2018 Schedule

Schedule Legend

Spindletop Gladys City (Saloon)
Spindletop Gladys City (Film Room)
The Gig
Dishman Art Museum
The Gig
Jefferson Theatre
AMSET (Theatre)
AMSET (Cafe)
Spindletop Gladys City (Saloon)
Spindletop Gladys City (Film Room)
The Gig
Dishman Art Museum
The Gig
Jefferson Theatre
AMSET (Theatre)
AMSET (Cafe)
Home Grown Shorts

BoomFest 2018 kicks off with this special collection of shorts with roots in Southeast Texas.

Blacksmith (15:38 min) DIRECTED BY: Frank DiCesare.

Documentary that highlights the work of Rob Flurry, the resident blacksmith at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum in Beaumont, Texas. Unlike the blacksmiths portrayed in the media today, Flurry’s craftsmanship is that of the old-school artisan – no expensive equipment; no modern forge in which to work. Instead, Flurry relies solely on nature’s elements of fire, iron, air, and water (along with his own strength) to hammer out beautiful creations within the smoky furnace of his shop.



The Other Dreamers (19:48 min) DIRECTED BY: Luis Blanco Nazoa.

This documentary explores the cultural shock and mental anguish endured by individuals who were raised from childhood in the United States, but returned to their country of birth for not being enrolled in the government’s temporary program called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) The Other Dreamers was made Southeast Texas resident Luis Blanco Nazoa with the support of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

Music Video Challenge winners – The top 3 music videos created by local filmmakers for this year’s Boomtown Music Video Challenge.

Kevin Forrest Clark – “Five Foot Feisty” Music Video
The new music video for the new single from Texas singer songwriter Kevin Forrest Clark, who will be performing at Boomtown’s opening night.

Kevin Forrest Clark

I was born in Sherman, Texas and grew up in Texas, singing and performing in plays. Recent graduate of LA Film School.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Music Genre: Country
Website: kevinforrestclark.com




In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Boomtown decided to help keep #TexasStrong by creating this flagship collection of short films made right here in the Lone Star State.

Five Star Hotel (1:05 min) DIRECTED BY: Ian Chapoy. North Richland Hills, TX
In this animated music video, there’s only fifteen seconds left on earth and everyone is fighting to get past…

A Mild Skirmish (7:41 min) DIRECTED BY: Jason Leal. Spring, TX
A power struggle in a local pool between Sam and Sergei over a Vietnamese woman (Li) begs the question, who is the good guy?

The Importance of Sex Education (14:57 min) DIRECTED BY: L. Elizabeth Powers. Round Rock, TX
In 1976, a 12-year-old girl tries to unravel the mysteries of sex ed.

Pop! (10 min) Directed by STX Media. Corpus Christi, TX World Premiere!
During the renovation of an old church, Johnny discovers an antique toy box strangely hidden in a wall. He soon discovers that the box’s purpose is far more than mere child’s play.

10 Minutes to Show (12:33 min) DIRECTED BY: Joshua DeFour
Punk-rock drummer Charlotte “Charlie” Howe desperately wants to win an Austin battle of the bands competition, but 10 minutes before her band is set to perform everything seemingly goes to hell backstage…

Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase

Each year the Houston Film Commission curates a collection of their favorite shorts that were made where the stars at night are big and bright.

Five Star (26:40 min.) by Ryan Booth & Henry Proegler – Austin, TX

With 41 full-ride Division I scholarship offers, Brandon Jones is one of the most heavily recruited high school football players in the country. But beneath the stats, the college offers, and the very real possibility of achieving his dreams of playing in the NFL, he’s just a kid. And he’s facing the biggest decision of his life.

Flown (20:38 min.) by Mark Blumberg – Austin, TX

A former astronaut’s adjustment to civilian life is upended by the death of a young test pilot.

The Gold Line (12:52 min.) by Lance Childers – Houston, TX

The sun breaks the horizon and covers the Houston skyline in morning light and long shadows. This is the beginning of the golden hour. Inside his apartment, Steven just woke up and had an epiphany, an idea for a great graffiti mural. After roughly sketching his idea, he leaves his apartment and skateboards toward the Houston skyline. Along the way, he is inspired by the stunning visuals that come with a great sunrise. At the same time, five other young skateboarders are navigating their own individual paths through the urban landscape of downtown Houston. The day, and their lives have just begun. Few will ever be this alive and awake.

