Last Friday night saw the First annual Central Mass Film Festival premiere at Worcester’s Perfect Game Sports Grill & Lounge. The region was long overdue for a festival and congratulations are in order for the team who put it on.
The evening began with Master of Ceremonies, Dee Wells, standing in front of the screen to greet the attendees and introduce the first film, Home Sweet Home. It’s a short about moving into that perfect house, that isn’t. The movie would win the evening’s Grand Prize.
Next up, Gowanus is about getting into the wrong cab and having a series of comedic adventures.
The music video/movie Catch me if you can by Dan Rosario has Keith Klep Napier rapping his escape with straitjacket from psychiatric hospital staff.
Skip Shea’s Out Of The Night sees Gwen Callahan in the wrong place, but at the right time to have an adventure.
Little Pen Lost is Julia Radochia’s film concerning a lost soul, Angie, and a lost pen.
Dan Moraru’s Victim, about a hired gun’s misadventures is probably one of the first Greco-American hip-hop productions. Athens and NYC are the venues of Ariez Onasis' performance.
Christopher Grace’s Residual was next up. Residual is a psychological paranormal thriller. Is Jack, like Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five, unstuck in time?
Sultry voice of Anna Karakalou wonderfully flavors the music video, Mulligan’s Island. It was all nicely done under Jeffrey Palmer’s direction.
Tamisha Claudia Francois’ Mona Lisa shows that art, or the artist at least can be a killer.
What could go wrong on Girl’s night out, other than everything? Rufus Chaffee and Goldilocks productions won the Audience Award.
The last showing was a sneak preview of J.R. Hepburn’s Killing Khan. Watch for it.
Dee Wells was kind enough to speak with us. Planning for next year begins with a November 4th meeting. Any new ideas? Dee said they would love to have a youth track as part of the festival, consisting of shorts, animation and gaming and open to ages eight to 17.
Dee also mentioned others without whom the festival would never have happened. Matt Feinstein of Worcester Roots, Kristen Lucas and Barbara Guertin of Goldilocks Productions, as well as Cedric Arno of Future Focus Media Group were all stalwart. James Lewis, founder and director of the Worcester Film festival was also an integral part of CMFF. This list is not exhaustive as Dee was quick to point out. There were too many involved to name all.
Special thanks to Sara and Michael Ehrlich of Perfect Game and the owners of Varsity. The two venues could not have been more welcoming.
The Boston Film Industry Examiner only regrets he was unable to attend the Saturday night affair. Judging from the audience pictures, it was as enthusiastically attended as the previous evening. The audience and grand prize winner for the evening was Benjamin Meadows Can I Ask You Something.
It was a wonderful event and should become a fixture in the region, and why not? Wormtown has a lot going on. What with Barbara Guertin’s Mass Studios and locally filmed American Hustle, not to mention Olive Kittredge this past week at the airport. No wonder Dee refers to Wormtown as HollyWoo.