Film festival series kicks off this weekend

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By Zack Penalva

This weekend’s James Bond III Film Festival will be the first in a series of festivals hosted in Springfield over the next 10 months. Films in this edition will be Christian based.

The event begins Friday night at 6 p.m. with a red carpet reception that is free and open to the public. The first film shown will be “Summer of 67” which was partially shot in Kentucky and is billed as a “Vietnam War love story told from the perspective of the women left behind.”

Over the weekend, attendees will be able to watch a collection of feature-length films, shorts, television episodes and other video content. Tickets will be available online and at the door. A day pass is $10 and a full weekend pass will be $25. Individual film passes can be purchased for $3. A full schedule of show times is available online by visiting bit.ly/2DVWO4a.
All tickets will include free popcorn. Other concessions will be available for purchase for $1, with proceeds benefitting the Central Kentucky Community Theatre.

The festival’s namesake and founder is an industry veteran. Bond wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 1990 feature “Def by Temptation” that also included Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Nunn. In the time since he’s expanded into other areas of the movie business, including distribution. This past year, he collaborated with the city of Springfield in opening the Springfield Bonded Film Complex.

“We’ re hoping to make Springfield a real film destination,” said Stephanie McMillin, executive director of the Springfield Tourism Commission, “with people making their product here and then coming over to enjoy the film festival.”

The festival will be held at the Springfield Opera House.