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West Texas art house film festival returns to Marfa with all-new lineup

West Texas art house film festival returns to Marfa with new lineup

Crowley Theater in Marfa
Marfa's Crowly Theater will host the festival. Crowley Theater/Facebook

CineMarfa, West Texas' annual film festival, returns to Marfa for another celebration of indie gems and artist-made cinema. Held in the historic Crowley Theater, the fest runs May 3-6, and highlights 10 films over the course of the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The best part? All screenings are free and open to the public. 

The 2018 festival’s theme is inspired by one of its feature films, Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Directed by Fabrizio Terranova, Storytelling ... is a portrait of feminist cultural theorist Donna Haraway and explores her influential ideas about gender, technology, ecology, and interspecies relations.

Kicking off the festival on May 3 is Betzabé García’s Kings of Nowhere, a "beautifully shot" documentary that tells the story of three families living in a northern Mexico city partially submerged by water. "Despite their loneliness and the threat of violence from the Sinaloa drug cartel, they carry on the tasks of their daily existence," explain the filmmakers on the website.

Other CineMarfa highlights include the Texas premiere of Water Makes Us Wet from eco-activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Frederick Wiseman’s 1974 documentary Primate, and a selection of short films exploring the languages and landscapes of indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest. 

Kids can get in on the fun during an 11 am screening of Pom Poko on May 6. Originally released in 1994, the full-length animated feature tells the story of the "Raccoons of the Tama Hills" who watch their homes disappear due to the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. (Kind of sounds like Austin and condos, but we digress.)

For the art lovers in attendance, don't miss the May 6 screening of Journey To Seven Light Bay, which documents an original sculpture by artist Mariko Mori's as it floats in a small bay in Japan. Just don't be late. At 2 minutes and 46 seconds, this film begins at 8 pm and ends promptly at 8:03 pm. For more details and a full schedule, head to CineMarfa.