Tribute Film Festival

May 2, 2020

REAL. WORTHY. STORIES. Cash Prizes in 6 categories. The Tribute Film Festival primarily focuses on documentaries that reference historic events. Events include screenings of selected films in the Frontier Texas theater, a filmmaking seminar, social/networking events throughout downtown Abilene, and a festival gala at Frontier Texas to screen the award winning films.

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2017 Winners:

Tribute Film Festival Information

WINNER - Best Nonfiction Film by or for a Museum         

Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel           
Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel is a short tribute commentary video on the artist’s series of paintings on the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. The film describes the art of Twiggs, but most importantly the grace shown by the church in the aftermath of the attack. The City of Charleston gave Twiggs the entire first floor of the City Gallery for the nine paintings. This short tribute artist commentary film accompanies the paintings in exhibition.              


Joe Clark, Ken Beale






WINNER - Best Heritage* Short Documentary (15-40 minutes)   

The Orange Story
February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation" of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S. Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag. Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria. 
Eugene Park, Erika Street, Jason Matsumoto  




WINNER - Best Heritage* Feature Documentary (over 40 minutes)         

Forgive-Don't Forget     
During Japan's surrender at the end of World War II, numerous swords were confiscated by American officers. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, a filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner. 
Brad Bennett  






WINNER - Best Heritage* Mini-Documentary (under 15 minutes) 

Icarus in Fort Worth       
A Texas daredevil faces danger to become a wingwalker and stunt pilot, risking everything to expand his fame and build a Hollywood movie career. The true story of Ormer Locklear, the greatest pilot you've never heard of.

Ted Fisher






WINNER - Best Heritage* Student Nonfiction Film (any length) 

Hitler's invasion of Poland kick-started the Second World War in Europe, and on September 3rd, 1939 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain informed British citizens that they were now at war with Germany. The British people would have a long war ahead of them, but the final months of 1939 would send them into battle not just on the Continent, but on the sea and in their own homes. 1939 is the story of the beginning months of the war in Great Britain, as told through the memories of survivors of the Blitz.

Chelsea Peer   







WINNER - Best Heritage* Short Film for Social Media (under 5 minutes) 

CPF Tribute
A daughter’s tribute to her family’s farming heritage. Carl Pepper Farms.

Kayla Pepper
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2016 Schedule:

Thursday, March 3rd 2016

5:30-6:30pm                        Opening Reception & Film Screenings @ Frontier Texas

8:00-9:00pm                        Let’s Talk About Films @ Monks Coffee House on Cypress Street

9:00-10:00pm                      Let’s Drink About Films @ Public Haus on North 2nd Street (ages 21+ only)

5:30-6:45pm                        Red River Valley Museum Introduction 00:01:30

                                               Queens of the Roleo 00:49:12


Friday, March 4th 2016

7:00-9:00pm                        Film Screenings @ Frontier Texas

                                                      Finding Refuge 00:25:19

                                                      The Poachers 00:18:45

                                                      Dalí's Last Masterpiece 00:56:50

9:00-10:00pm                     Let’s Drink About Films @ Public Haus on North 2nd Street (ages 21+ only)


Saturday, March 5th 2016

8:30-9:30am                       Let’s Talk About Films @ Monks Coffee House on Cypress Street

10:00-10:45am                   Film Screenings @ Frontier Texas

                                                      Graveyard of the Great Lakes 00:50:00

1:00-2:30pm                       Film Screenings @ The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

                                                      The Greatest Honor 00:53:00

                                                      Letters Home to Hero Street 00:25:00

3:30-4:15pm                        Film Screenings @ Frontier Texas

                                                      The 1966 Starr County Farm Workers' Strike 00:04:04

                                                      Fort Chadbourne – Overview 00:03:43

                                                      Red River Valley Museum – Berry Gallery Overview 00:02:25

                                                      Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides 00:26:00


6:00-9:00pm                        Film Screenings & Awards Ceremony

                                             @ the Historic Paramount Theater

                                                      Italian POW Artists in Texas 00:03:43

                                                      Home on the Range 00:08:18

                                                      One Day on Carver Street 00:03:38

                                                      Counter Histories: Rock Hill 00:27:30

                                                      Makoshika 00:50:00

                                                      LUTAH A Passion for Architecture (preview only)


9:00-10:00pm                     Let’s Celebrate Films @ Public Haus on North 2nd Street (ages 21+ only)


Sunday, March 6th 2016

2:00pm                              Film Screenings @ Frontier Texas

                                                      Cowboys: The Story of the 1943 Wyoming World

                                                      Championship Team 01:00:40

                                                      The Man from Coxs River 01:25:00

The Independent Filmmaking Seminar is a three-day independent filmmaking seminar for beginners and entry to mid-level professionals. The seminar will include presentations, screenings of new documentary films and the creation of a short film from start-to-finish by the seminar team. By attending this seminar attendees will be able to attend all Tribute Film Festival events including social/networking events in downtown Abilene and a festival gala at the Historic Paramount Theater to screen the award winning films on Saturday evening March 5th. Seminar registration is limited to 22 attendees. ‚Äč

Independent Filmmaking Seminar Information