How Blue Can the F3 Get? Can You Say “F3 Blues Review”?

How Blue?

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You’d be surprised! There’s quite a bit of blues on tap this F3 season, we’ve already had the first act. On June 12, upstairs at Brewer’s Alley, we had legendary blues guitarist Tom Principato and his band for an amazing show…if you missed it…you missed something special!

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An amazing show by an amazing set of musicians.

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Next up is the Opening Night afterparty! Friday night, after the showing of “Salad Days” at the Weinberg, Frederick’s own Hard Swimmin’ Fish will be upstairs at the F3 Opening Night Afterparty…an opportunity to meet other festival goers, film pros, eat some good food, enjoy some Brewer’s Alley beverages, and listen to some amazing music from Hard Swimmin’ Fish! Your pass gets you in so there’s no reason not to come. Be there or be square.

Finally, Saturday Night…the F3 Blues Review with your host, Bill Wax!

The F3 is proud to be presenting the first F3 Blues Review! Following the Saturday, June 27th evening showing of the Patrick Branson film “America’s Blues,” which examines the impact of the blues on other art forms in America, former B.B. King’s Bluesville program director Bill Wax will host an evening of blues on the Weinberg stage. Featured blues artists will be Little Bit A Blues, The Big Boy Little Band, and Mary Shaver. The review is designed to highlight various styles of blues music.

America's BluesTo many, Bill Wax means the blues. He has likely forgotten more about the blues than most folks will ever know. His stints on WPFW’s Blues Plate Special and as program director of B.B. King’s Bluesville on XM/Sirius has established Bill as one of the foremost authorities on the blues. He brings that knowledge to the F3 Blues Review as he introduces the different shades of blue on the Weinberg stage that night.

For more information on the F3 Blues Review, go to the event webpage!

All tickets are available at the Weinberg Center for the Arts box office (301-600-2828) or online at their website: http://www.weinbergcenter.org/8136/7th-annual-frederick-film-festival/. Tickets for the F3 Blues Review movie and show ONLY are just $12. A Saturday pass to the F3, which includes films all day long at 2 venues plus the Blues Review, are only $20. A full weekend pass to the Frederick Film Festival – 3 days, 3 venues, Opening Night Party at Brewer’s Alley with music by Hard Swimmin’ Fish, and the F3 Blues Review, are only $35.

  

 

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2015 F3 Opening Night!

Don’t let the title fool you…Opening Night at the F3 starts at 2pm! As you can see on the film SCHEDULE, there is great stuff happening on Friday before the nighttime events.

Listening  The psychological thriller LISTENING kicks off the F3 this year. LISTENING, the powerful debut feature from visionary director Khalil Sullins, excites as a psychological thriller about penniless grad students who invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives. David (Thomas Stroppel), Ryan (Artie Ahr), and Jordan (Amber Marie Bollinger) hope inventing telepathy will solve all their problems, but quickly learn that when you open your mind, there is nowhere to hide your thoughts. Their bleeding-edge technology opens a Pandora’s box of new dangers, especially when it falls into the wrong hands. In a color-saturated vision of present-day science fiction, friends are forced against each other in a life-or-death battle over not only the privacy of our minds, but the future of human free will itself.

The TreehouseThis will be followed by the short film THE TREEHOUSE, which tells a story set in the shadow of a family funeral. A young boy retreats to the treehouse he built with his father where he shuts himself in and the rest of the world out. Whilst there he meets an enigmatic young girl from next door who helps him to come to terms with his loss and face up to the future.

Following that film is the short documentary FACE TO FACE, a film about a group of “losers.” Feeling they had achieved nothing in their lives, they tried something new to prove, if only to themselves, that life must go on. They chose a path to the world of performance wrestling. Face to FaceThey have played roles that are dangerous to others (and themselves). In the world of wresting ring, they have tortured themselves to become the villains on the stage, and they seek the last bit of dignity among the whispering and clapping from audiences.

Rounding out the afternoon and early evening is ROUTE 30 3! The final chapter of the trilogy (filmed in and around south central Pennsylvania…right up the road from Frederick) which focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Rotten Egg, a camera that reveals the truth in every photo, and a man’s quest to become ‘less’ boring. This stand-alone comedy Route 30 Three!delivers a romantic and upbeat message about relationships and the truth behind every story. Putch, a director, writer and producer from Los Angeles, started his career at Totem Pole Playhouse near Chambersburg, the summer theater his parents, Bill Putch and Jean Stapleton, ran for 30 years. Although he moved to California, his hometown has always been near and dear to his heart. He knew he had to make movies here that highlight the area’s rich history, folklore and traditions.

Following these films, the theater will empty and there will be an hour break in preparation for Opening night. The doors reopen at 7pm for a happy hour…a time to mix and meet with other festival goers and filmmakers.

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The movies start up again at 7:30 with a selection of short films designed to highlight the varied types of films that will be presented at this year’s Frederick Film Festival. A short local documentary about the Enchanted Forest amusement park, an animated film from Andy Novak which hold the record for the shortest film ever shown by the F3, a family comedy that isn’t what it appears to be, a “music video” that is likely to be the film you carry with you from the festival this year, a German short comedy, a small selection from Australia, and another from Sweden. This half hour of short films encapsulates everything that is strong and innovative about short films and shows the amazing talent of filmmakers able to capture a single fully formed idea and translate it to the big screen. Like all the short blocks at this year’s festival (about 100 short films in total) they are not to be missed!

