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West Chester Borough to become a hub for art film enthusiasts

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The West Chester Film Festival aims to satisfy those that were disappointed by the Oscars’ perceived lack of diversity.
The 12th West Chester Film Festival will highlight global independent short films April 22-24.
Since these films are a half hour at the longest, festival-goers get to enjoy a mix of comedy, drama, animation, art/experimental and documentary in two-hour screenings, which will be held at the Chester County Courthouse at 2 N. High St. and the Chester County Historical Society, 225 N. High St.
There will also be workshops, and a filmmaker meet-and-greet event, all open to the public.
The festival also offers a family-friendly block of films Saturday morning at 9:30 at the Boxcar Brewpub, 142 E. Market St. It’s free to kids 10 and younger, or $5 for adults and WCFF members. This is followed at 10:30 by a “Youth Block” aimed at — and made by — middle and high school students.

“Apocolypse Rock” is among the movies being shown during the West Chester Film Festival. Submitted photo

“Apocolypse Rock” is among the movies being shown during the West Chester Film Festival.
Submitted photo

So how diverse are we talking?
Themes include racial profiling (“Under the Heavens”), gender identity (“Dear Santa”) and “the complexity of Middle Eastern prejudice” (“The Visit”). Besides those films, characters include a Korean housewife, an African-American cyclist and a doctor whose ethnicity is the Tarahumara indigenous people of Mexico.
When are the film blocks?
At the historical society, they’re 7 and 9:15 p.m. April 22; 2:15, 7 and 9 p.m. April 23; and noon and 2:15 p.m. April 24. At the courthouse, they’re 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. April 22; 2:30, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. April 23; and 12:15 and 2:30 p.m. April 24.
Where can I see the specific schedule?
www.westchesterfilmfestival.com. If you have questions, email info@westchesterfilmfestival.com.
How many people come to this?
The festival website says organizers anticipate 3,000 people over three days.
How much do tickets cost?
$8 for a two-hour block of films, $6 for senior and students. All-access festival passes are $50, $35 for WCFF members. Be advised that tickets sold at the door are cash-only.
For the Opening Night Party 5 to 7 p.m. April 22 at Iron Hill Brewery, 3 W. Gay St., it’s $25 to get in, and that includes a ticket to the first block of films. Tickets are also $25 for the Closing Night Awards Party 6 to 10 p.m. April 24 at the Split Rail Tavern, 15 N. Walnut St.

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