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The Filmmakers’ Film Festival

November 1-4 , 2018


Festival Director................................ 5 ReadingFilmFEST Sponsors..........6 ReadingFilmFEST Staff....................8 The Jury and Judges..................... 10 The Weekend Schedule................12 Film Descriptions............................16

Justin Kauflin to Close ReadingFilmFEST........................... 28 StudentFEST.................................... 29 Filmmaker Panel............................ 30 Educational Programs.................. 31

Getting around town 7

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Presented by the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust! We have an exciting program for 2018, including films, panels, performances, art and parties! We definitely know how to put the FEST in a film festival! This year’s festival includes some new events. • On September 21st, Studio B in Boyertown opened the Art of Film exhibit. The winners from that show can be viewed at the WCR Center for the Arts throughout the festival. • Also on September 21st, the historic State Theater of Boyertown presented a preview event featuring trailers of films being presented at ReadingFilmFEST as well as the Berks County premiere of Traffic Opera. The State Theater is also presenting films during the festival. • FiveMinuteFilmFEST – a film competition for Berks County High School students made its debut this year. Supported by a grant from the Berks County Community Foundation, this event encourages young filmmakers to explore the world of filmmaking and screen their films at the WCR Center for the Arts on October 18th. • We’re also excited to partner with the Berks Arts Council to bring the amazing jazz pianist Justin Kauflin to our closing night’s ceremonies.

Festival Director Welcome

Welcome to 4th Annual ReadingFilmFEST

ReadingFilmFEST is supported by over 30 community sponsors and grant organizations. We are so grateful for their support! Many thanks to our venues Reading Movies & IMAX, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Boscov Theater, the State Theater in Boyertown and the WCR Center for the Arts. Thanks also to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance for becoming a partner with ReadingFilm and for its support of the festival and filmmaking in Berks County. ReadingFilmFEST Volunteers make this event happen — including people who return each year to jury films, moderate panels, sell tickets and more! We’re especially grateful to Dr. Chris Woodward for managing the jurying selection, and Randy Miller, Elizabeth Clark, Natalie Farst, Shawn Thomas, Jason Hugg and Jen Reimer for their leadership. Last but certainly not least, our staff. Cammie Harris joined us this year as the Festival Manager of the festival. Her dedication, organizational skills and hard work have been key to the success of this event. Melissa Varone returned as Marketing and Special Events coordinator. Her communication skills have been so important throughout the months leading up to this weekend. Thank you both!

Enjoy the festival! Tracy Schott

And thanks to you for coming out to welcome our more than 40 visiting filmmakers to Reading.


Presenting Sponsor

Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust

Presenting Sponsor

Producing PartnerS

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance ReadingFILM

Executive Producer Sponsor

Sweet Street Desserts

Producing Partner

Reading Film FEST Venues

Albert Boscov Theater at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX RACC / The Miller Center for the Arts State Theatre of Boyertown WCR Center for the Arts

Executive Producer Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Boscov’s Brentwood Crowne Plaza Reading East Penn Manufacturing Hoffmann Publishing Pennsylvania’s Americana Region Penske Performance Toyota VA Productions TRIOSE

Reading Film FEST Venues Albert Boscov Theater

Media Sponsors


Corporate Sponsors


Corporate Sponsors

Business Sponsors

Berks Digital Printing M. Kolb Design & Art Production RAD Design

Foundation Support

Berks Arts Council Berks County Community Foundation Jerlyn Foundation PA Partners in the Arts, of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Reading Musical Foundation Wyomissing Foundation

Production Support

MEDIA Sponsors

Encompass Media R. Bradley Bass Edit Schott Productions Seba Films VA Productions

Friends of the Festival


Anonymous Mrs. Penny Golden Mrs. Martha Hafer Dr. Neil Hoffman & Judith Kraines Marty Mellinger Marabella Enterprises Charles & Annarose Ingarra Milch The Hot Club of Reading Pollen Consolidated Wild Sage

Reception Hosts


Bullfrog Films Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Lisa Tiger Realtor Love West Reading

Reception Venues

Jerlyn Foundation

Goodnites Lounge & Nightclub The IA Club Mike’s Tavern The Peanut Bar The Speckled Hen WCR Center for the Arts


ReadingFilmFEST Staff

Creative Director – Tracy Schott, MS, MSW

Tracy Schott is a producer/director and founder of Schott Productions. She has created hundreds of film and video projects, including television commercials, webcontent, corporate communications, theatrical and event content. Tracy produced ReadingFilm’s LOCATION! LOCATION! and directed the Emmy-nominated DREAM WEDDINGS. She is the producer/director of the award winning documentary film FINDING JENN’S VOICE. She is the Executive Producer of TRAFFIC OPERA, A PERFECT YOU, and FRANKLIN STREET STATION, which she also directed. She is currently in development on 2 documentary films, BLACKOUT GIRL, the Reading History Project, and a television series, LE BON CHEF. Tracy has served as the ReadingFilmFEST Creative Director since its inception.

Festival Operations Director – Cammie Harris, MBA

Cammie has over 20 years of operational management experience. She has worked for Fortune One Hundred corporations managing large telecommunications projects and software rollouts throughout the United States and British Columbia, owned and operated three successful businesses, and provides operations management consulting services for startups as well as small to midsize businesses. As a consultant, her focus is on developing strategies that foster growth and improve efficiencies, creating/improving organizational structure, vetting and hiring executive staff and vendor management. Cammie also manages the WCR Center for the Arts as its executive director.

