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March 23-25
2018

Lyons International Film Festival

The 2018 Lyons Film Festival is the gateway to Colorado’s filmmakers, musicians and artistic talent. Set in idyllic Lyons Colorado, its now a must stop on your way to the Rocky Mountain National Park just north of Denver and Boulder. The 4th year of the Lyons Film Festival will showcase many acclaimed films, celebrating local Colorado independent films, plus films from abroad in categories ranging from environmental and music documentaries to outdoor recreational films.

5:00pm - 7:00pm | Pizza Bar

Pizza Bar
Opening Night

7:00pm - 8:30pm | Rogers Hall

Block 1: Lyon’s Visionaries and More

Film: CHANGE Jamestown After The Flood/Colorado
Director : Angie Burnham Running Time : 30
Description: A chronicle of the rebuilding of this tiny mountain town west of Boulder Colorado from the early repairs on Ward Street to the completion of the new Town Square, focusing on the inevitable changes, personal, physical and communal.

Film: Hardship, Homeless
Director Sally Van Meter
Running Time: 4:03
Description: A film that expresses the devastation caused by the social invisibility of poverty in the United States.

Film: Brothers
Director : Jack Ballo
Running Time : 16:25
Description: Broke and alone, two brothers who drank away their inheritance start a new life together while trying to put their troubled past behind them. Living off the grid in New Jersey, their innovative ability to survive went on for four years…until one of them decided it was time to get out, leaving his brother to make an important decision.

Film: Bridge
Director: Jem Moore
Running Time: 6:10
Description: In a small town in southern Missouri, two brothers share an endless summer afternoon, with no thought toward the future. Based on a true event, “Bridge” captures a moment in time and place, where the ordinary is everything.

Film: Water Cycle: River BikeFishing for Steel Head
Director:
Running Time: 7
Description: Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, a new film project. The project follows different people who use a bicycle to help them further explore their relationship with water, in all its forms.

Film: Canis Lupus Colorado
Director: Eric Bendick
Running Time: 18:23
Description: Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado's now extinct native wolf population.

Film: Peace Like A River
Director: Ethan Hegel
Running Time: 3
Description: A young woman, trying to process through a deep betrayal, finds peace by the riverside.

8:45pm - 10:00pm | Rogers Hall

Block 2: Engaging Nature

Film: earth Seasoned: Gap Year
Director: Molly Kreuzman
Running Time: 1hr 15
Description: Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, and short-term memory problems, Tori finds her greatest teacher in nature, spending a “gap year” living semi-primitively with four other young women in the Oregon Cascade Mountains.

10:00am - 12:00pm | Rogers Hall

Block 1: Children’s World

Film: With My Own Two Hands
Director: MICHAEL BAROCAS
Running Time: 3:40
Description: The life of a man through his hands and the ones around him..

Film: The Chimney Sweep
Director: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Running Time: 1:30
Description: A chimney sweep works on the roofs of Paris. A strange surprise goes out of the chimney. His life will be changed it for ever.

Film: The One Who Tamed The Clouds
Director: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Running Time: 6:10
Description: At the top of a canyon the old Indian Flying Shadow teaches the young Nayati the ancient art of smoke signals. This is the meeting of two opposite characters. The boy’s hyperactivity upsets the calm of the old shaman soon causing disaster.

Film: Bullies
Director: Daniel Bydlowski
Running Time: 27:40
Description: Eugene, a shy 10-year-old boy, is bullied every day until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, for now...

Film: Yochi
Director: Ilana Lapid
Running Time: 24.45
Description: Yochi, a 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy, guards a nest of endangered Yellow- Headed Parrots in Belize’s pine savannah. When his beloved older brother, Itza, returns from the city, Yochi learns that he’s in debt and has turned to poaching – setting the brothers on a collision course.

Film: Nanhi Neend
Director: Jitendra Rai
Running Time: 3:33
Description: Nanhi Neend' is a film I have made with the intent of highlighting the role that our mothers play in our lives. It is some times easy to take our mothers for granted because of their selfless love towards us, and this is what I've tried to bring out with this short film. I find this is the right time to pay my humble tribute to mothers everywhere – just a little 'thank you' for everything they've done for us.

