The Sun Valley Film Festival, showcasing the talent of Oscar nominees and winners Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave and Amy Smart, runs Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17. The second year of the festival promises a slate of 33 feature-length films, culled from hundreds of entries from across 21 nations.
Idaho native Heather Rae will bring two films into the lineup: An Unkindness of Ravens, starring Smart, Will McCormack and actress/singer Natalie Imbruglia; and Wind Walkers, the story of a group of hunters who head into the Florida Everglades only to realize that they may be the hunted.
The other 18 feature-length dramas include Craters of the Moon, filmed in Idaho, a (quite literally) chilling tale of a cross-country trip stalled by a blizzard; Kon-Tiki, the adaptation of the famed 1947 South Pacific raft expedition; and Unfinished Song, starring Redgrave and Terence Stamp in a lively tale of growing old and staying young through contemporary music.
SVFF's 15 feature-length documentaries include Girl Rising, starring Blanchett, Hathaway and Meryl Streep narrating the stories of 10X10's action campaign for girls' education; Breaking Through, which looks at openly LGBT elected officials, including former Idaho legislator Nicole LeFavour; Starring Adam West, the first-person examination of the Idaho resident who is known to the world as TV's Batman; and Watershed, the Redford-narrated exploration of what filmmakers call a "new water ethic for the new West."