Tom Mix

Prescott Arizona is the quintessential “Old West Town”. Steeped in the ancient history of its Native American population and the more recent history of the pioneers. Fires, floods and lawlessness made it a risky place to live. But those who stayed on saw a bright future and were willing to risk it all to get there. Those folks were much like independent filmmakers, who put themselves out on the edge of art and technology, risking their reputations and careers to give voice to their vision. And that’s what makes the Prescott Film Festival the place to be for independent filmmakers to screen their films and interact with a knowledgeable audience. Prescott is where the frontier of cutting edge filmmaking meets the frontier of the Old West. The town of Prescott already has a long history in film production, beginning in 1912 with the production of The Cringer and continuing when the Lubin Film Company studio was open in July of 1912. Filmmaker Tom Mix often came to Prescott and even stayed at Prescott’s own Hotel Vendome. Between 1912 and 1918, over 100 movies were filmed in the Prescott area with titles like Roping a Bride, Sagebrush Tom and The Sheriff of Yavapai County. The festival serves as a means of showcasing the area to 21st Century filmmakers and making them feel welcome in “everybody’s hometown”. Whether you are a film fan or an aspiring filmmaker, the Prescott Film Festival promises to feed that hunger for culture with films and guest filmmakers that are sure to entertain, educate and continue to make Prescott the place where the filmmaker becomes a part of history!

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