The husband and wife team behind a Helensburgh film/photography studio are producing their first film festival.
Owners of LundinStudio, Dennis and Karen Lundin have curated 12 short films (Australian and International) along with a local feature for the inaugural Coal Coast Film Festival on Saturday.
Anita's Theatre in Thirroul will screen the films from 3pm with the 7pm finale to be Message Man, an action thriller about a retired assassin written and directed by Corey Pearson.
Other films on the bill are a mix of drama, action, fantasy, comedy, romance, horror and a documentary.
Tickets are $20 through www.ticketmaster.com.au
More details are at: www.coalcoastfilmfestival.com
THE SHORT FILMS
From Staff Reports
Photo Provided The 13th annual Colony Short Film Festival will be held March 1-2 at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. The festival showcases local and international short films and this year includes over 25 films. There will be opportunities for filmmakers to engage with the audience.
MARIETTA - The 13th annual Colony Short Film Festival will be held March 1-2 at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.
The festival showcases local and international short films and this year includes over 25 films from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, New York and international submissions from France, Ireland and Nepal in a variety of genres, documentaries to fictional pieces.
“The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative to off-the-wall and quirky to provocative,” the festival’s website said. “A benefit of our small festival is that we provide plenty of opportunities for filmmakers to engage with the audience, whether informally in the VIP Lounge or during audience Q&A sessions after screenings. Our size allows for filmmakers to learn as we feature quality speakers and workshops covering crucial film topics.”
The festival kicks off 7 p.m. Friday, March 1 with “Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra Masters of Silent Comedy,” a 1919 Movie Night featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy with live musical accompaniment.
At 10 p.m., screenings of the festival entries commences with “First Disco” (18:00) directed by Helen O’Reilley of Dublin, Ireland; “One Steamy Night” (06:59) directed by Skye Stewart of Lee University — Cleveland, Tennessee; “Rosemary” (12:00) directed by Dave Donnellan of Dubin, Ireland; “The Art of Lifting” (06:00) directed by Ian Nolte of Huntington, West Virginia; “Hers is a Lush Situation” (19:18) directed by Samuel Valenti of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; “On Target” (12:40) directed by B. R. Tatalovic of Cleveland, Ohio; “Tomorrow Will Be Different” (17:03) directed by Lucas Willis of Willowick, Ohio; and “RADIO MOON” (17:09) directed by Pierre Gaffie of France.
Photo Provided At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, there will be a screening of “The Price of Free” 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize with Sarah Anthony, producer, during the 13th annual Colony Short Film Festival at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.
On Saturday March 2 at 10:30 a.m., screenings resume with “Nora Ephron Goes To Prison” (8:07) directed by Hannah Elless of New York, New York; “The Way You Saw Me” (06:15) directed by John Sylva of Los Angeles, California; “The Spirit Seam” (14:52) (Animated) directed by Ashley Gerst of Brooklyn, New York; “Futureworld” (07:00) (Animated) directed by Christopher Angus of Manitoba, Canada; “Icons” (05:10) (Animated) directed by Ronnie Cramer of Denver, Colorado; “The Day After” (17:52) (Animated) directed by Kira Findling of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; “Two Balloons” (09:08) (Animated) directed by Mark C. Smith of Portland, Oregon; “Cacti & Other Succulents” (10:02) directed by E.M. Moore of Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee; “Count” (13:13) directed by Samuel Askland Gordon of the American Film Institute Conservatory, Los Angeles, California; and “The Storm” (09:00) directed by Benjamin Crane of Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana.
At 1:30 p.m., there will be a screening of “The Price of Free” 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize with Sarah Anthony, Producer.
At 3:30 p.m. there will be a screening of “Tickling Giants” with Sara Taksler, Director & Producer.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Filmmaker Panel with Sarah Anthony and Sara Taksler.
At 7:30 p.m. the festival selections continue screening with “Thirty-Seven Minutes” (04:53) directed by Ryan Chester of North Royalton, Ohio; “Smilin’ Jimmy” (06:53) directed by Graham Holford of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; “Tiara” (16:41) directed by Carrie Love of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; “Heather Has Four Moms” (14:08) directed by Jeanette L. Buck of Athens, Ohio; “The Reason We’re Still Here” (15:00) directed by Sofia Smith Hale of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; “A Day in the Life of a Himalayan Shepherd (20:00) directed by Manchhiring Tamang of Nepal; “Panic Button” (09:40) directed by Jason C. Brown of Los Angeles, California; “01-Active” (03:54) directed by Danny Bowles of Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee; and “Anna Karenina” (15:00) directed by Yana Sar of New York, New York.
Photo Provided At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 there will be a screening of “Tickling Giants” with Sara Taksler, director and producer, during the 13th annual Colony Short Film Festival.
