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March 8, 2012
New Embassy Theatre will be hosting the Queen City Independent Filmmakers Contest. A panel of judges with experience in film production and/or knowledge of film history will choose one winner and one honorable mention in three categories based on length. Deadline for submissions of films is Thursday, March 15. There is no submission charge. Cash prizes will be awarded; and a public viewing during the Queen City Independent Film Festival will be Saturday, and Sunday, April 28 and 29. For complete guidelines, go to  www.newembassy.org .
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
Three filmmakers from the Big Apple were in the Hub City on Friday to show their romantic comedy, “Twenty Million People,” at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. New Yorkers Michael Ferrell, Devin Sanchez and Chris Prine said during a reception at the Academy Theatre off East Washington Street that they attend film festivals not only to get exposure for their pictures, but to trade techniques with other filmmakers. “You exchange war stories and tips, and we stay in touch with people when we go to other festivals,” Ferrell said.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 9, 2008
o See the clock start ticking for the 72 Film Fest; go to Antpod.com , powered by The Herald-Mail and Antietam Cable. FREDERICK, Md. -- Making a film in three days seems a little more challenging once you toss the element of surprise onto the pile. But that's the point. The 72 Film Fest is supposed to be hard. "It's really difficult," said founder and organizer Jason Streff. "It's, honestly, 72 hours of no sleep at all. You push your body to the limit. You're out of your mind writing these things, trying to edit them and direct things.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 8, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- Sometimes, anything worth doing is worth doing in three days. And on Friday and Saturday, filmmakers who entered this year's 72 Fest will find out who did it the best. This year's 72 Fest is set for Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, at Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick. The 72 Fest is a contest in which filmmakers have three days to make a short film from scratch. The incentive: lots and lots of prizes and the distinction of having your film showcased.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2013
There is no law set in stone that says a film has to last for several hours. In fact, long before Hollywood embraced marathon blockbusters like “Gone with the Wind,” cinema consisted solely of short films, with stars such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin delivering memorable performances on just one reel. Now, everything old is new again and the short film is back in vogue. But for filmmakers, the opportunities to share those stories are often few and far between.
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August 29, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Whether they're Civil War buffs or not, several Washington County residents and tourists agreed Thursday that news of a major motion picture expected to be filmed in the area is cause for excitement. Filmmakers announced Wednesday they could start shooting the film version of Jeff Shaara's novel, "Gods and Generals" in the area as early as next spring. Marty Rogers said she's not a Civil War enthusiast, but was excited for the area.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
Lights. Cameras. Conservation. As they have for the past 10 years, filmmakers, producers, educators and audiences will gather in this small, historic town to address global environmental issues through the use of imagery. It's the American Conservation Film Festival - an annual event that provides a venue for a diverse range of films and documentaries focusing on the preservation of natural resources and cultural traditions. This year's festival will be held today through Sunday, Nov. 4, and will include not only films, but post-show Q&As, workshops and children's programs.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 17, 2010
A film set to debut in France at its Cannes Film Festival has taken a piece of Hub City with it. The 24-minute short, "Hushed," will debut at the 2010 Cannes Short Film Corner. Director Vincent Brando said a third of the film was shot at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Cannes Film Festival, which began Wednesday, is considered to be one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in the world. For 12 days, filmmakers, fans and the folks with the money to make your movie a blockbuster, converge in France for the yearly festival.
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October 26, 2012
1. Spook-tacular Halloween event Hancock Halloween Parade will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in downtown Hancock. Hancock Rotary Club  hosts the parade. Call 301-678-6635. Rain date is Nov. 1. 2. Conservation celebrated on film American Conservation Film Festival will be Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4, in five venues in Shepherdstown, W.Va.The festival will include 65 films from around the world, post-show question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers and conservation experts, 3-D Films on Friday and a Saturday afternoon children's program.
NEWS
August 31, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer Since the announcement last week that a major motion picture is to be filmed in Washington County next year, many area officials have been beaming with optimism about Hollywood coming to Hagerstown. But one movie industry analyst warned that films produced independently have great risks, and a local official said he is concerned that taxpayer dollars are being gambled on something that is not a sure thing. Antietam Film Works, the company created to film the Civil War epic "Gods and Generals," received a $500,000 line of credit from Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust to pay for preproduction costs for the movie.