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The feature film for the Opening Night of the festival is the Scott Crawford documentary SALAD DAYS: : A DECADE OF PUNK IN WASHINGTON, DC (1980-90).  The film examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Salad DaysRites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction. Footage included in this film is a 1990 Fugazi show at the Weinberg Center, current day home of the Frederick Film Festival! Filmmaker Scott Crawford will be on hand for this screening as well as guests from the film. It is an opportunity to delve deeper into a music movement unique to the area.

Following the film, the legendary F3 Opening Night Afterparty happens upstairs at Brewer’s Alley. Your festival pass gets you in (you MUST have your pass) for food, drink, and live music from festival favorites Hard Swimmin’ Fish. Always a favorite event it’s a great way to relax and unwind after the first stressful and exciting day of the festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to have some great Brewer’s Alley beverages and mingle yet again with other festival goers and filmmakers. This is usually the only time all the committee members will be in the same room at the same time during the festival…if you see us, come say hi, we’d love to talk to you.

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So, as you can see, Opening Night is more than just the night…and more than just the opening…and more than just film. Make sure you’re there Friday to see all there is to see!

 

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The Bonus Five

2015.F3.WonBWhile the official announcement date was back in May, after we had selected all those films one of our venues offered us a little more time and space! So, we got to go back to the list and pick the next five that we had previously had to reject. With more than 1300 submissions this year there was enough film to do two or three more whole festivals of high quality film.

We, of course, don’t have 2 more festivals, but we did have room for FIVE more films. So here they are…the Bonus Five 2015 F3 Selections:

Feature Film: 

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Searching For Nepal - Phil Deutschle, Robyn Hutman – 2014 (Feature Film) (US): Searching For Nepal chronicles the emotional and cultural journey of a former Peace Corps Volunteer as he returns to Nepal, seeking out his adopted family in the aftermath of Nepal’s Maoist civil war. Filmed entirely on location, this exotic, soul-searching adventure explores the universal yearning to go home again—in a unique setting.

Short Films:

The Match – Kurt Spenrath – 2014 (Canada): The Match follows two performers in a struggling independent wrestling promotion, the Prairie Wrestling Alliance. It explores the impact that their vocation has on their personal lives, and the psychology behind why audiences are drawn to this pseudo-blood sport. The characters are iconic, yet real: Nizar Watfa aka. Sheikh Abdul Shibaz, is a Muslim immigrant that wants to integrate. He’s from the small town of Lamont, Alberta , famous for its Ukrainian heritage. And then there’s Dustin Meyer, aka. Hollywood Dustin Adonis. He’s a rural redneck from Eston, Saskatchewan, that wants to cut loose. And they are going to fight for the championship belt.

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The Healing Song – Deborah Libby – 2014 (US): Everything in the universe moves, resonates, and vibrates at its own frequency, which generates sound. Sound has the power to influence our physical and emotional state like no other source of expression. Marian Kraus’ gong sound healing work has helped others transform their lives, including profiled student Toni Morales who has overcome her decades-long eating disorder while attending regular sound healing sessions. The Healing Song leads viewers through a viscerally affecting performance facilitated by Kraus, profiling Chinese gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, and percussive instruments which guide students through a powerful healing experience for mind and body.

Tony Windberg. A Painter in the Woods - Thomas Schumacher – 2014 (Germany/Australia):  In the midst of a vast Eucalyptus forest that lies deep in the heart of the great southern region of Western Australia, sits a cottage filled with test tubes, material samples, drafts, notes, indexed color samples and canvasses reflecting their surroundings: the trees. Simply calling Tony Windberg a Landscape Artist falls short of the true essence of his work. Charcoals of burnt trees, the bark and resin of various Eucalyptus trees and the soil in which they grow and die are all transformed into materials for his works of art in long, well documented procesess of experimentation. Windberg’s vast application of styles and multi-award winning artwork is displayed widely across numerous corporate, public and private collections within Australia. He lives and works in Northcliffe, Western Australia

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Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition - Christoph von Toggenburg – 2013 (Switzerland): Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition tells the story of an epic solo expedition across the Himalaya that changed the life of hundreds of people in need and reached millions around the world. In 2010, Christoph von Toggenburg cycled alone 3200km along the world’s highest tracks pulling a 30kg trailer packed with survival gear in support of leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India. With little air to breathe and temperatures between minus 15 to plus 45 degrees Celcius he crossed mountain passes higher than 5500m mastering a total of 50’000m. Crossing Nepal during the Maoist unrests, conflict stricken Kashmir, he encountered wonderful hospitality, found new friends, and saw some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes of this planet.

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The 2015 Frederick Film Festival Selections

2015.F3.BonWThe 2015 selections for the Frederick Film Festival are in. Congratulations to everyone. The F3 had over 1300 submissions this year so, unfortunately, there were plenty of great films that didn’t get selected.  There was an amazing amount of quality film to see and appreciate everyone who took time to submit to the festival.

