11th Annual Rockport Film Festival | November 2-4, 2017

Forty independent films to be shown during the three-day festival.
Exciting New location for Film Screenings.
Free Friday and Saturday Screenings.
11th Annual Rockport Film Festival
Thursday, November 2 – Saturday, November 4, 2017
Texas Maritime Museum 1202 Navigation Circle ◊ Rockport, Texas
Red Carpet Event & Outdoor Screening
Thursday, November 2 ◊ 5:30 p.m. (film starts at 7 p.m. sharp)
Fulton-Bruhl House ◊ 409 Broadway ◊ Rockport, Texas
Red Carpet Event Tickets ◊ $75 each
Includes reception and outdoor screening of THE FARTHEST
Available at www.RockportFilmFestival.com or at the door

Film Block Ticket ◊ No Charge (limit 120 per screening)
Donations will be accepted

International in scope, but local in flavor! The 11th Annual Rockport Film Festival celebrates the growing power of cinema on the Texas Coast and some of the best independent filmmaking from Texas and around the world. The three-day festival, endorsed by the Texas Film Commission and Texas Commission on the Arts, features award-winning shorts, feature-length films, animation, documentaries, and student films that highlight talent from Texas, the country and the world.

About two months before the Festival Hurricane Harvey tore through Rockport – devastating the local theater and the Rockport Center for the Arts building. But the Festival committee decided that the event must persevere. Some changes had to be made – Friday and Saturday screenings have been relocated to the Texas Maritime Museum, and these screenings will be free for attendees (limit 120 per screening). Contributions will be accepted.

“I feel very fortunate that we are able to both continue with the Festival this year and make it a mostly free event” says Elena Rodriguez, Creative & Event Director. “I truly believe that art has the power to open minds, move hearts, and heal. Now, more than ever, the Rockport Film Festival can help us move forward after Harvey through the power of story-telling in cinema.”

The Festival will kick off with its annual Red Carpet Event and outdoor screening on Thursday, November 2, at the Fulton-Bruhl House, one of the oldest homes in Rockport that has been meticulously renovated by Anne & Jeff Hunt of Austin, Texas. The Red Carpet Event is the premiere Fall social event in Rockport, featuring a cocktail hour catered by local restaurants, sponsored by Sueño de Atzo Tequila and concluding with an outdoor full length feature screening under the stars. The 2017 opening night film, The Farthest, is a documentary about the Voyager 1 and 2 missions focusing both on the innate curiosity and brilliant creativity of artists and scientists.

The Festival continues Friday and Saturday with over 40 films from across the globe. The 2017 program features 30% international films, representing ten countries – Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. All Friday and Saturday screenings will take place at the Texas Maritime Museum.

“The Texas Maritime Museum is a great collaborator,” Rodriguez added. “Hurricane Harvey dealt our community tremendous damages, and losses, but it only strengthened our neighborly spirit and resolve. I have no doubt this will be the most memorable years for the Rockport Film Festival”

The Rockport Film Festival offers a retreat where the cinematic arts meet the environment; where filmmakers, professionals and enthusiasts can network and relax, and enjoy films that are rarely seen elsewhere without having to wait in long lines or navigate multiple theater venues. Films will be presented in blocks containing several short films and/or one feature. All films shown were independently produced- meaning outside of the Hollywood film system. Independent filmmaking is a diverse network of creativity, diversity, and freedom that sets it apart from big budget blockbusters and everyday television programming.

New York City artist, Lauren Redding, who had been a guest lecturer and curator at the Rockport Center for the Arts, began a fundraising campaign in October to help the Festival make enough money to host the free screenings. Forty wooden crabs were distributed among artists across the country for them to hand-paint, and in one instance hand-sculpt. The resulting art piece could then be acquired with a $50-$150 donation to the Film Festival. The crab has long been a folk mascot of Rockport, and these crabs have become symbols of the nationwide community that has come together in support of Rockport. Find the crabs and more at crabs.rockportfilmfestival.com

Sponsors for this year’s festival are KIII-TV, 1st Community Bank, Rotary Club of Rockport, Eling Corporation, Morgan Stanley-The Rockport Group, Prosperity Bank, Mary and Jerry Channell and Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures. In kind support is provided by the Texas Maritime Museum, WindWay Gallery, the Lighthouse Inn, The Fulton Mansion, Andrews Distributing, and Sueño de Atzo Tequila. For the full screening schedule, please visit www.RockportFilmFestival.com.

About the Rockport Film Festival
The 11th Annual Rockport Film Festival is a collaboration between the Rockport Rotary Club and Rockport Center for the Arts. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Art Center and local, regional, and international humanitarian and service projects supported by the Rotary Club. The Rockport Film Festival receives government support from the City of Rockport, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Texas Film Commission.
Thursday, November 2

Location: Fulton-Bruhl House
409 Broadway, Rockport, TX
Time: 5:30-7PM Cocktail Reception
7PM Opening Feature - THE FARTHEST
Cost: $75

Friday, November 3
& Saturday, November 4

Location: Texas Maritime Museum
Time: Noon - 11 PM
Cost: No Charge
for the full schedule.

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