The 2013 Southern Colorado Film Festival (SCFF), a re-incarnation of the successful 2008 festival, will feature films from around the world – from the San Luis Valley to Nicaragua to Taiwan. The festival runs from Thursday, September 12th, to Sunday, September 15th. Films will be shown at Carson Auditorium on the Adams State University campus.
“We have an opportunity to experience independent film in southern Colorado, a region with a variety of landscapes to explore – mountains, deserts, wetlands, sand dunes – as well as a variety of issues – drought, food security, environmental conservation, privilege,” said Lares Feliciano, festival director. “We don’t usually have this opportunity in southern Colorado.”
Independent films reflecting the festival’s theme of land, water and community fill the weekend along with panel discussions about the films and the issues they raise. The festival is being planned in conjunction with Autumn at Adams series at Adams State University, a week-long opportunity to learn, engage, and act on world issues.
Local filmmakers featured include Elaine Patarini, Danny Ledonne, Miles Eddy, Abe Rosenburg, Ken Sanchez, and Lares Feliciano.
On Friday afternoon the festival will honor ASU students who have created documentary, narrative, promotional, and music video projects. These are filmmakers work on deadline, without a budget, and for a grade. Selected by video production instructor Danny Ledonne, these films represent the broad range of creative talent at work at Adams State.
Organized by less than a dozen volunteers, the Southern Colorado Film Festival’s mission is to cultivate conversation and enrich the spirit and creativity of the San Luis Valley by providing diverse independent film programming that is relevant and which connects the issues of our region to the world.
“A film festival in a place like Alamosa is a great way to bridge the film and community, to inspire locals to create their own media and tell their own stories, and to put the little town I love on the map,” Feliciano said.