In the coming days we’ll highlight and go into greater depth with some of these films, for right now though, we’re just presenting a raw list of titles. Go through them and see for yourself what a great selection we have this year!

FEATURE FILMS:

Route 30 Three – John Putch – US
 
The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead – Elliot Cowan – US
 
America’s Blues - Patrick Branson – US
 
Salad Days - Scott Crawford – US
 
They Will Have to Kill Us First – Johanna Schwartz – UK
 
Planetary - Guy Reid – US
 
The Jones Family Will Make a Way – Alan Berg – US
 
Southeast 67 - Betsy Cox – US
 
Listening – Khalil Sullins – US
 
Searching For Nepal – Phil Deutschle, Robyn Hutman – US

 

SHORT FILMS:

Mit Besten Gruesse – Bernhard Wenger – Austria
 
The Match – Kurt Spenrath – Canada
 
The Healing Song – Deborah Libby – US
 
Tony Windberg: A Painter in the Woods – Thomas Schumacher – Germany/Australia
 
Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition – Christoph von Toggenburg – Switzerland
 
Outlook Not So Good – Andy Novak – US
 
Think Ink – Wally Chung – US
 
Romy, Ich bin Krank – Andreas Grützner – Germany
 
2O mètres d’amour à Montmartre – Pierre Gaffié – France
 
The Dead Bird – Damian Overton – Australia
 
Casitas - Javier Marco – Spain
 
Bear Me – Kasia Wilk – Poland/Germany
 
Religatio - Jaime Giraldo – Canada
 
Umbra - Pedro Atienzar – US
 
Ocean - Stephanie Maxwell – US
 
A Way Out – Jason Tostevin – US
 
Wallas on Velos – Alton Valadares – Belgium/India:
 
Abaskun Eyes – Mahdi Saebi, Mohammad Tabarsa – Iran
 
I’ve Just Had a Dream – Javi Navarro – Spain
 
Infinite - Ryan Stratton – US
 
The Illusion – Mohammad Reza Hanafi – Iran
 
Red Point – Motahareh Ahmadpour – Iran
 
The Blue Marble Of Joys And Sorrows – Paolo Pizzi – US
 
Counsellor - Venetia Taylor – Australia
 
Salomea’s Nose – Susan Korda – US/Germany
 
55 Days – Patrick Mason – US
 
Kiko’s Paradise - Paco Gisbert, Ramon Alos, Paqui Ramirez – Spain
 
YouTupolis - Wojciech Lorenc, Valentina Trevino – US
 
Swan - Oleksandr Danylenko – Ukraine
 
Face to Face - Chung Chuan – Taiwan
 
La Trompeta (The Trumpet) – Andrés Nieves – Spain
 
Ocule - Kris Ruff-Frederickson – Canada
 
Sink in the Soil – Doug Stanford – US
 
Une passion d’or et de feu  (A Passion for Gold and Fire) - Sébastien Pins – Belgium
 
España Is Different – Salvador Guerra – Spain
 
Luke Spiller-The Struts – Christian Tama Roberts – UK
 
Gutty - Seyed Sajad Moosavi – Iran
 
Sneeze Freeze – Gabriel Borgetto – Germany
 
The Things We Keep – Rosalie Miller – US
 
The Treehouse - Amy Coop – UK
 
Das, was Bleibt – Liv Scharbatke – Germany
 
Renewing Mikael - Joonas Makkonen – Finland
 
The Palace - Venetia Taylor – Australia
 
Image - Yousef Jafary – Iran
 
World Spins Madly On – Jeremy Jed Hammel – US
 
NonCritical – Daniela Perez Frias, Kelsey Marsh – US
 
La Semaine des 4 Jeudis (A Month of Sundays) - Franck Janin – France
 
Mute - Johanna Thalmann – Germany
 
Disenchanted – Matthew Myslinski – US
 
Antoine - Cyrus Neshvad – Luxembourg
 
Le Risque Zero (The Diminished Risk) - Philippe Lacoeuille – France
 
Prinzip Mensch (The Human Principle) – Marco Gadge – Germany
 
Impact – Jean-Pierre Michael – France
 
Blinder Passagier (The Stowaway) – Maria Brendle – Switzerland
 
Lovesick - Dago Schelin – Brazil/Germany
 
MeTube: August sings Carmen Habanera - Daniel Moshel – Austria
 
Si Lunchai - Hannes Rall – Germany/Singapore
 
Passé composé (In the Past Tense) - Ted Hardy-Carnac – France
 
Lumberjacked - Joel Mackenzie – Canada
 
Lobster fra Diavolo - Oriana Oppice – US
 
Le temps d’un tango (The Time of a Tango) - Frederic Hontschoote – France/Argentina
 
