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The winners are ...

Our third annual film festival was conducted Saturday night, and we had a great crowd of people from Wimberley and throughout Texas.
The winners were named after 20 movies, all under seven minutes in length, were shown. Here are the winners:

Best Film: "Game Night" by Joel Fendelman

People's Choice Move of the Year: "The Warrior Within" by Jacob White

Awards in the 17 and Under age group:

Best Director: Brett Boon for "Prom?"

Best Performing Ensemble: Coleson, Ian, Sage, Don and Denise Summers

Best Documentary: "The Heidelberg Project" by Adam Gorny

Honorable Mentions: "Burrito Boyz" by Danny Tran; and "Sea of Stories" by Azure Allen

Awards in the 18 and Over age group:

Best Director: Madeline Smith for "On Air"

Best Script: "Soulmates" by Matt Rifley

Best Horror Movie: "Shadows From the Past" by Hannah Kroff

Honorable Mention: "Wimberley: An Arts Community" by Don and Ian Summers; and "The Opera Singer" by Steve Kahn

Most popular?

I think Wimberley must be a little out of sync with other cities in terms of popular books to check out of the library.
I was looking over the list of books that were checked out the most number of times from New York libraries, and almost without exception those books were the ones at the top of the NYT best-seller list. So, you'd find John Grisham and Tom Clancy and James Patterson at the top of the fiction list, and O'Reilly and Vance and Megyn Kelly at the top in nonfiction.
Here at the Wimberley library, this is the rundown:

Fiction:  Off the Grid by CJ Box (17 circulations)

                Badlands by CJ Box (16 circulations)

Non fiction:  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (24 circs)

                          On My Own by Diane Rehm (18 circs)

On Fleek

Take a look at that phrase: On Fleek.
If you have never heard that phrase, you're in good company, as far as I'm concerned. I never heard of it, either.
One measure of how far out of the loop you are is how many words that are now officially banished you didn't really know had popular currency to begin with.
Like On Fleek.
Or Bete Noire.
These phrases and many others are on the official list of banished words issued just last week by the Lake Superior State University. People there have been compiling lists of words or phrases that ought to be chased out of English for some years now.
The full or complete list put together since 1976 now has 879 words or phrases on it.
I like this idea.
You can check out the complete list at lssu.edu/admissions.

And the finalists are ...

The deadlines have passed and we have selected the finalist movies that will be shown at our third annual Wimberley Film Festival this weekend.
The festival is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the EmilyAnn Theater in Wimberley, and all are invited. There is no charge for admission.
We will be showing 18 movies in two categories, those made by adults 18 and older and folks 17 and younger.
Several of the movies are made by area directors, but most of them come from artists throughout the United States, so this is truly a film festival with a widening scope and broader interests.
I know that 18 movies sounds like a lot to screen in an evening, but it really isn't. The longest movie is 7 minutes, and most are much shorter than that.
While the judging goes on, we will have entertainment provided by The Traveling Murphys of Houston. They were a huge hit for us last year.

Free films! Free fun!

We'll have more than a dozen very short movies for you to see -- for free -- at our third annual film festival in Wimberley.
The festival and judging competition is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Emily Ann Theater.
We'll have the films to see plus free refreshments and free entertainment -- The Traveling Murphys from Pearland, Texas.
No RSVP necessary. Just dress up (or not) and come to the festival.
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