CASHIERS, NC – Telluride Mountain Film Festival comes to Western North Carolina for the first time Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th, 2009. The two evenings will feature delicious food from local restaurants and live music under the stars at Cashiers Village Hillside Park, up the hill behind Tommy’s.
The festival will open Friday July 10th with a special presentation of The Village Heritage Award by Cashiers Historical Society. This will be followed by the flamenco/jazz/world music of Asheville-based Cabo Verde. Dinner will then be served, courtesy of Cyprus International Cuisine of Highlands. There will be a Q & A with director Matt Morris after the screening of his film "History Making Farming Author on the Move." The evening features a selection of outdoor, adventure, human interest and environmental films from Telluride Mountain Film Festival.
Saturday July 11th will be a casual evening enjoying the music of The Trainwreks, voted Western North Carolina’s number one Alternative-Country band by Mountain Xpress. Dinner will be the delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and pastas of Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company. Special guests from Drexel, NC featured in the film Pickin’ & Trimmin’ will play their down home bluegrass music before intermission. The evening features a selection of outdoor, adventure, human interest and environmental films from Telluride Mountain Film Festival (films are different Friday night and Saturday).
Both nights, guests will have two free drinks (that are included with ticket) and can be treated to the fine North Carolina wines of Westbend Vineyards and have the opportunity to meet the owner and wine maker. We are pleased to offer the refreshing micro-brewed beers of Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company as well.
Gates open at 6pm both nights. Arrive early to find good parking, and enjoy all the evening has to offer. Two drinks (wine, beer or soda) are included with ticket and more can be purchased. Music starts around 6pm and dinner (included with ticket) is served at 7pm. The Telluride Film Festival begins at dusk both nights (around 9pm) and will conclude about 11pm. A different selection of films will be shown each night. Sorry, no pets or outside food and drink are permitted.
Tickets are $45 for one night, $80 for a two night pass. Admission price includes two beverages, films, live music, dinner, and a lanyard with your Film Pass, a flashlight and coupons to local businesses! The gates open at 8pm for film-only ticket holders. WNC magazine will be offering prizes and giveaways. Proceeds will benefit Summit Charter School of Cashiers.
The event is hosted by Cashiers Village, located near where Highways 64 and 107 meet, home to Zeke & Earl’s hot dog stand and the legendary Tommy’s Coffee Shop. Cashiers Village has plans for a pedestrian friendly residential and retail community at the Cashiers Crossroads which will begin development in earnest as the economy rights itself. Their vision is to create a thriving and culturally enriching town center.