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The John Wayne Film Fest (JWFF) returns to Snyder, Texas for the second year in a row this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Held at the town's historic Ritz Theater on the square, this is a rare opportunity to see some of the Duke's most legendary films on the big screen. The weekend will begin on Friday at noon with the classic Rio Lobo, and include screenings of True Grit, Red River, The Quiet Man andÂ TheÂ Green Berets, among others.
Created in 2011 by Snyder-based actor/director Barry Tubb to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, The John Wayne Film Fest embodies the strength, courage and true grit personified by cancer survivors. Special guests and celebrities that worked with Duke, including family members of John Wayne, will be on hand to introduce screenings and celebrate the festivities. Barry Corbin will be introducing Lonesome Dove at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and will be a guest at the sponsor's dinner on Friday night.
Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing the organization atÂ wrangler@JohnWayneFilmFest.com. Proceeds will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to continue their fight against cancer.
After John Wayne's own battle with cancer, the Wayne family established TheÂ John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) in 1985 to advance the fight against the illness. The mission is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. JWCFÂ is aligned with like-minded groups and non-profits that advance the fight against cancer, and has been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at theÂ John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI.org), which hasÂ received worldwide acclaim for advances in melanoma, breast and colon cancer as well as immune therapy of cancer. Other areas of research include prostate and liver cancer.Â
For more information and a full list of screenings, E-mailÂ wrangler@JohnWayneFilmFest.com call (325) 573-3558; or visitÂ www.JohnWayneFilmFest.com.