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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

HVIFF to hit the big screen

By Matt Shortall - staff writer

Roll out the red carpet and tip off the paparazzi, the Hudson Valley International Film Festival (HVIFF) will take place August 14-16 at the newly reopened Town of Monroe Arts and Civic Center (TMACC).
The festival is being organized in part by Monticello native and Monticello HS alum Charles Marinaro.
TMACC is equipped with three screens and stadium seating. Two additional theatres will be used for interactive Q&A sessions with special celebrity guests.
The festival will feature international filmmakers from countries such as Germany, Italy and Israel, as well as local projects from local rising stars in Sullivan County.
One of the celebrity guests will be Naomi Grossman, who played “Pepper” on the second and fourth seasons of “American Horror Story.

Feature length and short films will compete in narrative, documentary, and animation categories. The festival will also feature tv pilots and music videos. Cash prizes will be awarded by category. Winners must be there in person to claim their cash prize.
Besides the film screenings, the festival will feature filmmaking workshops, poetry slams, fashion shows and, of course, great food.
“We're hoping that this becomes an annual event that breathes new life into the artistic community of [our region],” said Marinaro.
Marinaro hopes the festival will become an annual event that provides local artists and filmmakers like himself with a chance to gain some exposure.
Marinaro grew up in Monticello always wishing there was a platform for local filmmakers to present their work to audiences.
Marinaro founded Transcending Pictures film studio along with friends Melissa Cohen and Chris Matrone. The trio is responsible for scripting, directing and distributing two films, “The Factory” and “Savior.”
“The Factory” was shown last year at the Hoboken International Film Festival, based in Middletown.
“Savior” is set to premier at the HVIFF, along with dozens of other films from rising local and international artists.
Admission will be $8 for a single movie, $15 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass. With entrance fees as funding, organizers will be handing out prizes in eight different categories.
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