The Festival Awards Presentation will be 9:45 p.m. Saturday night, March 2.
Tickets are $25.
For tickets, call 740-371-5152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Provided The Colony Short Film Festival kicks off Friday, March 1 with “Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra Masters of Silent Comedy,” a 1919 Movie Night featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy with live musical accompaniment.
Franklinton becoming a mini-Hollywood
Posted On 04 May 2017
By : Lauren Earley
By Brandon Anderson
FRANKLINTON --There are several unique features in Franklinton, especially in the area of arts. One of those fields is the rising interest of filmmaking.
The Franklin County Arts Council hosted the third annual film festival April 22 at the Franklinton Arts Center. They featured several different films from shorts lasting about four minutes to some 55-minute features, each with their own message regarding diversity, culture, experience and other themes.
About 33 people attended the festival, which was divided into three separate blocks; morning, afternoon and evening. Among those were three independent filmmakers, J.D. Mayo, Rodney T. Moore and Rebecca Bradley, representing a French-based filmmaking institute.
Mayo featured his 25-minute Civil War-based film Our War. Mayo was able to camp out on set and shoot some Civil War reenactments in North Carolina as part of his story. The story is about a Southern family’s son, who chose to fight in the Union Army. It deals not only with the nation’s conflict, but their own family’s.
Moore featured his 45-minute film Determined. Moore’s film tells the story of a man who joined the FBI after his sister was murdered, in an effort to find her killer and discover the truth regarding her death.
The Franklinton Film Festival began at 10:30 a.m. April 22 with a red carpet welcome at the Franklin County Arts Center on 22 S. Main Street in Franklinton. From left, Franklin Art Council Head Pamela Andrejev, filmmaker J.D. Mayo, Rebecca Bradley representing a French-based film, filmmaker Rodney Moore and Franklin County International Film Festival Director Gauri Singh.
Bradley attended on behalf of French filmmaker Pierre Gaffie’s Dolphin Skin City. The film is a love story of an urban architect as well as a call to action to be environmentally aware.
Other films presented that day included different stories and topics, such as the post apocalyptic adventure Moksha, and child-directed documentary, Dear New President.
After each film, there was a question and answer session from the audience to the filmmakers. Attendees learned more about what goes into filmmaking and what they should and should not do in the process.
At the end of the festival, the audience and film selection committee voted on the best films of the night. For the Audience Choice Award, Moore and his film Determined took it away for best concept and acting.
The film selection committee selected the following for these awards:
Best Actor: Slavko Sorman from Normal;
Best Actress: Kaman Amjadi from Autumn Leaves;
Best Post Production Film: Vick Krishna for Moksha;
Best Cinematography: J.D. Mayo’s Our War;
Best Concept: Cameron Bontrager’s (age 10) Dear New President;
Best Direction: Pierre Gaffié for Dolphin Skin City;
Best Film: Nicolas Fogliarini’s Best Before Ends; and
Best Screenplay: Javad Daraei for I Don’t Like Here.
Franklin County International Film Festival Director Gauri Singh said she has seen the interest grow in the past two years and the festival has attracted more and more people to show interest in Franklinton.
“It is opening more doors in Franklin County,” Singh said. “As there is more acceptance, I believe it will grow.”
The filmmakers who attended the festival were also impressed with the growing interest in the community and encouraged others to visit Franklinton for that reason.
“The Franklin County N.C. Film Festival is a must for any new filmmaker,” Moore said in an email after the festival. “The networking alone gave me that motivating feeling, and the other film makers were encouraging each other’s projects.”
Franklin Flicks, Third Annual Film Festival in Franklinton NC
Franklin Flicks, Third Annual Film Festival in Franklinton NC
April 10, 2017
Donna Campbell Smith events, filmindustry, local-nc, news
"Moksha" film poster. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council NC.
By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council
The Franklin County Third Annual Film Festival, sponsored by Franklin County Arts Council and Franklin County North Carolina International Film Festival (NCISAFF), will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:30am to 5pm.
A red carpet photo session at 10:30am will kick the day off at Franklin County Arts Council’s headquarters at 22 S Main Street in Franklinton, North Carolina. An exciting lineup of thirteen films from around the world are on the program to be screened throughout the day; a closing award ceremony will begin at 4:30pm.
Popcorn, candy and drinks will be provided. While this is a free event, donations to Franklin County Arts Council will be happily accepted.
Films being shown are: Autumn Leaves, The Watch Tower, Don’t Call the Unknown, The Phasebook, I Do Not Like Here, Best Before End, Determined, Normal, Moksha, Dear New President, Our War, No Name Maddox, and The Dolphin-Skin City.
