Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Film Festival, and Film about Music Festivals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Film Festival, and Film about Music Festivals

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Byline: Matt Soergal

You can check out the work of some young -- very young -- filmmakers this weekend at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. That's the location for the inaugural Jacksonville Independent Student & Short Film Festival, showing nine short films from area student filmmakers (including two James Weldon Johnson Middle School students, the youngest among the competitors).

The program runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday downtown at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art . Tickets are $5, or $3 for students.

Local filmmaker Frank Goodin (Love Trap) will also conduct forums on writing and directing short films. There's more information about the festival on founder Mark Anthony Rivera's Web site, www.jaxfilms.com.

Suwannee dreaming: A movie is being made about the Suwannee Springfest and MagnoliaFest, which have become two of the best reasons to live in North Florida.

Randy and Beth Judy -- who'll mark their 10th Springfest next year -- are the promoters of the music festivals. And they're executive producers of Music Farmers, a documentary on last year's events being made by Jacksonville's Digital Video Arts. Chris McFall directs.

It's expected to be finished in June. Based on a nine-minute trailer I saw, it's going to be well worth watching for those who like the festivals' mix of roots music, country, bluegrass, blues and jam-band rock.

Mofro's Lochloosa plays over the trailer, while Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, the Duhks and Derek Trucks, among others, show up in concert footage. And it goes behind the stage to see teenage mandolin prodigy Josh Pinkham marveling at Clements' fiddle playing: "Man, he's like the hippest guy in the world!"

Clements, who turned 77 Saturday, cracks up.

It also has plenty of shots of the scenic glory that is the Suwannee River, where the festivals are held each spring and fall, attracting campers, amateur jam sessions, canoes and lots of tie-dyed shirts. …

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