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The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) film festival is Jan. 22-24 in Polson at Showboat Cinemas. The film schedule has been finalized and special guests are featured throughout the three-day festival. Guests include Steve Fetveit, NBC Montana news anchor, who will emcee several events.

Additionally, 14 filmmakers and actors will participate in question and answer sessions immediately following screenings of their films.

—Damon Ristau will lead a Q&A after the showing of “The Bus,” Friday at 7 p.m. Damon wrote and directed “The Bus,” and he and his wife Elisabeth produced it. He is an independent filmmaker from Missoula. He owns and operates Firewater Film Company. “The Bus” is the story of a vehicle that became a worldwide cultural icon.

—Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall will participate in a Q&A following the showing of “Driven: A Glimpse Inside the World of Marathon Swimming,” Saturday at 7 p.m. Ben and Brian, from Santa Barbara, California, co-produced and directed the feature-length documentary film Driven. The film explores the world of marathon swimming as three swimmers put everything on the line chasing their dreams to swim up to 20 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel.

—Elliot Lindsey, will host a Q&A after the screening of his film, “The Saddlemaker” at 4:30 p.m., Saturday.  Elliot, originally from Bozeman, directed the documentary that follows an Ohio native who pursues his dream to come out West, which eventually leads him to start a custom leather shop in Bozeman.

—Elias Nawawieh will chair a Q&A following his film, “Victory In Christ,” that screens Saturday at 6 p.m. Elias is a Palestinian Christian filmmaker/producer. Born in Bethlehem, West Bank, Elias grew up meeting and observing people of all faiths and nationalities coming to the Holy Land on pilgrimage. “Victory In Christ” is a documentary featuring personal testimonies of Christians in the Middle East who face severe persecution by ISIS.

—Jim Ereaux, producer and director, and Hilary Lozar, actor, will chair a Q&A following the screening of their film, “13th and 9th,” Friday at 9 p.m. Jim’s quirky filmmaking style is always fascinating and fun. “13th and 9th” features a young debutante who battles psychotic madness, and a unique and disturbing fetish for latex masks, in the urban jungle of Polson.

—Tanner Beard, Russell Cummings, Crispian Belfrage and Ken Luckey will engage in a Q&A following their film “6 Bullets to Hell” that screens at Saturday at 9 a.m. This is a Grindhouse-style Spaghetti Western shot made to look like the classic European Westerns of the 1960s and 1970s. It follows the formula for how these westerns were filmed in the late 1960s, all the way down to the dubbing of the audio.

—Chuck Jarecki will participate in a Q&A following his film “Investment in Grass on a Northwest Montana Cattle Ranch,” which will screen Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Chuck, a local retired rancher, created this informative documentary on range grass management.

— Noël Dow Barlow and Daniel Berube will host a Q&A following the screening of “The Chain” which shows Saturday at 9 p.m. Noël wrote and directed and Daniel produced “The Chain,” a film about a father’s docile demeanor turning to blood-thirsty vengeance after his young daughter is attacked by a neighborhood dog. 

A $90 All-Access Pass, which allows entrance to the Opening Party and all films throughout the weekend, can be purchased online and at Showboat Cinemas. A schedule of times and film synopses can now be viewed at the FLIC web site www.flicpolson.com 

Individual tickets can be purchased online and at the Showboat Cinema. A printed schedule will be distributed as inserts in local newspapers on Jan. 8.

Additional  information is available online at www.flicpolson.com, Facebook and Twitter at #FLICPolson, or email info@flicpolson.com.

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