4th Marfa Film Festival a hit!
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
MARFA – Powdered multi-colored chalk filled the air as revelers danced through the haze, staining their clothes, hair, and skin in a ritualistic fervor on Sunday evening.
The type of celebration – the Holi festival of colors – is usually held during the last full moon of the lunar month of Phalguna to usher in the spring in Hindu nations. Sunday’s celebration signified the end the five-day Marfa Film Festival with the Foundation for Jammable Resources taking the stage at the Vizcaino Park bash.
Between Wednesday and Sunday, 19 short and 13 full-length films were screened in Marfa and Alpine while countless bottles of Patrón were consumed by the nearly 2,000 people who traveled from various reaches of the world to attend the fourth festival held by director and co-founder Robin Lambaria since its 2008 inception.
The festival began with an opening reception at the Marfa Municipal Golf Course followed immediately by the festival’s opening film, the emotionally driven Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. Two fountains with tequila and grapefruit juice flowed endlessly throughout the night as each floated keg was quickly replaced with another containing Big Bend Brewing Company beer.
This year’s film festival was mostly based at the Marfa USO building, with one presentation at the golf course per night. Several Screenings were also held at Rangra Theatres in Alpine.
Comedian Dashiell Driscoll sat at his perch at the Marfa Museum Thrift Store with a typewriter and Funny or Die stationary from Thursday – Saturday, handing out personalized “analogue tweets” to anyone looking for a bit of levity after the festival’s saddening programming while the B.I.G. Lounge, located at the Rock Hudson suite at the Hotel Paisano, offered more tequila, a break from the heat, and a chance to rub elbows with Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario.
A party punctuated each night’s programming, beginning with a David Lynch-inspired dance party at the USO building on Thursday following a performance by local heavy metal band LBS. Friday night’s party at the Marfa Hill House featured Austin-based country-folk-rock group Argentine Vinyl and Planet Marfa took the guise of a big city dance club with a dj on Saturday night.
The streets, filled with cars leaving town in every direction, and the sidewalks, still teeming with festival-goers staying an extra day on Monday afternoon gives promise that the 2013 Marfa Film Festival has awoken and did not, after all, lose any of its momentum during its two-year sleep.