Imago (8:00 min.) by Liz Cardenas Franke – Dallas, TX

The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone bully him again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace his true identity. Based on a true story.

Native (15:00 min.) by Travis Champagne & Stephen Kinigopoulos – The Woodlands, TX

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

Shilo (9:00 min.) by Tyler Russell – Austin, TX

In 2006 a young man on his second deployment with the 10th Mountain Division arrived into war-torn Baghdad. His name is Shilo Harris. He had left his home behind, as his father did for Vietnam, to fulfill his destiny and serve his country. Five months later, his severely burned body was recovered alongside three fallen soldiers and their exploded armored vehicle. How Staff Sergeant Harris survived against all odds and became the man he was meant to be is the unforgettable story of ‘Shilo’.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

On June 30th, 2017, Don Giovanni Records released Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town), the third full-length album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. Call it Youth Detention for short. A double LP spanning 17 songs, it is the band’s most ambitious work to date — a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift.
Hometown: Birmingham, AL / Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: punk/rock and roll
Band Members: Lee Bains – guitar, vox; Eric Wallace – guitar; Adam Williamson – bass; Blake Williamson – drums
Website: thegloryfires.com

Mighty Brother

Mighty Brother is a NOLA-based indie rock band captained by songwriters Jake Ryan and Nick Huster and crewed by a dynamic saxophonist and airtight rhythm section. Highlights from their first 2 years include an album release show at Austin’s famous Stubb’s BBQ, a music video premier at the New Orleans Film Festival, and an artist grant from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Music Genre: Indie Rock
Band Members: Nick Huster – Vocals, Guitar, Aux. Percussion | Jake Ryan – Vocals, Electric Guitar | Quinn Sternberg – Bass | Jonah Tarver – Saxophone | Kirk Duplantis – Drumset


Cutting vocals in the woods behind his college dorm. Mixing in the backseat of a sedan. Sneaking into the music department after hours to teach himself to play new instruments (and sneaking out before the faculty arrived in the morning). From the start, Mobley’s work has been marked by solitude, ingenuity, and a drive that could only be called obsessive. Whether you experience the Austin-based artist on record or at one of his incomparable one-man band concerts, the passion is palpable in every aspect. He singlehandedly writes, performs, & produces his music, designs his artwork, directs his videos, produces his multimedia live shows, and even builds new instruments to carry out his vision.
Hometown: Austin, TX
Music Genre: Post-Genre Pop
Website: mobleywho.com

Backstage: Jazz Mystery

Backstage. Jazz-misteria (1 hr, 10 min)
DIRECTED BY: Lera Ogourtsova

Reality and dream becomes mixed in this technically dazzling experimental film when the night of a young saxophonist’s graduation party becomes as unpredictable as jazz music. It’s a mystery of meaning and illusions. The rhythm of the night in St Petersburg, harmony and improvisation, remind our hero of the mythic River Lethe and crossing time and space… What is real?


Killing Time

Killing Time (54 min)
Directed By: Jaap van Hoewijk

Texas Premiere

6 February 1998, Port Arthur, Texas: Erin is home alone. She is about to watch a film when a masked man suddenly appears in the living room. She thinks it’s a friend joking around. 12 June 2013, Huntsville, Texas: In Huntsville State Penitentiary, preparations are underway for execution #499. A little after 6pm, Elroy Chester will be executed by lethal injection for the rape of Erin and Claire DeLeon and the murder of their uncle, fireman Billy Ryman. Killing Time reconstructs an old murder, and shows the impact on the family members and victims during the day of execution. The family of the victims and the prisoner, the guards in the towers, the pastors, the journalists, the handful of demonstrators: everyone has his own way of killing the last few hours of Elroy Chester’s life. Where one yearns for the long-anticipated closure of the case, the other faces oblivion.

