2017 Media Film Festival

The 2017 Media Film Festival was held on April 7th and 8th with a line-up of 41 great films! This year’s Fest will be held in the historic Media Theatre building, 104 E. State Street, Media PA.

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 are judged by a jury for each genre.

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

2017 Media Film Festival Schedule

7 PM  Friday April 7th, 2017

Mints (5m, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
Selkie  (7:36, USA) comedy
Mayfield (19:30, USA) drama
Happy Earth Co. (12:00, South Africa) narrative
Not Yet (9:13, USA) comedy/fantasy
Limbo (34:42 USA) documentary
Remote Controlled (6:15, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
Rekindled (14:00, USA) comedy
Two Dollar Bill (13:00, USA) drama
The Blow Job  (0:15, UK) comedy
Maries Leben (The Life of Marie) (24:06, Germany) drama
Need Change (17:08, USA) comedy


MFF Friday Night Horror Fest 10:30 PM April 7th:

He’s Mine (2:25, USA)
Save (3:54, Germany)
An Ambitious Man (17:06, USA)
Only for the Good (9:30, USA)
Postpartum (24:00, USA)


Saturday April 8th, 2017, 1 PM:

Happy Birthday, Kevin  (1:11, USA) comedy
Killed in Action (12:39, USA) drama
Phantom (9:43, USA) experimental
Karl Manhair Postal Inspector (22:00, USA) comedy
A Funny Man (13:15, USA) drama
Gift Horses (22:00, USA) documentary


Live Read — 3:30 PM:

When Harry Met Sally (approximately 2 hours)


Saturday April 8th, 2017, 7 PM :

You Look Beautiful (10m, Media) the Media Youth Film Initiative
The Astronomer (7:33, USA) narrative
Stay Here (10:00, USA) drama
The Audition (16:06, USA) narrative
The Discovery of Alan Hindley (6:14, USA) Sci-fi/dark comedy
[Solitary] (16:39, USA) drama
Virgin Territory (14:50, USA) drama/comedy
Unleavened Bread (Caramel mou) (8:30, France) comedy
Deloras (2:15, USA) drama/Comedy
Somna (5:54, USA) drama
Bombing (13:19, Canada) drama/comedy
The Usual Silence (4:59, USA) drama
Chasseur (15:20, USA) drama
Whiskey Sour (5:52, USA) drama
Wifey Redux (22:40, Ireland) comedy

2017 Media Film Festival Trailer

Live Read of When Harry Met Sally

This year’s Media Film Festival will feature a live staged reading of Nora Ephron’s screenplay for When Harry Met Sally. The reading will take place at 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 8th between the festival’s matinee screening and the evening screening, featuring Philly’s own Jessica Barth (Ted 2, Family Guy) and Micah Hauptman (Homeland, Iron Man). Don’t miss this special event!

2017 Films in Detail

The Astronomer
narrative (7:33, USA)

In 1916, a young woman sneaks out of her astronomy class to explore the night sky with a band of mystical gypsies. She comes to discover that she learns more about the universe outside in the world than she ever could inside the classroom.

director: Kelly Murray

The Audition
comedy/drama  (16:06, USA)

Three actresses are vying for the role of the century. As we follow their worlds we begin to see how much we must invest in order to lay ourselves bare and how little is truly in our control.

director/writer: Tatyana Yassukovich
producer: Tara Culp
music: Jay Purdy
cast: Francesca Faridany, Cerris Morgan-Moyer, Juliana Francis Kelley, Eduardo Machado, Brian Osborne

The Blow Job
comedy (0:15, UK)

Gary is an intern at a building detonation company. It’s his first day on the job.

director: Lewis Reynolds
writers/producers: Ryan Wichert, Kathrin Benoehr
cast: Ryan Wichert

drama/comedy (13:19, Canada)

Sophie is an unmotivated comedian. When her estranged young daughter is  unexpectedly thrust back into her life, Sophie’s plans have to be reshuffled.  While they both struggle to adjust to the new environment,  Sophie must come to terms with the fact that she’s in over her head.

