2014 Media Film Festival

The 2014 Media Film Festival is planned for April 4th and 5th with a great line-up of films! This year’s Fest will be held in the historic Media Theatre building, 104 E. State Street, Media PA.

Purchase Tickets to the 2014 Media Film Festival

You can purchase your advance tickets to the 2014 Media Film Festival, April 4th and 5th online at the Media Theatre box office Web site.

The box office site will open in a new window, letting you buy tickets for one show or all.

2014 Media Film Festival Schedule

7 PM  Friday April 4th, 2014

Home (6m, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
Sorry (4m, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
Nuclear Candies
 (2m, Canada) dir. by Gérard Goulet
Real Change (9m, USA) dir. by Adam Becker
Promise (4m, Canada) dir. by Collin Chan, Johnny Chocolate
Humanexus (13m, U S A) dir. by Ying-Fang Shen, Katy Borner
Private War (13m, U S A) dir. by Richard Gasparian
Out of the Shadows (24m, U S A) dir. by Juliana  Brown
Deal Breaker (4m, U S A) dir. by Nic  Stanich
Break (14m, U S A) dir. by Julius Sambajon
Faultless (9m, U S A) dir. by Kenneth Kraft
Provision Shop (9m, Singapore) dir. by Jeremy Pang
Monsura is Waiting (15m, U S A) dir. by Kevin Newbury
Treasure — The Story of Marcus Hook (20m, U S A) dir. by Valerio Ciriaci

Friday-Night Horror Fest 10:30 PM :

S M W (5m, U S A) dir. by Greg Caiafa
Cover (15m, Canada) dir. by Aristides Guillen
Belly of the Wolf  (20m, United Kingdom) dir. by Mark Fisher
Asylum (4m, U S A) dir. by Stephen Kaiser-Pendergrast
A Stray (37m, U S A) dir. by Hayden Blades

Saturday April 5th, 2014, 3 PM:

Dust (9m, Canada, U S A) dir. by Shane Book
Together (5m U S A) dir. Jason Taylor
Life Changing Moments (18m, U S A) dir. by Sherry Thomas
Rockefeller (10m, U S A) dir. by John P Gelety
Adelante (51m, U S A) dir. by Noam Osband

Saturday April 5th, 2014, 7 PM :

True Story (9m, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
Unplugged (6m, U S A) dir. by James Zachary
Frammenti (9m, Italy) dir. by Massimiliano Guelfi
On Becoming a Man (15m U S A) dir. Kevin Resnick
The Keeper (15m U S A) dir. Kevin Corcoran
Eternal Journey (13m, U S A) dir. by Rupa Kanade, Neelesh Kanade
Recovery (14m, U S A) dir. by Robert Waters
Sheltered Love (10m, U S A) dir. by Alex Italics
Kismet Diner (9m, United Kingdom) dir. by Mark Nunneley
A Man Full of Trouble (15m, USA) dir. Michael Johnston
Reactor (34m, Canada) Ian MacKenzie

2014 Films in Detail

documenatry (51m, U S A)


Mexican newcomers are revitalizing a dying Irish-Catholic church in Norristown, PA.  Now, the sounds of children giggling have returned to the church, and mariachis join bagpipers in celebrating community events.  Following a priest and a young Mexican couple, we learn how this shift has brought new challenges and energy to this old parish located outside of Philadelphia.

director/producer: Noam Osband

horror (4m, U S A)


A straightjacketed inmate in a dark asylum cell receives a sinister guest.

director/producer/screenwriter: Stephen Kaiser-Pendergrast
cinematographer: Joseph Mennella
cast: Ari Myrtaj, Christopher Rustin

drama (14m, U S A)


Marcus, the best man of his soon to be married best friend, reveals a long-held secret to his best friend’s bride-to-be during dinner.

director: Julius Sambajon
producer: Josie Lanuza
screenwriter: Keith Powell
cinematographer: Michael Figge
cast: Marisa Persson, Jerry Ying, Alan Kaiser, Camile Francisco

Belly of the Wolf
horror (20m, United Kingdom)


Belly of the Wolf is a dark and disturbing adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Brought forward into the modern day it tells the story of a young boy, Daniel Parker, who finds himself wandering alone on an old abandoned army airbase. When Daniel stumbles across a blood stained jacket it triggers a chain of events that he could have never imagined and sends him on a journey into the darkest depths of human nature and beyond.

