October 2015 NewsFlash

Black Bear Film Fest Hosts Two Film Salons

Walmart-sponsored Film Salon will feature 36 filmmakers and guest speakers, 22 short films, 18 talkback sessions and presentations, and five documentaries, and Middletown Community Health Center Sponsors second location with special documentary

This year, the Black Bear Film Fest is proud to offer a unique and diverse selection of films in two locations. From guest speakers and presentations to question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, the BBFF Salon 1, sponsored by Walmart, will be hosted Oct. 17 and 18 at the Pike County Public Library at 119 E. Harford St. BBFF Salon 2 – sponsored by Middletown Community Health Center will be held at 1:00 PM on Oct. 17 at their Milford location at 221 Broad St.

All screenings will be followed by informative panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, actors, and industry experts.

New this year, the second film salon, will be held on Saturday and feature a documentary whose subject matter is one that many in our region know all too well. “Under Our Skin 2: Emergence” brings unprecedented awareness to the shocking story of tickborne diseases, an often-chronic condition that many doctors once claimed was “all in your head."

Tickets to the general public are issued at no charge, but due to limited seating, entrance to Salon segments is by ticket only, with Gold Pass holders given priority seating without tickets. Tickets for Salon segments will be available 30 minutes prior to the start time of each segment and are issued at the front entrance of the Pike County Public Library.

Location: Pike County Public Library | 119 East Harford Street, Milford, PA

The BBFF Salon 1 is sponsored by Walmart of Westfall, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, and Rockaway, NJ.


12:00-12:45 PM | “Your First Film” Interactive Presentation
Every young filmmaker has to start somewhere. The first short of Directors Nick Weiss-Richmond and Rachel Cole, who will discuss the many fits and starts, twists and turns, and ups and downs of beginning filmmaking.

Big Cheat - The film, produced in conjunction with a high school internship program, concerns Adam, a student who runs Homework Lab—an ingenious underground cheating society that has taken over Monroe High School. Directors Nick Weiss-Richmond and Rachel Cole.

1:00-1:45 PM | A Drama, a Dance, and a Comedy from a Local Filmmaker
Join director/actor Will Cart, who as a youth spent summers in the Hawley and Milford areas, and his colleagues from Angler Films for three entirely different short films.

After The Hurricane – An artful drama starring Paige Spara that traces the steps of a young woman when she is confronted with a life-altering decision – to sell or not to sell a bequeathed seaside home. The short film also stars Will Cart and is Warren Elgort's directing debut.

A Dance for the Camera – Watch Lauren Lovette, principal dancer at the New
York City Ballet, spinning and leaping in slow motion in this 90-second short which featured as the most elegant video of the week.

Later Barry – A slacker unwittingly courts disaster as a pet sitting job descends into a state of utter confusion. Calling in help from the responsible adult world, our reluctant hero attempts to solve the unsolvable, all without expending too much effort in the process. Directed by Will Cart and Matt Stadelmann.

2:00-3:45 PM | Young Filmmakers Showcase
Four young filmmakers present four great films. Come meet the directors, screenwriters, editors, and actors!

Tomorrow is Today - from 16-year-old director/screenwriter Sundar Pratt, tells the story of the stresses and struggles of daily life through the eyes of a young professional living in New York City with his family. As he loses everything important to him—his family, home, and job—he contemplates what he has lost and what he should do next.

Vacation Face - a dark comedy in which an enforced family weekend in the country makes Dani suspect that her parents are finally going to announce a divorce—a change that she believes is long overdue. The only obstacle: Dani's sister Lily, who desperately wants to keep them together. Directed by Nick Weiss-Richmond.

Vandal - is the story of Ally, a young artist trying to make a name for herself in the elite and commercial New York art scene. When the one powerful voice in the industry whom she most admires devalues and rejects her talent, Ally finds her own back door into artistic recognition. Directed by Felipe Vara de Rey.

Game Lands - is set deep in the Pocono Mountains, where Nick, a restless resort employee, dreams of working his way to a better life. When Tim, his low-life criminal brother, refuses to lend the money he needs to pursue a degree, Nick makes a desperate decision. And a terrible mistake. As a long, dark night spirals into chaos and violence, Nick and Tim are forced to confront their anger, their morality, and their loyalty to each other. Directed by Abhish Raghavan.

4:00-5:00 PM | Two Dramas and a Pennsylvania Documentary

Prisoner - A prisoner waits for execution alone in his cell, mentally struggling to avoid his own guilt. He is pushed into his own realization of his crime and the acceptance of his death as the only way to his redemption. On hand will be Daria Nazarova, the film’s director.

