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Filmfort 2017 Lineup + Events

Calling all Treefort cinephiles! Filmfort is super stoked to bring a diverse range of short and feature-length films to the 2017 fest. A handful of filmmakers, artists and special guests will be joining us for Q&A sessions following the films. All Filmfort screenings will take place on the second floor of The Owyhee.

The best value at Filmfort is found through the Filmfort pass, which is $35 and gives you the opportunity to take in multiple films at one low price. We offer very limited day-of-show sales at the door for $10, on a first-come-first-served and space-available basis. Five-day festival wristbands grant access to all Filmfort events.




Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey

Terry Sanders
Two-time Oscar winning director, producer and writer Terry Sanders (FIGHTING FOR LIFE, RETURN WITH HONOR, MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION) comes to Filmfort with his latest narrative feature LIZA, LIZA, SKIES ARE GREY, a story of first love and sex in set in In the summer of 1966. In the summer of the Bomb, Vietnam Draft and the exploding Sexual Revolution, fifteen-year-old Liza and her sixteen-year-old boyfriend Brett take off on a four-day motorcycle adventure up the California coast before Brett heads east. Join writer and director Terry Sanders and cinematographer Erik Daarstad for a Q&A following the screening.


The Ataxian

Kevin Schlanser and Zack Bennett
Filmfort and the Boise Bicycle Project are excited to present THE ATAXIAN, a documentary about illness, hope and the power of an unbreakable spirit. At age 17, Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a little-known progressive muscular disease. As he loses his ability to play sports and even walk, he begins to bike long distances in a specially outfitted trike. Along with three friends, Kyle embarks on the Race Across America – a grueling nine-day non-stop journey from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Filmfort welcomes Kyle Bryant, the film’s subject, for a Q&A session following the screening. In addition to the screening, Boise Bicycle Project has coordinated a special ride during Treefort Music Fest, details here.  


Dave Made a Maze

Bill Waterson

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur. Critically acclaimed and winner of the 2017 Slamdance Audience Award, Filmfort welcomes DAVE MADE A MAZE producer John Charles Meyer.


Charlie vs Goliath

Reed Lindsay
CHARLIE VS GOLIATH is a feature-length documentary about Charlie Hardy, a 77-year-old former Catholic priest who returns to his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming to run for the U.S. Senate. CHARLIE VS GOLIATH explores how an honest, sincere person with little money can make a difference in the democratic process. Director Reed Lindsay, a Gracie Award winning journalist and filmmaker who grew up in Idaho, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.


Dark Progressivism

Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre
Written and directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre and produced by award winning filmmaker, James J. Yi, DARK PROGRESSIVISM reveals the brutal and beautiful tradition of Los Angeles’ history of graffiti and tattoo art, explores the LA street gangs’ influence on urban art, and introduces us to artists working in this medium who have become world-renowned in the world of fine art. Q&A with Rodrigo and James following the screening.


How the Sky Will Melt: A VHS Slumber Party Screening

Matthew Wade
Local filmmaker Matthew Wade presents HOW THE SKY WILL MELT, a micro-budget feature film shot entirely in Idaho and entirely on Super 8mm film that tells the story of Gwen, a musician with a growing paranoia disorder, who returns to her hometown after a traumatic event. With a strange and unholy discovery, Gwen and her friends begin to deteriorate the fabric of the universe. Filmfort will screen HOW THE SKY WILL MELT in a VHS slumber-party-style screening. Bring your pillow and popcorn, hang out with filmmaker Matthew Wade and the film’s star Sara Lynch for this one-of-a-kind cinema experience.


What’s Revenge

Kat Hunt
An innovative docu-fiction work, WHAT’S REVENGE, adapts elements from 70’s pulp revenge cinema to address the problems and pitfalls of relationships in the modern age. The film uses a blend of staged reenactments of real events and fictionalized scenarios inspired by the lived experiences of the cast and crew. A feminist piece of genre-bending film, made by a primarily female production team, Hunt plays the chief provocateur in a story of two friends seeking to explain the reason behind the injustices inflicted upon them by the men in their lives. Hunt’s character makes a personal mission of revisiting these indignities upon “the men” in question, on a mission to take their power back in the process. By using non-actors and their stories throughout, Hunt crafts a complex and comedic take on relationships and filmmaking. Ask Kat about her inspiration at the Q&A following the screening.
“Delightfully strange…remarkably stylish…a work that is personal in the most original of ways” – Filmmaker Magazine
What’s Revenge is preceded by Gospel Mime in a screening curated by the Eastern Oregon Film Festival.



Austin Chapman

An autobiographical story with a healthy dose of fiction, LACRIMOSA a personal journey through the eyes of deaf filmmaker Austin Chapman, telling the touching tale of two deaf friends aspiring to make their first film against all odds saddled between the hearing and deaf world. FIlmfort welcomes director Austin Chapman to present his film.


