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Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks will host the third annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF) from October 31st through November 2nd. Fifteen different films, in addition to two web series, will be showcased over the course of five screening blocks. Admission for each block is $5/$4 ArtsQuest members. Tickets are available at www.artsquest.org/film or by calling 610-332-3378. They will also be available at the ArtsQuest Center Box Office.

The 2013 GLVFF will be capped on Saturday, November 2nd, with a screening of Allentown-raised director (and 2013 GLVFF jury member) Ishai Setton's 3 Days of Normal at 8:45. The screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Setton, and then the announcement of the 2013 GLVFF award winners. The 3 Days of Normal screening is free to the public.

Awards will be handed out in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Web Series, Best Short (15-50min), and Best Short (<15min).

The schedule for the festival is as follows (*denotes a film in competition) – the films are not necessarily listed in the order that they will screen that night:

BLOCK 1 – Thursday, October 31st at 8:00

Quick ShopQuick Shop – Martin Binder (Macungie) – 13min.
In competition (Best Short <15min.)
Hunter and Trevor are new roommates at college. After a falling out over a girl, Trevor talks Hunter into going to his hometown for a weekend in the country. Things take a turn for the worse when they stop at a Quick Shop to go to the bathroom, and proceed to get locked in the store and stalked by the shopkeeper.

The Flighty Ducks: The Poker Sketch – Dan Maher (Bethlehem) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Matt has a gambling problem.

Cult Life – Spencer Snygg (Allentown) – 105min.
"Cult Life" is a documentary about why people join cults. It explores the methods that cults use for brainwashing while at the same time showing that these same techniques are used by more traditional organizations. And the results are just as damaging. We follow the lives of someone who joins a cult, someone who joins the catholic seminary, and someone who joins the military and see how their lives run parallel to each other. By seeing these techniques, and seeing how they affect our subjects, hopefully you will be able to defend yourself if put in the same position.

So Pretty to Look At – Chuck Gloman (Center Valley) – 5min.
In 1918 a photographer falls in love with his subject - but beauty is not skin deep.

BLOCK 2 – Friday, November 1st at 7:00

Shark Week Follies: 'Twas the Night Before Shark Week – Marie Guglielmo (Allentown) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Christmas has been celebrated for centuries, but a competing holiday is catching up in our hearts - Shark Week celebrated its 25th year this year (2013). To help this newest secular holiday along, I have composed Shark Week carols to help all experience the wonder of the Shark Week. "'Twas the Night Before Shark Week" is inspired by Clement Moore's classic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas". In this case, it's a visit from Great White and the narration is performed by Peter Baker, a BBC announcer.

The Backyard Philly ProjectThe Backyard Philly Project – Amanda Danziger (Allentown) – 64min.
In competition (Best Feature & Best Documentary)
The Backyard Philly Project delves into the lives of four teens growing up in the inner city neighborhood of Penn Town. It shows how their involvement with The Helping Hand Rescue Mission has given them hope for a better life though tutoring and other character building activates aimed at the neighborhood's youth. Filming began in October 2011 and concluded in June 2012 and consists partly of video shot by the teens.

CorporealityCorporeality – Lauren Hank (Quakertown) – 4min.
An experimental study of the body and its relationship to both perception and the mundane world, corporeality is the second short film by Lauren Hank.

Empty CupsEmpty Cups – James McCullian (Bethlehem) – 17min.
Empty Cups is a short film that chronicles the inner monologue of Jace, a college student, who comes home over an extended break from school and attends a party with his old high school clique from which he has grown estranged. His reasoning behind still hanging out with these individuals and maintain some sort of contact is for the simple convenience of not having to make new friends at home. Throughout the film, however, Jace realizes that everyone he once considered a "close" friend is now the polar opposite of who they once were. Jace's journey throughout "empty cups" illustrates his transformation from a humble party-goer into a proud narcissist as he convinces himself that he is in fact better than that.

BLOCK 3 – Friday, November 1st at 9:45

The Flighty Ducks: Parking Meter Payment Center – Dan Maher (Bethlehem) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Jon decides to try out the new "pay by phone" feature of his parking meter.

NomadNomad – Ivar Murd (Manalapan) – 15min.
In competition (Best Short 15-50 min.)
A man isolated in the woods unexpectedly finds what he is looking for.

The Outer LoopThe Outer Loop – John Bennett (Allentown) – 77min.
In competition (Best Feature)
The Outer Loop is a comedy that oscillates between its two Baltimore based storylines. Quiche Lorraine and Crepe Suzette are two adult women who delight in committing petty crimes. When those crimes don't get them the media attention they want, they plot to kidnap Natasha Helmsley, a spoiled heiress to a steamed crab company fortune, Meanwhile, three friends in their late teens, Vince, Valerie, and Vera aimlessly hang out in and around Baltimore, lightly trying to make sense of their various problems. As the film progresses, the two stories begin to gently overlap, ultimately making the film a daffy farce with a wry smile.

