GCC kicks off 3-day film festival today
Press Release, Genesee Community College
BATAVIA – The holiday season can be full of to-do lists, school concerts, shopping, decorating, family gatherings, end-of-the-year projects and so much more.
And if this faster-than-ever paced world is teaching us anything, it might be to slow down and take in a cultural opportunity that supports local artists, and in this case also local filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.
From 5:30 p.m. till 11 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday, Genesee Community College is hosting the 4th Annual Western New York Film, Art and Music Event (FAME) organized by Beaver Alley Studios Inc. and co-sponsored by the CineMagic, a GCC student organization.
Over the three nights, the FAME Festival will be showing an array of different films including documentaries on the first night. The festival will be at GCC’s central forum at the Batavia campus.
On Friday evening, awards will be given in a variety of different categories including:
• Film – Best No-Budget Film (under $15,000), Best Director, Best WNY Film, Best Short Script and more
• Music Video – Best Cinematography, FAME Audience Choice, Most Unique Concept Song/ Video
• Photography – Landscape, People, Events, Nature, Best Body of Work
Admission to each night is free. Mature content is scheduled for screening after 9 p.m., but the bulk of the work to be viewed is intended for all-age audiences. Nearly 50 screenplays, photo films and music videos were entered into the contest.
Beaver Alley Studios Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by Rhonda Parker, a 2015 GCC graduate who earned degrees in Communications and Media Arts and as well as Paralegal Studies. Parker established Beaver Alley Studios Inc. to facilitate the production, promotion, distribution, exhibition and celebration of independent art in all forms, especially art from a female perspective.
The organization offers services such as screenwriting and script consultation, cinematography, editing, film reviews, film school, and packages for events, commercial use, music videos and short films.
A resident of Albion, Parker is an active filmmaker and produced several full length movies, including her first, “Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends” in 2014. She has also written and produced the feature films “Lonely Bananas,” “Message in a Bottle,” a number of short films, and early in her film career she appeared as a “Walmart mom” in a television commercial.