From Fredericksburg to the future By Shalavé Cawley, Fri., April 26, 2019 Tweet print write a letter Hill Country Film Festival 2019 opening night film Cruel Hearts Welcome to year 10 of the small yet mighty Hill Country Film Festival. Executive Director Chad Mathews calls the Fredericksburg-based celebration of cinema a “destination-weekend getaway-film festival” offering cool movies in a cool town. “People that go to film festivals are curious beings,” Mathews said. “They wanna go see things and experience things. When you get out of the theatre, you’re in a place that has a lot of options. That’s great to go explore and do something while you’re there.” Mathews described Hill Country Film Festival as less stressful and more intimate than larger affairs, such as Sundance and SXSW, while still providing the opportunity to see quality work and talk with people in the industry. For the filmmakers themselves, they get a chance to show off and enjoy their movie without the pressure of trying to find a distributor. “I like seeing our out-of-town filmmakers come into Fredericksburg and really let their hair down,” Mathews said. “That shield evaporates and they really open up. It’s down-home, it’s fun, and you don’t… Read full this story
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