(Update: The following appeared in the November print edition of Moonshine Ink. Due to current COVID-19 regulations, the films set to show at Northstar Village Cinemas have been canceled and will likely be shown virtually in the future. For the most up-to-date information, visit tahoefilmfest.com.)

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic sent people’s social lives into a tailspin, Moonshine is finally able to bring you an event to which you can actually go. The Tahoe Film Fest returns for its sixth year, with a diverse selection of motion pictures from both here at home and around the world.

Moviegoers can take in shows at three different venues this year including Incline Village Cinema, Crystal Bay Crown Room, and Northstar Village Cinemas, all of which will strictly be following state-mandated COVID-19 health and safety precautions. Seating will be available at only 50% capacity, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time.


All ticket sales from Tahoe Film Fest benefit research, education, and public outreach through the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Some of the environmental films on the program include Public Trust, Rebuilding Paradise, Kiss the Ground, That’s Wild, Purple Mountains, The New West and the Politics of the Environment (featuring Nevada’s own Harry Reid), and the premiere of Patagonia Film’s Solving for Z. Several of these features have ties close to home.

In Purple Mountains, Truckee professional snowboarder and mountaineer Jeremy Jones sets out on a physical and philosophical journey to find common ground with fellow outdoor people across diverse political backgrounds. Rebuilding Paradise is a Ron Howard documentary following a group of residents as they struggle to rebuild their lives after the Camp Fire, one of California’s deadliest and most destructive fires in history that displaced over 50,000 residents, leaving an entire community in ashes. While coping with the trauma and grieving their loved ones, the film’s subjects must wrestle with the logistics and bureaucracy of rebuilding their lives and homes. The New West and the Politics of the Environment features the journey of Congressman and Sen. Harry Reid, who brokered historic pacts to end water wars on the Truckee and Carson Rivers that reframed water in the West and set in place new agreements at Lake Tahoe, along with numerous signal public lands and water deals, as well as numerous other environmental achievements. While focusing on Reid’s passionate connection to the environment in a state not known as a bastion of green thinking, let alone politics, the documentary points the way forward for pragmatic environmental politics in the American West.

Other screened films include Critical Thinking, John Leguizamo’s directorial debut; Blood on the Wall from Sebastian Junger; The Cave, which was nominated for an Academy Award this past year; Parasite (if you haven’t seen last year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture); Ema, starring Gael Garcia, directed by Pablo Larrian; family-friendly Norwegian film Gunda; and Citizen Penn, which documents actor Sean Penn’s humanitarian efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Other notable films include Shirley, Clemency, Monsters and Men, and the award-winning Sibyl from France.

Full movie descriptions as well as movie showtimes and ticket information can be found online at tahoefilmfest.com. Follow the Tahoe Film Fest page on Facebook for the latest information updates.

INFO: tahoefilmfest.com

~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink 


  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana juliana@moonshineink.com

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