Black Bear Film Fest Announces Oct. 16-18 Lineup
Black Bear Film Fest announces film selection, celebrity guests, and schedule for its 16th annual film festival
The Black Bear Film Fest announced on Tuesday the film selection and schedule for its 16th annual film festival, taking place Oct. 16-18 in Milford. The festival will present nine feature films, four documentaries, and three question-and-answer sessions at The Milford Theatre, at 119 E Catharine St. A film salon, featuring shorts, documentaries, and special presentations, will also be held during festival weekend at The Pike County Public Library, at 113 E Harford St.
This year also boasts a special film salon held at the Middletown Community Health Center’s Pike County location at 221 Broad St in Milford. Sunday at 1 p.m., “Under Our Skin 2 – Emergence” will be shown in the conference room of their building, followed by a panel discussion around tick borne diseases.
The festival will unofficially begin on Thursday, Oct. 16 with “Mommy,” a film about a widowed single mother burdened with the fulltime custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. This special sneak peak is open only to Gold Pass ticket holders, and festival volunteers and their family members.
The official opening night celebrations will begin on Friday, Oct. 16 with a dinner gala at St. Patrick’s Church on East High Street, followed by the screening of “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” a vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film starring Blythe Danner as a widow who discovers life can begin a new at any age.
Gold Passes, Sweet 16 Gala tickets, and individual film tickets are now available for purchase online at http://www.blackbearfilm.com or by calling the festival office at (570) 409-0909.
Weekend Film Schedule:
Saturday at 10 a.m., “23 Blast” – Based on a true story, a teenaged football star overcomes the unthinkable after he is suddenly stricken with irreversible blindness. A Q-and-A session with director and actor Dylan Baker (“Spider-Man 2,” “The Good Wife”) will follow the film.
Saturday at 12:15 p.m., “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. A beloved MGM classic, this rowdy musical stars legendary performers Jane Powell and Howard Keel. Film historian John DiLeo will host an interview with Ms. Powell following the film.
Saturday at 3 p.m., “The End of the Tour” – The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace after the publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, “Infinite Jest.”
Saturday at 5 p.m., “9/10: The Final Hours” – A documentary about the day before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Director Erik Nelson recreates the day and brings it back to life. A Q-and-A will follow the film with producer Amy Brianmonte and George Delgado, a sommelier interviewed in the documentary, whose signature cocktail will be available before and after the screening.
Satuday at 8 p.m., “The Overnight” – A seemingly innocent invitation to dinner turns into a night of seduction and temptation when two couples get together for an evening.
Saturday at 9:45 p.m., “Amy” – Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Sunday at 10 a.m., “Love and Mercy” – An unconventional portrait of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Sunday at 12:30 p.m., “Iris” – A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel directed by legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
Sunday at 2:15 p.m., “Best of Enemies” – A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between ideological opposites, William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal, that ushered in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV.
Sunday at 4:15 p.m., “Tangerine” – Filmed entirely with an iPhone 5, this modern-day buddy movie follows two best friends on a madcap romp through downtown Los Angeles.
Sunday at 7 p.m., “Ex Machina” – The festival closes with the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller about a young programmer who is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
The festival’s Film Salon will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Pike County Public Library. The salon will feature 36 filmmakers and guest speakers, 22 short films, 18 talkback sessions and presentations, and 5 documentaries. A special screening of “Under Our Skin,” a documentary about the shocking story of Lyme disease, will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Middletown Community Health Center, at 221 Broad St.
During festival weekend, the Sky Tent in front of the Milford Theatre will feature a silent auction, including artwork, gift certificates, and Artful Bear statues, food and a wine bar, and festival merchandise and apparel.
For a full schedule of films and events, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.blackbearfilm.com or call the festival office at (570) 409-0909
The Black Bear Film Festival, a 501 ©3, 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 major sponsors and media partners included Walmart, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Clear Channel Communications, KKPR Marketing & Public Relations, Milford Chrysler Sales, ViaMedia, WRK Media, Biondo Investment Advisors, Milford Health and Wellness Center, Milford/Sussex County Journal, PA Council on the Arts, The Hotel Fauchère, Flatbrook Farm, John’s of Arthur Ave., The Litzenberger Family Foundation, and Milford Diner.
For more information about the Black Bear Film Fest, please visit www.blackbearfilm.com.