Filmmakers and audiences from around the world learned something new about Texas at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 10 – 20th). Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys, barbecue and oil fields but it is also home to an ever surprising, vibrant arts community, Denton! Now when these filmmakers from such locales as Sweden, Australia, India, China, Canada, Mexico, New York, Connecticut, California and Florida make plans to attend film festivals around the US and abroad, I absolutely believe they'll pack bags eagerly to screen their films at Denton's Thin Line and the Denton Black Film Festival. Why?
Retno's Refusal was awarded the World Film Award for Merit and the International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture Award of Merit at the June 9th Awards Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image from www.facebook.com/thinlinefest.
Denton was in the mix of conversation at the Awareness Fest. Denton natives Kathryn Bauswell and I represented the documentary short film, Retno's Refusal, in Los Angeles with our fellow Director, Jennifer Batchelder, honing in on social media here in town to spread the word about our project. Retno's Refusal won the Awareness Audience Award for Best Documentary Short. Our acceptance speech gave special thanks to Denton, Texas and Retno Hapsari of Jakarta, Indonesia's XSProject. Retno's tour of the City of Denton, Texas Landfill at ECO-W.E.R.C.S. was the backdrop for Retno's message about the dire need for conscientious care of our environment whether in the US or the open trash dumps of Jakarta, Indonesia. International and domestic filmmakers thanked us for telling a story with universal significance.
What happened next is that certain magic of filmmakers gathering at a festival late night party to talk about where their films screen next or where they're hoping to go. Everyone wants to know which festivals are the best to attend with cool location, warm hospitality and hot screening venues. The buzz starts. Business cards are exchanged and pictures taken. iPhones work quickly checking festival websites. Denton is now on these filmmakers' radar.
Thin Line and the Denton Black Film Festival need to be on our radar, too. Ticket sales and business sponsorships keep festivals in the black and promote expanded programming. The personal recommendation made to residents or artists elsewhere about Denton's fabulous film, music, art and cultural festivals is powerful stuff! Festival organizers know their attendees and audiences have plenty of choices for things to do in Denton. They work hard to offer variety, quality and good value for that ticket price.
Thank you, Artists and Supporters of the Arts, for promoting Denton with what you say and do.
Retno Hapsari says, “It takes each one of us to make a difference for all of us.” I couldn't agree more.
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