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Nevada City Film Festival ~ September 4-7, 2014

NCFF Marc Maron posterEvery summer, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature length films from around the world to the Sierra Foothills.  The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking includes film screenings, workshops, special performances, and a live comedy show with Marc Maron of IFC’s Maron.

The Nevada City Film Festival is made up of a group of passionate filmmakers and artists working to create an outlet for emerging new voices and ideas while providing audiences with a unique experience in a picturesque location.

Located in Nevada City, CA, an area known for its sophisticated arts and culture scene, attendees will find an exceptional destination festival where they can meet other enthusiastic film lovers and be inspired by talented and exciting new cinema.


Magic Lantern SocietyThe Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society are committed to serving Nevada County and nearby regions by providing art, entertainment, education, and culture through the medium of film and video.  In addition, we are committed to presenting creative, diverse, independent films from around the world that would otherwise have little or no other outlet in our region;  curating and presenting film programs and producing film festivals and other related events; and encouraging and supporting local filmmakers and their work.



Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy


The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization. 

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

“Big Night”, The Film & The Feast ~ Sunday, April 7, 2013 ~ 3:30 p.m. Doors / 4:00 p.m. Film ~ $60.00 Members / $65.00 General Admission

“Big Night” Trailer

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, the Food & Film Series will present “Big Night” – The Film and the Feast, a fundraiser for the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The event is an exciting and unique cinematic, dining, and cultural experience pairing the critically acclaimed film “Big Night” starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub with a traditional Italian feast just like the one in the film.  The evening’s featured film will be screened in the historic Osborn/Woods Hall at the Miners Foundry where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for viewing pleasure.

Chef Antonio

Following the film, celebrated & award winning local Chef Antonio Ayestaran will create a mouth watering five course meal of traditional Italian dishes for guests to savor while enjoying Italian wine & the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, & Louis Prima.

Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the film begins at 4:00pm with dinner to follow. Tickets are $65.00 General Admission and $60.00 for Miners Foundry / Magic Lantern Film Society Members. Reserve a table for 8 and receive 2 bottles of wine (red and white).   Reservations must be made by April 2, 2013 to reserve your dinner and seat.  Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry and at Briar Patch Co-Op.

 Table for 8

MF & MLFS Members

General Admission

Stanley Tucci & Tony Shalhoub

“There is just something very special about the film “Big Night” that resonates with everyone who watches it,” explained Jesse Locks, Festival Director for the Nevada City Film Festival, a non profit organization that provides art, entertainment, education, and culture through the medium of film and video.  “And no matter how many times you’ve seen it, you fall in love with the characters, the story, and the food all over again.”

“Big Night” was released to critical acclaim in 1996.  The Washington Post raved, “A scrumptious tale of great food and grand passions”, while the L.A. Times wrote, “As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, “Big Night” is a lyric to the love of food, family, and persuasive acting.”  It went on to be nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the “Grand Special Prize” at the Deauville Film Festival.

Tony Shalhoub & Allison Janney

“Big Night” is the tale of two immigrant brothers from Abruzzo who own and operate a restaurant called “Paradise”.  One brother, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) is a brilliant, perfectionist chef who chafes under their few customer’s expectations of “Americanized” Italian food.  Their uncle’s offer for them to return to Rome to help with his restaurant is becoming more and more appealing to Primo.  The other brother, Secondo (Stanley Tucci) is the restaurant’s manager, who is enamored of the possibilities presented by their new endeavor and life in America.  Despite Secondo’s efforts and Primo’s magnificent food, their restaurant is failing.  They host a final “Big Night” to save the restaurant.  The film also stars Minnie Driver, Isabella Rosellini, and Marc Anthony.  “Big Night” literally makes your mouth salivate and your stomach growl!  It’s that good!  And not just because of the amazing Italian food, but the superb acting and plot.

Isabella Rossellini

Following the film, attendees will enjoy a dinner perfect for both vegetarians and carnivores.  Chef Antonio’s menu includes summer greens tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with hearts of palm, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese; chef carved bacon wrapped pork loin stuffed with sun-dried tree fruit with Marsala Sauce; chicken scaloppini made of boneless chicken thighs braised in a rich brandy and sherry wine sauce with portobella mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted garlic and green onions; herb roasted wild mushroom stuffed tomatoes with pecorino cheese; sun-dried tomato risotto garnished with crispy kale and parmesan cheese; and for dessert, frozen port zabaglione served with a chocolate biscotti and fresh berries.

2012 “Big Night”

Last year, the Nevada City Film Festival and Miners Foundry kicked off the Food & Film Series with “Big Night”.  The event was wildly popular and sold out.  “After last year’s “Big Night” we had so many people calling and emailing asking if we were going to do it again, it seemed only right to make it a tradition,” explained Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Miners Foundry.  “It’s also a fun way for people to show their support of these two community based organizations.”


Miners Foundry ~ Photo by Akim Aginksy

Located in the heart of downtown Nevada City, the Miners Foundryis a California Registered Historic Landmark.  From its earliest days as a machine shop that spawned such modern marvels as the Pelton Wheel to its current use as Nevada County’s premiere cultural arts and community center, it is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing and educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future.  From rock concerts and artisan festivals to community fundraisers and weddings, the Foundry hosts more than 400 events a year.


Nevada City Film Festival

One of those events is the annual Nevada City Film Festival.  Now in it’s 13th year, the Nevada City Film Festival and its Magic Lantern Film Society present a year long program including a four day film festival that celebrates independent film and film making, and hosts filmmakers from around the world.  Nevada City Film Festival also supports local film making with the Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project which brings together budding young filmmakers and local musicians, and the Young Filmmakers Grant.


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ~ Saturday, December 15, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Film ~ $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival present “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, December 15, 2012. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing movies with a fabulous dining experience.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society Members and $15.00 for Non members.  The admission price includes one complimentary drink ticket.  Tickets are available online, in person, or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark (Chevy Chase), his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

“The Thin Man” ~ Friday, November 16, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. Doors / 7:30 p.m. Film ~ $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival present “The Thin Man” on Friday, November 16, 2012. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing movies with a fabulous dining experience.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society Members and $15.00 for Non-members.  One drink ticket is included with price of admission.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.

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After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles (William Powell) returns to New York with his new wife Nora (Myrna Loy) and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He’s also approached by Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O’Sullivan) whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her step-mother. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she hasn’t had any contact with him. Nick isn’t all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects.

Renowned Chef Willem DeGroot of The Truffle Shop in Nevada City will complement the cocktail party theme with an array of decadent truffles and tortes. All truffles are created with an imported Belgian chocolate and not only taste amazing they are small works of art. Truffle Tortes contain two layers of a rich truffle filling (ganache) layered with dark chocolate cake, covered in a smooth chocolate glaze, and topped with the appropriate decoration. Truffle Tortes are available in Cafe Mocha, Raspberry and Hazelnut. Chef Willem DeGroot’s products have been sent to the White House, the Vatican, and other discriminating customers around the world.  The Truffle Shop will also be serving their famous Nevada City Ice Cap.