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    January 16, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
  • A film festival tends to attract more out of towners than a free concert downtown. I've been to film festivals in other cities and film buffs usually come from all over.

    If this is held on a weekend there are plenty of hotel rooms available on weekends.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:42 p.m.
  • With regard to any perceived financial connection between the Independent Film Festival and VPAC; Inc.'s desire to retrofit the Borcher's Auditorium for film presentation, I can personally assure Taxpayers that the two endeavors are completely separate from one another. I do not expect that VPAC; Inc. will ever solicit the Taxpayer for financial assistance, should the Board finalize its plans for permanent Film exhibitions. My statement to the VA reporter regarding "sussing" out the IFC with respect to VPAC; Inc.'s Film ambitions, was solely in the context of observing the IFC, and to learn by paying close attention to the event. if VPAC; Inc. proceeds with the retrofit, then VPAC; Inc. will raise the money independent of the taxpayer to the tune of $200K, more or less. A large amount certainly, hence our desire to facilitate and observe the IFC.
    Best Regards,
    Robert J. Hewitt, Jr.
    President, VPAC; Inc. Board of Directors.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.
  • The Victoria Performing Arts Center; Inc. is the the owner of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. I serve as Board President of VPAC; Inc., and have since its inception in the early 1990's. The public at large should know that the Facility is entirely paid for - through private contributions - and carries only a nominal amount of debt which is attributable to insurance and maintenance expense of The Welder Center. Several years ago, VPAC; Inc. did submit to the City of Victoria a funding request for marketing the Welder Center to a broader audience outside of Victoria, which was granted. The marketing itself was administered by Theater Victoria, and our involvement was custodial - with very close attention paid by our accounting staff to the rules under State Law on how those public funds qualify to be spent under then current law, and if the reimbursement requested by Theater Victoria thereby met muster all around. Not for one minute did the VPAC; Inc. forget that these were the people's money, and should be treated as kryptonite to Superman. At the end of the annual budget cycle, VPAC; Inc. returned to the City any unused public funds. As pertains to the proposed Film Festival, VPAC; Inc. would perform a similar role, with the same standards, and the same reverence to the Taxpayer. It is our hope that VPAC; Inc. can lend some higher level of credibility to this first year's effort in presenting an Independent Film Festival by husbanding the people's money.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.
  • I think this is a great idea.. To help out the let the young and as well as the old be able to strutt their skills in the film making of alternative and indie and
    or foreign films .. There ia lot of ideas
    just floating around.. And here is a
    chance for projects to take off from the
    ground up.. I think it's a wonderful idea..
    Victoria has a lot of potential to get into
    the arts of creative thinking.. We could
    start polishing up the old theater again
    on constitution if it still exists.. With a
    new neon sign out front.. How fun!!!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.
  • Has anyone ever checked out what Anthony Pedone has been to prison for?

    January 13, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.
  • Geesh, so many locals want to keep Victoria the cultural and arts retard wasteland it is.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.
  • A film festival will bring in those folks associated with a film and independent film buffs from around the area. For a first time event, it probably wouldn't bring in thousands, but would have the potential to grow. At least a film festival rings much more genuine than Bootfest--an event built upon bogus information.

    The city should look at funding a portion of this. However--as I asked earlier--if Pedone missed the application deadline or didn't bother to apply or was denied funding, then that is just too, too bad. While I support the event, I do not support extraordinary efforts to get this financed this year. Perhaps he'll have to go it alone this year and be better prepared next.

    There is absolutely no reason why this could not have waiting until the next regualrly scheduled meeting, four days later.

    But be on notice, City Council--when I want y'all to fund my "2nd Annual Edith Ann ‘Bring Your Boots’, Old Coots, Universal Truths World Peace Conference & R V Extravaganza", I expect the same considerations Pedone will be given.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.
  • aren't hotel rooms scarce nowadays with the oil boom in this area? they should think about that too!

    January 13, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
  • Maybe if someone would sit down and explain just what a film festival is, it might be easier to support their effort. I myself believe the film festival should have to prove itself before the city ponys up any money. They also need to show that they attract out of town guests for overnight stays in our motels/hotels and not just a feel good orginazation for the movers and shakers of this city.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.
  • Answer to first question (sort of)
    suss (ss)
    tr.v. sussed, suss·ing, suss·es Slang
    1. To infer or discover; figure out: "I think I'm good at sussing out what's going on" (Ry Cooder).
    2. To size up; study: "Suss out the designers in whom you are interested" (Lucia van der Post).

    It possibly means a lot of money will be thrown at a study to determine the "needs" of the performing arts center.

    Confusion helps keep people like us from asking questions about where all the money is going.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:57 a.m.
  • Hate to sound ignorant BUT what is "sussing" anyway?
    How many people would attend such a festival and why? If it's a week after SXSW will anyone who showed a film there want to hang around for another week to show here? Who exactly is Anthony Pedone? Executive Director of the Victoria Film Festival tells me nothing. Who is involved in this endeavour with him? Inquiring minds want to know MORE!
    Patrick Barnes

    January 13, 2012 at 7:42 a.m.
  • Besides the fact that the oil industry has rented out the hotel space for an indefinite period of time and there will be a lack of hotel accommodations in March 2012, did anyone else catch the second to the last paragraph?

    "Victoria Performance Arts Center is "sussing out" the festival's needs in conjunction with a separate $200,000 plan to retrofit the 500-seat space with screens and projectors for future events and conferences, Hewitt said."

    This smells a whole lot like a zoo parking lot to me.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:54 a.m.
  • EDI
    I don't always agree with you but you have it right this time. I'm going to the Gas Light play. Victoria can .............

    January 13, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.
  • I agree with Storyteller. Sometimes a good idea happens that just doesn't fit into the municipal planning cycle. If there is a way to encourage it a bit, I think the city would do well by helping it along.

    January 12, 2012 at 11:37 p.m.
  • There are some questions that do need to be asked about this event.

    First, did Pedone appy for the funds to the committee like the other recipients did?

    If not, why not? Are folks seeking funding in the future going to also be allowed to skip the established process to receive special consideration?

    If so, why does he get special consideration? Will there be an 'appeal' process for every recipient that didn;t get funded the first go around?

    Why couldn't this wait until Tuesday? Are others going to be granted special meetings for their funding?

    This is a perfectly fine event and it could be a lot of fun. Lots of folks coming from all over. Why does the City have to put a bad taste in everyone's got dang mouth by acting sneaky and covert? Do you City folks see how YOU ALL mess stuff up?

    January 12, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
  • This is exactly the kind of thing that the hotel tax should be supporting. And first year start up money is what's important. Later, after the festival becomes established it shouldn't need the money and could be able to support itself.
    I do agree that it should be handled at a regular meeting.

    January 12, 2012 at 6:54 p.m.