“Bomb City” kicks off the festival on Thursday.

The ninth annual Louisville International Festival of Film (LIFF) welcomes a special guest this week who will debut his new film to Louisville audiences. New Albany native and film director/actor Major Dodge will screen “Bomb City” on Thursday.

And that’s just the highlight. The three-day festival — which runs Sept. 14-16 — features screenings of more than 100 films at various locations throughout town, including the Kentucky Science Center and the Louisville Free Public Library.

Dodge’s “Bomb City,” which he produced, will kick off the fest on Thursday at the Science Center at 5:45 p.m. and includes a Q&A after the screening. The film is a true story about a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town whose ongoing battle with a rival group leads to a controversial hate crime.

“‘Bomb City’ entertains but also packs a powerful message,” said Dodge in a press release. “It has heart. It stands for something — just like our city. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the film back home.”

The film has garnered many awards on the festival circuit and should hit theaters by the end of the year.

Tickets to the opening night party are $25, and a weekend pass for the entire fest is $25, with day and individual film passes available as well.

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