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January 10, 2014

Trail Dance Film Festival to feature 95 films

DUNCAN — If you live in Stephens County and have a love of films, you most likely look forward to each January.

This is the time of year the Trail Dance Film Festival screens almost 100 films, many produced within the state of Oklahoma. A total of 95 films will be shown  Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 at the Simmons Center and Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

“Things are going really well and we have a ton of filmmakers coming from all over the U.S. this year,” said Anthony Foreman, founder and executive director of Trail Dance. “The number of those coming in is pretty high this year.”

After each screening, the filmmakers are allowed a question and answer session with the audience. Foreman explained that feedback is incredibly important to filmmakers.

Writers,  producers and several actors attend the festival.

 Actress Amber Hayes will be the entertainment for the Golden Drover Award Show, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Simmons Center theater. Hayes is featured in the film “Music City USA,” which will screen at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Simmons Center.

“The film is by the same guy who did ‘Queens of Country’ last year,” said Foreman of the film that won Best Feature Comedy for the 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival. “(Hayes will be) great entertainment for the award show.”

Following the same scheduling as last year, Trail Dance will follow a two-day format with three screens at the Simmons Center and one at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. The schedule for screening times of all films is available at the festival website, www.traildancefilmfestival.com.

Along with “Music City USA,” Foreman said another film  sparking interest is “Dust of War,” which stars Tony Todd of “Candyman” and the Final Destination series. Several foreign films such as “El Cosmonauta” and “Cough” also received high praise by Foreman.

“There are a ton of good films and lots of Oklahoma films this year,” he said. “There are two films about Duncan organizations – ‘Spokes for Hope’ and ‘The Toy Shop.’ They’re documentaries about what goes on with the organizations.”

The two short films screen back to back beginning at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Heritage Center.

Tickets are on sale on the festival’s website and at the Simmons Center.

“It’s looking like a good year and we’re prepared for all the excitement,” said Foreman.

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