Apr 25, 2010 7:35 AM by John Romero

Film fest brings together fans, filmmakers

For the third year the Indie Spirit Film Festival is letting movies goers in Southern Colorado see films they wouldn't see everyday. "Word's getting out about Colorado Springs and the festival so it's pretty exciting" says festival director Chris Loud, "This really gives an opportunity for those filmmakers who have excellent films that might be a little bit smaller than ones you're going to find at the multiplexes to have an audience."

Florida based director Aloura Charles is one of those filmmakers. "I'm just a film lover. I grew up watching them so I've been a film lover my whole life." she says. Her feature film "Reservations" is headlining at the film festival along with two of her short films. For independent filmmakers like Charles, festivals like these are the ultimate way to share their vision with a wide audience. "Every opportunity to see the film as it was intended on the big screen, I think is fantastic." she explains.

It may be a little nerve racking at times for Charles and other directors as they see the audience reaction to their film. "You're nervous, you're excited! You hope everything goes right. You hope they laugh in the right places and don't laugh when they're not supposed to laugh." she says. But in the end it's that audience and filmmaker interaction that makes the "Indie Spirit" so special. "That high that you get from having an audience view your film is a great reward." she says.

CLICK HERE for more, including show times, for the Indie Spirit Film Festival.



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