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The Johnstown Film Festival, which is in its seventh year, will be held June 6-9, 2012. The final evening, June 6, will be held at Peoples Natural Gas Park in downtown Johnstown.

Saturday 2012
The 2012 Johnstown Film Festival was held from June 6-9. Below is the program for the festival's final evening, featuring the best films entered into the shorts competition; please see the programs for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for information on other nights of the event.



The Making of "Les Incompetents" (11:23): A mockmentary by Travis Culley of Butler, Pa. A group of amateurs set out to shoot an experimental drama. The story is based on the filmmaker's personal experiences.

Third Place Award Winner: Following Chase (11:13): A narrative by Greg Koorhan of Wynnewood, Pa. This is Ted's first mission and he wants to stay with his partner, Chase. But they are not alone in the wild, and Ted must overcome his greatest fear to save his friend and reach their objective -- before they are caught.

P.O.V. (14:30): A narrative-drama by Adolfo R. Mora of San Antonio. Texas. After suffering a heart attack, Warren and his daughter Judith don't have much time to amend their relationship. Feeling that time is running out, Judith decides to videotape every moment with her dad -- but he doesn't like it.

Living in a Clusterf*** (19:32): A narrative by Brady Doepker of Tiffin, Ohio (Vecinos Meconnaissable, 2011). The director strives to create something original while being surrounded by unoriginality. But what is real anyway?

Second Place Award Winner: Oh Happy Day (11:09): A narrative by Bill Sorice (Vinny Vino, 2011) of New York, N.Y. Leo is a lonely man on the verge of giving up on life. Until one day a new neighbor brings hope, and he discovers that finding the right words might not be as easy as it seems. When you feel those butterflies, you're a kid again -- and when this happens, it's indeed a happy day.

Protest Contest (10:00): By Alex Italics of Tucson, Ariz.. An aspiring pacifist must thwart a sadistic military general and an empty gas tank to beat his rival and become the newest star of the peace movement. 




Covariance (13:30): A narrative by Dawn Westlake of Los Angeles, who has screened many films at the Johnstown Film Festival. Russell & Genevieve fall in with each other at the racetrack, but their circuitous journey leads them further and further from home.

Quick Shop (13:30) -- A thriller by Martin Binder of Macungie, Pa. After a falling out over a girl, two roommates go on a trip into the country. Things take a turn for the worse when they stop at a Quick Shop to go to the restroom and get stalked by the shopkeeper.
Work Racing (7:30) A documentary by Anne Daymut of Yatesboro, Pa. A sports car team participates in the prestigious F2000 championship series. 


Student Award Winner: The Things They Carried (6:24): By student Dan Frantz of Downington, Pa., who won the 2011 Student Award with Left 2 Die. A group of American GIs sit around a campfire in Vietnam recounting their experiences.

Piano Sfera (4:06): An experimental film by Jerry King Musser of Columbia, Pa. Music by accident. What to do with a discarded piano carcass.

First Place Award Winner: Harmony (9:41): A horror/narrative short by Pierre Emmanuel Plassart, a native of France and graduate of the Art Center College of Design who is now working as a writer and director in Los Angeles and Europe. In the village of Harmony, Vanessa leads a quiet life as a housewife. But when she realizes the nature of the town, she decides to flee its barbaric customs, including her own family. Caught in her escape, she will try again -- but will she succeed? Actors include Michael A. Newcomer, a native of Windber.


Please note that these films are unrated, and some material may not be appropriate for children.