This year’s theme – When Cowboys Were King
Inevitable, violent and often highly romanticized, the Hollywood Western belongs to one of the most recognizable genres in American cinema. This year’s film festival will touch upon the early silents; explore the B-grade Westerns of the early 1930s to the early 1950’s, low-budget “oaters” as they were called; and expand upon the 1940’s to 1960’s, sometimes called the “Golden Age of the Western”. A period, epitomized by the work of several prominent directors including Robert Aldrich, Budd Boetticher, Delmer Daves, John Ford, and others. By 1959, westerns became so popular that they dominated other prime time TV series with over 100 western series that aired on the networks. The later part of the 20th century westerns were deemed, “Contemporary Westerns.”
Guaranteed to bring back a flood of memories, this year’s film festival will celebrate the great legacy of western film through screenings, presentations and “on-location” tours.
As details on the festival are finalized, please refer back to this website for specifics on celebrity guests, presentations, screenings, tours, and most importantly – ticket information.
Looking forward to seeing you in October
Melody Holland Ogburn
Film Festival Director (2023)
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