Date(s) - 09/10/2015
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
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NCFF has been referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema showcasing diversity, creativity and innovative storytelling and new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with top film schools, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.
“To celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, we wanted to go back to our roots and celebrate the local filmmakers who are making great films and those filmmakers that are working hard to capture the stories of our community,” explains Jesse Locks, Festival Director.
This year’s opening night film is the premier of “Music In Mali: Life Is Hard, Music Is Good”, a feature-length music documentary about the musicians, dancers and people of Mali who every day create inspiring heartfelt music in some of the most difficult living conditions in West Africa. From the music Capital Bamako to different regions of Mali, local record label System Krush spent the last several years recording and documenting the stories, lives and music of a large group of musicians including Grammy nominated Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Grammy award winning Toumani Diabate, his brother Madou Sidiki Diabate, the late Lobi Traore and late legend Zani Diabate to name a few. “Music In Mali” is narrated by award-winning actor Danny Glover, directed by local filmmaker Aja Salvatore and was made by a local team of videographers. Filmmakers and special guests will participate in a Q&A following the film.