Get on Board!

A Christian fanfare band from Friesland – De Lofstem – visited Orange City Tuesday, May 3, giving concerts at Orange City Christian School, Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community and First Reformed Church. One favorite piece featured trombones in “Get on Board,” shown here with director Christina van der Bijl in the background, at Orange City Christian School. Gerry Bouma coordinated the tour; Orange City Arts Council coordinated De Lofstem’s visit here.

OrangeRind Film Festival to feature regional filmmakers

ORANGE CITY – The second annual OrangeRind is happening Friday, May 20.

The film festival will feature filmmakers from Orange City and beyond, with the show starting at 8 p.m. at DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College in Orange City.

Deadline for entering original films is May 13, but the Orange City Arts Council’s film fest coordinators are already screening entries. The best will be included in the line-up.

Prizes will be awarded to festival favorites, chosen by judges. A people’s choice award will also be given.

The festival is growing, according to Vaughn Donahue, filmmaker in Orange City and coordinator of OrangeRind. Over twice as many films have been entered as of May 5, compared to the first festival in 2010. Entries come from all across Iowa, including Sioux Center, Le Mars, Ankeny, Dyersville, Storm Lake, Keota, and Fairfield. They include everything from a film about two women who come together on a frigid day at the Iowa Women’s Prison…  to a 9-minute flick entitled “Snow White.” Donahue expects a quality selection of films to be shown to a packed house on May 20.

OrangeRind is free. The public is invited to attend Orange City’s Tulip Festival during the day May 20, and the film fest in the evening. For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712.707.4885, OCArts@orangecityiowa.com. Entries must arrive by May 13; send DVDs to OC Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.