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2017 Chagrin Falls Film Festival

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The annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival returned this fall from October 4-8, and featured many creative new films.

This star-studded international documentary festival, returned for the eighth year with 28 different countries, some made by Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning directors.  

Mary Ann Quinn Ponce, director of the film festival said, “We chose 80 films out of 600 submissions this year, so I have to say that each film was carefully selected.”

Not only are there a lot of films, but there are many high-profile filmmakers attending the event.  

Mrs. Kanzinger, the video production teacher at Chagrin Falls High School said, “Colin Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks, has a documentary in the festival and will be there.  Also Thomas Lennon [the director who talked to the school in the PAC], an Academy Award winning director, will be there as well.”

Every year the film festival plays a more and more intricate role in Chagrin Falls.

According to Mrs Kanzinger, who took her class to the film festival, said  “I think kids growing up in Chagrin should experience the film festival.”

Ponce was excited for the many filmmakers attending this year’s festival, “It’s just so interesting to see a film and then to hear from the person who made it about their passion and inspiration,” she said.

Every year as the festival grows, so do the challenges that come along with it.

“it takes an enormous organizational effort to run this and to keep up with the growth,” Ponce said. “There are a huge number of moving parts and we need to be sure that all of the things get done that will make the fest a success.”

One of the most talked about films this year was Grove Hill: A True Story.  This documentary told the story of the legendary Pumpkin Roll.  

Senior Aiden Stephens,was interviewed for the film.

“We got to talk to the director about the film and how they’re making it” Stevens said.

Ponce also talked about Grove Hill: A True Story and her excitement for when it premiered.  Ponce said, “It does Chagrin and the pumpkin roll proud!”

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2017 Chagrin Falls Film Festival