We got to meet some wonderful filmmakers, one of them being the "Ryans" from the short documentary film, Invincible Pep, which was about Ryan Quinn's Grandfather's lifetime story of working as an iron man who built many landmarks in Pittsburgh, and survived several near-death experiences on the job. We got to also meet the Grandfather, who was a fun guy, and promised to get us strong iron men for husbands if we visited Pittsburgh. ;)
Some of the films I was able to see and that stood out to me were Record/Play, Invincible Pep, and Harry Grows Up (hilarious!). I wish I could have also seen The Framing of Joe Paterno, Voices of Time Before They Are Silenced, and El Invento, but alas. Maybe someday at another festival.
|one of the venues filling up before a screening|
The screening we attended was very full, and there were audible gasps and murmurs during it. A fun Q&A time after a screening got us questions such as if we filmed it in Ireland (I wish!), and if our actors were Irish. We got some chuckles when we told them the actors were from NY to PA to DE.
Overall, we felt the West Chester FF was fantastic. The organizers did a great job: provided nice venues, workshops, galas, good attendance at the screenings, and overall made filmmakers feel like a valued part of the film festival. I hope to get the chance to return with more films in the future!
|Mesah with writer and fellow producer, Alex, and actor, Shawn|