KahBang Arts announced this week the initial lineup for its annual film festival, set to run in tandem with the KahBang Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. This year’s selection of films will screen Aug. 7-10 at the Union Street Brick Church in downtown Bangor.
KahBang Film is a program of KahBang Arts, which just opened in mid-May a new permanent gallery space on Central Street, featuring a new visual artist each month and a Second Saturday art opening. The film festival features dozens of film screenings from filmmakers from Maine and around the world, with Q&A’s, juried awards for competitive screening categories, late-night special screenings of cult classic films and new this year, KAHBANG Interactive.
Highlights from this year’s official selections include the opening night film “PLAY,”kicking off the Gen-Next category, which highlights first-time and emerging filmmakers. Canadian director, Alec Toller, took the highly sought-after Audience Choice Award in 2013 with his short film “Closet Monster.”
“Rubber Soul,” directed by Jon Lefkovitz and starring Bangor native Joseph Bearor, explores the dynamic nature of John Lennon’s identity as one of this year’s Music Documentary Selections. Another exciting addition is the 2013 indie feature “Beach Pillows,” directed bySean Hartofilis and starring Geoffrey Arend and Vincent Kartheiser, which will close out the program on Sunday, Aug. 10 with a screening and party at The Brick Church.
KahBang Film is partnering this year with the Maine Film and Video Association (MFVA) to present a special screening category of Maine short films, curated and juried by members of the MFVA, including Ben Fowlie, director of the Camden International Film Festival and Louise Rosen, artistic director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival.
New this year is KahBang Interactive, an audience participation-based screening modeled after the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” interactive showings; a special screening of the 2001 cult classic comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” will screen on Aug. 9. Movie selections and what props to bring will be announced at a later date. In addition, VHS Night, a tribute to analog, returns with a late night screening of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and as the So Bad It’s Good selection year, it will also feature the 1990s Richard Gere vehicle “Fear.”
For more information and to keep up with new schedule announcements, visit kahbangarts.org/film.