Red Dirt Film Festival 2013…get ready for some FUN!

Red Dirt International Film Festival October 25-26

People Watching Movie in Movie TheatreSo, we are pretty busy around here lately and we want to tell you a few things and answer some questions we have been receiving.  I will try to break them down into simple sections so if you are just looking for a specific thing you can scroll until you see it unless you want to read all of the surely awesome things that I shall expound upon through my keyboard to your screen.

What exactly IS an international film festival?

It’s a chance for independent (indie)  video-makers worldwide to submit their films so they can gain a wider audience.  At any given point festivals usually have multiple venues in close proximity running varied films; these are sometimes accompanied by the filmmaker to introduce the film and to answer questions and/or listen to comments afterward. There is usually a kick-off party and an awards ceremony that accompany the festival along with vendors, live music, etc.

Eggsotic Events Red Carpet with Chrome Stanchions 1What can I expect from Red Dirt’s first annual international film festival?

Well…a hell of a lot of fun! But I digress… We have films from all over the globe.  There will be some short films (5-70 minutes) and some feature length films (over 70 minutes) from all genres of film including: dramas, comedies, children’s films and much more! The locations will be primarily downtown Stillwater in many venues depending on the film. There will be a website up soon that will have detailed information and a schedule will be provided in October. We have a Red Dirt Film Festival facebook page up now.

We will have art, food, music, a charity event, character photo ops, an awards ceremony (there will be an audience choice award), panels and workshops about film and filmmaking, audience participation films (SO FUN),  and a few surprises (watch out for zombies- hint, hint), all open to the public.

Who can submit films?

Anyone!  You do NOT need to be a professional to submit your video.  If you have an awesome Youtube video or you want to shoot a short film that you shot on your iPhone then please do it! We also encourage kids and young adults to submit!  Be creative and have fun with it!  Go to this link to submit:

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The Charity Event: The STAR STRUT

It is important to us to give back to the community and this year we have chosen the Payne county chapter of  C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since this is a charity that benefits children we wanted to do something in which all children and adults could get involved. We are hosting a wellness walk that is short enough for children and families to get involved and the STAR STRUT was born!  We will walk down Main Street in downtown Stillwater dressed up as our favorite “star” or character from a film, any film on Saturday, October 26th. (Time to be announced soon) Tickets will go on sale on our website for this event in September so keep watching and get involved in the fun while supporting a great cause!

Art on display

We will have a few gallery spaces in downtown businesses.  Bring your creations! Painting, sculptures, collage, drawings, etc. will be on display.  If you want to show off your art and perhaps even sell some pieces please email us at inspirehineheal (at) gmail to register. (free of charge)

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Panels/Workshops

This is an opportunity for the public to directly hear filmmakers discuss creative solutions they solve while working on their films. Workshops allow aspiring screenwriters/actors/filmmakers to bounce their own ideas off the seasoned pros of the festival.

Audience Participation Films

Have you ever experienced Rocky Horror Picture Show live or The Sound of Music with the entire audience encouraged to sing along and make us of well-timed props? We’ll be featuring a fun film or two and hope you will come out and get involved!  More info will be on our website.

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All of the information will be up on our soon-to-be website.  There will be day and weekend passes. Single screenings will be offered during the festival at the venue doors, but priority will be given to pass holders. ALSO…tickets for the STAR STRUT will be on sale very soon!

WANNA HELP?  Be a volunteer.  Get stuff.

If you want to help in any way with the festival please contact Damon and Marisa at inspireshineheal (at) gmail. There are privileges to our volunteers.  We are only taking a limited number so get with us soon!

We hope this helps answer some questions and makes you want to come out and support this year’s festival.

Feel free to “like” us on Facebook and continue to follow us on “ish” and watch for our website in September.

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Wait! Isn’t Halloween BEFORE Christmas?

Hey Marisa!!

Happy Friday! Christmas The holidays are finally upon us. While most people are really on this week about Halloween (I’m MUCH more a Christmas person myself), it’s nonetheless the beginnings of a wild ride that will fly past us before we’re even aware they’re over.

