Film Festivals and movie marathons are one of my favorite pastimes.
I got to see my favorite so-bad-it’-good movie ever, “Spookies,” at a movie marathon a few years ago and, when I served as a judge at the Slick Rock Film Festival a while back, got to see many fun, weird and touching original films by young, aspiring film makers.
They’re fun ways to be exposed to things you’d probably never see otherwise, which is why I’m excited for the Hanford Independent Film Festival.
Nearly 20 films by local aspiring and professional film makers will be screened from 5-8 p.m. May 18 at the Hanford Fox Theatre.
Tickets are on sale now and run $10 for general admission or $15 for VIP tickets, which allow for a meet-and-greet with the actors and directors two hours before show time.
I went out to witness some of the shooting on the football field of Hanford High School for Hanford West student Ashlie Marie’s film, “Stardom,” which will be screened during the festival.
In the film, Marie’s brother Michael Crabill plays a character that takes a bold step to get the attention of his crush.
“[Filming] has been stressful because we’ve been busy, but we’re at the main part now which is the streak — which will be interesting because it’s cold out here,” Crabill said.
The director’s Media, Arts and Entertainment teacher Jason Hopper, who supervised the shoot, said that he admired Marie’s ambition to do a large-scale shoot for her short film.
The short film also shot scenes at Fresno’s historic Crest Theatre and many other places around Hanford, including the L.T. Sue Co. Tea Room.
Here’s the full list of films that will be screened:
“Mid-life Crisis Brunch” directed by Alison Allwine and Kyle Low
“Les Moore: ‘Junior Ranger’ directed by Kasey Atkins
“The Little Piggy Went to the Market” directed by Jeanine Fiser
“In the Mind’s Eye” directed by LA-based film maker Kellen Gibbs
“The King of Courtyard Square” directed by George Miller
“Barbershop Blues” directed by George Miller
“It’s Time” directed by George Miller
“Adonis” directed by David Dibble (which won an award at the Canne Film Festival)
“Moonlight” directed by David Dibble
“The Essay” directed by Isabella O’Brien
“Zenaida” directed by Alex Cano
“Scavenger” directed by Nando Carter
“Uber Driver” directed by Julio Gonzalez
“Stardom” directed by Ashlie Marie
“Mao’s Blue” directed by Jeff Bowman
“Frame of Life” directed by Andrea Lopez
“Dollar Bill” directed by Travis Mattos