Dec. 08--A screening of 10 films featuring documentary and short features from current and former Laramie residents will make up the fabric of Friday's first-ever Laramie Local Film Fest at the Gryphon Theatre.
As far as organizer Wiley Combs knows, this is the first such festival in the area.
"We have had festivals come through as like a tour, but never something that was just from local filmmakers," he said.
Combs doesn't have the full list of films yet, but said that some of them would be nature films while others were either standalone short films or pieces of larger narrative works that are still in progress. He said the films came from photographers experimenting with the video capabilities of their cameras as well as established directors.
"The response from people wanting to participate has been great," Combs said. "Art of a certain variety doesn't always have a venue in this town, so I think people are really excited to have a space like this."
Combs said the festival was put together quickly after another screening at the historic theater fell through at the last minute.
To keep things simple and encourage people to come out on short notice, he said admission is just a quarter.
"It will be like the old days where you get a bunch of movies for a little change," he said.
The theater does a have a liquor license for the show and will offer popcorn during the screenings.
Although the festival was thrown together quickly, Combs said the plan was to bring it back year after year.
"We may have it on different months and it will definitely grow, but we are planning on doing it again in the future for sure," he said.
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