Lights, camera, action! Free Onset Film Festival takes the stage

Jul 20, 2018

The Free Onset Film Festival showed it's third movie of the season on Thursday, July 19, bringing families and kids of all ages to the bandshell at Union Avenue.

The feature presentation, My Little Pony: The Movie, was popular with young event goers, many of whom brought stuffed animals and plastic figures of their favorite characters to the show.

"Everything we do is for the kids," said festival organizer Sharon Boyer. "We want it to be fun for them."

According to Onset Bay Association President Amanda Cobb, the event attracts close to 200 people a show.

"The weather can influence that number sometimes," Cobb said. "But overall, we've been very impressed with the turnout."

Admission to the festival is free, and concessions like popcorn and soda only cost about a dollar each.

"The OBA prides itself on offering low cost events," said Cobb. "We want families to be able to come out and have a good time in their community."

The Onset Free Film Festival also offers activities such as face painting and themed giveaways.

"A lot of people think that what we do is a fundraiser for the OBA," Boyer said. "But we don't make much money at all. We're really just here to give back."

Both Boyer and Cobb also praised the dedication of the festival's seven volunteers, who do everything from setup to making snow cones.

"They're what make it all possible," Boyer said. "I can't stress that enough."

The festival runs every Thursday until Aug. 9 with shows starting at 8 p.m. Next in the lineup are animated films Rock Dog and Leap.

Black Panther will be the festival's final film, and Boyer said she's excited to end the season with a box office hit.

"We're hoping a lot of people join us that night," Boyer said.

Black Panther became the highest-grossing superhero film in the world during its theatrical run, making $1.347 billion.

For more information about the Onset Free Film Festival and upcoming shows, visit the Onset Free Film Festival Facebook page.