June 2014 NewsFlash

Black Bear Film Festival Announces New Headquarters

Milford Community House will serve as the base of operations for the 2014 Black Bear Film Festival

For the past 14 years, the Black Bear Film Festival has united a community with an annual celebration of independent cinema. The three-day festival of creativity, culture, art and entertainment brings together audiences and artists, tourists and residents. As it prepares for its 15th year, the film festival main office has set up shop in an ideal spot: the Milford Community House. This historic building, once a Pinchot family homestead, is formally dedicated to education, workshops, and activities for residents of all ages and interests.

Through the generosity of Community House Board President, Arthur Ridley, and his fellow board members, the Black Bear Film Festival, a non-profit organization committed to the arts, will have its main office on the second floor of this landmark building located at 201 Broad Street. The film festival office is open now until the weekend of the festival, October 17-19.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Art Ridley, Skip Gregory, and all the board members for allowing us to use the space to produce this year’s festival,” said Jerry Beaver, Founding President of the Black Bear Film Festival. “I met with Art and then, after his board gave their approval, he called to give me the green light. We are all grateful for their support and encouragement.”

In addition to planning the film festival, Black Bear organizers will use the office as a location for ticket sales, public information, and to hold volunteer meetings. The first volunteer meeting, open to anyone interested in participating in the festival, will take place Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. The Artful Bear Debut Picnic will be held on the Community House lawn on August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with refreshments and a meet and greet with the Artful Bear artists.

“The film festival isn’t just a Milford thing, it’s a community-wide event; but every year we strive to broaden the definition of ‘community’ and bring together people from other regions. It seems especially appropriate this year that we’re working toward that goal from inside the Community House,” said Beaver.

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

Pike County Chamber of Commerce
at the Milford Community House
201 Broad Street - Suite #2
Milford, PA 18337

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