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Film fest features Penn State alumni

The work of former Penn State students will be featured in a film festival that begins next week in State College and on campus.

The College Town Film Festival is set for March 14-17 at the State Theatre and Carnegie Cinema.

Organizers said the festival will feature more than a dozen films that aim to increase communication and collaboration between the academic, creative and business sectors of independent films.

“This is a totally new festival idea,” said Matt Jordan, festival coordinator. “Not only will we show top notch independent films, but the interaction with the filmmakers during the Q and A session, and in the seminars, is geared toward teaching students about the challenges, rewards and realities of making independent film.”

The festival will also include conversations with filmmakers, panel discussions and seminars encouraging interaction between the general public, students, actors and producers.

On March 16, a special American Film Institute session featuring AFI Conservatory faculty member Joseph Garrity will be held in 112 Kern Building on campus. The session will also feature other AFI fellows including Penn State graduate Brandon Hess, who earned his film and video degree in 2010. Hess wrote and directed “First in Flight,” a film about the Wright brothers.