Film and TV

Johnathan McFarlane on wanna-be celebrity hype, Festivus Film Festival

When Johnathan McFarlane and his partner Tim DeMasters created the Festivus Film Festival four years ago, they had trouble attracting audiences to all of the screenings at the Oriental and Bug theaters. Since then, the event has picked up buzz and grown its budget. The 2011 festival later this month will feature submissions from across the country, as well as submissions from local directors and producers. Westword caught up with McFarlane to talk about the history of the festival, its recent designation as a nonprofit and the selections on tap for this year's film fest for the rest of us.
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