15th Annual Artsfest Film Festival

All screenings are free to the public.


SATURDAY MAY 25th, 2013: Civic Club of Harrisburg, Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 (11am-6pm)



“Living With Lava” by Theo Maximilian Goble (86 minutes)

-Using volcanoes as a thread, this film examines lives that have been somehow shaped by living close to the lava. With a past, present and future approach this documentary focuses on three Icelandic volcanos; Eldfell, Eyjafjalljokull and Katla. Although little can match up to the force of a volcanic eruption, in this film, the real power is in the spoken word.


1PM: Motioning

“Sinsi” by Carmen Lioret (2 minutes)

-They strive for having the place of the other.


“Virtuos Virtuell” by Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann (7 minutes)

-Synchronizing to the music, abstract ink drawings 'grow' in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation, stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures.


“The Rose of Turaida” by Ryan Grobins (6 minutes)

-Based on a true story set in 17th century Latvia, The Rose of Turaida tells of the tragedy of a beautiful young woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice for love and honour.


“Love Ball” by Dana Sink (2 minutes)

-Love Ball is an analogy for a meeting of two travelers on different paths and the affection that draws them together.


“Just Jeff” by Dana Sink and Mark Scheetz (2 minutes)

-A snail’s unexpected space odyssey leads to an epic discovery.


“The SEVEN Wonders” by Paul Tarrago (20 minutes)

-The tenth episode in the ongoing Badger series. Themes?  Living in the culture of the copy; originality and ownership; inexplicableillness; life on other planets. And wonder, times seven.




Program 1 “ALL AGES AFTERNOON” 88 minutes.

With 3 films by Faith Hubley, 3 films by Emily Hubley, and 4 films by John and Faith Hubley.

Adventures of an * (John and Faith 1956) 10m

Hello (Faith 1984) 9.5m

Moonbird (John & Faith 1959) 10m

Time of the Angels (Faith 1987) 10m

Cockaboody (John & Faith 1973) 8.5m

The Tower (Georgia & Emily 1984) 11.5m

Urbanissimo (John & Faith 1967) 6m

Enough (Emily 1992) 4.5m

Tall Time Tales (Faith  1992) 8m

One Self: Fish/Girl (Emily 1997) 10m




Program 2 “PRE-EVENING ADULT FRIENDLY” 89 minutes.

With 2 films by Faith Hubley, 4 films by Emily Hubley, and 4 films by John and Faith Hubley.

Date w Dizzy (John & Faith 1960) 10m

The Hole (John & Faith 1962) 15m

Pigeon Within (Emily 2000) 4.5m

Eggs (John & Faith 1970) 6m

Her Grandmother’s Gift (Emily 1995) 6m

Witch Madness (Faith 1999) 8.5

Zuckerkandl (John & Faith 1969) 15m

Set Set Spike (Emily 2003) 6m

Tender Game (John & Faith 1958) 6m

Northern Ice Golden Sun (Faith 2001) 6.5

and/or (Emily 2012) 5.5m



Saturday night screenings at the Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

10PM: Special Feature Documentary “Leviathan” by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel (87 minutes) A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry but shot in very untraditional ways creating a uniquely haunting atmosphere.


MIDNIGHT:  rare 35mm film print of “Gimme Shelter” by ALBERT and DAVID MAYSLES

-a 1970 documentary film directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin chronicling the last weeks of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour which culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. The film is named after "Gimme Shelter", the lead track from the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed. The film was screened at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition


SUNDAY MAY 26th, 2013: Civic Club of Harrisburg, Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 (11am-6pm)

11AM: Re-memory (docs and films looking back at life and memories)

“The Joke That Is My Life” by Neil Needleman (11 minutes)

When I was a kid, my parents shlepped me up to the Borscht Belt (New York's Catskill Mountains) every summer. It was up there, watching the hack stand-up comedians in the hotel nightclubs, that my sense of humor was forged. Those entertainers gave me my first hint that life needn't be a totally serious affair. The lessons I learned at those resorts were reinforced by the endless parade of comedians and impersonators I watched daily on the old black-and-white TV we had in our Brooklyn apartment. All this explains why I now have a seemingly endless supply of jokes, gags, and funny stories. And why I resort to telling them when I have nothing significant to say. Which is most of the time.


“In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter” by Tomas Leach (75 minutes)

-'I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty' Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment.  An intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80's and fending off a pesky filmmaker.


“The Sum Total of Our Memory (v.2)” by Barbara Klutinis (30 minutes)

-An ode to memory: Couples affected by a recent diagnosis of Early Alzheimer's come to terms with their changing roles.


1PM: FUN NOT FUN (Short Narratives)

“Fun World” by Daniel Watkins (13 minutes)

-People enter and exit our lives; some with consequence and some without. Memory is all we have to give context to the present, and as such our histories are ever evolving -- given to time not space.


