March 29, 2017 Mostly Cloudy, 40F

Documentary to capture today’s festival

DIXON – There’s something happening here.

What it is? The organizers of Gardenstock want to share.

In the spirit of famed documentaries of Woodstock and Festival Express, Smoot Productions and Distinctive Gardens have teamed up to create a feature-length documentary on Gardenstock Art & Music Festival and the area’s cultural scene.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today at Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road.

The documentary will highlight today’s festival and tell the cultural story through more than 24 interviews of artists, musicians, vendors, volunteers and festivalgoers.

The idea is to have the documentary ready to go by summer 2014 to sell and raise additional funds for Sinnissippi Center’s Youth Garden Program – the beneficiary of Gardenstock.

That program provides hands-on gardening experiences for at-risk youths involved with Sinnissippi and uses both consumers and individuals from the community to raise produce from a vegetable garden that is donated to the Dixon Food Pantry.

Gary Smoot, who has filmed programs for the Outdoor Channel, visited the festival last year and photographed it.

He approached Lisa Higby LeFevre, owner of Distinctive Gardens and co-coordinator of Gardenstock, in January about participating in this year’s event.

Filming for the documentary began in early August.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to post their pictures on the Gardenstock Facebook page and message if they capture video. These crowdsource contributors will have their name recognized in the film credits.

“We think there is a story to tell,” LeFevre said. “In the last several years, we’ve witnessed a blossoming of culture in our community and an increase in small businesses partnering, which affords us this opportunity.”

Smoot also will put together music videos for the nine bands playing at the festival. Both Smoot and the bands are donating their time for the event.

Join the fun

Gardenstock Art & Music Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today at Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road. Admission is a minimum $5 donation. Also, there is an art festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and local food vendors from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those attending can bring their own picnic, coolers, chairs and blanket.

Call 815-285-0014 or go to www.facebook.com/Gardenstock or www.diggersdelight.com for more details, including information on how to post photographs or videos for the documentary.

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