Condo – Trevor Hardy – UK
 
Eloïse, Little Dreamer - Myriam L. Obin – Canada
 
We Got Your Back - Viktor Hertz – Sweden
 
Rosso Papavero - Martin Smatana – Slovakia
 
Matices (Shades) – Saul Masri – Mexico
 
Golden – Dir: Kai Stänicke – Germany
 
Zack & Luc – Dir: RW Gray – Canada
 
Magda’s Lesbian Lover – Dir: Will Moore – UK
 
Obama is/and me – Dir: Stevan Lee Mraovitch – France
 
UMBRA – Dir: Pedro Atienzar – US  
 
That’s So Straight – Dir: Will Clements – Canada
 
Growing Out – Dir: Andrew Walsh – Australia
 
Strawberries – Dir: Jelena Lela Milošević – Montenegro
 
Life of Silence – Dir: Cheng-Ru Ying – Taiwan
 
Not Funny! – Dir: Katharina Woll – Germany
 
Blut, Reis, und Tranen – Dir: Johannes Rosenstein – Germany
 
 
 
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High School Competition Finalists Announced

 

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One of the most enjoyable parts of the F3 the festival crew puts together is the High School Competition. A part of the festival since it’s very first year, this competition allows regional high school students to submit, have judged, and have their film screened during the Frederick Film Fest. It is an opportunity to have their film seen by their peers and their community, and a chance to see other filmmakers’ works as well.

Like the rest of the film festival, this year’s submissions were plentiful with the following seven films selected as finalists:

Immolation - Garrison Irwin and Gabriella Punturiero: Frederick County Career and Technology Center

Dead Awakening – Samuel Swanzy, Gustave Njapon, Iva Tchangalov, and Erin Gary: Seneca Valley High School

Girl in the Void- Bryan Morrison, Logan Barrick: Frederick County Career and Technology Center

Lanterns - Lexi Tauberman: Poolesville High School

Elixir - Jason Allison: Carter Center for the Arts and Technology

Mwiza - Samuel Swanzy, Gustave Njapon, Ivo Tchangalov, Erin Gary: Seneca Valley High School

Tabula Rasa – Garrison Irwin and Gabriella Punturiero: Frederick County Career and Technology Center

Thanks to everyone who submitted, be sure and come out and see some great film by some talented young filmmakers and cheer for your favorite.

  • First place winner will win Sony’s Vegas Pro 13 (retail value $589) and free entry fee into the 2014 72 FilmFest which takes place in October.
  • Second place filmmaker receives Sony’s Movie Studio Suite 13 software (retail value $140)
  • Third place filmmaker receives Sony’s Movie Studio Platinum 13 (retail value $80)

The First Place winner will also receive a hand-crafted award from ceramic artist Cameron Petke.

This event is sponsored, and prizes provided by, Sony.

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Tick…Tick…Tick…FRIDAY!

OpeningNightThe clock is most definitely moving towards Friday…Opening Day of the Frederick Film Festival. While the festival has certainly been real for those of us on the committee for quite some time now, there’s something about the 96 or so hours before the festival kicks off that makes it…you know…REAL. Tingling excitement, sweaty palms, chest pains kind of REAL.

Even more real this year because of the orders of magnitude increase in submissions. With over 900 films submitted for consideration to this year’s festival, we have been neck deep in movies for quite a while now. We think the films that we have selected are top notch and represent some of the most interesting filmmaking going on out there. The selection process was difficult…there were plenty of films we would have loved to select but simply didn’t have the programming space. Many many times the subject was broached to have another festival…a topic usually squelched by a new onset of chest pains and the excitement those bring on.

Suffice it to say, with Friday looming, we’re excited.

Opening day is usually the most exciting day for us. Saturday is WORK…Sunday is lower-key and winding down…it’s almost relaxing. Friday is the last minute build up…hoping we haven’t forgotten anything…making sure everything is in place. It’s a day and evening filled with anticipation because there’s some feeling (totally without empirical evidence) that if the first 9 hours of the festival go ok, the REST of the festival will be smooth sailing.

Honestly, sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps us going.

But what is particularly nice about Opening Night is the Opening Night Afterparty at imageBrewer’s Alley. This year, following the showing of PING PONG SUMMER, the new film from Frederick’s own Michael Tully, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Afterparty will get underway upstairs at Brewer’s Alley. The event features food, drink, and live music, this year from Secondhand Ramblers. Your Festival pass gets you in! It’s all you need!

The event is a great opportunity to meet other film enthusiasts, film professionals, and the people involved with putting the Frederick Film Festival together. It’s a time to reflect on the day’s films and anticipate the coming films for the rest of the weekend. And it’s a perfect time to enjoy some good food and some good beverages. Indeed, it’s the best time for that!

TixStripSo pick up your tickets for the festival at the Weinberg Center for the Frederick Film Festival and kick back and enjoy 3 days of world class film, film guests, and fun activities. Tickets are on sale now at the Weinberg Center’s Webpage.

Don’t Miss It!

 

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2014 F3 Selected Features and Shorts

2014.F3.BonWWe at the F3 thought it would be helpful to give you a bit of a rundown of all the films selected to the 2014 Frederick Film Festival in one handy post. So what we’ve done is divided them up between shorts and features…the FEATURE films have a blurb or description, the short films have a link to their F3 page. It’s nice to have this all in one place, we hope you enjoy!

