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Film Society to open season July 1 with ‘Back to the Future’

May 23, 2011

The Crossroads area will be the place to be this summer, as the Big Spring Film Society announces its summer line-up, including WestFest, a two-day event combining movies and music that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Area residents won’t have to travel out of town this Fourth of July weekend for quality entertainment, as the film society gets ready to present its first screening of 2011 on Friday, July 1, in downtown Big Spring with the 1985 classic “Back to the Future.” There will be concessions on-site, and, as always, admission to the screening is free for the entire family. Also, expect a few surprises during the show, according to event coordinators.
Area residents won’t have to wait long for the next installation in the summer series, as the film society will bring the 1984 blockbuster “Ghostbusters” to the downtown area July 15. The screening is being held in conjunction with NewsWest 9’s Under West Texas Skies, with the station broadcasting live from Big Spring. The show will also feature performances from the Goondock Saints comedy troupe, on-site concessions and free admission.
The fun doesn’t stop there, however, as the screening of “Ghostbusters” will also herald the beginning of WestFest, a new Crossroads festival highlighting the best in film and music.
The  festival will pick up July 16 at Comanche Trail Park Amphitheatre, featuring  the  music of Read them a Riot, Cure the Infection, Waiting for Sunday, and the Dusty Roads Band.
There will be vendors and concessions on-site, and, according to Big Spring Film Society Chairman Brandon Johnson, the event represents a huge step forward for the city of Big Spring and the Crossroads area.
“We’re really hoping the people will come out and support WestFest and help us make it an annual event,” Johnson said.
A short film contest is also being held in conjunction with WestFest. Entries must be no longer than five minutes, make reference to the “Ghostbusters” film and be acceptable for a family audience. Entries are due July 8, according to Johnson.
The film society will round out its summer season Aug. 27, as it presents Movies on the Mountain featuring a screening of the 1982 Jim Henson science fiction classic “The Dark Crystal” at the Big Spring State Park’s historic Scenic Mountain.
“Any time we get to screen a film atop the Scenic Mountain, it’s something very special for us in the film society,” Johnson said. “The backdrop the park supplies is nothing short of amazing and it brings a whole new feeling to the films families will be talking about for years.”
The screening will also feature “The World of the Dark Crystal,” a documentary chronicling the making of the film, directly after the feature film, according to Johnson
For more information on these and other Big Spring Film Society events, visit www.bigspringfilm.org, friend the film society on Facebook or contact Johnson at 432-213-0759 or cruiser1977@gmail.com

Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at citydesk@bigspringherald.com

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