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Hawkeye goes Hollywood

Theater will be site of international film fest

October 20, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

Hawkeye Community Theatre plans to host a Hollywood-style spectacle.

Guests will walk in on a red carpet and have their photo snapped by the paparazzi on their way to the Lifetree Film Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

"This year's films are hard-hitting, intriguing, informative, touching and just plain fun," said event organizer Joyce Garton-Natte, reading from the front of the program.

Article Photos

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
From left, Phil Somsen, Roger Natte and Joyce Garton-Natte have their popcorn ready for the Hawkeye Community Theatre film festival that will be held Saturday. Meanwhile Landra Carroll tries to deal with the bane of movie buffs everywhere, the tall man ahead of her with the hat on.

The festival is produced by Lifetree Cafe, of Loveland, Colo., she said. Garton-Natte, her husband and several others attended the festival there earlier this year.

"Independent moviemakers submitted these," said Roger Natte, Garton-Natte's husband, "and when we went it was a weekend and they had 28 different films.

"Of those 28, I think seven or eight made the final. Then they offered it to anyone in the country who wanted to put on a film fest."

Fact Box

If you go:

Lifetree Film Fest

WHAT: Seven short films from around the world

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St.

TICKETS: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for students and seniors. Available at Daniel's Pharmacy, 1114 Central Ave., or at Cana, 18 S. Third St.

DRESS is formal or casual, Hollywood or Halloween.


"And What Remains" - A story of regret, reconciliation and hope in the complex relationship between a father and his son.

"Born for the Stage" - The efforts of disabled veterans to put on the show "Hairspray" highlights the unexpected pressures, acclaim and attention the actors and their families experience.

"En Route" - Follows the life and career of an airline pilot killed in a plane crash.

"Saving Valenina" - Filmed from the bow of a small boat in the Sea of Cortez, Michael Fishbach narrates their accidental encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a gill net and about to die.

"Breaking Through: Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen" - Six African-American servicemen recall their World War II heroism.

"The Last Race" - A cycling accident leads to difficult decisions about organ donation.

"Dream Job" - Everything goes wrong for a job interview.

It's a truly international film festival, Garton-Natte said. Some of the featured filmmakers are from England and Australia.

The Loveland film fest was an exciting event, she said.

"They had the red carpet and the paparazzi, and it was just a very fun event with people dressing up."

They're going to do the same kind of thing here.

"We're lining up various photographers who will meet people at the door and photograph them as they come in on the red carpet. We'll have a photographer inside," Garton-Natte said. "We're hoping to have little things - hats and boas so they can dress up and get their picture taken. Then we'll print them off, so by the end of evening people have them to take home if they want."

Popcorn, candy bars and drinks will be for sale, with the money going to the theater. Desserts will be served immediately after the last film, free with the cost of admission.

Audience members will vote on best film of the night. Awards will also be given out for the best costume and best dressed.

The big screen and projector will be provided by First Presbyterian Church, Natte said.

Dawn Farr, Hawkeye Community Theatre business manager, has been working closely with the film festival committee to plan the event.

It's the first time Hawkeye has done anything like a film fest, she said.

"It's going to be a lot of fun. It's just nice because there are so many people in this community who don't even know what Hawkeye is," said Farr. "They don't' know we exist. So this is really exciting to get another element of people in here."

Volunteers from Cana are handling much of the work, Farr said.

"All I have to do is come here, open the door and make popcorn. Somebody from the theater will help run the lights. We'll sell tickets and do concessions and that's about it."

Garton-Natte said the film that stuck most in her mind was "Born for the Stage."

"It's a group of physically, mentally handicapped folks putting on the play 'Hairspray,'" she said. "It was just very touching and revealing, how these people were having so much fun with it."

Natte favored "The Last Race," he said, though some of the 28 films that didn't make the final cut impressed him even more.

"A man is a bike rider, and he is killed in a bike race. He had indicated before he died that he wanted his organs to be donated," Natte said. "They found two possible donors, and the family had to make the decision on which donor would receive it."

Though Lifetree Cafe is a place where people talk about life and faith, the film festival will have no religious overtones, Garton-Natte said. The theme of the films is doing life, doing good.



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