Durango holds its ninth annual film festival

Posted at: 02/28/2014 9:50 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s lights, camera, action at the 9th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival!

Lexi Aligarbes went to a 9:00am screening of ‘120 Days’, "I really want to enjoy something that's not going to be seen in theatres locally, I like the whole independent idea"

Organizers have brought almost 90 films ranging from documentaries, to animated family films, and foreign films.

“87,’ said Joanie Fraughton, executive director of the Durango Independent Film Festival, “because we added a last minute film from Judge Reinhold, he wanted to show, we had like home movie night with him last night, it was really cool."

She said the experience at a film festival is totally different from the movie theater experience.

"After the film is over the director comes out and talks about the experience of making the film or the inspiration for the film."

The five-day event attracts people from all over the southwest to Durango.

“It gets people out in a slow time of year, this is considered our shoulder season, between winter and spring,” said Fraughton.

Of course it's the caliber of films that keeps people coming back.

Shaeen Hood is a volunteer with the festival, she enjoys going to see the films. “I feel like any time things like this come to town people are drawn to it because they want to experience things outside our little bubble,’ said Hood.