Several outstanding local films will be among the 46 official selections for the 2018 Media Film Festival to be held April 5th through the 7th at the historic Media Theatre.
Several outstanding local films will be among the 46 official selections for the 2018 Media Film Festival to be held April 5th through the 7th at the historic Media Theatre. Festival goers can look forward to screening more than a dozen short films from the Philadelphia area, alongside entries representing more than 15 countries. “Most of us see films from Hollywood or Europe, or some place that’s not ‘here’, says Festival Chair David Scheivert. “The chance to see a piece of work actually produced in the Greater Delaware Valley is a chance to see ourselves in the art that is short film.”
Among the films with local ties: Tagati, a stylish thriller written and directed by Media’s Bill Haley; The Performance, Tatyana Yasukovich’s final installment of an award- winning trilogy of short dramas examining at the actor’s experience; The Cage, co-produced by Media native David Raynor and directed by Ricky Staub, a moving portrait of redemption shot in North Philadelphia; Baller Dreamz, a comedy from Delco’s Dylan Roche and Casper Hoffmann; Birds of a Feather, a documentary about the many challenges facing students of color in Camden, NJ. In addition there are outstanding international selections from as far away as Iran, Finland, China, Scotland and France.
Enjoying world premieres at the Festival are three films by area high school students, part of the Media Youth Film Initiative. Under the mentorship of professional filmmakers, Hezekiah Lewis and Darryl Ridgeway, Delco teens are taught all facets of film craft, from conceiving and writing a script, to acting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound mixing. Like a Brother opens Thursday night’s showing, The Shift will screen Friday evening and Marvelon during Saturday’s 7pm program.
The Festival program includes a 7pm Thursday night showing, 7pm Friday evening and then a Friday Late Night Horror Fest at 10:30pm. Saturday there is a 1pm matinee, a 3:30pm Live Script Read of The Princess Bride, starring Hollywood actors Jessica Barth and Micah Hauptman as well as Media’s favorite TV- celeb couple, Fox 29’s Sue Serio and her husband, actor/producer Bill Vargus. There will be a 7pm showing on Saturday followed by the presentation of awards, including the Festival’s grand prize, the Golden Trolley Award.
The Media Film Festival is produced by the Media Arts Council. All of the screenings are at the Media Theatre of the Performing Arts, 104 E. State Street, Media, PA. Presenting sponsors include the Borough of Media, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Naturescapes, Michael R. Rhile Carpentry and the Aruffo-Rim Agency. Tickets are $12 single day, $20 all-festival pass. To learn more or buy tickets online visit www.mediafilmfestival.org
april 5 (Thursday) - 7 (Saturday)
Media Theater For The Performing Arts
104 East State Street Media, PA 19063
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