Press Release: Local Films to Highlight Media Film Fest April 1-2

 March 22, 2015 (MEDIA, PA) –  Several outstanding local films will be among the 42 carefully curated selections for this year’s Media Film Festival  to be held April 1st and 2nd, 2016 ​ at the historic Media Theatre.  This year, festival goers can look forward to 15 short films from Delco and the greater Delaware Valley chosen from an unprecedented number of entries representing more than 20 countries.

“This area has such a wealth of talent,” says Festival Chair David Scheivert.  “It is exciting to be able to showcase some of the best short films our region has to offer and celebrate our homegrown professional filmmakers.  When you add to that some very strong offerings produced by the Media Youth Film Initiative, our class for high school filmmakers, you have a film festival not only for the community, but also by the community. ”

Among the highlights with local ties: Monkeys, an acclaimed drama co-produced by and starring Media native Jessica Graham, honored at a number of festivals across the country, it will have its East Coast premiere in Media at the Saturday 7pm showing; One is No One, a moving documentary created by a student-run production company at Villanova University which looks at one family’s struggle to transcend  poverty in Costa Rica;  Disco Zal, director Sean McKnight’s comedy starring Delco actor and MFF favorite, Gary Gustin;  Gumball, shot on location at the DK Diner in West Chester, directed  by Kris Theorin and Kurtis Theorin; and Moths, an award winning drama produced by Philadelphia’s Madeleine Shapiro, a story of the magic that occurs when a little girl befriends the town’s outcast.

Four films, the work of area high school students enrolled in the Media Youth Film Initiative, MyFi, will have their world premieres at the 9th annual Media Film Festival.  Under the mentorship of professional filmmaker, Hezekiah Lewis, Delco teens are taught all aspects of film craft, from conceiving and writing a script, to acting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound mixing.  Welcome Home  and Dream Big will open the Friday evening showing.  A Sublime Screenplay and Tommy will open Saturday’s 7pm program.

The Media Film Festival is produced by the Media Arts Council.  Presenting sponsors include the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.  A l, sponsors include the Borough of Media, The Media Theatre and Michael R. Rhile Carpentry.  Tickets are $12 for one day or $20 for the All-Festival pass.  To view the trailer or buy tickets online visit www.mediafilmfestival.org                      

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