2020 Festival Schedule
Welcome to The 2020 Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival
Friday, March 27th
Opening Night Filmmaker Reception
6pm Waverly Community House Auditorium
- 6:00PM: Cocktails , Hors d’ouevres
- 7:00PM: Program Hosted by Paola Gianciacomo with guests The Hon. Paige Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton
- Executive Producer Chris Bongirne and Producer/ Director
- Nick Stagliano , screening a teaser from modern day noir thriller “The Virtuoso” and showing “Marshall” the story of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman
- Tickets: $65 in advance/$70 at the door
Saturday, March 28th, Events
At Madam Jenny’s at The Bittenbender
126 Franklin Ave, Scranton, PA
- 4:00 – 5:00PM: A Conversation with Stephen Karam, Tony Award winning playwright of The Humans
- 3:00-3:45PM: VIP Reception Meet and Greet the Author
- Tickets: $50.00, VIP Tickets: $65.00
Saturday Film Schedule
222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA
11:30-12:45 Comedy Feature:
APE CANYON (1:13:14)
By Joshua Land & Victor Fink
Cal Piker and his sister Samantha head out on a Bigfoot-hunting adventure and encounter many obstacles.
1-3:30 Documentary Block:
MADE IN AMERICA (00:57:00)
Directed by Kevin Bryce
Made in America explores and compares the effect of trauma on the veteran community and the Urban Black community.
MARK JURY (00:12:00)
Directed by John Mikulak, Q&A after (10 min)
This documentary follows the journey of Mark Jury, acclaimed Vietnam veteran, photo journalist and filmmaker as he battles PTSD, enters treatment, and discovers a way to move on from his past.
HANSON’S PARK DOCUMENTARY (1:05:00)
Directed by Thomas Novotney, Jr.
This documentary features the entertainment, food, rides, boating and camping that was once Hanson’s Amusement Park, located in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania.
3:45 – 5:30 Drama Feature:
PLAYING WITH BEETHOVEN (1:43:17)
Directed by Jenn Page
The day before a life-changing competition, a young concert pianist is lured away from the security of his practice space under the spell of a free-spirited young woman and learns that life, like his music, is all about taking risks.
5:45 – 7:15 Shorts – 90 minutes
THE GEAR (02:00)
Directed by Omid Seifi
The theme of this animation is about creativity and innovation to drive an industry…
THE BOY HERO (20:19)
Directed by Kyle Thompson
This film raises awareness of childhood cancer through an unlikely friendship that forms over an art project.
THE CATCH (05:50)
Directed by Sam Avery
Sometimes, it really is just a fish story…
Directed by Noel Poyner
A grieving woman discovers an app that offers an unconventional method for alleviating her pain.
Directed by Eliza Good
Parents announce their impending divorce on route to a family beach vacation.
ZOE IN REVIEW (14:55)
Directed by Stacey Larkins
An emotionally fractured woman examines her past in search of answers for her present entanglement.
…SO IT GOES… (02:05)
Directed by Jim Hall
A dictator with an orange for a face becomes the new symbol of fascism as the color orange morphs into the ultimate hue of hate and destruction.
THE FORGETTABLE DR. KOWALKE (11:13)
Directed byJoel Crumbley
The classic struggle of hero vs. villain.
CHASING SPARKS (05:33)
Directed by Lucas Moreira
A boy chases inspiration until he finds the need to have something more: an original idea.
7:30-9:00 Drama Feature:
LONE WOLVES (01:20)
Directed by Sergi Arnau (Mature Content)
Lone Wolves is a film about corruption, a prison drama with a noir aesthetic.
Sunday Film Schedule
At The Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center
222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA
12:30-2:15 International Feature
OMAR AND US (1:45)
By Mehmet Bahadir er and Maryna er Gorbach
A recently retired Turkish soldier struggles to adjust to civilian life while facing his prejudices.
2:30-3:15 International Shorts
THE QUIET (10:00)
By Radheya Jegatheva
When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realization.
COFFIN DECOLETTE (05:57)
By Nancy Kamal
This film highlights the suffering of an impoverished middle-class Egyptian child bride.
By Radheda Jegatheva
A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.
THE FUNERAL DANCER (09:00)
By Natalie MAcMahon
The Funeral Dancer is an acerbic statement about our soulless smartphone culture.
By Cortometraje Manuel
Manuel lives far from his family, immersed in a routine from which he can´t escape.
3:30-4:30 Local NEPA Films
THE BACK BREAKERS – (00:06:00)
By Alexander Monelli
A portrait of a small independent wrestling promotion in Archbald, Pennsylvania and the unique people involved.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S BODY – (00:22:00)
By Jeff Boam
This R-rated comedy laughably based on real events finds two unemployed mechanics trying to blackmail Charlie Chaplin’s family for the return of his stolen remains.
SING TO ME (00:21:00)
By Luz Cabrales
A short film about the beautiful and intimate experience of two friends that use the power of love and friendship to help cope with loss and grief.
4:30 – 6:30 MYSTERY BOX CHALLENGE
FILMMAKER Meet and Greet after
Team Cinema Vertigogo
Directed by: Ron Williams
Directed by: Tony Susi
Directed by: Anthony Cutro
The Art Heist
Team Somber Lotus Films
Directed by: Michael Solomon
Team Obsidia Studios
Directed by: Brian David
Directed by: Jeff Fowler
The Ritz Theater
The historic Ritz Theater is located on Wyoming Avenue, in downtown Scranton.
222 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton
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