MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – After months of planning and preparation, the curtain is officially poised to be raised in Mount Vernon this week, as the city gets set to host its inaugural film festival.
The People’s Film Fest production company has been hard at work preparing for the festival, which will feature films, shorts, narratives and documentaries from aspiring cinophiles beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Doyle Community Center.
In all, more than 40 films from several countries will be featured throughout the three-day festival, including a screening of one of Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington’s feature films.
The Mount Vernon Film Festival is an extension of the People’s Film Festival in Harlem, which raises awareness for independent music, media and art from inner-city talents.
Producer Osiris Imhotep, who brought the festival to Mount Vernon, said that he hoped to “highlight Mount Vernon’s rich historic and diverse culture, while celebrating the giants like Michael O’Keefe, Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington."
“The goal is to link the past and the present, introducing and reintroducing films from emerging, independent and established filmmakers,” he noted.
In addition to the films that are submitted to the festival, there will also be a series of workshops and panels for filmmakers, producers and artists. There will also be a specific category for young adults that call, or have called, Mount Vernon home. There will also be opportunities
“It’s important to let the world know that this 4-square-mile city nestled at the tip of the Bronx, New York City, packs a big punch,” Imhotep said. “When you think of ‘The Honeymooners' and Art Carney, think of Mount Vernon, the city in which he was born. When you think of ‘The Cosby Show' and Phylicia Rash?d, think of Mount Vernon. Denzel Washington, J.B. Smooth, Dick Clark -- I can go on and on and on because Mount Vernon is where entertainment begins.”
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