2009-08-07 / Letters

Rockaway Artists Alliance First Annual Film Festival

Dear Editor,

Four years ago my film became an Official Selection in Tulsa Oklahoma's 2005 Bare Bones International Film Festival.

"You should go," everybody persuaded. "The average age of the filmmakers will be thirteen," I answered, "No Festival For Old Men."

My wife, Lynda, and I decided to journey to the center of the country, The result was a truly rewarding experience and not just because my movie received The Best Docudrama Award.

Some five years later, on Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m., the Rockaway Artists Alliance First Annual Film Festival opened its doors. The evening was a huge success. Most of the sixty-five people in attendance traveled approximately five minutes; no flights necessary, no hotel rooms, no carry-on luggage.

Tom Burke did a great job selecting the films, creating a fun-filled atmosphere, including popcorn, soft drinks and music. His informal style of coordinating the program resulted in a real hometown feel. Shunning shoes and microphone, he kept the evening moving while making the filmmakers and audience very comfortable.

There were no red carpets, no awards, no paparazzi, just a mountain of fun.

I was happy to have participated. The screening of a ten minute teaser of my latest film, The Romeows, a full length documentary which will be released this fall, helped me gage some post-production decisions.

I was pleased to be in the company of some very fine young filmmakers (average age older than thirteen) whose works were warmly received. The short films of Adam Taylor were particularly well done and very funny.

The mountain has come to Rockaway.


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