Film: Alphabet
Director : KIANOUSH ABEDI
Running Time: 5:55
Description: It has been years since the people of this town forgot the alphabets of life.
They have no sight, hearing or speech left... but the words are impatiently waiting to be sung again.

Film: King Grampa
Director: Markus Kaatsch
Running Time: 13
Description: Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather's stories. When his grandfather passes away, it is difficult for him to understand that it is now his turn to continue telling his stories. Story-telling becomes a way for him to not only keep the stories but also the memory of his grandfather alive

Film: Our Wonderful Nature
Director: Tomer Eshed
Running Time: 3:00
Description: „The feeding habits of the common cameleon as never seen before“

12:00pm - 2:00pm | Rogers Hall

Block 2: Selfless Inspiration

Film: Bear and Owl
Director Jan Jensen
Running Time: 45
Description: In 1986, a young girl from Beloit, WI was about to celebrate her 7th birthday in the Boston Children’s Hospital. After her teacher puts an article in the local newspaper requesting cards from the community, a complete stranger responds by sending her a handmade card every day for two and half years. The heartwarming bond that forms between them showcases the healing power of love, empathy and compassion. 30 years later, as she’s about to undergo her 42nd (and hopefully last) surgery, Joni’s optimistic strength is an inspiring example of the difference that a simple act of kindness can make.

Film: You Can Be Brave
Director: Jennifer Camota Luebke
Running Time: 1 HR 16
Description: "You Can Be Brave" is a documentary about one mother’s 15-year journey boldly fighting for her son (who has an intellectual and developmental disability) to be included in all areas of society. You will see how her perspective on disability evolved, and how she is continuing to break barriers to (dis)ABILITY inclusion. You will understand what we as a community can do to take informed, intentional action to include people of all abilities.

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Rogers Hall

Rogers Hall
Workshop 1: Funding Your Film; Tom Kolicko

3:00pm - 5:00pm | Rogers Hall

Block 3: Filmmaker’s Life

Film: Low-Budget-Pitch
Director: Daniel Belmonte and Pedro Cadore
Running Time: 1hr 15
Description: Pedro and Fabrício are two young filmmakers who never got the chance to make their comedy films. Frustrated, they consider quitting the business, but decide, as their last attempt, to produce a low-budget drama and submit it to a local film festival.

5:00pm - 6:00pm | Rogers Hall

Workshop 2 & 3
#2 Josh Hyde: Building a Production With National Relevance
#3 HollyWood Insider: Jim Bigham Skype Conversation with Eric Abramson

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Block 4: Out Door Adventure & Our Environment

Film: On the Road To Totality
Director: Craig Stevens
Running Time: 6
Description: "On The Road To Totality" documents the journey to Alliance, Nebraska where my family and I witnessed this very special event.

Film: Space Godzilla Pigeon River Abstract
Director: Matt Sloan
Running Time: 2:02
Description: An experimental view of play boating and the flow between paddler, boat, and water.

Film: The Flat tops Roundup
Director: Justin Balog
Running Time: 18:26
Description: Filmed over the course of three days and three hundred miles, the ' Flat Tops Round Up' documents a team of cyclists as they attempt to navigate Colorado's most remote wilderness, The Flat Tops.

Film: In Gora
Director: Mathias Joubert
Running Time: 44
Description: Riders from the Picture Family join Val and Tim, who define themselves as "a modern nomad couple", for a road trip through Europe. Aboard their retrofitted American school bus that they have entirely renovated into a big campervan, Val and Tim travel the world and chase powder along the way. This one month journey brings our riders into the anything but ordinary daily life of these two atypical nature lovers. In Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Montenegro, they encounter the locals and ride the best mountains they find on their way.

Film: Our Wild
Director: Matt Sloan
Running Time: 2:02
Description: An experimental view of play boating and the flow between paddler, boat, and water.

