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www.LovellChronicle.com July 7, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BRAD DEVEREAUX Entries for the Hyart Film Festival were received from 25 U.S. states and 42 countries. Organizers are currently making final selections of films for the festival. Preparing for the Hyart Film Festival 2010 winning films to be showcased July 14 BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Sifting through some 300 entries to the Hyart Film Festival is not easy, or quick, but somebody's got to do it. And despite coming across some films that aren't worth watching past the first few minutes, festival organizer Jason Zeller said he's happy to sift through the vast field of entries to ensure the films that do make the cut are top quality. The quality ofthe film festival will be visible at the Winners Showcase Thurs- day, July 14, at 7 p.m., at the Hyart The- atre. The top films from the 2010 Hyart Film Festival (one per each of the six cat- egories plus people's choice) will be shown free at the Hyart. Included will be "No Song in Autumn," "Liam and Ben," "Sneeze Me Away," "Un- fair," "Cockpit," "Exhibition Report" and "The Desperate." Zeller said he has been in contact with the filmmakers from the 2010 Hyart fest, and said many have enjoyed success at other film festivals other than the Hyart. The seven films awarded at the Hyart Film Festival have collectively won an ad- ditional 65 awards at film festivals world- wide. The Hyart People's Choice Award, "The Desperate," has won the most awards of any other film at the 2010 fest, Zeller said. About three of the filmmakers are in talks with studios to produce full-length versions of their short films or otherwise produce their films, he said. "It's good to see that half of the films we selected as winners are moving on to bigger and better things," Zeller said. "Some people didn't know what a film fes- tival was when we started one in Lovell. This shows what a film festival can do for a film." Zeller noted that independent films with more notoriety and awards probably have a better chance of making it into the larger festivals, like Sundance, and win- ning at the Hyart could serve as a step- pingstone to success for filmmakers. For others, winning an award might give them the encouragement they need to continue with their craft, or start a new project. For Zeller, visiting a film festival in New York in 2009 and winning best ani- mation inspired him to create a film fest of his own, the Hyart festival. 2011 FESTIVAL ALMOST HERE Zeller said of the 300-plus entries he and the selection committee have been con- sidering, only a small percentage have made the cut for the August festival. He said the festival would contain 45 to 50 films this year, similar to in 2010. However, the com- mittee received almost triple the number of entries this year compared to last, Zeller said, with 114 received last year and about 300 this year. This week Zeller and the se- lection committee were 'making their final picks and planned to inform filmmakers about their acceptance status in the near future. A new category, horror, has been added to the 2011 lineup. Zeller said the Hyart Film Fest was the first organization to show interest when they accepted "An Evening with my Comatose Mother," and the film has since received several awards from other festivals. Having already watched the PG13 horror flick, Zeller said he is excited to see the crowd's reaction. "It's creepy," he said. Other categories, which will remain the same as in 2010, are packed with qual- ity films, too, he said. "I'm glad I entered my own animation last year," Zeller said, calling this year's animation entries "amazing." He plans to offer a film school for any- one who would like to learn about specific things that would cause a film to be re- jected for the Hyart or other film festivals, he said. "IfI see the boom mic, you're not going to be accepted, for example," Zeller said. "If your film really is that good, get rid of the boom mic." Volunteers are needed to help out with concessions and other aspects of the festi- val, Zeller said. Festival organizers are working to break the films into categories to be shown in blocks. He said the horror block will likely be on Friday night, with other blocks for children and film nour detective movies. K LOCAL ii ..... Being local is about more than an address, or a name on a sign. Being local means a commitment to customers, local loans and local deposits. was Big Horn Federal's priority in 1935. It remains our priority TODAY. Full Service Banking from the Basin's Community Bank Joseph Hatch Branch Manager Natalie Wardell Head Teller Colleen Tippetts Account Rep. THKr's DOING BUSINESS THE BIG HORN FEDERAL WAY. Horn 2703 Lovell WY82431 BYRON Continued gineers would offer their expertise on where some seams between portions of the building should be cut if partial demolition is decided upon. Although some thought that a hard-and-fast deci- sion about the facility would be made on the 5th, others in the audience said that more time is needed to examine the situation, although Tay- lor noted that the matter has been viewed and stud- ied for the past