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9th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival Returns to Beaumont, Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Boomtown Film & Music Festival returns to Beaumont, Texas, February 25th through the 27th for the ninth year. Founded in 2008, BoomFest is the only event in Southeast Texas bringing together multiple screens of independent films, stages of national bands, panels of film industry experts, and booths of local artists and businesses.

Films scheduled to screen range from traditional feature-length films to more experimental short films, and include something for everyone. Several documentaries will strike close to the heart for many Southeast Texans, like “County Fair, Texas” covering high school students who raise livestock for show, but especially “Janis: Little Girl Blue” which will serve as Saturday night’s feature event. Directed by Oscar-nominated Amy Berg, the documentary examines Janis Joplin’s tumultuous life and is guaranteed to touch on her roots in Port Arthur, notably her strained relationship with her hometown.

Musicians of all genres will drive into Beaumont to share the stage with notable locals acts. Out of town bands include Alsace Carcione, a female emcee from Dallas; Knockin Bones, a punk band from Austin; Camera Cult, an indie-synth pop band from Houston, Another Run, an indie rock band from Houston; and headliner Hank & Cupcakes, a transgenre band from Brooklyn. Local up-and-comers cover all stages of rock music and include Carreerrs, Delicious Fuzz, Buffalo Paws, Boogerbear, and Henly.

Film industry experts will share their filmmaking insights with audiences in four separate panels covering the ins and outs of the film business, make-up and special effects, how to get into stunt acting, and a general panel from all visiting directors. Special guests include Ernie Reyes Jr., an actor and martial artist famous for his starring role as “Johnny” in the 1993 movie “Surf Riders” and for his stunt work as “Donatello” in the 1990 version of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; Ashley Walsh, currently the Makeup Department Head for Scream: The TV Series; Tricia Woodgett, independent film producer and founder of FilmCloud Distribution; and Met Salih, a stuntwoman and actress currently working on the set of NCIS: New Orleans.

BoomFest will kick off the night of Thursday, February 25th with films and bands at the McFaddin-Ward House. Films will be screened inside the cozy visitor center, while bands and mingling will take place out on the expansive lawn. Films continue on the night of Friday, February 26th inside the McFaddin-Ward House, as well as a Meet and Greet with filmmakers starting at 6 pm. Bands will play at two stages inside and outside the Logon Cafe, just down the street on Calder. VIP and 3-Day Pass Holders will also get access to the Classic Movie Night: The Princess Bride screened over at the historic Jefferson Theatre.

The final day of the Festival, Saturday, February 27th, will include screenings all day inside the Jefferson Theatre and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The Jefferson Theatre will also host panels, as well as the exclusive VIP lounge for VIP Pass Holders. Outside the Jefferson, an outdoor festival will include a stage of music, booths of local artists and businesses, street trucks such as Dat Mac and Taco Local, as well as a general party atmosphere.

When night falls, the Award Ceremony will celebrate the many talented films entries, as well as contestants from the 48 Hour and Music Video Races. Then, BoomFest will screen the headline feature “Janis: Little Girl Blue.” Audience members are strongly encouraged to dress up as Janis, or your favorite 1960’s rock star. Then, the party will move to the Red Room on Crockett Street, where films and bands will continue screening as film and music makers and lovers will celebrate the end of a three day fest of independent arts in Southeast Texas.

Tickets are $60 for VIP Passes, $20 for 3-Day Passes, $10 for Single Venue Passes, and $5 to view only “Janis: Little Girl Blue.” Access to the Red Room is 18 and up, all other venues are all ages. Cash is encouraged for local vending, food and alcohol sales, though some vendors may accept debit and credit cards. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit BoomtownFestival.com.

BoomFest would like to thank all of our volunteers and repeat patrons for their continued support of this event, which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated toward bringing independent films and music to Southeast Texas each year. We could not have pulled off this event without you, especially the following 2016 Sponsors:

  • Executive Producer Level Sponsor: Jefferson Theatre
  • Producer Level Sponsor: Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Director Level Sponsor: Sojourn Church
  • Screen Writer Level Sponsor: Texas Film Commission
  • Supporting Crew Level Sponsors: The McFaddin-Ward House, Logon Cafe, Flaunt Streetwear, Grandma’s Basement, Dat Mac, The Red Room, Koi Sushi Bar & Lounge