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The Clifton Arts Council brings a brand new film festival to historic Clifton, VA
By: Clifton Arts Council
"We're so excited to bring such a wonderful selection of films to the screen. With over 40 films in three days of events across 11 screening blocks, there really is something here for everyone!" says Festival Director and Clifton Arts Council Chair, Darrell Poe.
Friday evening will feature a meet & greet with local filmmakers and festival goers starting at 6PM, followed at 8PM by a World Premiere screening of the new documentary "Healing Ink" by Clifton native & Robinson graduate Dillon Meyer. This film explores the healing power of tattoos as 8 world renowned tattoo artists travel to the Middle East to help refugees and war heroes heal the wounds of war.
The screening will be followed by an interactive discussion with the filmmakers, local author Caryn Franca, and founder of the non-profit Rethink Trauma, Cathy Terranova. Stick around for two additional documentaries, and a remastered screening of the 1932 classic "A Farewell to Arms" starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes (a former Clifton resident)!
Saturday's events kick off at 10 AM with a 2 hour screening block filled family friendly content. Plus - enjoy an ice cream social sponsored by Peterson's Ice Cream Depot included with your admission! Included in this block: "The Circle" starring Noah Schnapp (readers will know him as Will Byers from the Netflix hit "Stranger Things") and Ryan Phillippe ("Crash", "Way of the Gun"). "The Circle has everything you want from a short film - engaging actors, a great script, and a complete story that's easy to follow. Plus - when tech-savvy viewers learn how it was filmed, they'll be absolutely floored!" says Poe.
"This is our first year putting this festival together - so it was really exciting to see well known actors like Graham Greene and Peter Mullen featured in some of these films" remarks Poe. "At the same time, it's incredibly rewarding to be able to give independent artists a platform to tell their stories - to help their work get seen by audiences. At the end of the day that's what we all want - someone to hear our story and be entertained."
So come out and be entertained!