2018 SPECIAL GUESTS
This year's Opening Night film is Nona, a narrative feature that stars Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, Superman Returns, Still Alice, Heist), and written and directed by prominent filmmaker and husband, Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, The Astronaut Farmer). Bosworth, an actress, activist and producer will be awarded with the festival’s 2018 Founder’s Award. Together Bosworth and Polish will present the film on opening night Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 p.m. at the historic Byrd Theatre with a panel to follow made up of Polish, Bosworth and leading experts on human trafficking. The 2018 Closing Night film is Buckout Road starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Dreamgirls, Beyond the Lights) with a special discussion to take place with Mr. Glover directly following the film on Sunday, April 29th at 5pm at the Byrd Theatre. Mr. Glover will also be presented with the 2018 Legacy Award.
Prolific television writer and series creator Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) will present his feature documentary, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Band on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm at Bow Tie Movieland followed by a discussion with Aronsohn about his experience making the film, his music influences & television background, and discuss how the film and television industry has evolved into what it is today. Another top influencer in television and film that will be a 2018 special guest is Rene Balcer. Balcer will present his feature documentary, Above the Drowning Sea with co-executive Producer, Carolyn & Hsu-Balcer on Thursday, April 26th at 8pm at the Byrd Theatre with an extensive Q&A to follow.