three years. She said that the town might consider "turning a new page" by just letting the former school be totally de- molished. The town could own the land, and it could be subdivided for residential and commercial lot develop- ment, Taylor said. Some said that the site would be an eyesore, wheth- er buildings remain or not, and there is concern about vandalism and liability. As well, the economy seemingly is not conducive for what some in the town see as a good technique for economic development. Tay- lor and others cited some examples where industrial parks have not proven suc- cessful. Or in the cases of from page 1 Chugwater and Worland, there have been stumbling blocks and the need for spe- cial taxes or assessments to maintain such sites. Norma Perkins spoke passionately against demol- ishing the facility, stating that ,it would be a crime to destroy that beautiful building." She feels that the structure could be turned into a residential site for senior citizens, as it has a swimming pool and cafete- ria. George said that he also had thought of that option. Councilman Marie Mc- Collam and George made heartfelt comments. Said McCollam, "This is not a decision for the four of us (the town council) to make; it must be a decision made by the whole community as it will affect everyone." The mayor added that he does not want to saddle town leaders down the road, as well as the populace, with extraordinary costs. "I have huge concerns about encum- bering future administra- tions with costs" that the town cannot afford, he said. And the town, he noted, "is the people," who would bear the financial burden. Pam Mooney said that "demolition is best" because the buildings are "in sad shape." There would be sig- nificant costs to bring them up to code, she stated. "This is a small community; we don't even know if we'll con- tinue to have a post office." Karma Sanders urged the group to "be careful criticizing the town coun- cil pre- or post-" because its members have worked hard and are seeking public input with the best interests of the community in mind. Joyce Zarate and others expressed concerns about the possibility of increased costs to the town, which would be borne by its resi- dents. "Am I going to lose my home?" she asked. Although some business- es have approached the town regarding renting or leasing part of the facility, "nothing has panned out," said Tay- lor. "There are no bad guys" in the matter, she said. It simply involves "a series of events that didn't work out." She added that, "It all comes down to money." And the mayor stated he knows that "there are more opinions out there" (in the community) as to what steps to take. DAY AT THE LAKE Continued from page 1 The North Big Horn County Search and Rescue Team will be at Horseshoe Bend throughout the day for safety. Refreshments will be for sale at the Horseshoe Bend Marina and extend- ed tours will be available for purchase from Hidden Treasure Charters. Croft reminds all boaters to stop at the Aquatic Invasive Species check stations when entering and exiting Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The high water could cause temporary closures at Barry's Landing depending on if the wind pushes driftwood into the boat launch area. He said people should keep the possible closure in mind and consider using Horseshoe Bend to launch their boats. Currently, driftwood has been worse in the north end of the lake, Croft said. The fishing dock at Horseshoe Bend will be inaccessible due to high water for some time, Croft said. The NPS plans to move the fishing docks to make room for boats to park at the courtesy docks, which will be shifted because of the high water. Representatives of the Bureau of Land Management will be present at an information table, along with personnel from the NPS and FOBHL. Free boat rides will depart from Horseshoe Bend beginning at 8 a.m. The final boat rides of the day will leave Horseshoe Bend at 4 p.m., Croft said. A pool of volunteers with boats is key to making the event a success each year. "We're appreciative of everyone's support Lake were being increased from 2,000 cubic feet per second to 5,000 cfs Tuesday. Croft said the change is being made to accommodate the high water at Boysen, which is only a few feet from full pool. However, Boysen Reservoir has not entered the flood pool yet, though Croft said the BuRec anticipates water will enter the flood pool later this summer. There will be increases in releases from Buffalo Bill Reservoir to Big Horn Lake in the coming weeks, though no number was discussed, Croft said. Releases from Yellowtail Dam from Big and sponsorships," Croft Horn Lake were at 8,728 said. '%Ye're excited for cfs Wednesday, and will be Saturday."  increased to 10,000 cfs this MANAGEMENT UPDATE Following a conference call Tuesday with the Bureau of Reclamation and Big Horn River stakeholders, Croft reported that releases coming from Boysen Reservoir into Big Horn weekend. Releases from Big Horn Lake to the BIA canal will be increased to 500 cfs, Croft said. The lake was at an elevation of 3,648 feet Tuesday, and is expected to reach 3,655 or higher by the end of July. 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