Photography by Paparazzi Paul.
“Fragile Beauty (2016)” was directed by Alan Kaplan www.alankaplanphotography.com with Wendy Stuart Kaplan www.wendystuarttv.com serving as the film's host and narrator. The documentary took place in the Omo Valley which is in Southern Ethiopia, Africa. In what began as an exploration in the fashion culture of the remote tribes that reside in the area, a more poignant narrative developed as the film revealed the challenges these tribes face when confronted by the modern world. The use of motion and still photography by Mr. Kaplan enhanced the visual depth of the film through this approach which allowed the audience to observe concepts they would otherwise remain unaware of. The sub-textual emotions of joy and sorrow found within the words of Ms. Kaplan added a soul to the film which allowed the audience to be touched by what they experienced while viewing the work. You can view a trailer from the film at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm_sgegKTNI and information about the film as well as screening it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Shohola: Along the River (2014)” is a historical documentary which educated the audience on the founding and growth of the Shohola Township in Pike County, PA. The film was produced and directed by Dennis Lee. The natural beauty of the area was a prominent feature of the film and created a sense of nostalgia among the audience which even touched those who have never been to the area. The film also shared the history of the area including a civil war train crash which took place near The Rohman’s Inn (which is now called The Rohman’s Inn and Pub). A short film titled “The Escape from the Train Crash” recreating the escape and recapture of the confederate civil war soldiers was shown after the screening. You can Learn more about Mr. Lee by exploring his Website at www.tributenewyork.com and view a trailer from the film on The Black Bear Film Festival Video Page at www.facebook.com/blackbearfilm/videos/10153996157692759.
The next Salon was titled, “The Student Film Showcase” which presented films made by students enrolled in schools throughout the Milford, PA area and beyond. The talent of the students who created the pieces left a lasting impression upon those who were fortunate enough to experience the fruit of their endeavors. The abilities they demonstrated in their cinematography, story structure, and the performances they inspired from their actors were truly astounding and can be favorably compared to their adult counterparts. A brief introduction was given by Ms. Kelly for Lenore Fasula who then proceeded to introduce the films.
The festival was an extremely enjoyable one that was filled with films, discussions, and conversations galore. Personally, my love for the art of film was enhanced by the experience and I look forward to attending next year. I hope to see you then. In the meantime, you'll find more photographs taken during The 17th Annual Black Bear Film Festival in The For The Love of Film Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155357562623761.1073742025.91146283760&type=3.