Tarleton communication studies hosts Billy the Kid Film Festival


Monday, October 28, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s new travel, event and activity management (TEAM) concentration in communication studies co-sponsors its first event, the Billy the Kid Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2 in downtown Hico, Texas.

The fun, interactive festival focuses on the hometown of Brushy Bill Roberts (who claimed to be Billy the Kid) and features free writing and film industry workshops on Friday, Nov. 1.

Author Peggy Freeman conducts the writing workshop at 2 p.m., discussing screenplays, books and plays. Festival director, Ron Hummel, will teach the film industry workshop at 4:45 p.m.

“This is an event in our back yard,” said Dr. Karley A. Goen, associate professor of communication studies at Tarleton. “This amazing opportunity will be held in a wonderful venue featuring old relics like the Hico Jail, mercantile stores and the City of Hico Golf Course.

“The Billy the Kid Film Festival provides opportunities to mix and mingle with film experts, and the community will gain exposure to ideas and topics in the film industry. Also, the community can hear about new film technology and will get the chance to ask questions about cinematography.”

Festivalgoers can connect with directors, actors, writers, screenwriters and filmmakers; walk the red carpet at the VIP reception; and see unique drama, comedy, horror, family, sci-fi/fantasy and documentary movies as well as Texas and foreign films.

In addition to Tarleton State University’s Department of Communication Studies, other sponsors are the Hico Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Film Commission and the Billy the Kid Film Festival nonprofit organization.

The VIP all-access pass is $100, a single-day pass for all movies is $50 and a single movie ticket is $10.

For more information, go to www.billythekidfilmfestival.com or email [email protected]

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