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Collinsville Film Festival Offers Thought-Provoking Titles, Fun Features and Personal Interaction

March 27, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments

K00A0464By John Fitts 

For Collinsville Film Festival founder Jonathan Napolitano, the village is the perfect place to showcase a series of thought-provoking flicks that are filled with heartfelt emotion, a few sobering thoughts, plenty of fun, a bit of elation — and a few characters.

“What better town than Collinsville?” said Napolitano, the event’s founder and executive director. “There’s an energy in this town and the festival feeds off that. It’s a very artsy and character-based town. It’s great because there’s a little something of everything and that’s what we try to offer with the film festival.”

Set to take place in the Canton Town Hall Auditorium (4 Market St., Collinsville) from Friday April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2016, the third Collinsville Film Festival features 14 independent features and shorts with subjects that include the mental health crisis facing young veterans, a 90-year-old who writes and directs socially impactful community theater productions, a professor who rescues an animal and is compelled to champion legislative change, and the devastating effects a wrongful accusation can have in the age of social media.

And just for good measure, films deal with topics such as autism, the various facets of love, identity and culture.

“We try to offer a vast majority of perspectives,” Napolitano said. “I think everyone will find something they love in each and every film.”

Audiences will also have several chances to meet those involved in creating the films.

The Collinsville Film Festival starts off with just such an experience, with a screening of “Thank You for Your Service,” an emotional look at the mental health crisis facing veterans. It takes place at 7:15 p.m. Friday April 1. Director Tom Donahue and producer Matt Tyson will host a question and answer service following the film.

Speaking with the creators of a project can really enhance the experience.

“It’s just an experience you want to be able to introduce to people who haven’t come across something like that before,” said Napolitano, who himself is a documentary filmmaker and NBC News producer.

Napolitano is excited about several new aspects of the festival this year.

Three shorts blocks will be shown free of charge, although attendees can donate to the Canton Historical Museum if they wish to.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 a special shorts block, sponsored by River City Art, will feature children’s films.

“That’s kind of our way of introducing new audience members to the festival as well,” Napolitano said.

The shorts take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2 (children’s) noon on Saturday, April 2 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 3.

Community support continues to build as well.

“Each year as we go along, we keep getting more and more community support,” Napolitano said. “It’s good to have those people around you supporting you. It just makes the event that much better.”

“We basically just want to bring more filmmakers, better films,” he added. “We want to get better each and every year. We’re here for the long haul.”

Ticket prices for the feature films range from $5-$7 and are available at the door (day of show) and online at www.collinsvillefilmfestival.com. Short film blocks, screenings are free for all. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the Canton Historical Museum.

For $50 attendees can purchase a festival pass, good for all the films as well as after parties, with filmmakers and sponsors (21+) from 9:30 PM-10:45 PM on Friday and Saturday night at nearby Gallery 526.

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