2nd Annual Boone Film Festival Held at Schaefer Center This Past Saturday, See Award Winners
By Jesse Wood
More than 600 people attended the 2nd annual Boone Film Festival this past weekend, raising thousands of dollars for Mountain Alliance. The event included a youth screening at Watauga High School on Thursday and Saturday’s main event with screenings and a red-carpet awards celebration.
The Boone Film Festival received nearly 50 submissions, including about a dozen in the youth category, this year. The quality and quantity of submissions were higher compared to the inaugural festival, and the festival was held in a bigger venue.
Three categories of film were judged in this year’s event: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Adventure and Appalachian Environment.
Winners include: Former member of Mountain Alliance and Watauga County native Hanna Furgiuele won Best Cultural Film Award for the 31-minute film, “A Mighty Fine Memory.” This film is about fiddler Roger Howell, known for his generosity as a teacher and prodigious memory. Howell contributed 532 fiddle tunes, the “Roger Howell Memory Collection,” to Mars Hill University’s Southern Appalachian Archives.
“After Coal,” an 18-minute film by Tom Hansell, won the Best Environmental Film Award. See http://aftercoal.com/ for more information about this film. Eric Hiestand of Boone won Best Adventure Film for his 16-minute film, A Grand Traverse. Set “somewhere in the Pisgah National Forest,” the film is about an “unlikely journey of friendship forged in the dirt.” See https://vimeo.com/222659861/1d247fc0c3.
Best Film Award for the 2nd annual Boone Film Festival went to Paul’s Boots, a 37-minute film by Anya Miller-Berg. An Australian man named Paul Evans loved the outdoors and had been polishing his boots for one last trek along the Appalachian Trail before he died. He never made it on that last hike, but his boots did. See https://youtu.be/Dt6MCloJ5iw.
On Facebook following the festival, organizers posted, “We’d like to thank the hundreds of people that came out and watched films yesterday to make our second annual film festival such a huge success! With each of the 600+ people who came throughout the day we were able to raise thousands of dollars to support a local nonprofit and to help share the stories of Appalachia. We can’t wait to see you all next year!”