Now showing: High Plains Film Festival

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer

The third annual High Plains Film Festival is being held Saturday at the University Theatre Center.

The festival features workshops, lunch and screenings by ENMU student and faculty filmmakers, as well as works from guest filmmakers Melissa Henry and Alfredo Perez of Red Ant Films and Carl Lucas, a independent screenwriter.

Laurel Petty, festival coordinator, said the first screening is ENMU student films. Also include is a guest screening by Bryan Konefsky, who is the festival director with the Experiments in Cinema film festival in Albuquerque.

Henry will be conducting a workshops on visual language and storyboarding, while Lucas is leading a screenwriting workshop after lunch.

“Henry is a Navajo filmmaker,” Petty said. “She uses the Navajo language in her films, which is really cool. She and her husband, Alfredo Perez, own Red Ant Films and they are doing a workshop. I will also screen some senior works in the evening as well.

“We are also going to show a freshman work called ‘Specimen From Our Freshermen,’” Petty said. “It is an unusual thing for film programs at a liberal arts university to allow freshmen to work with the equipment.”

High Plains Film Festival

Saturday

• 10 a.m. — Visual Language and Storyboarding workshop with Melissa Henry and Alfredo Perez of Red Ant Films.

• Noon — Lunch with workshop presenters (provided).

• 1 p.m. —Screenwriting workshop with Carl Lucas, independent screenwriter.

• 3:30 p.m. — Screening 1: ENMU student and faculty filmmakers; followed by discussion and Q&A session. Experiments in Cinema selections; followed by discussions and Q&A with festival director, Bryan Konefsky.

• 7 p.m. — Screening 2: Works from guest filmmakers, Melissa Henry, Alfredo Perez and Carlos Lucas; followed by Q&A sessions.

• 10 p.m. — Reception.

Tickets: $15

Info: Laurel Petty 562-2229