NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - "True Blood" vampires and the author who writes about them, a "True Blood" comic-con, and a peek of Nacogdoches during the late 1930s are the draws to this year's Nacogdoches Film Festival.
It happens the last weekend of February, and hard work is underway to make sure guests won't be disappointed.
Ron Johnson isn't a film producer, but when planning the Nacogdoches Film Festival, like he's done for the last five years, he starts thinking like one. Two weeks out he's …
"In the middle of frazzle time now with details," said Johnson, the chair of the Nacogdoches Film Festival.
Johnson is dealing with lots of texting, phone calls, securing sponsorships, a jump in ticket sales, and what to do if they "sell out" or "have too many people come on Friday night."
"The Nacogdoches Film Festival is back. Feb.25 thru the 27 in the Oldest Town in Texas," a commercial states.
The big draw is "New York Times" bestselling author Charlaine Harris. "The True Blood" award-winning television series is based off her novels and wild imagination. So is the 2016 Film Festival T-shirt.
"We're going to show an episode of True Blood and then she'll do a Q & A following that," Johnson said.
Followed by a "True Blood" costume selected by Harris at a minicon, based on those oh-so-popular comic-cons, which left Johnson asking what exactly a comic-con is.
I had no idea," Johnson said. "Nor did I know much about the popularity of them."
Johnson isn't afraid of learning all he needs to know to assure an entertaining film festival.
"We try to have a little bit for everyone," Johnson said.
Nacogdoches author Joe Lansdale and screenwriter Nick Damici will fly in from New York's premiere of the "Hap and Leonard" TV series. It's based on Lansdale's novels. It will be just one of several panel discussions.
"Talk about writing, talk about working with actors, working behind the camera as well," Johnson said.
A bit of Hollywood will be brought to the streets of Nacogdoches. All Johnson has to do is wear some dark shades and a leather jacket to complete his role as film festival producer.
"Film in the woods. It's fun," a commercial for the festival states.
Tickets remain on sale for the Nacogdoches Film Festival. There are also quite a few free events. Check out their Facebook page for more information.