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  • Wave of culture coming with Hesperia film, music event

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  • HESPERIA — It will be lights, camera, action in the Victor Valley as the Desert Rocks Film and Music Event hits the big screen and Civic Plaza Park next to City Hall in Hesperia.
    Saturday’s event will feature independent films, music videos, up-and-coming rock musicians and comedians. Chosen films from submissions locally and around the world will be shown all day on two screens at the Cinema West Theater.
    Mayor Pro Tem Eric Schmidt said the event is called Desert Rocks because organizers of the event want it to be a regional and cultural “family happening” for the entire High Desert and beyond.
    “We’re lacking that cultural element here in the High Desert, and we’re hoping that the film fest brings in a wave of culture,” Schmidt said. “Kudos to the Town of Apple Valley and Councilman Curt Emick for bringing the production of ‘The Music Man’ to their town.”
    Apple Valley’s three-night event in June, at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, was the first live, outdoor musical to be staged in the Victor Valley and drew a full house every night.
    “The city of Hesperia and the park district is playing a part in the (film festival) by allowing the usage of the outdoor facilities, but we’re not spending a dime. That should make a lot of people happy,” Schmidt said. “Even Cinema West is donating two screens, which makes this entire endeavor very cost effective.”
    Having written professionally for 25 years, screenwriter Nelsie Spencer said she is ecstatic to announce that her indie, “fish-out-of-water” screenplay, “Valley Inn” will hit the film fest.
    Co-written with director and Arkansas native Kim Swink, the film was shot this summer in Arkansas with a mostly local crew and local talent along with a few seasoned New York actors.
    “Valley Inn” is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Emily Mason, a New Jersey college student, who finds herself in a dusty, dying small Southern town, a thousand miles from home, selling Christian books door-to-door for the summer. During her stay at the inn, Mason begins to discover what is most valuable in life.
    “ ‘Valley Inn’ is a love-letter to small-town America. A tribute to a quickly vanishing way of life,” Spencer said. “And above all, as all movies should, ‘Valley Inn’ entertains and transports the audience.”
    Recently, Spencer created Nelsie’s Round Table, a writers’ community that meets weekly via teleconference where writers find support, accountability and success.
    Spencer’s film will be one of several that will be screened in Theaters 10 and 11 at Cinema West. Music and entertainment will be staged on the grounds of Civic Plaza Park, while free seminars and workshops will be hosted in the Conference Room at the Hesperia Branch Library.
    “We’re cautiously optimistic about attendance,” Schmidt said. “This event could be a staple and showpiece of the High Desert, and could potentially draw bigger names.”
    An all-day film pass is  $10 per person. Free music and entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and end at approximately 7 p.m. The awards ceremony for outstanding films and bands is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, visit www.desertrocksfame.org.
    Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.
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