Live Read of “When Harry Met Sally” Wins Raves at Media Film Festival

 

Media and beyond is still abuzz in the wake of the recent stage reading of “When Harry Met Sally”, part of the celebration of the Media Film Festival’s 10th Anniversary on April 8th. The gifted cast, comprised of Hollywood talent alongside theater students from West Chester University, skilled regional actors and even a couple of volunteers from the Film Festival Board, joined together to create a lively afternoon of comedy on stage at the historic Media Theatre.

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A Look Back at Our 10th Anniversary- The 2017 Media Film Festival

Our 10th year has been a particularly memorable one.  We wanted to mark this special milestone by including some exciting, new programs that would be both meaningful and enjoyable for our community.  From the time we rolled out the red carpet at the Media Theatre on Friday evening, through a jam packed day of programs on Saturday, to the glamorous After-Party in the Theatre’s legendary Crystal Room that ended the festivities, it proved to be a weekend to remember.

41 hand-selected, amazing short films, including 2 world premieres, were screened.  The work of local teen filmmakers was celebrated.  “Women Making Film” gathered for a brunch workshop at Media’s 320 Market Café, to talk about the unprecedented number of women directors and producers who are emerging in the world of independent film.  For the first time the Festival added a Live Script Read to our lineup with a Saturday afternoon reading of “When Harry Met Sally”, Nora Ephron’s Oscar nominated screenplay.  Featuring respected L.A. based actors Micah Hauptman and Jessica Barth, Philadelphia natives and West Chester grads, it was extremely well received by the audience; a unique experience of enjoying a classic film as a live theater production.

We are very grateful to all of the artists who provided the many wonderful films that made up the diverse program for our 10th year.  These are the dreamers and creators who bring their vision to life on the screen so we may enjoy it.  The Media Film Festival Jury chose 5 outstanding films to receive the newly created Aruffo-Rim Awards for outstanding artistic achievement, which included a cash prize:  

JURY / Aruffo-Rim AWARDS

  • Best Drama:  Chasseur
  • Best Comedy:  Wifey Redux
  • Best Documentary:  Limbo
  • Best Horror Film: Studded Nightmare
  • Golden Trolley Award 2017:  The Audition

Special thanks to our Sponsors who make it all possible. Produced by the Media Arts Council (MAC), sponsors of the Media Film Festival included the Borough of Media, Michael R. Rhile Construction, Naturescapes  , Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Aruffo-Rim Agency and the Media Theatre

To the team of passionate volunteer who give their time, creativity and hard work to take on such an ambitious event – our deep appreciation.  Finally, a special thank you to our ever growing audience.  Saturday evening’s crowd  was near capacity for our 4th and final block of films.  We come together to have a shared experience of storytelling.  We may have laughed, we may have been moved or maybe even enlightened in some fashion.  This is what short, independent film offers us. Here’s to the year ahead and the anticipation of another great Media Film Festival for 2018.

Be sure to follow us on  facebook.com/MediaFilmFestival and Twitter @mediafilmfest1

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The 2017 Media Film Festival Audience Awards

Our audience ballots have been counted and the winners are:

Friday, April 7th, 7pm

  1. Need Change
  2. Limbo
  3. Rekindled

Horror Fest, Friday April 7th, 10:30pm

  1. Cauchemar Capitonne
  2. Only for the Good
  3. Postpartum

Saturday, April 8th, 1pm 

  1. Gift Horses
  2. A Funny Man
  3. Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector

Saturday, April 8th, 7pm

  1. Solitary
  2. Wifey Redux
  3. You Look Beautiful
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2017 Media Film Festival Jury Awards

Award winners for the 2017 Media Film Festival were announced Saturday night, April 8th at the close of the festival. Films were  judged by a jury for each genre.

  • Best Drama: Chasseur
  • Best Comedy: Wifey Redux
  • Best Documentary: Limbo
  • Best Horror Film: Cauchemar Capitonné (Studded Nightmare)
  • Golden Trolley Award for Artistic Achievement: The Audition

Ballots for the 2017 Audience Awards are still being tabulated — we’ll update this post when the results are in.

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Women Filmmakers Take Spotlight at Media Film Festival, April 7-8

Actress-filmmaker Jessica Graham grew up watching movies at the Media Theatre, “As a kid, we especially loved going when we knew nobody else would be there.  We had the theater to ourselves and I’d run around like a wild banshee.”  Graham was a 5th grader at The School in Rose Valley when the acting bug first bit, “My teacher cast me in the Greek tragedy Antigone, and I was hooked.”  She took classes at the Hedgerow Theater and eventually, the desire to pursue acting took her to Hollywood where she now lives and works.    

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Hollywood Comes Home:  West Chester Alums Reunite for Live Script Read at Media Film Fest

March 17, 2017 (MEDIA, PA) – “When you’re a young, struggling actor trying to make it in Hollywood, you need all the help you can get” says Mary Beth Rim, “There was a group of us that had majored in Theater at West Chester who had all gone to L.A. around the same time and we became a great support for each other.”  , Rim, now of Media, PA is an award winning filmmaker who remains active in the arts while raising a family and running a business.

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Live Script Read of “When Harry Met Sally”

Join us for our matinee Saturday april 8th, 1pm – then stay for a Free live script read of “When Harry Met Sally” featuring Philly’s own Jessica Barth (Ted 2, Family Guy) and Micah Hauptman (Homeland, Iron Man). Don’t miss this special event!

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The 2017 Media Film Festival Poster

Media Film Festival’s 2017 poster (social media version), designed by Chris Dietrich at Watertable Creative.

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The Best of the Fest – Past – Tours Delco Libraries

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Media Film Festival we are offering free screenings of a hand selected group of our favorite short films from years past.  This 80 minute program is free of charge and includes films from a number of genres including drama, comedy, animation and documentary.  The film “Painkiller”, produced by local teens that learned filmmaking as part of the Media Youth Film Initiative (MyFi) will start the program.

  • Best of the Fest Past will have six free showings at Delco Public Libraries:
  • Media / Upper Providence – Sunday, March 5th, 2:30pm
  • Middletown Free Library – Monday, March 6th, 2:00pm  
  • Middletown Free Library – Thursday, March 9th, 6:30pm
  • Lansdowne Public Library – Friday, March 10th, 12:00pm
  • Marple Library – Sunday, March 12th, 1:30pm  
  • Haverford Township Free Library – Sunday, March 19th, 2:00pm
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Purchase Tickets to the 2017 Media Film Festival

You can purchase tickets at the door April 7th and 8th — or purchase advance tickets online.

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