Bozeman Film Festival October
Friday Sep. 20th, 2013
The Bozeman Film Festival screens 2 acclaimed films and adds a new, collaborative program with MSU’s School of Film & Photography this October! On October 10th, BFF brings The Way Way Back (PG13) to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater. Way Back is a funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget. Opening The Way Way Back is the first short film in our new SharpShorts series featuring short films from local, emerging filmmakers enrolled in MSU’s Film Program. SharpShorts brings MSU and the Bozeman Film Festival together to showcase young filmmakers and introduce their works to a wider audience. Our 10/10 SharpShorts feature is Deer Father, written/directed by Alex Brinkman. 10 minutes.
On October 24th, BFF screens the powerful Fruitvale Station (Rated R.) Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s film follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.