Gadabout Film Festival aims to shed light on the art of filmmaking


Courtesy of the Gadabout Film Festival

Shannon Would, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Short film fans in the Marywood area can once again rejoice.

The Gadabout Film Festival will return to Marywood’s campus this Thursday Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room B of the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

The Gadabout Film Festival is a DIY film festival that has traveled around the world screening short films across 45 states, 12 countries and 100 cities since it began in 2002. The festival was at Marywood last December.

A variety of narrative films, documentaries and animations across different genres will be screened at the event, which is designed to be accessible to movie lovers of all ages and backgrounds. One of the goals of the festival, according to the Gadabout Film Festival website, is “to bring film to non-film settings, screening the films to audiences that wouldn’t necessarily be exposed.”

Following the screenings of the 18 selected films, festival co-producers Eric Ayotte and Charlie Jones will host a Q&A session where attendees can seek additional information about films.

Associate Art Professor Sue Jenkins said hosting the festival is a “win win win” situation. She invited the festival to Marywood’s campus last year after finding them through the Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society and felt that the event was a “huge success.”

Student involvement is greatly encouraged, especially those from outside of the Art Department so they can be exposed to filmmaking.

The Gadabout Film Festival is free and open to the public. More information about the festival can be found on their website.

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