Feature Films Selected

Around the World (US) – Dir: Robert Hagans. A Woman meets a Married Man in a posterbar. Money is exchanged. The oldest story in the world for the oldest reasons. But not tonight…  Maryland Filmmaker Hagans made Around the World for less than $4k, with all funds raised on indiegogo.com. The entire film was shot in 4 & 1/2 days, despite both leads being flown in from California. The crew (counting actors) was less than 10 altogether, and a whole day was dedicated to shooting a scene that was 17 pages long (in the same location).

doomsdaysDoomsdays (US) – Dir: Eddie Mullins. Dirty Fred and Bruho aren’t sanguine about the future. Convinced that dwindling petroleum resources will soon bring the modern world to a halt, they’ve dropped out of productive (and vehicular) society, choosing instead a life of free-wheeling vagabondage. As they trek across the Catskills, they break into a series of vacation homes, holing up until they either run out of food or are chased off. The pattern is interrupted, however, when they run across a teenage boy  who insists on joining them. No sooner is he assimilated than an aimless young woman also comes aboard, and the dynamic of the group changes with significant consequences for all.

Exists (US) – Dir: Eduardo Sanchez. From BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director, and Exists2Frederick’s own, Eduardo Sanchez comes a Bigfoot story like no other. When brothers Brian and Matt Tover secretly sneak out to their Uncle’s long abandoned cabin in East Texas for a party weekend with their friends, they find themselves stalked by the legendary Sasquatch. Cut off from the world, and knowing help isn’t coming, the kids must try to make it out of the woods alive while hunted by a creature that’s smarter, stronger, and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.

e9f3064a37460e22935d3df9e26e53bb_XLHeritage: Descendants of William Tell (Switzerland) – Dir: David Induni. Switzerland, that famous neutral country, is (according to recent statistics) the third most armed population on Earth. This is partly due to one of its most popular sports “Shooting”. In the heart of Switzerland there’s a fascinating world of guns, bizarre, interesting characters, different perspectives, controversial ideas and, above all, an exceptional tradition that lives on. Swiss olympic shooting champions, families of Swiss shooters, politicians and others, tell us why shooting and weapons are, or why they shouldn’t be, so popular in Switzerland.

Las Sufragistas (The Suffragettes) (Mexico) – Dir: Ana Cruz. Eufrosina Cruz was the first woman that became Congress President in Oaxaca. This is the story about women in politics in Mexico and their fight to reach their right to vote, their right to be in power. A journey that just started.

Persistence of Vision (US) – Dir: Kevin Schreck. Striving to make thepersistance 2 greatest animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) toiled for more than a quarter of a century on his masterpiece — only to have it torn from his hands. A tale of art, obsession, and dreams, the film is the untold story of the greatest animated film never made.

ping-pong-summer-134400-poster-xlarge-resizedPing Pong Summer (US) – Dir: Michael Tully. Frederick’s own Michael Tully takes a look back to Ocean City in the 1980s. The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor.

Rich Hill (US) – Dir: Tracy Droz Tragos AND Andrew Droz Palermo. WINNER: 5ef17ed4d733d4dc3519b291889643fe_XLU.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance 2014. Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1393). Off the highway, next to the railroad track. ANDREW, 14, works on his bike, talks dreams with his dad, practices dance moves with his twin sister. He’s just like a lot of American teenagers, except that his days are often also about survival. HARLEY, 15, lives with his grandma and eight other members of his extended family because his mom is in prison for attempted murder. Still, Harley is the first guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it. APPACHEY, 13, finds solace in skateboards and, despite his intelligence, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn’t come close to fixing what’s broken in his life. These boys can be tough – they know how to walk with a clenched-jaw stare like they have nothing to lose. But when you get to know them up-close, you see their insight, their humor, and their determination to survive. And despite the isolation and brutality of their circumstances, their hope for a brighter future persists. They imagine that their hard work will be rewarded, and that, although there is no road map or role model, even they can live the American dream.dog

The Dog (US) – Dir: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren. A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975). 

84c42b9986b8cecdea81ed6abb66c108_XLThe Immortalists (US) – Dir: DAVID ALVARADO, JASON SUSSBERG. A SXSW selection. Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth with medical breakthroughs in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed longdistance runner racing against the ultimate clock. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: cure aging or die trying.

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The Longest Game (US) – Dir: Camille Thoman. Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87 and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of “elderly gentlemen” who gather every day at 1pm in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called paddle tennis. They have been playing together for years. THE LONGEST GAME explores the men’s stories, their friendship, the secret to their vibrancy and humor.

tbtTo Be Takei (US) – Dir: Jennifer Kroot. George Takei was always searching for the perfect role – only to find it within himself. Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI follows Takei and his husband Brad, capturing their day-to-day as they prepare for Takei’s dream project, ALLEGIANCE, a musical based on his harrowing childhood experiences inside a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Intertwined with this narrative is a look into Takei’s life history, from his rise to fame as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the iconic television series, STAR TREK, to his advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights across the United States. What emerges is a portrait of an outspoken activist who utilizes wit, whimsy, grace and humor to bring attention to the sorrows of his past and the joys of love and creativity in his present.

