First film festival to be exciting

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just when it seemed that the Troy Film Festival couldn’t get any better, it did.

Eufaula native film actor Brandon Carroll contacted John Jinight, who is coordinating the Film Festival, and offered his short film, “Scarecrow” for screening.”

“Brandon is now in California making films and acting,” Jinright said. “He just happened to hear about the our first Film Festival and offered his brand new short film to us. Ours will be only the second showing of this film and we are excited to have it.”

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Carroll will be on hand Saturday to host the screening of his latest short film, which is set

during the War Between the States. “Scarecrow” is the story of a young Confederate soldier who goes off to war to be a hero. However, he is so horrified by what he encounters in his first battle that he runs away.

“‘Scarecrow’ delves into the bloodiest period of American history but it portrays the South in a very positive light,” Jinright said. “It’s a family film.”

“Scarecrow” will be one of many short films that will be featured at the TroyFest Film Festival on Saturday in conjunction

with the annual TroyFest Arts and Crafts Show.

Another recent addition to the Film Festival is “RipRemix,” which is billed as “a movie you can dance to and will open the Film Festival at 10 a.m.

“‘RipRemix’ is about taking other people’s images and music and using them,” Jinright said.

“For example, Andy Warhol didn’t own or create the Campbell’s soup can but he used it in his art.”

“It’s about copyrights and how Disney shouldn’t be able to own ever image of a mouse forever. ‘RipRemix’ is geared for young people.”

Troy University student films will be shown at 11:30 and the Film Festival ribbon cutting and the showing of “The Mirror” will be at 1 p.m.

“The Mirror” was made in Alabama and is reflections of the memories that make us who we are, Jinright said.

The Short Circuit Traveling Film from 2 until 5:30 p.m. will feature 11 short films ranging from six to 15 minutes.

Three of the films are G-rated and the others are PG- and R-rated so parental discretion is advised.

“Scarecrow” will replace the Festival panel Q&A at 5:30.

Following the JazzFest Big Event at 6 p.m., there will there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Before the Music Dies,” at 7:30.

The feature film is about how great music is smothered by massive corporations while, at the same time, offering hope for the future.

“The future of American music hangs in the balance,” Jinright said.

“In this film, a diverse collection of contemporary musicians reveal the inside story of popular music and teaches us that great music is out there, if you know where to look.”

Admission to all screenings is free.

Those who enjoy films are invited to attend any and all screenings offered at the first Troy Film Festival on Saturday, April 25.