by Rohn Bayes
‘That was Epic!’ quipped my neighbor’s 9 year old daughter after the very first Backyard Film Festival in March of 2011. She got a chance to share her favorite music videos and dance with her friends.
Since then there have been a lot of great film festivals at 107 Devonshire. The playlist tends towards the eclectic and so do the friends and neighbors who gather. Retired folks, artists, wine purveyors, school teachers and hair stylists all mixing and mingling and watching movies under the stars.
One theme that seems to recur is ‘peace’. We celebrated the International Day of Peace 9/21/13 at the film festival and rightly so – San Antonio has a long history of being a place of peace. Since humans started inhabiting this region 12,000 years ago, attracted by the springs and the gentle river, it has been a gathering place and a sacred site.
As recently as the 1920’s indigenous people were pilgrimaging here from distant places to celebrate the generous spirit of the springs. On Main Plaza as you walk down to the river there is a quote chiseled into the wall, it says, ‘I ran free, like the first human that walked me. Yanawna was my name, peaceful waters’. One of my current projects is to do a documentary about the origins of human habitation here and how those people lived. Maybe it will debut at a BYFF one day.
The next event planned is called ‘Peace is Possible – 4 short films of Prem Rawat’ and will be shown at the High Wire Art Gallery on Josephine on the evening of December 14.
This will be the first time that the BYFF will be inside and also the first time that it has been co-sponsored. High Wire Arts and Compassionate San Antonio are the co-sponsors for this event. Hope to see you there or at a film festival somewhere soon.
The last BYFF was called ‘Cree-Ay-tiva-tee’ and included 9 short films representing the different genres of creativity. They were all online streaming videos and here’s the playlist in case you’d like to have your own backyard film festival.
Rohn Bayes has been a Terrell Heights resident since 2005. He’s a writer, film maker and online bookstore owner. His favorite quote (at least for today) is “Get up on your bike.”
To read more about Rohn and the Back Yard Film Festival, click here. To attend the ‘Peace is Possible’ Film Festival on December 14, click here to RSVP.