The Lone Star Film Society has announced the lineup for its seventh annual film festival and its poised to be their biggest year yet. Along with big names like The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival of Downton Abbey fame, and studios like Fox and Sony Classic Pictures, the 2013 Lone Star Film Festival is also featuring prominent international films and its independent film competition.
There are five narrative films and four documentaries in competition this year, out of a record-breaking 1,000 submissions. The LSFF is open to directors who have made either their first or second movie, and for a budget of less than $500,000. The winners in each of the two categories receive $2,500, and all entrants have the chance to meet with industry experts for tips on marketing and distribution. The jury deciding the winners will be announced next week, but Alec Jhangiani, LSFS Director, tells us it will mostly consist of local and national producers and people on the lookout for up-and-coming talent. "Generally people who have watched a lot of movies," he says.
We're particularly excited about Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self, directed by Eric Steele, one of the owners of Texas Theater, and starring Dallas-based stage actor Barry Nash. Nash plays Bob Birdnow, a man reluctantly giving a motivational speech at a sales conference. This is a common trend among new directors, says Jhangiani, choosing to adapt a stage play set in only a couple locations to cut costs and put heavy emphasis on writing. "It's a technique that lends itself to first-timers and low budgets."
"This is by far our strongest documentary year. I think it's really going to steal the show," says Jhangiani. Among the documentaries in competition is My Name is Faith, directed by Tiffany Sudela-Junker, Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres. My Name is Faith focuses on a young girl and her brother, raised by a drug-addicted mother and later adopted, while exploring broader challenges for youths in America.
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