Opening night for the Williamsburg International Film Festival (Willifest) brought a world of personalities to the red carpet hosted at Williamsburg Cinemas. With "Live It Up TV" host Donna Drake as the red carpet correspondent, it was all fun and smiles as film directors, actors, artist, community influencers and other entertainment industry notables walked the red carpet and posed for pictures.
Opening night continued on screen with a special presentation from Robin C. Adams- co-founder and producer of Willifest. Adams premiered "Runway Beauty Queen," a hip hop video featuring retired corporate and city librarian and educator- Gwendolyn Taylor- Davis. With positive lyrics, the silver haired woman delivered a visually funny yet educational message. Uninhibited by her age- this "rapping granny" proved that the she too is a Queen of Hip Hop- a true "self-appointed and anointed runway beauty queen."
In keeping with great visuals and chuckles, the projector rolled on with "I Want To Tell You" music video from The Van Houtens and the short film, "Bread and Butter." Both hilariously in sync with the feature presentation, The Van Houtens video depicts rock star legends who have died, now alive in a secret country club called The Forever Club. The video features the look-a-likes of entertainments dead celebrities, including Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and even Elvis made an appearance enjoying themselves at a private estate. "Bread and Butter" directed by Ben Hall and Phoebe Hartley is a quirky short following an ordinary guy who's quest for butter for his bread turns to be the most frustrating experience of his life. Watching this short will keep you laughing but understanding how the simple things in life can be so important to us.
The night closed with the world premiere of "Play." The feature film is directed by Alec Toller, written by Kelly McCormack and produced by McCormack and Kristian Brunn. The feature unpredictable and wacky comedy is about the opening night of new play that takes an unexpected turn which causes all of the actors to improvise. With a series of disastrous misunderstandings and clashing egos "The Play" kept the audience laughing throughout the film. Interestingly enough, the film that brought equal laughter as a blockbuster, only cost them $1000 to make.
Willifest continues Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. For complete schedule of film and events visit www.willifest.com