Boonies Film Festival opens today

The Boonies International Film Festival begins today with several films being shown at the Library Theatre, Warren Public Libary, Allegheny Outfitters, Cambridge Warren and Blair.

Among the picks in competition features are:

“Technically Crazy.” Sparks fly when a 16 year old bipolar runaway breaks into a suicidal ex-cop’s house. Screenings will be at 5:5 p.m. Wednesday at the Library Theatre and 6 p.m. Thursday at Cambridge Warren. One of the directors of the film, Dan Riddle, is from Franklin. Co-filmmaker Greg Shouse plans on attending the festival, but Riddle can’t attend; he is working on a TV show in California.

“Vacationland.” Filmmaker Jamie Hook does a beautiful job of storytelling in his film as several family members show up at a family reunion not knowing that it’s been canceled due to lack of interest, so they have their own reunion. The film stars Karen Black who recently passed away after battling stomach cancer for some time. The Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominated actress is most noted for her performances in films such as Easy Rider, The Great Gadsby, The Day of the Locust, Five Easy Pieces, Airport 1975 and Hitchcock’s final film Family Plot. Screenings will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Library Theatre and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Warren Public Library.

“The Duck Hunter .” Italian filmmaker Egidio Veronesi takes the viewer back to the year 1942. The front of the war is still far and in a little provincial town, between the south of Modena and the river Po, Mario and his friends live their youth free and easy. Each of them has his or her own dream to fulfil. But the coming of the war and the mishaps of life will very soon end up to overwhelm their destinies. Screenings will be at 9 p.m. Friday at the Library Theatre and noon Saturday at the Warren Public Library.

“Jump.” Crime boss daughter Greta is rescued from suicide by stranger Pearse on New Year’s Eve, a night that will change both their lives forever. Screenings will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Library Theatre, 1 p.m. Saturday at Cambridge Warren and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Warren Public Library.

“Siberia Monamour.” Siberia, late autumn, and old man Ivan and his 7-year-old grandson Leshia live in a deserted village. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia’s best friend. Sometimes uncle Yuri brings food to them. Leshia witnesses Ivan shooting at “his” dog and runs away. The old man finds his grandson at the bottom of a dry well, but fails to rescue him. Ivan sets out in search of help. Now the dogs are hunting him and the boy remains in the dry well waiting for his missing father. Screenings will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Warren Public Library and at 5 p.m. Friday at the Library Theatre.

Among the picks in competition shorts are:

“Imagine.” Imagine, a physiological drama, is about John Morris, a paramedic, who lives under a cloud of guilt after being present at her death and unable to save his daughter’s life. Guilt has left him numb and in a shattered his relationship with his wife, Kate. Using water which is charged or influenced by specific thoughts or energy, John begins to connect with his daughter in an unknown world. Now John believes he can make everything the way it used to be. Screenings will be part of the short series two and at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Library Theatre.

“Towheads.” Brooklyn mother of two, Penelope (Shannon Plumb), struggles to traverse the daily obstacle course that is motherhood with little help from her husband, Matt (Derek Cianfrance). As his flourishing creative career consumes all of his time, Penelope struggles to balance her artistic aspirations with her motherly responsibilities, stopping at nothing in a quest to find her artistic voice. Plumb’s real-life husband and children play her family in this playful, honest, and at times, harsh look at modern-day motherhood and the difficulties families face everyday. Screenings will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Library Theatre and at noon Friday at the Warren Public Library.

“School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten.” No classroom for these kindergarteners. In Switzerland’s Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age go to kindergarten in the forest every day, no matter what the weatherman says. The filmmakers follow the forest kindergarten through the seasons of one school year to make this documentary film. This eye-opening film looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out. Screening swill be part of Short Series three and/or Kids Series and at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cambridge Warren, at 9 a.m. Friday at Blair, at 7 p.m. Friday at Allegheny Outfitters, and at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Library Theatre.

The schedule includes:

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Library Theatre: Towheads, 9 a.m.; Short Series Five, 10:45 a.m.; Now Forager, 1 p.m.; Local Short Series, 2:45 p.m.; Technically Crazy, 5:15 p.m.; No Horizon Anymore, 7 p.m.; Ombis, 9 pm.

Warren Public Library: Our Nixon, 10 a.m.; Short Series One, noon; Siberia Monamour, 2 p.m.; Short Series Four, 4 p.m.; Beyond the Grave, 6 p.m.

Allegheny Outfitters: Leave it on the Track, 7 p.m.; Local Short Series, 9 p.m.

Cambridge Warren: Our Nixon, 1 p.m.; We’re Not Broke, 6 p.m.

Blair: The Harvest, 9 a.m.; Vanishing City, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Library Theatre: Pechorin, 9 a.m.; K Effect, 11 a.m.; Short Series Two, 1 p.m.; My Way, 3:15 p.m.; Kevin Series, 5 p.m.; Vacationland, 7 p.m.; Tokyo Giants, Territory 8, 9 p.m.

Warren Public Library: Short Series Five, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; The Harvest, noon; No Horizon Anymore, 2 p.m.; Local Short Series, 4 p.m.; Music Video, 6 p.m.; Insomniac Films, 7 p.m.

Allegheny Outfitters: Dirt, 7 p.m.; Pechorin, 9 p.m.

Cambridge Warren: Short Series Three, 1 p.m.; Technically Crazy, 6 p.m.

Blair: The Race, 9 a.m.; The Runway, 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 16

Library Theatre: Dirt, 9 a.m.; Short Series Four, 10:45 a.m.; The Harvest, 1 p.m.; Short Series One, 3 p.m.; Siberia Monamour, 5 p.m.; Jump, 7 p.m.; The Duck Hunter, 9 p.m.

Warren Public Library: Bernadette, 10 a.m.; Towheads, noon; Kevin Series, 2 p.m.

Allegheny Outfitters: Short Series Three, 7 p.m.; Short Series One, 9 p.m.

Cambridge Warren: Vanishing City, 1 p.m.; Dirt, 6 p.m.

Blair: Kid Series, 9 a.m.; We’re Not Broke, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Library Theatre: Short Series Three, 9 a.m.; Music Video, 11 a.m.; Insomniac Films, noon; Hidden in the Hills, 1 p.m.; Technology Show, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m.

Warren Public Library: Vacationland, 10 a.m.; The Duck Hunter, noon; Jump, 2 p.m.

Cambridge Warren: Jump, 1 p.m.

Blair: Dirt, 9 a.m.; Blair Series, 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thebooniesinternational.com.