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Finding her place by submitting her film to local festival [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

July 14, 2013


Elizabeth Hall wanted to make herself more a part of her new home in southern New Jersey after living in Miami and Connecticut.

Hall, of Galloway Township, decided to submit her 4-minute short movie, "Walking Tales For Maidens," to the Noyes Independent Film Festival. It was accepted and will be shown between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday in Kramer Hall at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Hammonton.

"Walking Tales for Maidens" is an avant- garde, experimental twist on the traditional fairy tale.

"It was the first submission form that I saw, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know the community better and to get out there. I really love Hammonton. I love the art community here. I think it's an arts community and an academic community in terms of the arts faculty at Stockton and Atlantic Cape Community College with a lot of potential," said Hall, 54.

Saskia Schmidt, director of education at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, said Thursday's festival is the sixth sponsored by the Noyes Museum, but it is being held in Hammonton for the first time.

"That was the director's idea (Michael Cagno) to have it in Hammonton as well," said Schmidt, who added the film festival has been held previously at the museum in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township. "We have a lot of programming going on in Hammonton. I think this is something he wanted to add to diversify the offerings, especially for Third Thursdays."

Of the more than 40 films submitted, at least eight will be shown after being selected by a three-person jury, which includes herself, Schmidt said.

Another local filmmaker who is happy to be a part of the screenings in Hammonton is Paul DuVilla, of Hammonton.

DuVilla had his 5-minute movie "Time Goes By" accepted into the festival. In his film, an old man retells the story of the life he shared with his beloved wife, said DuVilla, who served as director, editor, cinematographer and co-writer of his film.

"I was really excited. I think it's a good opportunity for the film and myself to get exposure," DuVilla said.

DuVilla, who will be a junior this fall at Rowan University in Glassboro, Gloucester County, entered his movie this year into the Campus MovieFest, which is the world's largest student film festival.

"Time Goes By" won best drama on a regional level. It made it into the top 25 of the 200 films shown from 60 different schools, DuVilla said.

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Noyes Independent Film Festival

Held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Kramer Hall of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 30 Front St., Hammonton. For more information, call 609-652-8848.

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