MYSTIC – “Starfish,” an indie feature film written and directed by Shira Levin will kick off the inaugural Mystic Film Festival, according to Festival Director Shareen Anderson. “Starfish” will be the opening night film at the festival, which opens next week, complete with a red carpet cocktail event for press, filmmakers, cast members, festival partners, sponsors, distributors, and ticket holders.
Levin, who was was the director of development for Martin Scorsese’s company, Cappa Productions, for six years, is a psychotherapist who teaches screenwriting at New York Film Academy. “Starfish,” she said, is a “female driven but universal story about grief, healing, friendship, family and the strong bond between dogs and humans. It's touching, funny and a tad romantic.”
“Starfish,” is also a film for viewers who like stories about people and relationships, and a film for dog lovers and for anyone who has experienced loss, Levin said.
Anderson said the festival, which represens “a diverse slate of independent cinema made by filmmakers from Connecticut, New England – and around the world,” will screen more than 50 films.
In addition to the screenings, Anderson said, there will be Q&As with filmmakers in attendance, panel discussions, and networking events. The film festival jury will recognize the top films in competition; Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Feature Documentary, Best International Narrative Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best New Director, Best New England Film, and Audience Choice Award, Anderson said.
Other feature films to be screened during the four day festival include “Long Lost,” directed by Erik Bloomquist; “The Song Of Sway Lake,” Directed by Ari Gold; “Human Affairs,” directed By Charlie Birns and “The Iron Orchard,” directed by Ty Roberts.
Feature documentaries include “Virgin Blacktop: A New York Skate Odyssey, directed by Charlie Samuels; “Rodents Of An Unusual Size,” directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer; “Family Meal,”directed by Jim O’Connor and John Small; “F**k It, It’s Over,” directed by Hardeep Giani and “Stroop: Journey Into The Rhino Horn War,” directed by Susan Scott. “Lobster War: The Fight Over The World’s Richest Fishing Grounds,” directed by Boston Globe reporter David Abel will be the closing night film.
In the “Short Fiction” category, “Samuel’s Got A Sweet Tooth, directed by Angel Rosa is on the schedule, along with “Outlaw”, directed by Rob Levinson; “Izilwane (Animals)”, directed by Kyllian Roux; “Smoke Grenade”, directed by Joe LaRocca; “Room Tone”, directed by Morgan Cooper; “The Invaders”, directed by Mateo Márquez; “Deer Hunter,” directed by Justin Doughty; “Carro”, directed by Gustavo Rosa; “Raheel”, directed by Ayat Asadi Rahbar; “Heimlich”, directed by Lisanne Sartor; “Memory Lane”, directed by John Denton; “Tea at 3:33”, directed by Julen Santiago; “The Gaffer”, Directed by Paul Robinson; “Dear Eloise”, directed by Bryan E. Murphy; “Viral”, directed by Olivia Johnson; “A Ghost In Her Eyes”, directed by Tom Procida; “Selkie”, directed by Amy Frear; “Challenge”, directed by Bakay Usenaliev; “The Meteor”, directed by Charlie Losiewicz and Carson Bloomquist; “Gab”, directed by Gazanfer Biricik; “The Busker Kid:, directed by Kevin Durr; “The Audit’, directed by Marcus Slabine; “The Other Capulet”, directed by Afonso Henrique; “Fly”, directed by Briana Krzeminski; “Interference”, directed by Rüya Koman and Robin Rose Singer; “Wicked Children:, directed by Bryan Metzger; “The Confidence Man”, directed by Rebecca Foss; “So Much Rice For So Little Chicken”, directed by Alejandra Carreño Perea; Through The Red Door, directed by Anita Russo and Kate Marion.
Documentary Shorts to be screend include “Seeking Shelter”, directed by Susan Hagedorn; “Arrested (Again)”, directed by Dan Goldes; “Andrew”, directed by Alyson Bortone; “A Different Script”, directed by Francesca Carter and Eva Andersen; Fueling Fierce: The Shannon Heil Story, directed by Christian de Rezendes; “Behind The Curtains”, directed by Michael Bonavita Jr. ; “Cuban Canvas”, directed by Kavery Kaul; “Bodega? A David Leigh Jaunt”, directed by David Leigh Abts and “Forever Under Siege”, directed by Stacey Stone.