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9th Marfa Film Festival opens next week

July 6th, 2017 under Arts

MFFstacked2017 highlight webMARFA — The Marfa Film Festival celebrates its ninth year next week, July 12-16th. Bringing to town 80 films, including features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, trailers and classics from 21 countries, the festival is packed with distinctive films covering an array for genres and topical themes plus daily special events. Screenings start at 10am and continue all day at the Crowley Theater.

On Wednesday, July 12, the festival kicks off with a very special one time performance of the critically acclaimed Broadway rock musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch presented by an original Marfa Film Festival cast for one night only.

Featuring Papa Peachez ( Bob Gilchrist ) as Hedwig, Robin Lambaria (Festival Creator) as Yitzak, and the Angry Inch featuring Brian Lebarton (Beck) on bass and keys, Anthony DeSimone (No Nombres) on drums, and Miguel Strong (La Brute Savage) on guitar. This performance is brought in part by an arts and cultural grant from city of Marfa.

Following the Hedwig performance, there will be a BYOW “Bring Your Own Wig” drag dance party with an over the top take over of the historical USO building. Guests will be dazzled by electric characters, a dressing room style wig pop up shop, a hype DJ, and special live performances and guests. The performance and after party are free and open to all. Doors open at 7pm.

Friday, July 14, the festival will host another special free event in honor the life and passing of one of their most beloved programmers, Kevin Cacy (who passed at Chinati Hot Springs April 1, and who had always collaborated with Festival Director Lambaria to curate the outdoor classic screenings.) The festival will host a free outdoor screening at El Cosmico of Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS. A visual masterpiece based on the actual dreams of the Japanese master filmmaker (Rashomon, Seven Samurai). Slide into a wood-burning hot tub or hammock under a magical sea of stars. This is a free event open to all, and bring a blanket or chair and come dressed for the event in Kimono (note: kimonos will be available on site). Doors open at 8pm.

Saturday the 15th the festival will feature a slate of films followed by MFF’s first ever “Surreal Ball” at the Capri. A celebration of the unbridled mind, inspired by the blurred lines between reality and the imagination. The night will weave around a garden of special performances, artistic interpretations and musical from.  Attendees are encouraged to “dress your surreal dream.” Doors open t 9pm.

Throughout the festival there will be a special tribute to Kevin at Building 98 Thursday – Sunday from 11am – 7pm. There will be an alter, as well as special free screenings of his favorite films from his personal laser disc collection.

On Sunday the 16th from 11am – 4pm, Blackwell School will host a special event and Alter to the Border with images by Jessica Lutz, as well as a special sneak preview / cast party of Porveiner about the 1918 massacre on the Mexican border which recently shot in the area and was cast mainly with West Texas locals.

Sunday the 16th, the festival will continue with and array of films, as well as a 2:45pm free live screenplay reading of the winning screen play “Unlocking Desire” with a cast of professional actors from around Texas.

The festival screenings will close 7pm Sunday with the intense short film “Brutus,” a film about Nazi Germany from the unique perspective of a dog.

In the afternoon, everyone is invited to wind down with a pool party at the Hotel Saint George’s Bar Nadar from2-5pm, followed by a special closing party open to all, at Building 98 with a special performance by CIA ( fronted by Bianca Casady of Cocorosie ). Doors open at 8:30pm.

Full festival listings, trailers, show times and more details  can be found at

Passes are now on sale! Locals get 1/2 off passes and discounted full and days passes ( which include access to the MFF Lounge at the Brite Building.) Tickets are also available at the door.

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