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Borrego Springs Film Festival


Get your tickets early to enjoy a fun-filled weekend chocked full of WWII nostalgia and local movie lore in California's Secret Desertâ„¢. The Reel to Real Premiere Weekend begins Friday with a festive 21-up opening night reception at the entry to the Performing Arts Center, followed by loads of all-age fun Saturday and Sunday.

The Borrego Festivals Foundation in conjunction with the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce is offering this exciting weekend as a fundraiser for the Borrego Springs Film Festival 2014 project. Borrego Springs, best known for its wildflowers and spectacular desert where visitors can hike, bike or drive their off-road vehicles, has a place in film history that few know about, and a group of dedicated locals are hoping that an independent film festival will eventually draw even more tourists to the area.

Since the early days of motion pictures, the open spaces surrounding the town have attracted movie-makers. Film Festival Committee Chairman Fred Jee, a former Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ranger and the town's 2000-01 honorary mayor, said. "Few are aware that over 60 films have been shot in and around Borrego Springs. We hope to educate people on our place in the movie industry while raising enough interest and money to launch a Borrego Springs Film Festival in 2014. Thanks to some hard-working locals the Reel to Real Premiere Weekend will have a slew of very entertaining things going on."

Among these "things" is the actual showing of The Desert Rats, a 1953 movie primarily shot near Borrego Springs staring Richard Burton and James Mason, along with 4-wheel drive trips to the filming location. WWII history buffs can step into the past at a mobile museum complete with live historians dressed in authentic war garb courtesy of the First Composite Group from La Quinta, CA. Of course, nothing in Borrego Springs is complete without a good old steak cookout at the American Legion Post.

For tickets and further details on these happenings, the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce is the place to call (760) 767-5555, or visit

If you are in for small-town stuff done in a big way this could prove to be a fun weekend. You will also be helping Borrego Springs start a new chapter in its movie history.

For more in information contact the Borrego Springs Film Festival Committee Chairman Fred Jee at (760) 518-0509 or Committee Executive Director Susan Graceman at (612) 281-1662.

The Borrego Festivals Foundation is a pending 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce to better serve the entertainment and educational needs of Borrego Springs and its children. For more information, contact Linda Haddock, Executive Director of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, (760) 767-5555,

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