The Flatland Film Festival starts Oct. 6 and goes through the weekend, with multiple screenings of films with local connections.
The festival is a celebration of Texas filmmaking. A short film screening on Friday night at Alamo Drafthouse includes films from nine local filmmakers. The feature programming block also includes films with local angles. Robert Peaslee, co-chair of the Flatland Film Festival, said having Texas filmmakers show films about life in the Southwest is a main goal of the festival.
“It’s an opportunity to get people in the region together in the course of a weekend for fun, to discover new stuff, but also to connect and potentially get together on the next project based on networking,” Peaslee said.
The three-day event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts with a screening of “True Stories,” a film by Talking Heads musician David Byrne. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with artist Jo Harvey Allen, a Lubbock native who was featured in the 1986 film.
A plaza party at LHUCA featuring tunes from the band Sugarwitch will close the festival on Saturday.
Attendees can purchase a $30 festival badge, which grants access into all screenings and receptions, according to the festival website. Individual tickets to film screenings can be purchased for $10, $5 for students, at the door.