After a two-year hiatus and three-year legal dispute, the Marfa Film Festival is to be resurrected in June of 2013.
As is the support of any artistic venture born within it, the affection for Marfa is contagious. Festival creator and director Robin Lambaria plans to make the fourth iteration of the festival more experiential, attracting a wide swath of people to the remote West Texas town with a roster of over 50 features, shorts, music videos and experimental works programmed by herself and "a trusted group of filmmakers and programmers from around the world."
"I think of it like a long set of songs — a ballet of films — with emotional highs and lows." - Mercer Black Declercq
While there's no prescribed theme for films submitted to the Marfa Film Festival, Mercer Black Declercq, festival press relations, tells CultureMap, "I think of it like a long set of songs — a ballet of films — with emotional highs and lows."
The team behind the Marfa Film Festival eschews the distinctly digital-age notion of "nowness" and describes a refreshingly noncompetitive outlook.
"We will share anything regardless of its date of creation," Lambaria says. "What we're interested in are stories and perspectives that speak to our audience now. I personally believe that art of timeless and good films never to lose their potency."
And what better place to watch a film, new or old, than under the stars of Texas' vast skies, against Marfa's alluring desert backdrop?
"It's so lovely to watch people's heads go back at times when they take a break from watching the screen and take in the stars." - Robin Lambaria