Cut To The Chase Film Festival September 14 & 15, 2018

The Official Selection has been made and we are delighted to screen this collections of short films on Saturday, September 15th in the Garden at the Historic Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown, WV. For details click on the Schedule of Events.

 This year’s Key Element “Moon” lent itself to a host of possibilities, powerful stories, including love, desire, passion, change and foul play.
This year’s official selection is

Lunar Fever, Director, Adam Jones Inspiration for Later, Director, Henry deLestrange              Silphium, Director,Trinity LA Mullins Karate Cat,Director, Giovsnni Masini-Larsen Ancient Human History Volume XVII, Director Derek Thomas, Moonrise, Director, Jim SurKamp Another Dogggone Dream, Director, Erin McGrath, One the Way, Director, Austin Susman, Radio Moon, Director Pierre Gaffie‘, I Used to be a Solider,Director Henry deLestrange and Kenneth May, African Animals’Lullaby, Director Jessica Dimuzio, Shashi, Director Dr. Deepak Sehgal.

We are delighted to introduce our judges for this year’s festival.

Peter Greenbaum

Peter is a professional Writer and Filmmaker with experience working in film, broadcast television and web content.

After a stint as a Junior Assignment Editor with ABC News in London, Peter moved to Toronto where he worked as a Writer in television production.  Peter worked for two seasons on Paramount’s “Friday The 13th – The Series as a 3rd Assistant Director, and Assistant to the Story Editor.

A graduate of the School of Improvisation at Second City, Chicago, Peter writes and directs award-winning films and videos.  He wrote and produced an award-winning short documentary about the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, leading the only camera crew permitted to film on site.

“The Storm Is Passing Over”, his documentary about the restoration of a New Orleans food bank ravaged by Hurricane Katrina was recognized with a Silver Medal at the Chicago International Film Festival INTERCOM Awards.

Most recently, Peter was nominated for an Emmy for “Heart of Aviation:  A Community Takes Flight”, a 30 minute documentary he wrote and produced for King TV Seattle (NBC) and The Boeing Company.

Peter has also written about film and video production for publications such as, “Film &Video Magazine and Backstage Shoot.

Joan Bontempo

Joan Bontempo moved to the area in 1994 and is activity involved in the Shepherdstown Community. She has been attending the festival since its beginning and offers a different perspective to our panel as an art educator and 3-dimensional artists. Joan is an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown MD and has been and has been exhibiting her works in clay for 40 years. Her most recent included, NOMA Gallery, 2017, invitational, The Bridge Gallery, Shepherdstown WV, 2013 — 2017 Invitational, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Influential Ceramic Artists, 2014.  She is currently a member of NOMA Gallery in Frederick, MD and is represented by the Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD.

Justin Litton

Justin is a filmmaker living in Teays Valley and is a native to West Virginia. In 2012, a short film lensed by Justin in Bavaria “Border Patrol” was awarded a Student Academy Award, a Royal Television Society Award, and toured hundreds of festivals around the world. Most of Justin’s work remains in the region, however. As a freelancer, he has worked on numerous commercial campaigns for the WV Lottery, the Food and Farm Coalition, and others. He’s also lent his expertise as a Digital Imaging Technician to productions in state such as the independent feature, “What The Night Can Do,” shot in Lewisburg, and to television series like “American Genius” for the National Geographic Channel and “NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed” for CMT.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from West Virginia State University and a Master’s degree in Cinematography from Leeds Beckett University. Justin was awarded the Impact Award in 2016 at the WV Filmmakers Festival and is a sitting board member of the WV chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Lastly, Justin is a partner and co-owner of Mountain Craft Productions, a boutique film production company in West Virginia. Mountain Craft Productions held a filmmaking event in Charleston in June as part of the FestivALL program, and they plan to become more involved in the local filmmaking and arts communities. They are a proud supporter of the Cut to the Chase Film Festival.



Click here to view the 2017 Official Selection