Reel East Film Festival 2017 – June 17

The Reel East Film Festival returns for its third year! This is a free(!) film festival spotlighting some really interesting films. The highlight this year is the world premiere of The Sickness by New Jersey writer-director Brandon Brooks, to host with a Q and A to follow.

To attend requires registration here, in advance or the day of, and recommend preregistering by Saturday, June 10 to guarantee your spot.

Schedule for REFF, 2017:

Theater 1:

  • 11am: 24 Hour Comic, a new documentary by Milan Erceg on a day-long race to create comic books by some of the best and brightest in the field (many of whom offer on-screen commentary). This un-contest (no awards are given – just bragging rights!) filmed in a Portland, Oregon comics store in 2013 is an example of a nationwide “holiday” created by Scott McCloud and launched in 2004. 24 Hour Comic will be distributed by Gravitas Ventures later this year. “Lively, whimsical” – Elias Savada, Film International

  • 2pm: The Green Girl, a feature documentary celebrating the life and unheralded success of actress Susan Oliver, best known for her role as the eponymous figure in the original series Star Trek (1966-69). In 1964, Oliver starred in the show’s rejected pilot as Vina, though her image was famously incorporated into the show’s end credits and later recycled on another episode. Oliver contained multitudes that extended well beyond this passive role. An accomplished pilot and prolific television star, she captivated audiences herself for years, eventually turning her attention behind the camera. The latest from director George Pappy (Few Options) finds Hollywood history beneath layers of green paint.
  • 5pm: Tiela Garnett, daughter of classic Hollywood director Tay Garnett (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Bataan) will present her father’s 1930 film, Her Man, along with a program of other clips from his works. Her Man, a tough and delightful version of “Frankie and Johnnie” starring Helen Twelvetrees and Ricardo Cortez, is set in a Havana bordello and features groundbreaking cinematography for its era.
  • 8pm: The world premiere of Sickness, starring Katarina Leigh Waters, Brian O’Halloran, Gary Gustin, and Fallon Maressa. A viral outbreak in the Delaware Valley thrusts several strangers together for a survivalist take on chills and suspense. Writer-director Brandon Brooks and cast members will present the film with Q and A following.
  • 11pm: Red Christmas, in which festive hell breaks loose on Christmas Eve in the Australian Outback when a mysterious, a vengeful drifter pays a bloody visit to an unsuspecting family. Giallo visuals and provocative undertones of the abortion debate combine for an explosively weird feature debut from TV actor/director/producer Craig Anderson. Horror luminary Dee Williams (The Hills Have Eyes, The HowlingCujoCritters) stars in this genre curiosity, distributed by Artsploitation Films (10/2017), that Variety calls “an energetic, candy-colored romp.”

 Theater 2 will host blocks of short films, local features, and student works (schedule TBA)

More details available on the festival’s website.

Author: Ryan Silberstein

Ryan has been writing thoughtful film reviews and pop culture commentary on and off for over a decade. He spends his days at a company named one of the best to work for in the Philadelphia area. His other interests include comic books, coffee, experimental beer, discovering new music, and books.

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