Shark Week Follies: Shark the Herald Angels Sing – Marie Guglielmo (Allentown) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Christmas has been celebrated for centuries, but a competing holiday is catching up in our hearts - Shark Week celebrated its 25th year this year (2013). To help this newest secular holiday along, I have composed Shark Week carols to help all experience the wonder of the Shark Week. With "Shark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Shark Teeth)" Calisto, a professional singer from Canada, shares the joy and blessings of Shark Week season.

BLOCK 4 – Saturday, November 2nd at 3:00

Pulling TeethPulling Teeth – Jennifer Suwak & Steve Abruzzese (Bangor) – 9min.
In competition (Best Short <15 min. & Best Documentary)
Pulling Teeth is a short documentary about John Baker, an Equestrian Dentist for over forty years who has been working on horse teeth with a very specific philosophy. He believes that communication is key and unlike other equine dentists he has never sedated a horse to work on their teeth. Through several stories and visuals, John Baker proves that communication with other animals is vital to harmony and understanding, particularly in his line of work.

April Grace – Andrew Hutcheson (Washington) – 98min.
In competition (Best Feature)
Justin Brightman- awkward teenager by day, expert lock-picker and poet by night- is ostracized by his entire town for his aberrant and bizarre behavior, making him the unofficial "town loon". In fact, the only person who accepts him is his best (and only) friend, Penny McGivern, a lovesick tomboy. However, Justin's life takes a dramatic turn when the beautiful, older April Grace moves into town. Smitten by her golden locks, Justin conspires with Penny to write her the perfect love poem before she learns about his reputation. This is the story of their shenanigans.

Shark Week Follies: Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Shark Teeth) – Marie Guglielmo (Allentown) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Christmas has been celebrated for centuries, but a competing holiday is catching up in our hearts - Shark Week celebrated its 25th year this year (2013). To help this newest secular holiday along, I have composed Shark Week carols to help all experience the wonder of the Shark Week. With "Shark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Shark Teeth)" Calisto, a professional singer from Canada, shares the joy and blessings of Shark Week season.

BLOCK 5 – Saturday, November 2nd at 6:00

The Flighty Ducks: Captivity Sketch – Dan Maher (Bethlehem) – 2min.
In competition (Best Web Series)
Where did Ted hide the money? Sal wants to know.

Silent Dance – Lindsay Schaefer & Artists in Unity (Bethlehem) – 13min.
In competition (Best Short <15 min.)
Silent Dance- Embraces Reality, Embraces Obstacles, Embraces Change. A Woman's Journey- through Dance and Film to become Full, Complete, Present with Self. The interpretation of Silent Dance speaks many different languages. Find the Beauty Within the Movement Find the Quietness within the Meaning, Find the Acceptance of Self with Silent Dance.

ParticlesParticles – Dave Meyers (Bethlehem) – 8min.
Particles is a film about the fluidity of life and dreams. The film is the first part of a three part series on life and our dreams.

Broken Dreams – Buddy Thompson (Hazleton) – 17min.
In competition (Best Short 15-50 min.)
Chester is homeless man that lives in a cardboard box. He was once successful but was taken over by his wife and partner. His drinking only masked his problems. While digging through the trash, he finds a TV and takes it back to his box, draws an outlet on the side of the box and plugs it in. The TV comes to life and tells him to believe in himself to get his life back. The next day he tries to figure out the "dream". He takes control of his life and gets his wife back.

The First Four – Meghan Barwick, Laura Casale, Liana Prodorutti & Nadia Sasso (Bethlehem) – 35min.
In competition (Best Short 15-50 min. & Best Documentary)
Follow the stories of Lehigh University's first four women Professors in the English Department. Filmed and produced throughout this past summer, The First Four chronicles the lives and experiences of Arbur, Fifer, Mundhenk and Traister. While their arrival on campus was a landmark for diversity and inclusion on South Mountain, there were times when the existing campus culture made their adjustment a challenge.

Painted LovePainted Love – John General (Hackettstown) – 3min.
In competition (Best Short <15 min.)
A heart-broken graffiti artist is shocked to find his work come to life and tell the story of his tragic romance after he paints his past away. We embark on a short romance that brings us a visually compelling story behind a broken-hearted artist- a story sure to warm your heart.

 

2012 Winners

 

Best Feature: Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment

Richard Morris (Bethlehem)

Best Short (15-50min): Doorman

Collin Kornfeind (Slatington)

Best Short Under 15min): Please Kill Me Again

Spencer Snygg (Allentown)

Best Web Series: The Flighty Ducks

Dan Maher (Bethlehem)

Honorable Mention (by the Jury): A Cure

Matthew Herbertz (Center Valley)

Audience Award: The Super List

Adam Winston (Macungie)

 

The 2012 GLVFF jury was: Courtney Eady, Ben Hickernell, Gershon Hinkson, Ann Knerr and Michael Kramp. Submitted films were pre-screened by the ArtsQuest Cinema Committee, in addition to ArtsQuest Cinema staff, who then selected the films for the festival and put select titles in competition. The jury saw all festival films for the first time at the festival and collaboratively selected the award winners. The Audience Award was given to the film with the highest average score from 2012 GLVFF audience voting only.

 

 

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