director/producer/screenwriter: Mark Fisher
cinematographer: Steven Hall
cast: Jim Crick, Maia Elsey, Finn Morrell

horror (15m, Canada)


A quiet night at the library turns deadly when a librarian accidentally unleashes demonic forces from a strange book. Ashley is in a relationship with Todd, an abusive masochist. Her personal demons become literal when she summons LEGION. Trapped in a library, Ashley must now team up with love-sick Scott to put what’s been summoned behind its COVER.

director/screenwriter/cinematographer: Aristides Guillen
producer: Toddske Hillier
music: Jerel Northern
cast: Misty Oakes,Toddske Hillier, Brodie Dransutavicius, Richard Baldonado, Angela Johnson, Steve Reeve

comedy (4m, U S A)


Two people who really like each other are finally having a first date and everything is going perfectly, until they find out — she is a cat lady and he is a dog guy. Can they still make it work?

director: Nic  Stanich
producer: Mike  Truesdale
screenwriters: Katierose Donohue, Mike  Truesdale
music: Greg Goddu
cast: Katierose Donohue, Mike  Truesdale, Annie Baria

drama (9m, Canada, U S A)


A young poet’s final evening with his girlfriend sparks memories of an afternoon spent with his ailing grandfather.

director/screenwriter: Shane Book
producers: Shane Book, Chinonye Chukwu
cinematographer: Ilya Simakov
cast: Maurice Williams, Joy Notoma, Lary Moten, Chase Smith

Eternal Journey  (Anantacha Pravas)
domumentary (13m, U S A)


This film is about the journey of the ancient River Ganga that emerges from the Himalayas. Millions of people gather on the banks of this river to purify their sins.

directors/producers: Rupa Kanade, Neelesh Kanade
screenwriter: Abhijit Thite
music: Ronak Runwal
cinematogrpahers: Jay Kumar, Siddharth Jatla

drama (9m, U S A)


Josh is a teenager who is struggling to figure out what life’s priorities contain. He is confused about his future and the next step in life.

director/producer/screenwriter: Kenneth Kraft
cast: Collin McCormick, Eric Kasitz, Anat Eshel, Daniel  Schweitzer, Kimberly Villanova
music: Chris Coyle
cinematographers: Kenneth Kraft, Joseph Fusco

drama (9m, Italy)


In the changing rooms of a theater a particular group of actors are getting ready to get onstage. They are the Araba Fenice people, a charity association that helps people with drug problems, addictions problems or ex-cons to start a new life through art, theater, culture. Their memories come in succession until the curtain opens.

directors: massimiliano guelfi,  Andrea David Farnocchia
cinematographer: Franco Robust
cast: Emilio Montuori, Alessio Di cosimo, Massimiliano Taglialatela, Paqui Moschini, Alessia D’Amata, Fatos Roschlani

animation (13m, U S A)


The human race has long searched for meaningful interpersonal connections. Tools and technologies have made it easier to reach out and share ideas, but each presents a new, unforeseen challenge. We must always ask: ‘Is this what we want? What do we want?’

directors: Ying-Fang Shen, Katy Borner
producer: Katy Borner
music: Norbert Herber

The Keeper
drama (15m, U S A)


Chuck Dooley escaped from Solesbury Prison in 1978 — the only inmate ever to escape.  Now, 35 years later, the prison is a museum.  And the night watchman discovers Chuck hiding in the ruins.

director: Kevin Corcoran
producers: Jeanne Benzel, Kevin Corcoran
screenwriter: David Updike
music/sound: James Haigney
cast: Richard Bergh, J. Center

Kismet Diner
drama (9m, United Kingdom)


The film tells the story of a shy young diner waitress who entertains her patrons with her beautiful singing voice. One handsome patron appears oblivious to her music, much to her consternation. It is a light bulb moment and realisation that allows her to sing her way into his heart.

director: Mark Nunneley
producer: Alex Heathcote
cinematographer: Daniel Landin
cast: Ilinca Rose ,Matt Kyle, Jean Paul Dal Monte, Ian Chaplian, Alim Jayda

Life Changing Moments
documentary (18m, U S A)


Life Changing Moments follows director and surgeon Dr. Sherry Thomas as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula.  This inspiring documentary also contrasts the experience of providing health care in Africa with her medical practice in the USA.

director/producer: Sherry Thomas
music: Halima  Namakula, Mary  White
cinematographer: Sandra Mohr

A Man Full of Trouble
dark comedy (15m, USA)


