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April 26, 2014

The buzz is building for Catskills Mt. Film Fest

One 14-year-old filmmaker from Indiana is being brought to Delhi by his family next week for the Catskill Mountains Film Festival. Another teenager sent his film to the festival all the way from his home in Macedonia, some 4,700 miles away. He plans to participate via Skype.

After a year of planning and preparations, the excitement for the event is beginning to peak just in time for the May 2 opening of the weekend-long fledgling festival.

Its flagship site will be the State University at Delhi campus. Out of 200 entries, a total of 100 films will be screened through May 4 at three locations — Delhi, the Walton Theatre and the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“It’s going to be an amazing event because of the response of the filmmaking community,” said Jessica Vecchione, the prime organizer of the festival.

The buzz has been building for films such as “Brothers of the Black List,” examining the controversy and litigation that ensued after the State University College at Oneonta gave police investigators a list of names and addresses for 125 black male students after an attempted rape was reported. 

The film, directed by Sean Gallagher of Westchester, is billed as “a cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong that is relevant today more than ever.”

Another production expected to get attention will be “To Be Forever Wild,” directed and produced by David Becker, who led a 15-member team of filmmakers, musicians and artists based in a red cabin that had been used by the author Jack London. The film endeavors to put the people and places of the Catskills — America’s first great wilderness — in historical context.

Also on hand for the event will be Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, who began his career as a producer of political satire on Comedy Central as well as on the series TV Nation by Michael Moore.

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