WEST BOUNTIFUL – The city’s arts council is looking to start its own free film festival.
To kick things off, the council will be showing “Rocket Boy” and “Keith Shorts III” on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at West Bountiful City Hall. Both short films have local ties, and organizers hope that other area filmmakers will submit their own work for future consideration.
“It can be hard for filmmakers to find opportunities to screen their work,” said Colleen Maloy, who organized the event. “We wanted to give them that chance.”
This month’s festival will include Daniel Parker Smith’s “Rocket Boy,” which won a gold medal in the Park City Film Music Festival. The movie follows a little boy as he attempts to build a rocket that will take him and his dog to the moon.
“The main character goes through a lot of trials to build his rocket,” said Smith. “But he doesn’t give up, no matter what.”
The movie was also selected for the 2012 LDS Film Festival, and won honors at the 2010 Cort Short Film Fest.
“The movie seems to be well received by audiences,” said Smith. “They’ve always had a good time with it.”
West Bountiful resident Keith Maloy, who scored the music for “Rocket Boy,” is also a filmmaker in his own right. His most well-known movie, “The Bob Adventures: Trash Day,” has been shown several times in West Bountiful.
This is the first public screening of “Keith Shorts III,” one of his earliest films. It features Maloy as all the characters in a one-man variety show.
“I’d come out as the master of ceremonies, then go offstage and come back in as a completely different character,” he said. “I just kind of had fun.”
West Bountiful City Hall is located at 550 N. 800 West. For details on how to submit your film, call Colleen Maloy at 801-298-0293. All films will be pre-screened for content.