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And the winners were

The Wimberley Film Festival, sponsored by our library, was a huge success.

We had eight videos, six of them by people 17 and under. And about 65 people showed up for the viewing, awards presentation Saturday night.

The winners were:

Best Actor:

                Don Summers, “Video Crasher”

                Chris Crow, “A Day of Horror”

Best Actress:

                Genevieve Hodge, “The World of Others”

                Sage Summers, “Video Crasher”

Best Director:

                Ramon Galindo, “A Day of Horror”

                Tess Hasbrouck, “The Boy and the Ballerina”

Best Movie:

                “Video Crasher” by the Summers Family

                “The World of Others” by the Hodge sisters

Best Supporting Actress:

                Wilma Norman, “The Haunted Nightmare”

Best Horror Film:

                “The Haunted Nightmare” directed by Alexis Norman

Best Art Film:

                “Poppy Dreams” directed Ike Jablon and Adam Gottlieb

Best Documentary:

                “A Month in Texas” directed by Yelizaveta Kalinina

Best Foreign Film:

                “A Month in Texas” directed by Yelizaveta Kalinina

Best Comedy:

                “The Boy and the Ballerina” directed by Tess Hasbrouck

Best Cinematography:

                “Poppy Dreams”

Best Music:

                “Unite the Priceless” directed by Miles Allen and Chelsea Boone

Best Dialogue:

                “Unite the Priceless”

Best Newcomer and Patron of the Arts:

                Carroll Wilson, circulation librarian at the Wimberley Village Library

Lifetime Achievement Award:

                Ramon Galindo, director of “A Day of Horror”

What was that?

I was driving out of Woodcreek about 9 a.m. today, and about where Woodcreek Drive intersects with Ranch Road 12 it started snowing.

Big, puffy, wet Amarillo-style flakes.

On my drive into San Marcos, the snow kept up until about Wimberley Glass. Then it was just rain.

Of course, it was 37 degrees, too hot to stick, but I bet it gave kids a thrill to think about it.

My two grandsons have seen snow accumulate on the ground only once in their lives (the oldest is 16). That was back in 2006 or 2007 when we were living in Wichita Falls, and the boys and their mom came to visit about Christmastime.

It snowed for about as long as it ever does in Wichita Falls, but it was deep enough for the boys to make snow angels and snow ice cream and snow balls and a snowman and, yes, yellow snow.

Oh, I could tell you some snow stories. I grew up in Amarillo and lived there until 1983 when it snowed 48 inches in one week, stranding me for days at my workplace, a TV station north of town.

By the way, Amarillo is said to have gotten 13 inches of snow last night and today.

I'll take Wimberley's style of snow any day.

Now hear this

I just finished reading "The Moth," a compilation of 50 stories told by various participants in the National Public Radio show of the same name.

The idea behind "The Moth," the NPR radio show, is that individuals with interesting true stories to tell will work with a director to develop a tight talk, then give that speech at regular live events that are recorded and replayed.

The stories in the book are very short because the talks were short. And they are almost all intriguing.

I wanted to read "The Moth" because I really enjoy listening to "The Moth" as I drive to San Marcos or Dripping Springs to go grocery shopping.

Humans have apparently always loved hearing stories. At least that's what I learned in school (and, in the case of The Bible, at church). Long before anything was written down, the stories were told.

James Atlas, writing an op-ed piece in Sunday's edition of The New York Times, illuminates the growing popularity of podcasts and makes reference to some gate-keepers who have websites where you can keep up with what's new in podcast tale-telling via podcasts.

I'm not up on podcasting, but plan to get there. A good story is a good story regardless of format.


It's show time

Eight movies have been entered into the competition for the BAMBI Awards that will be presented during the first Wimberley Film Festival next weekend.

The festival/awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in our multi-purpose room at the library.

We expect a lot of folks to show up to enjoy an evening of film-watching, champagne-drinking and popcorn-popping.

This year we had two categories that independent film-makers could enter: adult and youth.

It appears most of the entries were in the youth area, which I expected.

Our judges will include two founding directors of the Pearland Film Festival and a professional movie producer who lives in Wimberley.

If you'd like to join us, RSVP by calling me at 512-848-2188 or contact Carolyn Manning at the same number.

See you then.

Going, going 'Gone'

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn has earned yet another distinction.

Our e-book consortium, called OverDrive, just released its list of most-read e-books borrowed from member libraries in 2014.

"Gone Girl" is No. 1 on the e-book list and also No. 1 on the digital audiobooks list.

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt is No.2 on both lists.

So, no news there, really.

The REAL news is this: the total number of digital titles borrowed from libraries and schools last  year was up by more than 33 percent over 2013's number.

The number of digital audiobooks checked out in 2014 outpaced the number in 2013 by 38 percent.

Tablet and smart-phone checkouts accounted for 52 percent of all checkouts and 64 percent of all traffic.

I just have to think that authors gain a huge amount of popularity when their books get made into movies. The evidence is overwhelming at every level.

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