2017 KICK-OFF RECEPTION
Nov
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

2017 KICK-OFF RECEPTION

This year's Go West Film Festival is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for the official festival kick-off reception at The Kress Cinema & Lounge on November 5 from 6-7pm. The 2017 film line-up will be announced at the annual GWFF fundraiser in mid-September. 

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Annual Fundraiser
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Annual Fundraiser

Join us at our second annual Go West Film Fest fundraiser! As an independent non-profit organization, we need some generous cowboys & cowgirls to saddle up and help make this year’s festival a reality. Tickets are $25 per person and include live music, appetizers, and a surprise Western film on the big screen at 7pm. Our 2017 festival line-up will also be announced prior to the film. 

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The Great K&A Train Robbery
Nov
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Great K&A Train Robbery

Cowboy movie star Tom Mix was a pallbearer at Wyatt Earp’s funeral in 1929. During the silent era Mix contributed dozens of edge-of- your-seat Westerns that make even the viewers a little saddle sore. In this 1926 film, Tom rides through Glenwood Canyon. 

LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: Hank Troy on keyboard

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Blazing Saddles: A Tribute to Gene Wilder
Nov
12
10:00am10:00am

Blazing Saddles: A Tribute to Gene Wilder

Following in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks struck comedic gold in 1974 by mining the Western genre for humor. He cast Gene Wilder as a drunken deputy to a black sheriff (Black Bart, of course), played by Cleavon Little. If nothing else, the bad guys are perplexed. 

DISCUSSION LEADER: David Caldwell

COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE & PASTRIES

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El Mariachi
Nov
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

El Mariachi

The West can be a dangerous place, even for a peaceful guitar player. Twenty-three-year-old Robert Rodri- guez wrote and directed this fast-paced story of mistaken identity in 1992, hearkening back to Western pulp fiction and TV for an uncompli- cated and exuberant look at the Western dilemma of romantics and rowdies sharing the same space. (Spanish language film with English subtitles) 

DISCUSSION LEADER: Greg Driskill

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True Grit
Nov
11
12:00pm12:00pm

True Grit

This 2010 film version of True Grit was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and also stars Hailee Steinfield, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. With a typically Western reliance on honor and orneriness, Bridges as Marshal Rooster Cogburn helps the bereaved girl, Hattie, find her father’s killer. He soon discovers that Hattie is far from helpless. 

DISCUSSION LEADER: Stacey Campbell

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The Revenant
Nov
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Revenant

  • Lindou Auditorium, UNC Michener Library (map)
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Betrayed by his companions, mauled by a grizzly, and left exposed to winter elements and hostile Arikara Indians, fur trapper Hugh Glass embodies the skill and determination of the Western frontiersman tested by a beautiful and dangerous land- scape. Alejandro G. Iñárritu directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in a unique tale of survival and revenge. 

DISCUSSION LEADERS: Ron Edgerton, Stacey Campbell, UNC International Film Series Panel

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The Last Picture Show
Nov
10
12:00pm12:00pm

The Last Picture Show

As the great Western classics fade from the screen of a small town movie house, the American West itself is losing its frontier moxie. Avarene, Texas seems windswept and tenuous in Peter Bogdonavich’s 1971 adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel, which features breakout roles for Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Cloris Leachman. 

DISCUSSION LEADER: David Caldwell

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Unbranded
Nov
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Unbranded

  • Lindou Auditorium, UNC Michener Library (map)
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Join us for Philip Baribeau’s 2015 documentary surrounding the remarkable journey of four contem- porary horsemen who brought 16 mustangs from Mexico to Canada. 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Bruce Rittenhouse (Bureau of Land Management), Michelle Sander (Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary), Jason E. Bruemmer, PhD (Associate Director, Equine Sciences, CSU), Kathleen Eddy (graduate student, biomedical sciences, CSU), Khris Gamer (moderator) 

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Nov
9
12:00pm12:00pm

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

We want the partnership of McCabe (Warren Beatty) and Mrs. Miller (Julie Christie) to work, on the bedsheets as well as the balance sheets. But in Robert Altman’s somber sketch of a Western boomtown, filmed in 1971, their chances are as unlikely as the name of the settlement: Presbyterian Church. As with much in the West, their union was a terrific idea that never heard its hallelujahs.

DISCUSSION LEADERS: Ron & Thelma Edgerton

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Nov
8
12:00pm12:00pm

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone’s 1966 masterpiece followed two previous “spaghetti westerns.” Filming in Europe with a TV actor from Rawhide whom Holly- wood wouldn’t hire, Leone ironically re-invigorated the American Western. Eli Wallach (the Bad) and Lee Van Cleef (the Ugly) round out the cast. 

DISCUSSION LEADER: Rob Walker

COMPLIMENTARY SPAGHETTI BUFFET FROM 12-3pm

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Old West Game Night
Nov
7
5:00pm 5:00pm

Old West Game Night

Buy in to play Poker, Blackjack & various Western board games to raise funds for next year's festival. Donate $10, $20 or $50 to get your chips, play a while, then redeem your winnings for special prizes! The entirety of your cash contribution will go toward screening permissions for next year's line-up.

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Smoke Signals
Nov
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Smoke Signals

You’ll delight at the dialogue between Victor and Thomas, two young Native Americans on a road trip across the West. It’s both a journey to their personal pasts and a search for footing in the multicultural United States. Chris Eyre directed this 1998 adaptation of a Sherman Alexie novel. 

DISCUSSION LEADER: Stacey Campbell

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My Darling Clementine
Nov
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

My Darling Clementine

Henry Fonda as the gentleman marshal Wyatt Earp balances the gunfight at the OK Corral with his gallantry toward Clementine, the gal from the civilized East. John Ford’s 1946 morality play captures the dichotomies of the West and never grows old. 

DISCUSSION LEADERS: Victoria Boone, Stacey Campbell

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