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La Vernia grads enter Marfa Film Festival

La Vernia grads enter Marfa Film Festival
“Addy’s Odyssey,” a short film by La Vernia High School graduates and brothers Adam, Kenneth, and Connor Carnes, about a puppet’s search for life advice, will screen this Sunday, July 16, at the Marfa Film Festival.

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Three La Vernia High School alumni have collaborated on a film premiering at the 2017 Marfa Film Festival this week.

The Carnes brothers Adam, 1997 graduate; Kenneth, 2010; and Connor, 2012 ...worked together to develop this film, “Addy’s Odyssey,” about a puppet ...Addy who seeks life advice from a philosophical Californian surfer dude. Adam and Kenneth credit their La Vernia High School art teacher, Jenean Mills, for nurturing their passion for creativity at a young age. Connor, who composed the film’s music, studied piano under Wes Ashburn at The Music Loft in La Vernia.

Their entry is a short film, and is scheduled for screening Sunday, July 16.

Adam is a creative lead at Derse, a marketing company; he graduated from the New York Fashion Institute of Technology with a graduate degree in exhibition design. Kenneth is a filmmaker; he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in radio, television, and film. Connor is a graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a degree in healthcare administration. The brothers worked together online and while on vacation in California to complete the film.

Though they’ve moved on from their time in La Vernia, the Carnes brothers maintain the friendships they established while in school here.

About the festival

The Marfa Film Festival was founded in 2007 by creator Robin Lambaria and filmmaker Cory Van. The festival runs through July 17, and features works from promising newcomers and established filmmakers, as well as beloved or forgotten classics.

Now in its 10th year, the festival attracts talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and more to this iconic West Texas town. The diverse offerings include features, shorts, music videos, and experimental works; each evening, classic films are shown in the starlit desert. The event also includes socials and themed gatherings. Some previous entries in the Marfa Film Festival have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys. However, the festival does not present awards. Instead, it fosters an air of noncompetition, where friendships and collaborations bloom.

Entries in this year’s festival include narratives, documentaries, animated films, trailers, teasers, and screenplays of many genres. In addition to films from the United States, the schedule includes films from Denmark, Botswana, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Japan, Australia, Italy, and more.

Single-day tickets are $75; five-day passes are $300.

For more information, visit marfafilmfestival.com.

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