Colony Film Festival Starts Tonight In Marietta

Posted by David on Nov 16th, 2007
Nov 16

The annual Colony Film Festival (formerly the River City Film Festival) will be held tonight and tomorrow in Marietta. If you’re interested in going, films start at 7:30 P.M. and admission will be $10 on both nights or $15 for a two day pass. It will be held at the Mid-Ohio Valley Player’s Theatre (229 Putnam St.) and proceeds will go towards restoring the Colony Theater across the street.

Here’s a clip from Saturday’s keynote presentation “A Forest Returns“, a documentary about the creation of Ohio’s only national forest (Wayne National Forest).

The documentary’s creator, Athens resident Jean Andrews, will be on hand to answer questions after the film’s 8:10 P.M. showing.This film really interests me. It’s almost impossible to imagine that this area of Ohio was almost completely without trees just 100 years ago. I’ve known for years that almost all the trees in the area were second-growth but as I sit here looking out my front window at hundreds (if not thousands) of trees it’s just beyond my ability to picture what it would look like without them.

You can find the full schedule after the jump.

The schedule according to The Marietta Times:

Friday, Nov. 16

7:30 p.m. — “Bunny Man” (Daniel Spilatro and Alex Sherman), rated PG. A special news segment interrupts regular scheduled programming to report on a short film which has caused riots to break out on a college campus. After showing the short film, the filmmaker and a senator are given the opportunity to talk to each other.

7:45 p.m. — “Elliot’s Wake” (Mark Price), rated R. A beleaguered office worker must speak in tribute at his boss’s funeral mere minutes after discovering an affair between the young heir apparent and his own wife.

8 p.m. — “The Battle of Local 5668” (Shawn Bennett), rated R. Seventeen hundred men and women steelworkers are locked out of their jobs and forced to battle with a money hungry management and an international fugitive.

9 p.m. — “A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story” (Steve Caniff and Jim Justice), rated PG. Story of an “almost made it” rock star who also happens to be a special education teacher. The film includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Steve Cropper, Mike Vallely and Steve Popovich.

Saturday, Nov. 17

7:30 p.m. — “Audition” (Sam Holdren), rated R. With all the signs in place, William Ashe travels to the big city to audition for a movie in this absurd character study where life may lead anywhere once you choose to see the signs.

8 p.m. — “Return” (Lance Clark), rated R. Return confronts the issues of grief, forgiveness, personal loss and redemption. It deals with the sensitive subject matter of child abduction and the response one parent makes in the aftermath.

8:10 p.m. — Featured speaker, Jean Andrews, “A Forest Returns.”

9:15 p.m. — “Dracula’s Mother” (Paul Awad), rated PG-13. Dracula has invited his fiancée, Lucy, home to the castle to meet his overbearing mother. When Lucy arrives, Mrs. Dracula clearly disapproves of her son’s choice for a bride. When nothing goes according to Dracula’s plan at dinner, battle lines are drawn and Dracula is forced to choose between his mother or his one true love.

9:30 p.m. — “Simulacra” (Tatchapon Lertwirojkul), rated PG. In the vast galaxy, there is a planet inhabited only by robots and natural life is extinct. Then the adventure begins.

9:50 p.m. — Awards ceremony.

10 p.m. — “Tantrum/Rise of the Dead” (Will Wedig/Josh and Jeff Crook), rated R. A mystery thriller/suspense/zombie horror flick revolving around a series of odd occurrences. Question-and-answer session with Will Wedig will precede the film.

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