With the annual film festival in Park City just wrapping up for another year, Mammoth Film Festival™ has unveiled its 2020 lineup. Described as California’s favorite winter film festival, the five-day event running from February 27 to March 2, 2020, showcases world and U.S. premieres, exclusive cuts and special screenings. Is the festival, which first launched in the beautiful wintery setting of California’s Mammoth Lakes in 2018, becoming the new Sundance?
The star-studded opening night, sponsored by Kodak, will feature the world premiere of Tony Hawk’s highly-anticipated feature documentary Pretending I’m A Superman and the 35mm print of the Quentin Tarantino documentary QT8: The First Eight, directed by Tara Wood and to be introduced by actorMichael Madsen. From Reservoir Dogs through The Hateful Eight, the documentary takes viewers behind the camera into the mind of one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. Zac Efron’s Off The Grid series, featuring Mammoth Lakes, will have its theatrical premiere ahead of the documentary.
Also added to the lineup is the world premiere of the indie feature Runt, starring the late Cameron Boyce, best known for his role as Carlos in Disney’s Descendants. The film, directed and based on a script by William Coakley, is written by Christian Van Gregg and Armand Constantine, co-stars Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Aramis Knight, Brianna Hildebrand, Cyrus Arnold, Jason Patric and Tichina Arnold, and produced by Carl Rumbaugh and Gregory Thomas.
The festival will also feature the world premiere of the thriller Hour of Lead, written and directed by Peter Facinelli and starring Thomas Jane, Anne Heche and Jason Patric. The film explores the five stages of grieving in the backdrop of a thriller, and is Facinelli’s sophomore directorial debut.
The shorts category will feature the directorial debut of indie rock experimentalist and actor Lukas Haas who will debut the music video for his new single She’s In My Head. The video marks Haas’ directorial debut, was co-directed by Ariel Vromen, and features cameos from actor Brandon Thomas Lee and model Tess Jantschek.
The festival will feature a special 30th anniversary screening of the worldwide cultural phenomenon Back To The Future III and will include an appearance from the actual time machine itself – The DeLorean.
Other standout films include Now Is Everything, produced by two-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti (LA Confidential), co-directed by first-time feature film directors Riccardo Spinotti and Valentina De Amicis, and starring Anthony Hopkins and Madeline Brewer; world premiere of Camilla Belle’s Phobias, starring Macy Gray; world premiere of Deported, featuring Andy Dick, retired NFL player Rob Gronkowski, Missi Pyle (The Artist), Brenda Strong (13 Reasons Why), and Robert Davi; indie action-thriller Alone starring Jules Willcox (Bloodline) Marc Menchaca (Ozark); short comedy Adult Night starring Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer) and Kevin Alejandro (Arrow); and world premiere of The Tattooed Heart starring Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time).
Other highlights include Ed Westwick’s world premiere of Tether; world premiere of feature The Color Rose starring Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale); dramatic short After Emma with Amy Smart (Just Friends) and Dee Wallace (E.T.); The Deported from Pat McGee and Rosario Dawson;
and first-time filmmaker, Christian Madsen’s directorial debut Dinner With Grandma, starring Michael Madsen and Elaine Madsen.
For the full 2020 lineup, visit mammothfilmfestival.org or download the App.
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