“A Short Film on Conformity” by Matt Willis-Jones  (10 minutes)

-We are all guilty of conforming and expecting others to conform to our standards. To the one who is outside our values, it will always be an US vs THEM situation, something invisible coming between the two. There are some clubs you cannot be a member of, even if you thought you already were.  Carl has reached a point in his relationship with his colleagues where there must now be a change...


“The Garden of Steven” by Nick Fitzhugh (24 minutes)

-Steven Crosby, a small town missionary in a strange land stumbles upon the lowest road to salvation with the help of a little Mayan girl, a black magic woman, and a saint with a cigar.


2PM – DEPROGRAM/REPROGRAM (experimental/avant-garde/art)

“Rickrack Foxtrot” by Meisa Chase (4 minutes)

-Post-Nuclear tale of anthropomorphic animals frolicking like you've never see it before! Will they do it rough in the buff or grab the balls by the scruff?


“A Charming & Quaint Tale of Brutal Revenge” by Neil Needleman (8 minutes) -Behind the charming, quaint, pastoral veneer of this tale lurks a psychodrama about my fear of being considered unemployable because of my age. This story was inspired by true events: The loss of the dog food account that kept me gainfully employed at the ad agency for 5 years.


Hex Suffice Cache Ten” by Thorsten Fleisch (13 minutes)

-An exploration of cinematic space within an implosion of cerebral space.


“SPACE DRACULA” by Kevin Lonano (7 minutes)

-Captain Harker travels to a distant world to answer a mysterious distress signal.


“Marshy Place Across” by Lorenzo Gattorna (5 minutes)

-The title signifies the Native American name for Assateague Island, a national seashore and natural landmark located off the coast of Maryland. A passive bay and pristine beach compose the barriers of this subtle yet stunning passage. Distractions amongst the dunes awaken development of the ecological and departure of the artificial. The film culminates in close proximity to a small band of feral horses that share a common territory and domesticated ancestry.


“Mountain Lying Down” by Lorenzo Gattorna (3 minutes)

-The title signifies the Native American name for the Grand Canyon, a massive gorge in the state of Arizona and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Turbulence and tranquility gain exposure at enthralling elevations. Strata are uplifted through edges of contrast caused by severe slants of the sun. The scope of the sacred site reaches translation in static brevity, unearthing billions of years of sedimentary rock sequences.


“Light Streaming” by Kathleen Rugh (7 minutes)

-Imagery and sound create an encompassing environment where tunnels of light and the continual flow of water act as a connecting force between differing locales ranging from the Oregon coast, the woods surrounding a New Hampshire river, the waterfalls of upstate New York and the depths of an urban park in Brooklyn. Stepping into one place and then out into another relates to the atmosphere and experiences of a dream.


“The Voice of God” by Bernd Luetzeler (10 minutes)

-If God would come down and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice over artiste, lending his voice to thousands of Hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India.


“Untitled” by Michael Robinson (1 minute)

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“CHROMA” by Jeremy Moss (4 minutes)

-A wild and hypnotic ride that focuses, via manic perspective shifts, on the driving movement of a solo figure against a backdrop of frenetically flickering colors; these jolting chromatic and frame variations  “dance” as much as the performer.


“THE SIGHT” by Jeremy Moss (4 minutes)

-A song of creation: immaterial spawns volatile matter; obfuscated landscape emerges from splintering celluloid. Hand-processed July 2012 at Phil Hoffman's Film Farm in Ontario, Canada.

“SEER” by Jeremy Moss (5 minutes)

-She evades us.  She knows.


“The road led here” by Jennifer Hardacker (3 minutes)

-The road led here' tells the story of a discontented voyager who finally finds a place to end her journey--but what is it about this place? The film is shot on 16mm film, HD video and moss grown on 16mm leader. The film employs text that nods to the literary tradition of odyssey/journey stories, such as The Wizard of Oz, On the Road, The Odyssey and others.


“Across the Whipplewash” by Caitlin & Josh Drake (16 minutes)

- A silent film set in Appalachia about 3 brothers on the lam. Music by Yellowbirds. Shot on B/W Super8 film.


“Bruce Times Eight” by James Hollenbaugh (5 minutes)

-An experimental found footage extravaganza made exclusively of original
Split 8mm Negatives by filmmaker / photographer Bruce of LA.


“Former Models” by Benjamin Pearson (20 minutes)

Video docu-drama composed of appropriated found footage. Tells the tragic story of former Milli Vanilli member Robert Pilatus and his descent into pure image. A fabricated narrative conceived and written by the the artist (Pearson) parallels and collides with Pilatus' public biography. The video explores the material consequences of a transition to immateriality, all set to the undulating bass line of a ubiquitous media spectacle. Single channel digital video



Director, choreographer, production designer Lauri Faggioni (from NYC) IN-PERSON

("Science of Sleep", "Boy With a Coin" by Iron and Wine, music films for Monsters of Folk, Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes, etc.)

