Opening Night

Join us for our Opening Night Celebrations!

Rub elbows with the festival's elite during our Black Tie Formal Gala as well as enjoy a few of the Official Selection films presented in the Opening Night Film Showcase.

Delicious food, live entertainment, good company, and great films!

Formal Gala

Film Showcase

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Formal Gala

Every event needs to have a little bit of posh!

Our Opening Night Formal Gala is an exclusive event for those wishing to hob nob with the festival directors, other filmmakers, and special guests as well as our sponsors and partners.

This Black Tie event will be held in The Atrium at Hemming Village -Rexburg's premiere event and reception center.

Friday, May 31, 2019 5:30pm
The Atrium at Hemming Village
Admission: $25
Formal dress required.
Limited seating is available to the public.
Includes admission to the Opening Night Film Showcase.

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Film Showcase

You're invited!

Join us for the Opening Night Film Showcase at the Madison Performing Arts Center.  This family-friendly event will feature a few of the festival's Official Selections.

Come early to get a good seat and enjoy the pre-show entertainment brought to you by Keishianna Peterson and the Dynamic Show Choir.

Friday, May 31, 2019 8:00pm
Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center
Adults: $10     Youth: $5 (Ages 6-17)

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OPENING NIGHT FILM PRESENTATIONS

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Dream Girl
SHORT FILM

After eight years of relationship coaching from a dream girl named Meg, Stephen finally gets a date with his crush Meghan. As Stephen’s plans for a relationship turn upside down, Meg reveals feelings for her former student. What follows is a journey full of hilarity, hallucination, and humanity.

Directed By: Derek Roper
Starring: McKenna Steel and Christian Randell

GAME
SHORT FILM

A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

Directed By: Jeannie Donohoe
Starring: Rick Fox, Nicole Williams, Tye White, Jamie McShane, Dominique Columbus, Charles Parnell, and Michael Purdie

The Water Divider
DOCUMENTARY

Water rights and the struggles of those who regulate the most valuable resource in the Snake River Valley.

Directed By: Tanner Browning
Starring: Jared Adamson, Chet Kendell, Chris Fredericksen, and Lyle Swank

A Grand Journey
DOCUMENTARY

Kira was born with a rare birth defect and had her lower leg amputated as a child. Climbing the iconic Grand Teton has been a childhood dream of Kira's. In A Grand Journey, we get an intimate look into Kira’s unique journey as she attempts to take on a goal she herself may not believe is possible.

Directed By: Amon Barker
Starring: Kira Brazinski

Bucketheads
SHORT FILM

A squad of storm troopers are transporting a POW with valuable information from Yavin 4, but getting off planet will test their mettle.

Directed By: Marco Bossow
Starring: Troy Mundle, Lee Shorten, Mark Meer, Kat Ruston, and Marco Bossow

Brothers and Badges
SHORT FILM

Detective Newton has to protect Trey from a lethal assassin he just fell in love with.

Directed By: Kody Newton
Starring: Ian T. Segears, Scott Grady, and Ashley Wayenberg

Special Late Night Screening

Nosferatu

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In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

Featuring Pipe Organ Soundtrack Performed Live By

JAMES CLARK
Theater Organist

James Clark is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Piano Performance and Communications. As a child, he learned about Wurlitzer Theater Organs from his dad and has been rebuilding and installing a handful of organs since 1980. James is an avid enthusiast of America’s silent movie era and the development of pipe organs used to accompany silent films before the advent of sound. He and his wife Paula, raised their three daughters in Salem, ID where they have lived for 20 years.

Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center
Friday, May 31, 2019  10:30pm

Adults: $10     Youth $5 (Ages 6-17)
(May not be suitable for children under 12 years of age due to scary images.)

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