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.
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 unable 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.
Opening 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.
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”.
The 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 acclaimed 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 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. 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.
The 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 lyrics 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 members 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