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Organizers say film festival will bring under-represented art

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Feb. 15, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

The Leo Welder Center for the Performing Arts casts a cool glow from the new neon lighting that outlines the bulding.

The first Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival will be at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

From March 22-24, entertainment novices and aficionados can enjoy 20 independent films. Some of the genres include documentaries, fiction and shorts.

Anthony Pedone, who spearheaded the event, said he wanted to celebrate the art of independent filmmaking and introduce Victoria to an under-represented art form.

"This is my home. This is something that I would like to see become a yearly event," said the 41-year-old Victoria native.

Pedone, who is also the director of the Victoria chapter of Texas Artists' Cultural Alliance, helped to bring some of the talent to the Crossroads.

One of documentaries, "Make Believe," will play March 24 and was voted as one of the best films in 2011 by film critic Roger Ebert.

The film shows six teenagers traveling to compete in the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

Two of the film's magicians, Derek McKee and Krystyn Lambert, will be at the Welder Center to answer questions and perform a short magic show following the film.

"These kids are amazingly talented," Pedone said.

After their film and performance at the Welder Center, the teen magicians will go to the Children's Discovery Museum to put on a 30 minute magic show and host some children's short films.

They will do a meet and greet and do another magic show.

"I'm excited to have them here. To me, they are movie stars," said Paige Gedvillas, the museum's interim director.

Pedone, who's attended at least seven film festivals, said the experience will be different for each person, but they're sure to have a positive experience.

"If you love to see artists triumph over the insurmountable odds that they come up against in achieving their will be changed forever," he said.



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