No soiree this year, but the bears are still coming

| 23 Jul 2015 | 02:09

MILFORD — No soiree is planned this year for the Black Bear Film Fest, as was incorrectly announced in last week's Courier. But the fest has lots of other activities in store, including the annual "Artful Bear Debut" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, in front of the Milford Community House, corner of Harford and Broad strees, in Milford.

In addition to unveiling bear statues created by local artists, a film screening featuring local filmmakers, producers, and documentarians will be held Aug. 14 to 16 at The Milford Theatre, 114 East Catharine Street.

“It’s amazing how many talented professionals live right here in our own backyard,” said Jerry Beaver, founding president of the Black Bear Film Fest. “From local artists to renowned producers, we wanted to turn this weekend into a showcase for this incredible talent.”

The screenings begin on Friday at 8 p.m. with “August: Osage County,” with David Gropman (production designer) and Karen Schulz Gropman (art director). Saturday begins with a series of Pike County documentaries written and directed by Dennis Lee at 1 p.m., and feature-length films “Rock Story,” with actors, writers, and producers Mandy Bruno and Rob Bogue at 4 p.m., and “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” with Richard C. Morais (writer), David Gropman (production designer), and Karen Schulz Gropman (supervising art director) at 8 p.m. The film fundraiser concludes on Sunday with “Treeless Mountain,” with So Yong Kim (director, writer, editor, and producer) and Bradley Rust Gray (producer) at noon, and “Stealing Martin Lane,” with James Furino (actor, writer, and producer) at 3:30 p.m.

Participating artists for the "Artful Bear: include: Sean Addy, Ricky Boscarino, Elisa Ferracane, Beau Gostomsky, Annette Haar, Julia Healy, Greg Hicho, Tom Holmes, Robert Kraese, Angelo Marfisi, Brett McLain, Alissa Outwater, and Janet Rutkowski.

The "Artful Bear Debut" and film screenings are free to attend, but a $10 donation to the Black Bear Film Fest, to be held in October, is suggested.

For more information about the Fest, turn to page 18.