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Immaculate Reception (US)

Das Kalte Herz (The Cold Heart) (Germany)

Unclear Proof (UK)

A very Large Increase in the size (UK)

Time 2 Split   (France)

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution   (US)Wheatfield

The Wheatfield   (US)

O Ogro (The Ogre) (Brazil)

Espero? (Hope?) (UK)

Hay dos Clases de Personas (Spain)

Vivos (Argentina)

Hide and Seek (Japan)AmoreCorto

The Return (Israel)

I’ll Be Here All Night (Ireland)

After 15 Years (Iran)

Swan Cake   (US)

L’Amore Corto (Short Love) (US/Italy)

300 000 Kilometres/Seconde  (France)

5 ΤΡΟΠΟΙ ΝΑ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ   (5 Ways to Die) (Cyprus)2face

Volti (Faces) (Italy)

Mr. Hopewell’s Remedy (US)

Jiring (Clink) (Iran)

Чиппендейл (Chippendales) (Russia)

Strange Fruit (Israel)

O Solidário Não quer Solidão (The solidarity doesn’t want solitude) (Brazil)

Dos Caras  (Two-Face) (Argentina)time2.poster

The Silent Note (Malaysia)

Dream Shreds (Netherlands)

Go With God ( UK)

Extension (Lebanon)

Lifever (France)

Le Pot de Confiture (The Jam Jar) (Switzerland)

the untold and the unseen (Hong Kong)

Fréquence (Frequency) (Gabon)Chippendeil

Ishinomaki  (Argentina)

Lazare  (France)

Sangre de Dragón (Dragon’s Blood) (Spain)

Toy Soldiers (Ireland)

Elegy for a Revolutionary (South Africa)Ishinomaki

Por la flor de la canela (For the Cinnamon Flower)  (Spain)

The Note (Ireland)

An Honest Arrangement (US)

Those Poor Things (US)

My Friend Hugo (US)elegy

Awash (US)

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2014 Frederick Film Festival Daily Event Overview

2014.FredMag.May07.1 The 2014 Frederick Film Festival Daily Events The Frederick Film Festival (F3), now in its 6th year, is announcing the daily events involving premiere films, film professionals, and special film events happening in Frederick on June 27-29 during the festival. The lineup includes not only screenings of acclaimed feature films and short films, but also opportunities to meet filmmakers, attend gatherings with them, listen to great music, and enjoy great refreshments.

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The Frederick Film Festival films begin at 2:00pm at the Weinberg Center. The afternoon’s programming includes a Maryland premiere documentary, an acclaimed indie dark comedy, and the world premiere of Maryland filmmaker Robert Hagans’ “Around the World” – Hagans will be on hand with some of his cast to introduce the film and do some Q&A following the presentation.

Opening Night – Friday, June 27

Opening Night kicks off on Friday at 7pm at the Weinberg Center for the Arts with a happy hour as well as a meet and greet with the guests for the evening. Happy hour includes discounted drink prices at the Weinberg and light refreshments. The film events begin with a selection of short films that highlight the varied offerings at this year’s Frederick Film Festival. The short films will be followed by the film “Ping Pong Summer” directed by Frederick’s own Michael Tully and which takes place in Ocean City in the mid 1980s. The film stars Susan Sarandon, Lea Thomson, Amy Sedaris and Marcello Conte. While Tully is ping-pong-summer-134400-poster-xlarge-resizedunable to attend due to shooting commitments, he is expected to Skype in during the evening to take some questions and several of the cast members will be on hand for the showing.

The film centers on Rad Miracle, a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as funky fresh as it gets.

imageOpening night is capped off with an Afterparty upstairs at Brewer’s Alley, another of the F3’s event sponsors, with live music by the Secondhand Ramblers. The aim of the Afterparty is give the film-goers an opportunity to chat with some other festival-goers as well as with filmmakers, not just those that provided the film opening night, but other filmmakers providing films for the rest of the weekend will be there also. In a relaxed environment with Brewer’s Alley food, renown beers, and live music. Again, your festival ticket is all you need to get through the door.

Saturday, June 28

Like the previous Frederick Film Festivals, Saturday is always the busiest film day. The majority of the festival’s features and shorts will be screened during the course of the entire day at two venues: The Weinberg Center and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center two short blocks away. studentfilms

Events at the Delaplaine include the High School Filmmaker Competition where students from all over the region will vie for prizes donated by Sony. Programming will also include blocks of short films from all over the world, themed this year in such categories as “Animation”, “Experimental” and “Creepy”.

dogThe Delaplaine will also host a Maryland premiere screening of the acclaimed documentary “The Dog” which tells the true story of the man and events that surrounded the inspiration of the film “Dog Day Afternoon.”

Meanwhile, Saturday at the Weinberg Center will highlight some of the acclaimed feature films and shorts from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers. These films include the Sundance and SXSW film “Rich Hill” as well as the tbtacclaimed George Takei documentary “To Be Takei” that dissects the amazing past and present of the former Sulu and current internet and equality phenomenon; and the examination of the greatest animated film never made called “Persistence of Vision” from Kevin Schreck.

