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LVCF Sponsors Emmaus Film Fest that Celebrates Films and Femmes

Allentown, Pa., April 27, 2018—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has put sponsorship support behind an innovative new film festival spotlighting the women of independent cinema from here and abroad. Stephanie Gardner Films in collaboration with Taos Shortz Film Fest is hosting the 2018 Emmaus Film Fest, May 4 to 6.

Stephanie Gardner Films“We are pleased to lend our support to the Emmaus Film Fest this year,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “We congratulate Stephanie Gardner for bringing this exciting event to the Emmaus community that will showcase and celebrate the many talented film makers from the Lehigh Valley area and beyond.”

The main event of the Emmaus Film Fest is a curated short film screening at the Emmaus Theatre (3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018). This year’s theme, “The Masks We Wear,” focuses on celebrating the women of independent cinema and brings a collection of films from across the Lehigh Valley, and from around the world.  Acclaimed actress and singer Lynnie Godfrey will guide the evening as Mistress of Ceremonies through two programs in one:  Lehigh Valley Visionaries and Global Greatness.

The Emmaus Film Fest Official Selections of local films are: “Tides of Wyrd” (dir. Louise Devery), “Make It Pink” (dir. Brandon C. Lay), “helpless” (dir. Amanda Seemayer) and “Mayo Girl” (dir. Jaccii Farris).

The global films by Taos Shortz takes audiences through the outskirts of L.A. with a varsity basketball team, to a birthday party in Sarajevo, to a love affair in Cuba, a wedding in Spain and a divorce in Denmark, landing us back in Hungary where a children's choir teams up against a teacher who prohibits singing.  Included in the line-up is an Academy Award Winning short film, and, “Parte I” of Stephanie Gardner’s much anticipated film trilogy, “Para Todo Mal…Para Todo Bien,” a bilingual Latin love affair.  Program Director Duprelon Tizdale will be on hand throughout the weekend to discuss the art and business of filmmaking.

Throughout the weekend, the Emmaus Film Fest will offer a series of free community workshops and panels, including, a “Femmes In Film” Panel, Feature Screenplay Table Reads, an Introduction To Filmmaking Workshop For Children, and a Drone Cinematography Workshop presented by Aerocus Aerials.  All events will be held in venues throughout Emmaus. Professional filmmakers from New York City and beyond are coming to town to participate in and present these free workshops for the community.

General Admission Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door)

Student/Senior Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door)   

Tickets/schedule available at  The films being screened on Saturday cover a variety of adult themes and are geared towards Mature Audiences Only.


WDIY: Previewing the 2018 Emmaus Film Festival on LV Arts Salon

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle previewed the upcoming 2018 Emmaus Film Festival. They talked to Stephanie Gardner, who is presenting the festival along with Brandon Lay of Living Proof Pictures, who is one of the participating filmmakers.