2024 Salida Film Festival

May 9-12, 2024

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2024 Festival Film Program


Feature Films


American Fiction

Director: Cord Jefferson

Thursday, May 9

7:00 PM

AMERICAN FICTION tells the story of how Thelonious “Monk” Ellison’s writing career has stalled because his work isn’t deemed “Black enough.” Monk, a writer and English professor, writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to expose the publishing world’s hypocrisies. The book’s immediate success forces him to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held worldviews. Film is Rated R. Winner of the 2024 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.   

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A Home in Paradise

Director: Julie Jackson

Friday, May 10

5:30 PM

A HOME IN PARADISE will premiere at Salida Film Festival, and is the hard work of We Are Chaffee, local director and producer Julie Jackson and videographer and editor Sarah Hamilton. The film highlights the lives of several Chaffee County community members and their efforts to access and bridge the housing, mental and behavioral health, and socio-economic divide. A call to action, A HOME IN PARADISE encourages conversations and community engagement to mend the divided “paradise” for many that call Chaffee County home. Film is Not Rated. In-person guests will be in attendance for post-film panel discussion immediately followed by a reception.

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The Arc of Oblivion

Director: Ian Cheney

Friday, May 10

7:45 PM

THE ARC OF OBLIVION explores a quirk of humankind: in a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hellbend on leaving a trace. Set against the backdrop of the filmmaker’s quixotic quest to build an art in a field in Maine, the film heads far afield – to salt mines in the Alps, fjords in the Arctic, and ancient libraries in the Sahara – to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping, and memory. Film is Not Rated.

Accompanied by: THE LOST SEASON (premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival) Winter is over. Continue watching. Directed by Kelly Sears. 

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True Stories

Directors: David Byrne

Friday, May 10

10:00 PM

This Late Night Looks section of Salida Film Festival revisits a visual and musical gem. Talking Heads’ David Byrne uses a fictional Texas town as the backdrop to satirize the eccentricities of America in TRUE STORIES. Starring John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz and Spalding Gray. Film is Rated PG.

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Director: Josh Margolin

Saturday, May 11

12:30 PM

Inspired by a real-life experience of filmmaker Josh Margolin’s own grandmother, THELMA shines a spotlight on an elderly grandmother as an unlikely action hero. The film features Oscar® nominee June Squibb (NEBRASKA) in her first leading role, as well as the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree (SHAFT). Film is Rated PG-13.

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Holy Frit

Director: Justin S. Monroe

Saturday, May 11

6:30 PM

In HOLY FRIT a talented yet unknown Los Angeles artist bluffs his way into a commission for the largest stained glass window of its kind. Yet, he doesn’t know how to make it and seeks help from an Italian glass maestro to complete the project in time. Film is Not Rated.

Cinema Celebration and DJ set immediately following the screening in the Ballroom.

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Remembering Gene Wilder

Directors: Ron Frank

Sunday, May 12

4:30 PM

This loving tribute to Gene Wilder celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles, from his first collaboration with Mel Brooks in THE PRODUCERS, to the enigmatic title role in the original WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, to his inspired on-screen partnership with Richard Pryor in movies like SILVER STREAK. It is illustrated by a bevy of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes, never-before-seen home movies, narration from Wilder’s audiobook memoir, and interviews with a roster of brilliant friends and collaborators. Film is Not Rated.

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See More Than…Shorts Packages

See More Than… Enviro(Mental) Shorts

A package of documentary shorts that will bring you outside and get you thinking about the individual forces that impact our lives.

Saturday, May 11

3:00 PM

RIVER MAMMA (dir. Sarah Hamilton) – Ride along on a lifelong raft guide’s journey through single motherhood, bringing her 8-month-old to the only job she ever knew while grappling with societal expectations. 

BODY OF A LINE (dir. Henna Taylor) – In this animated documentary, Madeleine Sorkin undertakes an intimate and creative journey to climb the most difficult rock climb above 13,500 feet in the world: the Dunn-Westbay Direct on Longs Peak in Colorado.

THE HYPOCRITE (dir. Amie Engerbretson) – A film that aims to squarely address imperfect advocacy in the world of snow sports.

SVALBARD: FELT ESSENCE OF (dir. Alexandra Lockhart) – This choreographic expression filmed in Svalbard, Norway immerses us in the environment, in hopes of learning from and experiencing the essence of the place, and then respond.

CLIMATARIUM: A RURAL EDUCATION ROADMAP (dir. Julie Jackson) – Discover three communities in rural Colorado coming together to solve the climate crisis, one student career pathway at a time.

Q&A with special guests following the screening.

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See More Than… Scripted Shorts

Sometimes memories and heartache compel us forward, making new connections and strengthening old ones, and often brings a smile.

Sunday, May 12

2:30 PM

THE MOVE (dir. Eric Kissack) – A couple moving in together for the first time learn new things about each other, their apartment and the universe.

DEATH & RAMEN (dir. Tiger Ji) – On his final night alive, a ramen chef goes on an unintended odyssey with the Grim Reaper. 

BIG GEORGE (dir. Jamie Effros) – A working actor struggles in the “business” and finds himself trying to justify to his nine-year-old daughter – and to himself – why he’s still chasing his dream.

REST STOP (dir. Noah Sellman) – In the near future, a young auto mechanic struggles to keep his family’s roadside rest stop afloat and find his place in a newly mechanized world.

DEEP IN MY HEART IS A SONG (dir. Jonathan Pickett) – Based on the life of singer Johnny Bencomo, an aging country musician who’s struggling to make ends meet receives an offer for an unusual private gig.

Q&A with special guests following the screening.

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Special Presentation

SeriesFest Spotlight: Brewability

Saturday, May 11

11:00 AM

Join SeriesFest and the creative team behind a series based on Denver’s restaurant and bar Brewability as they discuss the process of making an independent documentary series. After watching “Brewability”, participate in the conversation by providing feedback on this Colorado pilot in progress brought to you by SeriesFest. Watch HERE for a sneak at the “Brewability” pilot as highlighted on Colorado & Co with SeriesFest co-founder, Randi Kleiner (skip ahead to 3:35 in the video).

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Extra Frames


Craft & Coffee

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12 @ SteamPlant Annex

9:30 AM

Craft & Coffee

Casual conversation with local creatives. Sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts. Open to the public.


We Are Chaffee Live Podcast

Sunday, May 12 @ SteamPlant Theater

1:00 PM

We Are Chaffee podcast host Adam Williams engages in an in-depth conversation with Chaffee County Film Commissioner Julie Jackson. Open to the public.


Tickets & Festival Pass on-sale now!

Salida Film Festival Pass: $85.00 per person, includes access to all films & ticketed events

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Individual Ticket: $11.00 per person

Special Presentation: $9.00 per person

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