director/writer: Gloria Mercer
producers: Gloria Mercer/Simon Fraser University
music: Avid Walker, Julian Bueckhert
cast: Lauren McGibbon, Penelope Good, Annabel Maclean, Sarah Faye Bernstein, Michael Bean, Derek Trowell, Daniel Jeffery, Tyson Storozinski

drama (15:20, USA)

Sometime in the first half of the twentieth century, somewhere on the back roads of the Louisiana Bayou, the half-mad Louis Chasseur, hunts the devil. Setting an ambush at the crossroads, he kills the musician Jedediah Graham before the man can sell his soul. Chasseur then lies in wait for the Devil. Instead, the blood-soaked Chasseur encounters the Devil’s lawyer, weaselly Mycroft Coney. What follows is a biblical battle of wills between the brutal, conscienceless Chasseur and the fast-talking Mycroft. Mycroft fights for his life as Chasseur pumps him for information on the Devil. Eventually, Chasseur gets what he wants… and more.

director/writer: Christopher Soren Kelly
producer: Jessica Graham
cast: Christopher Soren Kelly, Joshua Bitton

Drama/Comedy (2:15, USA)

A ballerina reflects on how she ended up as a can-can dancer.

director/producer: Calvin Walker
writer: Loren Kinsella
cast: Loren Kinsella

The Discovery of Alan Hindley
Sci-fi/dark comedy (6:14, USA)

A ham radio enthusiast discovers a mysterious object that might be a window into another world.

director/writer: Andy Fortenbacher
producers: Zac Page, Cassidy Bisher, Lisa Mueller
cast: Ralph Lister, Jamie Newell

A Funny Man
comedy/drama (13:15, USA)

A man finds himself in the unlikeliest of conversations with an overeager life insurance telemarketer after being placed on hold by the suicide hotline.

directors: Benjamin T. Wilson, Peter J.S. Regan 
producers: Benjamin T. Wilson, Connor McNelis
writers: Benjamin T. Wilson,  Connor McNelis, Peter J.S. Regan
DP: Garrett J. Langer
cast: Richard Cavallucci, Jess Paul

Gift Horses
documentary (22:00, USA)

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of of man.”  –Winston Churchill

Horses don’t judge by appearance. They look past peoples’ disabilities and recognize the emotions inside. Horseback riding provides physical therapy. Walking with the horse and touching the horse provide emotional therapy.

 director/writer/producer: David Block

Happy Birthday, Kevin
comedy (1:11, USA)

At 15, Kevin risks it all for a shot at greatness.

director/writer: John Psathas
producers: John Psathas, Chris Oliva, Caitlin Morris
cast: Matt Welsh, James Guyton, Celia Peterson

Happy Earth Co.
narrative (12:00, South Africa)

Happy Earth Co. is a story about entrapment in a so-called “free world.” Based in the not-so-distant-future; 2050 to be precise. A man named John, lives in the heart of a smog filled, polluted megacity of depressed citizens. John works in the drab, dull Sales department of Happy Earth Co. The Company releases their new product, the “Ecstatic 1000,” a device that guarantees happiness to anyone who uses it. It’s an instant success. However, little known to John, his co-workers and the rest of the deranged city, Happy Earth Co’s real intentions aren’t as sincere as everyone thinks.

director/writer: Hylton Jandrell
producer: AFDA
cast: Eric Nikolaus Kwasnjuk, Chanel Katz, Nic Eedes, Estian Van Rensburg, Jessica Ledger

Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector
comedy (22:00, USA)

A dark comedy about a down-and-out Postal Inspector struggling with his increasing irrelevance in the world. After taking to heart the advice of his new-age life coach, Karl finds himself embroiled in the most bizarre case of his career, but one that just might lead to renewed purpose in life.

