South Bend, Ind. A Goshen-made film was well received by Michiana audiences at the River Bend Film Festival, which came to a close Saturday evening.
The three-day festival of independent cinema from around the world took place in South Bend for the 6th year in a row. Organizers say the event has continued to grow through the years.
"This has been the most successful festival we've had yet," said Workshop Chairman Michael Kouroubetes. "It's skyrocketed beyond our hopes and dreams it's been a wonderful time getting together."
Special Guest Clint Howard, who played a role in the Goshen film "Sand Castles," said he was invigorated by his trip to South Bend.
"South Bend is a small little town but it's a wonderful place," Howard said. "The ability to edit can make movies like Sand Castles in Goshen, Indiana... That's a classic example of young film makers getting together and making a movie, they hustled around and now they're doing the festival circuit."
"Sand Castles" filmmaker Jordon Hodges is a Goshen native and a 2005 graduate of Northridge High School.
"People have been very impressed by it," Howard said of his Michiana reviewers. "The film seems to be getting traction so I wish them all the best."
Jim Coleman, an avid festival-goer and Michiana resident, said he and his wife always take advantage of these unique opportunities to interact with filmmakers.
"Every summer we're going to film festivals locally to watch and support the films, directors, producers and a lot of times you get to meet the actors," Coleman said. "You can ask any questions and we just enjoy that part exceptionally."
The festival includes screenings, discussion panels, workshops and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers themselves.