POLSON — The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary the weekend of Jan. 28-30 at the Showboat Stadium 6 in Polson, Montana.
FLIC screens full-length features, shorts, animation, student films, and documentaries. FLIC 2022 once again offers a broad selection of 41 domestic and international films, featuring entries from eighteen countries as well as homegrown Montana films.
FLIC Director David W. King is excited about this year’s special guests. King offers, “In addition to about two-dozen attending filmmakers, FLIC 2022 welcomes special guest film producer Gerald Molen, who will be presenting his film, Jurassic Park, and then sitting for a Q&A following the screening.”
Gerald Molen served as producer on many of Steven Spielberg’s iconic films, including Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Minority Report, and Hook. Molen’s other notable producing credits include Twister, Days of Thunder, and Rain Man.
In 2019, Mr. Molen shared Schindler’s List with the FLIC audience. During the question/answer session following the film, Molen recounted that while he and Spielberg were finishing their Jurassic Park shoot in Hawaii, Spielberg casually informed Molen that their next project would be Schindler’s List, which Spielberg wanted to shoot in Poland that winter. King says, “Molen’s account of the significant logistical challenges presented by mounting the production of Schindler’s List on the heels of Jurassic Park was fascinating to FLIC’s rapt audience.”
Another return FLIC guest is standup comedian Adam Yenser, who, according to King, “…regaled audiences with laughter in 2019 & 2020 with his standup comedy and hilarious clips from his hidden camera stints as “Adam the Cashier” for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Adam has appeared on Conan and FOX Laughs, has written for The Oscars, been a freelance contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update, and co-produced the web series “Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon.”
Stand-up comedian Brian Kiley joins Adam Yenser at FLIC 2022 for a live event called “Comedians in Chairs Eating Popcorn.” Kiley has made over 20 combined appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He’s been a staff writer for Conan for over 20 years and serves as the show’s head monologue writer. Kiley’s won 6 Writer’s Guild Awards and has been nominated for an Emmy more than 15 times, earning an Emmy win in 2007.
FLIC Co-Producer Jessica King wears many hats in the festival. Among her favorites is her role as filmmaker liaison, where she coordinates travel and accommodations for filmmakers from out of the area. “It’s so much fun meeting and often befriending the filmmakers. FLIC 2022 will feature post-screening Q&A sessions with filmmakers representing about a dozen films in the festival.” Jessica continues, “FLIC gives these filmmakers the opportunity to share their work with FLIC’s engaged audience. We’ve heard many times from these artists that they appreciate how enthusiastic FLIC audiences have been over the years.”
FLIC kicks off on Friday, January 28th with an informal gathering at the Cove Deli & Pizza at 11 3rd Avenue, Polson. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, with optional menu items available. FLIC 2022 screenings commence at 6pm on multiple screens at the Showboat Stadium 6, 416 Main Street, Polson.
On Saturday afternoon at 4:30 there is another informal gathering for FLIC filmmaker and audience participants at Blodgett Creamery Coffee Saloon, where complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and optional menu selections will be available.
The FLIC 2022 weekend draws to a festive close with an Awards Show and dessert reception on Sunday, Jan. 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free to the public. Location is the Showboat Stadium 6, 416 Main Street, Polson.
The Showboat Cinema Stadium 6 will host FLIC 2022 encore screenings from Sunday evening, Jan. 30 through Thursday evening, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. To view FLIC 2022 weekend and encore screening schedules and other information, visit the FLIC Polson website, where festival passes and individual screening tickets may also be purchased. FLIC is also on Facebook, with information updated regularly, or email at [email protected].