Alexandra MacNamara of the NEPA Film Festival & Ellen O'Brien about the film festival

Newsmaker Interviews
Thursday, October 12th

Alexandra MacNamara of the Northeast PA  Film Festival & Ellen O'Brien talk to Rob Neyhard about the film festival October 20 to 22, 2017


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All right let's talk about this film festival coming up and Alex first of all for those who who don't know with this he has. Tell us about how important this is to local filmmakers. Sure are while we are around this is our second year I'm we were formally to be on film festival now with the northeast Pennsylvania film festival we change the name because we really want to reflect. You know mostly people who wore her you know providing programming has film festival and there's such an immense amount of talent here I can't even begin to describe it and as such like a sub culture of filmmakers yourself. It really made sense to have something like this I am and where are the only ones in how we're the only film fest only area. But were also an international film festival so we have you know we have films from Don Moore and also Australia and Iran. And yes we have comes from all over where it's it's great to be in our second year we've really streamlined this year but it's a three day festival come through we've street fat feels locations this year and it's going to be a really great weekend. Well and you've got involved in this beat because you and your husband have that and your son. Have been correct doing some of these local films we part of that first waves of indeed probably around 2003. And we shot a feature film in Scranton it was an office comedy and then all of a sudden there was an office. Michelle. But yeah how we end the week just watch this this whole underground film making me grow over these last couple decades. So much so that my son who is thirteen and his. But he was also thirteen there they are making films as well. You know when when I was that age. There was something called super eight. Ferry cap that is such a novelty now and I hit my friends tonight one of them is probably listening. Of Harvey's lake. We made our own movies we are. It's our own movies fantastic the first one was called both things of unspeakable horror. I know it was very scary it was the it was supposed to be in part find out about it was filled with. Yeah. It's fun doing. You know anything. Appreciate that absolutely moon and you know I I I think I told you long time ago my friend and I we wrote a script a long time ago for removing. Get this to me Allen sic. Host. But they wanna wait too much money up front and since I was working in radio I didn't have the money to get. You can see it now all you need is better than I thought red zone they spirit that I founded bass stripped a couple months ago it was not a typewriter. How the original yes it's sitting in it's sitting in my idea. In my cellar. And and I promise I talk to my friend who co wrote with reason San Diego that I am going to redo it. We're under under reworked script simply out to him. An excellent dusted off to do that and next year may be you know come to the phone vessel to reach for. That would be real. I don't brightly through be found itself. It's a comedy excellent even better yet so well we think it was funny. But having said that what kind of films. Get injured and. Yes yeah we have all different kinds of sounds that get entered we have fiction. We have come horror we have which this year it's really dot caveats we know honey documentaries but they're really they're they're fantastic and really excited about it. But you know we just summer short films are we also have animation the moon is essentially gray was directed by hand or Roman. And it's in an award winning animation and it's absolutely stunning. And then you know we have got comedies and I you know in honor Jack stretch of I John yeah condi which is a really heart felt fabulous. You know very character profile heavy film and it's it's really fantastic. You know. It's it's really a mixed bag there's stuff please something for everyone. And you know that's why I love doing something like having our shorts Bok you can go and see. You know an hours for the films and really get a taste of Selma even things. And it's it's great to see different people styles and it's nice to look at filmmakers as really artists. Comes in with a you know with the big Hollywood don't usually see that you know we see you know there's that the budget so outrageous that we don't have the budget or you know your. Imation is independent films you really have to you're at your artistry really shines through and that's what I really love doing about the stone castles belly giving these people platform to show. They're artistry and tell their story. Some some people realize that I'm. In the silent era. A movie some in the in the you know beginning of time for movies frank. That 44 wells was a huge place to make movies in Reno. This area over the summer of one of the silent movies were made ten and colleague the actors and directors and everything said you know it's too cold in. 44 northeastern Pennsylvania let's move to someplace we heard of called Hollywood. And and they moved out there but this was. This was a big big area for her for making movies. In the beginning. About the there there there are quite a crew dad how are making films around this is an area right now and and back in June. Alex invited us up to the way toll house. And we. Took part in what is now being called the mystery box talent still think it's and there are a number of teams they're denying. Yeah teams and basically what you did was he picked a cardboard box he opens it up. An inside wearer and items lake two from props. It means that you would use in your film that lines of dialogue. You Gmail Google fortune tellers when you're in school. You is did it was a little fortune teller inside. And said the crew your team woods and Tom play through that and find. Three different genres you could check. And so was anything