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Big Eddy shorts to feature Sullivan locations, casts; Feature films include Younger’s ‘Bleed for This,’ Meyer’s ‘Little Boxes’

This is a still from “The Renovation,” one of the films to be featured in the Big Eddy Film Festival’s “Location: Sullivan” short film program on Sunday, September 18 at 11 a.m.
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August 31, 2016

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Big Eddy Film Festival, scheduled for Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 in the Tusten Theatre, has already generated some buzz with the news that both its headliner, director Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes,” and Ben Younger’s boxing-comeback film “Bleed for This” will be screened at the festival long before their general releases in November.

But aside from feature-length films, it looks like there will also be some pretty high-powered shorts shot on location in Sullivan County and, in some cases, cast members who are local residents. You can see them at the shorts program “Location: Sullivan,” on Sunday, September 18 at 11 a.m. Many filmmakers will be in attendance for talkbacks following their films.

This will be the world premiere of “The Renovation,” directed by Brian O’Neill. Shot primarily in Narrowsburg, it follows a restaurant owner in a small town as she faces foreclosure, and a young writer returning to his home when tragedy strikes his family. It’s a story about the changing face of rural America and features cameos by several local residents.

“Barnburner” will be another world premiere. Directed by Chloe Aktas, the drama focuses on the struggles of Andy, a young woman in a small Catskills town aspiring to be a boxer against all odds. The film stars Kenoza Lake native Catherine Peters and was shot on location in the Jeffersonville area.

“Dear Director,” directed by Swedish director Marcus Lindeen, is a hybrid documentary based on a real fan letter written to Bergman that Lindeen found while doing research for a play on unfinished Bergman scripts. Local jazz pianist Kazzrie Jaxen, who wrote the letter 35 years ago, stars as herself in the film. The film also features Thomas Bosket, James Sullivan, TRR’s Isabel Braverman and Dana Duke. It was filmed in the Callicoon, NY area in 2015. The film had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015, where it was awarded the Cinema & Gioventù prize for best international short film.

“Children Will Listen” is another world premiere. Directed by Callicoon native Dustin Scully, this intense story of the cycle of abuse as a young man starts with his life as a husband and recalls the uncomfortable memories of his own parents’ troubled relationship. The film was shot on location in Callicoon, NY.

Individual film tickets cost $10. All-access festival passes cost $75, and include a seat at all screenings, admission to a Saturday evening cocktail party and a complimentary T-shirt. Six-packs of tickets are available for $40 (which does not include opening night, or the cocktail party).