5th Annual New England Underground Film Festival
Held October 3 @ University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium
WEST HARTFORD, CT – The New England Underground Film Festival, a celebration of the best of underground cinema, had its fifth annual presentation on October 3 at the Wilde Auditorium in the University of Hartford’s Gray Conference Center.
The festival is programmed by Phil Hall, film critic at Film Threat, Examiner.com and EDGE Boston and author of the books The History of Independent Cinema and The Greatest Bad Movies of All.
The University of Hartford’s Gray Conference Center is located at 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT ; the telephone number is (860) 768-4951 and the website is www.grayconferencecenter.com.
2015 Festival Awards:
Best Picture: Life on the V: The Story of V66
Best Director: Eric Green, Life on the V: The Story of V66
Best Short Film: Losing Face
Best Documentary: Life on the V: The Story of V66
The festival schedule was as follows:
12:00 pm – Introduction by festival programmer Phil Hall
12:10 pm – Tom in America (directed by Flavio Alves, New York). Academy Award nominated screen legends Burt Young and Sally Kirkland star as a longtime married couple whose union is disrupted by a secret revealed in the discovery of an unusual doll.
12:30 pm – Losing Face (directed by Doug Poger, Connecticut). A parole officer finds his world thrown into turmoil following a surprise call from a parolee seeking help.
12:40 pm – Becky: A Space Exploration (directed by Tyler Beauvais, Connecticut). A college student that takes his ex-girlfriend’s words too seriously goes on a wild odyssey to find the meaning of “space.”
12:50 pm – Sam Goes to College III (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomber Sub) (directed by Brian Russell, Connecticut). A group of college students learn how to live together in their first apartment.
1:00 pm – Life on the V: The Story of V66 (directed by Eric Green, Massachusetts). A documentary on the rise and fall of V66, the pioneering Boston-based music video television channel.
2:40 pm – Intermission
2:50 pm – The Giovanni Guglielmo Story (directed by John Murphy, Connecticut). An award-winning documentary on a family’s campaign to raise awareness and research funds to combat blood cancer.
3:00 pm – Dolig Gwyn Dolwyddelan (White Christmas in Dolwyddelan) (directed by Euros Wyn, Wales). The U.S. premiere of a documentary following film historian Aled Llewelyn on a search for Marvin Lichtner’s long-lost 1962 film adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
3:50 pm – A Child’s Christmas in Wales (directed by Marvin Lichtner, Wales). The first public screening in New England in a half-century! Marvin Lichtner’s engrossing adaptation of the timeless Dylan Thomas story is retold in a poignantly funny photo montage.
4:20 pm – Razor Days (directed by Mike Watt, Pennsylvania). B-movie icon Debbie Rochon stars in a revenge drama about three women that bring violent retribution against the men that made their respective lives a living hell.