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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Film from Monticello graduate to premiere at Hudson Valley International Film Festival

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

A promotional photo from the film “Irony of Catharsis,” which will have it's premier at the Hudson Valley International Film Festival this Friday.
SULLIVAN COUNTY — The film “Irony of Catharsis” follows David, a simple business man whose life gets a little complicated after the death of a loved one. Despite the chaos that ensues, he finds himself drawn to an unpredictable and wild woman named Roxxi.
“Irony of Catharsis” will be premiering at the Hudson Valley International Film Festival (HVIFF) this coming weekend, on Friday August 26th.
And it was written and directed by Monticello High School and SUNY Sullivan graduate Charles Marinaro!
Not only is Marinaro a resident of Sullivan County but he is also the current HVIFF President and looked to the local community for actors and extras for the film. Even one of his film's producers, Melissa Cohen, who is also casting director and production manager, is local. Cohen graduated from Liberty High School and is still a resident of the County.

“The film festival celebrates excellence in art and is something very positive coming from people with Sullivan County roots,” said Cohen. “It would be wonderful for residents to come check it out.”
The HVIFF, held at the Monroe Arts & Civic Center, celebrates independent feature length films, shorts, pilots, animations, music videos and more, showcasing free thinkers, innovators and pioneers of the arts community.
The three-day film festival will kick off Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a Black Tie Red Carpet party followed by the premiere of Marinaro's film “Irony of Catharsis” at 8 p.m.
Accepted films will continue to play throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. Between films there will be special events, food, live music, Q&As and workshops.
The festival will come to a close Sunday evening with a Closing Night Red Carpet Party at 6 p.m. and an award ceremony at 8 p.m.
To find out more about the film festival you can visit

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