Leadville film fest scaled back
LEADVILLE Lawrence David Foldes, co-founder and co-director of the Independence Film Festival, has announced he will scale back the debut of a town film festival so that its main goal is simply to give people a taste of what is to come. Some Leadville entities are behind him all the way while others are not so sure. The five-day, inaugural Independence Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Leadville and Buena Vista in September. The festival had a publicity blitz in February, when Foldes; his partner/wife Victoria Paige Meyerink; Buena Vista residents Dennis and Corky Adamek; and Leadville sponsors Carrie and Barry Kroschel escorted Louise Fletchers (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) Academy Award back to Los Angeles. The party traveled by limousine the entire way. At last weeks Leadvillle Coalition and the Leadville City Council meetings, however, Foldes said he intends to make the festival much smaller than he originally proposed. He has dropped such events as the juried film contest, the Distinguished Film Critic Tribute, the Elvis event, and the Film Music Event with Lake and Chaffee County High Schools. He has also let go of some larger event venues, such as the National Mining Museum and Lake County High School, in favor of smaller ones. I just want to be able to turn people away, he said. Foldes intends to focus this years festival on showcasing films from the 60s through the 80s films that tell a story, that have a substance to them, he said. Accordingly, he plans to show classic films at 12:30 p.m. every day. He will also have tributes to Randall Kleiser (Grease, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show), and a yet-to-be-determined actress or actor. He has also kept some of the elements that he thinks make this festival unique to Lake and Chaffee counties, such as the opening reception on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad and the Comanche Drive-In events. Throughout the festival, Foldes will show films by and about himself, including his new movie, Finding Home, which he worked on with his wife. Foldes has said of the movie: Whatever that road called life takes me in the future, I am at peace with myself as far as my body of work is concerned, because if I never make another picture in my life, I am proud of the legacy that Finding Home will leave. The Leadville Coalition has pledged $10,000 to the festival, in two $5,000 chunks, with conditions to be met in-between, according to coalition member Chet Gaede. On the other hand, the Marketing Action Committee (MAC) passed a motion on July 13 to give Foldes one week to respond to their request for a budget outline. MAC intends to withdraw the promised funding of $5,000 since Foldes cannot provide a spending plan. MAC made the original request several weeks ago, according to members. Foldes responded to MACs first budget request by asking for a week extension, but by the July 13 meeting, that week extension had long lapsed with no communication from Foldes, said MAC members. The Leadville Coalition is composed of representatives from the various taxing entities within Lake County, along with representatives from the business community. The MAC committee is a seven-member panel that formulates, implements, and manages the Lake County marketing budget (funded by money generated from the lodging tax). The Independence Film Festival is scheduled to run from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 10. Events will be held in both Buena Vista and Leadville with the opening ceremony on Independence Pass.
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