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West Orange Film Festival - Celebrating West Orange 150th Anniversary

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The West Orange Film Festival is celebrating the West Orange 150th Anniversary.  This event will take place today at 6:30 p.m. in the West Orange HS auditorium, Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 

They will be showing Edison the Man, starring Spenser Tracy.  Tracy himself came to West Orange for the 1940 premiere of this film.  It shows Thomas Edison's struggle to bring electric light to lower Manhattan just a few years before he moves to West Orange where he invents the movies.  This film was made in 1940 and is 107 minutes long.

The film is preceded by a program of
Films by film makers from West Orange 
Academy Award, Emmy and Festival winners.

The Great Train Robbery (1903) 12 minutes. Written, produced, and directed by Edwin S. Porter. Considered a film making milestone, the film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

High Five (1992) 4 minutes. By Rob Aden and co-starring Jeffrey Heller. Sundance and Berlin film festival winner. A confrontation at a basketball court in New York City takes a surprising twist.

As Time Goes By (1996) 6 min. By Ken Mandel. The most recorded song of all time was written by Montclair's Herman Hupfeld. This film,  produced for the N. J. Motion Picture & Television Commission, shows how the song has permeated our culture.

Corona (2001) 9 minutes. By John Columbus,  Columbus, the founder and director of the world famous Black Maria Film Festival takes a look at his own life in this haunting autobiographical meditation.

See You Soon Again (2012) Excerpt.   From Academy award winner Patrick Wright. Leo Bretholz has a chose: Continue to tell his of escaping a train bound for Auschwitz or he can give into his Holocaust fatigue.

To Snowy Nowhere (2012) 9 minutes. Written and directed by Eli Shapiro. Eli grew up in West Orange and now attends the NYU Tisch School. This fast-paced comedy follows a pair in city dwellers on a mission that goes awry.  

Crosshairs (2012) 8 minutes. Written and Directed by Matt Stryker, West Orange High School, graduate (class of 2010) Matt Stryker now attends the University of Texas. His latest film explores the relationship of a father, son and guns.

The West Orange Film Society is a part of the West Orange Arts Council.  For more information, visit www.woartscouncil.org.  All are welcome.

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