9th Annual FilmFest Program

VASSAR CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC 9TH ANNUAL FILMFEST
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

On Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, the Vassar Club of Washington D.C. will host the 9th annual Vassar FILMFEST. The one-day film festival will showcase films made by Vassar alums and current Vassar students. It’s a jam-packed day that always brings a variety of fiction and non-fiction, dramatic and hilarious entertainment to an audience of Vassar alums, friends and family, and the general film-loving public. Many of the filmmakers attend and participate in post-film panel discussions. The festival culminates in an evening reception where the audience can mingle with the filmmakers, re-connect with Vassar friends and make new Vassar acquaintances.

9th Annual Vassar FILMFEST
October 26, 2013
12 – 9 pm
Letelier Theater
3251 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Upper Courtyard)
General Admission: $25 // Student Admission: $10
Sponsorship packages available*

See the full program below. Register online here.

*Sponsorships help to support this marvelous artistic event and contribute toward Vassar scholarships for residents within the DC metropolitan area. For more information, contact vassarclubdc@gmail.com.

We are actively seeking volunteers to assist with the FILMFEST. If you are interested please contact vassarclubdc@gmail.com. Please include “FILMFEST Volunteer” in the subject line.

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Festival Program Pass includes Festival Program screenings, panel discussions with the filmmakers, Festival Reception
Most festival program films recommended for mature audiences; schedule subject to change

10:00 AM STUDENT PROGRAM

A new session devoted to invited high school students to discuss the film-making process and learn about the film program at Vassar.

12:00 PM FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Fringes
Jonathan Lopatin, Producer
Pablo Elliot ’01 and Esther Elliot ’01, documentary subjects
A documentary reflecting on various contemporary issues within the Jewish community.

Soul of Ashanti
Paula Williams Madison ’74, Executive Producer
A documentary tracing the history of the Ashanti Kingdom’s Golden
Stool – one of the most important sacraments of the kingdom.

2:30 PM AFTERNOON SHORTS

On Paper
Elizabeth Richards-Hegnauer ’05, Executive Producer
Preston Powell, Director
Examines the impact of bullying on teens.

Chachi
Elizabeth Richards-Hegnauer ’05, Executive Producer
Preston Powell, Director
Insightful interview of a young rapper discussing his art form.

Je Suis Bike
Jillian Buckley ’03, Director
Blanca roams the rocky roads of Brooklyn, searching for acceptance – or perhaps some smoother pavement.

Hysterisis
Cristina Simelaro ’01, Actor, Executive Producer
Robert Grace ’00, Producer and Screenwriter
Charlotte Winters ’01, Producer
Benjamin Palacios ’11, Actor
A woman navigates the harsh malevolence of the job market.

A Noho Heist
Katy Krauland ’06, Director
Lauren Rubin ’10, Actor
An inept couple goes to steal a painting and ends up leaving with more than they bargained for.

Killing Vivian
Mandy Fabian ’93, Director and Screenwriter
A dark comedy about what happens when your best friend helps you cope with the pending death of a beloved companion, then becomes obsessed and you realize undying friendship and true devotion can be dangerous!

4:00 PM VASSAR STUDENT SHORTS PROGRAM

Paper State: Undocumented, Unafraid and Undeterred
Elena Gaby ’13, Director and Screenwriter
A powerful look at undocumented high school students; they can’t obtain a driver’s license, can’t work legally and aren’t eligible for student loans. While their friends are making plans to go to college, they can only wonder about their own futures.

Make Lemonade
Zach Herwitz ’13, Director and Screenwriter
A recent college graduate, unable to find a job, lives at home and works for his 10-year-old brother at a lemonade stand.

Blackout
Ashlei Hardenburg ’13, Director and Screenwriter
Two brothers must overcome their resentment in order to save their father’s life.

5:30 PM EVENING FINALE

Madalines’ Stilts
Madaline Tomlinson ’64, Lynn Tomlinson and Lucy Madaline Saper
An overly optimistic, animated fairy tale about human adaptation in the face of sea-level rise.

Shored Up
Ben Kalina ’98, Director and Producer
A documentary on climate change, featuring the conflict of economics, politics and science within communities in New Jersey and North Carolina. Beginning three years before Superstorm Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, Shored Up is a convincing call for action along our coasts.

7:30 PM Festival Reception

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Published October 18, 2013