Tahoe Film Fest plays this week at five North Shore venues

Stay Human

During the Tahoe Film Fest, Michael Franti’s “Stay Human” will be shown at the Crystal Bay Casino.

In its fourth year, the Tahoe Film Fest will present more than two dozen works from Dec. 6-9 at five North Lake Tahoe venues, including special screenings of two acclaimed 2018 films in the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino.

“Studio 54” (2018) debuted at the reknown Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, it will be shown 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Crystal Bay Casino.

It’s impossible to reminisce about late 1970s New York without recalling Studio 54, the legendary Manhattan night spot where celebrities (think Liza, Liz, Mick, Farrah, and Andy), socialites, and the beautiful danced, and most importantly, got seen. Located in the then-seedy part of town, it was the brainchild of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two Brooklyn college-buddy entrepreneurs who, over the course of 33 months, became the kings of New York – and then lost it all.

The film skillfully tells this one-of-a-kind story using never-before-seen footage, period music, present-day commentary by Schrager, and recollections from regulars and staff. Particularly invaluable is the testimony of the all-important gatekeeper: Marc Benecke, who, under Rubell’s command, kept the crowd outside at bay and discreetly selected who would be admitted as celebrities pulled up in taxis and limousines.

Director Tyrnauer explores the social climate that laid the foundation for the club’s sudden rise, the issues that led to its abrupt closure, and Schrager and Rubell’s post-Studio lives. Studio 54 takes its audiences past the velvet ropes, recalling an unforgettable place where, as Schrager put it, “you go to feel good about yourself.”

“Stay Human” (2018) won the audience award at the Sedona Illuminate Film Festival. Directed by Michael Franti, Reno-Tahoe’s favorite barefoot performer, it will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Crystal Bay Casino.

What does it mean to be human? What connects people around the globe? How can we celebrate the beauty of love and life in a world turned upside down? These are just a few of the questions world-renowned musician Michael Franti explores in this captivating and stirring documentary.

Through his socially conscious work in Spearhead, Bay Area-based artist Franti has dedicated his life to speaking up for the underrepresented by creating positive energy during chaotic times. This striking film shines a glowing light on people around the world who embrace hope amidst overwhelming challenges.

Through stories and songs, Franti captures the energy and drive of a diverse group of inspirational modern-day heroes. From an Indonesian midwife to a young couple battling the ravages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Franti uncovers the love and humanity possible in dire conditions and exposes his own struggles, creating an emotional resonance that is both moving and motivating.

The fourth-annual Tahoe Film Fest benefits Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), which educates local K-12 students about environment — and how to be a steward of it — through science, outdoor and service learning projects.

Over four days, the festival will screen 27 environmental, independent feature-length and award-winning films to North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Special guests and filmmakers will be present at many of the films.

Tickets can be purchased individually for each film or purchase an All Access Pass for $60. The pass is good for all films and VIP Special Events. A limited supply of passes are available so purchase early.

Online ticket sales end at midnight the night before each film’s showing. Tickets will be available each day at the theater box offices 30 minutes prior to start of each film as long as seats are available.

Check the Tahoe Film Fest Event Facebook Page for ticket availability updates during the festival.

  • 2018 Tahoe Film Fest Schedule
    Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
    Friday, Dec. 7
    9 p.m. – Studio 54
    Sunday, Dec. 9
    7 p.m. – Stay Human
  • Incline Village Cinema
    Thursday, Dec. 6
    7 p.m. – The Push
    Friday, Dec. 7
    6 p.m. – Roma
    Saturday, Dec. 8
    2 p.m. – McQueen
    4 p.m. – Everybody Knows
    6:30 p.m. – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    9 p.m. – Border
  • Truckee Community Arts Center
    Thursday, Dec. 6
    6 p.m. – The Biggest Little Farm
    Friday, Dec. 7
    6 p.m. – Free Solo
    8 p.m. – Sharkwater Extinction
    Saturday, Dec. 8
    2 p.m. – Chasing Coral
    4 p.m. – Science Fair
    6 p.m. – Three Identical Strangers
    8 p.m. – The New Environmentalists
  • Truckee High School Auditorium
    Saturday, Dec. 8
    2 p.m. – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Sunday, Dec. 9
    2 p.m. – The Sting
  • Northstar Cinema
    Saturday, Dec. 8
    2 p.m. – Wild Daze
    4 p.m. – Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable
    6 p.m. – The Serengeti Rules
    7:30 p.m. – Living in the Future’s Past
    Sunday, Dec. 9
    2 p.m. – Momentum Generation
    4 p.m. – This Changes Everything
    6 p.m. – Into the Okavango
    Tickets: https://ticketsauce.com/e/tahoe-film-fest-2018
    Film descriptions: http://tahoefilmfest.org/


About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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