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 Harry M. Warner Film Festival Opens This Week; 23 Entries to be Shown 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  The Second Annual Festival of Short Film and Video, sponsored by the Harry M. Warner Film Institute at Slippery Rock University, will be held Thursday [April 20] on campus and Friday [April 21] at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, offering 22 entries from across the globe.

     The festival celebrates the Warner Brothers family, including Harry, Abe, Sam and Jack who opened their first theater in New Castle and went on to establish the famous Warner Bros. motion picture company in California.

     As part of the two-day event, George Romero, director of the black-and-white chiller “Night of the Living Dead” and a favorite among horror buffs, will be on the SRU campus Wednesday [April 19] for a showing of his movie “Creepshow,” followed by a question and answer session. Romero will be at SRU’s University Union for the 6:30 p.m. movie and Romero will receive a Keystone Award for his support of movie-making in western Pennsylvania.

     The festival will include films directed by Yann Chayia, Jill Johnston-Price, Chinchang Wu and Yihua, Peter Sillen, David Chai, Lacey Banniser, Dani Rosenberg and others.

     The two-day event opens on campus at 12:30 p.m. in McKay Education Building Auditorium with a “Reel-to-Reel: Workshop” followed by screening of the accepted films at 3:15 p.m. in the University Union and a showing at 6:30 p.m. in Swope Music Hall followed by a “Meet the Directors” session.

     Festivities Friday in New Castle begin at 5 p.m. at the cathedral, including a book signing by Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry M. Warner and author of “Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story” and followed by a 6:15 p.m. “Tribute to Short Film” presented by Ursula Payne, associate professor of dance, and the SRU Dancers, and a 6:30 p.m. showing of the accepted films. At 8:15 p.m. “100 Years of Warner Brothers Studio” and the awards presentation for the festival will be offered. Tickets are $10 at the door or by calling 724-654-8408.

     Judges for the event are Cass Warner, Thomas John, a Youngstown, Ohio-based film reviewer, and Ken Heusey, a Los Angeles-based film director and producer.

     Festivities conclude with a 9 p.m. “Evening with the Stars” set for the Mill Street Café in New Castle. Tickets are $75.

     For additional details, call Laurel Dagnon, festival organizer at 724-738-2030.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A list of the accepted presentations is attached.



The accepted presentations for the second annual Festival of Short Film and Video at SRU are as follows:

“Monsieur Etienne” by Yann Chayia, Paris

“‘Prickle Britches” by Jill Johnston-Price, Columbus, Ohio

“Bound Feet-Vanishing History” by Chiao, Chinchange Wu and Yihua, Los Angeles, Calif.

“Grand Luncheonette” by Peter Sillen, New York City

“Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot” by David Chai, San Jose, Calif.

“Space Thing” by Tim E. Busko, Huntington, Pa.

“Draft” by Naomi Levari, Jerusalem

“Bella Musica” Lacey Banniseter, Sarasota, Fla.

“The Red Toy” by Dani Rosenberg, Jerusalem

“Soliloquy” Shannon Moore, Jamison, Pa.

“Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road” by Eric Smith, San Francisco, Calif.

“Ed’s Trip” by Timothy Greenberg, Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Dear Sweet Emma” by Lori Cernak, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Dentist” by Signe Baumane, New York City

“Under the Roller Coaster: by Lila Place, Brookline, Mass.

“Bad Blood” by Kyle Leydieer, Vancover, B.C.

“Common Practice” by Marcos Efron, Beverly Hills, Calif.

“Evils” by Kiera L. Faber, Rochester, N.Y.

“Things That Go Bump in the Night” Joshua Graham Beveridge, Sarasota, Fla.

“Pillow Girl” by Ronnie Cramer, Denver, Colo.

“Street Stories – To Air is Human” Christopher Bancroft, Sarasota, Fla.

“Messenger” by Daniel Ceeb, Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Handshake” by Patrick Smith, New York City




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