- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - This year’s Cheyenne International Film Festival, which opens Monday, features local talent on and off screen.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the festival culminates May 24 with a screening of “Fight Church,” directed by Academy Award winner Daniel Junge, who grew up in Cheyenne. The documentary about mixed martial arts fighters and their faith asks: “Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and then at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?”

Junge, who received an Oscar in 2012 for a documentary about a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who treats Pakistani acid attack victims, will speak after “Fight Church” is shown.

Laramie-based Americana group J. Shogren Shanghai will perform ahead of a screening of the short film, “Wyomericana,” about a Wyoming artists’ concert tour.