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Nostalgic film festival on hold until 2019

Former Hollywood talent agent Mike Marx, now a Hannibal, Mo., resident, is postponing the Mark Twain Nostalgic Film Festival until next year, largely because of a lack of funding and scheduling troubles. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 30, 2018 10:00 pm Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 10:07 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Mark Twain Nostalgic Film Festival is officially on hold until next year.

Event coordinator Mike Marx said the festival, which was scheduled for Sept. 13-15 at Hannibal-LaGrange University, has been postponed, largely because of a lack of funding and some potential scheduling troubles.

Marx, a Hannibal native and former Hollywood talent agent, said there had been a delay in the festival receiving its tax-exempt status, which slowed fundraising. Coupled with some potential scheduling difficulties, he felt the best choice was to postpone the event for a year.

Marx, 75, helped coordinate the festival for 38 years in Winston-Salem, N.C., before deciding to move it to his hometown. During its stay in North Carolina, which ended in 2017, the event was primarily known as the Western Film Festival and Nostalgia Convention.

Marx said he has contacted scheduled guests for the festival, and they remain committed for 2019. Included on that list is former James Bond girl Lana Wood, 72, who portrayed Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 movie "Diamonds Are Forever." Other stars scheduled include Kim Lankford ("Knots Landing"), Lynda Day George ("Mission: Impossible") and musician Roy Head.

"Everyone remains on board to be here next year, plus we'll be able to have Ed Asner, who had to back out of this year's festival because of another commitment," Marx said.

The festival will feature about a dozen former or current stars.

Marx said he also will use the coming months to examine some different sites for the event, and is considering moving it to Quincy.

"We're already working on things," said Marx, who spent 30 years as a talent agent in Hollywood before returning to his Northeast Missouri home in 1999. "The first thing we will get decided is the venue."

The festival also will feature assorted nostalgic films, plus a variety of film-related vendors. Details on times, sites and ticket prices will be released as soon as a venue is secured.

Marx also said his committee is considering moving the festival dates from September to August.


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