A film festival with balls

Mars as the new honeymoon destination?

Mars as the new honeymoon destination?


The 10th annual Nevada City Film Festival will be Thursday, August 19, through Sunday, August 22. Tickets are $10 per program, $20 for opening night, $90 for a festival pass. The films will be shown at various venues in Nevada City. Visit www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com for a schedule and more information.

LSD-inspired no-hitters, finding love on Mars and death-row inmates on Weight Watchers will converge on the quaint, gold rush-era town of Nevada City for the yearly screening of awesomely random films.

The 10th annual Nevada City Film Festival isn’t the usual highfalutin, red-carpet flaunting film festival focused on celebrity sightings and high-priced mixers. This festival is devoted to showcasing great filmmaking—plain and simple. It’s also crazy affordable, with individual programs costing $10 and festival passes priced at $90. Suggestion: Go for the festival pass for the best bargain.

During the four-day event, 40 short and full-length films will be screened, including Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No, an animated short film about the Pittsburg Pirates player who allegedly pitched a no-hitter in 1970 while trippin’ on LSD. And yes, Ellis does make a touchdown at first base. His balls also grow and shrink during the game—er, his baseballs. Other screenings include an animated short by Jonathan Katz, Death Row Diet, and MARS, a feature-length film about a manned mission to the Red Planet. There also will be numerous question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers following the screenings.

Additional events include entertainment from comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the sketch-comedy series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, as well as popular Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show.