2019 Festival Feature Films

All in Time

Shot almost entirely in NEPA, this dramatic comedy follows main character Charlie as he leaves a secure job in New York City to manage his favorite band in his hometown. The film received 12 awards on the film festival circuit, including a Best Director nod for Mountain Top’s Chris Fetchko, who loosely based the script on his own adventures as band manager of The Badlees. Fetchko will introduce the film and offer an audience Q + A after.

9 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

A Bread Factory, Part 1; For the Sake of Gold

Directed by Patrick Wang (Encore showing) Starring Tyne Daly, Elizabeth Henry and Janeane Garofalo. Director Patrick Wang brings of matrix of searching souls to life as a small-town theater struggles to survive in a two-part ode to the arts.

11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

A Bread Factory Part II, Walk with Me for a While

Directed by Patrick Wang At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.

Noon, Sunday, March 24; PNC Auditorium 

The Pretender

A documentary based on hometown hero Mike Kunda. For the past 40 years, the West Scranton native has dedicated his life to the Rocky film franchise and his fictional hero, Rocky Balboa. Mike Kunda and the filmmakers will introduce the film and answer audience questions after.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Station Agent

Directed by Tom McCarthy
When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Opening Night Gala with Q + A hosted by Producer Robert May

Nick and Ophelia

(Film Noir/Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 30 mins) A desperate man uses a ritual to bring the love of his life back from the dead only to find out the ritual has supernatural consequences. Directed by Luz Cabrales of Scranton Films.

5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24; PNC Auditorium

Local NEPA Filmmaker Block

The Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival Short Films

 

Meerim

(Kyrgyzstan, Documentary, 50 mins) The true story of Gulnara, “mother” to 142 children at an orphanage in Kyrgyzstan, and her ongoing fight against union officials who want to take her land. The film is the debut feature of Russian-born filmmaker Aleksandra Rechkalova 

1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Mini-International Documentary Film Block

 

Console My Heart

(Ireland, Documentary, 14 mins) The story of Veronica, an opera singer from Cape Town and the difficulties she has suffered while seeking asylum in Ireland. A study about loss, bravery, love and singing.

1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Mini-International Documentary Film Block

Angel

Angel (Ireland, Drama/Fantasy, 9 mins) A young girl wanders alone through Dublin’s dark, bleak streets encountering adults in various states of despair.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

Cycle

(Drama, 14 mins) A single mother and recovering drug addict is given the chance to use heroin again, after being clean for 8 months.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

Lavender

(Australia, Drama, 10 mins) Lavender is the story of Poppy, a 17-year-old girl who, when confronted by her sister’s sadness and the disappointing reality of finally kissing her first crush, learns to find empowerment in sisterhood.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

 

Grandpa

(Drama, 11 mins) A man wants to enjoy one final, perfect day before his memories fade away forever.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

Truce

(Drama, 13 mins) A soldier returns home from Vietnam only to find that the real battle has just begun.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

 

Cliff

(Spain, Drama, 15 mins) Lucia just moved to a new apartment in the suburbs of Madrid. While trying to start over, she receives a very particular visit.

3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

The Human Condition – A Curated Selection of Film Festival Shorts

Love You To Pieces

(Horror, 4 mins) A young woman assures her mate how much she loves him.

5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Horror/Thriller/Science Fiction Block

Road Less Traveled

(Horror/Thriller, 10 mins) Directed by Dunmore native Lindsay Barrasse. Sometimes the monsters you left behind come back to haunt you.

5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Horror/Thriller/Science Fiction Block

 

Excursion

(England, Thriller/Science Fiction, 1 hour, 24 mins) Tom wakes up in the middle of the night to his 20-year-old-self pointing a gun in his face, traveling through time from the 1980’s USSR to see how socialism is prospering. Directed by Czech filmmaker Martin Grof.

5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Horror/Thriller/Science Fiction Block

 

 

Moved To Tiers

(Fantasy/Music, 11 mins) Two wedding cake toppers come to life in a bakery and escape to find their own happily ever after.

8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Animated Shorts Block

 

 

Saturated

(Family, 3 mins) A mother and daughter navigate the colors of the world they live in.

8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Animated Shorts Block

Wild Woman

(Drama, 3 mins, 30 secs) An animated poem to mankind, invoking current world issues including drone strikes and religious persecution.

8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Animated Shorts Block

Chicken Man Vs. Adolf Chickler & the Chicken Nazis

(8 mins) Say ‘No” to fascism, kids!

8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23; Ritz Theater

Animated Shorts Block

 

 

Don’t Quit: The Ross Cordaro Story

(Documentary, 52 mins) Ross Cordaro, a gifted athlete and football player for the Dunmore Bucks, was injured in a freak wresting accident that left him a quadriplegic. A story of inspiration and determination, this documentary film by the region’s own Liz Naro and Jack Coleman depicts Ross’s setback and triumphs through the decades since his 1974 injury.

5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24; PNC Auditorium

Local NEPA Filmmaker Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun

(Narrative Short, 29 mins) Two men struggling with their true identities are unknowingly brought together by a gun. Not accepting another for who they are can lead to a vicious cycle of hatred. Directed by Ed Wasser and filmed exclusively in NEPA.

5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24; PNC Auditorium

Local NEPA Filmmaker Block

Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival Venues

Waverly Community House

Film venues CommThe Waverly Community House has served the public for over 90 years, thanks to dedicated volunteers.

1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly

The Ritz Theater

The historic Ritz Theater is located on Wyoming Avenue, in downtown Scranton.

222 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

University of Scranton’s PNC Auditorium

The PNC Auditorium is located in the Loyola Science Center, on the Downtown Scranton Campus.

Loyola Science Center, Scranton