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Science Guy to headline weeklong film festival
The 17th annual Nevada City Film Festival will go from Sept. 8 to 15 at venues in Nevada City and feature nearly 100 films and more than 35 filmmakers attending and participating in question-and-answer sessions.

A kick off bash will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Stone House where the 1902 French silent film

“A Trip to the Moon” directed by Georges Méliès will be shown. The 12-minute film has lavish set designs and special effects and will feature a score written and performed by Nevada County musicians who include Randy McKean, Callum McKean, Murray Campbell and Wes Steed.

Bill Nye, the Emmy Award-winning host of the PBS series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy” and host of the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World,” plans to attend to see the screening of “Bill Nye: Science Guy.” The film’s co-directors, Jason Sussberg, a Nevada City native, and David Alvarado, will also attend. The documentary will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, at Miners Foundry.

“We are so proud of Jason and all that he has achieved as a filmmaker,” said Jesse Locks, film festival director. “We’ve screened nearly every one of his films, from little shorts he made while at Nevada Union High School to his master’s thesis from Stanford. So, for us to screen this film which premiered at South by Southwest, and bring Bill Nye, the man himself, to the festival, we’ve come full circle.”

Last year, the Nevada City Film Festival launched a VR Festival. This year it is partnering with Exit Reality VR to offer VR experiences of between 2-5 minutes. Exit Reality VR will also be at the VR Pavilion at Miners Foundry where numerous activities are scheduled.

A free student workshop will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Miners Foundry with VR artist Wesley Allsbrook, one of the creators of Dear Angelica.

The festival also will host nearly 400 students from Nevada City schools on Friday, Sept. 8, for a film presentation from Pixar Studios and hold a free screening for children of international shorts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Miners Foundry.

Music in the Mountains and InConcert Sierra will present Score: “The Film Music Documentary”, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Nevada Theatre. It will feature interviews with film composers.

The festival wraps up at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park where there will be food trucks, music by Strictly Business, beer from Nevada City’s Ol’ Republic and festival award winners.

“There is so much happening at the festival this year,” Locks said. “We’ve really tried to curate an experience that would entertain and excite all movie-lovers.”

Tickets are available by calling 530-362-8601, at the Nevada City Film Festival office at 110 Union St. in Nevada City and at Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City during the festival.

Bill Nye chats with Jason Sussberg of Nevada City and David Alvarado, who co-directed “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” which will be shown at the Nevada City Film Festival. Nye will also be a special guest at the film festival, which goes from Sept. 8-15.