2013 River's Edge
International Film Festival
The River's Edge International Film Festival brings independent film to the smart, arts-oriented, mid-American river town of Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah already has a burgeoning visual and performing arts scene, and the film festival is right in the center of this cultural hub.
Celebrating our 9th year, the River's Edge International Film Festival is a four day event built around the showing of quality independent film from around the world. Our focus is both on the film lover, providing multiple venues in which to experience the best the world of cinema has to offer, and on the film maker, offering opportunities for exhibition, education, and networking with contemporaries.
The River's Edge International Film Festival is soon to be at the apex of the festival circuit. It is dedicated to the serious film maker, the serious film lover, and the art of the cinema.
Growing up my father was an autodidactic cinephile with an encyclopedic knowledge of actors and directors and I was given a steady diet of classic films and documentaries growing up with plenty of viewing critique sessions. This environment fostered my obsession with cinema early on.
I attended SIU-C and received a BA in Cinema and Photography and then later a masters focusing on documentary film and new media.
I work as a freelance videographer and photographer in the region and have been involved in various documentaries over the years, both long and short form. I'm also a musician with a love for rockabilly, blues and punk rock. My first film project was a non-sync-sound 16mm documentary in 2000 on the life of Sun Recording artist Malcolm Yelvington, so I go back to the days of cutting on a Steenbeck.
I have a background in photojournalism and also founded and started three small weekly newspapers in southern Illinois (since sold). With my love of documentary and journalism I have also participated in creating short form documentary pieces very quickly, typically in one day, trying to avoid the corporate news story telling style.
I love the look, sound, and smell of film and I hope filmmakers take a look at that medium as a possibility for storytelling. The Maysles Brothers, Rachel Liebling, and Michael Glawogger are just a few of the filmmakers that inspire me to continue to create.
If you are coming to Paducah for the festival, please visit our sponsor hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites. For a great rate, just tell them you’re with the Rivers' Edge International Film Festival:
Fairfield Inn & Suites
3950 Coleman Crossing Circle
Paducah, KY 42001
P: (270) 442-1700 · f: (270) 442-1702
There are also many other accommodations available in Paducah including hotels and bed and breakfasts in the downtown area. For more information, visit www.Paducah.travel.