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Kilgore Film Festival

Kilgore Film Festival

            The Kilgore Fall Film Festival will kick off at the 4 Star Cinema in Kilgore on Wednesday, October 1, 2008,  it was announced today by Byron Berkley, owner of the theater.

            This fall's event marks the 10th anniversary of the film festival, which originated in 1998 under the sponsorship of KTPB, the former Kilgore College Public Radio station.  The festival remained an integral part of the KTPB's efforts to bring classical music and fine arts to East Texas until the station was sold and changed formats in 2006.  At that time, sponsorship of the festival reverted to the theater where it has continued to grow in popularity among film aficionados and those who prefer more upscale movie entertainment.

            Titles for this year's festival have not been selected; negotiations with the film distributors can become very difficult, since many of them don't consider East Texas a significant outlet for their product.  Final selections are often not made until a few weeks before the start date.  However, according to the theater's film booker, the theater has received tentative commitments for

  •    Man on Wire, the fascinating documentary about the man who walked a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, when they were still standing
  •     Frozen River about two desperate single moms who earn a living smuggling immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River and
  •    Tell No One, a French thriller involving a doctor, his murdered wife and attempts to blame him for the crime many years later. 

            Also on the list are

  •    Mongol, a Russian historical epic about the life of Genghis Khan;
  •    Then She Found Me, the first directorial effort by Helen Hunt, starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, and Bette Midler in a drama about a woman's midlife crisis; and
  •    The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, which chronicles the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire.
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