Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival scheduled for September 23-26



Ranked one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world in 2017 by MovieMaker magazine, the eighth annual Jerome independent film and music festival is scheduled to take place Thursday through Sunday, September 23-26, according to a press release. .

Set in America’s largest ghost town, the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival looks for new ways to “surprise our guests” each year.

“We are nervous, unexpected and always looking for ways to surprise our guests,” said Toni Ross, spokesperson for the film festival. “Every year, we look for ups and downs all over Jérôme to show independent films in the most unexpected places. We screened films on a train, in a haunted gold mine, inside vineyards, in surprise residences on top of a hill, in the basement hallway of a century-old high school and in the interior of rustic buildings throughout Jérôme.

For the eighth edition of the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival, guests will be presented with several new and extraordinary events including the Bartlett Concert and the Liberty Theater Showcase where Sweetwater Strings will perform ACDC, Led Zeppelin and other metallic sounds on their strings. They will also perform iconic film themes.

Guests will then head to the Liberty Theater to watch a short presentation of independent films. Virgin Cheese, the film festival’s new partner, will be offering decadent cheeses to guests of this event and desserts will be provided after the short film is shown inside the Liberty Theater.


The festival hosts the first Mad Hatter Tea Party on Sunday September 26 in a Jerome Secret Garden where guests can enjoy live music while enjoying sandwiches, mouth-watering cheeses provided by Virgin Cheese, decadent desserts and of course spectacular teas. Guests are encouraged to wear Mad Hatter themed outfits or don a funky hat.


A special showing on Saturday September 25 is “Firestorm ’77”. Verde Valley firefighters are invited to this screening for free, plus a 0 guest. Survivors of the fire will lead a panel after the film.

Film synopsis: A combination of hurricane-force winds and the slamming of a utility pole sets off the Honda Canyon fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., In the early morning hours of December 20, 1977. Over a thousand people made up professional firefighters and military personnel fighting the fire. The aberrant winds would increase to over a hundred miles an hour, making the shooting almost impossible.


As everyone knows, Jerome is known as America’s greatest ghost town and fans of horror and suspense will surely be delighted to see “Scare Us”, which will be screened inside the Liberty Theater on Saturday. September 25.

Synopsis: A spooky horror anthology comprising five short stories, written by an unlikely group of budding writers, in Sugarton – a small town plagued by the apparent return of an infamous serial killer, nicknamed “Cutthroat”. They have come to share their spooky stories (with each other and with the owner of the bookstore, Peter, who runs the group), but soon find out that they have become the stars of the twisted story of a sick killer.


We can’t forget to talk about the film festival’s flagship event, the Wicked Wild West Cinema Train, which this year is sponsored by El Toreo Mexican Food Restaurant in Clarkdale.

Customers who purchase this pass will enjoy a four-hour train ride during which they listen to live music performed by Scott Jeffers in the exterior car, followed by a short presentation of films about the interior car.

Moviemaker Magazine chose the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival as one of the coolest film festivals in the world in 2017 and cited the train as one of the main reasons. No other film festival in the world shows films on a train.

The train departs from the Verde Canyon Railroad on Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.

“We encourage anyone who takes the train to dine at El Toreo after delicious Mexican food and the best margaritas in the Verde Valley,” said Ross.


This year, the festival’s founders decided to cut the cost of single tickets by 50%, including all the financial hardship COVID-19 has caused over the past year and a half. Single tickets now cost only $ 8.

“We really want to encourage people to go out and soak up the culture while saving money,” Ross said.

As always, residents of Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville and Camp Verde receive 25% off Saloon, Cowboy and Blacksmith passes with proof of residency.

Tickets are now on sale at


The festival is looking for local volunteers. Anyone interested, please contact Doreen at Our volunteers always have a great time volunteering and becoming members of our festival, but they also enjoy many benefits, including free.

Information provided by the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival.


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