Film: Dragon’s Tail
Director: Rus Vakrilov
Running Time: 34:00
Description: Four Bulgarian friends and climbers are on an expedition to the Patagonian Andes with the goal of making the first Bulgarian ascent of Cerro Torre. After an year of training and preparation the team spends two months in Patagonia trying to ascent this prominent peak but the harsh winds and weather conditions push them back in despair. After a number of failed attempts and injuries, when everything seems to be lost the team finds a way to summit Poincenot, Cerro Torre, and even push a new route on the north face of El Mocho.

Film: Canis Lupus Colorado
Director: Eric Bendick
Running Time: 18:23
Description: Ghosts are stirring in Colorado's high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals - the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado's now extinct native wolf population. It unfolds through the eyes of Mike Phillips, the world's foremost expert on wolf restoration, John Emerick, an ecologist and author in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as photojournalist Morgan Heim, elk hunter David Gann, and lifelong rancher Duke Phillips. Together, these perspectives paint a sweeping portrait of the complex relationships between people and predators in the modern West. Now we're at a tipping point: the emerging west, the future of our public wildlands, and the health of vast ecosystems are all at stake. And the choice is up to us.

8:00pm - 9:45pm | Rogers Hall

Block 5: Music in Film

Film: Strad Style
Director: Stefan Avalos
Running Time: 01:45:00
Description: A documentary about a backwoods dreamer, living in rural Ohio with an unlikely obsession for 'Stradivari' and all things violin, who, through the magic of social-media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world.

9:45pm - 11:30pm | Rogers Hall

Block 6: Suspense and Comedy

Film: Angus Martinez Lonesome Journey to the West
Director : Sally Van Meter
Running Time: 5.49
Description: The story of lonesome traveler Angus Martinez, who travels to the West in search of a home and a place to belong and be free.

Film: 10 Second Exposure
Director: Dario Ortega
Running Time: 17:51
Description: A young man goes in to the forest to find solitude and a clear look at the sky in order to take long exposure pictures of the nights sky. Unfortunately, he exposes something else deep in the forest.

Film: Pink Velvet Valley
Director: Sébastien Petretti
Running Time: 5:30
Description: A shithole somewhere in Scotland, a cab falling to bits and Alec Calan facing an acute case of Ray-ban addiction : welcome to Pink Velvet Valley!

Film: I Like Me
Director: Joshua Land
Running Time: 01:22:51
Description: In the midst of family tensions, an egocentric free spirit who hits rock bottom finds unexpected success as a self-empowerment guru after publishing a self-help book.

10:30am - 12:30pm | Rogers Hall

Block 1: Our Elders Legacies

Film: ¿Cómo Fue? A Cuban Journey
Director: Emilie Johnson
Running Time: 45:00
Description: This is the story of Guillermo (Bill) Vidal, and his journey as a Cuban child, during Castro's revolution, which brought him to the United States during Operation Pedro Pan. His new life began in an orphanage and led to him becoming Denver, Colorado's first immigrant mayor.

Film: Cube Man
Director: Linda Dombrovszky
Running Time: 18:30
Description: An elderly man is unable to accept that he is made to retire and his life takes a dramatic turn, when he realises that he cannot finish the work of his life.

Film: The Happiest Man
Director: Jasmin Lord Gassmann
Running Time: 55:00
Description: “The Happiest Man“ tells the story of a personal journey. A 24-year old woman flies from 2 Germany to Sydney, Australia, to portrait the 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who after more than thirty years of silence speaks to people from all walks of life about his experience. By sharing his life story he transforms the pain of the past into joy and happiness and teaches especially younger generations how happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times.

12:30pm - 1:30pm | Rogers Hall

Workshop: Drone School 101
Nathan Duggins - Levitate Drones Co

1:30pm - 3:30pm | Rogers Hall

Block 3: Trailblazers/Travel Films

Film: "Doc Middleton: The Unwickedest Outlaw"
Director: David Higgins
Running Time: 24:40
Description: Horse thief, cattle rustler, business man, Robin Hood....Doc Middleton has a unique life story which crosses both the 19th and 20th centuries. In many ways, his story represents the death of the Old West and the dawn of a new, modern era.

