Hyart Film Fest just around the corner

“Expect variety, expect to see something different at this year’s Film Fest,” said Hyart Film Festival organizer Jason Zeller.

Zeller is pleased with the variety of films the festival will showcase this year, Aug. 9-11, at the historic Hyart Theatre, in downtown Lovell. This will be the third year for the festival, which will present films carefully selected by a committee from submissions in the drama, comedy, action comedy, animation, music video, science fiction, horror and “mockumentary” genres. Zeller describes the “mockumentary” genre as a “spoof presented in a documentary style format with a humorous twist.”

Filmmaker Reed Simonsen will present two films with a religious theme at this year’s Hyart Film Festival, which will be held Aug. 9-11 at the Hyart Theatre.

Zeller noted that he received more films from filmmakers incorporating a “religious theme” this year than in previous years. One such filmmaker is Reed Simonsen, who will be showcasing two films, “Molly Goes West” and “Most High” at this year’s festival.

Simonsen has won numerous awards for both films including the Accolade Award of Merit, the Telly Award for Outstanding Student Filmmaking, Global Music Awards and other short film awards.

Simonsen is a best selling author, humanitarian, advocate and filmmaker who recently completed graduate film studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

The film “Molly Goes West,” a cinematic study of the struggles pioneers faced while settling the American frontier, was his master’s thesis. The film “Most High: The Legend of Dikahyos” recreates the historical Sea of Galilee. Both films will be shown at the festival.

Simonsen has family ties in the community. His mother Karen Brinkerhoff was born and raised in Lovell and he said he is related to the Allred and Lemmon clans of Lovell and Powell, too. He is also related through family marriages to the Asay, Snell, May, Zeller, Collins and Monk families.

Simonsen will be offering a 45-minute screenwriting workshop at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, in the Big Horn Federal hospitality room. The seminar is free and is designed to inspire and encourage filmmakers and screenwriters of all experience levels.

“This is right on target with what I hope to see more of during the days of the film festival,” said Zeller. “I hope to see a lot more workshops like this in the future.”

Zeller also announced that a short film by Rocky Mountain High School’s FBLA students featuring local businesses will be screened on Thursday night. It will be the last film shown for the evening.

“I hope screening films like this, made by young people, will encourage them to continue making more films,” said Zeller.

Zeller will also be screening other films by young filmmakers at the festival.

The festival does not accept films with nudity, bad language, especially the “f-word” or “super-gory” violence. Zeller hopes that by limiting this content, the festival will remain, for the most part, a “family-friendly” event.

For more information contact Zeller at (307) 272-9048.

By Patti Carpenter