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Sun Dogs - Opening and The Long Dumb Road Closing Night Films Confirmed at Vail Film Festival



April 5 - 8, 2018
15th annual Vail Film Festival





Opening Night Film: Sun Dogs
Director: Jennifer Morrison
Presented by Lu and Sam Maslak




We are excited to announce our Opening Night Film, Sun Dogs, directed by Jennifer Morrison. You may recognize Jennifer from her acting work, most recently as the roll of Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time, she also starred in How I Met Your Mother and House, among many other roles. This is Jennifer's feature directing debut and we couldn't be more excited to open the festival with this fantastic film starring Allison Janney, Melissa Benoist, Michael Angarano, and Ed O'Neill.

In this dramedy, a young man determined to be a military hero, ends up on a misguided adventure with his family and new friend Tally, which leads him to the most unlikely realization of how he can courageously “save lives.”






Closing Night Film: The Long Dumb Road
Director: Hannah Fidell
Presented by Kaye Ferry


Closing out the film festival we'll be screening the comedy, The Long Dumb Road, directed by Hannah Fidell. The Long Dumb Road recently premiered at Sundance and stars Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Tony RevoloriRon Livingston.

Two guys (Jason Mantzoukas & Tony Revolori) serendipitously meet at a time when they both find themselves at personal crossroads and decide to embark on an unplanned road trip across the American Southwest.


Did you know? 

In 2017, women comprised 18% (45) of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films.  This represents an increase of 1 percentage point from 17% in 2016 and is virtually even with the number achieved in 1998.  ~  Source San Diego State University


2018 Fest

The Festival program features an incredible lineup of 48 independent films with Q&A's with the filmmakers that let you delve deeper into what goes on behind the scenes, parties, panel discussion and filmmaker workshop for all levels of experience, and of course the Festival Hospitality Lounge with complimentary Stella Artois.

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