Film: Through the Open Door
Director: Max Owens
Running Time: 7:11
Description: The door to adventure is waiting for you, and it's wide open. Through The Open Door is a call to try something outrageously new. It is a call to trust yourself, and to open yourself to a wide world of possibility. It is a call to find your happiness. Filmed during a three-month solo bicycle trip through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, Through The Open Door is a personal journey with universal appeal.

Film: A Field Guide To Losing Your Friends
Director: Chad Clendinen
Running Time: 14:07
Description: Nate Henn was full of humor, generosity and spirit. He was so alive. But then, in 2010, a series of terror-related bombings devastated Kampala, Uganda, leaving 74 people dead, including Henn. The news was a devastating blow for his best friend Tyler Dunning, who plunged into darkness, grief, anger and self-medication. His only solace? Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, where the cliff faces, pine forests and wildlife softened his raw emotions. It was a failed attempt to climb Longs Peak that really changed him: The humbling experience sent him on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. national parks. From Glacier to Bryce, Saguaro to Kenai, the Everglades to Yellowstone, he roamed. And through the adventures that unfolded, he pieced his life back together. He started to let others in. And, finally, he was able to say goodbye.

Film: Exit
Director: Katharina Woll
Running Time: 23:30
Description: Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the ultra-othodox world she lost all her children, who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care center watched by Rabbinical social workers. Sarah meets Heidi, daughter of chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party. She was raised ultra-orthodox in Bnei Brak and married at the age of 17. Always wanting to escape the religious life she managed to get a divorce and to take her two kids with her. Today Heidi fights for womens rights especially within the religious community. She helps Sarah to reopen her case at the Rabbinical Court and eventually get the custody of her children.

Film: The Decision
Director: Lori Allred
Running Time: 9:13
Description: A young girl must choose between what she wants or what her family wants for her.

Film: Euphoria: Indescribable Adventure
Director: Linda Sanders
Running Time: 21:19
Description: Euphoria, indescribable adventure was filmed at Manu National Park, deep in the Amazon Rainforest, an unspoiled expanse of boiling jungle and breath-taking cloud forests running from the Andes mountains to the Madre de Dios River. Its lowlands are only accessible by boat and its impenetrable nature has been both reasons why so many are attracted to its dark undergrowth and the reason it has remained so well preserved.
Sondre Amdahl and Tommy Chen began their journey above the clouds looking down a massive valley along which a single-track road winds through a sea of green. The clouds boil and roll across the canopy below and the air around you is thin enough to double the effort required to move. Descending to UNESCO world heritage site below and making their way through 230km of sweltering jungle, choked with mud and humidity, broken by river crossing after crossing.

Film: Iron Hands
Director: Johnson Cheng
Running Time: 11:00
Description: As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym's reclusive groundskeeper.

3:30pm - 5:30pm | Rogers Hall

Block 4: Social Documentaries & Shorts

Film: Con Permiso de Miguel Una Visita a La Taqueria
Director : Sally Van Meter
Running Time: 4:00
Description: In a moment of inspiration filming a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train on the industrial side of town, I drove to one of the local Taquerias in the town to see if I could capture the environment that undocumented workers from Mexico live in within a predominantly white middle-class community. Taquerias worker Miguel- though gracious at the beginning- made it clear to me that this was his environment, and I was someone to be feared—I became the trespasser.

Film: Nyima
Director: Cody Tuttle
Running Time: 26:15
Description: The film, Nyima, is a modern day story of a low caste family struggling to survive and redefine their cultural identity in the isolated Himalayan village of Samagaun. Immersed in Tibetan culture and deeply rooted in Buddhist beliefs, they have been pushed to the outskirts of their community where they live in a captivatingly raw and unforgiving environment. Their story as poor Dalits (persons of the lowest caste) is eloquently told through the curious mind of a young protagonist, Nyima. The viewer will go on a cinematic journey through this ancient village examining the daily responsibilities and traditions of this timeless community. Nyima offers breathtaking scenery with a cultural lens for understanding the greater social problems of the caste system in Nepal, while providing hope for a better future for Dalit families everywhere.

