September 2012 NewsFlash

Black Bear Film Festival Artful Bear Sculpture Honors Artist Jasper Johns & HIV Survivors and Victims

The Black Bear Film Festival unveiled the 2012 Artful Bear Sculptures to the public in Milford on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 in the garden of the Milford Community House. The eleven bears and their artists met with community members on a beautiful summer morning to explain their backgrounds and the inspiration behind the bears that now decorate the streets of Milford.
This year’s bears, designed by local artists and sponsored by generous local businesses, range from serious-themed bears such as “Keith Bearing,” an HIV awareness bear, to playful bears resembling famous celebrities. No matter what the theme, these brightly-colored, eye-catching, and creative bears are a delightful embodiment of the cultural and educational ideals of the Black Bear Film Festival.
The first bear, titled “Jasper Johns’ Target Bear,” was designed by Phil Rachelson as an appropriation of one of Jasper Johns’ famous target paintings. Mr. Rachelson was born in Brooklyn in 1948 and studied at CCNY, where he received his BFA. He worked as a colorist for many years for both Marvel and DC comics, and has also taught art at the Hudson Valley River Museum and the Staten Island Museum. His work has been shown in galleries and art fairs in New York, Miami, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Amsterdam, and is in several private collections. He currently owns and operates The Forge Studio and Gallery in Milford, PA, where he shows work by contemporary artists and has his studio. He also exhibits his art in various other art spaces. For more information or to contact Mr. Rachelson, please email him at The Jasper Johns Target Bear was sponsored by Michael Elf and Frank Bonello of Shohola, PA and the Upper Mill Complex.
The ninth bear, titled “Keith Bearing” was designed by local author, screenwriter, playwright, and editor Amy Ferris. The bear is a tribute to the AIDS & HIV epidemic, those who fought, passed away, or are currently surviving the disease. Ms. Ferris has written for both films and television, including Mr. Wonderful and Funny Valentines, the latter which was nominated for awards. Amy has contributed to numerous anthologies, including He Said What? (2011); Exit Laughing (2012); The Drinking Diaries (2012); The Buddha Next Door (2007), and the soon-to-be-released Dancing at the Shame Prom (2012), which she co-edited. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press 2010) is heading off-Broadway for the fall of 2012 and winter of 2013. Ms. Ferris serves on the faculty of the San Miguel de Allende Literary Festival and teaches memoir and non-fiction writing at UCLA (the Writers Extension Program). For more information or to contact Ms. Ferris, please visit her website at
The Artful Bear Sculptures are a fundraising effort to support the 13th Annual Black Bear Film Festival, occurring this October 12-14th. The bears will be sold at a silent auction during the festival, so be sure to attend in order to get your paws on the “Jasper Johns’ Target Bear” or one of the other beautiful sculptures.
The Black Bear Film Festival began in Milford, PA, in 2000 when a small group of creative locals set out to produce an event that would support and promote innovate and independent films. The Black Bear Film Festival celebrates Milford’s rich film-making heritage and the conservation movement in tribute to Gifford Pinchot, who fathered the American conservation movement. Zane Grey, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and John Barrymore are just a few of the film legends who have lived in and visited Milford in the past. The Black Bear Film Festival has been a huge success, packing theaters and selling out tickets for over a decade thanks to its engaging movies, entertaining parties, a free film salon, and more. Today, the Black Bear Film Festival has returned to its home in the newly-renovated Milford Theatre, and continues to support independent films, artistic expression, education, diversity, and cultural enhancement, particularly promoting the region’s clean air and water, abundant wildlife, natural beauty and the entities that protect them. The Black Bear Film Festival is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Premier Independent Film event, and will be hosted at the Milford Theatre, in Milford, PA.
For more information on the Black Bear Film Festival or the Art Bears, please visit their website at, call their offices at 570-409-0909, or “like” them on Facebook.

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