-Lauri Faggioni is an award-winning director, production designer and choreographer, and is among today's emerging pioneers in the creative world. Her music video directing debut, Devendra Banhart's "A Ribbon", premiered at MoMA and earned her MVPA nominations for Directorial Debut and Best Video Under $25,000, as well as the award for Best Animated Video. Her work in Michel Gondry's musical documentary Dave Chappelle's Block Party and the surreal film The Science of Sleep garnered significant press accolades. Faggioni went on to collaborate on additional commercial and music video work with Gondry as well as projects with renowned director Johan Renck. She recently designed Johnny Depp's upcoming documentary on Keith Richards. Faggioni has also directed music videos for Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine and Monsters of Folk, and has done commercial work for brands including H&M, Escada, EDF and Talk Talk.  She will present a program of short films and music videos, plus clips of her works from feature films and will talk with filmmaker Jeremy Moss regarding movement in film as well as a Q&A with the audience.


Sunday night screening at: STUDIO A, Front/State St. Harrisburg, PA 17101

8PM: “a body without organs” by Stephen Graves (81 minutes)

-A Body Without Organs was shot intimately with my father and mother over a one and a half year period at their home in Florida. This film is a portrait of their lives in the present, a supple present marked by frequent incursions into various pasts, real and imagined. My father has no colon. He is narcoleptic. His friends are all ghosts. His life is dreamt. In the house there is my mother. There are the cats. And then there is a body without organs.

Awarded Most Visionary Film by Chicago Underground Film Festival (2013)


shown with-

“The Two Fauns” by David Finklestein (18 minutes)

-Two men engaged in a friendly game of erotic pursuit. A mysterious chorus of voices encourages them. With a text by Percy Shelley and music by Randall Wong.



MONDAY MAY 27th, 2013 Civic Club of Harrisburg, Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 (11am-5pm)


11AM – Local Perspectives

“Wingmaker” by Nick Miller (23 minutes)

-A middle aged orderly at a psychiatric hospital struggles to protect a fallen angel while decoding his wife's message from beyond the grave.


“Palace” by Rolando Vega (29 minutes)

-In the 1940’s the Carlisle Theater opens its doors to the world in a glow of lights, glamour and success. Fast-forward 50 years later and the dilapidated movie palace is falling apart and up for sale. Leo, the theater’s owner, has provided his community 50 years of a majestic cinematic experience only to struggle with the theater's demise as a corporation threatens to buy and demolish the Carlisle. Come experience the nostalgia and magic of a movie palace that may be facing its own extinction in the short film inspired by a true story: Palace.


12PM – Global & Inter-dimensional Perspectives

“Film digitalia, No. 15” by Matt Whitman (3 min 20 seconds)

-This work is a study of the durative moment of montage between three bodies: the digital, the filmic and the human. It is a moment of confrontation between these three bodily apparatuses. It is about how they are constantly at odds with each other and yet, also in awe of each other - looking and looking and trying to feel the others, become the others and destroy the others.  How is it that they can be merged and become something beyond their separateness? How can they, together, become a fourth body?


“Sottoripa” by Guglielmo Trupia (7 minutes)

-The memories of a poet, who used to live in the Genoa alleys, bring us to his first period in the city, when he took a room in the Sottoripa. We will unearth the secrets of the town thanks to discover of rare movies collected on the Territory.


“Dimensions” by Neysan Sobhani (5 minutes)

-Exploring the concept of the dimensions we occupy through the brief, yet intense, experience of two young individuals, we ask how deep are the bonds that tie? How tenuous are our emotional attachments, our sense of purpose, our motivations, that drive our feelings of joy and grief? This film seeks to spark discussion and ideas, not knowing where it may lead for each viewer, of whether loss is truly loss, permanence is truly permanent and whether the cords that are embedded in the fabric of our 'life' are in fact illimitable.


Incalcitranous Rex” by Matt Willis-Jones (14 minutes)

-In Space...no-one can hear you.  This Psychedelic Pop-Art Da-Da Sci-fi epic is my response to the often sterile CG industry which takes itself so seriously, forbids evidence of the human hand and shows its audience everything - leaving nothing to the imagination and in the process killing that most special of special effects: the suspension of disbelief.  Funnier than Prometheus, cheaper than John Carter and shorter than Solaris. 


“Retrocognition” by Eric Patrick (18 minutes)

-A dystopian sitcom reanimated from the narrative residue of Golden Age radio dramas.


1PM “HIT AND STAY” a documentary by Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk

-The priests and nuns were only trying to abide by their faith. They ended up wanted by the FBI.

Hit and Stay explores a little known group of nonviolent activists. They broke into draft boards, exposed corporate ties to the war in Vietnam, and went to prison in an attempt to stop the killing on both sides. The Catonsville Nine and the actions that followed turned priests, nuns, and college students into fugitives and targets of the FBI.


shown with-

“saints” by Jim Hickcox (11 minutes)

-A personal essay regarding saints, film, family, and other focal points for communities.


3PM “ROUTE 30, TOO!” by John Putch (86 minutes)

-A Visitor from another planet mixes it up with the locals along Route 30, in South Central Pennsylvania. Veteran Film Maker John Putch's ROUTE 30, TOO! is the 2ND installment of the Route 30 Trilogy. A stand-alone backwoods comedy.



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