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College Town Film Festival Returns To State College

The College Town Film Festival returns to State College this week, and with it, 18 independently produced films.

The festival prides itself on showing documentaries, short films, and full length features that showcase the best up-and-coming talents.

Gedeon Burkhard, one of the directors being showcased, will debut his first-ever film “The Key,” a movie with ghosts, action, horror, and mystery all rolled into one.I Burkhard also appears in the film as an actor. It’s not Burkhard’s first time in front of the camera — he played Corporal Wilhelm Wicki in the Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino film “Inglorious Basterds.”

The College Town Film Festival includes work from creatives like Burkhard who display multidimensional visions that revolve around the art of film-making. Inspiring communication between academic, creative, and business sectors involved in the independent film industry will only improve production and reach.

The events will be held at the State Theatre and on campus starting today through Saturday. Tickets are free for students and $4 for the general public.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, March 16
2 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: El Salvadore: Lost Archives of The Conflict
4:30 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Documentary: Gospel According to Charlie
7:30 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: Driving While Black, Opening Film: The Right to Remain Silent
10 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: The Key

Thursday, March 17
10 a.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Program: international Student Short Films
12 p.m. – The Attic | Program: Documentary Shorts – Topic: Iran
12:30 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Program: two Shorts – Sin Frontera & Crossing Waters
2 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Documentary: You See Me
4:30 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Documentary: Two Blue Lines
7 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: Where Do We Go From Here?, Opening Film: Graceface
9 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: Ashes

Friday, March 18
12 p.m. – The Attic | Workshop: Everyone’s a Filmmaker
3 p.m. – The Attic | Program: 2 Documentary Shorts: Art/Dance

Saturday, March 19
10:30 a.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Program: International/Domestic Mix of Student Films
1:30 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Program: Documentary Shorts: Outreach and Activism
4 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Program: Right Here Right Now: 10 Short Films
7 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: Her Story, Opening Film: Matchgirl and Wedlocked
9 p.m. – Friedman Auditorium | Feature: Origins of Wit and Humor, Opening Film: Fish

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Emily Davis

Emily Davis is a writer for Onward State, who is currently a junior majoring in English. She is an avid Spotify enthusiast, occasionally wears colors other than black, and will devour an entire box of Gushers with pleasure. You can easily stalk this rad person on Twitter and Instagram @emily_davis56 or contact her through email at [email protected]


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