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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Spotlight On DIFF Part 1
(2008-02-19)
(ksut) - After screening more than 300 films over the past several months, the staff at the Durango Independent Film Festival has selected 104 which will be presented during this years festival.
FRAUGHTON: WE HAVE FILMS THIS YEAR THAT WILL DELIGHT, EDUCATE, INSPIRE, ENTERTAIN, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST, THERE'S SUCH A GAMUT OF EMOTIONS THAT CAN COME FROM ALL OF THESE FILMS.
This is the third year for DIFF, the second under Festival Coordinator Joanie Fraughton.
FRAUGHTON: SOME GREAT DOCS, SOME GREAT SHORTS, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO WATCH A THE SHORTS IN THE OFFICE.
One of those shorts is entitled, The Job, a 3 minute presentation that puts a new twist on the debate over immigration.
As Director Jonathon Browning puts it...it's all about the hustle.
Picture this business attired folks waiting outside a business office for a hispanic man in a truck to arrive and select his work crew for the day.
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Fraughton says among those 104 films are ten feature length movies, and more.
FRAUGHTON: WE'VE GOT SOME GREAT FILMS THIS YEAR, AND FILMMAKERS COMING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE HAVE A FILMMAKER COMING FROM SWITZERLAND, A FILMMAKER COMING FROM NORWAY, AND ONE COMING FROM IRELAND.
In all, 35 filmmakers are expected in Durango for next week's festival, up from 22 last year.
In addition, other vip's, including actors in many of the films, are also expected to attend.
As in year's past, the filmmakers will participate in question and answer periods after their films are shown.
FRAUGHTON: THAT'S WHAT I THINK ADDS A LOT TO FILM FESTIVAL'S, IS TO GET INTO THE MINDS OF THE FILMMAKER AND AS THEY TELL THEIR STORY ABOUT HOW THEY CAME ABOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS.
And a new filmmaker event is also being added to this years festival.
FRAUGHTON: WE'RE CALLING THEM FILMMAKER SALONS, AND THEY WILL BE AT JEAN PIERRE'S WINE BAR ON SATURDAY AND THEN AT THE DURANGO ART CENTER ON SUNDAY, AND THE SALONS WILL FEATURE, WHERE ATTENDEES, PEOPLE CAN COME AND ASK QUESTIONS OF FILMMAKERS AND GET INTO THE WHOLE PROCESS OF FILMMAKING THERE TOO. WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE A MORE INTIMATE SETTING I BELIEVE, AND WE'LL HAVE FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT BOTH.
Something else that's new for this year's DIFF?
The festival has received significant financial backing.
FRAUGHTON: WE HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FOR A PRESENTING SPONSOR, SOMEONE TO BE BEHIND US AND REALLY BELIEVE IN THE FESTIVAL AND WHAT IT CAN DO FOR THE COMMUNITY. AND SOMEBODY PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH CHUCK DISNEY AT THE GLACIER CLUB AND HE WAS VERY INTERESTED IN WHAT WE HAD TO OFFER THE COMMUNITY AND WANTED TO GET INVOLVED AS WELL. WE GIVE THEM PASSES, THEIR LOGO IS GOING TO BE EVERYWHERE, THEY HAVE SIGNAGE. THEIR LOGO IS ON OUR LANYARDS THIS YEAR, THEY SHOULD BE EVERYWHERE WE'RE KNOWN AS THE 2008 DURANGO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY GLACIER CLUB.
Fraughton is hopeful with the support of Glacier Club this year the Durango Independent Film Festival will show growth in attendance as well.
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FRAUGHTON: THIS YEAR I'D LIKE TO BE UP 30-PERCENT OR SO. BUT, LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS OUR 07 YEAR AND OUR SECOND YEAR, WE WERE UP 21-PERCENT, SO IT WAS A GOOD INCREASE WE FEEL. WE HAD APPROXIMATELY 47-HUNDRED LAST YEAR.
DIFF begins Wednesday, February 27th and runs through Sunday March 2nd.
Films will be shown in several sittings each day at both the Abbey and Gaslight Theatre.
Both screens at Gaslight will be used for weekend showings.
With this Spotlight on DIFF, I'm Victor Locke, for KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio.
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