Several film makers will be at the festival’s afternoon session to participate in a in a Q&A/discussion. They are
The Franklin County NC International Film Festival was founded in 2015 by Gauri Singh, independent filmmaker and screenplay writer, with the support of Franklin County Arts Council to give voices to the unheard filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase talents and discover new talents. More information can be found at the website www.fciff.org.
For more information on the Franklin County Arts Council, visit www.fcacarts.org
The Magnolia Independent Film Festival begins its 20th annual event on Thursday showcasing filmmakers from across the world.
The festival, held through Saturday at Starkville's Hollywood Premier Cinemas off Stark Road, will show 28 short and feature-length films in its three-day run; offer attendees ample opportunities to interact with directors, cast members and crew; and celebrate its best filmmakers with awards.
Other events include an invite-only, 20-year celebration event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room; a red carpet event at 6:30 p.m. at Hollywood Premier Cinemas; a 10 a.m. meet-and-greet with filmmakers at 929 Coffee Bar on Saturday; and a workshop -- Film Fest Strategy 101: Insider Advice from a Programmer -- hosted by 2016 Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the movie theater.
An award ceremony -- including honors for best feature, short, cinematography and director, and the Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film and Ron Tibbett Award for Excellence in Film -- will conclude the festival at 10 p.m. Saturday.
General admission tickets are $10 per night or $30 for a three-day pass, but students with valid identification may purchase a $5 screening pass or a $15 pass for the entire festival. Tickets are available at the Hollywood Premier Cinemas box office.
How it began
The Magnolia Film Festival was founded in 1997 after Ron Tibbett, a Chicago filmmaker who had moved to the Golden Triangle, could not find an in-state festival at which to show one of his recently created film. Tibbett died in a 2004 car accident.
"Ron's vision was always to bring independent film to our area. He especially wanted the youth to get involved," said his widow, Charlotte Magnussen. "This festival has spun off other festivals in the state, and I know he would be very proud to see the direction it has taken. I have seen personal growth and success in many young people from our local towns and am so pleased and proud the film festival was an inspiration to them."
Continuing the festival ensures Tibbett's memory lives on, said festival Director Angella Baker, who met Tibbett when she volunteered for the event's third year.
"I learned so much from him, and this festival has had a great run because of how much he put into it," she said. "I hope everyone who attends walks away learning that there's a whole new world out there, in terms of the ideas that filmmakers are turning into films.
"This year's festival features up-and-coming, rising stars, from a 10-year-old filmmaker bringing her film to the screen Friday to a young man flying in from Hungary to make his debut. I believe we have a high caliber of filmmakers who have submitted entries this year," Baker added. "Not only is Mississippi filmmaking alive and well -- we have six Mississippi films this year -- but we also have seven foreign entries. It's wonderful how this festival brings a whole new dimension of art to Mississippians."
While organizers are hopeful attendees will fill theater seats during the three-day festival, Greater Starkville Development Partnership Interim Chief Executive Officer Heath Barret said local businesses and restaurants will enjoy entertaining visitors.
"The film festival brings in visitors to our community that get to enjoy our vibrant culinary scene, shop in our unique retail shops and experience the hospitality of our hotels. We are very grateful for the Starkville Area Arts Council for putting on this event and helping bring new tourists to Starkville," he said.
Thursday's screenings include: "Lucky Children," directed by Gulliver Moore; "The Opera Singer," directed by Steve Kahn; "The Department of Correction," directed by Ninan Tan; "The Unconventional Gourmet," directed by Wendy Keeling; "7 Beds," directed by Pedra Moreno del Oso; "Exposure," directed by Mary Jeanes; "Seagulls," directed by David Dubois; "A Little Love Goes a Long Clay," directed by Juliet Buckholdt; and "Disturbing the Peace," directed by Talia Apkon.
Friday's screenings include: "Tinker," directed by Glenn Payne; "Last Days," directed by Arturo Leon Llerena; "New Neighbors," directed by E.G. Bailey; "Dolphin Skin City," directed by Pierre Gaffie; "Birthday," directed by Chris King; "Dear New President," directed by Cameron Bontrager; and "Slipaway," directed by Daniel Mentz.
Saturday's screenings include: "The Usual Silence," directed by Samuel Thomas; "Sad Face," directed by Maggie Bushway; "Home Sweet Home," directed by Carlos Polo; "All Are Welcome Here," directed by Vincenzo Mistretta; "Calls from the Unknown," directed by Edward Valibus; "O' Brazen Age," directed by Alexander Carson; "Shy Guys," directed by Fredric Lehne; "#HELP," directed by Pedro Englemann; "On Time," directed by Xavier Neal-Burgin; "Karma's Shadow," directed by Rob Underhill; "Aluminum," directed by Frank Ladner; and "The Atoning," directed by Michael Williams.
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch