The Binghamton Babylon Film Festival Ends with the Rod Serling Film Festival

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A chance encounter on a New York subway led to the Binghamton Babylon Film Festival.  Now in its second year, the weekend is capped off with the Rod Serling Film Festival. Art Mission Vice-president Andrea Gregori and WSKG Education Director Jackie Stapleton talk about the many entries in both competitions. http://wskg.org/audio/17babylon.mp3

 

Photo credit: Doug Kerr via Flickr

Student-Produced ‘Left to Write’ Will Leave You Pondering

A student group of five filmmakers who have a passion for all elements of video making, whether it’s filming, acting, editing, or writing. Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, Noah Morris, David Mosden are students at Huntington High School in Mrs. Swan’s video program. Their film explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life. This piece follows the boy as he contemplates whether to continue reading the book, or to return it to the librarian who gave it to him. What is your film about? 
This is a film production that explores the life of a student who, one day, discovers a book that describes his life.

‘It’s Not What it Looks Like’ Receives Best Fiction/Story Honor

Congratulations to Jad Jacob for sharing his film It’s Not What It Looks Like with the Rod Serling Film Festival. His film received the award for Best Fiction/Story for 2017. What is your film about? 
It’s Not What It Looks Like is a one-shot comedic short film detailing the adolescent antics of Steve and Clara, a couple whose attempt at a breakup takes a quick and escalating series of turns for the worst. How did you come up with the idea for your film? I wanted to challenge myself my making a short film that was all done in one shot.

‘Best 9-12’ Serling Fest Award Goes to Niskayuna Native

Evan Pritchard is a upstate New York filmmaker from Niskayuna, New York.  He is attending Purchase College as a freshman.  Evan has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film.  He hopes to someday make his hope and passion into a career.  Evan has previously been honored for his past films Believe and Les Milkerables. What is your film about? 
Why God? Tells the story of a young boy struggling with his faith due to the impact of outside forces in his life. How did you come up with the idea for your film? The idea for this film first stemmed from a single sentence I wrote down in passing – “Religion and Culture today”.  At the time I was thinking mostly the Islamophobia going on within our society today.  As the idea and sentence began to grow I realized the best way to show a story about holding faith when religion is looked down upon, was to tell my own story.

‘Algo’ Captures Abstract/Experimental Award in Serling Film Fest

Isabella Mesko is a senior at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. She has studied film independently at school since her freshman year and created personal video projects since her childhood. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? ‘Algo’ is a short experimental film which implicitly comments on such subject matter as feminine adolescence, domestic violence, and love.

The Annual Artists Open House is Back

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Artists of Susquehanna County, PA open their studios for the annual Artists Open House on October 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 6pm. Twenty-six artists in 19 locations display paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, and woodworking. There is also a treasure hunt and a Richard Gere film festival. We meet painter Earl Lehman and photographer Eric Van Tassel. http://wskg.org/audio/17artstour.mp3

 

Photo credit: Joe Weldon

 

 

Short Film ‘Doodle’ Receives Honorable Mention in Serling Festival

Tyler Barhydt is a senior at Niskayuna High School and his film ‘Doodle’ has received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival.  Barhydt is involved in school and community theater and will be performing as the role of Chino in the upcoming performance of West Side Story at SLOC. He runs an instagram and a website where he is working to build his photography portfolio. He plans to pursue both photography and filmmaking in college. What is your film about?

Music of the Bach Sons Accompanies a 1921 Silent Film

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The Cornell University Music Department and Cornell Cinema presents the 1921 silent film of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, with the title role played by then-superstar Asta Neilsen. Organist Dennis James joins us to talk about how he created the score out of music by three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, Carl Phillip Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletjames.mp3

 

Photo credit: Danish Film Institute via Flickr

 

 

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When Family, Religion and Sexuality Collide

First-time filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart” is many things. It’s a love story and a family history. It’s an investigative report and a warning. But first and foremost it is the story of Miguel Dieppa, Aldarondo’s uncle.The life and family legacy of Miguel Dieppa (right) is the subject of “Memories of a Penitent Heart.” His partner of more than 10 years, Robert, is on the left. Photo courtesy of Blackscrackle Films LLC.Conflicting forces were at play in Miguel’s life.

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Life Lessons Learned from a ‘Real Boy’

June is unofficially Pride Month in the U.S., a celebration of the LGBTQ community. General acceptance of the community has increased in recent years, but not for everyone. Several states have written and/or passed laws banning transgender people from going to the bathroom that matches their gender identity, and advocates have seen an increase in the number of transgender people being killed in recent years.Despite this, many people have strived to become better allies to the transgender community, and more transgender people are making their presence known in media. A recent example of this is 19-year-old Bennett Wallace, the star of the Independent Lens documentary “Real Boy.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_lynBiuvI0]Bennett’s story is that of sadness, love, hope, and acceptance. The doc starts with excerpts from two videos – a home video from a six-year-old Bennett (who’s birth name is Rachael), and a YouTube video from 19-year-old Ben.