Expect the Unexpected at the 2013 Flatland Film Festival

Written By Katherine White

September 30, 2013


The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) is building momentum as they prep for their 9th Annual Flatland Film Festival in Lubbock, Texas.

lhucalogoThe festival is an international short film competition that received more than 60 entries from five different countries. With such an overwhelming amount of entries, Tonja Hagy, marketing coordinator for LHUCA, is anxiously awaiting the start of another amazing event!


“Many of the short films and almost all of the feature length films have been chosen as selections and/or award winners at larger festivals.

We take great pride in the fact that we offer local festival goers a chance to see world-class independent films.”

If you’re looking for something eclectic and thought-provoking, this is where you need to be. All of the films will take place at the Underwood Center’s Firehouse Theatre, 511 Ave. K. The festival will kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a film titled, The Retrieval. This Civil War era drama will have viewers holding their breath from the beginning as they watch a young boy join a band of bounty hunters who are on the prowl for their next payday. Take a look at the trailer.


If you’re a fan of cinema, you’ll see why the $60 Flatland Film Pass is completely worth it. The pass includes all screenings, including Metropolis Elektro and each one of the exclusive festival parties. I mean, who wouldn’t want to mix and mingle with the directors, other film fans and big wigs in the industry?

With so many films and special events, LHUCA has made it easy to purchase tickets. Fans can purchase tickets online, over the phone by calling 806.762.8606 or you can stop by their office at 511 Ave. K. Once you purchase your tickets, all you have to do is pick them up at will call the day of the show.

Thursday 10/17

  •  6 p.m. – Opening reception (open to all ticket holders)
  • 7 p.m. – The Retrieval  $15
  • After party at Cafe J’s (open to festival pass holders only)

Friday 10/18

  • 7 p.m. – Metropolis Elektro $35
  • 10 p.m. – Metropolis After Party (open to festival pass holders only)

Saturday 10/19

All of the Flatland Film Festival competition short films will be screened in three sessions on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is an opportunity to see all of the entries and to cast your vote for the Audience Choice Award.

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Short Blocks $10 for each showing
  • 6 p.m. – This Ain’t No Mouse Music $15
  • 7:30 p.m. – All the Labor $15
  • 10 p.m. – Closing Party (festival pass holders only)

You can always catch the latest Hollywood hit at the theater, and if you’re like me, just wait until it hits a Redbox. Or you can do the exact opposite (which I hope you will) and experience this year’s Flatland Film Festival. All in all, Tonja couldn’t have said it better.

“The arts are changing the quality of life in Lubbock and we are thrilled to be at the forefront of that change. Life on the High Plains is not just about paintings of longhorns and landscapes. The level of art experiences that is available to our community has never been better.”




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