boomtown film & music festival

boomtown film & music festival

The ninth annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival is Feb. 25-27 at multiple venues throughout Southeast Texas.

Films scheduled to screen range from traditional feature length films to more experimental short films, including several documentaries that will strike close to the heart for many Southeast Texans, like County Fair, Texas covering high school students who raise livestock for show, but especially Janis: Little Girl Blue, which will serve as Saturday night’s feature event. Directed by Oscar nominated Amy Berg, the documentary examines Janis Joplin’s tumultuous life and her roots in Port Arthur, notably her strained relationship with her hometown.

Musicians of all genres will drive into Beaumont to share the stage with notable locals acts. Out-of-town bands include Alsace Carcione, a female emcee from Dallas; Knockin Bones, a punk band from Austin; Camera Cult, an Indie-synth pop band from Houston; Another Run, an indie rock band from Houston; and headliner Hank & Cupcakes, a transgenre band from Brooklyn. Local up and comers cover all stages of rock music and include Carreerrs, Delicious Fuzz, Buffalo Paws, Boogerbear, and Henly.

Film industry experts will share their filmmaking insights with audiences in four separate panels covering the ins and outs of the film business, makeup and special effects, how to get into stunt acting, and a general panel from all visiting directors.

BoomFest will kick off Thursday night at 8 p.m. with films and bands at the McFaddin Ward House. Films will be screened inside the visitor center, while bands and mingling will take place out on the expansive lawn.

Films continue Friday night inside the McFaddin Ward House, as well as a meet-and-greet with filmmakers starting at 6 pm. Bands will play at two stages inside and outside the Logon Cafe, just down the street on Calder.

VIP and 3Day Pass Holders will also get access to the Classic Movie Night feature, The Princess Bride, screened over at the historic Jefferson Theatre.

The final day of the festival will be Saturday and include screenings all day inside the Jefferson Theatre and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The Jefferson Theatre will also host panels, as well as the exclusive VIP lounge for VIP Pass Holders. Outside the Jefferson, an outdoor festival will include a stage of music, booths of local artists and businesses, street trucks such as Dat Mac and Taco Local, as well as a general party atmosphere.

When night falls, the Award Ceremony will celebrate the film entries, as well as contestants from the 48 Hour and Music Video Races. Then, BoomFest will screen the headline feature Janis: Little Girl Blue. Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress up as Janis, or your favorite 1960s rock star. Then, the party will move to the Red Room on Crockett Street, where films and bands will continue screening as film and music makers and lovers will celebrate the end of a three day fest of independent arts in Southeast Texas.

Tickets are $60 for VIP passes, $20 for three-day passes, $10 for single venue passes, and $5 to view only Janis: Little Girl Blue. Access to the Red Room is 18 and up; all other venues are all ages. Cash is encouraged for local vending, food and alcohol sales, though some vendors may accept debit and credit cards.

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