Project Coordinator/Marketing Director – Melissa Varone, MBA

Melissa Varone returns to ReadingFilmFEST with a focus on expanding the marketing efforts to grow our local and regional audience. Melissa previously served as FEST Manager, managing the day-to-day operations of the festival. This year, Melissa will focus on expanding the marketing efforts in gathering more filmmakers, crosspromoting with other local agencies and festivals, and advertising the festival weekend activities to a regional audience. Melissa also assisted with fundraising efforts and sponsorship engagement for this year’s festival. With over 20 years of marketing, communications, and public relations experience, Melissa offers marketing strategy and event planning consulting services for businesses and nonprofits in the community.

Associate Director/Juror Coordinator – Chris Woodward, MD

Chris Woodward has spent his career in Medicine but has been a movie critic since childhood. At age 3, during a showing of Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog,” he told his Mom that dogs don’t talk, implying the movie’s premise was absurd. This was his first lesson in the willing suspension of disbelief. For the past 2 years, Chris has been a volunteer Juror and Panel Moderator for the ReadingFilmFEST shorts. He loves to find modest budget, independent movie gems to recommend to his adult children.


Volunteer Coordinator/Operations Manager – Randy Miller

This is Randy’s fourth year as our festival weekend Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Randy is an active participant in local theater, as an actor, director, stage manager, and technical advisor. He has performed in numerous theatrical productions over his lifetime, most recently in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also serves as Director, Production Manager on the boards of several local community theaters, Berks Choir Games, and the Reading Choral Society. His film and television experience include acting and working as the Business Manager for the TV pilot FRANKLIN STREET STATION.

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The Jury and Judges

ReadingFilmFEST Judges John Putch (Best Feature Film)

John Putch is a director/writer. Son of the late actress Jean Stapleton and theater producer/ director William Putch, John Putch is often referred to as an independent film “real McCoy.” One of his first indie efforts, VALERIE FLAKE, landed him at the ‘99 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Experienced in both Drama and Comedy, John’s other notable films include the cult indie favorites: BACHELORMAN, MOJAVE PHONE BOOTH and the ROUTE 30 TRILOGY films. TV directing includes: American Housewife, Alex Inc, APB, No Tomorrow, Blackish, Rush Hour, The Middle, Body Of Proof, Scrubs, Cougar Town, My Name Is Earl, Ugly Betty, Grounded For Life, Outsourced, and multiple television movies and mini-series. When John isn’t working for the studios, he enjoys making micro budget movies with a select group of cast and crew that he has collected on his travels. His latest effort is the award winning drama, THE FATHER & THE BEAR.

Kelly DeVine (Best Documentary)

Kelly DeVine, Artistic Director, Global Peace Film Festival since 2006, curates films with local, national and international groups, creating a community-centered hub that educates and inspires while providing the resources to citizens to become change agents. Kelly has consulted for impact projects for noted, award-winning documentaries such as Bully, How To Survive A Plague, Revolutionary Optimists and others. Long-time film acquisitions and programming professional, she has consulted with FilmBuff and the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). A key member of IFCTV’s Acquisitions team for 8 years, she covered independent feature film and short film markets, negotiating hundreds of film acquisitions.

Kevin Hackenberg (Best Narrative Short Film)

Kevin Hackenberg is the DP/Director of hundreds of film, television and video projects, including work on The Sixth Sense, Chasing Amy, The Woodsman, Equity and Reading’s Location! Location! Mr. Hackenberg is the founder and Executive Producer of the Philadelphia based production company Get-Kinetic and is highly sought after throughout the region for his cinematic storytelling.

Marty Mellinger (Best Music)

Marty Mellinger is a musician, music producer, arranger and composer. Owner of Cross Keys Productions Recording Studio, Mr. Mellinger has written and produced over 450 commercials and short film scores. He was nominated for a regional Grammy as Jazz Producer in 1988. Mr. Mellinger is also a highly sought after pianist and has performed with Simone, Rick Derringer, Mary Wilson, Ray Parker, Jr., and Rita Coolidge (he was even asked by Bruce Springsteen to be the original keyboard player in the East Street Band). He recently composed the score for Finding Jenn’s Voice, an award-winning documentary feature.


Ann Gillette (Best Actor/Actress)

Ann Gillette has worked in casting and as a producer on over 600 projects including: feature films, television, commercials, industrials and live productions. Her casting credits include Broadway Bawler and the Florentines, as well as national commercial campaigns. She is a highly-respected commercial/TV/ film acting and media coach. Her coaching style focuses on the practical and ‘real-life’ aspects of auditioning as well as the realities and expectations required of an actor in the business.

Sebastian Nieves (Best Student Music Video/Best LatinX Film)

Sebastian Nieves is a Director of Photography and Producer and Director for films, television, and music videos, including work on Don’t Look, Franklin Street Station, Wylcef Jean Music Video, Asher Roth Music Video, and American Standard (Short Films). He also works as DP/Producer on a television show Contenido Tu Saluted aired on Telemundo. Sebastian established The Dreaming Tree Films where he and his team create commercials, documentaries, and short films that focus on humanity and the push for the greater kind. Sebastian’s forte is cinematography while adding a touch of emotion to all of his work. He is currently working on a documentary film that features the journey of a rock climber recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

The Jury and Judges

Adam Evans (Best Student Short)

Adam Evans is an award winning producer and director, whose work includes award winners “Pine Tree” and “The Witmans” as well as short documentaries “Meta: The Culture of IPL” and “Recipes from Yuiza’s Kitchen.” He is a Freese Foundation Award Winner and recipient of the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Finishing Fund grant. Adam graduated from Temple University in 2014 and now works as a cinematographer and editor for Digital Feast Inc in Allentown. He also is a published film writer and contributor to multiple award winning film websites. Adam is a director focused on bringing a strong stylistic voice to unique subjects such as talking tables, professional dancers with sleep disorders and 1980s era fitness videos.