The interesting thing about holidays in-general is that they often force us to live in the now. Because work and school are often called-off for such events, and with the focus on ritual as well as the unexpected, we’re able to “switch gears” and live outside our regular daily scope. Because of this our idea of “time” is compressed, and to have 4 major U.S. holidays back-to-back, it’s no wonder this season passes us by with the speediest of passage.

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Here they COME!!  The holiday season can be one of panic for people.  We rush around like chickens (or turkeys) with our heads cut off trying to make everything perfect for family and friends that sometimes we forget to enjoy the time together.  No matter our beliefs, I love the holidays mostly because they awaken my senses of sight and smell and bring out the inner child in me that is usually suppressed to be a responsible adult.

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True!! I do believe the heavy rotation of new sights, scents, dominant musical styles, recipes, and textures all help us peek into a more fantastic world – it’s so easy to fall back into that sense of childlike-wonderment during these times, especially when observing young children.

Last year I was part of a program that encouraged a more conservative approach to the mad holiday rush, and for that I am grateful for how it re-taught me to let go of so much of the “heaviness” that we burden ourselves with in order to try to please others, and to instead revel in the fun and lightness the holidays are intended for. Homemade gifts, volunteering work, taking time each day to participate in the coming holiday, et cetera, all work wonders to provide the respite we all require from the ordinary.

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I sometimes get annoyed that the stores have Christmas stuff out before Halloween.  I like to enjoy the holidays one at a time.  I refuse to Christmas shop until after Halloween is over and even then I make a list and spend one or two days at most shopping.  I prefer to spend time with my loved ones and not in a line at a store.  We have become a very spoiled and selfish society in my opinion.  I remember stories of how my grandparents would get an orange and a pencil from Santa and maybe a small homemade toy.  Now our children are making lists months in advance for the latest technology that they “must” have or be social outcasts!

I heard something that I really like a few years ago.  My friend had incorporated a simple idea that made Christmas shopping much easier.  She gets all of her children three gifts:something they need, something they want and something special.  I decided to adopt it and it’s worked well. But first can we have Halloween?  Are you dressing up this year?  I know how you have loved Halloween in the past.

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I’ve always much preferred Christmas to Halloween. I’ve found Halloween to be a bit depressing but I’ve always managed to find ways of getting into the fall/harvest idea behind it. For the past decade I’ve had aspirations to be a Christmas historian in my old age being featured on a television documentary about Christmas, looking very Santa-like. I LOVE the idea of the three-gift idea! And I agree that the over-commercialization of the holidays has been quite ridiculous the past few decades. This is why I’ve been so recently moved by a book I’ve made an annual tradition these past three years:

This book has one of the most misleading titles ever, but Pagan Christmas by Claudia Müller-Ebeling and Christian Ratsch is jaw-dropping in terms of how our modern celebration of the Yuletide season has been shaped over the millenia (and increasingly so, over the past few decades even) by so many archaic traditions that had nothing to do with what we currently perceive them as; the contexts have changed hands, but all the various factors such as why Santa wears red and white, the use of holly and mistletoe, and the decoration of an indoor tree all factor back to a pre-Christian era (i.e. the use and/or eating of oranges during the holidays was used as a symbol for the sun in ancient times). I mention the title appears misleading in that most people hear the term ‘pagan’ and immediately assume the modern interpretation having ties to Wicca witchcraft, but here it simply refers to what the Yuletide celebrations meant to many millenia-worth of December celebrants prior to the life of Christ. I recommend this book heading into the season, for not only the eye-opening factors of its trivia, but also for how simply reading about the course of these changes over time is in itself a sort of celebration in and of itself; it’s a comfort well-earned!

I’ll have to check that out.  I would like to hear what our readers think about holidays in general and some fun things they do to simplify and enjoy!  Check out our Radio Show about this topic. It will air next Sunday (November 4, 2012) at 10pm central time. There will be a link on the blog on Monday! Happy Friday everyone!