STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Several local filmmakers will screen their latest works as part of the 10th anniversary Media Film Festival April 7 and 8.
The event will feature 41 short independent films in all. More than a dozen of them were created by filmmakers from Delaware County and the greater Delaware Valley. Film blocks start at 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 p.m. Friday (Late Night Horror Fest), 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Three films produced by area high school students as part of the Media Youth Film Initiative, or “MyFi,” will premiere at the festival. “Mints” and “Remote Controlled” will be part of the Friday evening showing, and “You Look Beautiful” will open Saturday’s 7 p.m. program.
There will also be a free “Women Making Films” workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Media’s 320 Market Café. It is open to the public.
Another highlight is a reunion of West Chester University alumni Mary Beth Rim (a filmmaker), Jessica Barth (who played Tami-Lynn McCafferty in the “Ted” movies) and Micah Hauptman (who acts in “Homeland” and played David Breashears in “Everest” and August Hardwicke in “Parker”). Rim will produce a live staged reading of the Oscar-nominated “When Harry Met Sally,” featuring Barth and Hauptman, at 3:30 p.m. April 8. Admission to this event is free.
Are they having it at the theater again?
The Media Theatre is at 104 E. State St., Media.
What should I know about the local filmmakers at the festival?
One of the Friday 7 p.m. highlights will be “Need Change,” a comedy from Delaware director Rob Waters, who based the script on his real life misadventures delivering pizzas.
The Saturday matinee block will have “Gift Horses,” from director David Block, which was shot at a number of local equine therapy centers, and documents the role of horses in helping people with disabilities.
Saturday night’s lineup features “Chasseur,” produced by Media native Jessica Graham, a thriller set in the Louisiana Bayou in which the half-mad Louis Chasseur hunts the devil. An actress-filmmaker living in Hollywood, Graham grew up watching movies at the Media Theatre and fell in love with acting in fifth-grade when her teacher cast her in the Greek tragedy “Antigone.”
“The Audition” is the story of three actresses who compete for the same coveted role. It was written and directed by Philadelphia’s Tatyana Yassukovich. The world premiere screening is also part of the 7 p.m. program Saturday.
Another Saturday night special is “Solitary,” a drama written and directed by Swarthmore’s Derek J. Pastuszek that looks at an inmate forced to endure long-term isolation.
How much are tickets?
Admission is $12 for one day or $20 for the All-Festival Pass. Visit www.mediafilmfestival.org. You’ll find a festival trailer there to whet your appetite.
The Media Film Festival was created not only to give local artists an opportunity to share their craft, but also to promote the talent of filmmakers worldwide. In a press release, festival program director Tamme McClelland stated: “We have films from as far away as Germany, Ireland and South Africa alongside quality entries produced right here in Delaware County. And with different genres represented — dramas, comedies and documentaries — there really is something for everyone.”
You’re encouraged to interact with the filmmakers in attendance, either during Q&A sessions or by engaging with filmmakers informally between screenings.