The LC Film Festival kicks off on Friday

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The LC Film Festival kicks off on Friday

Posted 3:29 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

By Ana Clare Barras

The 11th Annual Lake Charles Film Festival will take place this weekend at the Holiday Inn, 2940 Lake St. The festival invites all filmmakers, actors, writers and movie buffs to come and enjoy a weekend of independent film screenings, filmmaking and mixing seminars. .

“If you want something to do with movies, or if you’re just a movie buff and want to be entertained, this is the place to go and meet like-minded people,” said Patrick Bennett, director of the festival.

The festival features the participation of celebrity guests Jean Bruce Scott and Christopher R. Mihm. Scott co-starred in the hit TV series “Airwolf” and had a recurring role on the popular show “Magnum PI”. She was also a regular on “Days of Our Lives” and “St. Elsewhere.”

Scott will host a Q&A for aspiring actors looking for more information on becoming an actor, auditioning, working with an agent and more at 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be followed by an autograph session and a photo session.

Mihm is an independent film guru, having made 20 independent feature films. He presents a featured seminar on how to make a low-budget feature film and how to make a living as an independent filmmaker, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

More than 40 films will be screened at the festival, with films ranging from 3 minutes to 90 minutes and from a range of genres, including action, horror, sci-fi and comedy. Film types include high school and college student films, narratives (feature films and short films), animations, music videos and documentaries. At least 15 of the films were made in Louisiana, and five are from the region of the lake. Popcorn and sodas will be available at the festival.

A special 100th anniversary screening of the 1922 silent horror film “Nosferatu” will air Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be a hostless mixer after each night of the festival, which will take place at Rikenjaks on Friday and Macfarlane’s on Saturday.

The festival, supported by grants from the City of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish administered by the SWLA Arts Council, takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 7 and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. October 8. Tickets are $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. High school and college students are admitted free with a current school identity card. The schedules for both days of the festival are available on their website, www.lakecharlesfilmfestival.com.

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