About our Jury ReadingFilmFEST had 31 jurors that viewed the films entered into the festival for 2018, overseen by Associate Director/Jury Coordinator, Dr. Chris Woodward. When a film is submitted to the festival via our online submission platform, FilmFreeway, three jurors are assigned to view the film and give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down. They also have the opportunity to rate the film on story, acting, directing and production values and add comments. All films that are given a majority of thumbs up by the jurors are then considered for programming. Accepted films are assigned to the celebrity judges in charge of a specific category: short, documentary feature, narrative feature, Latino, student short narrative, student short documentary, student music video. The judges view all entrants in their category and determine which is the winner. The People’s Choice Film is chosen by you, our audience. Please be sure to rate the films with the tickets you are given as you enter each screening. All winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 4th. We’d like to thank this year’s jurors for their time and careful consideration of each submission: Scott Kunkle Rachel Jarrett Matt Lane Karen Linder Lynneth Lohse Randy Miller Michael Piersol Stefanie Pilkerton Jerry Richter Noel Sanjuan Sharon Scullin

Harry Serio Carol Toomey Bill Vitale Albert Walentis Lauren White Jani Wolf Chris Woodward Emily Woodward Michael Andrew Zelazny

Tierney Banco Kelly Beiler Beka Birch Tom Birch Jim Blickle Stephen G. Dzielak Jim Frank Rosemary Frank-Vitale Theresa (Courtney) Gettle Erica Hesselson Sheila Korick


Weekend Schedule

2018 ReadingFilmFEST Schedule 2018 ReadingFilmFEST Schedule Venues


GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theater - 201 Washington St, Reading

Venues GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre - 201 Washington St., Reading, PA 11 & IMAX - 30 N 2nd St, Reading, PA Reading Movies RC Reading Movies & IMAX - 30 N. 2nd St., Reading, PABoyertown State Theatre - 61 N. Reading Boyertown, PA GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theater - 201 Ave, Washington St, Reading WCR Center for the Arts - 140 N.NFifth Boyertown State Theatre - 61 N. Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512 Reading Movies 11 & IMAX - 30 2ndSt. St,Reading, Reading,PA PA WCR Center for the Arts - 140 N. Fifth St., Reading, PA Boyertown State Theatre - 61 N. Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA WCR Center for the Arts - 140 N. Fifth St. Reading, PA









StudentFEST IMAX 1 Screening StudentFEST Screening





Student Assembly with FILMMAKER - Erik Student Assembly Bloomquist - Miller with Center FILMMAKER - Erik (RACC) Bloomquist - Miller Center Registration at Crowne Plaza (RACC)

9 AM

3 PM 4:30 3 PMPM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM

9:30 PM 9:30 PM

11:00 PM

Registration Opens

Registration Opens Registration Opens Friday Night Shorts Feature Film Cycle;​ ​Tubgate: Cunningham's Long Lost (1:35:00) Friday​eNight Shorts Feature Film Scrap;​ rson; Play What You Cycle;​Antoun ​Tubgate: Long Lost (1:35:00) Love: andCunningham's Family; My Scrap;​ Play What You Dad and​erson; Bob Todd;​ ​Odyssey; Love: ;Antoun My Quiver​ Cover and (TRTFamily; 1:15:04) Dad and Bob Todd;​ ​Odyssey; Feature Quiver​; Cover (TRT 1:15:04) Cage the Bear - The Feature Black Bang Cage the Bear - The (1:14:34) Black Bang (1:14:34)

11:00 PM

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Films & Filmmakers | Educational Panels Great Parties | One Awesome Weekend!

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Registration Opens

Reading Movies 11 & IMAX

Filmmaker Happy Hour Plaza Registration at Crowne Goodnites at Crowne Plaza Filmmaker Happy Hour OPENING GALA OPENING GoodnitesGALA at Crowne Plaza ​WCR Center for the Arts OPENING GALA OPENING GALA ​WCR Center for the Arts

After Party at The Speckled Hen After Party at The Speckled Hen After-After Party at IA Club After-After Party at IA Club


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10:00 AM

Actors Seminar

11:00 AM


12:00 PM

1:00 PM



Social & Health Issues Sacrificial Virgins Binge Purge (TRT 69:00)

Documentary Counter Histories: Rock Hill (60:00)

STATE Theatre



World View Pale Mirrors; UTOPIA; Blows with the Wind; Jasmine Stung (TRT 42:41)

1:30 PM

Pushing the Limits Doc: Running A.T. Full Speed; Heroes Dive (1:40:00) Opioid Crisis The Girl Next Door​; Epicenter: Dayton's Opioid Crisis; ​Cycle (TRT 52:32)

Saturday Shorts Fumero-Ism: The Grafstract​; ​16 MINS​;​ ​Incredibly Smart, Sexy, Bombshell Co-ed named Debra; Backsiders; ​The Pitch; Elevator Man; Bryce And Liam Go To Space! (TRT: 1:33:13)

4:00 PM

Documentary Still Waters (1:19:00)

Feature The Clown (1:26:45)

2:00 PM

Documentary The Truth About Marriage (1:29:00)

