‘Rob Wink Film Festival’ to feature Kern filmmakers Saturday at the Park at Riverwalk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A special celebration is scheduled Saturday to remember a dear friend of Circle 17, Clayton Winkler.

Winkler was a video editor at KGET, editing news videos for the noon broadcast and created beautiful content for 17 News, before his sudden and tragic passing on July 27, 2022.

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Reed Robertson, Director of the “Rob Wink Film Festival,” joined 17 News at Noon to speak about the Saturday’s festival.

The “Rob Wink Film Festival” was not only created in memory of Winkler, but is also committed to bringing Kern creatives together and offer a pathway to connect, inspire and create the projects.

“He passed away from a fentanyl overdose about two years ago. This project was to commemorate his name and kind of have a way to build something I kind of wish we had for us coming up in Bakersfield,” Robertson said.

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The festival received a dozen submissions from Kern artists. Two movies featuring Wink will also be screened.

The screening is free and will be taking place May 4, at the Riverwalk Park at 6:30 p.m. Seating will not be provided so, remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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