By Randi Somers
The Homer Theater announced its line-up for the 10th-annual Homer International Documentary Film Festival the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. The festival celebrates a decade of bringing the best documentaries from around the world to Homer.
The Gala opening at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 will present the international release of “Muscle Shoals,” a groovy musical documentary. Everyone is encouraged to dress up, mingle and enjoy some BBQ sausages. According to the Festival committee, the theatre is, “excited and honored to be able to showcase this amazing documentary ahead of all theaters nationwide. The film is a special treat for us in Homer.” Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Steve Winwood, Keith Richards and many others tell the story of how this small town on a
river in Alabama created the environment for some of the best and funkiest rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and soul recordings of all time.
Another music documentary, “20 Feet from Stardom,” is about backup singers whose voices are familiar from so many hits, but who are otherwise unknown. “It’s very uplifting,” the Festival added. “The crowd will be singing along with these talented performers and soulful soundtrack.”
For all you yogis out there, the Festival is featuring “One Track Heart” about the life and music of Krishna Das, whom the New York Times calls “the Chantmaster of American Yoga!”
“Blackfish,” a moving documentary about orca whales and the complicated consequences of captivity, will be combined with a presentation and question-and-answer session with killer whale expert, Craig Matkin, on Wed, Oct 2 at 8 p.m.
When asked about the favorite films of the Festival Committee, Mac Sutton, the Programming Director said “They’re all good, front to back, this is an extremely varied line-up and we think the best
selection of the Documentaries of 2013!” Mac adds “I vote for all of them, but something new we have this year are 2 excellent extreme-sport Documentaries, “Where the Trail Ends” about the five best freeride mountain bikers and their quest for the gnarliest downhill terrain, and “Crash Reel” a moving documentary about huge half-pipe snowboarding and the rivalry between Kevin Pearce and Shaun White.” Jamie and Lynette Sutton, the Festival creators and Theatre owners said, “‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ is sure be a favorite because of the great footage and the power of Ali’s personality and also the gritty camera work following the investigative journalist in Dirty Wars, earned it Best Cinematography at Sundance!” Lynette adds “I love ‘Cutie and the Boxer’, the film itself is truly a work of art about artists passionately creating art.”
The world premiere of “The Old Believers”, produced and directed by former DocFest Director, Ryan Loughlin, is also anticipated, showing at every 8 p.m. show (except Oct 2) before the feature doc. The film tells the long, incredible journey of Homer’s Russian Community, how they came to the Kenai Peninsula, and is “a beautifully filmed, local short documentary that everyone can enjoy and learn from.”
The festival pass, which admits viewers to all films, is $50 for adults and $40 for children and seniors/military/peace corps. There are four showings every day, beginning at 2 p.m. and the festival runs through Oct. 3. More Information available at www.homerdocfest.com and www.homertheatre.com.
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