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Janet Leigh will headline Film Festival

The Lake Tahoe Pioneering in Film Festival, April 7 through 9, promises to be jam-packed with great parties and even better movies.

And if that’s not enough to draw a crowd, a tribute to film legend Janet Leigh will take place on April 8 in the Harvey’s Cabaret.

In honor of Leigh, the festival’s exciting list of features will include “Psycho” (1960) and “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962).

“This is a real coup for us to be able to secure a star like Janet Leigh,” said Denise Sloan, executive director of the festival. “She’s been in more than 60 films, many of which are in the AFI’s top 100 films of the century.”

Claire Fortier, cofounder of the festival, is also excited about Leigh’s presence at the event.

“She was an Oscar nominee and has appeared with just about everyone you can possibly think of including Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Faulk and Angela Lansbury, all of whom have been invited to the film festival,” Fortier said.

The Lake Tahoe Pioneering in Film Festival is scheduled one week before the roads will be closed at Stateline for major redevelopment construction. What better time for a party?

“This is the last time to rally before the traffic gets too bad,” Fortier said. “It’s the last blowout before the construction for redevelopment and we’re hoping to have a community-wide, region-wide party.”

Sloan and Fortier said they are working on getting Jamie Lee Curtis to attend the festival to conduct an interview with her mother.

Sloan hopes to continue a mother-daughter/ father-son tribute-interview process at future festivals as well.

“It’d be neat if we could get Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher one year and Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland the next year,” she added.

Other festival activities include a retrospective montage of the history of Hollywood in the Valhalla Boathouse Theater, opening and closing night galas and a Sunday night premier and wrap party, just to name a few.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the events, call (530) 577-7770.

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