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"Bomb City" wins 2 awards at DIFF before moving on to Nashville Film Festival

"Bomb City," a movie based on the life and death of Amarillo punk rocker Brian Deneke, has won two awards at the Dallas International Film Festival. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Larry Lemmons)

"Bomb City," a movie based on the life and death of Amarillo punk rocker Brian Deneke, has won two awards at the Dallas International Film Festival.

Described as "a crime-drama, based on the true story of Brian Deneke, about the cultural aversion of a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town," "Bomb City" premiered at the festival on March 31. From then, it went on to win the Audience Award and Best Narrative Feature.


After winning the Audience Award, the film received an encore screening at the Magnolia Theater in Dallas on Sunday, April 9.

In a Dallas news segment about the DIFF, "Bomb City" stood out as the main film people were talking about at the festival.

In a post on the Bomb City Facebook page regarding the screenings of "Bomb City" at the DIFF, movie Director Jameson Brooks said:

The true stars of Bomb City are Mike and Betty Deneke. These two are the strongest people I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and an inspiration to anyone they encounter. I'm proud to call them my heroes, and even more grateful to call them family. Thank you for trusting us to help share your son's story with the world. Much Love!

A Dallas film critic that reviewed "Bomb City" said:

“Bomb City” has a way of making sense of a story that makes no sense on either side of the social spectrum. It has tragedy written all over it’s well-acted screenplay and it’s an important film to digest no matter what your current day politics dictate or your personal taste in music.

"Bomb City" will now be moving on to show at the Nashville Film Festival at the end of the month. It will show at the NFF on April 23 and April 25.

In July of 2016, ABC 7 Amarillo Anchor Larry Lemmons spoke with "Bomb City" film makers, cast members and members of the Deneke family about the filming of the movie.

For more information about "Bomb City" head to bombcityfilm.com or follow them on Facebook.

In 2007, there was a petition to name a skate park that was being built in South Amarillo after Deneke but the petition fell flat and the skate park was simply named after the park itself, John S. Stiff Skate Park.

To this day, Deneke's story is remembered not just in Amarillo, but across the nation, as a tragic story about what some called a "hate crime." A story that made national headlines and made people think about how they treat others, Deneke's story will live on in "Bomb City."

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