever Film Series Finale!

An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage.

uranium-drive-in-bwUranium Drive-In (PG-13)

Q&A with filmmaker Suzan Beraza
Documentary, Environment
Mar. 7-9, 2014

Uranium Drive-In is a character-driven story addressing some of the most important and controversial issues facing our nation. What happens when a community, suffering a devastated economy, is presented with an opportunity-with risks-to create jobs and reclaim its lost prosperity? The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.

the-square-1The Square (Unrated)

Documentary
Feb. 21-23, 2014

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.

blue-is-the-warmest-colorBlue is the Warmest Color (NC-17)

Winner, Palm d’Or: Cannes Film Festival 2013
Foreign, Drama
Feb. 7-9, 2014

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.

short-term-12Short Term 12 (R)

Winner, Best Jury and Audience Awards: SXSW Film Festival
Drama
Jan. 24-26 and 29-31, 2014

I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she’s still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, into the facility walks a young girl who’s been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Now if Grace can just open up to Mason the way she encourages her kids to open up to her, she may find a way to make peace with the future while still providing support to the kids who depend on her the most.

2014-crash-reel-bannerThe Crash Reel (Unrated)

Special Skype interview with filmmaker Lucy Walker
Jan. 10-12, 2014

This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme- action sports. Training to compete against longtime rival Shaun White at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered massive head trauma from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.

Uranium Drive-in, Cabin Fever Series

Friday and Saturday, Mar, 7* & 8 (7:30PM)
Sunday, Mar. 9 (3PM and 7PM)

Admission: $10

* Q&A session with filmmaker Suzan Beraza following the film!

Over 60 miles from the nearest traffic light is the town of Naturita, Colorado-population 519. Until the mid-1980s this area was booming from decades of uranium mining. Today, it is practically a ghost town. Many of the businesses are boarded up, unemployment is rampant and even the elementary school is for sale.

Enter a company called Energy Fuels, which brings plans to build a new uranium mill in the area. Most of the residents couldn’t be happier. The Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill will be the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years. Its construction promises to bring back prosperity to a region with a proud and powerful mining history.

While industry spokespersons and many residents insist today’s mining and mill methods will now be “clean and green,” not everyone agrees. An environmental group from a nearby resort town steps in to stop the mill from being built.

Uranium Drive-In is a character-driven story addressing some of the most important and controversial issues facing our nation. What happens when a community, suffering a devastated economy, is presented with an opportunity-with risks-to create jobs and reclaim its lost prosperity? The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.

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PG-13
2 hr.
Documentary: Environment
Produced and Directed By: Suzan Beraza

Mountainfilm On Tour

Feb 28
Starting at 7:30PM
$15 advance (Backcountry Bistro, Conservation Center); $20 door. Also, online at Brown Paper Tickets

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The Conservation Center and Paradise Theater are bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to the North Fork Valley! We’ll be showing awesome mountain films about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.

The Square, Cabin Fever Series

Friday, Feb. 21st and Saturday Feb. 22 (7:30PM)
Sunday, Feb. 23rd (3:00 and 7:00PM)

Admission: $10

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing roller coaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters.

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Unrated, 1 hr. 44 min.
Directed By: Jehane Noujaim
Written By: Yasmin Kamal

 

Blue Is The Warmest Color – Cabin Fever Series

Friday Feb. 7th & Saturday Feb. 8th (7:30)
Sunday Feb. 9th (3:00, 7:00)
NC-17

Admission: $10

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.

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NC-17
Runtime: 3 hr. 7 min.
Drama
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche
Written By: Julie Maroh, Abdel Kechiche

Short Term 12, Cabin Fever Series

Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29 & 30 (7:00PM)
Friday, Jan. 31 (7:30PM)

Admission: $10 or Gold Card Pass 6/$50

I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she’s still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, into the facility walks a young girl who’s been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Now if Grace can just open up to Mason the way she encourages her kids to open up to her, she may find a way to make peace with the future while still providing support to the kids who depend on her the most.

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R, 1 hr. 36 min.
Drama
Directed By: Destin Cretton , Destin Daniel Cretton
Written By: Destin Cretton

The Crash Reel – Cabin Fever Series

Friday and Saturday, Jan, 10 & 11 (7:30PM)
Sunday, Jan. 12 (3PM and 7PM)

Admission: $10

The Crash Reel is an eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce who uses years of vérité footage to expose the potentially high price of participating in extreme-action sports. Training to compete against longtime rival Shaun White at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered massive head trauma from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilitate him and help him rebuild his permanently damaged life. Kevin’s determination and the tireless support of family and friends kept him focused on recovery. But when he insisted he wanted to return to the sport he loved, his family objected. As an elite athlete, Kevin was a professional risk taker, but as a brain-injury survivor, his skills were now impaired, and even a small blow to the head could kill him.

Rottentomatoes.com

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Unrated
1 hr. 49 min.
Documentary: Sports & Fitness
Directed By: Lucy Walker
Written By: Pedro Kos, Lucy Walker

Local Voices Roundup Finale – Pass the Mic

Pass the Mic

December 7th, from 3-4PM, see the North Fork Valley through the eyes of seven young reporters!

An amazing documentary film featuring local kids’ interviews. Plus, a short film, “HeartSpots,” looks at high school students who plan to stay in the Valley and start their own business.

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