Film: Flesh From My Flesh
Director: Matthys Boshoff
Running Time: 24:20
Description: Flesh of my Flesh tells the story of how a married couple’s relationship and household are changed after a car accident claims their little daughter’s life and leaves the wife quadriplegic.

Film: My Beautiful Home
Director: Romain Vakilitabar
Running Time: 6:50
Description: "My Beautiful Home" is a short virtual reality experience which takes place in Kibera, Africa's biggest slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. Through an empathy based approach, it seeks to change the way in which we perceive poverty in Africa.

Film: Enough White Teacups
Director: Michelle Bauer Carpenter
Running Time: 59:00
Description: The documentary Enough White Teacups highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX) and the film explores their history as an international design competition and highlights the most innovative INDEX award winners. Enough White Teacups showcases how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent of blindness, to destroy landmines, to deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, to clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. Enough White Teacups examines sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Film: Balance
Director: barzan rostami
Running Time: 2:30
Description: t’s a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist in order to the people of the city and future generations live in peace.

5:30pm - 7:00pm | Rogers Hall

Block 5: Drama/Comedy

Film: BOT
Director: Daniel Hoffmann
Running Time: 2:34
Description: A middle-aged programmer (Noel) stands in front of the ruins of his marriage. With the help of a new intelligent language assistant, Noel tries to redirect his professional and private life into the right path. The artificial intelligence not only assists him in coping with everyday life, but also arranges an appointment with the much younger Claudine.

Film: The Only Order
Director: Van Wampler
Running Time: 15:00
Description: Two soldiers are stationed as border patrol in Arkemora. When a delivery of exoria and rations goes missing, however, what originally appeared to be a mundane job turns out to be a descent into a moral quandary.

Film: Wanted: Dead or Abducted
Director: Ramiro Hernandez
Running Time: 7:55
Description: After robbing a small bank in Dodge, two cowboy bandits lose a posse and encounter very weird events in their new hideout.

Film: #selfie
Director: David M. Lorenz
Running Time: 7:00
Description: A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie...The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.

Film: IN TAKT - INTACT
Director: Johannes Bachmann
Running Time: 14:45
Description: Bruno has a monotonous everyday life as a factory worker who suddenly gets out of line when his son appears in the factory to work there. Bruno works in a factory on a machine that repeats its sequence every four seconds. His monotonous everyday life suddenly gets out of line when his son appears in the factory to work there. Bruno struggles for his son to take a different path of life.

Film: WEEEN
Director: Nils Vleugels
Running Time: 14:00
Description: Willem is on the verge of becoming a father: his girlfriend’s contractions have started. When the irreversibility of his baby’s arrival dawns on him, Willem is besieged by a feeling of uselessness and acute fear of fatherhood.

Film: The Beach Boy
Director: Hannes Rall
Running Time: 7:48
Description: A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Based on a traditional folk tale and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.

Film: All the World is a Stage
Director: Hannes Rall
Running Time: 1:30
Description: An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem "All The World's A Stage" narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company).

7:30pm - 8:30pm | Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues
Awards Party

Feature Films

Strad Style

by Stefan Avalos
www.stradstyle.com
www.facebook.com/stradstyle

A documentary about the making of a great violin… maybe.

A documentary about a backwoods dreamer, living in rural Ohio with an unlikely obsession for ‘Stradivari’ and all things violin, who, through the magic of social-­‐media, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world.

Canis Lupus Colorado

Eric Bendick

Ghosts are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. It unfolds through the eyes of Mike Phillips, the world’s foremost expert on wolf restoration, John Emerick, an ecologist and author in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as photojournalist Morgan Heim, elk hunter David Gann, and lifelong rancher Duke Phillips. Together, these perspectives paint a sweeping portrait of the complex relationships between people and predators in the modern West. Now we’re at a tipping point: the emerging west, the future of our public wildlands, and the health of vast ecosystems are all at stake. And the choice is up to us.

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