Competition Narrative Features
DIRECTED BY JAFFE ZINN
USA, 2011, 85 MIN
Magic Valley can be found on the map at Buhl, Idaho. On the screen, MAGIC VALLEY nestles somewhere between Fargo and Gummo, with borders that touch upon Melancholia and the distant reaches of The Tree of Life. A young man suffers imponderable guilt; small boys make a terrifying discovery; a fish farmer finds his crop killed by pollution; a sheriff looks for peace in the menial chores of daily life; wives and lovers push on with the pleasant and not pleasant pieces of their lives. All the while something horrible and disturbing waits to be uncovered in the dappled spring sunlight that may be the only magic the valley can claim. A strong and powerful cast of actors (led by veteran Scott Glenn, The Silence of the Lambs) reveal this haunting story and the people of the valley with such ease that it is difficult to praise one performance over another. Jaffe Zinn has written and brought to life characters and a place you will remember and tour in your memory long after the screen has gone black.
Jaffe Zinn (Magic Valley) was born and raised in Southern Idaho and attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film. His award-winning short films have been screened at the Director’s Guild Theater of America as well as many festivals. Jaffe’s first feature film, Magic Valley won the Richard Vague Film Grant Fund of $75,000 from NYU. When not working on film, Jaffe is one half of the indie pop duo Folded Light.