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Reading Movies 11 & IMAX

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5:00 PM

STATE Theatre


Documentary Thank You For Supporting: 80 Years of Mingus Magic (45:33)

Documentary In the Night I Remember Your Name (43:44)

5:30 PM

Happy Hour Peanut Bar

6:00 PM

StudentFEST Winners

6:30 PM

Feature Beating Heart (1:25:00)

Latino Block Outside Time; Listen; Diegesis (TRT 1:30:00)

Feature Something (1:26:00)

Shorts Selection Midnight Carnival; My Dad & Bob Todd; Listen (Escucha); Incredibly Smart, Sexy, Bombshell Co-ed named Debra; Odyssey; Bryce And Liam Go To Space!; Quiver (TRT 60:00)

7:00 PM

8:00 PM

Documentary: Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty (1:42:00) Feature I Like Me (1:22:51)

Feature Truth (1:55:00)

9:30 PM

10:30 PM

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Reading Movies 11 & IMAX

Feature Bored in the USA​ (1:22:00)

Feature Long Lost (1:35:00) After Party Mike’s

Thrillers 16 MINS; Don’t Look (TRT:1:27:00)

SUNDAY, November 4


11 AM

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Filmmaker Brunch

12:30 PM

FILMS Live the Stream (1:32:00)

2:30 PM

Encore Presentation of Friday Night Shorts (TRT 1:15:04)

3:00 PM


Location Tour for Filmmakers

Made in Reading Thank You For Supporting: 80 Years of Mingus Magic; Midnight Carnival​; On The Right Track​; Traffic Opera (TRT ​1:31:09)

Documentary Keep On Keepin On (1:24:00)

5:30 PM

Awards Ceremony & Reception Meet & Greet Justin Kauflin (VIP ticket holders only)

7 PM

Justin Kauflin Concert

Awards Reception at WCR

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Reading Movies 11 & IMAX

Film Descriptions 16 MINS

Director: Stephane Verzi Runtime: 16 minutes Saturday Shorts/Thrillers Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM & 10:30PM

In a Post Apocalyptic world, two lovers race against time and the elements to secure enough penicillin to save a life.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance


Director: Craig Newman Runtime: 16 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM

When a forgotten relic reunites two exes, they must come to terms with the drastically different directions their lives have taken. Then, they try again. “Backsiders� is a short film about what we must we give up in order to become ourselves.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Beating Heart


Director: Caujat Laurent Runtime: 85 minutes GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 6:30PM

Since he is unemployed, Julian is a real house-husband taking care of his daughter with love. He took on debts without telling his wife. To get out of it, he will improvise as an outlaw.

*This film is sub-titled

Binge Purge

Director: Brandon C. Lay Runtime: 39 minutes Social & Health Issues Block Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 12PM

After losing her job, Valerie (Valynn Turkovich) relapses into bulimia. It takes the newfound friendship of an oddball woman named Jacey (Kate Hughes) to help her find the way back to recovery.

*Panel Discussion to include filmmaker along with Melissa Conti, Psy. D. and Christine Wasser, LCSW, of Berkshire Psychiatric

After occurring some events for the scarecrow, scarecrow becomes human.

*This film is sub-titled.

Bored In The USA

Film Descriptions

Blows With The Wind

Director: Hazhir As’adi Runtime: 6 minutes World View Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 1PM

Director: Mike Finazzo Runtime: 82 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 8PM

“Life is simpler in black and white.” This line, uttered midway through Bored in the USA, could well serve as the film’s thesis statement. Following the budding friendship of Kelly (Kelly Lloyd, Wits End), a bored housewife, and Chris (Chris Milner, Comedy Central), a displaced Londoner, this film takes an honest look at life by disposing of conventional onscreen relationships.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Bryce and Liam Go to Space

Two best friends take the extraterrestrial adventure of a lifetime, all starting one night in Bryce and Liam’s back shed in Melbourne, Australia.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Cage the Bear – The Black Bang

Director: Adrian Horodecky Runtime: 74 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/2 - 9:30PM

An alien spaceship crash lands in Siberia with the power to destroy the world! Will Vladimir Putin rebuild it, and take over planet Earth? Who will Cage the Bear? Can the Freevengers stop the Black Bang?

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Bryce Padovan Runtime: 5 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX - 11/3 - 2PM State Theater Shorts Boyertown State Theatre - 11/3 - 6:30PM


Film Descriptions Counter Histories: Rock Hill

Director: Fr3deR1cK Runtime: 60 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 12PM

Nine young black men exercise their power to change history. It’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is stalled with protest after protest, arrest after arrest, bailout after bailout and then return to life as usual in the segregated South. Students at a small local Baptist College in Rock Hill, SC decide to sit in at their local lunch counter, get arrested, go to jail and stay there.


Director: J.Y. Chun Runtime: 12 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/2 - 7:30PM

A struggling sculptor and wig-wearing pianist keep running into each other. When he goes searching for the music that breaks his creative block, he follows her colorful trail and soon discovers that there is more than meets the eye.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance



Director: Christopher Romano Runtime: 14 minutes Friday Night Shorts/Opioid Crisis Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/2- 7:30PM and 11/3 - 2PM

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

*Panel discussion to include filmmaker along with Felipe Arias, M.D.


Director: Gabriel Angulo Runtime: 7 minutes Latino Block Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 6PM

A couple of college students are in the car. They finished their night walk of the day. When the girl is about to say goodbye, the boy interrupts her and says that she cannot say goodbye, because he has something to confess: they are fictional characters inside a movie.

