Canton Film Fest

72 short films / 20 filmmakers / April 26-28

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers.

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Canton Film Festival Guest: Erin Brown

Something the Canton Film Festival is starting this year is something we like to call the Up-and-Comer Series. For this series, we choose a filmmaker who is gaining national recognition and have him or her speak about the journey from humble beginnings to finally "making it." 

This year, Canton Film welcomes Erin Brown as our Up-and-Coming guest. Brown has worked as a writer, editor, producer, director, actress, art director, set decorator, and many other things in her eight-year career, so she knows filmmaking inside and out. She has worked with Sarah Silverman, Eminem, Zach Galifianakis, Reggie Watts,  and many other big names, and has done work for MTV, VH1, and ABC Family.

On Friday, October 3rd, at 3:30, Brown will join us at the Palace Theater to talk about her experiences in filmmaking and show a few of her shorts. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring filmmakers, as well as established regional filmmakers who want to know how to expand into the national market, to learn from someone who's been there.

Join us and learn from a pro!

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Canton Film Festival Guest: Elec Simon

Anyone who watches the news, keeps abreast of current events, or has children knows that the problem of bullying seems to have gotten worse over the past 20 years, and its consequences have escalated as well. For many children, it can feel like no one is on their side,

Elec Simon is on their side. Using the same percussion skills he brought to the Broadway production of STOMP, he encourages kids to find their voice and how to work together to stop bullying by hosting anti-bully rallies and drum circles for at-risk youth throughout Stark County.

The Canton Film Festival. working with Canton's First Friday, is proud to have Elec Simon lead an Anti-Bullying rally and Drum circle as part of the Anti-bullying themed night. The rally begins at 6:30, and will be followed by a screening of the 2012 Documentary Bully, the award-winning film about the effects of bullying in schools across America, at 7:30 at the Palace Theater.

Please join us for Elec Simon's energetic performance, as well as for this powerful film.

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Canton Film 2014 Guest: Alex Sheen

In 2012, Alex Sheen had a simple idea: to encourage people to write promises they meant to keep on note cards in order to make these promises concrete. He started a Facebook page, hoping the idea would catch on and a few people might follow his lead. This idea became the because I said I would.movement, inspiring over a million promises in 105 countries.

Realizing that the movement had become an important part in changing people's lives (and, in some cases, saving them) Sheen eventually quit his job as Corporate Strategy Lead at Hyland Software in Cleveland to devote more time on because I said I would. full time, speaking about the movement, fulfilling his own promises, and inspiring others to make the world better, one note card at a time. He continues to help others find the strength that they didn't even know they had to keep true to their words and to their commitments to themselves and others.

On Friday, October 3rd, at 5:30PM, Alex Sheen will speak as a guest speaker at the Canton Film Festival 2014. It's a free event, as are all of Friday's events, so come on out and be inspired!

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Canton Film Festival 2014 Guest: Bruno Gunn

The Canton Film Festival is proud to announce that Canton native Bruno Gunn will be joining us! You may have seen Gunn is such films as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Bad Teacher, as well as his appearances in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Sons of Anarchy, and True Blood

Canton Film is hosting a Meet & Greet with Bruno Gunn (and Brannon Braga) at Basil Asian Bistro on Saturday, October 4th, at 4:30PM. Later, at the Festival proper, we'll be screening Bruno's latest film, After, about a secret that threatens to disrupt the lives of the Valentino family. The movie starts on Saturday, October 4th, at 7:30, and will be followed by a Q & A session with Gunn at 9:15. 

Don't miss this chance to meet with (and speak with!) one of Canton's most prolific actors!

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Canton Film Festival Guest: Jeremy Andrew Davis

If you haven't noticed, popular culture and what often gets lumped together as geek culture (You know: Comics, Video Games, Sci-Fi, etc., )have merged in ways that were almost unthinkable even 25 years ago. Sure, everyone loved Tim Burton's Batman, but it's hard to watch today without recognizing just how campy, how ironic the whole thing was. And video game movies were right out. Just look at Super Mario Brothers or Double Dragon, and you'll remember a time where comics, video games, and the like were forced to sit at the kids' table.

Of course, we take these things much more seriously now, which is why Canton Film Fest is excited to show highlights of Writer/Director/Producer Jeremy Andrew Davis' upcoming fan-film, Contract: Redemption, inspired by the Hitman series of video games.  Davis' company, Wildfire Media Studios LTD, along with Ryan Galbraith and Jacob Keeton of Arc Film Initiative, have taken great care ensure that they aren't stepping on any copyright or trademark toes, but also that they don't compromise the story. The result is an action-packed tale of, well, redemption!

Partially filmed in Canton, Contract: Redemption tells the tale of an assassin who tries to save a young woman from the same life he lived. Hot on his tail is another assassin: a younger, genetically enhanced clone of himself! We won't spoil any more of it than that. Join us on Saturday, October 4th, when Jeremy Andrew Davis, Ryan Galbraith, and Jacob Keeton will discuss how they made an epic action movie locally for under $5,000. It should be a very informative and inspirational for filmmakers and fans alike!

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Canton Film Festival 2014 Guest: Matthew D. Patron

On August 6, 2011, Sgt. Daniel James Patron, USMC, was killed while disarming an IED. His brother, Canton filmmaker Matthew D. Patron, needed to understand his brother's sacrifice and what it meant both to his family and to his brothers fellow soldiers.

The result of this search for meaning is Collecting Sgt. Dan, a documentary  three years in the making. Collecting Sgt. Dan follows the Patron family as they try to cope with the loss of Daniel, as well Sgt. Patron's fellow Marines as they remember their fallen brother-in-arms.

The Canton Film Festival is proud to present Collecting Sgt. Dan, along with guest speaker Matthew D. Patron, who will share his journey to create a fitting memorial to his brother. Patron will join us on Thursday, Oct. 2nd for the screening of his film.

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Canton Film Festival 2014 Guest: Brannon Braga

One of the great things about the Canton Film Festival is that it manages to bring in some pretty terrific guest speakers. This year, Brannon Braga will be joining us!

Brannon's had a pretty big year, both as Producer/Director of the series Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Starring Neil deGrasse Tyson) and as Producer/Writer of WGN's original series SalemBraga is perhaps better known, however, as one of the more prolific writers of the Star Trek series, writing episodes of The Next GenerationVoyager, and Enterprise, as well as the films Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact.

Though Braga was born in Montana, he spent some of his youth in Canton, graduating from Canton McKinley High School before attending Kent State University. At the Festival, he'll be screening a reel of his work, followed by a discussion of his life and career, from his humble beginnings in Montana to his adventures through the final frontier! 

Brannon Braga will appear on Saturday, October 4th. More details as we get the schedule locked down!

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