KETCHUM — Filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn journeyed to a remote island-chain in the Pacific Ocean to produce and direct a film about a small community losing their land to rising seas. As she cinematically explored questions of identity, belonging and the effects of climate change on vulnerable people, she also fell in love with her co-producer and cinematographer Tim Metzger. The film, “Sun Come Up,” was nominated as best short documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards. It will be re-shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Family of Woman Film Festival at the Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave., Ketchum. This is a free event.
Their second project together, “Tocando La Luz” — Touch the Light, will screen at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley. Shot by Metzger in Cuba, the feature documentary explores the lives of three blind women. “We structured the film to invite the audience to read the stories of Margarita, Lis and Milly as narratives of a piece with the larger cultural and historical ones of womanhood, motherland and personal liberation,” Redfearn said in a statement. “My hope is that this film gives audiences a picture of life in Cuba that is ... warm, illuminating and deeply human.”
Redfearn will speak at both her film screenings and also show material from her current collaboration with Metzger. The new film is set in Ohio at the intersection of two major issues in the U.S. today: the opioid epidemic and the crisis of over-incarceration. The film focuses on women returning home after serving time. All of Redfearn’s and Metzger’s films have dealt in some way with the themes of home, family and belonging.
The 11th annual Family of Woman Film Festival will run from Feb. 27 to March 4. Tickets are $15 each or $60 for all films. Special packages including advance tickets and special festival events can be purchased online at familyofwomanfilmfestival.org. They will go on sale Feb. 1 at Chapter One Bookstore, 340 Second St. W., Ketchum, and at the the Sun Valley Opera House box office on screening days.
Boise State University — a Platinum festival sponsor — will present “Mama Colonel” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and “In Syria” — Insyriated — at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, BSU campus. The films are free to the public.