Headed West: FILM FORWARD Stops in Imperial Valley
Cindy Meehl's Buck
Headed West: FILM FORWARD Stops in Imperial Valley
Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae

Headed West: FILM FORWARD Stops in Imperial Valley and Mexico

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After a bustling March featuring FILM FORWARD stops in India and China, the program is headed to California for a week-long gathering in Imperial Valley and Mexicali.

Next week (April 30-May 4), FILM FORWARD directors Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Cindy Meehl (Buck) are heading south to the California/Mexico border for a week of screenings, Q&As, and conversations at the inaugural Imperial Valley/Mexicali FILM FORWARD program.

Our incredible Program Collaborators, The Imperial County Film Commission and Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center in Mexico, will present special screenings of all 10 FILM FORWARD films throughout the week. The Opening Night film, Bran Nue Dae, will be followed by a Q&A and reception with Rachel Perkins (director) at the Imperial Valley Cinemark Theater.  Special screenings of Bran Nue Dae and Buck (followed by director Q&A’s) will take place at various venues including  The Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Camarena Memorial Library, the Stockmen’s Club, local High Schools and Universities, CEART and the Quechan Casino. Screenings of Another Earth, Beginners, Grbavica, The Green Wave, On the Ice, Senna, Somewhere Between, and Unfinished Spaces will screen at the Cinemark over the course of the week.

Bran Nue Dae  is a musical, set in the Summer of 1969, which tells the story of a young man who flees the Catholic mission where he is studying to join the priesthood. He journeys across Australia on a life-changing  journey that ultimately leads him back home.

Buck profiles famous “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, tracing his life from an abusive childhood to his career as a world-renowned horse handler and trainer. By teaching people to communicate with horses through instinct, not punishment, he frees the spirit of the horse and its human comrade.

Click here for the full schedule and come join us in Imperial Valley, CA, and Mexicali, Mexico!