Filmmakers to Showcase the Beauty of Canton, Farmington Valley

Farmington Valley Film Commission Film Fete & Mixer takes place Friday night.

Area residents will have the chance to watch several locally produced short films, trailers and music videos at the Farmington Valley Film Commission 3rd Annual Film Fete & Mixer on Friday. The films featured were all shot in Avon, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, Farmington, Granby, New Hartford, and/or Simsbury.

The venue is Collinsville's on 41 Bridge St. — a platinum sponsor for the event, along with , of Simsbury, and , of Avon.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with the musical entertainment of singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski, who also plays keyboard. There will be a cash bar.

Film screenings begin at 8 p.m., emceed by Chion Wolf, a WNPR radio personality on The Colin McEnroe Show and Farmington native.

The commission, a nonprofit that "facilitates the production of film, television, commercials and advertising" in the region, according to its website, is largely to thank for a push to draw filmmakers to the region. In addition to fostering a local creative network, it provides information for filmmakers on its website like film permit costs and local resources from actors and filmmakers to businesses.

"We want to bring people into the Farmington Valley to film and show them we have talented people here," said Avon resident Nancy Anstey, who co-founded the commission with Elizabeth Banco, of Simsbury, about three-and-a-half years ago.

Filmmakers from the Valley and as far as California have contacted the commission about their projects, Anstey said. 

Brian Spectre, Doug Tubach, Steve Emirzian and Rob Hyner judged the submissions for the film festival and decided which ones to accept, Anstey said. The amount of film submissions have grown since receiving nine the first year.

Avon resident Sean Stall, of Avon-based post-production studio Ironik Design & Post, Inc., put the film submissions onto a final DVD for the screening, Anstey said. 

The event costs $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.41bridgestreet.com or via phone. 860-676-8878.

Film Fete Program:

Evan Camporeale's The Valley will open the festival.

  • Bill Benson, produced by Atlantian Films: Rodeo Cowboy (music video)
  • Alex Hyner: The Pitch
  • Brian Spectre and Atlantian Films: Vigilante, Inc. (extended trailer)
  • John Galvin: Priced to Sell (extended trailer)
  • Evan Camporeale: Why Me? (short film)
  • Alex Fuller: Brian Spectre: Then & Now (short doc)
  • Jacob Bittens: A Little Dream (short film)
  • Neal Thomasson: music video
  • Jeff Schlicter: Bach & Forth (short film)
  • Jay Jurgen: Overdue (short film)
  • Evan Camporeale: Cinematropolis (music video)
  • Alex Sauerbrunn: Somnium (short film)
  • M. Katrin Daria: After (short film) 
  • Sherril Jones: Safe Haven (short doc)
  • Richard Pelzar: RC Murals (time-lapse short)


Betty August 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
A great time, at a great place. We are lucky to have the FVFC helping to bring jobs and money to the Farmington Valley through the film industry. Southern CT now has 3 film commissions that have brought significant revenue to their communities. It is wonderful to have their annual summer film festival in Collinsville.


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