BoomTown Festival 2010

Went to my first Boomtown Film & Music Festival, held here in Beaumont, Texas a few weekends back. It was a two day event held on May 21 & 22. The event featured live music, independent films, movie industry panels, […]

Boomtown Film and Music Festival Beaumont Texas 2010

Went to my first Boomtown Film & Music Festival, held here in Beaumont, Texas a few weekends back. It was a two day event held on May 21 & 22. The event featured live music, independent films, movie industry panels, and parties. I wasn’t able to see of the events. I was more interested in the films. It’s good to see some culture making its way to my new fair city of Beaumont. It was the closest thing we have to something I took for granted in Dallas which was an independent movie theater like the Angelika or Magnolia.

THE SHORTS

I didn’t get to watch too many films since I didn’t get to the event until the middle of the second day. The films I did see were pretty good for low-budget films. I got to three films in the Crime Shorts category: Sawed-Off, Accidental Art, and Internal Affairs. Of the three, Internal Affairs was the most ambitious but it was the longest at 40 minutes. The other amazing thing was that it was directed by a group of high school students. Below are trailers to Accidental Art and Internal Affairs:

FEATURE FILM

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The one film I did see that blew me away, had to be The Scientist. Here is a synopsis for the film:

THE SCIENTIST follows a brilliant physicist, Dr. Marcus Ryan (Bill Sage), who anguishes over the tragic death of his wife and daughter while secretly constructing a mysterious energy generator in his basement. The multi—dimensional energy unleashed by the machine triggers a series of events that propels Ryan toward a higher level of consciousness.

This was a great independent scifi film in the vain of another independent film called Primer. I love films like this that are thought provoking and interesting without a huge budget. Watch the preview below for a test of the film. Here is a great review from Michael C. Moore of KitsapSun.com.

What I experienced at the festival I enjoyed. Next year I will be sure to attend more and give everyone a more in-depth review. Next year I’ll be sure and make it to the music and parties as well.

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