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POLSON — The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) will be celebrating its 11th year in Polson later this month, Feb. 24-26.

To kick off the festival, numerous restaurants from throughout Polson will provide a Taste of Polson with food at the Showboat Stadium 6 starting 4:30 p.m. This will be an informal gathering for filmmakers and attendees alike.

This year will also show four particularly strong feature-length films, according to FLIC producer David King. The first is “Mavericks,” which covers Montana’s freestyle ski legacy as seen through the journeys of some of the state’s most renowned skiers. It will show on Friday at 6 p.m. “One of the cool things about that is we have the filmmakers coming including Eric Bergoust, an Olympic gold medalist from the Nagano Olympics and numerous cup championships. He’s going to be in attendance and taking questions, and it’s just a spectacular film by Scott Sterling and Kelly Gorham,” King stated.

The movie “Roots of Fire,” which examines the intersection between Cajun music and preserving tradition plays on Saturday at 6 p.m. This film will also have a special attendee with one of the film’s featured musicians, Jorden Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux will participate in a Q&A following the film before heading over to The Durham to perform live on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9:30 p.m. “It’ll be some genuine Cajun music from a wonderful fellow,” King added.

“Chicken Soup for the Soil,” is about regenerative farming and the practice of restoring organic matter and nutrient density to soil destroyed by conventional farming. The film, one of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature, will show on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Lastly, “Dosed: The Trip of a Lifetime” will play on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. A story about a woman diagnosed with cancer given legal permission to use magic mushrooms made King and his co-producer and wife, Jessica, a bit wary initially, but the film itself won them over. “It’s a very human, beautiful hour and 25-minute documentary,” King commented. The film will be followed by a recorded Zoom Q&A interview Jessica held with the film’s subject Laurie Brooks. “We just have a lot of things we’re excited about this year,” King said.

The festival will also have a strong offering of short films, such as “The Magician” in the Friday 8 p.m. block, and “How to Avoid Death Forever” in the Saturday 8 p.m. block. King commented on the support from and participation in this year’s festival from the community. This includes Good Coffee Roasting hosting a breakfast mixer for filmmakers and attendees on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and The Durham hosting not just the “Roots of Fire” musician but a Saturday afternoon social gathering at 4:30 p.m., as well.

The festival will close with an awards show and dessert reception on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Details about all films and events for this year’s FLIC can be found on the program at:

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or in person at the Showboat Stadium 6.