30th Annual Fall Film Festival

Fri, Sep 13th - Thu, Oct 3rd

through Thu, Oct 3rd

September 2019

Magic Lantern Cinemas

100 Second St, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA


The 30th annual Magic Lantern Fall Film Festival, which will take place Friday, Sept. 13, through, Thursday, Sept. 26, offers a slate of music documentaries, intense dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, and a 14th century dramatic romance.

“For three decades, I have found it irresistible to plan the Magic Lantern’s annual fall film festival,” said Rick Kessler, Magic Lantern Cinemas owner. “Every year these independent films are some of my favorite movies of the year, and I enjoy programming them for my audience as they take a great interest coming to this event year after year.”

This year’s two-week fall festival will open Friday, Sept. 13, with “Linda Ronstadt–The Sound of My Voice.”This documentary film presents Linda Ronstadt as our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ‘80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; a passionate advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California Governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. In addition to Ronstadt, the film features Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Cameron Crowe, David Geffen, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and Maria Muldaur. This film is rated PG13. (95 min.) View Trailer

The documentary “Maiden” is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Edwards’ inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Edwards refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief Edwards was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men. (97 min.) View Trailer

“The Farewell” is a comedy, which is a funny uplifting tale is based on an actual lie.  Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. Writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves. Starring Awkwafina, the film is rated PG. (98 min.) View Trailer

In the sinister, dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense,” Jesse Eisenberg plays a man named Casey who is attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang. A timid bookkeeper, Casey joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and hardcore brown belt Anna, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a disturbing world of fraternity, brutality, and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. The film is rated R. (104 min.)View Trailer

The second weekend of the Magic Lantern’s 30th Fall Film Festival, which begins on Friday, Sept. 20, opens with “Ophelia.” Set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice, “Ophelia” is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia takes center stage as Queen Gertrude’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore Castle apart from within and Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life in order to protect a very dangerous secret. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and is rated PG-13  (114 min.) View Trailer

The documentary film “Echo In The Canyon” celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. The film features Beck, Buffalo Springfield, Eric Clapton, Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Jade Castrinos, Justine Bennett, Lou Adler, The Beach Boys and The Byrds. (82 min) View Trailer

In the comedy, “Brittany Runs a Marathon” the hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgler is everybody’s best friend―except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor’s office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon. The film stars Jillian Bell and is rated R (103 min.) View Trailer

“Luce” is riveting from start to finish. An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce is a poster boy for the new American Dream. As are his parents, who adopted him from a war-torn country a decade earlier. When Luce’s teacher makes a shocking discovery in his locker, Luce’s stellar reputation is called into question. But is he really at fault, or is Ms. Wilson preying on dangerous stereotypes? The film stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Tim Roth and is rated R. (109 min.) View Trailer

For all information, passes and details about the Magic Lantern Fall Festival, visit mlcinemas.comDownload film stills here.

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