PHILADELPHIA — Three filmmakers with Delaware County roots will be showing their latest films at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia this weekend.
Broomall producer Matt Fullmer brings his short documentary “APEX: The Appalachian Experience;" Cardinal O'Hara alumnus Nick Murphy will screen his music video for Pete Hill's song "Honest Opinions;" and former Folcroft resident David Vincent Bobb is showing his feature “Right Before Your Eyes” as part of the official selection for the festival’s 22nd outing celebrating independent film from Nov. 1-3.
“Right Before Your Eyes” is one of four features being shown in the festival. According to the film’s page on the festival website, it’s about a recovering alcoholic who embarks on an epic journey home to reunite with his autistic son he has not seen since birth. Bobb used real life events as inspiration for this film, his directorial debut.
On the other end of the spectrum is Fullmer's documentary that will take viewers to new heights, literally.
“APEX” documents the immersive experience of a group of college students who hike the Appalachia. They use the experience to reflect on their own lives and ways. Chester County resident Jeff Wallin directed the film.
“Remove the lens of your own worldview and explore the complexities of the Appalachian region through the voices and stories of its people,” reads a plot description for the film.
Both films and the music video will screen at the Philadelphia Film Center at 1412 Chestnut Street: “Right Before Your Eyes” at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, “APEX” is part of the Sunday 2:30 p.m. shorts screening block. Murphy's music video will play during the 8:10 p.m. screening block on Saturday.
These are two of the 40 films that will play at this year’s festival which also includes music videos, student productions and more from all around the globe. Actors Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen and Francois Chau are some of the Hollywood stars appearing in the festival’s selections this year.
“FirstGlance is all about celebrating the art of independent filmmaking! In keeping with our mission to support and promote the exhibition of indie cinema, we’re proud to present theatrical screenings of all lengths and genres by professional, first-time, and student, national and international filmmakers,” said FirstGlance Festival Founder Bill Ostroff. “Local filmmakers and films shot in Philly are well-represented among the official selections too, allowing us to serve hometown filmmakers.”
Tickets for the festival may be purchased at firstglancefilms.com.
FirstGlance is the latest venture to showcase local filmmakers or local productions.
Earlier this month the Bryn Mawr Film Institute hosted Upper Darby filmmaker Joshua Coates’ Philadelphia Premiere of “Hollywould,” a thriller that was shot, in part, in Clifton Heights last year. The film featured actor Eric Roberts in the lead role but also included local business owners and actors in the film.
At the Philadelphia Film Festival just last week the documentary "Maybe Next Year", about the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl-winning season, featured Delaware County resident Jesse Callsen as one of the featured fans.