Collinsville Winner FIMAGE RT

WINNER – Best Short Film

Coaching Colburn won the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM at the Collinsville Film Festival!

Check out the Hartford Courant article by Ken Byron:

CANTON — Films exploring mental health needs of veterans, efforts to curb animal cruelty and other social issues will be part of the Collinsville Film Festival next month. exploring mental health needs of veterans, efforts to curb animal cruelty and other social issues will be part of the Collinsville Film Festival next month.

The event is returning for its third year and organizers said it will be held April 1-3. A dozen independently made movies will be shown, including four feature-length ones. The festival was in the Canton Historical Museum for its first year and 10 percent of the tickets sales this year will be donated to the museum.

“We are trying to be more prominent in Collinsville and I think we will do that with the changes we have made,” said Jonathan Napolitano, one of the organizers. “We try to bring films and a film-making experience that you won’t get at a regular movie theater.”

The features that will be shown are documentaries. They include “Thank You for Your Service,” about mental health problems among veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” about efforts to find a young man incorrectly thought to have been connected to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013; and “A Dog Named Gucci,” which documents efforts to introduce legislation again animal cruelty.

“I take a lot of pride in the films we bring here,” Napolitano said. “They are dark but they are important.”

This year’s festival is getting some help from the Canton Main Street Project. Robert Bessel, chairman of the town’s economic development agency and a member of the Main Street group, said it recently created an umbrella insurance policy that all special events in Canton can use and will cover the film festival. Bessel said an umbrella policy makes it cheaper and easier for organizers to put on events like the festival.

“We are trying to create a place here in Collinsville and events are part of that process,” Bessel said.

All the films will be shown in the auditorium of town hall at 4 Market St. in the Collinsville section. According to an announcement from the organizers, two of the directors whose work is featured will take questions from the audience when their movies are shown.

The festival gets started on April 1 at 7:15 p.m. with a showing of “Thank You for Your Service.” According to organizers, the producer and director of that movie will have a question-and-answer session right after it is shown.

Short films are planned during the day on April 2 and organizers will show three short movies for children starting at 10 a.m. Then at noon five shorts for adults will be shown.

Two other feature-length films planned for the festival will be shown on April 2. “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” will be shown at 3 p.m. and “A Dog Named Gucci” at 7 p.m. Gorman Bechard, director of “A Dog Named Gucci,” will hold a question-and-answer session following his film, according to organizers.

On April 3, the short films for adults will be shown again at 11 a.m. “A Dog Named Gucci” will be shown again, at 1:45 p.m., and the festival will close with “Janey Makes a Play” at 4 p.m. Napolitano said “Janey” is a documentary about a 90-year-old woman who produces plays.

There will be no admission fee to see the short films. Ticket prices for the feature films range from $5 to $7 and tickets are available at the door and at the festival’s website at A festival pass is also available for $50, which covers admission to see every film once and includes an invitation to one of the after-parties, which are planned for April 1 and 2 at Gallery 526 in Collinsville from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m.

Leave a comment