Following a performance by local singer-songwriter Krista Johnson and a short film, Collinsville Film Festival officially opened Friday Night with “Thank You for Your Service,” a poignant documentary about the alarming numbers of suicides and other emotional issues facing veterans – and the lack of support they receive from the military.
Approximately 50 people came out to see the film, which also featured a question and answer session by Director Tom Donahue and producer Matt Tyson.
“We brought another great film to Collinsville and the community really came out and supported it,” said Collinsville Film Festival founder Jonathan Napolitano. “You want to see people come out, enjoy it and get something from it.”
Children have their own free program of short films starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. The three films – Aria for a Cow, My Stuffed Granny and Treeples – will charm and enlighten children of all ages. From the bovine diva who demands respect beyond milk and cheese to the band of girls who rid the woods of monsters to the ever-hungry granny – the genius of independent filmmakers is vivid and fresh.
Adults have their own free program of five short films starting at 12 PM on Saturday and repeated at 11 a.m. Sunday. These films explore personal identity, aging, autism and romance in locations as far away as Tokyo and as close as Massachusetts.
Following the adult short block, the Collinsville Film Festival offers two feature films – “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” starting at 3 p.m, and Saturday night’s film “A Dog Named Gucci,” starting at 7 p.m. Director of “A Dog Named Gucci,” Gorman Bechard, will also be present for the screening and will take part in a Q+A following the film’s completion.
Sunday opens with a repeat of the Saturday short block at 11 AM, a second performance of “A Dog Named Gucci” at 1:45 p.m. and the festival’s closing night film at 4 p.m.“Janey Makes A Play.”
Films are shown in the auditorium of Canton Town Hall, 4 Market St., Collinsville.
Ticket prices for the feature films range from $5-$7 and are available at the door. An all-festival pass, sold at $50, includes access to the Saturday night after party at nearby Gallery 526 (Some of the photos above show the Friday night after party).
Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the Canton Historical Museum.
See more at http://www.collinsvillefilmfestival.com.