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Blacklist Art & Film Festival shines spotlight on South Shore filmmakers

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Organizers are ready to raise the curtain on the biggest and most extravagant version of the Blacklist Art and Film Festival.

For its third year, the festival has expanded to three days, and will take place at three locations around the South Shore. The event began Thursday and wraps on Saturday, Aug. 2, with an after-party at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon.

Since the first Blacklist festival, a one-day event in 2006, the event has featured works by 36 independent filmmakers and more than 40 artists. Many of the filmmakers and the Blacklist’s creative staff are from the Tahoe area.

“It’s a privilege to be able to come home and give something back to the community that gave so much growing up,” filmmaker Jeff Speed said in a news release. “We hope this annual event will inspire young artists to create from their souls and embrace their own individuality.”

This year’s Blacklist festival consists of the following events:

n The meet-and-greet party beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Bar 24 inside Bill’s will give festivalgoers the opportunity to speak with the filmmakers. Vintage rock musician Diablo Dimes will perform at 11 p.m. There is no cover charge, but the event is 21-and-up.

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n Art ranging from photographs to sculpture will be on display in the MontBleu showroom at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Screenings of the films begin at 8:30 p.m., and an after-party with drinks and two DJs will follow in Opal Lounge. The art show is free, and it and the film festival are open to all ages, but the after-party if for guests 21 and older. Tickets for the screenings are $10 and are available at the MontBleu box office.

n The Blacklist Art and Film Festival will conclude with an after-party and awards ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Naked Aggression, the Hangmen and the Formaldebrides will perform at 10 p.m. at Whiskey Dick’s Admission is $10.