Marfa, Texas: Wide-Open Plains and Starry Skies Make the Perfect Backdrop for Outdoor Movies at the Marfa Film Festival
The Second Annual Marfa Film Festival will be held April 29 - May 3, 2009, screening over 50 features, shorts and experimental works. Because Marfa's wide-open plain, distant mountains and incomparably starry sky are part of the draw, Marfa Film Festival will have outdoor movie screenings during the festival. Indoor screenings will be anchored at the state-of-the-art Goode-Crowley theater. Festival headquarters will be at the famous Paisano Hotel (where James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor lived during the filming of "Giant"). We're in the high desert out here which means it gets chilly at night. If you're coming to one (or more) of our five outdoor screening events, be sure to dress accordingly. You can bring chairs and blankets if you want, though chairs will be available to rent for three bucks (really comfortable chairs I should add). Still, there's lots of room on the good Earth, so don't be shy about bringing what you need to make a nest to watch the movie from. We'll also have food and beverages, including beer and possibly margaritas for sale. For the intrepid, Far West Texas is an unforgettable place, far from the world, urging visitors back time and again to its awe-inspiring wildness and serenity. Particularly, there is Marfa, home to Marfa Film Festival, coming April 29 - May 3, 2009. Marfa is a small town alone on a high plateau, a place defined by a history of separation, where life proceeds at its own distinct pace as a harmony of antithesis: cowboy culture and high-art. Designed as a gasp of fresh air, Marfa Film Festival is a retreat far away from the chaotic and competitive environments found on the festival circuit. It's a get-a-way that is truly WAY out there. Where else can you experience the unexpected magic of riding a bicycle in the moonlight through a desert town's only (blinking) stoplight, find a hidden garden party through maps projected on the town's 1800's-era walls, take a school bus excursion to ancient sites and expansive western vistas, or watch movies under stars so close you can touch them?