Film Salon I

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
321 – 5th Street
Milford, PA

Check back in September 2018 for festival programming.

Tickets to the Film Salon are free – donation is requested.
First come, first served.


11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
John Di Leo Explores Classic Hollywood
For more than a dozen consecutive years, film critic, historian, and author John DiLeo has brought his popular film-clips presentations to BBFF’s Salon. This year’s program is a film journey through Hollywood, 1930-1970, including compelling clips from some of the most exciting decades of American filmmaking. John is the author of six books, including his most recent, Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America (1930-1970), as well as And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies, 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember but Probably Don’t, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, and Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies.

The Art of the Short Film
Celebrate the excitement and creativity of the narrative short film, including a panel discussion with representatives fromThe Opera Singerand The Cubicle. Short films push the boundaries of filmmaking, narrative, and story-telling techniques. The format lends itself to experimental designs, quirky stories, and unusual points of view. To honor the format, the Salon presents seven not-to-be-missed contemporary shorts.

The Opera Singer (2017)A woman is haunted by unfulfilled dreams. Paul Haggis called the film, “beautiful and truly moving.” Directed by Steven Kahn and featuring Shannon Elizabeth. (3 minutes)

The Cubicle: How Norman Works in the Box (2017) Norman arrives for work in his cubicle ready to be productive…but things don’t go exactly as planned. Written, produced, and directed by Michael Ofenheim. (17:30 minutes)

La Boulangerie (2017)This comedy of errors takes place in the quaint French village of Castillonnès.  The inhabitants plot to banish British tourists…until the baker has second thoughts. Written and directed by Luke Jin, produced by Luke Jin and Amy Banks. (13.57 minutes)

Lou (2017) A man used to pleasing others has to deal with uninvited friends after an unspeakable tragedy.  Written and directed by Miguel Garzon Martinez, produced by Miguel Garzon Martinez and Pete Dorton. (6.28 minutes)

Collide (2017) David is out with friends when his world is turned upside down by a woman in a car accident. As David gives the woman CPR, he is taken into the future in this time bending drama.  Written and directed by Greg Johnson, produced by Rebecca Paez and Greg Johnson. (12:01 minutes)

The Gift of the Magpie (2017) It’s carpe diem for a couple of grifters on Christmas Eve 1934 in this period comedy.  Written, directed, and produced by Anita George, starring Helen Slayton-Hughes (Parks and Recreation) (10:47 minutes)

Kill the Engine (2017) Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning but the group suicide runs into problems when their vehicle refuses to start. Directed by Derek Frey, written by The Minor Prophets, produced by Derek Frey. (10:19 minutes)

2:30–3:45 p.m.
Scream! The Art of Short Horror
George Méliès made the first horror “short,” Le Manoir du diable, in the late 1890s, andsince that time, horror has remained a compelling subject for short-format filmmakers.  In this hair-raising segment, we present four contemporary horror shorts that demonstrate the range of today’s terror-telling.  Meet representatives from all four filmsfor a Q & A after the screening. Adult language and violence. Viewer discretion advised.

But Let’s Not Talk About Work (2014) This paranormal and comedic take on dating and economic collapse follows Adam after his girlfriend leaves him.After logging too many years as a banker for demonic forces, he discovers that finding love isn’t so simple.  When he finally meets a woman who understands his work, the real trouble begins. Written by Colin Dodds, produced by Matthew Dublin and Colin Dodds. (18:39 minutes)

Chrysaline (2017) What does it take to create a super villain?  When a mysterious old man witnesses her powers, Charlie is forced to find out.  Chrysaline takes the superhero genre and sends it in a horrific direction.  Written by Mike Robinson, produced and directed by Taunya Gren.(10:11 minutes)

Slapface (2017) When a lonely backwoods boy strikes up a secret companionship with an unpredictable monster, the cost of their connection proves more dangerous than boy or beast could ever have imagined. Written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp (8:43 minutes)

The Run-In (2017) On her way home from a late-night party, Hannah experiences an unnerving encounter with a stranger who leaves her mentally paralyzed. Written and produced by Heidi Kikel, directed by Pete Talamo, and starring Kitty Ostapowicz and David Bongiorno. (10:11 minutes)

4:00-5:15 p.m.
Student Film Showcase
BBFF is proud to present recent films by area students, many of whom will become part of the future of filmmaking and film history! We salute their creativity and hard work. Meet the filmmakers after the screening.

The Lighthouse (2017) Written, directed, and produced by Mark Leschinsky. Ramapo Ridge School in Mahwah, NJ (11:59 minutes)
Cowboys at Risk (2017) Written, directed, and produced by Tim Nagle.  Pope John XXIII Regional High School (5.56 minutes).
Illuminations (2017) by Sadie Price-Elliott, Sussex County Technical School (7.57 minutes)
Calyx & Corolla (2017) by Sadie Price-Elliott, Sussex County Technical School (4.27 minutes)
Sleep Paralysis (2017) by Madison Rambowski, Sussex County Technical School (2.28 minutes)
Searching (2017) by Jolisse Grey, Sussex County Technical School (1.33 minutes)
Destruction of Nature (2017) by Nicolle Fekete, Sussex County Technical School (1.38 minutes)
Intelligence and Reconnaissance (2017) Written, directed, and produced by Ronald Syme, Delaware Valley High School (15 minutes).


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Welcome to Dingmans Ferry & Dingmans Ferry Americana
Join local filmmaker Dennis Lee for a screening of his documentaries about historic Dingmans Ferry and learn the fascinating story behind this important part of our region.  This double feature is a“must see” for locals and visitors alike!



Sun. 11:30-12:30
Peter’s Valley Crafts (1973)
This 1973 documentary about Peter’s Valley School of Craft will blow your mind. Made during the winter school session that year, the film includes working artists and their feeling about their art, the school, and the future of “handmade” and the hand-craft movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  Join a representative from Peter’s Valley, and some of the artists, for a discussion of American crafts, yesterday, today, and the future. This is a not-to-be-missed rare viewing of this special film.

Sun. 12:45–1:45 p.m.
The Art of Special Effects with Fred Buchholz
For 20 years, Fred Buchholz delighted audiences with his ingenious special effects for the Jim Henson Company as its Muppet Stunt and Effects Supervisor.  Fred has also designed and created special effects for numerous major motion pictures and television programs, including Julie and Julia, Sex and the City 2, Girls on HBO, The Intern, and many others.  Today he runs his own company, Acme Special Effects.  Join Fred for a fascinating discussion, with clips, of how he develops, and engineers, special effects.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana (2017)
This moving documentary was born of the tales that Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith, over the years. Marion escaped war torn Europe as a young girl with her family, evading Nazi capture and crossing the Atlantic to a tropical paradise called Cuba.  Her story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees who recall their escape to Havana and the challenges they faced in an exotic and unfamiliar land. With a stunning musical score of Jewish melodies and the pulsating music of Havana, the film merges the realities of two vastly different yet intermingled cultures, bringing this colorful and uplifting piece of history to light.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Fragile Beauty (2016)
Back by popular demand! Join us for another screening of the documentary directed by Alan Kaplan, and hosted and narrated by Wendy Stuart Kaplan. During a trip to the remote Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, Alan and Wendy Kaplan discovered tribal people who live, dress, and adorn themselves as they have for centuries. Yet, are they really that different from us? Join the filmmakers as they discover the fashion, body painting, piercings, and traditional lifestyle of these indigenous people, and learn about the challenges of living in a developing world as they attempt to sustain a threatened culture.

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