Lone Pine, home to one of the world’s 25 top film festivals, is welcoming a “new kid” to town.
The Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History will premier its first-ever competitive short film festival on Wednesday, April 25, with screenings lasting five days in the museum theater.
Tickets for the film showings are now on sale.
According to Museum Executive Director Chris Langley, the festival will feature short films (30 minutes or less) in five categories: narrative, documentary, animated, foreign and student.
“Films can be from any- where in the world and made by anyone, anywhere,” Langley said. “Already, a Canadian documentary on Tibetan nomads as well as a Belgian film have been submitted. Another submission is Brazilian in origin.”
Altogether the Festival Committee has accepted more than 30 films that will be in competition for awards, to be announced at a brunch on Sunday morning, April 29.
“We hope to have some exciting and challenging films to show, followed by a Q-and-A between the audience and the filmmakers.” he said.
As with most film festivals, there will be an opening night – April 25 – and a closing celebration with the presentation of awards – on the 29th – with plenty of variety scheduled in between.
“The motto of the festival is ‘Screening the Edginess of Life,’ and the Festival hopes the movies use this idea as a starting point but explore many ways of understanding all the edges in modern life,” Langley said. “We see many ways of interpreting this idea: edges between city and rural; political beliefs, ways of life, and the challenges faced by anyone in the 21st century.”
Several local filmmakers will also be represented. Tony Rowell of Bishop has entered his film “Sierra Twilight” in the competition. Skandar Reid, an artist that many know as a sculptor, has some new work in film represented “in competition.”
Producing Director Peter Henry Schroeder from Los Angeles has collaborated with Rob Barron and Langley in bringing the first short film festival to life. When not working on this project Schroeder has been teaching acting and working with director Ben Affleck on his new film “Argo” which comes out in the Fall.
Barron, also director of the Lone Pine Film History Museum where the screenings will take place, said he is proud that the museum has taken on this project.
“Lone Pine has such a rich history of filmmaking, (and) an independent short film festival is adding another layer to the museum, encouraging young filmmakers to pursue their dreams,” he said.
The project was made possible by a generous grant from the County of Inyo Supervisors through the Community Project Sponsorship Program.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum or by calling (760) 876-9909.
Langley concluded, “Many of these films will be premiering so by attending you not only support our local film industry but you can experience the future of Hollywood’s young talent.”