There's a whole lot of hammering going on in the historic downtown building on Elm Street that's the new home of the Neo-Relix Film Festival.
Rotten planks in the floor had to be replaced, but the rusty license plates nailed years ago to cover holes will stay. The orange paint that the former occupant put on the walls has been covered with a fresh coat of white paint. And a small movie screen and antique wooden theater chairs have been installed in the small space.
Darrell Best and volunteers Ronnie Godfrey and Jeremy Rebstock wiped their brows on a recent hot morning and surveyed their work on the film festival's new headquarters.
“It's eclectic - and funky,” an observer commented.
“Like Glen Rose,” another added.
Indeed, as the Neo-Relix Film Festival prepares for its second annual event, it's developing a reputation as an unconventional and yes, funky, venue for filmmakers who tend to be unconventional and funky themselves.
“The most unique film festival setting in Texas,” is how the organizers describe it.
This year's festival already has attracted 30 entries from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
This year's festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 on the Web site listed below or at the film festival headquarters.
It will focus mainly on three categories — science fiction/horror, conservation/endangered species and religious/spiritual films - although any genre may be submitted.
The early call for entries has passed. The next entry deadline is July 15.
As with last year's event, films will be shown at locations around town. The Hollywood & Vine restaurant will serve as a “dinner theater” and filmmakers, no doubt, will want to pose for pictures under the sign, which can be seen from the film festival's headquarters.
In addition to the screening area in the front, the building will include a counter with film memorabilia, a lounge area where filmmakers can hang out and an outdoor area at the back. Neo-Relix T-shirts and caps also will be for sale.
Other volunteers helping with the project are Becky Bailey, Carolyn Bailey, Jonathan McGirt and Adam Knox, who has been helping Ben Wilbanks, the festival's creative director.
Screeners for the films include Ronnie and Suz Godfrey and Ken Prikryl and Judy Steadham.
For more information about the festival, visit www.grnrff.org.