The second Annual Underexposed Film Festival YC opens Thursday at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The festival runs through Nov. 16.
“The quality of both the juried and invitational films selected have far exceeded our expectations,” said Debra Heintz, executive director of the Arts Council of York County.
Familiar faces and voices seen and heard in the some of the selections include Elijah Wood, Christopher Lloyd, Eric Roberts, Dan Lauria and Sharon Lawrence.
Karen Collins, a 25-year film veteran and volunteer director has developed the festival to an international level in just two years.
With 39 films entered into competition, and 17 invitational films curated by Collins, the films will be shown in seven, two hour blocks in the three days.
The event includes question and answer sesions with some of the films’ directors and producers with after parties each evening.
The festival opens at 7 p.m. Thursday with the first block. A question and answer session with Matthew Bonifacio, director, and Julianna Melinas, producer of “Fortune House” will be at 9 p.m.
An after party at McHales on Main will feature “Old Hollywood” with silent films and period cocktails. Cash bar.
Two blocks will be shown Nov. 15 – one in late afternoon dedicated to documentaries – and the second block at 7 p.m.
Film buffs can attend the question and answer session afterward with J. Michael Simpson, director of “Drawing Water: On and Off Time” and Chris White, director and Emily White, producer of “D’Obra Ojca.”
The after party at the Getty’s Art Center Courtroom will feature regional bands Small Sanctions, Blood Iron, and Grimores. Tickets are $5 at the door. Cash bar.
Nov. 16 brings the final four blocks of films to the festival with an awards ceremony after where the top films, the best female filmmaker, and the best student film will be announced.
Chris Gervais director of Junker will talk at noon after the first block of films.
A session with David Hensley, writer, director and producer of “Do Not Push;” Dustin Grella, writer, director and producer) of” Animation Hotline” and “Prayers for Peace;” Brad Hord, producer of “Mosaic 33” and Fr3deR1cK Taylor, director of “After the Fall: HIV Grows Up” will be at 4 p.m.
The final Q&A will be with Sarah Lofti, director of “Menschen” at 9 p.m.
A VIP after party will be in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., after the awards ceremony.
Tickets start at $6 per block. Festival passes, VIP Party tickets and more information, including the complete schedule will be available at yorkcountyarts.org.
For information call the arts council at 803-328-2787 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.