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The Beaumont Community Players will be performing this live staged reading of this year’s award-winning screenplay ‘Unpredictable’, written by Eileen Cook and Allison Beda, in which a young woman pretends to have psychic powers to win back her ex-boyfriend, but fails to predict how much trouble it will get her into. John Manifred, Executive Director of Beaumont Community Players, was instrumental in judging the feature screenplays and selecting Unpredictable.


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in October 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with The Creative University and the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


Director/Writer Allison Beda has a penchant for delightfully, deliriously, awesomely messed-up and characters, and is particularly fond of telling stories about intelligent women, making inspired, though sometimes foolish choices. Her award-winning films have been broadcast internationally and toured the world many times over screening at film festivals, theaters, art galleries, metro stations and the Olympic games. Ms. Beda studied film at Simon Fraser University and has an MFA from University of British Columbia. She loves dark comedy and chocolate and writing screenplays with Eileen Cook. Allison Beda’s production company A Muse Productions makes films about women who make trouble and film art that defies categorization.

Dogs With Hands

We are a multicultural indie rock band originating in Beaumont, TX, and we’ve been an active band for a bit over a year now. If a dog had hands, would it pet itself? We don’t know, but we’d like to think so.
Hometown: Beaumont
Music Genre: Indie Rock
Website: facebook.com/dogswithhandsband/



Dodies are a garage rock band from Israel. A duo of the remaining band members of the former Hebrew punk rock band WeSuck. Yoni Avittan plays guitar and sings, Ran Aaronson plays bass lines on keyboard while drumming one-handed. Yoni and Ran changed their music from Hebrew to English and formed Dodies. In 2016 they recorded, produced, mixed and independently released their first album “It’s One Hell of a Ride” recorded in Ran’s room. That same year they released the video of their song ‘Suburban Nights’ on YouTube. In 2017 Dodies came to America! They recorded the first songs of their next album at ORB Studios in Austin, Texas.
Hometown: Israel
Band Members: Ran Aronson (drums / bass / keyboard) Yoni avittan (Vocals / Guitar)
Website: facebook.com/dodiesband


We’re Goliad. We’re nice dudes that make sounds and noises, that you may or may not enjoy. Come check us out!
Hometown: Beaumont
Music Genre: Rock

Band Members:
  • James J. Pallone
  • Dave Macha
  • Jeff Bedair
  • Carl Richardson


CHEW emerges deep from within Atlanta, Georgia with a fresh flavor of psych for the masses. The freak-out trio infuses samplers and analog synth slathered with live instrumentation to dish up a spaced out glimpse into the future past.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Music Genre: Psychedelic
Band Members: Brett Reagan – guitar/electronics Sarah Wilson – drums/percussion Brandon T. Pittman – bass
Website: 3dchew.com



Jazz The Only Way of Life

Jazz The Only Way of Life (1 hr, 13 min)
Directed By: Jacques Matthey

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the major figures of the 20th Century’s music scene. Everything was once said or written about this genius musician, founder of the Bebop. Whereas his public life is known from most, many ignore about the modest side of his character and the story of his long and deep friendship with a man rather unknown from the general public, the Swiss engineer Jacques Muyal. Through previously unrevealed archives as well as musical extracts, this documentary explores the story of the friendship between a genius trumpeter and a man crazy about Jazz.

The Doc Block

Start your Saturday right with BoomFest’s roundup of the best short documentaries.

Stripes Out (12:32) Directed By Ian Powell
After leaving the Marines in 2004 for a music career to raise awareness for PTSD and Veteran Suicide, a veteran is faced with unimaginable circumstances.

The Music Stops Here (20:25) Directed By Adam Farkas
When our cities develop, why is culture the first to go?
The Music Stops Here is the story of an iconic music venue’s final days before a government rail scheme forces it to close, despite the protestations of its regulars.

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (13:47) Directed By Charlie Tyrell
Straight from winning Best Short Documentary at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes is director Charlie Tyrell’s tale of trying to uncover a better understanding of his deceased father through the random objects that were left behind. Including a pile of dirty movies on VHS.

