Colony Film Festival on Friday, Saturday

The Colony Film Festival, an event of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association will be held March 21 and 22 at Putnam Commons Building, 121 Putnam St., Marietta.

Eighteen independent films from local, regional and national filmmakers have been selected to be screened during the festival. The screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Putnam Commons. Leading off the evening will be a collection of films made by students at Marietta College.

A film of particular interest to area historians and Putnam descendents is a documentary, “Justice for Eunice: The Murder of Eunice Rockefeller.” This film was produced by her great-great grandson, Russ Fry. Eunice Rockefeller was born in Marietta in 1838 and was the great-great granddaughter of General Rufus Putnam. This is an historical account of the events of the murder as well as a unique look at justice and the status of women on America’s frontier. Russ Fry resides in Burlington, Iowa, and will be attending the festival.

William “Will” Wedig, Marietta native and now a resident of NYC, is the festival keynote speaker Saturday evening. He will discuss his experiences in filmmaking, presenting clips from his films.

On Friday evening there will be a reception at 5 p.m. in the Hermann Fine Arts Center to meet Marietta College resident artist, Joe Nanashe. The film “Joe: A Self Portrait” will be shown on a continuous loop from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.

The independent film screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. at Putnam Commons. Leading off the evening will be a collection of films made by students at Marietta College.

Workshop: “Filmmaking 101” will be presented Saturday at 10:30 a.m. by filmmakers Andy Hall, David Roberts and Joe Nanashe. A short film will be created during the session with audience participation. The workshop will cover techniques of interest to both accomplished filmmakers and those who are interested in making their first film.

An awards ceremony will be held at the end of screenings with awards for Best Local Film, Best Short Film, Best Feature Film, Best Animated Film, Best Student Film and Best of Fest.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Schedule of events

Friday, March 21

10:30 – 5 Joe: A Self Portrait -a film by Joe Nanashe of NYC (non-contest film)

This film will be shown on a loop throughout the day, 3rd floor, Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta College

5 – 6 Reception and Discussion with Joe Nanashe, 3rd Floor, Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta College

The remaining films and activities will be held at Putnam Commons, 121 Putnam Street.

6:30 Introduction by Hunt Brawley

6:30 – 6:45 Selected films by Marietta College Students (non-contest films)

6:45 – 6:50 Ocean (4 min) PG

Tory Nelson-Director/James R.W. Hiatt-Producer/Los Angeles, Calif.

Short Film

A passionate yet broken relationship told through dance.

6:50 – 7:45 Justice for Eunice: The Murder of Eunice Rockefeller (44 min) PG13

Russ Fry-Writer, Director, Producer (Great-Great Grandson of Eunice)/Steve Hexom-Narrator/Burlington, Iowa

Short Film/Documentary

On May 12, 1864, Edward Rockefeller returned to Kokuk, Iowa from a nine-month trip down South. Two days later, Eunice Burlingam Hoskinson Rockefeller, born in Marietta in 1838, was dead from a gunshot wound. The family story includes jealousy, murder, wounded confederate soldiers and the richest man in US history. This is an historical account of the events, as well as a unique look at justice and the status of women when Iowa was on America’s frontier. Eunice’s Great-Great Grandfather was General Rufus Putnam.

7:45 – 8 Break

8 – 8:10 Cell Phone Monologues (8 min) PG13

Peter John Ross-Director/Elizabeth McPherson, Peter John Ross-Writers /Columbus, Ohio

Short Film

Three stories where we see one side of a phone conversation to tell a story.

8:10 – 8:25 Cameron’s Book of Love (11 min) PG13

Jenny Rebekah Richards-Director/ Jeffrey Scott Richards-Writer/ Jenny Rebekah Richards, Jeffrey Scott Richards, William Travis Stephans and Michael Rhodes-Executive Producers/Walker, W.Va.

Short Film/Local

Inspired by the works of Cameron Crowe, two best friends decide that the best way to win back their respective girlfriends is by recreating the most romantic scene in “Say Anything”.

8:25 – 9 Ladybeard (1 hr 37 min) R

David Smith-Writer-Director/Molly Tilly, David Smith-Producers/ Huntington, W.Va.

Feature Film

Andy is an aspiring standup comedian who helps his lesbian best friend Michelle hides her sexual orientation from her conservative parents by pretending to be her boyfriend. When Michelle’s girlfriend proposes to her, Michelle decides that it’s finally time to come out. Fearing that the end of their fake relationship will also mean the end of their friendship, Andy sets out to reluctantly stop her from coming out of the closet.

9:15 – 9:40 Ashes 2 Ashes (17 min) PG13

Kenneth Garner, Wynn Reichert and Brent Miller-Producers/ Wynn Reichert-Writer/Gallatin, Tenn.

Short Film

When a poor family can’t afford to pay the funeral home for the cremation of their ‘Mee-Maw’ they decide to steal back the ashes.

