If you're a film buff, you don't want to miss the Lake Charles Film and Music Festival going on this weekend. The whole event was put together a few years back by Patrick Bennett. Patrick is a local film maker who wanted to give area filmmakers a venue to have their work seen by others.

This year's Film Festival is going to take place in multiple locations in the area. This Friday, the kick-off party gets underway at 7 p.m. at My Place American Pub. The kick-off party is always a lot of fun, and music will be provided by David Locklear.

Coming up Saturday, you'll be able to enjoy films from independent film makers from all over the world. In addition to the film screenings, students of film will find the various seminars helpful and fun. The screenings will be held at the Brimstone Museum as well as the Henning Cultural Center.

The Lake Charles Film and Music Festival is also a competition, and the awards ceremony is every bit as much fun as the festival. Awards in several categories will be awarded Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m. at Mac Farlane's Pub at 417 Ann Street in Lake Charles.

This year's special guest is Kathy Coleman. Kathy is an actress, best known for her portrayal of "Holly" on the TV series "Land of the Lost." In addition to Kathy Coleman, filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm will be on hand, and his latest movie, "Demon with the Atomic Brain" will be screened. If you enjoy some of the great "atomic" sci-fi films of the '50s, you'll love Mihm's new film.

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