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Friday August 9
"IRWIN: A New York Story" & 
"A Story In Stone"  

An Evening Of Illustrators, Cartoonists & Fine Art Print Making
6:00pm Meet n' Greet Reception With The Films Creative Team And Guest Panelists For All Ticket Holders   7:00pm Panel And Q&A For Both Films Moderated By: David Gesualdi

Guest Panelists: Q&A Discussion With Artists And Filmmakers.
David Gesualdi: Moderator - Sculptor, Printmaker And Town of Bethel Resident
Dan Makara: Co-Director, Writer, Producer, Painter And Town of Redding Resident Milestone Graphics
Frank Borres: Co-Director, Producer
James Reed: Master Printmaker, Owner of Milestone Graphics , Bridgeport CT
Irene Bednarczyk: Printmaker & Studio Assistant Milestone Graphics

IRWIN: A New York Story                       Trailer
Feisty nonagenarian Irwin Hasen recounts his colorful life in the NYC Boxing industry and as a pioneer comic book illustrator for DC Comics on features such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, & Wildcat. He reached nationwide stardom in the 1950's with his newspaper strip DONDI , even appearing in the 1957 feature film. A lifelong New Yorker, Irwin's bubbly tales of wine, women & song, will have you dancing in your seats! 

A Story In Stone                                       Trailer
A Story In Stone presents a brief history of French Lithographer Fernand Mourlots' introduction of Stone Lithography to America, the process used by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Toulouse-Lautrec to reproduce some of master their work. American artist James Reed was one of the first to work with New York Mourlot printers first hand. Reed went on to establish Milestone Graphics in Bridgeport, Ct., where he's printed for local & nationally recognized artists. 


7:00pm August 16
3 Days of Peace & Music 
(Directors Cut) (1970)
50th Anniversary Of The Greatest Festival
600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York,  43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock.

Over the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation. Rolling Stone listed it as number 19 of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The event was captured in the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock", which commemorated the event and became a major hit for both Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Joni Mitchell said, "Woodstock was a spark of beauty" where half-a-million kids "saw that they were part of a greater organism". In 2017, the festival site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

7:00pm Friday August 23
Thinking Of Getting Married? Think Again!
A Comedy Film Of  Wedding Planners & Bridezillas 
6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Director: 
Jonathan Smith & Lead Actress: Meghan Falcone
7:00pm Film And Q&A With Director

81:00 Dir. Jonathan Smith - On April Fools' Day, just before her wedding, a bride pranks her fiancé by saying that she thinks that they've lost that spark and that they should call off the wedding and break up, only to discover that he feels the exact same way.

Director Bio: Jonathan Smith is a filmmaker and an improv and sketch comedian. A graduate of Yale University, he has written and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and other comedy theaters. Jonathan's online comedy videos on Funny or Die, YouTube, and UCBComedy have been viewed millions of times.

7:00pm Friday Aug 30      TRAILER
"The Dog Walker" 
A "Whodunit" Thriller With Very Crooked Twists And Turns That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat.
6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Producer And Lead Actress: 
Robyn Babina. Complimentary Wine
7:00pm Film And Q&A 

Written & Directed by: Australian native, Kylie Hitchcock-Garcelon 75 min. An investigative journalist, crippled with an anxiety disorder, retires from the field after a traumatic assignment on a dogfighting ring but is forced to confront the unresolved story when a psychotic stalker causes her new life to unravel.

Australian native, Kylie Garcelon is a screenwriter-director and the 2019 recipient of the Artist of the Year award at the Northern Virginia International Film Festival. Her feature film, The Dog Walker, a psychological thriller which she wrote and directed was nominated for eight awards at the festival and produced by Gladiolus Productions, of which she is a founding member. Her feature-length comedy spec, The Salad Spinner, won Best Screenplay - Comedy, also at NOVA.
7:00pm TBA   
"Sea of Change"

In a historic self-shot adventure, eight GoPro cameras capture the harrowing 6,689 mile journey of Afrikaners, Vasti Geldenhuys and Riaan Manser as they attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to New York in a rowboat. Over 133 days at sea, they battle the elements and each other on an epic adventure of survival, self-discovery and transformation while risking everything from their relationship to their lives.

Director Biography - Dana Schwartz
Dana Schwartz is a documentary film producer, writer, and director. Sea Change is Schwartz's directorial debut. Schwartz has produced four documentary feature films: Paper Tigers, Resilience, California Typewriter, and The United States of Detroit.

Rasheed Poster 7:00pm Fri TBA
Connecticut Premiere 
Screening And Q&A With Lebanese  
Filmmaker: Samia Badih 
Complimentary Wine For Audience
Director: Samia Badih's film Rasheed documents the life of Badih's late uncle Rasheed Broum who was killed, at the age of 29, in an airstrike in the city of Sidon during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 - three years before she was born. More than 30 years after the tragedy, Samia goes on a quest to find out more about her uncle's story of life and death, as it is told by the friends and family who survived him and knew him best, mainly his sister Rasha and his best friend Ghassan. At the heart of the film is the story Rashee'd sister, Rasha who has not coped well with her brother's loss. Rasheed captures one of the many war stories from the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon through Badih's own personal journey.
The Connecticut Film Festival (CTFF) is an umbrella film education organization producing more than 150 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 14th year, it has launched new film events including: Viva Cinema Latino Film Festival, New Haven International Film Festival, NYComedy Shorts and FilmFest 52 (in CT, VT and soon in CO). 

Housatonic Community College is located at  900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604  Admission is FREE. The Bethel Cinema is located at 269 Greenwood Ave. Bethel, CT 06801. 
Tickets: $10.50 General Admission, $9.00 Seniors & Students.