Centre Film Festival
The State Theatre - Sunday, November 6th
- 1:30pm - 1:45pm
- The Molok
- Featured Fiction Short Film (Director Xander Chauncey in attendance)
- 1:46pm - 1:56pm
- The Errand
- Featured Fiction Short Film
- 1:57pm - 3:18pm
- Chop & Steele
- Featured Documentary Film (Director Berndt Mader in attendance)
Chop & Steele
Director BERNDT MADER (Chop & Steele) attending.
About The Film
When childhood friends Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett start booking their gag strongman routine on unsuspecting morning news shows, their pranks end up going viral; landing them in federal court with a vengeful media conglomerate.
About The Directors
Berndt Mader is a producer and director best known for Booger Red (2015), 5 Time Champion (2011) and Boys Don’t Cry (1999).
Ben Steinbauer is an award-winning film, television, and commercial director. His feature documentary, Winnebago Man was called, “One of the funniest documentaries ever made!” Steinbauer is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Filmmaking, was named “one of Texas’ best directors” by Texas Monthly, and is co-owner of the Emmy-award winning production company “The Bear”. He has directed commercials for Yeti, Crate & Barrel, Shiner, Whole Foods, LinkedIn, Popeyes and Indeed.
About The Film
When a young girl hitchhiking is picked up by a stranger, who ends up taking whom for a ride?
About The Director
Amanda Renee Knox is an award winning director whose work has received international recognition. Amanda participated in Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program with her recent film The Errand, and was named a finalist in the prestigious Chimaera Project’s Support HER director mentorship program with Tosca Musk. She was in consideration for a 2019 Academy Award, was awarded a DGA Jury Award for her short film Night Call and had the invaluable support of Film Independent for The Errand. She has directed Kathleen Chalfant (Madame Secretary), Delaney Williams (The Wire), Marlyne Barrett (Chicago Med), Rachael Holmes (Mad Dogs) and Zeke Bridges (Bloodline). She was most recently selected for the highly competitive Ryan Murphy Half Initiative shadowing renowned director, Gwyneth Horder-Payton on 911-Lone Star. In 2020, for her Limited Series, Honora: The Jane Toppan Story, Amanda was awarded a Story Summit Founders Award to attend The Story Summit founded by former Paramount Pictures President, David Paul Kirkpatrick. She was also named a Quarter Finalist in the NBC Female Forward program.
Director XANDER CHAUNCEY attending.
About The Film
The Molok follows Micah; a young boy dealing with the grief of losing his father. When Micah’s mother falls ill, he runs away, finding himself drawn to the wreckage of a fire-ravaged building. Inside an ancient creature has made its home, collecting and coveting the community’s lost possessions, feeding off the memories they hold. The Molok makes Micah an offer: to rid him of all his painful memories. The cost? All of the good ones he has left.
About The Directors
Xander Flynn Chauncey
Molok Co-Creator Xander Chauncey’s career in the arts has spanned more than 20 years. He works as a writer, director, producer, actor, singer & dancer. No matter his role, Xander is a passionate storyteller and approaches the material from the inside out; connecting the emotional truth of the piece to his audience in every moment. As an actor, he trained in Meisner Technique with the legendary Bill Esper in NYC and has been seen in such favorites as Phantom, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Titanic (Best Actor in a Musical, broadwayworld.com), as well as credits in film, TV, voice-overs and commercials. Xander has created pieces on cruise lines and theme parks and currently has multiple projects in various stages of production. Combining film, theatre, puppetry and multimedia, he is most excited about The Molok.
Independent filmmaker and Molok Co-Creator Sam T. Wilson is a California native living in Brooklyn, NY, where he has been making films for the past 5 years. An inspired director, writer, and cinematographer, Sam seeks to shine a light into humanity’s darkest corners and thrust them to the forefront of his audience’s experience. His comprehensive understanding of the film medium, combined with a cerebral and intuitive approach to storytelling, allows him to excavate the deepest truth at the center of every story. Sam has recently completed post production on The Molok and is developing his directorial feature debut, Homebody, a revelatory interpretation of a short story by Algernon Blackwood.
From Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2022, The Centre Film Festival will return for a weekend of the finest offerings in contemporary cinema at the State Theatre in State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg. In addition to internationally recognized films, we will highlight the work of Pennsylvania filmmakers and Penn State alumni.
Save the date and get an early bird discount on your All Access passes which includes all films, events, and discussions throughout the entire festival as well as special perks from local businesses. Early bird pricing will be available until October 7th!
Check centrefilm.org for more information.