*This film is sub-titled

Director: Luciana Faulhaber Runtime: 71 minutes Thrillers Reading Movies 11 & IMAX Theater 11/3 - 10:30 PM

Classic 1980’s comedy horror is alive and well in this over-the-top and wildly-funny feature that pays homage to the campy grindhouse films of that era. In this stylized twist re-worked for the digital age, five sexy NYC millennials head into farm country for a feel-good Thanksgiving weekend, only to get caught up in the middle of a bloody family mess.

Elevator Man

Film Descriptions

Don’t Look

Director: Michael Francis Duff Runtime: 5 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM

When timid Arthur gets a call he’s wanted upstairs to see the big boss for his yearly review, he could never fathom the obstacles or hysteria to come.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Epicenter: Dayton’s Opioid Crisis

“Epicenter” examines what has become a nationwide focus on Dayton, Ohio… the opioid addiction epidemic. Media Production students at the University of Dayton created a documentary that educates and enlightens people as to the reality of living in the epicenter. The documentary concentrates specifically on addiction as a disease, not a choice.

*Panel discussion to include filmmaker along with Felipe Arias, M.D.


Director: Don Swanson Runtime: 6 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/2 - 7:30PM

He ran. She stayed. A brief meeting with Trevor, home to bury his mother, offers Evelyn a chance to make things right.

Director: Taylor Alexander Runtime: 16 minutes Opioid Crisis Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 2PM


Film Descriptions Fumero-Ism: The Grafstract

Director: Keith Aronowitz Runtime: 16 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM

Fumero-Ism, The Grafstract, profiles the well known NYC street artist and muralist known as Fumero. The film examines his interest and growth in art from childhood to present, reveals his process, and what motivates him to keep putting out incredible work at a high rate, from canvas to street. Fumero is intense, real and one of a kind, all of which is revealed in this film short.

I Like Me

Director: Joshua Land Runtime: 83 minutes GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 8PM

In the midst of family tensions, an egocentric free spirit who hits rock bottom finds unexpected success as a self-empowerment guru after publishing a self-help book.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

In the Night I Remember Your Name


Director: Vicki Speegle Runtime: 43 minutes WCR Center for the Arts 11/3 - 5PM

Lesbian. Pastor. Grandmother. My mother Joyce Speegle was all of these. And then in 2005 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But even in the midst of the disease she clung to her desire to make a difference. She asked me to make a film about her experience that might be a message of hope to others battling the disease.

*Panel Discussion to include filmmaker along with Heather Hetrick, Personal Care Administrator, The Highlands at Wyomissing and a representative from County of Berks Area Agency of Aging.

Incredibly Smart, Sexy, Bombshell Co-ed Named Debra

Director: Raylee Magill Runtime: 12 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM Boyertown State Theatre 11/3 - 6:30PM

A day in the life of an actress…who’s not so lucky.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Keep on Keepin’ On

Director: Partho Gupte Runtime: 5 minutes World View Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 1PM

Director: Alan Hicks Runtime: 1h 24min Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/4 - 3PM

*This film is sub-titled

*Post film discussion will feature Justin Kauflin

Jasmine Stung follows a 10-year-old child worker trying to sell jasmine flower strings on a hot and busy Mumbai street, in the hope of getting his little sister her first meal of the day.

Listen (Escucha)

A couple of sound engineers have stopped paying attention to each other. During a film shooting they see themselves in the actors who play the scene, which makes them understand the importance of listening to one another.

*This film is sub-titled

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys

Director: Meigan Bell Runtime: 92 minutes GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/4 - 12:30PM

Trout streams are fountains of youth for 86-year-old Joe Humphreys: a man who was born to fish, lives to teach, and strives to pass on a respect for our local waters.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Ernesto González Díaz Runtime: 6 minutes Latino Block Reading Movies 11 & IMAX - 11/3- 6PM State Theater Shorts Boyertown State Theatre - 11/3 - 6:30PM

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Film Descriptions Long Lost

Director: Erik Bloomquist Runtime: 95 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/2 - 7:30PM and 11/3 - 7:30PM Boyertown State Theatre 11/3 - 8PM

When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Midnight Carnival

Director: Chung-Wei Huang Runtime: 19 minutes State Theater Shorts Made In Reading Boyertown State Theatre 11/3 - 6:30PM

Midnight Carnival tells the story of Andrea Lin, a confused Taiwanese girl in her late teens struggling to find her place in the world. In search of the adventure that is missing from her life, she takes a summer job in America working for a traveling carnival, where she is confronted with the harsh realities of life as a migrant worker.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

My Dad and Bob Todd


Director: Mark Clauburg Runtime: 13 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre - 11/2- 7:30PM State Theater Shorts Boyertown State Theatre - 11/3 - 6:30PM

Rebecca is supposed to meet her father for a quiet dinner to catch up, but things take a turn when he brings a guest.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance


Director: Serge Delpierre Runtime: 3 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre - 11/2- 7:30PM State Theater Shorts Boyertown State Theatre - 11/3 - 6:30PM Penelope’s rideshare home becomes quite the odyssey as she encounters a panoply of passengers along the way.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

This is a behind the scenes film of the making of a tv pilot call Franklin Street Station. The producers, director, director of photography and actors are interviewed.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Pale Mirrors

“Shawbo” is a woman which has only 24 hours to be pregnant. This might be her last opportunity to be a mother, but assuming the vague future completely has confused her. For this important task, she needs go to city prison …

*This film is sub-titled

Director: Marco Velez Esquivia Runtime: 90 minutes Latino Block Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 6PM

A man returns to the past to stop his girlfriend from ending their relationship before he can propose to her but every time he comes back she breaks up with him giving him a different excuse. Now he has to change according to her so he can marry her.

