Centre Film Festival at The Rowland
The Rowland Theatre - Saturday, November 5th
- 8:00pm - 8:22pm
- Featured Documentary Short Film (Director Justin Zimmerman in attendance)
- 8:23pm - 9:58pm
- The Inspection
- Featured Fiction Film
About The Film
In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines; doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.
About The Director
Elegance Bratton is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. Bratton began making films as a US marine, after spending a decade homeless on the streets of New York, and has since grown into one of the most trailblazing artists of his time. In 2021, he won Film Independent’s Truer than Fiction Spirit Award. He was also included on IndieWire’s 2019 list of LGBT faces to watch. His nonfiction feature debut, Pier Kids, has played more than fifty film festivals worldwide and received praise for its raw and truthful portrayal of survival and self-preservation through the eyes of three young LGBTQ+ people of color living on the streets of New York. Currently, production is underway on his feature directorial debut, The Inspection, which he also wrote. He is in post production on Hell Fighter, a documentary co-produced with Five Fifty Five about jazz pioneer and music mogul James Reese Europe, a lieutenant in the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, who started the first musical unions for African Americans in the United States. He made his TV debut as the creator and executive producer of Viceland’s My House, which was nominated for a 2019 GLAAD media Award for Outstanding Documentary. His short film Buck premiered in 2020 at Sundance and the BFI London film Festival. His short film debut, Walk for Me, was the winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 2017 Mexico International film Festival. Bratton holds a BS from Columbia University (2014) and an MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate film program (2019).
Director JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN (Soldier) in attendance.
About The Film
SOLDIER focuses on Daniel Krug: a heroic firefighter, father of five, SWAT trainer and armored combat enthusiast. Daniel is also a former sniper, with ten years of combat, security, rescue and recovery experience in Iraq. And over the past decade, he’s lost 11 of his close military friends – and almost lost himself – to PTSD.
About The Director
Justin Zimmerman, MFA in Film, is a nationally recognized writer, director and professor. His narrative and documentary work has appeared in almost 200 film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He’s also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, he contributed a story to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Love Is Love, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions. You can see more of Zimmerman’s personal work at his website: www.brickerdown.com.
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.