By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz June 27, 2014 at 8:30AM
The Marfa Film Festival has announced its 2014 program. The five-day event (July 2-6) will present 52 films including features, shorts, and music videos in a variety of genres with over 15 countries represented. Musical artists Coco Rosie will perform an original live score to Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 masterpiece, "The Color of Pomegranates." 4th of July festivities include an advance screening of acclaimed French director Michel Gondry’s new film "Mood Indigo." MFF 2014 will also feature an interactive experimental gaming space where visitors will experience cutting-edge virtual reality games designed especially for MFF with a “Space Cowboy” theme. Comedy website Funny or Die will present humorous content and special events.
Founding sponsor Patron will return to elevate the mood with premium tequila spirits. According to festival director Robin Lambaria: “2014 feels like a transformative year for cinema. The films we received really surprised us with so much electric energy, talent, and raw imagination. Selecting our 2014 program seemed more challenging than ever given the sheer abundance of quality and novelty in so much of what today’s filmmakers are exploring.”
Festival highlights will include the world premieres of "Buttercup Bill" (a steamy psycho-sexual romance showcasing the fresh talents of up-and-coming directors Remy Bennett and Émilie Richard-Froozan) and "Book Of Ruth" (the harrowing tale of a young Mexican woman crossing the treacherous US / Mexican border, directed by Pablo Veliz). Ryan Pierce Williams will present his new feature "X/Y" (America Fererra, Melonie Diaz, Common). Adan Jodorowsky’s new short "The Voice Thief"will make its Texas debut. Music fans will enjoy Florian Habicht’s visually mesmerizing documentary "PULP: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets." MFF’s 2014 program also includes films addressing controversial social issues including the "Death Penalty," "Juvenile Justice," "The Keystone XL Pipeline," and the "Challenging Realities" of contemporary Native American life.
The full 2014 lineup can be viewed at : http://www.marfafilmfestival.com/2014-program/
About the Marfa Film Festival:
Since 2008 the Marfa Film Festival has attracted talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and attendees from around the world to a remote corner of far West Texas. Over 5 days MFF screens a diverse mix of features, shorts, music videos, and experimental works, including a full afternoon schedule followed each evening with outdoor screenings under the stars, plus special happenings and spaces throughout.
MFF’s program celebrates innovation and excellence in film through highly selective curation and fostering a relaxed social space where up-and-coming filmmakers and adventurous cinephiles can mix with film veterans and living legends in a captivatingly scenic, culturally rich environment.