9:40 – 9:46 White Zombie (non-contest film)

Trailer and discussion

9:46 – 9:55 ReZistance by eConic Films (non-contest film)

Trailer and discussion

9:55 – 10:05 Pedestrian (7 min) R

Claire Ensslin-Writer, Director, Producer/ Brooklyn, N.Y.

Short Film

Pedestrian is an experimental psychological thriller about a disturbed young man struggling with an overwhelming urge to violate little girls.

Saturday, March 22

10:30 – 12 Workshop: Filmmaking 101

Filmmaker-Presenters: Andy Hall, David Roberts and Joe Nanashe

12 – 1 Lunch Break

1 – 1:25 Celibacy: A Love Story (18 min) R

Michael Lynch-Director/ Michael Lynch, Wynn Reichert-Producers/Gallatin, Tenn.

Short Film

A middle aged couple tries to remain celibate before their impending wedding day.

1:25 – 2:05 Nice Try: The Robin Thomas Graley Story (34 min) R

Charlie Haggard-Dustin Mills-Directors/Dustin Mills-Writer/Huntington, W.Va.

Short Film

Approaching 40, former musician, Robin Thomas Graley, lives life as a recluse. “Nice Try” follows a documentary crew determined to unravel his dark past. Through archival footage, interviews, and firsthand accounts, we witness the rise and fall of a fragile musical genius.

2:05 – 3:15 Mike’s Garage (1 hr 4 min) R

Chad Adkins -Producer/Director/ Vienna, W.Va.

Feature Film

A middle aged man moves back to the MOV to take care of his ailing father and has to deal with the rural belief system of his family.

3:15 -3:30 Break

3:15 – 3:30 The Gutter (11 min) PG13

J. P. Fulks-Director, Writer/Lisa Snyder-Producer/Institute, W.Va.

Short Film/Student-West Virginia State University, Institute, W.Va.

A government interrogator is presented with an unexpected detainee.

3:30 – 4:10 Run (35 min) PG13

Josh Jones-Director/Writer-Benjamin Hagy/Richmond, Va.

Short Film

Jack Grayson is content in his average lifestyle. With no real friends to speak of, he prefers to live in solitude, comforted by the normalcy of his accepted reality. However, when he is given a strange disc on his way home from work, his curiosity is piqued. For once in his life, Jack begins looking for answers. Unfortunately, the truth he uncovers might not be entirely what he had hoped for.

4:10 – 4:45 Tours of the Theatre

4:45 – 6:30 Dinner Break

6:30 – 6:35 The Story of Red (4 min) PG13

Dominick Garcia-Director, Producer/Baltimore, Md.

Short Film/Student-Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va.

A boxer asks the question of what his story will be. He struggles with the loss of his wife and mistress and decides to make a better life and story for his daughter.

6:35 – 6:45 Gone Beyond (6 min) PG

Aaron Dunbar-Writer, Director, Animato /Lowell, Ohio

Short Film/Animated/Local/Student-Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pa.

The story of a couple torn apart by war and their attempted reunion while navigating a foreign and bizarre world.

6:45 – 7:05 Habeas Corpus (18 min) PG13

Booker T. Mattison, Director/Lorene Wales-Producer/Faculty-Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va.

Short Film

‘Habeas Corpus’ is the story of a man who can’t get over the death of his father so he steals his body from the funeral home. The film explores the miraculous, belief and the unexpected turns that life often takes.

7:05- 8 Keynote Speaker, William “Will” Wedig

8 – 8:15 Break

8:15 – 9 Trace Around Your Heart (39 min) PG13

Ian Nolte- Writer, Director/Max Nolte-Producer/Huntington, W.Va.

Short Film

Trace Cherokee has grown comfortable living in obscurity as a country music has-been. But when his former song-writing partner, Sasha Colette, asks him to reunite for a one-night performance, he finally has to confront his crippling stage terrors. Fortunately, he has the help of his friends Seth Martin and Chappy.

9 – 10:45 Seven Deadly Words (1 hr 37 min) PG13

Doc Benson-Director, Writer, Producer/Cairo, W.Va.

Feature Film/Local

With Egypt Valley Church out of funds and out of touch with the community, Pastor Evan Bennett sets out to change things for the better. But there’s a problem… One family doesn’t like change, and is willing to do anything to stop him. How far will they go to preserve the status quo?

10:45 – 11:05 Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection (16 min) PG

Jason Gwynn, Jay Sheldon-Directors/ Jason Gwynn-Producer/Norman, Okla.

Short Film/Documentary/Student-Oklahoma City Community College

Hollywood has made up their minds, forcing theaters to convert to digital or go dark. As theaters around the world change to newer digital technology, the job of the 35mm film projectionist is becoming irrelevant. Going Dark profiles two theater projectionists during their final days on the job.

11:05 Awards Ceremony.