from new why are you buddy flick. And so these groups all decided what genres they were gonna make and and they spent the summer making these shorts and that roughly under ten minutes I mean yeah I guess are a little over Ireland on there. I'm it's it's amazing that we have that many people in and it's not you know site teams of two. These are teams you know there are teams of twenty people making these films and you know it's a great waves for you know people in Salomon people who. Who write screenplays to really. You know collaborate to get to know each other and you know hopefully it's it's building upon this community that Ari existent. Amen I was so rich and I just it's like what I I wanna watch these people's jobs are time and I wanna give them a as an occasion to create and Austin film and I think as an artist myself I know that having something like a challenge is always a really great way to exercise your craft. I'm really keeps you intact can sort of keeps things fresh and it's just always so much fun and it's amazing to see what let people come up with and and every time enough people show up to these meetings I'm just amazed at how. You didn't do. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in time you ended up with some of my students because. Furlough. And here I talked cinematographer oh did you really yeah where did you tease and talk of Salisbury area career intact Lal mosque that's really amazing and so yeah. Where are retired from it and and I can tell you firsthand. The type of talent that we have here in our young people. Acknowledging for a show. They had to write the script they had to produce a direct hit we got all the kids to be actors and I mean they actually had to put something together. And and I saw firsthand. Some of the some of the talent just. Just from then so I know that there's so much of that around here yeah and it's and it's we don't height like that. Now we wait to hear enough about our. The football stars. And we talk about the wrestling star is but we don't talk about the stars in our hearts that we have here. Well I mean to be bragging mom and my ninth time here and he's thirteen. And his body will this go also thirteen got a group of their house and they're one of these teams can you. Need and they put together a really funny piece it's called take again. And if you come to the festival. To next week and you'll be able to see some of these local shorts. Jack and down you know that's we we don't talk about enough and I just feel like you know with all that talent into me and I live in Britain this actually comes out of Avalon beyond arts foundation and I'm just based out of Waverly community house in nearby Pennsylvania. And I'm when I was working there I was asked to come on as the foundation. Director Courtney Ford. Figures foundation and has given a task of well you know let's just something really big west is something it hasn't international impact. What's it going to be. And it was sounding natural like knowing people like Alan and Jason knowing people accounts on you know it's unnatural to say well let's to film because sometimes you know people are hesitant to walk into a gallery. Or sometimes Taylor has you know more or public Carter in a performance art can be. Intimidating maybe not so accessible or maybe not of interest but everybody loves to go to the movies like I don't know one person and I like watching movie you're the favorite films out. I think that it's so. You know it's just so engaging across the board and I just hope everybody comes out and Lawson finds a films who talk about and that makes them think and makes them you see something different perspective I think you well. We're gonna take a break when we come back weird we need to tell people where they can come web apps a little. And animal go from there sounds great all right. I'm 24 in the afternoon. We're joined by Alex Mack and Aaron and up of course Helen O'Brien. Talking about the northeast Pennsylvania film festival so while we have about three minutes yes. Tell us where it's going to take place again each day. How much the tickets are and anything else you need to. You've got people know about. Are so I am on the twentieth of this month Friday the opening night will be at the Waverly community and we usually Pennsylvania it'll start at 6 PM and that's our part. Kickoff is at the driving distracted by Alexander and yelling it's a fabulous documentary about a drive and and Mahoney in Pennsylvania okay beautifully shot. Man I'm on Saturday we will be iron worst movie be strong from one to eight at 8 PM. We are going to have a mystery box don't challenge so be sure to get to that to see all those local films they're really fantastic and herself felt having cameras movie be strollers are. A premier sponsor and the feeders are chorus as you have and how do you think there's there's zero nice and then on Sunday we're going to be at the exquisite courteous manner. Asked for creative arts that whammy seminary and damn that's going to begin at one. And then hi wrap up around seven I would a film. We're going to have a dock many on centrality and 6 PM. And that should be really interesting. And so. Tickets you can buy tickets at any PA film festival dot com and we have. To also be available at the door today. But I'm our opening night and weekend passes 65 dollars for a fact is cocktail party live entertainment the opening night film and that also into. All access to everything else that we can they deal and we had a great deal they. Yeah the right guy and then are we can pass his fifteen dollars at Saturday and Sunday. Our Saturday passes ten dollars an hour some day pass is only five dollars. Are you can't beat that I know that's a lot of entertainment and really is it is it is great entertainment as any time of the year but especially now. You know a lot of outdoor activities we don't do now right and this is perfect timing for insane zero think I wish it isn't just thank you say things that. It is such a pleasure thank you are back anytime RA and can't all right.