2017 Colony Short Film Festival.

Thursday, March 2

7:00 p.m.
Special Short Film Feature: Another Kind of Girl Collective

The Silence of Nature
Dreams Without Borders
The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon
Barriers of Separation
The Long Road
Another Kind of Girl 

Another Kind of Girl Collective, is a media arts collective that “equips girls in the midst of displacement with the creative and technical means to explore and articulate their inner worlds and daily lives through film and photography.”

Started in 2014 with Syrian teenage girls living as refugees in Jordan, the workshops in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp and the city of Irbid were developed and facilitated by documentary filmmaker and educator Laura Doggett and documentary animator and educator Tasneem Toghoj.

The films have shown at several international festivals including Sundance, Cannes, and SXSW. They have been featured in conferences addressing the refugee crisis such as the EU Conference on Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers. They have won numerous awards and been featured on various media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR’s The World and Morning Edition.

As one of the young artists said recently, “I want to show the rest of the world that even though we live in a refugee camp, and have different lives, we still have dreams and ambitions. We are creative. We strive to rise above our limitations. I feel it’s my responsibility not just to tell the world that truth, but to let people see it for themselves.”

7:45 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
( Switzerland )
Directed by Michael Scherrer
Produced by Samuel Scherrer
“Hope” tells the Story of a little boy, who is condemned to spend the time he has left in a prisoners’ camp. The memories of his mother are the only thing keeping him alive.

8:06 p.m.
Hearts of Steel
( Canada )
Directed & Written by Gayle Wilmot
Produced by Gayle Wilmot, Kim Davidson
Hearts of Steel is a documentary film that follows a group of Toronto teenagers as they prepare and practise rigorously for a musical competition for steel bands. Along the way they learn leadership, commitment, trust, multi-cultural respect and the value of belonging to a musical family.

8:27 p.m.
( Cyprus )
Directed by Alexis Chaviaras
Written by Alexis Chaviaras, Christiana Vasiliou
A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

8:47 p.m.
( Canada )
Directed, written and produced by Carmelo Zucco
Isolamento is a grand culmination of the themes: isolation, fear, beauty, gluttony, assimilation, environment and sexuality, merged into one great stream of consciousness. An ever-changing zoetrope of scenes flowing from one to another.

8:53 p.m.
The Kings
( Indiana – Student Film )
Directed by Max Romanowski
Written by Austin Yoder
Produced by Ryan Avery
Gail, Ty, and Elvis are Elvis Presley impersonators working a dead-end job at an old theater. After they get fired from their gig, Ty convinces the gang to pursue a life-long dream of finding Elvis whom he believes is still alive.

9:10 p.m.
( Pennsylvania )
Directed, written and produced by John Cantine
An unexpected guest crashes a party.

Friday, March 3

7:00 p.m.
Lonely Kingdom
( Japan )
Directed by Thom Southerland
Produced by Naomi Uechi, Thom Southerland
Eighty-seven year-old Kaei Uechi recalls his experiences as a conscript in the Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, the largest land-sea-air battle in history.

7:20 p.m.
Gardening At Night
( Illinois )
Directed and written by Shayna Connelly
Produced by Wendy Roderweiss
The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. Yet Samantha finds a way to help Anne let go of her fear, which also gives her the chance to say a personal good-bye to her friend.

7:33 p.m.
State Inspection
( West Virginia )
Directed and written by David Smith
Produced by Justin Litton, Ben Berry
An anxious young man tries to talk to a woman he meets while waiting for his car at an auto repair shop.

7:45 p.m.
( Ohio )
Directed and written by Ethan Roberts
After a night of drinking and sex, 21-year-old Scott finds his Sunday morning interrupted by an unexpected visit from his father. When Scott’s fortysomething friend-with-benefits Doug also shows up, all three men find themselves in a quietly awkward world of ambiguity and things unsaid.

7:56 p.m.
Murky Water
( North Carolina – Student Film )
Directed and written by Carl T. Rogers
Produced by Alex White
In the backwater swamps of the South, a rebellious preacher’s daughter has hell to pay when she conjures her dead mother’s ghost.

8:05 p.m.
Four Day Weekend
( California )
Directed and written by Nicole Jones
Produced by Dan Asma, Nicole Jones, Jesse McClung
A middle-aged couple, married for twenty-three years, takes a four-day break from each other and the aftermath leaves their relationship shaken and tested but not broken.

8:25 p.m.
( Florida )
Directed and written by Mark Gerstein
As an ailing father and his son take refuge in a hospital during a hurricane, a single utterance triggers a stream of haunting childhood memories. This meditation on neglect, forgiveness, and regret depicts that ethereal state during times of prolonged stress and exhaustion, when we hover between confusion and absolute clarity.

8:29 p.m.
Destroy Madrid
( Spain )
Directed, written and produced by Joseba Alfaro
Madrid, 2030. In a world ravaged by the fight between goverments and citizens, one member of the resistance has got a mysterious device that can finally end the war. Will he escape from the drones that guard the city?

8:39 p.m.
( New York )
Directed and written by Carey Kight
Produced by Carey Kight, Nikhil Shukla, Tim Simek
An FBI agent has one last opportunity to work a terrorist plot out of an American detainee before the CIA uses enhanced techniques.

