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Message from Memphis Film Festival on December 18, 2018

 Dear Friends -

This morning we share the very sad news of the passing of our own Packy Smith.  Packy has been with the Memphis Film Festival organization for over 30 years. His friendship and presence will be missed immensely. Please keep Packy's family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.


 















Packy Smith originated what is now known as The Memphis Film Festival back in 1972 with the late Mitchell Schaperkotter and Wayne Lackey. It was a celebration of "B" Westerns which included appearances of heroes of the genre such as Russell Hayden, Lash LaRue, Don "Red" Barry, and Sunset Carson. It was called The Western Film Collectors Association in those days. The festival later moved to Nashville after The Peabody Hotel shut down and continued for another couple of years. Packy eventually moved to California and on to other things but became active in the festival again after returning to Tennessee a decade or so ago. He was an invaluable asset in many ways, recruiting many of our celebrities and overseeing the dealers' room operations. He was also one of the founders of the festival at Lone Pine, CA which focused on the history of that famous movie location. Packy was also an author and publisher of several books on Western film history and music. He was an acknowledged authority in those fields. He will be deeply missed and it's hard to imagine anyone being able to fill his boots. - Ray Nielsen

Rob Word

Wyatt McCrea

Karolyn Grimes

Chris Mitchum

Patrick Wayne

Marguerite Happy

Randolph Mantooth

We have some VERY EXCITING NEWS! 

We have special permission to have a PRIVATE showing of "Bill Tighman and the Outlaws!!" a new western starring none other than Darby Hinton!

The movie will be shown on Wednesday evening @ 8:30 pm. There is a $5 charge to see the movie as we need to pay a fee to the producers for the rights to show it. However, Darby Hinton will be there to watch the movie with you!  He and John Buttram, who also has a role in the movie, will stay around to answer questions after the movie.

So if you want to see the movie, indicate on the registration form when you mail it in and add the $5 fee.

If you have already pre-registered and want to see the movie, please email Bonnie Boyd and she will put a ticket aside for you. You can pay when you arrive. We will save a ticket for you!

There are only a maximum of 200 seats so if you want to see this fun, new movie don't delay!

Kevin Tighe

Alex Cord

Robert Fuller

Angie Dickinson

Buck Taylor

Diamond Farnsworth

June 6-8, 2019

Sam's Town Hotel and Casino

Tunica, Mississippi

Darby Hinton

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