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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
This year's Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival will be the first time filmmakers from New York, Texas and Illinois join the three-day production.
Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox," festival co-founder Rick Davis said the independent films are phenomenal.
"There are films that will make you laugh, cry and ponder," Davis said. "But we have films that have already received national attention."
Forty-four films will be showcased beginning Friday and running through Sunday.
Davis said 75 percent of the films were shot and produced by local filmmakers.
Local businesswoman Peggy Darling will share the story of how Hollywood came to be known as the glamour capital of the world.
"Nobody had ever heard of Hollywood and everything changed overnight," Darling said.
Darling's grandfather rented his barn to Cecil B. DeMille. It became Hollywood's first studio where they filmed "Squaw Man," Hollywood's first feature length film, in 1914, she said.
Festival day passes are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.bakersfieldfilmfest.com/tickets.