Columbia Film Festival, in partnership with Columbia Festival of the Arts, kicks off three days of a cinema celebration from June 27 through June 29 with an Opening Night Reception hosted by the Howard County Arts Council. The reception will also feature the unveiling of a newly installed mosaic, the culmination of a two- year project with artist Susan Stockman and the Pre-K students at the Ellicott City Head Start Center, one of the recent residencies within the Arts Council's Head StART in ART program.
Following the reception, two comedic, Maryland-based feature films will screen in the black box theatre, each followed by an audience Q&A panel with creative teams and cast members in attendance.
NOTHING FROM SOMETHING (Written, directed, and starring Columbia resident Chris Perillo) tells the story of Luke Murphy, who has had a rough year. Now in the midst of a messy divorce, Luke’s wife had a baby with his best friend. On the verge of homelessness, Luke is forced to move back in with his estranged father - only one of many contentious relationships. Running Time: 1 hr, 6 mins
I LIKE ME (Directed by Josh Land, written by Abigail Sussman and Josh Land) In the midst of family tensions, Maggie Schultz, an egocentric free spirit who hits rock bottom, finds unexpected success as a self-empowerment guru after publishing a self-help book as a self-proclaimed Doctor. This book, I LIKE ME, is a guide to smoothing out life's rollercoaster, setting a pathway for success simply by looking deep into yourself and realizing you are great. Keep repeating “I like me and I am great, and you can be too!” Running Time: 1 hr, 22 mins
For a full line up of films and special events throughout the Columbia Film Festival visit: www.ColumbiaFilmFestival.org.