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Wyo Film Fest features Western classics
By MJ Clark
July 10, 2008 --
SARATOGA – A new film festival is coming to Wyoming next month. From Aug. 21 though Aug. 23, the Wyoming Film Festival will address the themes of environment, family and equality by showing a selection of old and new classic films.
Opening night will feature the original Cecil B. DeMille silent film, “The Virginian.” The traditional accompaniment to silent film was live music, and in this case the UW’s chamber ensemble, The Starting and Stalling Orchestra will supply a live sound track.
On Friday, Aug. 22 will be a screening of “A Land Out of Time” an award-winning contemporary documentary about energy development and land use featuring Wyoming’s environmentalist emeritus Tom Bell. Following at 8 p.m. will be “Lonely are the Brave” a 1962 film based on an Edward Abbey novel starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau.
On Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. there will be a panel discussion about films and filmmaking with filmmakers, historians and writers discussing how film portrays and interprets the Western experience.
At 2:30 p.m. there will be a special appearance by Miles Swarthout, screenwriter of “The Shootist,” a 1976 gunfighter movie starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard and James Stewart. Swarthout will give a presentation about screenwriting and working on the film. His screenplay was based on the novel of the same name written by his father, Glendon Swarthout. A screening of “The Shootist” will follow at 6:30 p.m.
At 8 p.m. the festival will close with “Shane,” which was named the greatest Western of all time by the Western Writers of America during their annual convention last month. “Shane” was filmed in 1953 near Kelly Warm Springs outside of Jackson, where remains of the log cabin set are still visible.
The Wyoming Film Festival is a sponsored initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation in cooperation with the Carbon County Economic Development Corp. and Carbon County Higher Education Center. Other partners include the Carbon County Visitors Council, the Carbon County Museum and Foundation, the Carbon County Library, The Movies and the Wyoming Business Council. For more information about the festival, contact the Carbon County Higher Education Center at (307) 328-9204 or the Carbon County Economic Development Corp. at (307) 324-3836.
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