The Carthage Main Street Youth Advisory Council is putting on their second annual short film festival on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theater in Carthage.
The film fest got 20 submissions, and nine of them will be shown at the Esquire. Four will be shown from the young filmmakers category (18 and under), and five will be shown from the independent filmmakers category (19 and older). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Doors open and the filmmakers will arrive for their red carpet interviews at 6 p.m. with the festival kicking off at 7 p.m.
Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said all the films are pretty short this year, with most of them being five minutes or less, and the longest one being about 20 minutes.
There are a variety of kinds of films in the festival.
“One of them (in the young filmmakers category) is a documentary, and then one is a really cool film that was filmed mostly with a green screen, so it’s a real person but the backgrounds are kind of cartoonish,” Deloney said. “It’s a very short film, it’s really cool. Then this other one in the young filmmaker category you think it’s kind of a sci-fi, but there’s a twist to it...
“In the independent filmmakers, we didn’t have any documentaries in that one; we do have one that is a total sci fi, very futuristic. There’s one that’s funny, but there’s a little bit of a take on today’s world that we’re living with. They’re all so much fun, I keep saying that, but they really are. This one’s funny, very dry sense of humor kind of thing going on with this one. There’s one film in the independent filmmakers category that is based around a ballet school, so that one is beautiful. There’s some beautiful scenes in that one.
“And one that really really does delve into what we’re dealing with in our world today, so it gets pretty deep,” she said. “They just run the gamut. There’s a lot going on with them. There’s going to be some light ones, some deep ones, and then there’s some that are just in between. They’re kind of light but they do have an underlying meaning to them or something going on.”
Deloney felt relieved that they are able to do the film festival again.
“I was so afraid that we wouldn’t, but we’ve been able to follow the guidelines set forth for movie theaters, and it’s been going really well at the Esquire, so with that we just decided that we could move forward,” she said. “I was really afraid that a lot of the filmmakers would opt to not come, but they actually are coming. So most of them, a lot of them are coming. Of course we have some local ones, but one of our filmmakers is coming from New Mexico, and one from California, and then we have the ones around here, and I believe Austin and New Boston, two other Texas towns.”
Judges for the festival will be Derek Wayne Johnson, Brad Maule, Ainsley Ross, Reid Kerr, Blake Holland, Erika Bazaldua, Chris Collins, Tina Nguyen and Griffin Vance.
The festival’s host will be Derek Wayne Johnson, an award-winning director, writer, producer and editor originally from Carthage, who now resides in Los Angeles. Guest speaker for the event will be Brad Maule, who has received two Emmy Award nominations, one for best actor and one for best supporting actor in a daytime series, both for his best-known role of Dr. Tony Jones on General Hospital.
All the winners will get trophies, but they’ll also earn some prize money. The audience favorite will win $100, the best film in each category will each win $300. The best actor and actress in both categories will get $100 each, and the best of the fest award, which can be from either category, will receive $500.
Finalists in the Young Filmmakers category are:
- “Meni Villa” by Carl Keller of Farmington, New Mexico
- “Shadow Wakers” by Keynesia Turner and April Butler from Longview High School, Longview
- “Flag Retirement Ceremony” a documentary by students at Timpson Independent School District, Timpson
- “A Life Without You” by Hailey Essery and Michelle Montealo of Gary High School, Gary
Finalists in the Independent Filmmakers category are:
- “Firebird” by Tom Merino and Anne Merino of Citrus Heights, California
- “Through My Mind” an SMU student film by Leon Jones and Rhett Goldman, Carthage High School graduate and winner of Best Film in the Youth category at last year’s Mainstreet Short Film Festival
- “Consumer Burger” by C.W. Johnson, Jr. of Louisiana
- “Grounded” by Keaton Davis of Austin, Texas
- “Judge of Courage” by Clint Hanna of New Boston, Texas