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September 7, 2013

‘Incredible stories’ shared at film fest

JOHNSTOWN — Seasoned film lovers and novices alike took in the final day of the Johnstown Film Festival on Saturday at the Heritage Discovery Center in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

People gathered in the courtyard enjoying wine and cheese while waiting for sunset to view films that were 30 minutes or less.

Presented by Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the films were wide-ranging in theme and subject matter.

“We have everying from documentaries about interesting and important topics to real over-the-top comedies and narratives that tell incredible stories,” said Shelley Johansson, event coordinator and marketing director for JAHA.  

It was the first film festival for Johnstown resident Josephine Bucceri.

Bucceri and a friend attended the first night of the festival on Friday at the Johnstown Flood Museum.

She was looking for the works of local makers.

“I was so glad to see so many from the Johnstown area,” she said. “I’m glad Johnstown actually acknowledges people with talent. I love to see local talent.”

Resident Lisa Rae DeRosa frequents music and film festivals.

She plans to write about the festival for The Lisa Rae Series found on her website, www.lisaraederosa.com.

 “I love to actually get behind the scenes with people who are pursuing their real passion,” she said. “I like to find people who say ‘Hey, this is what I want to do for a living. This is my passion.’ ”

She and other film viewers were in the right place on Saturday.

“The film festival tells so many kinds of stories from so many different points of view,” Johansson said.

Cash awards were given to makers of the top three films and the best youth entry. The festival also included a Viewers’ Choice Award.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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