Flatland Film Festival Brings Independent Films to Lubbock

Festival combines award-winning competitive short films, cutting-edge independent features, up-and-coming filmmakers and festival parties.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts presents the Flatland Film Festival Oct. 15-17. The festival combines award-winning competitive short films, cutting-edge independent features, up-and-coming filmmakers and festival parties for a weekend that celebrates film. Rob Weiner, associate humanities librarian at the Texas Tech University Library, has been involved with the festival since it began five years ago. Weiner has served as a judge for the short film competition and this year will host Friday’s feature presentation. Weiner said the festival is very unique for West Texas and includes a wide variety of short films and independent films from all over the world. “The festival is an artistic achievement for Lubbock and the Texas Tech community,” Weiner said. “It really is a jewel for the plains.” The Lubbock Arts Alliance will sponsor the showing of four short films by Lubbock filmmakers at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 15). Following the shorts, “A Quiet Little Marriage” will be shown at 8 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with Cy Carter, an actor from the film. The Texas Film Commission’s Film Friendly Texas Workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 16). This event is not included with the festival pass. The registration fee is $99. “Zombie Girl: The Movie,” which chronicles the creative passion of Emily Hagins, a pre-teen in the process of making her own zombie movie, will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday. After the feature presentation, a question and answer session will take place with director Erik Mauck and film star Emily Hagins. The Kids First Film Festival will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 17). The event is free for children ages 5 and up and will showcase three short films geared toward children. Additional short films will be shown from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 8 p.m. the world premiere of “Filmmaking 101” and the feature presentation of “Rock Prophecies” will take place. To conclude the weekends events, closing ceremonies will be held at 10 p.m. Saturday. Winners of the short film competition will be announced and prizes will be awarded. Tickets for the festival are available at www.selectaseatlubbock.com.   For more information call (806) 762-8606 or visit the festivals Web site . http://www.flatlandfilmfestival.com/index2.htm. CONTACT: Rob Weiner, associate humanities librarian, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-2238 ext. 282, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.