Then comes Saturday evening at the Weinberg! “Blair Witch Project” director Eduardo Sanchez will be on hand to present his latest film, “Exists” – the terrifying Bigfoot story like no other. The film has only screened at SXSW where it was purchased by Lion’s Gate films for an autumn release. This is a special pre-release screening of the film and the F3 is fortunate to get it. The film tells the story of two brothers who secretly sneak out to a long abandoned cabin in East Texas for a party weekend with their friends, they find themselves stalked by the legendary Sasquatch. The Exists2kids must try to make it out of the woods alive while hunted by a creature that’s smarter, stronger, and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Eduardo and other cast and crew members will take some Q&A after the screening.

The film starts at 8:30pm. The Frederick Film Office is hosting a VIP reception before the film at the Maryland Ensemble Theater. This event is separate from the Frederick Film Festival and ticket information can be found on the event’s website: www.MDTix.com.

Sunday, June 29

Sunday’s Frederick Film Festival program will be exclusively at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. Compelling and thought-provoking documentaries have long been a hallmark of the F3 and Sunday’s line up at the Delaplaine highlights quite a few of the most important documentary and documentary related films at the 2014 F3.

IshinomakiThe various acclaimed films and shorts that day include hard hitting and compelling films examining disaster in Japan from an outsider’s point of view (“Ishinomaki”); the violent and sexist elegylyrics we don’t hear (“Por la Flor de la Canela”); the early struggle against apartheid in South Africa (“Elegy for a Revolutionary”); and the gun culture in Switzerland “Heritage: Descendants of William Tell”).

The F3 closes with the award winning documentary “The Longest Game” from Camille Thoman which follows three longestLmembers of a group of “elderly gentlemen” who gather every day at 1pm in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called paddle tennis. They have been playing together for years. The film explores the men’s stories, their friendship, the secret to their vibrancy and humor.

All events and movies are listed on the Festival’s website at www.TheF3.com

The Frederick Film Festival –the F3–was established to provide an opportunity for a world-class film festival in Frederick and to promote a wide range of films. Films on the schedule include acclaimed foreign films, documentaries and independent films, most being shown for the first time in Frederick, some for the first time in the region, and some for the first time in the US.

More information is available at the F3 website: www.TheF3.com or by calling 434.298.4333 or the Weinberg Box Office at 301.600.2828

 

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The Schedule!

At long last it’s here! You’ve waited so long! But here it is!

As you well know, the Frederick Film Festival got over 900 submissions for this year’s festival…this led to some delays in making sure that all the films submitted got a fair shake regarding being selected.

As it turns out…no matter how you slice it…900 films is a LOT of films. Every time we thought we’d made a dent in the number…there were still HUNDREDS left. Even worse, because this was four times as many films as last year, we were turning down LOTS of films we would have loved to have accepted. LOTS.

However, fortitude prevailed and the films were selected and the schedule was formulated. We attempted to utilize every nook and cranny in the schedule to show as many films as possible. We did…there are fewer and shorter breaks between the films (always room for a short there!) so the pace of films, on Saturday especially, will be breakneck. But we wanted to make sure everything was well represented!

So, here it is…the schedule (it will be up on the main website soon…probably later today), following the schedule below is a list of all the features and short films selected. They’ll all be described individually on the main website, but we thought you might like to see the overall raw list.

Thanks again for waiting as we got all these films watched and scheduled! It was a good problem to have, but, frankly, we’ve seen enough film to hold us…at least until we show them at the festival!

Time

Weinberg

FRIDAY

2:00

Las Sufragistas – (Mexico)

2:30

3:00

3:30

Doomsdays (US)

4:00

4:30

5:00

Around the World (US)

World Premiere – Filmmaker Q&A

5:30

6:00

6:30

THEATER CLOSED

7:00

Opening Night Happy Hour

7:30

Opening Night Short Films*

8:00

Ping Pong Summer (US)

8:30

9:00

9:30

10:00pm

Afterparty@Brewer’s Alley

F3 Soundtrack: Second Hand Ramblers

 Opening Night Shorts:

Time 2 Split – France

Not Anymore – US

The Wheatfield -US

 

Time

Weinberg

Delaplaine

SATURDAY

10:00am

Volti – Italy (30min)

Student Film Contest

10:30

Shorts Block 1*

11:00

11:30

El Hombre Equivocado (Spain)

Cordially Invited (US)

12:00

The Immortalists (US)

Experimental Short Film Block*

12:30

Das Kalte Herz (The Cold Heart) (Germany)

1:00

Lazare (France)

1:30

Rich Hill (US)

Animation Block*

2:00

2:30

Creepy/SF Block*

3:00

Persistence of Vision (US)

3:30

An Honest Arrangement (US)

4:00

Le Pot de Confiture (Switzerland)

I Love YU (Croatia)

4:30

Shorts Block 2*

The Dog (US)

5:00

5:30

6:00

To Be Takei (US)

6:30

Theater Closed

7:00

7:30

8:00

8:30

Special Event: Exists (US) with director Ed Sanchez

9:00

9:30

10:00

10:30

Shorts block 1

5 ΤΡΟΠΟΙ ΝΑ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ (5 Ways to Die) (Cyprus)

