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Fettuccine Forum Explores Film in Idaho

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On First Thursdays, Boise State and the Boise City Department of Arts and History host the Fettuccine Forum, a community gathering that looks at the history and cultural life of Boise and the Treasure Valley. And, as the name suggests, you can slurp a plate of fettuccine for only $5.

This month, the forum will tackle Idaho's history in film. They'll look at everything from Jon Heder's breakthrough title role in 2004's Napoleon Dynamite, which was shot in the small town of Preston, all the way back to the slightly less known The Cowpuncher, shot in Idaho Falls in 1915.

Panelists include local director Travis Swartz (Norman Waiting), director Sandra Cavanaugh, longtime North by Northwest producer Lorena Davis, and Josie Pusl, manager of The Flicks theater and former managing director of the now defunct True West Film Festival.

Moderating will be Peg Owens from the Idaho Department of Commerce, who became Idaho's first full-time film commissioner in 1987, and who, in addition to her film commission duties, has overseen statewide video shoots aimed at increasing Idaho tourism.

Thursday, April 1, 5 p.m. dinner, 5:30 p.m. lecture, FREE, $5 for fettuccine, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., cityofboise.org/artsandhistory.