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May 5, 2014

Catskill Mountains Film Festival showcases talent near, far


Screenings continued on Saturday and Sunday in three theaters at SUNY Delhi. Off-campus venues included the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville and the Walton Theatre.

Day and weekend passes were purchased before and during the CMFF event. 

“Not everyone signed in, but each day we saw almost 100 signatures,” said Raegan Reed of the Greater Delhi Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nick DeCandio and Matt Ruscher came from Poughkeepsie to watch their film, “The Tiger Faced Man,” screening. 

“I wrote the script for a screenwriting class I took while attending SUNY Purchase,” Ruscher said.

DeCandio produced the film. 

“We filmed for four hours using hired actors from Craigslist, and friends,” said DeCandio, who together with Ruscher edited the film down to four-and-a-half minutes.

Although many of the films were produced locally, other films came from as far away as Indiana and Scotland.

“The film from Scotland caught the CMFF off-guard,” said Laura Stewart, co-chair of the CMFF logistics and budget committees. “The film was recorded in a European format. The submitters were contacted and they brought a format used here in the United States.”

The weekend event included a panel discussion, awards ceremony, and screenwriting workshop.

Invitations for participation were accepted by award-winning journalist, David France, and the first African American director to win an Oscar Award, Roger Ross Williams, who came from his home in Roxbury to introduce his film, “God Loves Uganda,” at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival.

The festival drew praise from one director, who traveled up from New York City with the film “That’s what she told me.” 

“I’ve been to at least 20 festivals, and the CMFF doesn’t feel like a second year festival,” Kim Cummings noted. “It’s very well run, very organized. I didn’t experience any technical glitches and communication from the filmmakers side has been terrific.”

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