I Dream Too Much

I Dream Too Much (1 hr, 31 min) Directed By Katie Cokinos.
Starring Eden Brolin (Beyond), Diane Ladd (Chinatown, Wild at Heart), and Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black).
Instead of chasing boys on the beach with her friends, recent college grad Dora finds herself caring for her reclusive Great Aunt in snowy upstate New York. When the imaginative girl discovers her aunt’s hidden romantic past, Dora dreams that their revelation will pull Aunt Vera and herself from their mutual depressions.

Be sure to see Katie Cokinos in person during the Women in Film panel

Meet the Filmmakers Panel

Filmmakers from several of our screening films sit down to chat candidly about their experiences and share tips with audience members.

Ian Powell (Director) – Stripes Out
Jason Leal (Director) – A Mild Skirmish
Anthony Pedone (Director) – An American in Texas
Amber Buras (Executive Producer) – The Last High
Jacob Grim (Director) and Sal Hernandez (Executive Producer) – Pop!
L. Elizabeth Powers (Director) – The Importance of Sex Education

The Screenwriters

The Screenwriters (76 min) Directed By Peter Forbes. Faith Programming.
It’s 1940s Hollywood, and a jaded veteran screenwriter and a naive college grad must collaborate to finish a script in 24 hours while struggling against a meddling director, a studio tyrant, and each other’s efforts to co-opt the story.


The Best of All Worlds

The Best of All Worlds (1 hr, 43 min) – Directed by Adrian Goiginger.

A beautifully made true story of the filmmaker’s childhood growing up in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love for each other.

Echoed Sycamore

Echoed Sycamore will be playing outside the Jefferson.

I am a one man band who uses textural guitar looping as well as background visuals to create an ambiance.
Hometown: Beaumont
Music Genre: Ambient/post-rock
Band Members: Fatih Omeroglu
Website: echoedsycamore.bandcamp.com

The Last High

The Last High (57 min) Directed By Glen Muse
The film explores the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids (Kush, Spice, etc.). With real-world footage and first-hand accounts from users, former users, counselors, first responders, law enforcement and others, this documentary tells of some of the terrible tragedies this terrible drug can inflict on users and their families.
This documentary was produced with the help of a team of high school and college students interested in filmmaking.

Women in Film Panel

Special film panel with women working professionally in the film industry. We’re excited for these women to come talk to us about their experiences, how they got in the industry, and where they think the industry is going from here.

Panelists include:
Anita Long (Producer / Director / Educator)
Heather Benson (Special Effects / Makeup Artist)
Katie Cokinos (Writer / Director)
and Molly Vernon (Director / Writer / Editor)

Moderated by Jennifer Waldo (Writer / Director / Producer)

The Heart of Man

The Heart of Man (75 min) Directed By Eric Esau. Faith Programming.

The Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, interwoven with true testimonials of personal and sexual brokenness. Narrative storytelling and documentary filmmaking are combined like never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the Father for His sons and daughters, illuminating an age-old truth: shame is not a barrier to God’s love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom, and hope.


Revenge (1 hr, 48 min) Directed By: Coralie Fargeat.
Starring Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchède
Coming to Beaumont by way of the Sundance Film Festival, Revenge is a feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller genre, painted on a crimson canvas of hypnotic beauty and bloody retribution. After Jen is left for dead by her wealthy boyfriend, she emerges alive and with a relentless drive for revenge. It’s a tale of transformation that dissects gender in genre and blurs the lines between vengeance and survival. Fest programmers described it as evocative of such influential films as Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave. Warning: Graphic content.
Special Sneak Peek, Courtesy of Neon Productions.

An American in Texas

An American in Texas (1hr, 37min) Directed By Anthony Pedone
An angry, crackling and defiantly disordered underclass of nowheresville punk- rock kids, see their band Surgeon General’s Warning (SGW) as their ticket out of small town Texas, as 1990 comes to a close. The band drops acid, plays gigs and carries out calculated acts of vandalism around town to the television soundtrack of 24-hour newscasts about Operation Desert Storm and devotion to country at any cost. Faced with the reality of a dead end job at the plastic plant, a life in the oil field, or fighting a war that has no meaning to them, the group’s chaos and imminent adulthood leaves them completely vulnerable for what ensues.