*This film is sub-titled *Filmmaker will be in attendance

Play What You Love: Antoun and Family

Director: David J Hall Runtime: 7 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/2 - 7:30PM

Marked by his words, “pianos are to harmony, as drums are to rhythm, and every home should have both; to create, and to sing, and to celebrate, and to dance, and inspire just a joyous lifestyle,” Ramy Antoun, driven by a strong sense of family camaraderie, inspires community not only in his team while creating luxury, vintage-based drums; but also, in anyone who simply enjoys to “play.”

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Salem Salavati Runtime: 15 minutes World View Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 1PM

Outside Time (Afuera Del Tiempo)

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On the Right Track

Director: David Speace Runtime: 10 minutes Made In Reading Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/4 - 12:30PM


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Running A.T. Full Speed

Director: Shayna Connelly Runtime: 14 minutes State Theater Shorts Boyertown State Theatre 11/3 - 6:30PM

Director: Ryan Simmons Runtime: 87 minutes Pushing the Limits Docs Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 1:30PM

Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them. Quiver melds horror and passion with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a ‘room of her own’ in which to uncover her true identity.

One man’s dream of raising $100,000 for the orphans of Uganda by beating the world’s longest distance speed record, the Appalachian Trail.

Sacrificial Virgins

Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty

Director: Andi Reiss Runtime: 30 minutes Social & Health Issues Block Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 12PM

The Human Papilloma Vaccines (HPV) treatment is medically unproven, while unintended, adverse reactions are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world. However, pharmaceutical manufacturers and many health authorities are refusing to acknowledge there is a problem and the medical community is continuing to offer the vaccine.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: H. Paul Moon Runtime: 102 minutes WCR Center for the Arts 11/3 - 7PM

Known for his mournful “Adagio for Strings,” Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. This acclaimed film is a probing exploration of his music and melancholia. Performance, oral history, musicology, and biography combine to explore the life and music of one of America’s greatest composers.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance for a Q&A moderated by RSO Executive Director David Gross. A performance by Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra will follow the discussion.

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Director: Stephen Portland Runtime: 86 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 6PM

A couple, struggling to cope with a new baby, find themselves unraveling when they begin to suspect a mysterious intruder is in their house.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Thank You For Supporting: 80 Years of Mingus Magic

The enchanting story behind a magic shop in Reading, Pennsylvania that has been in operation for eight decades. Learn about the history, the culture and the community that has kept the magic alive in Reading for so many years. It’s far more than just a place to buy magic. This is the Mingus Magic Shop.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Peter Gordon Runtime: 79 minutes GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 4PM

Stephen Haff, former high school teacher, struggles to maintain Still Waters In A Storm, the tiny oneroom school in Bushwick, Brooklyn he runs for free, and which has become a sanctuary – both for the students and himself. His group of 40 Hispanic children now explore the power of storytelling, creativity and community, four days a week.

The Clown

Director: Bruce Gorman, Jr. Runtime: 87 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 4PM

Barnaby Hatchett, a corporate working stiff whose life is a mess, is harassed everyday as he goes in and out of work by a dark clown that lives in the parking lot, and that only he can see.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Ryan Adamowicz Runtime: 45 minutes Made In Reading Reading Movies 11 & IMAX - 11/4 - 12:30PM Boyertown State Theatre - 11/3- 5PM

Still Waters


Film Descriptions The Girl Next Door

Director: Mark Clauburg Runtime: 22 minutes Opioid Crisis Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 2PM

Ocean County makes up less than 7% of New Jersey’s population. However, it is home to the second most drug overdose deaths in the state. This documentary explores the issues facing our community from the unique perspective of a neighbor who recently lost her childhood friend to a heroin overdose.

The Pitch

Director: George Foster Runtime: 22 minutes Saturday Shorts Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 2PM

A millennial-life crisis inspires a man to make a lifechanging decision.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

*Panel discussion to include filmmaker along with Felipe Arias, M.D.

The Truth About Marriage


Director: Roger Nygard Runtime: 89 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 4PM

This documentary by filmmaker Roger Nygard (“Trekkies”) follows three not-so-ordinary couples to see how things turned out several years after their weddings. The film presents challenging ideas about relationships, as it answers the question: Why is marriage such a difficult challenge for many?

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Traffic Opera

Director: Andrew Pochan Runtime: 18 minutes Made In Reading Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/4 - 12:30PM It’s an opera. In traffic.

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

Director: Eric Paul Erickson Runtime: 105 minutes Reading Movies 11 & IMAX 11/3 - 8PM

Following a bloody revolution and civil war, former army officer Xavier Faraday is ushered into an interrogation room and chained up opposite Maria Ramses, his appointed representative for the fledgling government’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Offered a chance at amnesty for detailing his time at an infamous internment camp, Xavier agrees.

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Tubgate: Cunningham’s Scrap

Director: Fraser Murdoch Runtime: 16 minutes Friday Night Shorts GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/2 - 7:30PM

Troopti and Benjy of Tubgate Council are each toiling with the case of Cunningham’s Scrap – where Bab Cunningham has been running things since his father took ill.



which reads: “Do not follow my way.” A moment later, she discovers that her sister hanged herself. Shiva, who is naive, innocent and conservative, is shocked by her sister’s suicide. And in the middle of her family’s turmoil, she finds the diary of her sister and begins to read it. She follows the clues of Nasrin’s diary in hopes of finding out why she committed suicide.

