From Harford Center for the Arts:
The Town of Bel Air, in conjunction with the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission, announces the 5th Annual Town of Bel Air Film Festival to be held October 18-20, 2013 at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37-41 North Main Street in Bel Air. This year’s film lineup features inspiring and thought provoking films from around the country.
Opening night, Friday, October 18th at 8:00 pm features Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte. This intimate and heartfelt film offers a rare behind-the-scenes view of Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who along with his legendary horse Secretariat won the prestigious American Triple Crown in 1973. We witness Turcotte’s rise to fame, the fall in 1978 that left him a paraplegic and his emotional journey back to the people and places that marked his life. The film delves into the thrilling and dangerous world of horseracing, featuring never-before-seen footage of Secretariat. Jack Gerbes, Director of the Maryland Film Office, and Susan Burdette, Town of Bel Air Commissioner, will open the festival. Special Guest Host is former professional Jockey Jennifer Rowland Small. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, October 19th at 4:00 pm features the award winning Magic Camp. To escape the pressures of growing up, magic-obsessed kids congregate at the one place they can be themselves; Tannen’s Magic Camp, the oldest and most prestigious training ground for young magicians. They want to prove their worth on the same stage where superstars like Blaine and Copperfield once performed. But to get there, they need to learn more than sleight of hand and tricks of the trade. They have to find the magic inside. Official Selection at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Special Guest Hosts are cast members and magicians Hiawatha Johnson, Jr. and Reed Spool. Doors open at 3:30 pm.
Saturday’s lineup continues at 7:30 pm with the film In God We Trust. Eleanor Squillari went to work every day believing she was working for a great company, a great man. For 25 years she sat fifteen feet from Bernard L. Madoff as his personal secretary. She never imagined that he was perpetrating the largest financial crime in history. On December 11, 2008, her life as she knew it was destroyed…until she decided to do something about it. She became obsessed with unearthing the truth. Through this film we experience this journey with Eleanor, as she examines how she unwittingly participated in the massive Ponzi scheme, which operated right under her nose. Official Selection at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Sunday, October 20th at 1:00 pm will feature Medora. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person explained, “Once we lose these small towns, we can’t get them back.” World Premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Special Guest Hosts are Carol Deibel, past Director of Planning for the Town of Bel Air for over 26 years, and author of the book “Bel Air Chronicles”, and Trish Heidenreich, Economic Development Director for the Town of Bel Air. Doors open at 12:30 pm.
Tickets are $5 per person and include one complimentary soda and popcorn. A $10 All Access Pass is also available. Children under 10 years of age are free. Comfortable table seating is available and attendees can bring their own snacks and blankets too! Free snowballs will be available on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of Sharon’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice of Bel Air.
The Festival’s main sponsors include the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission, Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission and the Maryland Film Office. Co-sponsors include Center for the Arts, Bel Air Downtown Alliance, and Harford County Cultural Arts Board. Honorary sponsor is the Maryland Film Festival.
Advance tickets are on sale beginning October 1st Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, at the Town of Bel Air Department of Economic Development located in the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main Street. For more information, visit www.TownOfBelAirFilmFestival.com or call 410-838-0584 and ask for Jeanne, or send an e-mail to JWhiskeyman@belairmd.org. You can also contact the Festival Director, Rebecca Jessop, at RJessop@HarfordCFA.org. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.