director/writer: Chandler Kauffman
producers: Chandler Kauffman, Hillary Cutter, Yori Tondrowski, Bob Aumer
cast: Geoffrey Cantor, Amy Rutberg

Killed in Action
drama (12:39, USA)

A WWII widow is visited by a troubled veteran who served with her husband. He shares a dark secret he’s been keeping from the war… but can she come to accept it?

director/writer: Christine Weatherup
producers: Beatriz Chahin, Matt Enlow
DP: Robert Lam
cast: Christine WeatherupKey, Micah Hauptman

The Life of Marie
period drama (24:06, Germany)

The life of the maid Marie is dedicated to the countess.  When a middle-class lover left her mistress, Marie tries to redeem her mistress’s honor during a salon concert. But the countess is not interested in the dignity of her maid.

director/writer: Rolf Kasteleiner
producers: Rolf Kasteleiner, Stella Schüssler, Monika Tomczyk

cast: Beate Biermann, Sven Brieger, Silvina Buchbauer, Merlin Leonhardt, Jacqueline Sophie Pawliczek

documentary (34:42, USA & Italy)

Limbo explores the lives of West African migrants who survived the perilous journey from their homes to Italy, and there face a legal system unprepared to accommodate their needs. “Some Italians acknowledge their privilege by calling for a new conception of migration — one that better recognizes both the migrants’ human rights and the history of the West.”

directors: Olivia Bickel, Cynthia Horvilleur
writer: Adam Vincent
producers: Ana Thompson, Kyle Bowles, Jonathan Mantovani, Olivia Wilson
music: Patrick Lamborn

drama (19:30, USA)

James Mayfield has spent the last decade performing a one man show from his youth in an attempt to trigger memories that are very important to him. However things take a turn when he is pushed into closing his show with a little help from some lost memories. Mayfield has to find the limit of how many times he can relive a moment before his memory changes.

director/writer: Zach Daulton
producers: Zach Daulton, John Adrian Riley
DP: Micah Simms
original score: Roland Bingaman
cast: John Adrian Riley, Josh Hasty, Stephanie Daulton

comedy (4:21, Media Youth Film Initiative)

A comedy about an annual dentist checkup and what exactly goes on in waiting rooms.

director/writer: Christian Dath
producers: Talia Steinmetz, Harrison Kracht, Cíara Kain and Michael Courter
cinematographer – Jimmy Ziegler
editor: Catie Nelson

Need Change
comedy (17:08, USA)

There’s nothing like delivering pizzas to make you reevaluate the choices you’ve made in your life. Follow John as we explore a day in the life of a pizza delivery driver.

director: Rob Waters

Not Yet
comedy/fantasy  (9:13, USA)

A husband takes his sick wife to a park to cheer her up.

director/writer: Chad Hamilton
producers: Chad Hamilton, Jonathan Shavelson, Kate McMeans
DP: Drew Saracco
music: Christopher Sisco
cast: Falon Joslyn, Jonathan Noto, Allia Abouelenein, Mike Yak, Steven Zettler, Kate McMeans, Frank Battaglia, Marilyn Miller, Rachel Sydney

experimental  (9:43, USA)

Phantom is a student experimental film that addresses the lack of the ability to feel in today’s society. We follow a boy who is going through his day emotionless and no one knows what has caused this until the end where he is reunited with his dead mother and finally allows emotion to set in.

director: Dylan Pollak

comedy  (14:00, USA)

After a string of failed relationships, successful career woman Kate (35) gets the chance to rekindle romance with the love of her life — her high school boyfriend by means of a magical groupon. But when she shows up to their date, he is still 16 and Kate realizes that she over romanticized her past relationship with him.

director: Erin Brown
producer: Jane Hollon
writer: Kelly Vrooman
cast: Kelly Vrooman, Dylan Riley Snyder, Aaron Schwartz, Asher Grodman

Remote Controlled
drama (6:15, Media Youth Film Initiative)

He just wants to watch the game and see who wins. If only his TV would listen to him!