*This film is sub-titled

Heroes Dive

Director: Brett Wheat Runtime: 13 minutes Pushing the Limits Docs Reading Movies 11 & IMAX Theater 11/3 - 1:30 PM

Paralyzed veterans dive in the open ocean overcoming challenges and redefining themselves. Filmed in Key West, St. Louis and Cincinnati, five paralyzed veterans, with different physical abilities and proficiencies in diving, travel to Key West looking to feel like they can only feel in the ocean and one man with ALS looking to check off an item on his bucket list.

*Panel discussion to follow film block includes Hank Anderson, featured in the film.

Director: Mahdi Ghorbani Runtime: 16 minutes World View Block GoggleWorks Boscov Film Theatre 11/3 - 1PM Shiva comes home to find a strange letter from her sister


Justin Kauflin Concert Justin Kauflin Concert to Close ReadingFilmFEST Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin will be our very special closing act of the 2018 ReadingFilmFEST on Sunday, November 4th, at 7:30 PM at the WCR Center for the Arts. The concert and a “meet and greet” with the artist will be free to ReadingFilmFEST VIP passholders. Concert only tickets will be available online and at the door for $30/each. The concert is being presented by Berks Arts Council.

Justin and his relationship with the late jazz trumpetist Clark Terry are featured in the 2014 documentary, Keep on Keepin’ On which will screen as this year’s Special Presentation on Sunday, November 4th at 3 PM. at the Reading Movies 11 & IMAX Theater (available to passholders or to the public for $10). The film was described by the New York Times as “a rare musical mentorship, captured heart and soul” (2014).


Justin himself has been called by producer Quincy Jones, “a simply beautiful cat…you can feel it in every note he plays.” He is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones Artist. Justin performs worldwide solo or with his trio, recorded or appeared on 31 albums, composed the film score for Keep on Keepin’ On and promotional videos, published 29 original compositions, and produced 3 albums under his own label, Justin Kauflin Music.

Born in Silver Spring, MD with a rare degenerative eye disease and totally blind by age 11, Justin adjusted by learning 5 grades of braille and cane mobility while simultaneously taking AP courses in Physics, Music Theory and English, attending the Governor’s School for Performing Arts and graduating at the top of both classes. He began performing jazz professionally by age 15, attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, Vail Jazz Workshop, won the VSA International Young Soloist Award, voted Veer Jazz Artist of the Year, semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Paterson University. Through his friendship with Cee Tee, Justin met and was signed for management by music icon Quincy Jones who brought him on a couple of world tours, as well as co-produced his second album, “Dedication,” DownBeat magazine’s Editor’s Pick and #1 on JazzWeek Chart. Special thanks to Berks Arts Council and John Ernesto for bringing Justin to this year’s ReadingFilmFEST!

ReadingFilm’s core mission is to develop the production community in the region. Student filmmakers comprise a special group of independent filmmakers. They have not yet made the connections required of professional filmmakers, but they have fresh ideas and new visions to share. StudentFEST is our way of giving these voices a platform! All films selected for the StudentFEST will play at a special Preview night on Thursday evening November 1st at the Reading Movies & IMAX. The winners will be screened again during the festival on Saturday, November 3rd at 5:30 PM. Congratulations to all of our student filmmakers. You are all winners!

StudentFEST - Narrative

The Pool Silver Planes Adventures of Lucy Screen Age The Goldfish Funeral The Ring Goldfish Diegesis (Latino Block) Jasmine Stung (World Views) Blows with the Wind (World Views)

Student Assembly with Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist

Erik Bloomquist, writer, director and actor, will present to Berks County high school and college students on November 2nd at RACC’s Miller Center at 9 AM. Erik will speak about his journey as an indie filmmaker, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The event is free and open to students across Berks County. Erik is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner, eight-time nominee, and former Top 200 Director on HBO’s Project Greenlight. His nationally syndicated television series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik serves as showrunner and lead actor), is the winner of three New England Emmy®Awards and recipient of nine nominations.



Student Passes are free of charge to all students with a valid student ID. (Note-Student passes do not include access to VIP events, including the Opening Gala and Closing Awards Reception and Justin Kauflin Concert.)

StudentFEST - Documentary

From a Valley of Taloi Stop at 60 Epicenter (Opioid Crisis)

StudentFEST - Music

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New for 2018, ReadingFilmFEST added a Berks County High School competition – FiveMinuteFilmFEST. The competition is designed to encourage and celebrate local student filmmakers. Filmmaking is a powerful educational tool that builds students’ creativity, communication and teamworking skills. Careers in media production intersect the arts and technology and are attractive to youth; the FiveMinuteFilmFEST is a way to support high school students interested in this career path. The competition and screening of films is held at the WCR Center for the Arts on October 18th at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to students, teachers, parents and friends. Winning films will be featured during the StudentFEST on November 1st at the Reading Movies & IMAX Theater.

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Filmmaker Panel Film Distribution – Beyond the Fantasy We’ve been there; you kill yourself to make your film: max out your credit cards, fundraise, grant write, and beg your friends and family to get that film made. Now what? The fantasy of getting the sweet distribution deal after your festival premiere feels more and more like, well… just a fantasy. This interactive panel will discuss the ins and out of indie film distribution. Featuring festival programmer, film distributor and founder of Argot Pictures, Jim Browne and producer/ writer Rachel Fraser Ofori who has found success in finding festival and distribution opportunities. We’ll talk strategy on how to find the audience for your film and… gasp!…monetize it! Saturday, November 3rd at 11:30 AM GoggleWorks Boscov Theater.


