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Highlights on the KahBang Film Festival to open august 5th

The KahBang Film Festival is proud to announce its official film selections and schedule for 2011, which will occur August 5th - 9th at the historic Bangor Opera House. This year’s festival competition will focus on music documentaries, the work of emerging filmmakers, as well as independent comedy. In addition to films in competition, the festival will feature a number of unique events including the “So Bad It’s Good” category, as well as a tribute to the legendary Bill Murray. Tickets are on sale now at www.kahbang.com!

Featured Films
Bob and the Monster, Opening Night Film, August 5th @ 9:30pm: Six years in the making, Bob and The Monster follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest (frontman for Thelonious Monster), through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today. The film crafts contemporary footage, animation and compelling interviews with archival performances and personal videos from Bob's past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, members of Jane's Addiction, Fishbone and Guns n' Roses add texture, but it's the depth of Bob's music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story.

Dying to do Letterman, Closing Night Film, August 9th @ 7:00pm presented by “Champion the Cure Challenge”: Dying to do Letterman is a hilarious, heart-felt, award-winning feature-length documentary that proves one thing: dreams matter. When 35 year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated his life living his dream: performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman. This documentary chronicles his five-year journey, as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. Hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspirational, Steve's journey brings a brand-new perspective to living with cancer. This is a story that proves it's not how much time you have, it's what you do with it. As Steve says, 'If you stop chasing your dreams, you're already dead. Featuring: Kevin Nealon, Ray Romano, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Arj Barker. A portion of proceeds from this showing will be donated to benefit the Champion the Cure Challenge.

Trollhunter, August 7th @ 7pm: Shot in a vérité style, TROLLHUNTER is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, TROLLHUNTER delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.

Films in Competition
Gen-Next - Up and Coming Filmmakers: Boy Wonder, The Deposition

LMFAO – Indie Comedy: S.O.L, Turkey Bowl

Music Docs: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Live at Preservation Hall (featuring
KahBang Music Festival Saturday headliner, My Morning Jacket)

Maine Stream – Maine Based Film: Ragged Isle Season One (Maine-based online episodic series out of Portland)

Out of Competition Films
Murray vs. Murray: We’re placing Actor/Comedian/Philanthropist and overall good guy Bill Murray into a cage match with himself. 3 films enter, one film leaves. There can only be one… Bill Murray. Featuring Rushmore, Groundhog Day, and Quick Change.
So Bad It’s Good: Once you start watching them, for some reason you can't stop. These are the worst films ever made. Featuring Roadhouse(starring Patrick Swayze), Over the Top (starring Sylvester Stallone), and Starship Troopers.

Additional information and showtimes can be found at www.kahbang.com/film.

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