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Carl Butz of Carl Runs the Paper

Plumas Arts holds Local Films Festival on Oct. 26

Plumas Arts announced that a Local Films Festival is planned for Wednesday Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre on Main Street in Quincy. The Local Films Festival will feature eight films from local film makers and organizations.

This one-evening showing of films will start promptly at 6 p.m. All the films will run straight through followed by a short intermission. After the intermission Dr. Will Lombardi, Plumas Art Board Member and Feather River College English Professor, will moderate a question-and-answer session with the organizations and film makers.

The program will kick off with a film from Diego Lozano and Spanish Peak Productions about Plumas Charter School’s capstone backpacking trip.

Carl Runs the Paper will follow. Directed and produced Manish Khanal and Joey Horan, graduates from UC Berkeley with masters in journalism, they share the story of Carl Butz, the 73-year-old, newfound editor of The Mountain Messenger, California’s oldest weekly newspaper. What started as a process-driven documentary about how a small, local paper in a rural region gets to press, morphed into a character-driven film about Carl, a retired widower who saw the potential loss of the local paper as a crucial blow to his community’s sense of self and, in saving the paper, found a way to reenter public life after years of isolated grief.

Other films include I’m a Burner, a short film featuring Trina Cunningham, a member of the Mountain Maidu tribe and Maidu Tribal Fire Revival Specialist. She believes that there is too much fuel on the land and that the devasting fires in the American West are caused by not burning enough.

Why Are You Here is a film directed and produced by Margaret Garcia and Tina Terrazas that explores race in rural northeastern California.

“I am so thrilled to pull this event together,” says Plumas Arts Executive Director Kara Rockett-Arsenault. “I was approached first by Nancy Kelly of I’m a Burner, and the Manish Khanal of Carl Runs the Paper. They both wanted to screen their films locally, and I decided it would be fun to build an event around their films.”

Plumas Arts will also show Visions of the Lost Sierra directed by Matt Rittenour and produced by Darrel Jury, Lost on Purpose directed by Chris Ruedy of Lost Sierra Productions, Hydro:Logic; Meadow Restoration in a Changing Climate directed by Nina Martynn of JuneCat Media, and Burn Scars directed by Diego Garcia-Couoh.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at plumasarts.org or at the door. Doors and box office will open at 5:30 p.m. Concessions and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available. More information on the films being shown is available at https://www.plumasarts.org/local-films-festival.html or call Plumas Arts at 530-283-3402.


  • Gravel riders in Lost on Purpose, a film produced by Lost Sierra Productions.
    Kayaker enjoying the Middle Fork Feather River in Visions of the Lost Sierra.

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