Film Festival to rock High Country
It could be cinematic history in the making and, for the fourth year in a row, High Country residents can participate.
Thursday marks the start of the Open APPerture Film Festival at Appalachian State University, organized by the Appalachian Student Filmmakers Organization. It's a chance to be among the first to see films that border on the sentimental and, occasionally, the bizarre.
"I think we have a little bit of something for everyone. It's the sheer number of films we have.
It pretty much covers everything from romantic comedy to sci-fi to experimental," ASU junior and filmmaker Zach Smith said.
This year's festival has a High Country focus with several locally produced short films like Our Story, a piece Smith collaborated on with other area filmmakers including ASU junior Jonathan Dantzler. "It's about unrequited love," Smith said.
"It's a film about the breakdown of a friendship," Dantzler added.
And it will be the last film shown Saturday. The film was shot entirely in Watauga County and cost $500 to produce.
Other local films include Boone-based Reunion, the tale of a man confronting an old grudge and Jango, touted as a "strange" comedy about a cop solving a murder mystery.
Organizers promise you'll view films from all over.
Underdog, a project from California, is touted as "one of the best short films" Smith viewed yet.
"It's about Eisenhower meeting the world's first super computer," he said, and there are plenty of other films that will have your eyes glued to the screen.
Sixty-one films were submitted, and around 40 will be shown, including films from as far away as France and Germany.
While Banff (Mountain Film Festival) has put Boone on the map for outdoor adventure pieces, Open APPerture serves a different purpose.
"I feel there's a film community here in Boone that doesn't really get satisfied [by BANFF]," Smith said. "[Open Apperture] sort of satisfies people who aren't part of the mainstream [outdoor] culture here."
Showings are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. All showings are at Greenbriar Cinema at the Plemmons Student Union except for the Friday show, which will be in I.G. Greer Cinema on campus. Tickets are $3 per showing or $5 for the whole festival.