Educational Programs Samuel Barber, Absolute Beauty with The Reading Junior Symphony Orchestra The ReadingFilmFEST presents a special viewing of “Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty” in collaboration with the Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) at the WCR Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm. The documentary film Samuel Barber; Absolute Beauty chronicles the life of the famous American composer born in West Chester, PA in 1910. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and went on to win two Pulitzers. Music has always been and will continue to be a significant means of communication in filmmaking. The powerfully lyrical “Adagio for Strings” has become easily one of his most recognized and treasured compositions, both in concerts and films to include, “Platoon,” “The Elephant Man,” “El Norte,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “Sicko” – the list goes on. Samuel Barber is a local treasure that has truly enriched and impacted every facet of music expression including film. RSO’s executive director David Gross will act as Moderator for this very special documentary film. Like Barber, David is an alum of the Curtis Institute. David will interview the filmmaker, Paul Moon, lead an audience Q&A following the film, and discuss “Adagio for Strings” and its influence on film. The screening & Q&A will be followed by the Reading Junior Symphony Orchestra’s (RJSO) performance of Adagio for Strings. PO Box 13767, Reading PA 19612

This presentation is made possible by a grant from the Reading Musical Foundation.


Educational Programs

ACTORS’ seminar An interactive Actors’ Seminar will be presented by Golden Globe Nominee Lisa Eichhorn on Saturday November 3rd - 10 -11:30 AM at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Ann Gillette, who has worked in casting and production for over twenty years, will moderate the workshop. The Actors’ Seminar will focus on helping theater actors make the transition from stage to screen. Participants will learn valuable tips by observing audition exercises (performed by actors from the Reading Theater Project) to demonstrate how their performances read in the close up medium of film and television. Feedback on these exercises will include valuable ‘insider tips’ on what casting directors and directors are really looking for at auditions and on set. In addition, the seminar will include information about how to navigate our local regional market as well as the larger markets of NY and LA. Participants will also be invited to participate in a Q & A session at the end of the seminar.

About the Presenters

Reading native Lisa Eichhorn is a two-time Golden Globe and BAFTA Nominee with over 50 film and TV screen credits. Known for her roles in YANKS (opposite Richard Gere), THE EUROPEANS and CUTTER’S WAY, Ms. Eichhorn also has extensive experience as a stage actor, writer and producer. She has recently returned from the U.K. filming her latest project, and is excited to share her experiences with the Reading FilmFEST audience.

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Ann Gillette has worked in casting and as a producer on over 600 projects including: feature films, television, commercials, industrials and live productions. Ann is also a highly-respected commercial/TV/ film acting and media coach. Her coaching style focuses on the practical and ‘real-life’ aspects of auditioning as well as the realities and expectations required of an actor in the business. Reading Theater Project is a collective of professional performing artists who create and present new theater inspired by our community.

Erik Bloomquist (Student Assembly)

Erik is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner, eight-time nominee, and former Top 200 Director on HBO’s PROJECT GREENLIGHT. His nationally syndicated television series, THE COBBLESTONE CORRIDOR (for which Erik serves as showrunner and lead actor), is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards. Erik has served as adjunct faculty, Artist-in-Residence, or Visiting Artist at Trinity College, Clark University, Avon Old Farms, Miss Porter’s School and Saint Andrews School (where he delivered his TEDx talk). Eric’s first feature film, Long Lost, will be screening at this year’s ReadingFilmFEST.

Lisa Eichhorn (Actors’ Workshop)

Reading native Lisa Eichhorn is a two-time Golden Globe and BAFTA Nominee with over 50 film and TV screen credits. Known for her roles in YANKS (opposite Richard Gere), THE EUROPEANS and CUTTER’S WAY, Ms. Eichhorn also has extensive experience as a stage actor, writer and producer. She has recently returned from the U.K. shooting her latest film, and is excited to share her experiences with the ReadingFilmFEST audience.

Educational Programs

ReadingFilmFEST 2018 Panelists

Ann Gillette (Actors’ Workshop)

Ann has worked in casting and as a producer on over 600 projects including: feature films, television, commercials, industrials and live productions. Ann is also a highly-respected commercial/TV/ film acting and media coach. Her coaching style focuses on the practical and ‘real-life’ aspects of auditioning as well as the realities and expectations required of an actor in the business.

Jim Browne (Film Distribution Panel)

Jim Browne brings three decades of film industry experience to Argot Pictures. His innovative, hands-on approach to distribution emphasized innovation and collaboration, helping independent filmmakers navigate a highly competitive marketplace while elevating the profile of their projects. Argot Pictures has distributed dozens of films, including Marshall Curry’s Academy Award- nominated Street Fight; Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll; Throw Down Your Heart; Crips and Bloods: Made in America; and Big Sonia. Jim is also an experienced international film festival programmer, working for the Tribeca Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Rachel Fraser Ofori (Film Distribution Panel)

Rachel Fraser is highly motivated to elevate not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well.  She’s worked in entertainment and production for over the past decade, as a personnel manager and event producer for events such as world-wide pharmaceutical launches, Made NY Fashion Week, US Open Golf and US Open Tennis.  She is a published award-winning writer, a former on-air personality for ABC with the Philadelphia Eagles, and has worked on projects ranging from local PBS commercials to blockbusters under Warner Brothers Studios. Her first self-produced feature, What Death Leaves Behind, is currently making the festival rounds, with multiple distribution offers. 


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