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SCV Film Festival

Short and feature-length films appropriate to all ages screen this weekend in Old Town Newhall

Posted: January 7, 2010 3:36 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2010 6:00 a.m.

"My Name is Jerry," staring local resident Doug Jones, is one of the featured films at the SCV Film Festival. It screens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall.

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The fifth annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival will be held tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Repertory East Playhouse in Old Town Newhall. This year the festival continues to focus on films appropriate for all ages, but will be showing feature-length films in addition to short films. The feature-length film competition is highly competitive, but accepted films will have the opportunity to be considered for distribution.

"We are very excited about the fifth annual SCV Film Festival, as it will be our best yet," said Ramon Hamilton, the executive director of the festival. "This year families can expect to see quality, independent films from all over the world. Films are from a variety of genres and will certainly satisfy all movie-goers. In addition to the professional independent films that will be showcased, we are proud to, once again, highlight the work of local youth here in the Santa Clarita Valley as we feature the best of the best among the elementary, junior high and high school films."

The REP's artistic director, Ovington Michael Owston, said, "This is our fifth year hosting the film festival. They are truly an amazing organization that is dedicated to quality independent filmmaking as well as educating the youth of the Santa Clarita Valley in the art of filmmaking. It is always a pleasure to host them and we look forward to this event each year."

Hamilton added that the SCV Film Festival has grown since its inception five years ago and has now become a premier events in the SCV. "In particular, we are proud to offer families an affordable and enjoyable experience in which they will see great films and might even see the work of a future Steven Spielberg or James Cameron. This year, we also have some blocks that offer great date nights for couples, such as ‘My Name is Jerry' and ‘True Beauty this Night' on Saturday night," he said.

SCV Film Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 8 - 10) at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321. Daily passes for the festival are $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. To reserve tickets, e-mail or call (661) 251-0274. (Unless otherwise noted, films are appropriate for all audiences and are short films.)

Friday, Jan. 8 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Musicals
"After Hours"
"Unitards" (feature length comedy)

Friday, Jan. 8 (8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Animation
Films in this block are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
"Piece of Cake"
"Grand Adventure 7"
"Los Estrandados"
"Fish Alert"
"Experiment Extreme"

Saturday, Jan. 9 (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Script 2 Screen
PTA Reflections Competition - Top Finalists
"The Mouse that Soared" (professional animated short)
"Ewe & Me" (professional animated short)

Saturday, Jan. 9 (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) Junior High School Films
COC Junior High Spring and Summer Institutes
Arroyo Seco Junior High School
Castaic Middle School
"Family Pieces" (college short)
"Wonder" (professional short)

Saturday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Romantic Comedy
Films in this block are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
"My Name is Jerry" (feature length)
"True Beauty this Night"

Sunday, Jan. 10 (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Shorts
Films in this block are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
"Sampalataya" (act of faith)
"Slice of Pie"
"Running Away with Blackie"
"One Day"

Sunday, Jan. 10 (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) High School Films
West Ranch High School
Valencia High School
Golden Valley High School
Saugus High School
Ridgewood High School,
Ridgewood, NJ
Archbishop Molloy, Briarwood, NY

Sunday, Jan. 10 (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Awards Ceremony
Best Script 2 Screen
Best Junior High School
Best High School
Best College
Best Film Shot on Film
Best Short
Best Feature




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