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‘That perfect town’

October 11, 2012

Milford readies for 13th Black Bear Film Festival
MILFORD, PA — For more than a decade, Milford has proven to be an ideal place for a film festival. That’s what Jerry Beaver, founding president of the 13th annual Black Bear Film Festival (BBFF) thought 12 years ago when he dubbed Milford the “perfect town.”

This year will be no different as BBFF brings its thought-provoking, entertaining and powerful films to the newly renovated Milford Theatre and nearby Film Salon on October 12 through 14. And once again, local artists and community businesses have created unique Art Bears, which will be sold at a silent auction during the festival to raise funds for its support.

BBFF began in Milford in 2000 when a small group of individuals set out to produce an event that would support and promote innovative and independent films. The festival celebrates Milford’s rich film-making heritage and conservation history tied to Gifford Pinchot, who is often referred to as the father of the American conservation movement.

The festival continues to support independent films, artistic expression, education, diversity and cultural enhancement while celebrating the region’s clean air and water, abundant wildlife and natural beauty.

During one special screening on October 13 at 6 p.m. in the Milford Theatre, BBFF, in cooperation with EPIX Films, will present “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.”

Showing in Milford just eight days after its premier in New York City, the documentary focuses on three important men behind the success of the James Bond franchise: producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and author Ian Fleming.

The film offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the Bond films and the men who created the longest running film franchise in cinema history, beginning in 1962. Audience members will get an exclusive opportunity to meet Saltzman’s daughter, Hilary, who will be available for questions after the film.

In addition to offerings in the main theater, a free film salon will be held nearby at St. Patrick’s Social Hall (see sidebar).

Black Bear Film Salon still free

BBFF will present its 2012 Black Bear Film Salon, which showcases cutting-edge short films, student productions, documentaries and more, at no charge. Throughout the weekend, guest speakers will engage in discussions with audience members on the history and production process of select films. The salon will take place at St. Patrick’s Social Hall, on the corner of East High and Fourth streets in Milford, a block away from the Milford Theatre, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Highlights include:

• “The Sky is Pink,” the new anti-fracking film by Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated “Gasland”

• The Young Amateur Film-Makers’ Forum, featuring submissions from local middle and high school students

• “Sourlands,” a new film by award-winning reporter, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Jared Flesher on the fight for ecological sustainability

• The world premiere of “Forces of Nature,” a new production from Grey Towers Heritage Association

• An award-winning documentary, “9000 Needles,” presented by Worker Bee Community Acupuncture of Milford

• “Editor Uncut,” a work-in-progress by Tom Hayes about his father, legendary “Esquire” editor Harold Hayes

• Guest lecturers John DiLeo, author of “Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies,” and Penn State film professor John Riddle’s tribute to the late Chris Marker