Immaculate Reception (US)

Those Poor Things (US)

The Return (Israel)

L’Amore Corto (Short Love) (US/Italy)

Dos Caras  (Two-Face) (Argentina)

 

Shorts block 2

Extension (Lebanon)

O Solidário Não quer Solidão  (The solidarity doesn’t want solitude) (Brazil)  

Mr. Hopewell’s Remedy (US)

I’ll Be Here All Night (Ireland)

Чиппендейл (Chippendales) (Russia)

Hay dos Clases de Personas (Spain)

                                                             

 Experimental Block

My Friend Hugo (US)

Awash (US)

Dream Shreds (Netherlands)

Unclear Proof (UK)          

A very Large Increase in the size (UK)     

 

Animation Block:

Jiring (Clink) (Iran)

O Ogro (Brazil)

Espero? (Hope?) (UK)

Vivos (Argentina)

Swan Cake (US)

Strange Fruit (Israel)

The Silent Note (Malaysia)

the untold and unseen (Hong Kong)

 S/F-Thriller-Creepy Block

Fréquence (Frequency) (Gabon)

300 000 Kilometres/Seconde (France)

Lifever (France)

Hide and Seek (Japan)

Time

Delaplaine

SUNDAY

11:00

Por la flor de la canela  (For the Cinnamon Flower) (Spain)

11:30

Go With God (UK)

After 15 Years (Iran)

12:00

Sangre de Dragón (Spain)

Toy Soldiers (Ireland)

12:30

The Note (Ireland)

1:00

Elegy for a Revolutionary (South Africa)

1:30

Ishinomaki (Argentina)

2:00

2:30

Heritage: Descendants of William Tell (Switzerland)

3:00

3:30

4:00

The Longest Game-US

4:30

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 Accepted films for 2014

Feature Films Selected

Around the World (US)

Doomsdays (US)

Exists (US)

Heritage: Descendants of William Tell (Switzerland)

Las Sufragistas (The Suffragettes) (Mexico)

Persistence of Vision (US)

Ping Pong Summer (US)

Rich Hill (US)

The Dog (US)

The Immortalists (US)

The Longest Game (US)

To Be Takei (US)

Short Films Selected

Immaculate Reception (US)

Das Kalte Herz (The Cold Heart) (Germany)

Unclear Proof (UK)

A very Large Increase in the size (UK)

Time 2 Split   (France)

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution   (US)

The Wheatfield   (US)

Ogro (Brazil)

Espero? (Hope?) (UK)

Hay dos Clases de Personas (Spain)

Vivos (Argentina)

Hide and Seek (Japan)

The Return (Israel)

I’ll Be Here All Night (Ireland)

After 15 Years (Iran)

Swan Cake   (US)

L’Amore Corto (Short Love) (US/Italy)

300 000 Kilometres/Seconde  (France)

5 ΤΡΟΠΟΙ ΝΑ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ   (5 Ways to Die) (Cyprus)

Volti (Faces) (Italy)

Mr. Hopewell’s Remedy (US)

Jiring (Clink) (Iran)

Чиппендейл (Chippendales) (Russia)

Strange Fruit (Israel)

Solidário Não quer Solidão (The solidarity doesn’t want solitude) (Brazil)                

Dos Caras  (Two-Face) (Argentina)

The Silent Note (Malaysia)

Dream Shreds (Netherlands)

Go With God ( UK)

Extension (Lebanon)

Lifever (France)

Le Pot de Confiture (The Jam Jar) (Switzerland)

the untold and the unseen (Hong Kong)

Fréquence (Frequency) (Gabon)

Ishinomaki  (Argentina)

Lazare  (France)

Sangre de Dragón (Dragon’s Blood) (Spain)

Toy Soldiers (Ireland)

Elegy for a Revolutionary (South Africa)

Por la flor de la canela (For the Cinnamon Flower)  (Spain)

The Note (Ireland)

An Honest Arrangement (US)

Those Poor Things (US)

My Friend Hugo (US)

Awash (US)

I Love YU (Croatia)

El Hombre Equivocado (The Wrong Man) (Spain)

Cordially Invited (US)

 

 

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The 2014 Frederick Film Festival is Coming!

Welcome!

This is the Inaugural Post for the 2014 Frederick Film Festival’s blog, Inside the F3.

Copy of logo mockup_03To say that we are neck deep in the logistics for the fest would be to engage in gross understatement. All aspects of the F3 are underway and all moving, it seems, at the same time in the same space!

All your favorite aspects of the five previous festivals are underway…the F3 Soundtrack events, the Opening Night Afterparty, the Kickoff Event, the guests, and even some things we’re trying out new this year.

We’ve already announced a few of the early selection at www.TheF3.com, but tomorrow we’ll start announcing some of the F3 Soundtrack performances.

As you likely know, at the F3, music is as important as the films. This is something we have covered in this blog before. This post covered the history of the F3 Sountrack, and this post covered the musical acts for 2013.

Have a look at some of the top notch musical entertainment we’ve had over the last few years and get yourself ready for what’s coming this year! The announcements…and other film announcements…are coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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