2012 Media Film Festival

Media Film Festival 2012


GOLD AWARD: A FINGER, TWO DOTS THEN ME, directed by David Holechek and Daniel Holechek, an experimental film of a spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by renowned modern beat poet Berrick Brown that looks at death, life and love.

SILVER AWARD: DESPERATE CROSSING, directed by Min Seok Jeon, a funny animated film about a misunderstnding between an urgent criminal and a rookie policeman.

BRONZE AWARED: LADUMA, directed by Ashwin Chauhary and Jon Korn, the story of the 2010 FIFA World Cup told through the eyes of adventurous Anerican supporters who travel to South Africa.

BEST LOCAL FILM: MEH SHA, diected by Joseph Caravalho, the story of a 17 year od Burmese refugee who struggles to reunite members of his family fractured by violent oppression and to lead them in their new life in South Philadelphia.

Audience favorites:

Thursday night: Steven Phoenix:The Untold Story

Friday night: Rain in Summer

Saturday night: Laduma

The winner of the La Belle Epoque gift certificate is E. Humme. Congratulations!

All the films in the festival were amazing. We thank the people who made the films, the volunteers who made the festival possible, and you-the audience- for coming. Thank you!

 Festival Info

Thursday, February 23 to
Saturday, February 25, 2012

3 unique nights of indie film and 2 amazing workshops. (See the detailed schedule at the bottom of this page.)

Media Community Center
3rd & Monroe St (next to the police station)

2012 Festival Schedule:

Thursday February 23rd (7:00-10:30)

  • Desperate Crossing
  • Oscillating Garrett
  • Crashing by Design
  • Undivided: The Preston and Steve Experience
  • Another Day Another Life
  • Steve Phoenix: The Untold Story

Friday February 24th  (7:00-10:30)

  • SquareFish: Beatles Favorites
  • Top Leaves
  • Sweet Love
  • Romaine
  • The Ruby Runs Red
  • Rain in Summer
  • Porthole to the Past
  • Race to the Bottom of the Earth

Friday Late Night Horror Fest (10:30-Midnight)

  • The Scream of the Screaming Screamer
  • The Record
  • Cantata in C Major
  • Clutter
  • The Walk Home
  • Blood Signal
  • The Survivor
  • Dead of Nowhere (in 3D)

Workshops — Saturday, February 25, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

  • How to Craft a Story: The Fundamentals of Screenplay Writing  (12:30pm – 2:30pm)
  • A Short, Yet Funny, History of the Movies (2:30pm – 4:30pm)

 Saturday February 25th (7:00 – 10:30)

  • Oliver’s Treasure
  • Rebirth
  • Wonders of the World
  • Meh Sha
  • Blanche
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Reflector
  • A Finger, Two Dots Then Me
  • Laduma

WORKSHOPS Saturday, February 25, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

How to Craft a Story: The Fundamentals of Screenplay Writing 
Workshop 12:30pm – 2:30pm

It’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing your first screenplay. Don’t let the seemingly endless parade of screenwriting elements scare you away from writing your first script. In this workshop you will learn the basics of the craft.  Film is a visual medium. You will learn how to tell a story visually with a focus on what the audience sees and hears, as well as plot structure, setting the scene, character development, and writing effective dialogue.

Workshop Leader Hezekiah Lewis is a producer, director, screenwriter, actor and teacher.  He is a graduate of UCLA’s prestigious film school with an MFA in Directing. While attending UCLA, Lewis won the Abraham Polonski Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, the Four Sisters Award and the James Bridges Award for Excellence in Directing. His film The Warrior Queen won the “Best of Show” at the 2010 Media Film Festival.  Hezekiah Lewis is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication at Villanova University.

A Short, Yet Funny, History of the Movies 
Workshop 2:30pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will show a range of exciting clips from classic films in an attempt to give film lovers a greater appreciation for the diverse, multi-faceted medium that dominates our thirst for mass entertainment. Film, over these past 100 years, has certainly come a long way from its humble, silent beginnings. At its best, it rivals great art and literature.

Workshop Leader Marc Lapadula is a full-time lecturer at Yale University, where he runs the screenwriting curriculum. Marc has also lectured extensively on film at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia Graduate Film School, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Smithsonian Institution.  Lapadula has produced a number of feature films and has worked as a consultant and expert analyst for New Line and Paramount film studios. His former students have gone on to write hit movies including The Hangover and The Break Up.