Photos by Amie Rodgers
On October 11 – 14, the red carpet was rolled out at Village 8 Theater in Pinetop for the White Mountains’ inaugural film festival: Show Low Film Festival. An incredible success, Martina Webster of Darmar Production along with fellow producers Stephany Borders and Dalea Faulkner, local theater owner Teddy Croney, Doc Skinner, Jesse Valencia and an all star cast of local talent brought a real Hollywood experience to our hometown.
A virtual Disneyland for film buffs, this event featureed more than 50 films and ample opportunities to meet the directors and actors. “A film festival is a venue that offers Indie film makers a platform to show their films. Eventually, as the event grows, it could become a platform from which they can also sell their films to distribution companies like Netflix or Amazon,” explained Martina during our recent interview, “Having your film shown on the big screen is something that most film festivals can’t offer to all the films. So, this is really an incredible opportunity. The films range from shorts to to full features. The content ranges across a wide variety of current topics like Alzheimer’s to spousal abuse or suicide or bullying… you name it, it’s there.”
In addition to enjoying the movies themselves, the festival delivered the incredible opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ and meet the magic makers themselves. “The great thing about a film festival is that you might see a film and be able to meet the director or actors and next year, the film might make it big and you can say you knew them when. It is a fun opportunity to meet them in the hallways, have pictures taken with them and get autographs. Whatever people think Hollywood is at a film festival, it all comes true in a way,” smiles Martina.
We at the Maverick Magazine would like to congratulate Martina and her crew on a successful first year and many, many more to come.
For more information, visit www.showlowfilmfestival.com and check out Showlowfilmfestival on Facebook. To become a sponsor next year, please call Martina at (951) 249-5963.