The ninth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival opens Thursday afternoon at the Fredonia Hotel, with an informal happy hour before a 6 p.m. screening of “40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic.”
Narrated by Sylvester Stallone, the soon-to-be-released documentary was directed by SFA alum Derek Wayne Johnson, who will host a question-and-answer session after Thursday’s screening.
Open to the public, the Nacogdoches Film Festival debuted in April 2012 to build awareness of independent films and provide opportunities and insight for young Texas filmmakers. Chock full of film screenings, filmmaking panels and competitions, the festival often includes celebrity guests. This year is no different, with heavyweight boxing champion and entrepreneur George Foreman set to appear Friday evening in a special program.
Full day passes are available for $30, and a $75 all access pass includes all events over three days, VIP reception and priority seating at screenings. Individual film screenings are $10. Proceeds support SFA’s filmmaking program.
Thursday events will include a 7 p.m. screening of “This World Won’t Break” followed by a Q&A with director Josh Jordan and musician Greg Schroeder.
Friday’s events begin at noon with film industry panels and include an 8:15 p.m. debut of the newly completed SFA Student film, “Glenn’s Gotta Go,” featuring Ruth Buzzi and Brad Maule, both of whom will join a post-screening Q&A.
After a 10:15 screening of the film, “Let’s Kill Mom,” director Buddy Ketelle and other filmmakers will join a late night Q&A just before midnight.
Screenings begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and include a noon showing of the winners of the 2020 NacFilmFest Short Film Competition and 7 p.m. showing of “All Hail the Popcorn King,” highlighting the work of locally based writer Joe Lansdale, who is scheduled to appear along with filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer.
The festival wraps up with an informal after party at the Fredonia’s Nine Flags Bar beginning at approximately 10:30 p.m. For tickets and a full schedule, visit www.nacogdochesfilmfestival.com.