Ketchum-born Jordan Noel Hawkes will need more than ordinary track shoes as she shuttles between Hackfort and Filmfort the (respectively) all-things tech and all-things movie elements of Treefort Music Fest, which launches its fifth year on Wednesday, March 23, and runs through Sunday, March 27. Hawkes is director of both.
"Track shoes? Hey, I've got my blue suede shoes on," she said, pointing to her electric blue sneakers.
Hawkes has done her fair share of shuttling. After she graduated from college, she embraced her love of documentary filmmaking, producing content for the Discovery, History and Animal Planet channels, traveling to Europe, Central America and Brazil, where she worked on the Curta Cinema Film Festival. Ultimately, Hawkes helped shepherd Brazilian films at festivals in London, Vancouver, New York City, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and she worked in the art department on several high-profile feature films, including The Social Network. Returning to Idaho, Hawkes served as Director of Education for Sun Valley's Family of Woman Film Festival and produced the first Hackfort for Treefort in 2014. In addition to her Hackfort responsibilities, Hawkes said she was hoping to collaborate on Filmfort, but only as a sideline.
"But then Ben Morgan [Filmfort director in 2012 and 2013] decided to take a leave of absence. So, last September, I was asked to wrangle both Hackfort and Filmfort," said Hawkes. "I guess I've got to be pretty good at delegating."
Hawkes shot a smile to her colleague, Alex Satterlee. When he's not fighting wildfires—last summer, he battled flames in the Nez Perce National Forest—he's director of operations for Filmfort.
"The real strengths of this year's Filmfort are five days and nights of feature films paired with some perfectly-coupled short films," said Satterlee.
Before scheduling nearly two dozen films over four days, Hawkes said her first priority was to secure the perfect venues to showcase the movies.
"So we got The Owyhee," she said, referring to the century-old landmark two blocks from the TMF main stage. The Owyhee was remodeled in 2014, a project that included installing state-of-the-art digital screens on the second floor, perfect for showcasing Filmfort movies March 23-24 and again on March 27. In between, March 25-26, Filmfort movies will screen at The Flicks.
"I immediately reached out to Carole [Skinner] at The Flicks," said Hawkes, referring to Boise's arthouse theater. "If you think of it, every day of the year is a film festival at The Flicks."
When Hawkes and Skinner sat down to look at the list of Filmfort films, Hawkes said Skinner immediately pointed to Janis: Little Girl Blue, the critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and times of singer/songwriter Janis Joplin. The film will screen—one time only—at 7 p.m., Friday, March 25 at The Flicks.
Other highlights include the much-anticipated Boise premieres of Carbon and Smoke, which debuted at the Sun Valley Film Festival earlier this month. The two Idaho-based projects will be joined by the documentary Idaho's Forgotten War in a Gem State-themed evening of film, Wednesday, March 23 at The Owyhee.
"We are so proud of the entire schedule," said Satterlee. "Music-themed, comedies, life-changing documentaries—there's a bit of everything."
Along with the film showcases, this year's Filmfort will include two "crossover" events with Hackfort and Storyfort: Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at The Linen Building (1402 W. Grove St.), the "Story to Screen" panel discussion will examine story development; and, on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at Hawley Troxell (877 W. Main St.) the "Script to Screen" workshop will explore the process of exporting the written word to the screen.
"As for life beyond Filmfort, I'm heading to New York in April to assist on a documentary project, showcasing some amazing women street artists," said Hawkes. "The immediate future? See you at Filmfort."