Emerge Film Festival Comes to Life with Announcement of Final Film Schedule, Award Nominations and Sneak Peek Event

Emerge Film Festival Comes to Life with Announcement of Final Film Schedule, Award Nominations and Sneak Peek Event

Things are heating up for the inaugural Emerge Film Festival, opening on June 13! The Festival board of directors has released the final film schedule, including more than 40 short, documentary and feature films from Maine, the U.S. and the world. Details for the two-day Lewiston/Auburn, Maine event are outlined on the newly developed website: emergefilmfestival.org.

The weekend kicks off on Friday the 13th with Beer & Fear night presented by Baxter Brewing Co., and continues on Saturday, June 14, with a wide variety of films including the World Premiere of Leaving Circadia (USA/NY, Directed by Evan Mathew Weinstein). The festivities wrap up on Saturday night with the World Premiere of the first cut of Richard3 (USA/ME, Directed by Michael Miclon). Many of the films will be followed by a Q & A session with the filmmaker(s).

Additionally, the Festival Awards committee has selected award nominees in the categories of Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best in Festival, Best Student Film and Verizon's People's Choice Awards. (See list below.)

An Emerge Film Festival Sneak Peek event will be held on Thursday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Lyceum Gallery in Lewiston, Maine. Admission is free and attendees will have the opportunity to view trailers for award-nominated films. Special Emerge martinis will be available for purchase from Fuel. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase $10 General Viewing Passes (discounted from $15), as well as have the opportunity to win Festival passes at the event.

"We are so excited about all of the momentum with Emerge," said Board President, Laura Davis. "We have such a great line-up of films, an extraordinary amount of passionate filmmakers planning to be in attendance, a wonderful response from the community in terms of ticket sales and an absolutely incredible line-up of sponsors who are making it all happen. To think that this festival was 'born' just two months ago and has turned into all this-it's just remarkable and a real testament to the passion for arts within our community."

The 2014 Emerge Film Festival is presented by Brann & Isaacson, Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch and Rinck Advertising. Leadership sponsors include: Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, Argo Marketing Group, Auburn Savings Bank, Baxter Brewing Co., Center Street Dental, Central Maine Orthopaedics, Geiger, Lyceum Gallery, Oxford Networks, Platz Associates and Bill Phillips.

For more information on Emerge, please visit emergefilmfestival.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

The Emerge Film Festival will take place Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the community of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine. The Emerge Film Festival is a volunteer-run non-profit organization. For more information, please visit http://www.emergefilmfestival.org Like us on Facebook or follow @EmergeFilmFest on Twitter.


Bridge and Tunnel (USA/CA); Director, Writer, Producer: Jason Michael Brescia; Cast: Annet Mahendru, Arjun Gupta, Mary Kate Wiles, Natalie Knepp, Ryan Metcalf, Wass Stevens

Ink & Steel (USA/NY); Co-Directors, Writers: Jonathan Ehlers & Patrick Ward-Perkins; Producer, Co-Writer: Jason Radspinner; Cast: Richard Fiske, Molly Ryman, Tyler Noble, Jack Millard, Jason Beckmann

Koan of Spring (France/Vietnam/Korea) ; Director, Executive Producer, Co-Producers: Marc-Olivier Louveau, Olivier Cohen Bacri; Writer, Co-Producer: Nicolas Piccato; Cast: Chau Belle Dinh, Fang-Hsuang Chiu, Jean-Claude Tran, Santi Sudaros, Tapa Sudana

The Hanover House (USA/ME); Director, Writer: Corey Norman Writer: Haley Norman; Cast: Brian Chamberlain, Casey Turner, Anne Bobby, Daniel Noel, David J. Shaffer, Erik Moody, Shannon Campbell, Matthew Delamater, Jenny Anastasoff, Ian Carlsen, Andrew Sawyer

Leaving Circadia (USA/NY); Director, Writer: Evan Mathew Weinstein; Writer: Reginald Huc
Co-Producer: Vitaly Bokse; Executive Producer, Line Producer, Producer: Jesse R. Tendler; Executive Producers: Reginald Huc, Evan Mathew Weinstein, Drew Seltzer; Associate Producers: Rachel Esterda, Zack Griffiths, Maximilian Huc, Kathy Karadza; Cast: Evan Mathew Weinstein, Reginald Huc, Larisa Polonsky, Christian Coulson, Drew Seltzer, Michael Cerveris, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Stoya

Possum (USA/NJ) ; Director & Writer: Eleanor Wilson; Producers: Rosebud Baker, Eleanor Wilson; Cast: Miguel Govea, Eleanor Wilson, Anthony Comis, Jenny Grace

Natal (USA/ME); Director: Corey Norman; Writers: Corey Norman, Haley Norman; Executive Producer: Sheryl Barnett Raber; Producers: Daniel Noel, Corey Norman, Haley Norman; Co-Producer: Gaël Lapierre; Cast: Jessica Fratus, Chara Victoria Gannett, Erik Moody, Andrew Sawyer

Hotline (USA/CA); Co- Director, Producer: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson; Co-Director, Writer: Lee Miller; Cast: Camryn Manheim, Ashley Ann-Michaels, Christa Martin, Michael Dempsey

The Beginning and The End (USA/NY); Director, Writer: Kristin Wheeler; Executive Producer: John Ioris; Producer: Cary Woodworth; Associate Producer: Bjoern Zielinski, Brian Wheeler; Cast: Ken Matthews, Megan Tusing

Detour (USA/ME); Directors: Gary Robinov, Dean Merrill; Writer: Erin Enberg; Executive Producers: Candace Karu, Daniel Pickett; Cast: Astrea Campbell-Cobb, Brian Chamberlain, Bill McDonough, Dana Packard, Jennifer Nichole Porter

Music City USA (USA/AZ); Director, Producer, Writer: Chris McDaniel; Co-Producers: Jason Stall, Matt Trandel, Mic Waugh; Cast: Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Bo Bice, Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves, Larry Gatlin, Taylor Hicks, Naomi Judd, Kourtney Hansen, Aston Barrett, Kenny Rogers, Jim 'Moose' Brown, Amber Hayes, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Headhunters, The Lunabelles, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Hank Williams III and many more.