Now in its fifth year, Movies at the Mill is an annual showcase of short films that also functions as a lavish night out. For its first four years, it was held on the former Simon Silk Mill property on 13th Street.
This year, it will move to Hugh Moore Park due to construction at the silk mill.
As usual, the line-up includes short films, many of which come from local filmmakers. Among the entries:
- Quick Shop, a thriller from Lehigh Valley Director Martin Binder. From his website: "Hunter and Trevor are new college roommates who stop at a Quick Shop on a road trip home and proceed to get locked in the store and stalked by the shopkeeper."
- Silent Dance, by choreographer/producer Lindsay Schaeffer. The synopsis from Movies at the Mill: "Told through dance, score, and skilled imagery, Silent Dance captures a woman’s journey to become full, complete and present with self."
- Make it a Great Day, from director/animator Joshua Jones. Synopsis: "A batch of newborn chicks take their first tentative steps in the warm glow of a laboratory incubator. When one chick is too weak to escape the confines of his egg, he is unceremoniously thrown out with the trash and coincidentally given a second chance at life."
- Lighthouse Lady, by WFMZ journalists Jaccii Farris and Amy Unger. Synopsis: "A stranger has come to Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Her arrival was sparked by the sale of a historic and beloved landmark. The Lighthouse Lady says she wants to restore the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse to its original grandeur, but local residents are skeptical. Can she save the lighthouse? Only time, a lot of hard work and money will tell."
- Ode to Solace, written, director, produced by and starring Easton based artist Marya. Synopsis: "Seeking solace and a place of refuge to mourn the death of a cherished friend, performance artist Marya travels to Ayo (Aruba), a portal where ‘the sacred’ is made visible. Ayo’s boulder outcroppings mirror her emotional chaos. Using her body in a setting that encloses and entraps it, Marya inhabits a boulder’s womb to ponder impermanence and human frailty. On her journey through the sublime topography she learns a vital lesson about perseverance."
- To the Market, by Easton animator and director Maciek Albrecht and starring Easton accordion player Earl Ball. Synopsis: "One Saturday morning Earl, The Accordionist, rushes and accidentally slips. Then he slides downtown to the Farmer’s Market where he is expected to play at 9 a.m."
The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a seminar for filmmakers at city hall, featuring director Morgan Spurlock, famous for his McDonald's documentary Supersize Me.
It's also a chance to get dressed up—the dress code is "dressy casual"—socialize, listen to music, and sample food from Easton eateries like Ocean, Maxim's 22, Pearly Baker's, Sweet Girlz Bakery and the Terra Cafe.
Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. For ticket information, visit http://moviesatthemill.com/