Hyart Film Fest begins

The three-day Hyart Film Festival begins today (Thursday) with a block of science fiction films showing at 7 p.m. at the Hyart Theatre.

Organizer Jason Zeller said he received more sci-fi films this year than he has received at one time since starting the festival, so he thought it appropriate to create a special block for the genre. The genre includes films submitted from Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S.

The longest film in the block is around 38 minutes long. The film is called “Rose, Mary and Time” and was submitted by an independent filmmaker from the United Kingdom. The film is about a central character who changes the course of his life through time travel.

On Friday night at 7 p.m. films with a relationship theme will be shown. The block includes both drama and comedy. Zeller said he had several favorites in this category including a somewhat philosophical film submitted from Australia called, “The Grand Design.” The block also includes an interesting film submitted from Kazakhstan, which Zeller said he thought provided an interesting view of Muslim culture.

A combination of horror and dramatic films will be shown during a special block at 9:30 p.m on the same night. The films shown during this block are recommended for older audiences. The block includes a 17-minute film called “The Apartment,” which Zeller said borders on horror and is quite suspenseful.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., a block of films oriented towards children will be shown. Zeller said that organizers did not receive any animated films this year, which made it difficult to put together a children’s block. He said that many of the films in the block have children as central characters, which he thought would be enjoyable for a young audience.

On Saturday night, a “mixed bag of treats” will be shown, including drama, comedy, science fiction and action comedy. The last film shown in this block, “Incident at Public School 173,” is one of Zeller’s favorites from this year’s submissions. He said he was very impressed with the level of professionalism in the film.

The Radio Daze musical trio will provide entertainment again this year on Saturday at 6:30 in the lobby. The music is sure to keep participants entertained between showings.

Zeller said he sticking with the family friendly concept for the festival this year. As in previous years, he will only consider films without nudity, offensive language or violence to keep his goal of making the event accessible to families.

A total of 39 films will be shown during the three-day event. The films were selected by a committee from a pool of around 200 films submitted by independent filmmakers from around the world. Based on feedback from festival attendees, the blocks will be slightly shorter in length this year, at 90 minutes instead of 120 minutes. Most of the films are very short in length, with a few less than three minutes in length and the longest around 38 minutes in length. A detailed schedule can be found on the festival’s Facebook page and at www.lovellinc/downtown.org.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hyart Theatre, Queen Bee and The Hen House. For more information, contact Zeller at (307) 272-9048 or Sue Taylor (307) 548-6707.

by Patti Carpenter