'Jackson' to open Lake Arrowhead film fest

Lineup also includes 'Badland,' 'Reach for Me'

J. F. Lawton's "Jackson" will serve as opening-night film of the 10th annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, to be held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa from April 2-5. Barry Primus and Charlie Robinson, who star in the film as two bums whose lives are affected by a $20 bill, will attend the opening.

The lineup also includes such features as Francesco Lucente's "Badland," LeVar Burton's "Reach for Me," Duane Crichton's "Saving God" and Charles Evered's "Adopt a Sailor" and such short films as Chris Jones' "Gone Fishing" and Peter Beigen's "Ceremonies of the Horsemen."

Cinematographer Wally Pfister will present an award to fellow cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and the late Lazslo Kovacs, which Zsigmond will accept on their behlf. The two filmmakers are the subject of James Chressanthis' documentary "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos."

At the fest's Friday night gala, Jim Thebaut will receive the Humanitarian Award for his work as exec producer of the documentary "The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?"

Actor Chris McDonald will host the Sunday Filmmaker Awards Luncheon.