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Ocean City Film Festival preview night, Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 15, 2018

(Feb. 16, 2018) About a half-dozen short films will be shown during a preview night for the Ocean City Film Festival, this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street.

“We don’t have anything like this in our area and it is unique and different,” said Rina Thaler, Art League of Ocean City executive director. “It is perfect for this time of year, when it’s cold and dreary come out to see independent films. They are stimulating, creative and fun.”

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a collection of short films playing from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $5.

“People all over the world enjoy going to film festivals and meeting the filmmakers,” Thaler said. “I am happy to offer something like this in Ocean City. Actors and filmmakers are able to talk with the audience about what inspired them. It is very interesting.”

Film categories include youth, documentary, horror, animation, comedy, music videos, dramatic pieces, social commentary and shorts.

“It is a screening of a couple films from the film festival including two music videos created by locals,” Thaler said. “People enter film festivals so their work is seen and reviewed. They like to see the audience watching their movies to gauge the reaction.”

Emmi Shockley, 20, of Ocean City, will show her “Monday Mundane” short film featuring two songs from the band, Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys.

“It is a narrative featuring their music,” Shockley said. “They are friends of mine and we go to the same college [NYU.] This is the second music video I’ve done with them and we enjoy collaborating with each other.”

Shockley will also participate in a question and answer session during the screening on Saturday.

“My brother [Tate Shockley] will show a music video from local band, Two Hours,” Shockley said.

Rob Waters, 41, of Lewes, Delaware, will be screening his “Need Change” short film about his life as a delivery guy for Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach.

“There is humor and drama and its autobiographical,” Waters said. “There is a lot of local talent including Bulldog [from Ocean 98.1 FM WOCM.] This is a good opportunity to come out and support local filmmakers.”

The second annual Ocean City Film Festival is slated for March 9-11 and will showcase the work of local, regional and international filmmakers.

“There will be 100 films shown,” Thaler said. “People from all over the country and world come to network with people in our area sharing the same interests and passion. We do Qs and As with filmmakers and give out awards.”

Last summer, the Ocean City Center for the Arts started offering $5 monthly film nights to showcase different area filmmakers and their work.

“We built up a community of filmmakers,” Thaler said. “I didn’t realize how many people make films in the area.”

For more information, check out www.ocmdfilmfestival.com.

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