A Man Full of Trouble is a dark comedy about Nick Crane, a suicidal Alexander Hamilton re-enactor fighting to keep Hamilton’s voice relevant in Philadelphia, a city dominated by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

director/screenwriter: Michael Johnston
producer: David Leith Fraser
cast: Corinna Burns, Keith Conallen

Monsura is Waiting
comedy-drama (15m, U S A)


Inspired by Japan’s classic Toho ‘MOTHRA’ films, MONSURA IS WAITING is a comedy of redemption and sequins, telling the story of two aging show-girls, one giant moth and a very long night in Bridgeport, CT. Everybody needs a savior.

director: Kevin Newbury
screenwriter: David Johnston
cinematographer: Simon Pauly
music: Todd Almond
cast: Nell Gwynn, Amy Staats, Yury Tzykun, David Johnston, Matthew  Principe

Nuclear Candies
animation (2m, Canada)


A quote of Jacques Cousteau is turned into an ironic false publicity that encourages humanity to destroy itself with nuclear research.

director/producer/screenwriter: Gérard Goulet

On Becoming a Man
comedy (15m, U S A)


Jacob, an awkward young Jewish boy, has a crush on his gentile neighbor and best friend, Sally. When his mishugina (crazy) mother won’t allow Sally come to his Bar Mitzvah, Jacob must choose: bow down to his mother, or step up to the plate and finally be a man?

director/screenwriter: Kevin Resnick
producers:  Kevin Resnick, Rebecca Norris
cinematographer: Luke Snailham
music: Scott Radway
cast: Andy Pessoa, Jennifer Jolliff, Lisa Sundstedt, Kevin Resnick, Harvey Alperin

Out of the Shadows
documentary  (24m, U S A)


Out of the Shadows tells the story of Fernanda Marroquin, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant living in Philadelphia who is ‘undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic.’ Fernanda is one of a growing group of youth who call themselves the DreamActivists–brought here as children they played no role in their own illegal immigration, yet find themselves reaching adulthood unable to work, receive financial aid for college, or even get a driver’s license. The DreamActivists take to the streets, risking arrest and deportation to take a stand against the system that they feel has betrayed them. We join Fernanda as she comes out of the shadows and fights for her rights and a future in the country she has called home for over ten years.

director: Juliana  Brown
screenwriters: Juliana  Brown, Weddy Worjroh, Amy  Diebolt, Janay  Bates, Crystal  Lane, Marlon Calbi
cinematographer: Amy  Diebolt
music: Nick Monzo

Private War
drama (13m, U S A)


Based on true stories, PRIVATE WAR exposes the unique perspective of a female Marine deployed in Afghanistan, and the relationships, triumphs and tragedies that arise from her service.

director: Richard Gasparian
producer: Stacy Eckstein
cinematographer: Akis Konstantakopoulos
cast: Glenna Gasparian, Jessica Jade Andres, David Nathie Barnes, Sydelle Noel, Holly Kaplan, Dominique Swain, Ser’Darius Blain, Aaron Stall, Matt Riedy, Asharina Benjamin, Ines Inouli, Sofia Serna, Apama Doris

drama (4m, Canada)


Lizzie is a young widow. Despite the death of her husband Coleman nearly five years before, she has never come to terms with the tragedy that took him away. Longing to be reunited with her husband, she visits his grave for one last goodbye when a phone call changes her life.

directors/producers: Collin Chan, Johnny Chocolate
screenwriter: Johnny Chocolate
music: Jonathan Filipovic
cast: Elizabeth Stuart-Morris

Provision Shop 
documentary (9m, Singapore)

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The owners from a 53 year old provision shop talk about their life in a declining trade.

director/screenwriter: Jeremy Pang
producer: Shirleen Kah
cinematographer: Larry Hoe

documentary  (34m, Canada)


Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan, in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. REACTOR is a short film project that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of our old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening.

director/producer: Ian MacKenzie

Real Change
documentary (9m, U S A)


REAL CHANGE follows four homeless individuals who sell Real Change News, a street newspaper in Seattle. As they navigate what many would believe to be the American nightmare, each subject considers what homelessness in America means today.

director/cinematographer: Adam Becker
producer: Alex Becker
cast: Buddy McArdle, Daniel Anderson, George Sidwell, Robert Bennett

drama (14m, U S A)


A retired boxer with a troubled past considers whether to take on training a young, up-and-coming MMA fighter.

director/producer: Robert Waters
screenwriter: James Keegan
cast: James Keegan, Thomas Keegan

science fiction (10m, U S A)


