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By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

The Surveyor


First there was Cannes, then Sundance and Telluride, and now, Rooney Fest. A film festival is an organized presentation of a collection of movies shown at a specific place and time, usually over a few days. The collection of movies can range from old movies to new movies, independent films or student films; it all depends on the festival’s focus. The world’s first film festival was held in Venice in 1938. Berthoud High School held its first film festival five years ago, but like many of the previously mentioned events, it too has grown.


The Rooney Fest, as the film festival is called, is entirely student-run. Co-chairing this year’s Rooney Fest Committee are Luke Taylor, a junior, and Katie Kouns, a sophomore. I chatted with Taylor about this year’s show, which will feature six movies — the most ever shown at Rooney Fest. “I set up meetings with each of the students interested in making a film, and then they had a couple months to actually make the film,” stated Taylor. He got a good response, and BHS students from all grades and different backgrounds are involved. Taylor, an avid filmmaker himself, is happy to have so many students get involved in this film festival.


In a plot twist, this year’s Rooney Fest participants must produce a trailer for their movie. “We’ve never done this before — we’re going to premiere all six trailers at school to get more students interested in coming to Rooney Fest,” said Taylor. From story creation to the editing process, each film must be produced by the students. The films must be no longer than 10 minutes, and must be school appropriate. The subject matter of this year’s film entries includes artistic works, humorous works and even an ode to James Bond — a little something for everyone.


The evening’s program will include a short introduction of each film, followed by the showing of each film in its entirety, and then it will fall to the judges to produce the night’s exciting conclusion. “There’s a panel of judges, and they will give out awards for things like best actor, best actress and best picture,” explained Taylor. The students will receive many different prizes based on their work on or in the film; a sort of miniature BHS Academy Awards.


Rooney Fest will take place Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Berthoud High School. Community members are encouraged to attend. The admission fee is $3, and swag in the form of door prizes will be handed out during the evening.


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adelitas  Adelita’s Fine Mexican Food (Loveland, CO)

UPDATE: As of March 25, 2009, Adelita’s is still closed. A fire in December forced the closure. The building is currently undergoing renovations.

There’s no word on when Adelita’s is scheduled to reopen. I have tried to call their telephone number, but no one answers.

UPDATE: As of April 24, 2009, Adelitas is NOW OPEN!!!  I have not been in yet, but as soon as we get a chance, I’ll check out the renovations and see if this construction project has changed the pricing structure.

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dragon-child2 I recently had the opportunity to interview fantasy author C.K. Miller. Her first book, “The Dragon Child,” was published this summer and can be ordered through bookstores nationwide.  

Article on C.K. Miller:  ck-miller

CK Miller’s website: www.ckmillerhome.com

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 Photo by Malonda Hutson, courtesy of The Elders

My all-time favorite band is coming to Loveland next Thursday, July 10th.  The Elders will also be playing at the First Annual Fort Collins Irish Festival on August 2-3.

Read my recently published article about The Elders: HERE.


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My article on Lyric Cinema & Cafe was published last week in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor.

Read article HERE.

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I have recently added this establishment to my Blog Roll.

It’s called the Lyric Cinema & Cafe and it is located at 300 E. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I am currently writing an article about this cinema for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor and will post it here when it runs.

This cinema shows great artistic movies you will not be able to find anywhere else in Northern Colorado. The food is delicious and I highly recommend the Cheese Platter paired with a chardonnay or a local microbrew.

Please check them out:  LYRIC CINEMA & CAFE




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