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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

You'll see familiar places at the Big Eddy Film Fest

By Joseph Abraham - staff writer

By: Contributed graphic
The official poster of the Big Eddy Film Festival.
NARROWSBURG - Head down to the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg this weekend for the 6th Annual Big Eddy Film Festival, which has become a movie lover's paradise.
Presented by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA), the festival starts on Friday, with the opening film, “The Boy Downstairs,” which will be shown at 8 p.m.
Films continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Tina Spangler serves as the festival director.
While the festival has several intriguing films on its lineup, two were made either entirely or partly, in Sullivan County.
They will play back-to-back on Saturday night during the “Local Double Feature.”
First at 6:30 p.m., viewers will get to see “So B. It” (PG-13), which is based on the New York Times best selling book of the same name by Sullivan County-based young adult writer Sarah Weeks.
Weeks, who will hold a Q&A after the film, has owned a home in the Catskills for almost 30 years, and does a lot of her writing in Sullivan County, where several of her stories are based.
“‘So B. It' is a story about a 12-year-old girl named Heidi who has a mentally challenged mother who only says 23 words,” Weeks explained. “One of those words is a mysterious word - SOOF. Heidi goes in search of the meaning of that word which takes her on a cross country journey from Reno, Nevada to Liberty, NY where she finds the answers to her questions. If you'd like to know what SOOF means, read the book, see the movie or better yet - both!”
This is a special advance screening. The film premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released in theaters in October.
Then at 9 p.m., audiences can experience the film, “Halfway to Zen” written and directed by Sullivan County natives, husband and wife John Adams and Toby Poser. Their youngest daughter, Zelda Adams, plays the character Eddie, and their older daughter Lulu, also worked on the film.
“[Halfway to Zen] touches upon various issues we find compelling and current, all swept up in the relatable swirl of a (fictional) family life,” Poser said. “We are attracted to everyday people, the kind you might find on a corner, in a kitchen, down the road … in this case, a family made up of some very human people. They hurt; they hide their hearts; they learn to heal and find happiness. We drew upon personal experience, but also upon the stories of friends/family who are engaged with some of the issues found in the film, like dementia and transgender. Our whole crazy process, as a family of four that makes films, has always relied upon our current whereabouts and the kindness of the people who fill it.
“We aren't afraid to tackle raw, human, and often difficult issues with one fist full of humor and the other full of truth,” Poser added. “The film is also an obvious love note to the Catskills, easily familiar to anyone who has a soft spot for the region as we do.”
The film, which is not appropriate for young audiences, was shot in and around Liberty and other Sullivan County locales. It premiered last fall at the Woodstock Film Festival.
Poser, Adams and cast will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.
Another special treat for festival goers comes on Sunday, with a showing of the Disney classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 2 p.m. The film's director Kirk Wise - who also directed the animated Disney classics, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”) - along with his partner Heidi, who's the singing voice of Esmeralda in the “Hunchback” movie, will be available for a Q&A after the film. The pair own a home in Narrowsburg.
If like most people you love to watch films with a snack, the festival has a concession stand with popcorn and gourmet sweet treats.
DVAA will be holding several parties and special events at locales around Narrowsburg the weekend of the festival. For more information on other films, to buy tickets and see screening times, visit

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