What Future? - This futuristic drama reveals the consequences of our actions on
Earth. A time-traveling scientist arrives to try to convince a mother to change her ways to prevent future devastation to human life and the planet. Directed by Harry Kakatsakis.

Ghosts in the Mountain - Native Pennsylvanian Chris Hite’s documentary on Jeffrey Frazier’s three-decade journey to document, preserve and popularize folklore and mythology in the Pennsylvania. The film considers how these traditional stories are threatened by diminishing connectivity in society and a reduced emphasis on the oral and literary traditions.

5:15-6:30 PM | Three Dramas with a Comedic Touch
Come explore the world of dramedy, a skillful combination of drama and comedy, with the directors, producers and stars of three serious yet comical short films. Adult themes and language.

Alone with People - Meet Andie, a high school girl growing up gay in Georgia.
Too afraid to confide in anyone close to her, Andie seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in this hilarious and touching coming-of-age coming-of-gay tale. Directed by Drew van Steenbergen.

January - New Year's Eve is tough. When Elaine finds herself alone at midnight at a party in a stranger's apartment, she decides to drown her sorrows in champagne, but her plan is spoiled by a relentlessly positive guy, who's determined to see her champagne flute as half full. Writer/director Craig Pospisil.

Sitter - Alison will do anything to keep her babysitter. Anything. Written and directed by
Jennifer Harrison.

6:45-7:30 PM | Cheezy Chiller Classics

Clip compilations - from 40 of the campiest and most outrageous “B” thriller movies ever made – plus The Gift - a new horror short by filmmaker/director/writer Scott Bekisz that pays tribute to Italian Giallo “spaghetti thrillers” of the 1960s and 70s.

7:30-8:00 PM | Chiller Part 2

Sobrevivo - directed by Matt Sullivan, chronicles the struggles of a woman in a post-apocalyptic world in which she must overcome her fears in order to survive. Director/producer Matt Sullivan.


11:00 AM - 12:00 NOON | The Best of John DiLeo: Highlights from 15 years of BBFF Salon Presentations

From his annual celebrations of our cinematic past, author/critic/historian John DiLeo creates a medley of audience-favorite film clips showcasing Hollywood’s Golden Age, with a cast of legends including Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, both Hepburns, Jane Powell and many more.

12:15-12:45 PM | Upside Down
Filmmaker Shira Levin returns to the BBFF Salon with her latest film which takes place in the same Greenwich Village apartment building as her two films screened in 2014. In Upside Down, a 10-year-old tenant whose parents recently divorced befriends a transgender woman in her building, despite her mother’s wishes.

1:00-1:45 PM | Ivy Style with a Twist: Italian Menswear in Beverly Hills Fashion and Film of the 1980s
Armani, Cerruti, and Zegna were among the Italian designers who infused Ivy style with luxurious elegance and a nonchalant attitude for those Hollywood celebrities and innovative filmmakers wanting traditional menswear with an Italian “twist.”

2:00-3:15 PM | “Script to Screen” – Presentation and Premiere Screening
Have you ever wondered how a film gets made? Join Saturday Afternoon Pictures for an interactive discussion and mini-demo of the indie filmmaking process.

Got This - When a beloved pet picks the worst moment to go missing, everything falls apart. Or does it?

3:30-4:30 PM | Local Artists on Film
Peters Valley and Luna Parc artists will be featured in this special segment and panel discussion showcasing documentary shorts about some of our premiere local artists.

Location: Middletown Community Health Center | 221 Broad Street, Milford, PA

BBFF Salon 2 is sponsored by Middletown Community Health Center.

1:00 -2:00 PM | “UNDER OUR SKIN 2 - EMERGENCE” - Presentation and Screening

A film whose subject matter is one that many in our region know all too well: TICK BORNE DISEASE. This is a serious epidemic that needs immediate attention. There is a strong Task Force that has been formed in the Milford area. The panel will discuss the film and respond to questions. The panelists are: Marty Theys and Rober t-A. Ollar, PhD. Marty Theys is the regional coordinator for Tick Borne Diseases Suppor t Network, Inc. and the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force. Dr. Robert Ollar is a microbiologist on the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force and on the Pennsylvania Tick Borne Diseases Task Force. Dr. Ollar is Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College.

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, Neversink Media, KAHR ARMS, Middletown Community Health Center, Carmichael Portraits, Quantm, Papersmiths, Milford Chrysler Sales, Hemlock Farms, WRK Media, Biondo Investment Advisors, Milford Health and Wellness Center, Milford/Sussex County Journal, PA Council on the Arts, The Litzenberger Family Foundation, and Milford Diner.

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