A mysterious, bespectacled man wanders the city with a satchel and toy robot, collecting items that on the surface have no seeming connection – but when put together their purpose may have very real consequences.

director/screenwriter: John P Gelety
producer: Mark Kochanowicz
cinematographer: Mitch Martinez
cast: Shawn Kilroy , Anthony Mecca, Art Brookout, Carrie Leigh Snodgrass, Christopher Bruce, Jared Goldstein, Josh T. Landow, Kevin Weber, Lauren-Alice Lamannam, Paul Monte, Troy Shaeffer

Sheltered Love
comedy (10m, U S A)


In blissful 1950s suburbia, a lovestruck bobbysoxer and her no-good-nik boyfriend seek refuge from her overprotective and hot-headed father.

director/screenwriter: Alex Italics
cinematographer: Brody Anderson
cast: Mike Reasor, Brendan Guy Murphy, Erica Renee Smith, Carl Johnson, Molly Johnson, Max Cannon

horror (5m, U S A)


S M W (An Urban Legend) is a short piece about two urban legends: The Babysitter who receives threatening calls from a killer who turns out to be lurking within the same house, and the infamous ‘Slit-Mouthed Woman’ of Japanese lore.

director: Greg Caiafa
cinematographer: Roi Fernandez
cast: Maggie McGuire,Juliet Fitzgerald

A Stray
horror (37m, U S A)


Vicious compulsions consume a domesticated, single father when his home and child fall victim to the aggression of an elusive, wild animal.

“A Stray” is a dramatic character study centered on the destabilizing properties of anger and the role that violence plays when self-control disappears. Bordering on the surreal, this story – a blend of horror and drama – compares a rigid, domesticated lifestyle to brutal animalistic behavior. Focusing a macro lens on these two diametrically opposite behaviors finds they may coexist within a person and struggle for dominance.

director/screenwriter: Hayden Blades
cinematographer: David Matteson
music: Olivier Zahm, Damian James, John Krause, Hayden Blades
cast: Joe Flowers, Myrsadyse PangBurn, Mina Mirkhah ,Ronald R. Bush, Laura Durant, George Greader, Maxwell Fuentes, Johnny Black, Bob Quigley, Deb Coloma, Pat Kaye, Jarryd Chick, Kathy Daniels, Marla O’Connell, Anne Gentry, Greg Bronson, Angelina Mann, Caroline Mann, Dakota Raffaele, Devlin Sydow, Hope Cox, Melody Cox, Jaida Nolte, Jason Jones, Jesiah Sydow, Layla Raffaele, Mary Joy Bell, McKenzie Burke, Parker Joseph Castaldo, Sean Laguna, Chase Poteet, Rahshad ‘Peaches’ Gentle-Hyde, Tom Berbner

comedy (5m, U S A)


A couple reflects on the highs and lows of their relationship.

director: Jason Taylor
producer: Dave Dadich
screenwriters: Dave Dadich, John Dancy, Josh Phillips, Hank Nguyen, Jason Taylor
music: Foster Longo
cast: Hank Nguyen, Pat Hickman

Treasure – The Story of Marcus Hook
documentary (20m, U S A)


For decades the oil business was Marcus Hook’s bread and butter. But in December 2011 when the Sunoco refinery shut down, the town was left on the brink of an unprecedented crisis.

Renovating his house. ex-refinery worker Michael Manerchia found the remains of the plankhouse of Blackbeard’s mistress. This unexpected discovery gave Manerchia the inspiration to create a pirate festival and in this way bring business back to the town.

‘Treasure’ chronicles the efforts of a community determined to survive the decline of heavy industry. The town’s future is being written as we speak, but one thing is certain: if Marcus Hook wasn’t born with the refinery, it doesn’t have to die with it either.

director: Valerio Ciriaci
producers: Valerio Ciriaci, Isaak Liptzin
cinematographer: Isaak Liptzin
music: Rachel Wardell
cast: Michael Manerchia

animation (6m, U S A)


Unplugged is about a boy who dares to break free from the confines of his technological  dependencies and risks it all to discover something better, something ‘real’. It is a story about getting rewarded beyond your wildest imagination if you take a chance, take a risk, and step out of your daily grind. If you do that, if you listen to your calling, you will discover something truly amazing.

director: James Zachary
producer: Brent Jentzsch
screenwriter: Leigh Shaw
cinematographer: Michele Baggio