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The DRAMA-TIC Shorts Con't Vol I-2017
7:00pm Wed April 26
NIXON & JFK With Dogs & Tacos, Fireflies...
Fireflies  - 17:00 min Director: Raouf Zaki - When a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston cafe, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits. Through flashbacks and the increasing suspicion of the patrons, we learn in this silent film that Marwan is a man whose glass has just been emptied. 
Split Ticket  - 19:35 min Director: Alfred Thomas Catalfo - In 1947, newly-minted congressmen/future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events. 
Ten More  - 11:20 min Director: Brad Riddell - A concert pianist (David Pasquesi) receives a startling omen as he struggles to recover from a traumatic brain injury. 
Dogs & Tacos  - 16:33 min Director: Steven Bachrach - High School junior Alma Pantaleon arrives at her after-school work shift at a local South Los Angeles taqueria. Instead of tacos-and-burritos- as-usual, things get complicated when she finds herself stuck babysitting a former boyfriend's younger brother, who's no longer the "sweet little boy" she remembers. 
Bella's Teddy Bear  - 18:07 min Director: Hong Zhou - A woman decides to steal a teddy bear from a childhood version of herself. 
North To Nowhere  - 11:30 min Director: Scott Ballard -  A girl, a gun and a last chance. 
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"Thomas Chapin: Night Bird Song"
Date T.B.A
Destined to be among the great jazz virtuosos, sax, flute master and
Connecticut Native: Thomas Chapin was nearing the pinnacle of his meteoric rise when leukemia took him at the age of 40. 
6:00pm Leukemia Society VIP Fundraiser Party
FREE Donor Registration Courtesy: Love, Hope Strength Foundation
7:00pm Film And Q&A With Director/Producer/Writer: 
Stephanie J. Castillo 

Tom Chapin Night Bird Song
This 90-min. music documentary presents the life and music of 90's jazz legend Thomas Chapin who left us too soon. 

Destined to be among the great jazz virtuosos, sax and flute master Thomas Chapin was nearing the pinnacle of his meteoric rise when leukemia took him at the age of 40. Decades later, his passionate life and incandescent music continue to inspire new generations of artists and musicians. The new documentary THOMAS CHAPIN, NIGHT BIRD SONG draws an intimate portrait of a musical explorer who transcended the boundaries of jazz and dissolved the distinctions between sound and music. Because of this film, he will no longer be only a footnote in jazz. His indelible mark on jazz will be known.

"Beautifully Scary"
7:00pm Wed   TBA
a documentary film on modern, contemporary 
classical music in America
Beautifully Scary

Beautifully Scary explores the landscape of modern, contemporary classical music in America in the 20th century and beyond. The film highlights the founding and successive generations of composers representative of trends in modern classical music. Interviews with some of the most influential American composers will give the viewer a better sense of both the circumstances that shaped this tradition, and the creative visions that have emerged from it. The overall purpose is to bring greater attention to the innovative work being done, and it's importance to the fabric of modern American culture. 

The film contains a short history of modern music in America, highlighting some of the great American composers (Ives, Copeland, Cage, Bernstein) through archival photos and film footage combined with short musical excerpts. This section also includes brief references to the earlier European influences (Wagner, Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky).
Using personal interviews, the composers talk about their lives and work that has helped contribute to the form. They also discuss their music, and the effect of their approaches to composition upon the contemporary music scene.

The program includes several short excerpts from performances of works by several of the featured composers. The instrumental forces range from solo and small instrumental combinations, to full orchestra, showing the broad expressive range of this unique music.
Beautifully Scary: Contemporary Music in America is a documentary film project developed in partnership between Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), Beyond Definition Films, and director Russ Wiltse.
FilmFest52 Classic Cine Series
"The Third Man"
The Ultimate In Film Noir 
7:00pm Wed - TBA
Followed by discussion
The Third Man Poster
Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives in a bombed-out, post-war Vienna at the invitation of his childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) only to find him dead. Martins develops the ultimate conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, butting up against interference from British police officer Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover Anna (Alida Valli).

Awards and Recognition:
Grand Prix du Festival (Cannes Film Festival, 1949)
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Academy Awards, 1951)  Best Director, Best Film Editing nominations (Academy Awards, 1951)  Best British Film (BAFTA Awards, 1950)  Best Film from Any Source (BAFTA Awards, 1950)
Top Foreign Films (National Board of Reivew, 1950)  Official Slection, Cannes Classics (Cannes Film Festival, 2015)

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Call or visit the box office at: 269 Greenwood Avenue Bethel CT 06801  203-778-2100 

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The Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF) is an umbrella film education organization producing more than 100 days and nights of film screenings, industry workshops and panels, weekend festivals, a statewide films series and of course film premieres and fundraisers each year. As it enters its 10th year, it has launched new film events including: Viva Cinema Latino Film Festival, New Haven International Film Festival, NYComedy Shorts and FilmFest 52.