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Emerge Film Fest to kick off with “Horror Double Feature”

The Emerge Film Festival continues to take shape and promises to be a remarkable event. The festivities will kick off on Friday, June 13 with a “Friday the 13th Horror Film Double Feature & Beer Fest,” sponsored by Baxter Brewing.

Following a tour and reception for All-Access ticket-holders, filmmakers and event sponsors at the brewery, the festival will launch its movie lineup with a pair of horror films from Bonfire Films: the short film “Natal” and the feature-length film “The Hanover House.” Both films are directed by Maine filmmaker Corey Norman. Norman and members of the cast and crew of both films will be present at the event.

Since the Festival officially became a non-profit entity just days after its announcement last week, board members have been hard at work lining up filmmakers, volunteers and sponsors. Event sponsors thus far include the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, Argo Marketing Group, Baxter Brewing Co., Center Street Dental, Central Maine Orthopaedics, Geiger, Lyceum Gallery, Platz Associates, Rinck Advertising, Austin Associates, Community Credit Union, Damon Mechanical, Fish Bones American Grill and Moody’s Collision Center.

“We are elated at the community support we’ve received,” said newly-elected Emerge President Laura Davis. “From the filmmakers who have reached out to screen their films, to the venues offering space, to our fantastic sponsors and the general feedback we have received from the community, this has already been a great experience. We are so looking forward to putting on a spectacular festival.”

While the film roster for Saturday, June 14 continues to develop, the line-up already includes a number of features and short films that were slated to appear in the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival. Film screenings will take place at the Franco Center, Lewiston Public Library, Auburn Public Library, and the Free Grace Presbyterian Church of Lewiston.

Multiple ticket options will be available to provide access to some or all Festival events. Tickets are projected to go on sale April 15. For more information, email or find them on Facebook (EmergeFilmFestival) or Twitter (EmergeFilmFest).

Feature-length films:

“Bridge and Tunnel.” (Director: Jason Michael Brescia.) A group of twenty-somethings struggle to cope with break-ups, student debt, and the transition to adulthood while living with their parents in suburban New York City.

How to Kill a Zombie.” (Director: Tiffany McLean.) A father and son are forced to find common ground during a zombie outbreak. The father is an overbearing militant who treats his son like a soldier. Can they work together and save the day?

The Hanover House.” (Director: Corey Norman.) Returning from his father’s funeral, Robert Foster hits a young girl with his car. In a desperate attempt to save her, he seeks help at a nearby farmhouse. Little does he know that the house has been waiting for him his entire life.

Richard3.” (Director: Michael Miclon.) This comedic spoof of Shakespeare’s play about a maniacal hunchback who murders his way to the throne provides a unique twist on the timeless theme about what some of us will do to get to the top.

Short films:

The Handsome Shadows.” Ireland. (Director: Mark Cogan.) A day of heartache for Doc is deepened when a face from the past reappears, shaking his world to its core.

The Magic Bracelet.” (Director: Jon Poll, executive producer of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Campaign.”) When Ashley inherits a totem bracelet from a friend who died of Mitochondrial Disease – the same illness she herself battles – it leads the girls on a mystical journey of discovery. (This project was created by Make-A-Film Foundation to fulfill the wish of 15-year-old Rina Goldberg, whose final words to her mother before she died of Mitochondrial Disease were “Promise to take care of my film.”)

Natal.” (Director: Corey Norman.) Carissa is a troubled girl. Recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital, she is struggling to assimilate back into society. When she joins her friends on a trip to a family lake house, she quickly begins to unravel as a strange scratching sound consumes her reality.

Out of the Ash.” UK/NY. (Director: Sandy Garfunkel.) Robbed at gunpoint, a man turns the tables on his mugger, but in trying to teach his attacker a lesson, he ends up confronting his own devastating memories of a childhood lost.

Rabbit and Deer.” Hungary. (Director: Péter Vácz.) Rabbit and Deer live a happy and carefree existence until their friendship is put to the test by Deer’s obsessive search for the third dimension. After an unexpected accident leaves Deer trapped in a strange new world, can they find their way back to each other?

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