Owensboro, Ky. (October 26, 2012) – Kentucky Wesleyan College will host the second annual River City Festival of Films on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. in the Winchester Campus Community Center with P.J. Starks of Verite Cinema. The event will feature workshops with industry professionals, including actors, writers and producers, and the opportunity to discuss the craft with participating filmmakers. Film screenings are $4 each and $2 with student ID. All proceeds will go to News Beginnings, an Owensboro sexual assault support agency. The all-genre charity event will celebrate the art of independent films and the diverse mix of talented filmmakers in the region and beyond.
Assistant Professor of English Tamara Coy explains that hosting a film festival at an educational venue is a novel approach with only a few others in the United States each year. “As students pursue any vocation, having the opportunity to see the process in practice consolidates learning. I wanted my students to see that screenwriting and filmmaking is not just big-budget Hollywood and computer effects. It is about themes and tone and cinematography and having a passion about your dreams. P.J. and his many associates embody this love of filmmaking,” shared Coy, who teaches a KWC screenwriting class using the professional software, “Final Draft.”
Screenings include TV writer Lee Goldberg’s “Bumsicle,” which was filmed in Owensboro last spring and “The Windy Hollow Boys,” a documentary by Rick Miller. A total of 21 films will be screened, including short and feature-length films.
“We did an indie film series last fall at KWC with Professor Coy and appreciated the opportunity to interact with Wesleyan students,” said Starks. “I’m thrilled that we’re building on that experience. It will be a fun and educational event for the students and everyone who attends.”
See www.rivercityfestivaloffilms.com for more information.