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beaconfilmfestThe first Beacon Independent Film Festival will be held at University Settlement Camp in Beacon, NY September 13 ?15. Founded by Beacon resident Terry Nelson, the Beacon Independent Film Festival celebrates filmmaking and the act of watching films with others in your community.

The festival will showcase an array of emerging filmmakers both local and international and offerings will consist of short and feature length independent films that audiences might not otherwise have the opportunity to see.

The festival will open with a screening of “Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm,” and a music video and performance by Stephen Clair Trio. Afore mentioned festival founder, Terry Nelson, joins us to tell us more.

(Originally appeared at http://wamc.org/)

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Local films, music and panels set

It was “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” seen at Radio City Music Hall that first introduced Terry Nelson to the wonders of the big screen. That experience alone became his golden ticket.

“Everything was larger than life. … That did it for me,” says Nelson, who’s worked in film production and post-production since 1989.

 Josh Hamilton and Melissa Leo star in "Bottled Up." The film was shot in Beacon, whose Main Street is seen in this photo from the movie. (Olympus Pictures)


Josh Hamilton and Melissa Leo star in “Bottled Up.” The film was shot in Beacon, whose Main Street is seen in this photo from the movie. (Olympus Pictures)

Some four years ago, after relocating from Manhattan to Beacon, Nelson made an offhand comment to his wife that their new city could benefit from a film festival. That thought lay dormant while Nelson nurtured his new business as a freelance video editor and established ties in the community.

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Last September 13th –15th,Terry Nelson launched the first Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF), the Hudson Valley’s newest film festival, in Beacon, New York. After working in the film production and post-production industries in New York City since 1989, four years ago Nelson decided to make a big change in his life, and he moved his family from Brooklyn to Beacon, New York.  (more…)