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Dates: May 16-18, 2019
Locations: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter • Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville • Hunter Mountain, 64 Klein Avenue, Hunter, NY
The First Annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival will take place from Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Hunter and Tannersville, NY.
The festival will engage with the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s unique cultural institutions, the Doctorow Center for the Arts and the Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center, to present films from across the country.
Panelists will include directors, producers, casting directors, talent agents and actors discussing current trends and various topics in today’s film market. Industry movers that are set to speak include Heidi Eklund (owner, Hudson Valley Casting), Hunter Emery (recurring star from Orange is the New Black), Anthoula Katsimatides (actress from CBS’s FBI and producer of the documentary Olympia) Wayne Pyle (actor from HBO’s Succession), Michele Peacock (Talent Agent, Andreadis Talent Agency), and Lisa Rosenbaum (Talent Agent, Andreadis Talent Agency). Producers sessions include: producer Giancarlo Lorusso (Hunter Gatherers, The Grasslands, Mi America), and Grammy Award winner, Alan Douches (West West Side Music, sound for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) will discuss the importance of sound. Joining the panel will be Oscar nominated director, producer, and sound editor, Aaron Weisblatt (Rooster & The Queen, Highway, Sam); along with producers Kevin Christoffersen (Sure-Fire, Swiss Made, Leftover), Simon Taufique (Imperium, The Interpreters, The Catch), and Dallas Brennan (The Lifeguard, Deception Road, The Loneliest Planet); International Distributor, Peter Guzzardo (Movie Rights Exchange); Justin Ferrato (Editor, HBO Trailers and Behind The Scenes Featurettes, Game of Thrones); Martin Rosete (Remember Me, Money, Voice Over, and The Chain); and renowned cinematographer, Ray Preziosi.
Writer/Producer/Actor/Director Robert Bruzio will also join the Producer’s Panel to discuss his short film on bullying, Hunter Gatherers, which he wrote, directed, and co-produced with producer Giancarlo Lorusso. Q & A will follow! Robert is the writer of a 2019 major motion movie release starring Joe Manganiello & Sofia Vergara (Modern Family). His untitled project is directed by Raymond DeFelitta (City Island, Madoff) along with William Chartoff, producer (Rocky Balboa, Creed, Creed 2, 3:59).
Also on the panel will be Sam Margolis, who currently runs the Albany-based Branch VFX, which is a STARTUP NY designated company focused on high level TV and film projects, and is sister company to Emmy-Award winning Shade VFX. Four Marvel projects, including Daredevil and a host of other TV show and films including the Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Charlie Hunnam action thriller, Triple Frontier.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
HMFF kicks off with opening ceremonies starting on Thursday, May 16 at 6:15 pm with a cocktail hour, featuring small bites presented by some of our amazing restaurant sponsors along with wine from Chatham Winery. Guests will be entertained by comic Gabby Bryan, followed by a concert performance from Eryn Shewell & Matt O’Ree from the Matt O’Ree Band (toured with Bon Jovi in 2015, inducted in NJ Blues Hall of Fame). Don’t forget to stop by and see our in house three-day art exhibit, Live Art By G, Grant Wiley (professional football player turned artist/actor and singer!). The evening concludes with a screening of A Bread Factory: Part 1 starring Tyne Daly, with a Q&A from the cast and crew.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
On Friday, May 17, catch A Bread Factory: Part 2 at the Orpheum Theater starting at 2:00 pm, followed by Q&A with cast and crew. The Friday Night Lights Industry Mixer will begin at 7:00 pm, with light fare and selections from Chatham Winery. The evening will continue with the documentary Back to Las Villas. This documentary explores the contributions of Las Villas, the Puerto Rican owned summer resort located in upstate New York. A Q&A will follow, along with a performance by the Gilberto Pulp Colon, Jr and his band from the movie.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
On Saturday the festival will host a Harley Davidson Kickoff Motorcycle Ride hosted by Bill Nugent from Woodstock Harley Davidson in Kingston and producer Giancarlo Lorusso. Watch what it was like to participate in the very first cross country motorcycle ride in the movie, White Knuckle: The Story of the Motorcycle Cannonball, through the eyes of Producer Brian Darwas. As he followed and recorded three riders for the inaugural 2010 ride, it became clear that this was not just another ride across the country. Bill Nugent was one of those three participants that Brian captured in real time. Bill will lead a scenic ride from Woodstock Harley to Hunter: part of the ride will retrace the path of the 1908 FAM Catskill Endurance Run which put Harley on the map. Motorcycles of all types and years are invited to participate in this scenic homage to those 100 year old machines, and their riders today. Coffee and donuts will be offered at Woodstock Harley the morning of the ride, ‘kickstands up’ at approximately 11:30 for a 1-1/2 ride to the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, NY. Vintage riding outfits are encouraged!
Bikers will marvel at the beauty of the Catskills as they ride from Woodstock Harley Davidson up the winding hills, making their way to the film festival venue where they will have the opportunity to view the films Walters Ride: The True Harley Davidson Story at 1:00 pm and White Knuckle at 1:30 pm. After a Q&A from the movie, join us for a Meet and Greet at 3:00 pm with this year’s Rising Star Award recipient, Orange is the New Black star Hunter Emery.
GALA AWARDS CEREMONY
The festival will culminate with the First Annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival Gala Awards, held Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8pm. Anthoula Katsimatides, (CBS’s FBI & Producer of the documentary, Olympia), will be this year’s Master of Ceremonies, with a performance by musical artist, Jared Dylan. The awards dinner will honor filmmakers with The Peacock Awards for Best Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary, Web Series, and Student Film as well as best Actor and Actress and Director. The Gala will also honor an industry professional with the HMFF Rising Star Award.
The Rising Star Award recognizes a performer in the field of film whose resume reflects ongoing and exceptional growth while demonstrating significant promise within the scope of the entertainment industry. A successful candidate’s resume embodies a performer whose exceptional work ethic contributes to the growing success of the performer. This year we are excited to announce the award will be given to Orange is the New Black recurring star Hunter Emery. Hunter just wrapped his 3rd season on the Netflix hit show, also has a recurring role on Amazon’s The Tick. He has had multiple top-of-show, guest-starring roles on Chicago PD and The Blindspot, to name a few, as well as many guest starring roles on Blue Bloods, Turn, and Gone.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets range from $30 one-day passes to the $250 three-day VIP package. Patrons may also purchase tickets to individual screen-ings at reduced rates. Tickets to screenings will also be sold at the door. A limited number of tickets to the Gala Awards Ceremony are available, and are only sold in advance—buy your tickets ASAP, none will be available at the door. Visit filmfreeway.com/HunterMountainFilmFestival/tickets to purchase your tickets.
ABOUT HUNTER MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Hunter Mountain Film Festival honors the skill of filmmaking by connecting ambitious independent artist to share, learn, communicate, and network over the three day festival. We set out to create a one of a kind film experience. At Hunter Mountain, we are not only creating a celebration of film but an interactive mountain adventure. For three days, you will be privy to many great films, parties, panels all while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery upstate New York has to offer. Co-Founder Tatum Peacock says, “HMFF will be an event not to miss, bringing in some of the most talented industry film representatives that Upstate NY has to offer, all while under one roof! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!”
For more information and to see a complete schedule, visit huntermountainfilmfestival.com