HONESDALE—The Cooperage Project will be alight with activity this Saturday for the Fourth Annual Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival, a.k.a., Spookyfest IV.
Chock full of 22 short films – seven minutes or less in length – Spookyfest includes chilling tales fit for Halloween enthusiasts great and small.
Festival organizer Alicia Anderson described the event as “an opportunity to share an expression of yourself; be it a film, a movie poster, spooky props, an idea for event promotion, or straight enthusiasm.”
Doors to the festival open at 7 p.m. with the screenings beginning and hour thereafter.
As befits the time of year, costumes are encouraged, states a release.
Submissions by local filmmakers include: Elizabeth Kedrick's “The Worm,” Brandon Portice and Bob Wilson's “Unnatural Commandos,” Adrian DiGiovanni's “Dead British Kid,” Kyle Rebar and Kat Heagberg's “H@,” Ramona Jan's “Calamity Ornot,” and Xeth Feinberg's “Small Town Ghosts.”
Post screening, attendees will be given the chance to vote on their favorites.
An award ceremony will close out the night with fan-favorite films receiving a Spooky Award for their efforts.
Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $20.
Advanced tickets can be purchased until noon on Saturday for $15 from Loose Leaf Pages on Main Street during regular business hours.
“Spookyfest has inspired me to make a short film every year since its inception,” said “The Worm” director, Kendrick. “I love the idea of an annual film festival in Honesdale that encourages local film making … Since most of the local films are produced on nearly a zero budget, it's a project that can be easily attained with an iPhone and free app software, so I hope more people jump on board.”
According to Kendrick, her film this year is “a tale about human nature told through a brief interlude between a worm and a dinosaur.”
Co-Directors Portice and Wilson attest that “Spookyfest continues to be a great experience not only for making films, but also for giving us the chance to be apart of a really cool local community of filmmakers.”
Wilson says their film's plot “Unnatural Commandos” entails, “An urban legend wreaks havoc on a small suburban town where a team of unruly ragtag commandos are called in to save the day.”
Festival organizers Alicia Anderson, Derek Williams and Joelle Dujardin each attribute much of Spookyfest's success to overwhelming community support seen in all four years of its existence.
Anderson stated the festival is “a night representative of the combined energy of the people connected to this area through residence and relationships.”
As Williams described it, “The relationships we've built with both local and international filmmakers is like an extended movie family,” he said.
Noting the worthiness of the community's reception to and support of the arts, Dujardin stated, “Even at the first Spookyfest, when people knew little about the festival, we had a very respectable turnout. Attendee numbers have only grown as the word has spread, and we sold out last year.”
Both Anderson and Dujardin explained the festival has reached such prominence in the community as to be a much anticipated annual event.
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