The first annual Reel East Film Festival is happening this Friday and Saturday (August 22nd and 23rd) at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ. The festival consists of a variety of independent short film and feature-length programs, as well as post-screening discussions with filmmakers. Local film critics Brian Holcomb (OFCS), Irv Slifkin (Filmadelphia), and Matthew Sorrento will be in attendance to present some of the films. Collectors should also keep their eyes open for The Movie Poster and Book Shop of Barrington, NJ; the shop will be at the festival with memorabilia and books penned by featured festival filmmakers and critics for purchase.
The festival's tentpole event is a screening of John Sayles Go For Sisters beginning at 8pm. Sayles will be in the flesh to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A.
For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit the festival's website.
Friday, August 22nd
• 6 pm: Short film program, followed by Brotherhood of the Popcorn, the latest from filmmaker Inda Reid that documents a group’s 35-year tradition of meeting to celebrate the silver screen. Hosted by film critic Irv Slifkin (Filmadelphia).
• 9 pm: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927) with live musical accompaniment, presented by filmmaker Andrew Repasky McElhinney (A Chronicle of Corpses, the forthcoming Christmas Dreams) with a post-screening discussion. A short film program will follow.
Saturday, August 23rd
• Noon: A screening of a lost Humphrey Bogart film, presented by film critic Matthew Sorrento (The New American Crime Film; editor, Film International). • 2 pm: Stephen King “Dollar Baby” Short Films – a program of adaptations of short works by the master of horror, presented by Brian Holcomb. • 4 pm: Going Attractions, the new film by April Wright that chronicles America’s unique tradition of drive-in movies, to be screened just miles from the drive-in’s birthplace in Camden, NJ. Presented by screenwriter Faith Brody Patane (Miss December). • 6 pm: Diagram for Delinquents, the theatrical premiere of a new documentary on comic book censorship, from South Jersey filmmaker Robert A. Emmons, Jr. (Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza (2007), De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet (2009)). Emmons will appear for a post-screening discussion.
• 8 pm: An Evening with John Sayles, who will present his film, Go For Sisters, with a post-screening discussion.
• 11 pm: I Lay Where I Fall, the new film by Andrew Stubbs that chronicles musician Juston Stens’ trip across America, on a 1972 Triumph motorcycle, as he undergoes a personal artistic journey while collaborating with bandmembers from Wilco, Spoon, Those Darlins and the Mynabirds. Stens will appear to introduce the film and provide a post-screening discussion.