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The Picture House Fosters Connections With New Film Festival

The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH)’s first Voice & Vision Film Festival on May 18-21 aims to facilitate connections: between emerging and established filmmakers, between makers and their audience, and between The Picture House and its community.

Laura deBuys, the Center’s president and executive director, says that the cultivated connections are an important part of the festival. In fact, the concept began as a way to involve more people in film.

In addition to screenings of films that span from classics like Shawshank Redemption to the environmental documentary The Colorado at both TPH’s Bronxville and Pelham locations, there will be workshops, Q&As, and celebrations throughout the festival.

Says deBuys: “I think having audiences understand the filmmaking process and being able to talk with filmmakers about what they do is exciting. I think having emerging filmmakers be able to talk more established filmmakers is really important.”

Opening night will have screenings of short films at both locations and a party on Kraft Avenue in Bronxville. Award-nominated actress Hayley Atwell and award-winning music supervisor Stephanie Diaz-Matos will be awarded during the party.

Additional films represent a wide range of genres and topics, like the romantic comedy action film Scott Pilgrim Saves the World and screenings of Beat Street and Krush Groove to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

DeBuys is looking forward to the festival’s future. She says TPH wanted to set the stage for a festival that will eventually have a committee to curate it and a jury prize. “Voice & Vision is a name we give to a couple of our programs – because we really believe that film can help you raise your voice and express your vision.”

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After receiving his BA in Media Arts, Daniel Wood went back to SHU for his MA in Journalism and Media Production. He has played trumpet in various bands and was surrounded by artists and writers growing up, which led to his interest in writing about various creative topics.