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Reel East is proud to announce the appearance of Tiela Garnett, daughter of Golden Age director Tay Garnett (The Postman Always Rings Twice), for a 5pm discussion followed by a screening of Her Man (1930) and a Q and A. Garnett will also screen selected clips of her father’s work and discuss his career and her writing about growing up in Hollywood.
At 8pm, Reel East will host the world premiere of Sickness by New Jersey writer-director Brandon Brooks, to host with a Q and A to follow.
Full Schedule for REFF, 2017:
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.
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, 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 Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, Cujo, Critters) stars in this genre curiosity that Variety calls "an energetic, candy-colored romp."
11AM: PRODUCTION PROBLEMS, Indie feature film by local filmmaker John Cassidy. Shawna is a born to be a video production student. Unfortunately, her brother Jack doesn't think so. When old Video Production alumni get word of how sheltered she is, they take action, and try to take her to safety to meet her pen-pal, James, in New York. Not only is she in for the adventure of a lifetime with insanely immature 20 year olds; she's off on a journey to find out who she really is. A Comedy/Drama/Adventure
2PM:The Films of Herbert Dawley: Newly restored versions of two amazing, silent special effects-oriented productions by New Jersey resident Herbert Dawley, a pioneering animator and film director. Willis O’Brien of “King Kong” fame directed and is featured in “The Ghost of Slumber Mountain” (1918), in which Dawley himself relates stories to his nephews about how he encountered such dinosaurs as a Brontosaurus and Triceratops beyond Slumber Mountain. And O’Brien and Hawley share director’s credit on “Across the Moonbeam Trailer” (1920) in which two children are taken on a magical and dangerous ride to the moon where they doge dinosaurs. Total running time: Approximately 35 min.
Followed by blocks of short films and student works In competition for one of our prizes (Schedule TBA)
5PM: Stephen King's DOLLAR BABIES: "What in the world are dollar babies?"
For years Stephen King has been allowing student and independent filmmakers to legally adapt his short stories (not his novels) for the cost of one dollar. This became known as the "Dollar Deal" and the films as "Dollar Babies".
Of course, filmmakers cannot profit from the films financially. They can only use the films to practice their craft or to demonstrate their talents at film festivals or private screenings. Reel East is proud to be able to screen these rarely seen films.