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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Movies At The Mill” festival founder and director Gershon Hinkson. “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, The Rooftop, Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Movies At The Mill” festival founder and director Gershon Hinkson. “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, The Rooftop, Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

‘Movies At The Mill’ takes it to The Rooftop in Easton

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

“Movies At The Mill” film festival has traveled to several venues in Easton.

This year, “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, is at The Rooftop of the Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

The film shorts are expected to unreel at about 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Fusion Trio performs at 6 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, the “Movies At The Mill” seminar series continues with a Skype interview and question and answer session, “Effecting The Story,” with visual effects supervisor-producer Karen Heston.

After that there’s a film-maker’s meet-and-greet brunch catered by Maxim’s.

“It’s really so that the film-makers have a moment to exchange ideas,” says “Movies At The Mill” festival founder and director Gershon Hinkson, a motion picture editor working with Heston on “Oceans Eight,” set for release in 2018.

“Movies At The Mill” screens shorts, including:

“Hair” - Directed by John Turturro and featuring Turturro and Bobby Cannavale, the film takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y., centering on an improvised conversation about a man’s hair.

“Stage 7” - Frieda battles Alzheimer’s disease.

“Prep Talk” - During the last week of summer vacation, four friends discuss their high school experiences.

“Travellers” - Three twentysomething passengers on a chartered flight.

“Unmasking the Queen” - Footage of full-color illustrations reveal Easton artist Marya’s poetic narrative.

“King Of The Buskers” - Lehigh Valley director Jaccii Farris profiles a Lehigh Valley street performer in Key West, Fla.

“Memory Drive” - A young man lives in a world where everyone’s memories are stored on flash drives worn around their neck.

“Woodhaven” - Patients at a hospital have unexpected outcomes.

“Big Pharma: Market Failure” - Richard Master, an Easton businessman, and Vincent Mondillo, an Easton film-maker, reteam after their documentary, “Fix It,” about single-payer health care, to examine the pharmaceutical industry.

“Lilly + Mara” - Directed by Gershon Hinkson.

“Hair” opens the approximate two-hour screening and “Lilly + Mara” closes it. Each is exempt from festival competition.

Of this year’s festival venue, Hinkson says, “This is all in preparation for us to have the festival outdoors in 2018 when we return to the Simon Silk Mill.”

“Movies At The Mill” was presented at the Silk Mill in 2009 - 12; Hugh Moore Park, 2013, and the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 2014 - 16.

Of the festival, Hinkson says, ““It’s always been shorts. We do plan to expand the offering to more than one day. For that, I see feature-length films.

“I find it difficult to have an outdoor screening. When you’re watching one-long film in an outdoor setting, people can talk. With short films, people have to pay attention, because you don’t know what happens next.”

Approximately 50 to 100 films are typically submitted and juried for competition. Typically about 700 attend the festival.

“We try to keep it eclectic. If I go one genre, people will assume to know what to expect. For me, it’s important for me to keep people on their toes. I think people are really going to get a lot out of the movies this year,” says Hinkson.

Hinkson has had the week off from editing “Oceans Eight.”

“They allowed me the week off to work on ‘Movies at the Mill.’ This is a passion of mine.”

Hinkson has called Easton home for 11 years.

“To be honest with you, because I travel through the country and world to work, it doesn’t really matter where I live.

“If I’m not working with Lou Reda [Easton documentary film firm] or at my own facility, I commute to New York. I make it work.

“With the possibility of a train [from the Easton area to New York City], that only sweetens the pot. Easton is an artist’s community. I really need that. There’s also the backdrop of the Lehigh Valley. It’s pretty beautiful out here.

“It’s just really important that people come out and support the event [Movies At The Mill]. Tickets sales is what allows the event to continue. Tell as many people as you can.”

“Movies At The Mill” information and tickets (available at the gate the day of the festival): moviesatthemill.com