Yesterday began what will be an historic event in already-historic Jerome, Arizona. Jerome, formerly famous as the “Wicked-est Town in The West” and currently known as AZ’s trendiest ghost-town, is hosting their first-ever Jerome Indie Film and Musical Festival until Sunday, June 16 at various venues around town. Sponsored by local individuals and businesses to Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant and the town of Jerome itself, the festival features over forty films, from documentaries to shorts to music videos. Some of the films we’re looking forward to include Romans Road, Speak No Evil (featuring AZ Big Media’s own Cindy Johnson!) and comedy short Questions.

119357663Bands like Tryst, Threefold Fate and Two in the Chest will perform from 1 to 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Starlit Mine Theatre. Panels and Q&A’s will be hosted throughout the weekend, including Behind the Screens:  What do Film Festivals Want From Filmmakers? from 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. tomorrow at the New State Motor Co. Building.

The Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival was founded by Toni Ross, an Arizona native with a passion for Arizona and Jerome (which has “had [her] heart since she was 6”) and a love for people, adventure, the arts, the Arizona filmmaking community, VW bugs and her children. She states that she “founded this film and music festival on the wings of [her] son, Trey.”

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