Actor, director Clint Eastwood will receive the first Lifetime Vision Award at Sun Valley Film Festival, which runs March 4-8, adding a fifth day to the event.
This is the fourth year of the festival that takes over screens and venues in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey. This year, the festival will screen more than 60 narrative and documentary features and shorts, followed by filmmaker Q&As. You’ll find its signature Coffee Talk morning discussions held each day. This year actors Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) and Bill Paxton (“Apollo 13” and HBO’s “Big Love”) are on the docket. You'll also find parties, discussion events, the signature Screenwriters Lab, Future Filmmakers Forum and The Film Lab, a new event that dissects film making process through screening and a discussion of a film that is almost complete.
You can learn more about the festival's lineup and happenings at the Film Slate Announcement Party from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Modern Hotel, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise. with film curator Laura Mehlhalff. Free.
Eastwood, who has a long association with Idaho, will attend the festival, but details about his visit are still in the works, says festival spokeswoman Carol Waller.
Eastwood made two films in the state: “Bronco Billy” (1980) was filmed in locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Today, and parts of “Pale Rider” (1985) were filmed in Sun Valley and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Today, Eastwood is a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley.
The festival also released a few of the featured films and special guests.
Some of this year’s films include Michael D. Gough’s and Cammie Pavesic’s “Add the Words,” documentary about the movement to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identification” to the Idaho Human Rights Act; “Girl From Gods Country,” about Idaho silent filmmaker Nell Shipman and other female pioneer filmmakers by Boise director Karen Day; and "Sold," a narrative adaptation of Patricia McCormick's book about child sex trafficking.
Find a full list of films and watch trailers here