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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BP OIL SPILL & KATRINA CAPTURED THROUGH THE INDEPENDENT LENS
Independent filmmakers paint a different picture of world events.
Philadelphia…September 24, 2010…When people hear the word “film festival” they might expect French abstract expressionism and long lectures about hidden symbolism. Project Twenty1 boasts that it’s “not just a film festival,” screening dozens newsworthy socially-relevant films during its annual 3-day festival, International House, October 1-3, 2010.
Among the films screening is After the Storm (Oct. 1, 4:45 pm), by Florida filmmaker Michael Llyod Green, a narrative about a dedicated family man that weathers the storm of hurricane Katrina only to find himself stranded with his wife and child in the threatening aftermath.
“It’s easy to distance yourself from harsh reality when you see it announced by a beautiful news anchor, following by an ad for some type of bacon-encrusted sandwich,” says StephanieYuhas , Executive Producer of Project Twenty1, “But when you see a first person perspective, it brings the humanity back to the story.”
Continuing the song of the South, student filmmaker Landon Lott presents Skimming the Surface (Oct 1, 2:30 pm), the real behind-the-scenes at one of the worst ecological disasters in U.S. history. Lott returned to his home town in Louisiana at the end of the spring semester to discover oil. Everywhere. So he did what any filmmaker would do in times of crisis – pull out his camera. In his words, “We are not formally trained in journalism, but feel an obligation to shed light on the issues concerning The Spill that have remained in the dark…The footage that we collected was worse than I could ever have imagined. I have no better word to describe the way I feel than heartbroken.”
“With the invention of digital technologies, it’s becoming easier for filmmakers to be the on-the-scene reporters and document what’s really happening in today’s world,” says Matt Conant, Artistic Director of the Festival.
Many of the films screening hit even closer to home. Overshare: 3D (Oct. 2, 1 pm), a short stereoscopic 3-D film directed by local filmmaker Ryan Suits in only 21-Days, was inspired by the Lower Merion School District webcam scandal.
During the Friday Night Gala Project Twenty1 will screen No Footing (Oct 1, 7 pm), by New Jersey native Michael Licisyn. The dramedy depicts the economic crisis by telling the story of a young artist with a 4-year degree struggling to find a career in Philadelphia. “The film sparks an interesting conversation about just why we have so many prestigious schools in the area but such few paying jobs in the arts,” says Licisyn.
Project Twenty1 is a Pennsylvania non-profit dedicated to inspiring, connecting, exhibiting, and promoting artists of all disciplines through film and animation. For schedule and ticket information on this year’s festival, or to get involved, visit www.ProjectTwenty1.com.
Office: 215-253-7640 Email: ProjectTwenty1@gmail.com