• 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.
  • 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!Continue Reading
  • 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 upstateContinue Reading
  • 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 theirContinue Reading
  • 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 modestContinue Reading
  • The Best of All Worlds

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

    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 deadContinue Reading
  • 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 hasContinue Reading
  • 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 SalContinue Reading
  • 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 / MakeupContinue Reading
  • 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 byContinue Reading
  • 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 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 FatherContinue Reading
  • Abide

    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.
  • 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 theContinue Reading
  • 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 getContinue Reading
  • 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 ourContinue Reading
  • Backstage: Jazz Mystery

    Backstage. Jazz-misteria (1 hr, 10 min) DIRECTED BY: Lera Ogourtsova Russia 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,Continue Reading
  • Killing Time

    Killing Time (54 min) Documentary Directed By: Jaap van Hoewijk Texas Premiere 6 February 1998: Erin is home alone in Port Arthur, TX when a masked man suddenly appears in her living room. 12 June 2013: Preparations are underway at Huntsville State Penitentiary for the execution of Elroy Chester by lethal injection for the rapeContinue Reading
  • UNPREDICTABLE Staged Reading

    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 Manfredi, Executive DirectorContinue Reading
  • 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 ofContinue Reading
  • #TexasStrong

    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 everyoneContinue Reading
  • 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, TXWith 41 full-ride Division I scholarship offers, Brandon Jones is one of the most heavily recruited high schoolContinue Reading
  • 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 ofContinue Reading
  • 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 forContinue Reading
  • Robb Wellz

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

    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.Continue Reading
  • 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 BandsContinue Reading
  • 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 makingContinue Reading
  • 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:  
  • 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:
  • Dodies

    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 theyContinue Reading
  • Goliad

    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
  • Lee Baines III and 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 sprawlingContinue Reading
  • CHEW

    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/percussionContinue Reading
  • 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 artistContinue Reading
  • Mobley

    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 thatContinue Reading
  • Echoed Sycamore

    Echoed Sycamore will be playing outside the Jefferson Theatre. 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