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HASTINGS, Neb., Jan. 17, 2019 – Hastings Museum has announced it will be the venue for the Sandy Dennis Film Festival, April 26-28, 2019.

Sandy Dennis Film Festival

“We’re always looking to make the most of our super screen Theatre and to bring unique content to the area,” said Becky Matticks, Hastings Museum executive director. “This does both, plus it’s a great way to draw new people to this area.”
The festival will honor Sandy Dennis, who was born in Hastings and lived here for many years. Dennis is a Tony and Oscar Award winner, perhaps best known for her role as Honey along side Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
Tam Pauley is a Hastings resident who was the initial force behind the creation of the Sandy Dennis Foundation in 2005. Pauley said Dennis broke barriers in both the Midwest and in the arts community. She graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and moved to New York after completing just one semester in college. Pauley said it’s important to remember and honor Dennis, because she’s one of our own.
The Out of Towners“Sandy was one of the many little girls who grew up in Hastings with big dreams,” Pauley said. “She was a Nebraska voice in the New York and Hollywood arts communities. She did so well in the world, and represented us so well.”
The Sandy Dennis Foundation is now led by Margaret Marsh, a long-time member of the Tri-City arts community. Marsh is the festival’s director, coordinator, and all-around champion. The festival has two categories: Short Narrative Film and Short Documentary Film, not to exceed 20 minutes.
“I’m relatively new to short films as an art form, but I love them,” Marsh said. “And I love giving people a chance to experience something new. You never know what it will inspire in others,”
Awards will be given in several categories and preference will be given to films featuring a strong female lead.  The event kicks off on Friday night with a presentation honoring Dennis and a screening of one of her classic films, The Out of Towners. The Museum will also install a small exhibit of memorabilia to honor Dennis, which will open that night. Films are already being submitted to the festival through FilmFreeway.com or WithoutaBox.com. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 28. Cost is $25. Late applicants will be accepted until Feb. 28; cost is $30.
The festival is being curated by a group of judges coordinated by Marsh. There will be five blocks of films: four throughout the day on Saturday, one on Sunday afternoon, and a final awards session later Sunday afternoon. Tickets to any one of these blocks is $5 +tax. A limited number of passes will be sold to all five blocks for $15 +tax. Friday evening tickets to The Out of Towners and the Sandy Dennis tribute presentation are $10 +tax. Tickets are on sale now.


The Out of Towners & Tribute Presentation | Fri, April 26: $10 + tax
Individual Blocks | Sat, April 27 & Sun, April 28: $5 +tax each
Block Package | Sat, April 27 – Sun, April 28: $15 +tax includes all short films
Sandy Dennis Film Festival | Schedule of Events
Friday | April 26
5 pm:  Registration opens
6 pm:  Filmakers’ reception
7 pm:  Welcome in the Theatre and Sandy Dennis Tribute and
Screening of ‘The Out of Towners’
Saturday | April 27
10 am – Noon:  Block 1, Narrative Shorts
2 – 4 pm:  Block 2, Documentary Shorts
4:30 – 6 pm:  Block 3, Narrative Shorts
8 – 10 pm:  Block 4, Documentary Shorts
Sunday | April 28
1 – 3 pm:  Block 5, Documentary Shorts
3:30 – 4 pm:  Awards
For tickets call (402) 461-2399.

 Local Sponsors:

Back Alley Bakery, Big G Ace, Blue Moon Coffee, Odyssey,
Pacha Soap and Russ’s Market

More about the Sandy Dennis Film Festival

Margaret Marsh is the director of the Sandy Dennis Film Festival. She can be contacted directly for additional information at magmash@icloud.com.

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