Homer DocFest Celebrates Nine Years

Aaron Selbig


     The Homer Documentary Film Festival got off to a rousing start last Thursday night with a gala showing of “Marley,” an inside look at the life of Bob Marley that was followed by a live performance from the Homer reggae band “Uplift.” 
     Mac Sutton has been helping to organize the Homer Documentary Film Festival, which has grown tremendously since its humble beginnings nine years ago.
     "We started with just four movies ... and now we have dozens of documentaries to choose from each year and we've chosen the nine best," said Sutton. "It's really an eclectic mix."
     That mix ranges from “Pena” – a German contemporary dance film that will utilize the theatre’s 3D technology – to “Bully,” a social commentary that focuses on bullying in school to “Marley,” an intimate look inside the life of reggae superstar Bob Marley.
     “Marley” kicked of the festival with a gala opening at the Homer Theatre last Thursday night. The film showings are staggered throughout the week, says Sutton, so that audience members will have plenty of opportunity to see all the films they’d like to.
     Many of the films are award winners, including at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as film festivals in New York, Berlin and Toronto.
     The Homer Documentary Film Festival continues through Thursday, with films showing at 2,4,6 and 8pm each day. Individual films are 8 dollars for adults and 6 dollars for children but a festival pass – good for any showing at any time is 50-dollars. 
     A full rundown of all of this year’s films is online at www.homertheatre.com.