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6/27/2013 2:05:00 PM
Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival called a big success
Peggy Hicks
Peggy Hicks

Winners were announced for the inaugural Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival.

The spirited event took place during the week of June 13-18. More than 100 films were shown in three different locations, and nine different bands performed.


1. Best Documentary Short: "The Ghost of the Cuban Queen Bordello"

2. Best Horror Short: "Incident on Highway 73"

3. Best Narrative Short: "A day on Bleaker Street"

4. Best Music Video: Bohemian Rhapsody"-Puscifer

5. Best Arizona Feather: "Cathedral Canyon"

6. Best Documentary Feature: "Music City USA"

7. Best Horror Feature: "Speak No Evil"

8. Best Comedy Feature: "Ghost Team One"

9. Best Narrative Feature:" Shouting Secrets"

10. The Rising Spirited Awards: "The Speed of Orange"

Local author Peggy Hicks from Clarkdale won Best Documentary Short for her 14 minute narrative "The Ghost of the Cuban Queen Bordello."

Actual historical vintage footage from the 1920s was used in creating the short and several Jerome locations were use in filming this production including the Connor Hotel and Paul and Jerry Saloon.

The short documentary is a music-driven, period romance based on a true rags-to-riches story in the Roaring Twenties. Anita (The Cuban Queen ) is a beautiful young woman growing up in New Orleans in the 1920s. Coming from desperate poverty, she makes a vow to do whatever it takes to become rich. Anita, who despite the racism of the time, runs a speakeasy and marries Jelly Roll Morton, the self-proclaimed inventor of Jazz. She turns to prostitution and theft with the goal of saving enough money to open her own bordello. After reading a newspaper article about a bustling copper mining camp in Jerome, she moves there, setting up shop as "The Cuban Queen." Reaching beyond the historical and ghostly walls of this famed southwestern bordello in the 1920s, a turbulent love affair unfolds, revealing the story of a cunning harlot and her selfish lover. Together their tale of fame, fortune and murderous deeds spans decades from Storyville, New Orleans to the speakeasies of San Francisco, to the small mining town in the Wild West called Jerome, Arizona.

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