Coming Quickly: Grand Teton Movie Pageant bringing film magic to Rexburg – East Idaho Information



Get your popcorn prepared, east Idaho! The Grand Teton Movie Pageant is bringing the magic of cinema to Rexburg this spring.

Debuting Could 31, the pageant will showcase cinematic works starting from function movies to animation to documentaries. Together with movie screenings, the family-friendly festivities will embody a avenue honest, varied filmmaking workshops and an awards ceremony recognizing the exhausting work of the filmmakers concerned.

The pageant is the brainchild of east Idaho native and Brigham Younger College-Idaho graduate Steven Vest. Seeing the expansion and success of the “Premiere Evening” showcase Vest has been staging for pupil filmmakers over time, folks started suggesting he arrange one thing greater.

“Members of the neighborhood who’ve come to look at have stated ‘Hey, why don’t you do one thing for town?’” Vest stated. “And I haven’t wished to as a result of it’s a large enough headache simply to do that little Premiere Evening that I haven’t wished to tackle something massive.”

However because the years have handed, the strain on Vest to do a full-blown movie pageant has continued to construct. In April 2018, Vest lastly determined the time was proper to dive in and plan his personal movie pageant.

Steven Vest. | Courtesy photograph

“I began researching different festivals,” he stated. “I appeared into their operations and their buildings, how a lot they cost, movie classes and form of studying the whole lot I might.”

This pageant will unfold over two days and maintain occasions at a number of venues. It’s going to function 47 movies from all around the world, together with Iran, Mexico, New Zealand and Eire, in addition to movies from all through the USA. Every movie was screened upfront for profanity, nudity and different objectionable materials. Vest stated the movies are acceptable for audiences of all ages.

Vest stated that an occasion on this scale could be inconceivable with out the assistance and assist of town of Rexburg.

“The principle purpose we’re in Rexburg is as a result of town of Rexburg received behind us 100 %,” Vest stated. “They’re letting use their venues, they’re serving to us out with so most of the actions. We determined to base the pageant in Rexburg is as a result of this the place we’ve gotten essentially the most assist.”

Another excuse Vest determined to stage the pageant in Rexburg is as a result of the world is wealthy in expertise however missing in alternatives for filmmakers to current their work.

“I’ve talked to many individuals, even the Movie Workplace in Boise, and so they’ve stated that that is one thing this space has wanted for a very long time,” he stated. “The movie neighborhood in east Idaho appears to by fairly underrepresented. There’s a big group of individuals right here in Rexburg that like to make motion pictures and don’t have any platform for screening these aside from placing them on Fb or YouTube. We noticed that as a void we might fill.”

The Grand Teton Movie Pageant offers these native filmmakers a platform to have actual reside audiences see their movies. It additionally offers them an opportunity to develop their data of the filmmaking course of. Vest has organized a collection of workshops protecting directing, cinematography, performing, video journalism and musical scores.

These workshops might be taught by business professionals together with Emmy-nominated Director and cinematographer Lars Lindstrom, completed director Craig Clyde and Native Information eight anchor Jay Hildebrandt.

The pageant will culminate in an awards ceremony emceed by Hildebrandt on the evening of Saturday, June 1. Following the awards present, pianist and composer William Joseph will play a live performance, joined by a number of members of a number of native choirs and orchestra to shut the pageant out with a bang.

William Joseph |

The final word objectives of the Grand Teton Movie Pageant stretch past placing a highlight on the native filmmaking scene. Vest desires the pageant to turn out to be a signature cultural occasion for the world, one the entire household can take pleasure in.

“We would like this to be a outstanding summer time exercise, one thing as enjoyable because the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, that everybody appears to be like ahead to yearly,” stated Vest. “Although our mission is to assist assist narrative movie, we wish to give folks a great expertise. You realize, come to the pageant and have enjoyable and are available again subsequent 12 months.

For extra data, together with costs for passes and particular person occasions, go to the Grand Teton Movie Pageant web site or its Fb web page.

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