Selling Your Script Panel

Do you have dreams of being a screenwriter but don’t know how to get people to pay attention to your story?
We have Aaron B. Koontz and Joe Lansdale, both celebrated screenwriters, coming to talk to us about how to sell your script! They’ll give you tips and tricks to get your work seen by producers and directors.

But wait, there’s more!
With the purchase of your ticket, you can add on a 1 on 1 session with either Aaron or Joe to talk about YOUR project! They’ll answer questions, give you advice, and get you one step closer to meeting your goals!

Tickets can be found at our website! Day passes or all access passes are available and the mentorship tickets are 1 per person with either (not both) of the panelists. There are only 20 slots, each 10 minutes each, so hurry hurry!

Meet Joe:
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and four hundred, give or take, short stories, articles and essays. His work has appeared in numerous languages and editions. He has received the Bram Stoker Award ten times, eleven counting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer’s Association. He has received The Edgar for his novel, The Bottoms, the Spur, Herodotus Award, Ink Pot Award, has been inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and is a Grandmaster of the Horror Writer’s Association, as well as the recipient of numerous other awards. Several films and TV shows have been made from his work, including the films Cold in July and Bubba Hotep, as well as Incident on and Off a Mountain Road for Showtime as part of the Master’s of Horror series. Currently, his Hap and Leonard series is into it’s third season on Sundance TV. He is also a lifelong martial artist and is in the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, as well as the International Hall of Fame.

Meet Aaron:
I have a diverse entertainment background that spans 15+ years in Film, Games, Social Media and more. I have worked in various roles for creative companies like EA, THQ, Universal Studios Production Group, Fjord & Zynga.
President & Founder of the boutique genre production outfit Paper Street Pictures in Austin, Texas.
Executive Producer of the SXSW Midnight Selection, STARRY EYES
Director/Writer/Producer of the Psychological Thriller CAMERA OBSCURA for NBC/Universal
Currently in Production for the Meta Horror-Comedy Anthology SCARE PACKAGE. Serving as head Producer and segment Director.

Meet moderator Gordon S. Williams:
Gordon S. Williams is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting. Williams is a multi-award winning writer, producer, and director for his company G Sharp Productions and LUTV Productions. The seventh short film the he wrote and co-produced “The Example” has been accepted to over 30 film festivals/venues, received 13 awards, and has garnered distribution deals from Amazon Video, Shorts International, Kweli.TV, and Indieflix. Currently, Gordon is the Television Studio Operations Manager at Lamar University and a producer/director for the Big Red Sports Network and ESPN 3.


Abide (12 min) Directed by Molly Vernon. Faith Programming.
As a man faces the reality of his wife’s dementia, he must decide whether to hold on to his guilt or let her go.
You can see meet Molly Vernon in person as party of the Women in Film Panel at 1PM.

International Showcase

Boomtown’s often overlooked lineup of foreign shorts is consistently among the strongest films programmed, and 2018 is no exception.

Y (23:36) Directed By Gina Wenzel
Laura is a self-confident young woman, a member of the new “Me Me Me Generation“, also known as “Generation Y”. Spoilt for choice by life’s abundance of options, Laura has lost track of her own aims and ideals. She’s always looking for something, she just doesn’t know what. One night she meets Safi, who has fled her homeland. The encounter gives Laura food for thought.

The Girls Were Doing Nothing (17:00) Directed By Dekel Berenson
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equality strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom.

Das Leben In Mir – The Life Inside (19:13) Directed By Konstantin Egerndorfer
Ben and Hannah are expecting a child. During a preliminary examination, Hannah is diagnosed to suffer from a inoperable brain tumor. A treatment would endanger the child’s health and life. So Hannah decides against it. Ben has trouble dealing with her decision. He swells in memories, in which happiness seems to overshadow everything. Back in reality he realizes, his love for Hannah not only saves a life.

Fortune-teller (20:00) Directed By Gonzaga Manso
Routine and red sausage have led Mauricio to lose things he took for granted. In an act of illogical desperation, he visits a carnival fortune-teller to try and tie up the lose ends he left along the way. With the help of her crystal ball, the fortune-teller shows him an alternate reality.


Film Lab: Experimental & Music Video

Get ready to break some rules with this eclectic collection of out-of-the-box art from filmmakers all over the world.