director – Jimmy Ziegler
producers: Catie Nelson, Evan Markley and Talia Steinmetz
writers: Jimmy Ziegler and Harrison Kracht
cinematographer: Harrison Kracht
editors: Cíara Kain, Christian Dath and Michael Courter

comedy (7:36, USA)

A wayward selkie (a seal that can turn itself into a human) has followed a school of herring up the Delaware river when her seal skin is captured by a man from the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

director/writer: Amy Frear
DP: Shawn Annable
music: Patrick Mangan, Matthew Kay

cast: Katie Stahl, Jordan Mottram, Gerardo Salazar Borja

drama (16:39, USA)

Locked away in an American prison’s solitary confinement unit, an inmate fights to stay human while forced to endure the compounding psychological effects of long-term isolation.

writer/director: Derek J. Pastuszek
producers: Halee Bernard, Fabrizio Muscia, Cedric Gamelin
cast: Kofi Bambo

drama (5:54, USA)

Emily comes home late and hears her husband Anthony playing the piano, but realizes that he’s sleepwalking. Anthony has found Emily’s lover’s watch and wears it as he plays a sad song. When Anthony’s actions become increasingly unpredictable, Emily is unsure whether or not she will be able to take the watch. In the morning, Emily hopes to figure out what her husband knows and keep her secret hidden.

director: Jordan Anstatt
DP: Alex DuBois

Stay Here
drama (10:00, USA)

A woman and her wife check in for a secluded romantic getaway only to be haunted by the one who pulled them apart.

director: Lauren Schacher
producer: Jess Nurse, Lauren Schacher, Jewel Greenberg, Melanie Recker
writer: Jess Nurse
cast: Jess Nurse, Melanie Recker, Davie-Blue Bacich

Two Dollar Bill
drama (13:00, USA)

Teenage roommates Greta and Harper’s lives are thrown into turmoil when Frankie visits on Halloween.

director/writer: Hannah Marks
producers: Hannah Marks, Christina Scherer, Shepherd Ahlers
Cinematographer: Dannel Escallón
music: Xander Singh
cast: Hannah Marks, Christina Scherer, Liana Liberato

Unleavened Bread (Caramel mou)
comeday (8:30, France)

Vanessa is in love with Rémi. Rémi is in love with Vanessa. Only one damper: his bread won’t rise…

director: Wilfried Méance
producers: Stephen Meance. Wilfried Meance

writers: Loic Gaillard et Wilfried Méance
DP: Stephen Méance
music: Alexis Rault
cast:  Pablo Pauly, Edith Le Merdy, Brigitte Lo Cicero,Luc-Antoine Diquéro et Laure Hennequart.

The Usual Silence
drama  (4:59, USA)

An everyday Joe with his everyday problems happens upon a man experiencing true grief. Whether he can help or not, he won’t walk away unchanged.

director: Samuel Z. P. Thomas
producer: Louis Hunter
writers: Samuel Z. P. Thomas,  Louis Hunter
cast: Christopher Cassarino. Chad Halbrook, Elizabeth Kirkland, Anil Sankaramanchi

Virgin Territory
comedy/drama (14:50, USA)

Virgin Territory is sex-positive, queer, and questioning coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who decides to have sex for the first time and commences her journey of sexual exploration.

director/writer: Emily Robinson
producer: Debbie von Ahrens
cast: Emily Robinson, Mel Shimkovitz, Michelle Clunie

Whiskey Sour
narrative (5:52, USA)

A career hitman is cosmically outmatched by his next mark.

director/writer: Eli Stern 
producers: Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman, Ariel Eliaz
DP: Thomas Taugher
cast: Ariel Eliaz, Donnie Lyons

Wifey Redux
comedy (22:40, Ireland)

All is well in the Prendergast household. Or, at least, that is what Jonathan Prendergast would have you believe. But his relationships with his wife and teenage daughter, and his own sanity, are put to the test when he becomes maniacally obsessed with driving off his daughter’s handsome new boyfriend.

