WYO Film Festival
October 4-6, 2019
The VIP pass admits you to all weekend screenings, access to Filmmaker/VIP receptions on Friday & Saturday, access to sign up for the Filmmaker/VIP sunrise hike hosted by the Sheridan Community Land Trust, and special perks throughout the festival weekend! You will receive a lanyard at check in.
Weekend Pass ($50)
The Weekend Pass admits you to all of the films. You save $30 by purchasing the package!
Weekend pass holders will need to stop by the Box Office to pick up their packet of tickets.
Individual Screening ($10)
Peruse the schedule and purchase your screening package and/or film of choice
Ticket links will be with each listing
Complete schedule with links to video clips: WYO Film Fest Complete Schedule rev
Friday, October 4, 7:30pm
event at the Whitney Center for the Arts
on the campus of Sheridan College
The Iron Orchard
111 minutes – filmmakers expected
THE IRON ORCHARD is the story of Jim McNeely (Lane Garrison), a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939. In a state gushing with oil and filled with ambition, McNeely settles into a small-town community that is slowly overcoming the trauma of the Great Depression. The formidable path before him is riddled with obstacles — overbearing bosses who try to keep him down, powerful oilmen who are reluctant to invest in a fresh face, and women who see salvation in his charms — but he finds a glimmer of hope with his first loves: new wife Lee Montgomery (Ali Cobrin) and drilling for oil. With everything falling into place to ascend to the top of the oil chain, McNeely stumbles upwards through his success and in turn jeopardizes his desperate longing to conquer this brave new world of influence and wealth. What will define his legacy in building the rich oil tradition of West Texas?
Saturday, October 5
All events at The WYO Theater
⇒ 10:30AM – Morning Cup o’Shorts ⇐
Short film program – approx 105 minutes total – filmmakers expected
Descriptions: Morning Cup o’Shorts
⇒ 2:00PM – Shorts 2, Brute? ⇐
Short film program – approx 136 minutes total – filmmakers expected
Descriptions: Shorts 2 Brute rev
⇒ 4:30PM – Pariah Dog ⇐
1 hour 16 minutes – with special filmmaker introduction
Pariah Dog is a creative documentary focusing on several eccentric dog lovers in Kolkata, India. Shot over two-and-a-half years, the film paints a kaleidoscopic picture of the city of Kolkata, seen through the prism of four outsiders and the dogs they love. These men and women have found meaning and purpose in their shared mission to care for these neglected street dogs, who have existed in the towns and villages of India for thousands of years. For some this mission is enough, for others, dreams of a better life are always near.
⇒ 7:30PM – Fire on the Hill: The Cowboys of South Central L.A. ⇐
1 hour 18 minutes – filmmakers and special guests expected
Long before it was known for its hip hop and gang culture, South Central Los Angeles was home to one of the most recognized cowboy communities in the Nation. Yet after decades of urban development and rising street gang activity, this community–which had produced world champions– shrunk to all but a one-block horse stable known as “The Hill.” When a mysterious fire destroys the Hill Stable in 2012, the future of this once thriving culture finds itself at the brink of vanishing forever.
This feature documentary follows three cowboys in the wake of the fire. Ghuan, seeing the fire as an opportunity to resurrect the stable in his own vision must win over the broken cowboy community and hunt down the land’s estranged owner before developers get to it first. Chris, a rising bull rider from Compton, enters into his rookie year of professional rodeo and discovers that the LA streets aren’t so easy to leave behind. And Calvin, having found freedom on the back of a horse, must choose between the cowboy lifestyle and his family when his inner demons come back to haunt him.
FIRE ON THE HILL paints a portrait of the little-known urban cowboy community in South Central LA. Together, these three stories of perseverance shine a new light on what it means to be a “cowboy” in our modern world. This genre-bending documentary combines western film style with South Central’s urban landscape to depict Los Angeles like it has never been seen before.
Sunday, October 6
All events at The WYO Theater
⇒ 11:00AM – The Girl on the Third Floor ⇐
Special Horror Movie Brunch Screening
Rocky Mountain Premiere with introduction by filmmaker
Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won’t be so easy to renovate after all….
⇒ 2:00PM – Outdoor Shorts ⇐
Short film program – approx 129 minutes total – filmmakers expected
Descriptions: Outdoor Shorts
⇒ 5:00PM – Owned, A Tale of Two Americas ⇐
1 hour 22 minutes – filmmaker expected
The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths — one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms-and-busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.
Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there’s a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven’t even begun to ‘recover.’
‘Owned’ is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the doc exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.