Monthly Archives: July 2013

2013 Summer Film Festival: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, August 21, 23 & 24, All shows 8 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 

Idaho Premier of  THE  WAITING ROOM, Documentary, USA

FINANCIAL SUPPORT  PROVIDED MCCALL PROGRESSIVE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

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The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film, offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. For more details

The documentary lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

LUCKY

DIRECTED BY ALVIE LUTHRA, SOUTH AFRICE/ UK (DRAMA)

ZULU, HINDI & ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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Variety calls Lucky “An emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa…delicate and real…extraordinarily touching”. The movie is directed Avie Luthra, a british psychiatrist and film maker who based “Lucky” on his experience living in rural South Africa in 2003 where the HIV prevalence was close 40%.

Lucky is about a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy called of all things Lucky. Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky then falls in with Padme, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and, ultimately, belonging, Lucky shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.

Interview with Avie Luthra, Director

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

OSCAR  

DIRECTED BY RUBEN C. GONZALES, USA (COMEDY)

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Oscar is directed by  Ruben Gonzales who is well know by theater goers at the l McCall Seven Devils Playwright Festival as an accomplished actor at the annual festival. He is joined in this delightful  comedy by Sarah Nina Hayon also a regular at the festival. This is Ruben’s first feature film. Both are accomplished theater and TV actors in California and New York city respectively.

Ruben plays, Oscar Sanchez a college history instructor who for the past three years has been unable to get approval of his dissertation because it lacks a focus or theory.  Oscar also has not recovered from his long term girlfriend leaving him years ago on his birthday for a biker after she convinces him to give up all his worldly possessions and travel the country in a RV.Oscar in a major psychological crisis, meets Misha,  played by Sarah Nina Hayon, a recluse like Oscar, who finds solace in the biological world of sticks and bugs.

OSCAR is a quirky love story written, directed and starring talent that happens to be Latino but not specifically or uniquely for a Latino audience. Audiences are treated to a universal story of love and friendship told by characters of color rarely seen in film. This is truly an independent film made for under $20,000 and lots of love.

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