Purple Dreams (2:14) Animation. Directed By Murat Sayginer. Turkey.
A short animated film about the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius.

Sand (4:48) Animation. Directed By Arjan Brentjes. Netherlands.
You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

Second Hand Lovers (4:03) Music Video. Directed By Theo Dudley. Israel.
A young man lives in his bachelor’s apartment which he shares with the memory of all his past relationships.

Human (5:02) Animation. Directed By JungHo Bang. Korea.
Man, one of large primates, has replaced the process of natural selection with intelligent design system. That’s a human instinct. Human has done intelligent design to evolve into more intelligent life by instinct and by purpose. A short film ‘human’ shows that the violence, brutality, and dysmorphism human has in the evolution process.

Dandelion (2:52) Animation. Directed By Elisa Talentino. Italy.
The dandelion flower is the spring oracle. The legend says that the lovers give their wishes to the flower and then blow them away to make them come true.

The Realm of Deepest Knowledge (3:30) Animation. Directed By Seung Hee Kim. Korea.
One digs beneath the surface of the other to reach the deepest place of his heart during struggles. It lightens up the darkness. They fulfill one another within the sense of oneness.

Did You Really Say No (4:25) Music Video. Directed By Theo Dudley. USA.
A man and a woman are lost in a house too big for the size of their love, haunted by ghosts of their relationship.

This Little Love (3:49) Music Video. Directed By Paul McDonnell. Australia.
Set in the Pincio Gardens above the city of Rome, This Little Love was filmed in a single take.

Molasses & Lemon (4:06) Experimental. Directed By Robert Sickels. USA.
Images and ideas associated with falling in love abound in popular culture. Happy couples hold hands and look at each other longingly while walking carefree along the beach. Hearts, diamonds, and flowers. Romance and passion. Chocolate and cherubs. Conversely, we associate heartbreak with all things bad. Darkness, depression, and despair. A solitary figure trudges silently in the rain without a jacket, soaked and despondent. A person in pajamas with tear stained cheeks sits alone on a bed. This cultural iconography surrounding love and heartbreak is widely prevalent. But reality often belies the stereotype. As the interviews in Molasses & Lemon vividly reveal, the ways people talk about their experiences with love and heartbreak are often eerily and intimately related. Could it be that we simply can’t have one without the other? Love. Heartbreak. Does it even matter?

Ella Goda – La Cura Schopenhauer (3:00) Music Video. Directed By Antonino Valvo. Italy.

Sandman – Tameca Jones (3:49) Music Video. Directed By Megan Cardwell. USA.

The Poet
(6:26) Experimental. Directed By Adam Cushman. USA.

After the Second World War, an inspired poet takes the stage.


Mentorship Sessions: Joe Lansdale & Aaron Koontz

Sit down with Joe Lansdale or Aaron Koontz to ask questions and explore your own ideas! The session will be 10 minutes long, just you and the mentor, after the panel, on the 2nd floor of the Jefferson Theatre on Saturday, April 21st! Don’t miss this opportunity to have a personal chat with our guests!
You’ll need to purchase a $10 add on ticket in order to attend these sessions. Checkout our ticket page for more info.



In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Boomtown decided to help keep #TexasStrong by creating this flagship collection of short films made right here in the Lone Star State.

Five Star Hotel (1:05 min) DIRECTED BY: Ian Chapoy. North Richland Hills, TX
In this animated music video, there’s only fifteen seconds left on earth and everyone is fighting to get past…

A Mild Skirmish (7:41 min) DIRECTED BY: Jason Leal. Spring, TX
A power struggle in a local pool between Sam and Sergei over a Vietnamese woman (Li) begs the question, who is the good guy?

The Importance of Sex Education (14:57 min) DIRECTED BY: L. Elizabeth Powers. Round Rock, TX
In 1976, a 12-year-old girl tries to unravel the mysteries of sex ed.

Pop! (10 min) Directed by STX Media. Corpus Christi, TX World Premiere!
During the renovation of an old church, Johnny discovers an antique toy box strangely hidden in a wall. He soon discovers that the box’s purpose is far more than mere child’s play.

