Monthly Archives: April 2012


Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their monthly film series “NCFF Picks” at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. These films delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

May’s NCFF Pick of the Month is #ReGENERATION, produced and narrated by Academy Award Nominated actor Ryan Gosling, and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, among others.

The award-winning documentary film, #ReGENERATION, explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues.

Focused on how our education, parenting, and media can influence us, the film follows three separate walks of life representing today’s generation. Each brings their own unique perspective – from an inspired collective of musicians working outside the corporate system, to a twenty-something conservative family about to welcome the birth of their second child, and a group of five high-school students from the suburbs looking for their place in society. Their stories are interspersed with the knowledge, wisdom, and personal reflections of some of the country’s leading scholars, social activists, and media personalities, including Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and many others.

Narrated by Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive) and featuring a riveting soundtrack from STS9, the film explores how today’s generation approaches activism, how it is impacted by technology, our disconnection with nature and history, our consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities. Through a diverse and intelligent series of stories, interviews and insights, we come to a deeper understanding of the influences shaping our society. We have entered uncharted territory, economically, environmentally, and intellectually–and we must look honestly at ourselves to create a sustainable future.

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening

Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members

More info at and

Category: NCFF Picks, News

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, the Nevada City Film Festival, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Emily’s Catering and Cakes will present “BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S”, the 1961 classic romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, followed by a plentiful spread of sumptuous springtime hors d’oeuvres, plus live music and lots of dancing! “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be one of the wildest nights Nevada City has ever known!

This is the second event in the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry’s “Food & Film Series”. Last month’s “BIG NIGHT – The Movie & The Feast” sold-out with 200 people, some traveling from as far as San Francisco and Tahoe/Truckee to attend. For photos of the event click here.

In “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” struggling writer Paul Varjak (Peppard) moves into a New York apartment building and becomes intrigued by his pretty, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly (Hepburn). Holly’s lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they’re alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses. Truman Capote may have written “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” but it was Audrey Hepburn who brought the naïve, eccentric café society girl, Holly Golightly, alive. From her oversized cigarette holder, now considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema, and her equally oversized black sunglasses to the most famous little black dress of all time, and cat, poor cat, poor slob without a name, Holly Golightly and Audrey Hepburn are forever part of our lives. The film also features Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will screen in the historic Osborn/Woods Hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.

Following the film, dinner and drinks will be hosted in the beautiful Stone Hall. The Hall will be decorated just like Holly’s party in the film. Emily’s Catering and Cakes will serve a delicious spread including quail eggs benedict with basil hollandaise, mini sweet and savory pastries, mini crab cakes, mini brioche French toast, ricotta and herb stuffed mushrooms crispy chicken & waffle bites with rosemary honey, asparagus with passion fruit aioli, and an assortment of desert bites. There is something to satisfy both your sweet and savory tooth.

Oh, and champagne, how could we forget the champagne! In this case, it is perfectly appropriate to have champagne before breakfast!

Don’t forget to dress up in your cutest LBD and strike a pose with your friends in our official photo both, sponsored by Stucki Jewelers!

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors 4pm, Film 5pm, Party 7pm
Tickets $35.00 for Miners Foundry and Magic Lantern Film Society Members
$38.00 Non Members
Buy Tickets at or the Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462.

Tickets must be purchased by May 5th to reserve your seat and dinner!

Category: News

THE MINERS’ HYMNS directed by Bill Morrison, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Miners’ Hymns is not only showing what happened, or what was recorded then, but also asking how any of us might see it. If mining is about digging and producing, struggling and surviving, the film is about how we conceive these themes, how films teach us to see. How do you understand depictions of the past, in so many contexts, alongside the present (your own present, someone else’s), with knowledge of subsequent images, not to mention a certain sense of yourself, changed as you watch? How is history ever anything but what you receive, your trust or skepticism of seeming sources, a narrative reframed each moment by what you see next?” —Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters Editor and Film and Media Studies Program Director, George Mason University

“Enthralling! The hard, weathered faces that stare out of the past in “The Miners’ Hymns” at times look as if they were carved from granite. There’s [a] museological quality to The Miners’ Hymns, an elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison… this is the real deal[.] A miner himself of a type, Mr. Morrison has dug into the archives of the likes of the British Film Institute to cull primarily black-and-white images so rich, so alive with dirty faces, shadows and the occasional pit pony that they resurrect a world that for many has long been lost to history.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“An elegiac testament to the lost industrial culture of the Durham coalfields.”—Nick Bradshaw, Sight & Sound

“The flickering figures of history as captured on film [are] creative fodder for Bill Morrison.” —Nicolas Rapold, The Wall Street Journal

For 12 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. Starting in 2012, NCFF and the Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent the very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

April’s NCFF Pick of the Month is the stunning film THE MINERS’ HYMNS. The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, THE MINERS’ HYMNS celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers’ rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners’ Gala in Durham.

The film also shows the pitched battles between miners and police that took place during massive strikes in 1984 and sounded the death knell for the British mining industry. It also includes two contemporary aerial sequences, shot in color from a helicopter flying over the sites of former collieries, that have since become sites of modern consumerism.

Also in our program: RELEASE (2010), a crowd gathers to watch Al Capone’s release from prison in 1930; OUTERBOROUGH (2005), the Brooklyn Bridge as you have never seen it before; and THE FILM OF HER (1996), a history of the movies in just 12 minutes.

Saturdays, April 7, **, 21, and 28
The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members
**We are skipping April 14th as we’ll be preparing for “BIG NIGHT”, The Movie and The Feast, at the Miners Foundry. For more info on the event go to

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