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Inaugural Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival takes over Mauch Chunk Opera House June 8-11

Inaugural Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival takes over Mauch Chunk Opera House June 8-11
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From a press release:

Head organizer Todd Morris of Jim Thorpe has announced the birth of the first annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival, premiering Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The JTIFF channels the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires, welcoming the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. Their credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it.

Morris, himself a film and commercial producer who works throughout the United States, will screen over 100 films from all over the world, covering every genre and subject, from gritty underground and experimental films to well-funded traditional works. On Friday and Saturday nights, they’ll present a special late night “grindhouse” program. Be prepared for some bloody, disturbing films that not only push the envelope, but rip it to shreds.

One of many films showing will be “The Pine Barrens,” an experimental documentary exploring the landscape, people, folklore, and perception of the New Jersey Pine Barrens directed by David Scott Kessler:

Morris guarantees that this first festival will be an event like none other, so both film lovers and people just interested in something different definitely won’t want to miss it.

Tickets are $10 for an individual film screening on June 9-11, $20 for opening night on June 8, $25 for a June 11 day pass, $35 for a June 9 or 10 day pass, and $100 for a three-day pass for June 9-11. They can be purchased on the Opera House website, by calling 570-325-0249, and by visiting SoundCheck Records (23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe) or calling them at 570-325-4009. The facility (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe) is open from noon-5 p.m. on show days, and tickets are available for most shows at the door at showtime. Parking is available and free after 5 p.m. at the Carbon County lot behind the train station.

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