There were so many amazing things happening in Lancaster City a few weekends ago that I basically forgot to eat or sleep for three days. From Lancaster’s International Short Film Festival, aptly titled “Rumschpringe,” to the bi-annual Punk Rock Flea Market, to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman Craft Fair (not to mention First Friday, duh) November, so far, has been pretty inspiring.
With all the creative and cool happenings around town, Jocelyn and I teamed up with Michael Hoober to help host Rumschpringe, so that was our focus this month (actually, the whole festival took at least six months to plan) and what a wild ride into the world of short-filmage it was. We had the pleasure of welcoming filmmakers from Vancouver, Canada to Raleigh, North Carolina, and we were honored to share our home with them for the weekend. Brunch at Aussie and the Fox, late night beers at Brendees, and an intimate after-party with Trio Agave at Annex 24–not too bad for a three-day whirlwind of international films, galore.
Painfully jarring and controversial subjects were explored in short films like Sweetness Follows and Bragg N East, while other films like Poustinia: The Art of Gendron Jensen allowed you to step into a world of childlike wonder. Thanks to the dedication and passion of the festival’s founder, Michael Hoober, and Joceyln’s mad skills at helping gracefully coordinate an experience as multi-faceted as this, it was pretty freakin’ awesome representing a global community for a week in our fair city. Big Love to the our audience for sharing the experience, including, of course, the filmmakers, animators, artists, actors and all the dang movers and shakers who came out this year!
And, next year, too, right? Until then, support the arts however you can- go make it and share and while you’re at it– let us know what inspires YOU.