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First Annual Small Town Film Festival
Release Date: March 21, 2011

The 1st Annual Small Town Film Festival comes to Armonk, NY to present two nights of dramatic shorts and feature length films, along with an opportunity to discuss the films with the directors and producers who made them.
The festival was founded by two Armonk natives, Sam Morell and Donna Garr, who are the combined force behind the successful Small Town Theatre Company, also based in Armonk.  They both share a vision and a passion to work with highly creative, talented, and dedicated people to produce high quality cultural events in the Westchester, NY area.
The Festival will be held at Whippoorwill Hall on May 6th and 7th, 2011.  Independent producer and Armonk native, Evan Ferrante (“Across the Hall”, “Teenage Paparazzo”) has come aboard as Festival Director and Programmer.  The Small Town Film Festival believes in giving back to its community and giving the gift of cinema is one way we hope to achieve this aim.
The opening night feature film, “The Cake Eaters,” directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, is a quirky, small town drama that explores the lives of two interconnected families as they confront old ghosts and discover love in the face of devastating loss.  “The Cake Eaters” features a standout performance by Kristen Stewart.
The closing night Feature Film, “Roll Out, Cowboy”, directed by Elizabeth Lawrence, follows Chris "Sandman" Sand, a “rappin' cowboy” from the small town of Dunn Center, North Dakota.  The film follows the 39-year-old country/hip-hop musician as he tours the American West during the 2008 Presidential election and proves that small town America isn't as conservative as we think.

Friday, May 6, short film lineup:
"Across the Hall" directed by Alex Merkin and produced by Evan Ferrante.  The suspenseful short follows a distressed man as he stakes outside of his fiancés seedy hotel room, after finding out that she is partaking in an affair.  As the man sits across the hall from his fiancé with a revolver and bottle of whiskey in hand, his friend rushes to avert the disaster.  The cast includes Adrien Grenier.
"The Summons", directed by Olenka Denysenko, is a portrait of one man's struggle with pain and loss.  When Gordon Lish receives a letter addressed to his dead wife Barbara summoning her for jury duty, he is forced to compose a response to a faceless bureaucrat and in so doing, relives the pain associated with her death.
“Late Bloomer”, directed by Craig Macneill, is a short loosely based on the dark tales of HP Lovecraft; “Late Bloomer” is a compelling and humorous initiation into one young boy's first seventh grade sexual education class.

Saturday, May 7, short film lineup:
“The Boundary”, written, produced and directed by Julias Onah, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2010 "25 New Faces of Independent Film".  The film follows a family on its way home who is forced to deal with circumstances it would never hope for.  Julius will also be screening his short film, “Goodbye Chicken, Fairwell Goat”, which takes a deep look into a film maker’s journey as he meditates on the death of his father.
“Coming Home”, directed by Lee Scharfstein, explores a young man’s shocking homecoming.  Kyle's hometown has become a "special place" that attracts highly evolved individuals – five of who have been adopted by his mother.  After meeting his new "brothers and sisters," Kyle realizes his journey home was anything but a random series of events.
“The Merciful Death of Jonas Blake”, directed by Seth and Nathan Anderson and produced by Jason Hagen, trails a young cowboy as he wanders the land searching for a future.  The young man encounters a woman and decides to give up his previous life, as he finds that her culture is something he can't bargain with, and a love he can never truly have.
Tickets for both feature and short films can be purchased in advance directly from the website, or by calling 914.273.0300.  General admission tickets for each evening are $20.  An additional $5 will include a post screening reception with film makers, directors, and producers at The Beehive Restaurant on May 6th and Restaurant North on May 7th – both located in Armonk.
For additional information about the films and film makers, visit

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