Science fiction writer William F. Nolan will be the featured guest at the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival, which runs for two weekends, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 3-5.
"It is truly monumental to have award-winning, world-class writer Mr. William F. Nolan here on Oct. 4-5," said Nat Saenz, festival organizer. "He will be hosting a documentary and has expressed a willingness to meet with Tri-Cities writers."
Nolan co-wrote the book Logan's Run with George Clayton Johnson that was published in 1967. It was made into a movie with the same title in 1976 starring Michael York, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov.
"Nolan is best known for co-writing the bestselling sci-fi classic, as well as a number of sequel novels," Saenz said. "Stephen King acknowledged William Nolan as an expert in the art and science of scaring the hell out of people."
Since 2000, the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival has screened more than 600 independent short and feature films from around the world, Saenz said.
There also will be acting and filmmaking workshops offered throughout the five-day event. Those workshops will be conducted by Jason Hawkins, a director with Gravestone Entertainment, based in Portland.
Other guest speakers include local filmmakers Jason and Sunni Brock, Seattle filmmaker Kelly Hughes, Seattle makeup artist Carrie Lawshe and film producer Adam Boyd.
The films run anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes. They will be shown at three Richland locations: the Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way; the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Drive; and the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive.
Admission each day is $6. A five-day pass is $25 if purchased in advance at Adventures Underground in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. All costs include the workshops and forums, except the acting workshop, which is $175.
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