Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival: Come Meet the Filmmakers Friday and Sunday

3rd Annual Eastern Sierra Mountain Film Festival

Dec 1 – 4



Friday night Oden Few Roberts, Director of RIVERBORN joins us for a Q&A


Sunday closing night Jessica Q Chen, Director of SURF NATION Joins us for a Q&A

Screenings at the Edison Theatre

100 College Parkway

Mammoth Lakes


And to Purchase Tickets

Director spotlight: Oden Few Roberts Dir of RIVERBORN

Friday Dec. 2 at 7:00pm


Oden Roberts is the director of SXSW’s eco-fest entry “Grindadrap” and SF Film Society presents “A Fighting Season”. Roberts’ executive produced and produced the Sundance Film Entry, Spirit Award Nominee and Neon’s “The Killing of Two Lovers” and the producer of Ridley Scott presents “The Donut King” which played at SXSW.

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Friday Dec. 2 at 7:00pm

Director Oden Few Roberts

Q&A with Filmmaker follows film


1996. After discovering his factory, Ford Glass Plant, is polluting a major Tennessee River, Vic Scoggin, a union autoworker, reports the devastation to local authorities. Unanswered, he takes matters into his own hands. Armed with a camcorder he plans a 696 mile protest swim to document the pollution and save the river, but soon discovers something far worse threatens the river.


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Director spotlight: Jessica Q. Chen Director of


Sunday Dec. 4 at 7:00pm

JESSICA Q. CHEN (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) is an Emmy award-winning Chinese American filmmaker and video producer at the Los Angeles Times. Her work includes the WOMEN OF APOLLO series, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2020; and a short documentary on Caroline Marks, the youngest surfer to qualify for the World Surf League’s championship tour, which won an L.A. Press Award. She was an associate producer for National Geographic’s HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. She has lived in New Zealand and Jordan, has a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of California, Irvine. She speaks Mandarin and basic Arabic.

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Closing Night –


Sunday Dec. 4 at 7:00pm

Directors Jessica Q. Chen & Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr.

Q&A with Filmmaker follows film


As China trains its first generation of Olympic surfers, two promising young athletes – Alex and Lolo – navigate adolescence, freedom and their love of the sport. With unprecedented access, Surf Nation is an observational documentary that tells a story beginning in Hainan, China’s southernmost province where hundreds of athletes as young as 9-years-old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. These young recruits have left their families around the country and are paid to become surfers with Olympic aspirations.

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(From Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre)

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