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Pa. film festival to highlight work of area artists

April 27, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A number of independent artists from South Central Pennsylvania will have their work on display in The Capitol Theatre this weekend as part of the 2011 Waking Giant Film Festival & New Media Art Exhibit.

The first-time event will feature local filmmakers such as Sean Foy (originally from Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Christopher Watson, according to a news release.

Waking Giant kicks off with a red carpet reception at 5 p.m. on Friday. The weekend's first film, "PressPausePlay," begins at 7:30.

Watson's "Singapore" is his first in a series of art film projects. He describes the movie as a "dream sequence" based on visions he's seen around Chambersburg.  Watson said Franklin County residents will recognize images of Wilson College and the Conococheague Creek in his film.

He said he's excited to be part of Waking Giant and calls the upcoming exposure of his project, "exhilarating." "Singapore" will screen at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

"Gasland" will conclude the first night of film. The documentary focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling. It was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature."

High school filmmakers get the chance to show off their work from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the theater on Saturday. They'll be followed by screenings of "Lemonade," "Hotel Gramercy Park" and "Echotone."

Chambersburg-based band, The Shackeltons, will bring the weekend's festivities to a close on Saturday night. Rolling Stone magazine has described the post-punk quintet's sound as "thrilling" and "brilliant."

They take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Waking Giant is presented by Bistro 71 and is a Post Now PA event in coordination with Jeremy Wolfe Photography.

"Art is becoming more popular because of social media and other new technology,"  Aaron Treher, vice president of Post Now PA, said in the release. "It's easy for people to use these tools. It's happening worldwide and in the Chambersburg community."

Wolfe said he hopes anyone who attends Waking Giant this weekend leaves with a new appreciation of the arts.

"You need to understand the importance of getting up, getting dressed and coming to the cinemas. In an age of Netflix and YouTube, it's still nice for people to come together and enjoy a film in public, with a sense of brotherhood, togetherness," Wolfe said in the release.

"We're waking this sleeping giant. The giant, in this case, is our community's potential and growing appetite, along with the desire to support this type of cultural event," Wolfe said.

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