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HARRY M. WARNER FILM FESTIVAL TO RUN
THURSDAY/FRIDAY; 23 Entries to be shown
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.
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
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
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.
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
conclude with a 9 p.m. “Evening with the Stars” set for
the Mill Street Café in New Castle. Tickets are
details, call Laurel Dagnon, festival organizer at
EDITOR’S NOTE: A list of the accepted
presentations is attached.
PN, WPN, PR, PG
The accepted presentations for the second annual
Festival of Short Film and Video at SRU are as follows:
“Monsieur Etienne” by Yann Chayia,
“‘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,
“Draft” by Naomi Levari,
“Bella Musica” Lacey Banniseter,
“The Red Toy” by Dani Rosenberg,
“Soliloquy” Shannon Moore, Jamison,
“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,
“Dentist” by Signe Baumane, New York
“Under the Roller Coaster: by Lila Place,
“Bad Blood” by Kyle Leydieer,
“Common Practice” by Marcos Efron,
Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Evils” by Kiera L. Faber, Rochester,
“Things That Go Bump in the Night”
Joshua Graham Beveridge, Sarasota, Fla.
“Pillow Girl” by Ronnie Cramer,
“Street Stories – To Air is
Human” Christopher Bancroft, Sarasota, Fla.
“Messenger” by Daniel Ceeb, Brooklyn,
“Handshake” by Patrick Smith, New