July 2014 NewsFlash

Black Bear Film Festival Welcomes New Board Members

Black Bear Film Festival Welcomes New Board Members

The Black Bear Film Festival recently appointed four new members to its board of directors. The new members are local residents, film enthusiasts, and active participants in community organizations, and have been dedicated film festival volunteers in previous years. The 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival will take place this fall, October 17-19.

“It’s really exciting to have these folks come onboard to help make the 15th anniversary year something to remember,” said Jerry Beaver, Founding President of the Black Bear Film Festival. “We have such talented, good-hearted people in the regional community that truly understand the importance of film and want to see the film festival continue to grow.”

Laura Badea, Treasurer, is co-owner of the Badea & Soul Day Spa in Milford. She has been treasurer of the film festival for the past three years, is actively involved in the Milford Music Festival, and has co-chaired the annual Share the Harvest Festival for four years. Badea is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, an active member of the Milford community, and supporter of several local charities.

Erwin Guberman, Director of Fundraising, has been a full-time resident of Milford since 2008, having built a home in Gold Key Lakes with his wife, Marcia, in 2006. Recently retired as sales manager from Verizon Wireless, Erwin has been involved in a number of community projects and organizations, including the Pike County Board of Directors and the Gold Key Board Of Directors, serving as treasurer. After volunteering in previous years, Guberman felt it was a natural fit to take a more active role in the production and planning of the Black Bear Film Festival.

Tracey Hoffman, Volunteer Coordinator, has been a high school English teacher for the past 32 years. Hoffman taught at the same NJ school throughout her career and is retiring at the end of this academic year. She volunteered as director of ushers during the last year’s film festival, and her son-in-law, a Peabody Award-winning editor and producer, presented a documentary at the 2012 film festival. Hoffman enjoys photography, pottery, line dancing, and singing, and she is also a co-chair for this year’s Milford Enhancement Committee Welcome Party on June 21.

Kris Jarmann, Co-Director of Festival Logistics, is a full-time resident of Milford for the last 3 and 1/2 years, along with his soon-to-be husband, Cary Giacalone and their three dogs. He currently works for Wells Fargo Bank in Milford as a business banker. This is the third year Jarmann and his husband have been involved with the film festival. They directed the logistics of the hospitality tent for the last two festivals and will be organizing that area again this year. Jarmann has also served for three years as president of the board of directors for T.O.U.C.H. of Rockland County, NY, an HIV/AIDS support organization; raised over $50,000 and rode his bicycle over 5,000 miles participating in 14 different AIDS Rides during the course of five years; volunteered in over 14 Avon Breast Cancer Walks; and currently volunteers as a mentor for the Upper Delaware GLBT Center.

Valerie Brairton, who has been a volunteer for the festival since 2001 and has acted as secretary for the past 3 years, is now a board member.

In addition to the new board members, the Black Bear Film Festival also thanks the members of the advisory board that help out with a multitude of film festival activities. The advisory committee members include Charlene Berman, Joe Biondo, Jr. Jon Bramnick, Esq, Joseph Bunk, Damian Cavaleri, Esq, Bill Cohen, Steve Dobi, James Pedranti, James Price, Ellen Silverstone, Diane E. Smith, Dick Snyder, and Andrew Wilshinsky.

The 15th annual Black Bear Film Festival will take place on October 17, 18, and 19. The Historic Milford Theatre, located at 114 E. Catharine St. in Milford, PA, will host the screenings of this year’s feature films. The Film Salon, located in the Community Room at the Pike County Public Library, offers special selections, guest speakers, and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

The Black Bear Film Festival relies upon its sponsors, volunteers and attendees to maintain its mission of supporting innovative and independent films, artistic expression, education, diversity, and cultural enhancement, in addition to participating in the expanding economic development in the tri-state area.

The Black Bear Film Festival is deeply appreciative of past, present, and future benefactors of this annual celebration of cinema. Last year’s sponsors and media partners included Viamedia, Biondo Investment Advisors, Upper Mill Complex, Milford Chrysler Suzuki Sales, The Pocono Arts Council, The Pike County Dispatch, The Milford Journal Group, Atlantic Health System, Sussex Honda, Wells Fargo, and Kolmar.

For more information about the Black Bear Film Festival, please visit

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