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CineMarfa — Marfa, Texas
28 Mar 2015
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Since 2011, CineMarfa has been screening films in the Texas desert. And they're screening films that, at one time, wouldn't have seen the light of day in any city that wasn't New York or San Francisco. 

To give you an idea of the festival flavor, last year's program included the experimental films of Harry Smith, much like dancing abstract paintings. (Coincidentally, Smith was also a collector of American roots music. His Anthology of American Folk Music helped spark the folk revival of the 1960's.)

As an organization, CineMarfa hosts a festival each May, operates a studio for filmmakers, and arranges year-round screenings. 

From their website: "CineMarfa film festival has distinguished itself from other film festivals by emphasizing the intersection between film and visual art. For four days each May, we screen around 20 films in the Crowley Theater and other spaces around town.  The CineMarfa film festival is dedicated to bringing rare, forgotten, or difficult-to-see films – including films that have been banned or censored – to light in far West Texas. Our focus is on films made by visual artists, as well as rarely screened archival, experimental, documentary, and narrative films. We also feature work by Texas artists, filmmakers, and other Texan film-related cultural producers, including some that call Marfa home. All of the screenings are free but reservations are strongly recommended." 

Keep an eye on their schedule for this year's line-up. 

This postcard photo, Marfa 056, is licensed CC 2.0 by Michael Swigart

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