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Film festival showcases ETX talent

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

An annual celebration of the art and entertainment of film has found its way to Nacogdoches.

The first annual Nacogdoches Texas Film Festival showcased the passion of local filmmakers.

"They all have Nacogdoches connections," said Ron Johnson, festival organizer.

 Films featured in the festival include: "Skateland," a coming of age film set in East Texas, "Rainbows End," a story about an east Texas band launching their first tour and "2:22" a crime thriller directed by a SFA graduate.

"They decide to rob a boutique and they clear out their safety deposit boxes," said Phillip Guzman.

 Phillip Guzman graduated in 2004, and made his first film two years later.

"Saved up money, made my first film for seven thousand dollars and it has just gone up from there," said Guzman.

 Festival organizer Ron Johnson says Guzman is an example of the growing art community in the city.

"They have a good program and you see the success and it's a great thing to do for Nacogdoches," said Johnson.

 Guzman credits his success to his local start. He met his partner in his first day of film class now he lives his lifelong dream every day.

"The creation of it, the actual making of it is the best. Its weird because in a way filmmaking is such a masochistic process because its so hard to do and yet we just keep doing it because we're drawn to it," said Guzman.

Coming back, was just an added bonus.

"I love Nacogdoches so its like anytime I can ever come out here and help out the community or do something positive its like I'll always be here," said Guzman.

As the festival grows, the city hopes to provide more creative opportunities for everyone in the city.

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