10 Minutes to Show (12:33 min) DIRECTED BY: Joshua DeFour
Punk-rock drummer Charlotte “Charlie” Howe desperately wants to win an Austin battle of the bands competition, but 10 minutes before her band is set to perform everything seemingly goes to hell backstage…

48 Hour Film Race Submissions

View all the submitted films from this year’s 48 Hour Film Race Challenge. Teams from the surrounding areas randomly selected a film genre and everyone was assigned the same logline of “an obsession causes Sam to go over the line”. They then had 48 hours to shoot, edit, and turn in their film before the deadline.

This year’s teams include:  Mykosis * Uncle Larry’s Backyard Productions * Jwodei * Pancake * Thought Patrol: Reload * Majestic Lunatic Kings * RVSC * #MakeMoviesGreatAgain * #ReelSquad * Mom Jeans * Horizon Negative

VIP Party

2nd floor of the Jefferson Theatre (VIP area)
A networking mixer for guests and patrons who hold a VIP pass. Mingle with the filmmakers, panel guests, and musicians who flocked to Beaumont for the festival!
Mix and mingle with the festival VIP guests such as filmmakers, panel guests, etc.

Award Ceremony
Robb Wellz

Melting and undulating electro-pop with an abundance of sludge and vocoder.
Hometown: Beaumont

The NeverEnding Story

You’re invited back to Fantasia. By popular demand, the beloved 1984 film The NeverEnding Story is coming to the historic Jefferson Theatre for one night only!

This special screening is being presented by the Boomtown Film & Music Festival. Individual tickets will be sold for $5 at the door, and BoomFest attendees get in for free!

Get ready to climb aboard your Luck Dragon and join brave Atreyu on his quest to save the Childlike Empress. Whether you grew up loving The NeverEnding Story or have yet to discover it, this is an event that can’t be missed.

Arrive early to get a good seat and a chance to win trivia prizes. Whimsical 80’s attire encouraged.


A singer from an early age, her voice has been compared to that of Lauren Mayberry and Georgia Nott. As the frontwoman for electronica trio BLSHS, she enjoyed multiple festival appearances, countless words of praise in the media, and a grueling schedule of tour dates and sets at places like CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW. However, after work stalled on the follow up to BLSHS debut album, the producer/singer/songwriter began a journey that would start with a question and end with a whole new solo project. That project, known simply as MIEARS, found the singer writing, producing, performing, and recording the solo effort. MIEARS has gained praise from across the blogosphere over the past year for her debut EP, Who Will Save You?, released 2/17/17 via Loose Narrative.
Hometown: Houston
Music Genre: Synthpop
Website: miearsmusic.com

Birthday Club

Drawing upon swatches of psychedelia and New Wave, Houston’s Birthday Club crafts eclectic pop tunes awash in faint allusions to L.A.’s mid-Eighties Paisley Underground. Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Wells cuts a commanding center stage persona on souped-up summer blasts like “Having Too Much Fun” from last year’s Lighten Up EP – Austin Chronicle “Must See Pop Bands of SXSW

Hometown: Houston
Music Genre: Eclectic pop
Website: birthdayclub.bandcamp.com

2 Throwed Mindz

Composed of two of the throwdest artists ever to touch a microphone hailing from the great city of Beaumont, Texas bringing the music world something they will never forget!!!! Al Bee….the southern bred Mc/lyricist of the duo who kicks that south flow similar to some of the southern icons who played key roles into making him who he is today…ranging from BunB to Scarface…Outkast…to even Big Krit and Pimp C!! And also DC….who mainly brings to vocals/and lyrics also at a smoother yet more subtle emphasis…. but still have the get up and go to tag team with Al Bee to run a track over like Do or Die…Twista…or Bone Thugs n Harmony!! Setting the bar with a new wave of feel good…but at the same time will have you amped up….partying…conscious….positively motivated….and anyone can relate to!! With a style influenced by artist ranging from genres including rap, hip hop, r&b, rock, etc, we guarantee you will be truly amazed, just see for yourself!!!!
Hometown: Beaumont
Music Genre: Rap / Hip Hop / R&B
Band Members: Al Bee , DC

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