8:49 p.m.
About the Boy who ate an Oakwood Chair
( Belgium )
Directed and written by Pieter Goethals
Produced by Pieter Goethals, Jimi Abidts
This crowdfunded film tells the melancholic and wondrous tale of Gerard, who is tremendously in love with the girl next door, but doesn’t have the guts to tell her. One day, he decides to do something nobody has ever done before: eat the chair he was always standing on, staring outside from the attic. From that moment, his whole life changes.

9:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Gathering (VIP Lounge)

Saturday, March 4

11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Lighting for Filmmakers
Marietta photographer Robb DeCamp is an Associated Press award-winning photographer with over a decade of experience in visual arts and an education from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. DeCamp will show workshop participants how to use inexpensive household lighting in film production, how to test different sources and temperatures of lights that are easily found around the house or garage, and understand how they translate to the screen.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
Workshop: Drone Photography
Nathan Reich is the Media Production Specialist at Marietta Memorial Hospital and a drone photographer with more than a decade of experience. “Drones are essentially flying machines that have a camera onboard enabling a broad range of applications to enhance everyday life,” says Reich, “such as aerial photography and videography, sports, filming, public safety, inspections, search and rescue, agriculture, delivery, real estate and many other applications that are far beyond what you might think of when you hear the word ‘drone.’”

4:00 p.m.
( Illinois – Student Film )
Directed and written by Olivia Peace
Produced by Ethan Senser
A lonely girl stranded on a rooftop desperately tries to return her life to a state of equilibrium after she is separated from her family.

4:10 p.m.
( Ohio- Student Film )
Directed and written by Ryan Murphy
A young woman is harassed by a masked man while she is at home alone at night.

4:20 p.m.
( Canada )
Directed and written by Lella Satie
Produced by Alona Metzer
Noah is a young boy who creates his own inner world to escape the daily realities of his life. When the real world clashes with his innocence, he runs to his safety where he is accepted by an adult who cares.

4:30 p.m.
Heather’s Painting
( Ohio )
Directed, written and produced by Freddie Connor
The story follows the breakdown of a family after losing their 14 year-old daughter, Heather, to stage 4 Leukemia. It’s a bitter and tempestuous journey as the marriage crumbles in the process of grief. Heather leaves them a secret message to help them through their turmoil.

4:50 p.m.
Pushing Buttons
( Michigan – Student Film )
Directed, written and produced by John Kerfoot
An Ohio University Professor is in hot water with a group of offended students.

5:05 p.m.
Drew Gets It!
( Ohio )
Directed by Konrad Norris, Bryce Norris
Written by Katherine Leurck, David Leurck
Produced by Drew’s Rainbows Foundation, Inc.
A documentary film about Drew, a “special needs” boy and his journey through life with his family, friends and the strangers he meets along the way. It is a story of how a family went from – “Understanding to Accepting to Celebrating” their son just the way he is.

5:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.
West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience.
filmmaker, Mountain Stage guitarist, and West Virginia Music Hall of Fame director Michael Lipton will introduce his recent documentary West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience.

Lipton and his crew talked with as many prominent West Virginia musicians as they could, highlighting the diversity of the musical contributions that have roots in the state and also what unites them. The documentary includes interviews with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers and country stars Kathy Mattea and Brad Paisley

Lipton and his camera team also spoke with West Virginia natives like late country singer Little Jimmy Dickens, classical composer George Crumb, Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, as well as transplants to the state, like “Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce and the late mountain fiddler, Joe Dobbs.

The film is narrated by NPR’s Anna Sale, a Charleston native and the host of the popular “Death, Sex and Money” podcast.

9:00 p.m.
In The Thicket – The Tony Bosco Story
( New Hampshire )
Directed, written and produced by Nick Czerula
Tony Bosco hid in plain sight for more than two decades in the most densely populated state in the nation, exchanging the comforts of his home for the simplicity of a camp in the woods.

9:30 p.m.
Don’t Think About It
( New Jersey – Student Film )
Directed and written by Niv Klainer
Produced by Victoria Aleksanyan, Jessica Caldwell
Ron and Casey are expecting a child, but things get out of hand when they both try to protect each other from an inevitable break-up.

9:45 p.m.
( Ohio )
Directed and written by Zach Daulton
Produced by Zach Daulton, John Adrian Riley
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.

10:20 p.m.
The Bouquet
( France )
Directed by Julien Segard, Romain Carciofo
Written by Julien Segard, David Brenot
Produced by Cédric Delannoy, Pierre-Yves Bronsart, Antoine Levi, Jesse Salto, Louie Salto, Jacques Ballard
On a deserted road, driving an antique car, Stephane hurries up to a wedding whom he is the best boy. Terribly late, he realizes that he forgot the bride’s bouquet.

10:35 p.m.
Awards ceremony of the 11th Annual Colony Short Film Festival

Around town during the Colony Short Film Festival:

Friday, March 3 is First Friday in Marietta. Downtown shops will be open late, and several restaurants will be running First Friday specials, like Nacho Average Taco (Just down the street from Peoples Bank Theatre, https://www.facebook.com/nachoavgtaco/) which will be offering $1 tacos and $2 burritos for the evening.

It’s also Mid-Ohio Valley Restaurant Week (https://www.facebook.com/events/1731397540484079/), during which a number of downtown restaurants are offering 3-course meals for $30/person through the weekend. Reservations are encouraged.

If you need help planning your stay, please visit our local CVB’s website for lodging and dining guides: http://mariettaohio.org and find additional local events listed with Marietta Main Street: http://www.mariettamainstreet.org/events/.