director: Robert McKeon
writers: Kevin Barry, Robert McKeon
cast: Aidan McArdle, Angeline Ball, Lauryn Canny

You Look Beautiful
drama (5:01m, Media Youth Film Initiative)

A high school girl has a story to tell, but no one will listen to her. She must have been asking for his attention. Right?

director: Julia Smith
producers: Abigail Meeker and Michaela Cooley
writers: Julia Smith, Talia Steinmetz
cinematographer:  Jimmy Ziegler
editors: Jimmy Ziegler, Michael Courter, Christian Dath, Talia Steinmetz, Harrison Kracht

MFF Friday Night Horror Fest in Detail

An Ambitious Man
horror (17:06, USA)

Driven by ambition, the man has finally arrived and will not be deterred until his ultimate plan is realized.

director/writer: Frank Juchniewicz (Frank Horror)
producers: Frank Juchniewicz, Sean McKnight, Thomas Smith
music: Brian Phillips, Gash
cast: Abby Foster, Mike Sutton, Keith Moyer, Dax Richardson

Brainsick, The Hammer Killer
horror (7:54, USA)

A violent mental patient escapes the hospital by dressing as a maintenance worker. His only weapon? A hammer.

director: Brock Grossl
producers: Brock Grossl, Devin Hummel
writer: Devin Hummel
cast: Ryan Zimmer, Mimi Peyregne, Nick Sanchez

He’s Mine
horror (2:25, USA)

Young Sam tells his mom there’s a monster in his closet. She tell’s him monsters don’t exist. What if she’s wrong…?

director/writer/producer: Brian Cooksey
cast: Camille Marolf, Sam Giaimo

(Little) Red Riding Hood
horror (4:54, France )

Once upon a time, there was a little girl, the most beautiful little girl one could ever see, who lived in a town near the forest and everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood.  As she was going to visit her grandmother who was hill, dawdling along in the woods… What happened next? Nothing you’ve ever heard before…

directors/producers: Stephane Guenin, Daniel Jenny
writer: Stephane Guenin
cast: Lena Marteens, Yannick Derrien, Ambre Vanecloo

Only for the Good
horror/drama (9:30, USA)

The line between love and hate has become blurred as John deals with the death of his wife. He and his lone friend, Azrael, have traveled down a dark road of vengeance from which there may be no return.

directors:  Kevin Lee, Drew Matyas
producers: Drew Matyas, Eric Curran, Rob Coble, Rob O’Sullivan
writers:  Drew Matyas, Eric Curran
DP: Drew Matyas
cast: Brian Gallagher, Jerry Perna, Kenneth McGregor, Victoria Gates, Elizabeth Spina

horror (24:00, USA)

Since the first day her child was born Alice Westcott has been given instructions by the devil to kill her children. She is ultimately sent to a state facility to evaluate her mental health as she is to blame for their death. Alice sees her dead children in her dreams and reality, and can no longer differentiate between the two. The staff learns that Alice has been concealing a secret, her five month pregnancy. When they threaten to take the baby away from her, Alice vows to protect her unborn from those who wish to bring her baby harm.

director/writer: Richard Bakewell 
producers: Richard Bakewell, Daniel McCoy
composer: Karin Okada
cast: Danielle Harris, Jenny Curtis, Nicole Sterling, Courtney Bell, Katie Beresford

horror (3:54, Germany)

Dawn. A baby breaks the silence .

director/producer/writer: Iván Sáinz-Pardo
music: Philipp Fabian Kölmel
cast: Josephine Ehlert, Roland Von Kummant, Mia Von Kummant

Studded Nightmare (Cauchemar capitonné)
horror (9:20, Canada)

When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

director/writer: Jean-Claude Leblanc
producers: Jean-Claude Leblanc, Jason-Ross Jallet, Christian Racine
cast: Sébastien Huberdeau, Maude St-Pierre