The Grassroots Art Center along with Peter Max Lawrence present the newly established international Lid Off Film Festival, Sept.25-27, in Lucas. The event will feature several in-and-out-of-state “grassroots” films with each festival day programing featuring two 90 minute film programs that will be followed by a filmmaker panel and a Q&A period for the audience to engage. The significance of this festival is to bring much needed opportunities and exposure for regional artists and filmmakers as well as potentially bringing audiences from all over the world. There will be an opening and closing reception as well as special screenings and art exhibitions around town in pop-up temporary galleries. The majority of programing will take place at the Lucas Area Community Theater 116 S. Main Street.
Keeping with an intention of local accessibility the admission will be $10 per-day or $25 for the 3 day festival. Donations of larger amounts are most welcome as Lucas was recently hit by a severe hail and wind storm during which all area business and exhibitions spaces suffered mild to severe roof and window damages. Highlights include but are not limited to: Red Pearl - Denver, Colo.; Called to Walls - Lawrence; El Tiempo Nublado - Paraguay; LaRosh Wheat Harvest 2015 - Osborne.
There will be a heavy visual arts component to the festival as four (con)temporary art galleries will emerge on Main Street throughout the festival featuring dozens of local, regional and international artists. Highlights include but are not limited to: Michelle L. Morby and her intimate gouache portraits of “Famous Kansans” ranging from historical figures to local legends and a spattering fictional Kansas natives. (Festival artist in residence*); Chelsea America - Domestic Dust-bowl: A sensual and sensational observatio; Dave Loewenstein Graffiti Mural on Southside of Troy’s Grocery Store (Festival artist in residence*); Philip Huang - “Fortune Tent-Telling”; Mri-Pilar - “Tin Liddies” workshop on Saturday the 26th; Brooke Wallace - New Cambria at the Grassroots Art Center showcasing her duct tape creations.
More films and visual artists to be announced soon.