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July 25, 2013
The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival has announced it is opening submissions for films worldwide.  The festival will be Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6 in Sutton's Elk Theatre. Festival Director  Caitlin Renée Campbell said festival offiicals have a special interest in films shot in West Virginia, about West Virginia and made by West Virginians. This West Virginia focus was reflected in the first 13 years of the festival.  In its 14th year, the festival is reaching out to include films and filmmakers worldwide.  Categories in the festival competition include: narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental/animation/music video and student, with prizes awarded in these categories.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2013
There is no law set in stone that says a film has to last for several hours. In fact, long before Hollywood embraced marathon blockbusters like “Gone with the Wind,” cinema consisted solely of short films, with stars such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin delivering memorable performances on just one reel. Now, everything old is new again and the short film is back in vogue. But for filmmakers, the opportunities to share those stories are often few and far between.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
Three filmmakers from the Big Apple were in the Hub City on Friday to show their romantic comedy, “Twenty Million People,” at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. New Yorkers Michael Ferrell, Devin Sanchez and Chris Prine said during a reception at the Academy Theatre off East Washington Street that they attend film festivals not only to get exposure for their pictures, but to trade techniques with other filmmakers. “You exchange war stories and tips, and we stay in touch with people when we go to other festivals,” Ferrell said.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Writer-director Alonso Mayo has had his filmmaker's dream come to fruition: the premiere of his first full-length feature film. "It's exciting," Mayo said during a phone interview from a vacation in Lawrence, Kan. Mayo's film, "The Story of Luke," opened in limited release on April 5. For Hagers-town audiences, the film will be shown at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown  Saturday, April 13, at Academy Theater. The 34-year-old said he was in high school when he realized he wanted to become a filmmaker.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
Lights. Cameras. Conservation. As they have for the past 10 years, filmmakers, producers, educators and audiences will gather in this small, historic town to address global environmental issues through the use of imagery. It's the American Conservation Film Festival - an annual event that provides a venue for a diverse range of films and documentaries focusing on the preservation of natural resources and cultural traditions. This year's festival will be held today through Sunday, Nov. 4, and will include not only films, but post-show Q&As, workshops and children's programs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2012
1. Spook-tacular Halloween event Hancock Halloween Parade will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in downtown Hancock. Hancock Rotary Club  hosts the parade. Call 301-678-6635. Rain date is Nov. 1. 2. Conservation celebrated on film American Conservation Film Festival will be Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4, in five venues in Shepherdstown, W.Va.The festival will include 65 films from around the world, post-show question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers and conservation experts, 3-D Films on Friday and a Saturday afternoon children's program.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
It seems HorrorFind Weekend fans were harkening back to a different era when they selected their favorite flick this weekend at the Gettysburg, Pa., film festival. Neon Reel Entertainment's “The Darkness and Tom Markos” walked away with Fan Favorite Sunday, Sept. 2, at the end of the three-day event. “When they announced that we won, in my head I wanted to ask them to repeat it because I didn't believe my ears,” said director-editor Matt Matzen, 28, of Hagerstown. “The Darkness and Tom Markos” is about the story of a married couple - he's a struggling writer, she's a successful editor - who are visited one night by a stranger.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2012
Friends who scare together, stay together.  Or so it seems for director and editor Matt Matzen, along with his buddies and screenwriters Steve Shives and Rob Talbert, whose horror comedy “The Darkness and Tom Markos” will premiere at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Horrorfind Weekend in Gettysburg.  This is a return trip to Horrorfind for Matzen, who debuted his film, “Black-Eyed Children,” which was written by Shives' wife, Ashley Hutson.  Matzen said although they didn't win top prize during last year's film festival, they were able to make a buzz at the three-day festival.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2012
Film director Ron Maxwell has repaid almost all of the $300,000 he borrowed from Washington County 10 years ago. As part of a settlement, the county agreed to waive at least $80,000 in unpaid interest Maxwell owed. County spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher wrote in an email that Maxwell made payments of $60,000 apiece on Dec. 15, Feb. 15 and April 15, and the county is considering his loan “paid in full.” Maxwell's overall payments total $298,214.52. As of October 2011, Maxwell owed the county $181,786 on the principal and $81,255 on the interest, which accrued at 4.5 percent annually.
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