Endless Mountains Film Festival begins on Friday

Endless Mountains Film Festival begins on Friday
Endless Mountains Film Festival begins on Friday

Bryant Martin, pictured, is the founder and executive director of the Endless Mountains Film Festival. Provided photo.

The Third Annual Endless Mountains Film Festival will be a three-day event at the Arcadia Theater, located at 50 Main St. in Wellsboro. 

On Friday, Sept. 14, the festival begins with the 10 to 11:30 a.m. filmmakers welcome at the theatre and ends at 11:20 p.m. with the last talkback of the day. On Saturday, Sept. 15, the first screening will be at 11:30 a.m. and the last talkback will end at 10:55 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the first screening will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and the closing night party from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

The films will only be shown once during the weekend. All are being presented in the flexible theater in the Arcadia. It will be set up with a mixture of chairs and tables to accommodate audience members who want to see one film or stay the entire day.

The public is invited to screen 12 full-length feature films and documentaries with running times of 61 minutes to two hours and 34 shorts with running times of five to 30 minutes. These 46 films cover a wide variety of topics. The shorts are presented in eight separate screening blocks based on whether they are documentaries, comedies, horror/thrillers, dramas, faith-based, web series/TV pilot or student films.

Among the films being shown are six documentary features. “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” takes a look at the scenes and songs that provided the sound track to our movie-going lives and the actors and musicians that helped create this fantasyland, such as Kevin Bacon, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Cryer, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Corey Feldman and others. 

“Running A. T. Full Speed” is about one man’s dream of raising $100,000 for orphans in Uganda by beating the world’s longest distance speed record on the Appalachian Trail. 

“Bill Evans Time Remembered” is the story of this musician’s turbulent life and his contribution to jazz music as told through interviews with 40 people. Among them are Tony Bennett, Dr. Billy Taylor, singer Jon Hendricks and jazz pianist Bill Charlap. 

“Up to Snuff” is about W. G. Snuffy Walden, one of the most beloved composers in television history. He touched millions of people with his music despite his own personal hardships. Featured are luminaries from TV, film and music, such as Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and others and scenes from “The West Wing,” “Wonder Years” and “thirtysomething.” 

“Poured in Pennsylvania” looks at the changing landscape of small towns across the Commonwealth and illustrates the importance of the beer industry and its impact. 

“Dawn of the Baha’i Faith” recounts the founding of this new world religion in Persia beginning in 1844.

A 15-minute talkback will follow each of the 20 screenings to give filmmakers an opportunity to talk about their work and hear audience comments.

Those who purchase a $50 VIP pass can attend the entire festival, including the welcome party for filmmakers on Sept. 14, the screenings of all 46 films between Sept. 14 and 16, and the Sept. 16 awards show and closing night party. 

A $25 day pass is good for one entire day. Included will be the feature length films and documentaries and short film blocks shown that day, and the filmmaker welcome if it’s Friday and the awards ceremony and after party if it’s Sunday.

A $10 film pass includes seeing one feature-length film or short film block of the viewer’s choice.

The three-day schedule and information about each film is available at www.endlessmountainsfilmfest.com, the festival website. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Arcadia Theater or at www.endlessmountainsfilmfest.com

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