The Twelfth Annual Colony Short Film Festival is a showcase for independent films from all over the United States and across the globe, with a focus on featuring local and regional talent from the Ohio Valley. The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative to off-the-wall and quirky to provocative.
Thursday, March 1
6:00 p.m. – Opening Reception
Join us Thursday, March 1 for the opening reception of the 12th Annual Colony Short Film Festival and screening of Loving Vincent. Reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will open at 6:00 p.m., featuring artwork by Jolene Powell in the auditorium gallery.
7:00 p.m. – Special Screening: Loving Vincent (1h 35m)
Friday, March 2
7:00 p.m. – FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
Directed by Kevin Wines
Tom Godett suffers from needing a life. Spend a day with him to find out what a little mystery can bring him.
Directed by Scott A. Magie
A pardoned ex-con reluctantly returns to prison as a visitor, but the hardest prison to escape is a hateful heart.
(Jersey City, NJ)
Yuna makes lunch box meals and then eats these with her customers. Her most customers are lonely and share a feeling that there is something lacking in their life. One day, She meets Anthony who is delusional and suffers from multiple personalty disorder, and is forced to face her own troubling memories of the past.
Castle on a Cloud
(San Ramon, CA)
Directed by Joshua Cavalier
Wes, a loving father, is attending his daughter Felice’s school play with his wife Alice. During intermission, Wes learns on a phone call that Felice is not his biological daughter. When Alice comes looking for him, Wes must determine whether family means something more to him than a bloodline.
(São Paulo, Brazil)
Directed by Diana Chao
Happy hour. A guy walks into a bistro and starts swiping left and right on a dating app.A girl goes in and sits by a table next to him. They exchange looks, there’s something real between them. She’s on the same app that he is but then… they match on it.
Directed by Aaron Dunbar
An animated tale of love, solitude, and artistic obsession.
Directed by Thomas Espy & Huiying Wang
Stephanie struggles with body image, mood, and eating disorders. Human Kaleidoscope captures her journey as she meets with professional bodypainter Cheryl Ann Lipstreu and considers experiencing something she would have never thought possible.
8:30 – Filmmakers Discussion Panel and Q&A
Saturday, March 3
1:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker: Niv Klainer
Follow the path of an indie filmmaker from first short to feature and onward. Niv Klainer will screen segments of his films and will tell his story of finding his way in the American film industry. Niv Klainer received a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Tel Aviv University and attended the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. After the premiere of his short, MR. KURZWEIL IS DEAD, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, Niv moved on to develop his first feature film, BENA, at the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The film was a French-Israeli co-production and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. During the past decade, Niv has been living in New York City and Chicago, working as a writer, director and editor. DON’T THINK ABOUT IT is his latest short. It has been selected for 45 festivals and received 12 awards (including Best Student Film at the 2017 Colony Short Film Festival).
2:30 p.m. – FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
A Tickle Tale
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Directed by Terry O’Quinn
The Founding Fathers can’t write amendments because it’s too hot.
The Scary Ham
Directed by Sue Mroz
Two middle-aged sisters sorting through 50 years’ worth of family memorabilia reconnect, as they contend with their late father’s beloved ham.
Thomas C. Johnson
Marieke explores the life and craft of Marieke Penterman, acclaimed Dutch Gouda cheesemaker from Thorp, Wisconsin.
Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming the Study of Disease
Directed by Jennifer A. Manner
Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming How We Study Disease is a new film that provides an overview of the benefits of Zebrafish as a biomedical research model, in an easy-to-understand, visually-stunning documentary.
Directed by Benjamin Crane
After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize mars, and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life.
Leaves of Fall
Directed by Marc Wiskemann
Even a man made of metal and wire feels the effects of time on his heart.
The Widow Cleans House
(St. Paul, MN)
Directed by Jared Reise
When a recently widowed woman sets about to clean and purge her house, she discovers something in the basement that changes her life forever.
Directed by Ashley S. Brandon
With a trusty peacock in tow a young taxidermist must overcome her insecurities to win first place at the U.S. National Taxidermy Championships.
4:00 p.m. – FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Directed by Mark Casadei
Tom never had a chance to hold his son before he passed. Haunted by the decision to leave early that week, tom struggles to come to terms with his decision and the death of his infant son. But when another man interrupts his conversation at his sons grave, he finds it hard to concentrate and is determined to confront the man who is ruining his moment with his only son.
Directed by Brian MacNeel
When Jace’s cousin, Dakota, visits for the weekend, Jace is more than a little annoyed. If his group of roughhousing friends discover that Dakota is transgender, the damage to Jace’s reputation would be irreparable. When Dakota’s transgender identity is finally revealed, Jace is confronted with a decision: betray his cousin or stand up to his friends and lose face in this small community.
Musicians & Magicians
(New York, NY)
Directed by Ben Williams
Meet Henry – a flustered screenwriter who stages his life like a movie, while struggling to hold down a relationship with his girlfriend, Dorry, a down-to-earth therapist.
Touching Kids – The story of a conservative children’s show
Directed by Peter John Ross
Peter Politowski saw that there were no children’s shows that represented his conservative values, so he took it upon himself to create a series that got cancelled.
(Los Angeles, CA)
Directed by Jason C. Brown
A short comedy about a woman, her imaginary friend and the strained relationship between them.
5:15 p.m. – Filmmakers Discussion Panel and Q&A
6:15 P.M. – Dinner on your own in downtown Marietta. (Check out the local dining guide!)
8:00 p.m. – AWARD NOMINEE SCREENINGS
An encore screening of this year’s award nominees.
10:45 p.m. – AWARDS & HONORS
Around town during the Colony Short Film Festival:
Friday, March 2 is First Friday in Marietta. Downtown shops will be open late, and restaurants frequently feature First Friday specials. After Friday’s screening and panel, enjoy Music for the Cause, a benefit concert for Marietta Main Street, held at the Adelphia Music Hall.
If you need help planning your stay, please visit our local CVB’s website for lodging and dining guides: mariettaohio.org and find additional local events listed with Marietta Main Street: mariettamainstreet.org/events/.