Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival

Iron Freedom Foundation photo for film A Devils River Story
Cameron Cushman’s films like ‘A Devils River Story’ illustrate the benefits of outdoor activities as therapeutic. (Snip: Iron Freedom Foundation)

The West Texas Film Festival announced Florida filmmakers’ works will be included in selections for the 2019 festival in Odessa Nov. 21-23. The festival, in its fourth year, showcases works that have the “pioneer spirit of filmmaking.” Among the Floridians whose works will be shown is a military veteran who is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and believes nature can be therapeutic. Continue reading “Military veteran and other Florida filmmakers’ works officially selected for West Texas festival”

Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize

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Marcher in the parade at McMinnville, Oregon’s, annual McMenamins UFO Festival. (Photo Carol M. Highsmith, 2018)

As the weekend approaches, September 20, 2019 could be the start of something bigger. Or not. No one knows how many people will head towards Area 51, the legendary US military complex in southern Nevada. A call for people to “storm Area 51” was, according to the college student who posted the original message on Facebook, “meant to be funny.” Continue reading “Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize”

‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

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A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety. Continue reading “‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise”

Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza

Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)
Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)

There’s an old adage, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and it’s a fitting description for the West Texas Film Festival based in Odessa.

While local film festivals sometimes span only a day or two, the 2019 festival stretches across three days, beginning November 21 and ending November 23. The good news for producers is there’s still time to send in your submissions, and there’s even a small tip about something special the organizers hope to see. Continue reading “Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza”

Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

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Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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