In three weeks and three days, we will be in the midst of Labor Day weekend and Neo-Relix II, to be held from Sept. 2 to 4. Where has the summer gone?
I would like to start this week's article by saying a big "thank you" to the people who have turned out to help me preview movies for the upcoming festival. Last week the committee approved four more films for the festival, including "Now That the Dinosaurs Are Gone." Parts of that movie were shot in Glen Rose in 1974, with footage of the area where Comanche Peak sits today along with some footage of Glen Rose shot on the corner of Elm and Vernon streets and at the old town hall.
We will be showing "Now That the Dinosaurs Are Gone" as part of the conservation block of films. It will be interesting to see if anyone can recognize any of the people from Glen Rose in 1974. That year people in the film discussed running out of oil reserves by the end of the century (11 years ago) and how Comanche Peak was the first of more than 100 new nuclear power plants that would be built in the United States.
We fell short of that goal by nearly 99 plants. It makes you wonder how our world would be different today had they executed on their vision and actually built all the power plants they envisioned.
The deadline for submitting films is next week — Aug. 15. As the deadline draws nearer, we have seen a flurry of activity in submissions, having receive nine new submissions on Monday. We have received films from all over the world this year, including a faith-based film from Egypt and a conservation film from Afghanistan.
We also received five films in the mail from various places around the world. One of the films from Spain is called the "Doll Factory," a science-fiction film that shows what happens in a doll factory when the manufacturing department is reorganized and the effect that has on the production people, both at work and at home. Anyone who is considering reorganizing their work force may want to watch this movie first.
Sci-fiction as a genre was popularized in the 1950s with films about space, aliens and invasion from outer space. But as a genre it can be traced to books such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Gulliver's Travels. Sci-fi is an interesting genre in that a lot of the technology we have today started as a concept of the future in a science fiction novel. Movies such as Star Trek and Star Wars invented a lot of new technology from light sabers to being instantly "beamed" to a new location…wonder if the TSA will be involved in that in the future?
The genre also is interesting in its crossover into horror, such as Frankenstein. Next week in this newspaper we will discuss horror films. We have some films guaranteed to curl your hair.
The festival is in need of volunteers for the Labor Day weekend. Even if you can volunteer for one hour, we could use your assistance.
We are starting to receive calls from filmmakers who are attending the festival. We are hopeful that the Neo-Relix headquarters will be open this weekend to sell tickets, shirts, hats and mugs.
Somervell County residents also will receive an advance ticket sale discount on tickets to the festival. A single block ticket is normally $10 and is good for any film block all weekend long. Somervell County residents can purchase block tickets for $5.
Darrell Best is co-founder of the Neo-Relix Film Festival.