Magic Valley

Jaffe Zinn

A high school student living in Buhl, Idaho carries a terrible secret. A fish farmer confronts a neighbor that has carelessly poisoned his crop. The county sheriff neglects his duties and uses his patrol car for his own personal gain. A mom is too busy with the family dog to notice her missing daughter. Two preschoolers have chosen an unusual playmate – the common thread linking all these characters together. Zinn’s atmospheric vision is a ruminative look at a bored and numbed town on the verge of a wake-up call. His keen voice speaks profoundly to the disconnection of community and the decline of morale in a struggling recession-worn American society. Filmfort welcomes Idahoan writer and director Jaffe Zinn to present this five-year retrospective screening of MAGIC VALLEY.



Toad to Nowhere

Marshall Granger, Andrew Rizzo, and Eddie Roqueta

Two filmmakers journey to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert to find bufo alvarus, a psychedelic toad.












Ford Clitaurus

MP Cunningham

An aspiring artist struggles to find his voice, his sexual identity, and the meaning of creativity.



Cathedral Park: Angie

Travis Blue

An agoraphobic former soap star hides from her past and present in “Angie,” the first installment of the film series CATHEDRAL PARK. A story told in ten standalone parts, the films individually introduce the residents of a Pacific Northwest town and the mysterious park that exerts its psychic influence over each of them.



Hold Me (Ca Caw Ca Caw)

Renee Zhan

Flap flap flap flap flap. A large bird and a small boy cohabit in an unhappy relationship, trapped by four walls and their mutual codependence.




We Together

Channing Nunn, Whitney Skauge, Taylor Lennox, and Drew Daly

A zombie comes to remember the person he used to be.






Santiaguito: The Laboratory Volcano

Zach Voss

With constant eruptions, the Santiaguito Volcano in Guatemala is a volcanologists laboratory in the field. It’s frequent activity is optimal for research, but the volcano poses a significant, growing risk to the local population, in addition to severe hazards for the scientists who study it. Directed by local filmmaker Zach Voss in collaboration with Boise State University.


Brad Cuts Loose

Christopher Good

An uptight office drone seemingly discovers the perfect vehicle for letting off steam when an advertisement for a business catering to his innermost desires pops up one morning on his computer.



A Narrative Film

Michael Edwards

The most narrative narrative never narrated. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end…. It is at once both a three-act assault on the conceit of the traditional narrative, and also perhaps, a futile attempt to escape the narrative impulse of cinema.



Folsom Street

Aron Kantor

San Francisco has long pushed culture boundaries, radical self-expression and sexual freedom. Today awash in stories of the changing face of the city and its quickly eroding creative communities, FOLSOM STREET joyously celebrates the rich history of diversity that pushes the limits of raw sexuality that make this city the exciting cultural haven that it has always been. Directed by Aron Kantor, a native San Franciscan raised in Idaho.


Election Night

Ryan Scafuro

A crowd gathers until the early morning at a London pub to watch the US presidential election. As dawn breaks, emotions escalate and the evening takes a turn for the worse.




Channing Nunn, Whitney Skauge, Taylor Lennox, and Drew Daly

A short documentary that delves into the thoughts and reactions of six Los Angeles-based artists in the aftermath of the historic 2016 presidential campaign.




Ron Torres

A short documentary by local filmmaker Ron Torres, Rita tells the story of hope and triumph of one local Idaho refugee in Boise, striving to achieve her own American dream.





Learning to Catch

MP Cunningham

A mother learns to defend herself.










James Bascara

A bashful encounter.




Gospel Mime

Whitney Mallett
A lyrical short documentary on the strange sublime world of GOSPEL MIME. In churches across America, practitioners praise and worship Jesus Christ through the art of mime, expressing their devotion through theatrical choreography and white face paint. While at first many pastors were apprehensive of mime and banned it from their churches because of the white makeup, it’s now a growing liturgical trend, provoking assumptions about race, worship, and grassroots religious movements.


Spider Veins

Frank Mosley

Two women reunite in a quiet neighborhood before a party begins. But by turns mysterious and shocking, the film’s narrative begins to unravel even as the women’s relationship teeters on the edge of truth. Loosely inspired by Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, SPIDER VEINS is a mercurial investigation into varying levels of everyday artifice. Named “one of the best short films of 2016” by Film Pulse.



Old Dog

Elizabeth Rogers

The end of an old dog’s life creates a shift in the family dynamic and marks the end of childhood for sisters on the brink of adulthood.  




Other Filmfort Events



Angie Smith, Ron Torres & Rita Thara
Critically acclaimed photographer Angie Smith – founder and director of STRONGER SHINES THE LIGHT INSIDE – returns to Boise to present her work to the Filmfort audience. Smith spent over one year documenting the process of refugees rebuilding their lives in not just an American, but in an Idahoan context. As a complement to this presentation, local filmmaker Ron Torres will show his short documentary RITA, which explores the life of Boise resident and Congolese refugee Rita Thara. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Angie Smith, Ron Torres, Rita Thara, and Tara Wolfson from Idaho Neighbors United. In 2016 Smith was invited to The White House as a result of Stronger Shines the Light Inside, which has been covered by National Geographic and The New York Times, and was originally on display in downtown Boise in September and October of 2016. The exhibit will be reinstalled during Treefort Music Fest, displayed on Grove Street near the Treefort Main Stage from March 24 through March 26, 2017.


Finding Your Cinematic Voice

Matthew Wade, Jaffe Zinn, Kat Hunt, and Terry Sanders
Filmmakers with Idaho ties talk about finding their cinematic voice. The Panel will feature:
Terry Sanders – A two-time Oscar winner who has produced and/or directed more than 70 award-winning dramatic features, theatrical documentaries, television specials and a large body of portrait films of major American artists, writers and musicians. He is attending Filmfort with his film Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey.
Kat Hunt – An interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown at EYE Film Museum Amsterdam, National Gallery of Iceland, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Museum Hilversum, A.I.R. Gallery, Spectacle Theatre, and more. Kat spent her adolescent years in Boise and now lives in Upstate New York. She is bringing the docu-fiction What’s Revenge to Filmfort as part of a screening curated by Eastern Oregon Film Festival.
Jaffe Zinn – “A maker of movies and music and drawings and cat paint masterpieces.” Jaffe is an Idaho native whose film Magic Valley played at Tribeca in 2011 and will be screening at Filmfort as a five year retrospective. His film Children, which is also set in Idaho, played at Sun Valley Film Festival last year. Jaffe has also created music videos for the band Local Natives, which you can check out at the Jaffe Zinn Showcase Sunday at Filmfort.
Matthew Wade – His independent work (animation and live action) has been screened around the world at festivals such as Slamdance, Portland Film Fest, Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, ExGround, Rhode Island International, Berlin Experimental, Tromadance, Filmfort, the Northwest Film Forum, Oak Cliff Film Fest, NewFilmmakers, Sun Valley Film Fest (where he won the Gem State Award in 2016), as well as special screenings at the revamped Camera Obscura (an invite-only selection of new, avant-garde works), Muestra de Nuevo Cineastas, Micro-Wave Cinema, NoBudge.com, and many others. Matthew is treating Filmfort audiences to a VHS Slumber Party screening of his film How the Sky Will Melt.


Jaffe Zinn Showcase

Sunday Afternoon
Join us for an afternoon of short films by Idaho native Jaffe Zinn, followed by a retrospective screening of his film Magic Valley.


6 Dynamic Laws For Success in Life, Love, & Money: A Work in Progress Screening

Gregory Bayne
Upon discovering a coded message in the self help book 6 Dynamic Laws for Success (In Life, Love & Money) which purportedly reveals the location of $2.4 million missing from a bank robbery gone bad, a demoralized ex-used car salesman sets out on a quest to find the money and remake himself in the process. However, he soon discovers he’s not the only one after the cash, and that the road to riches and self-improvement is littered with irate ex-wives, litigious fiancés, household calamities, accidental murders, and love at first sight.

Filmed in Idaho, 6 Dynamic Laws for Success in Life, Love & Money is currently in the final leg of post-production.


Eastern Oregon Film Festival Curated Screening

What’s Revenge and Gospel Mime
Eastern Oregon Film Festival is collaborating with Filmfort to bring two favorite films from their festival this year. Kat Hunt’s What’s Revenge and Whitney Mallett’s Gospel Mime.


Music Video Lab

In Collaboration with Boise Rock School
During Treefort Music Fest, 12 lucky students will have a hands-on opportunity to learn filmmaking skills and collaborate with two Treefort Music Fest bands to film and produce a stellar music video!! Much like a takeaway show, participants will shoot in studio and on location in downtown Boise to learn all facets of filmmaking including pre-production, camera, lighting, sound and post-production. The workshop commences with a public screening of two completed music videos at Filmfort.

Music Video Lab will take place March 21-24 from 4:15-6:30 pm at Boise Rock School and both of the videos will be screened for public viewing during Filmfort on Sunday of Treefort (place and time TBA). Space is limited to only 12 students and registration closes March 1, 2017…so hustle up and sign up before it’s too late!

Music Video Lab is $150 per student. To reserve a spot and to learn more, contact Allie Morgan at boiserockschool@gmail.com.


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