This October 23 the Smithsburg Library and the English and Humanities Department of Hagerstown Community College will present the inaugural Fourth Wall Film Festival. And if you’re of a filmmaking bent, you’re gonna want to enter this.
It’s the brainchild of the lovely and talented Ashley, but I don’t pimp it here for that reason alone. It’s an idea whose time has come. How many years have we here in the Hagerstown area stared longingly, enviously across the mountain at beautiful downtown Frederick and thought, “Why not us? Why not us?!”
Attempts in recent years to transform the area surrounding Hagerstown’s city square into a vibrant and attractive arts and entertainment district have yielded mixed results at best. Why? Hagerstown’s arts and entertainment district is still missing two crucial ingredients: arts, and entertainment.
Look, we all love the Maryland Theater, and those butterflies were pretty — but come on! Have you been to Frederick? Have you seen a film at the Weinberg Center? There’s no comparison.
Hagerstown does have the Blues Fest — and I’m not trying to diminish that one bit, ‘cause I love me some blues, baby — but that’s one week out of fifty-two. The folks around here who want to see Hagerstown’s downtown revitalization succeed need more to eat on than a few days of good music a year.
We need more. We’ve got the Blues Fest, we’ve got the Maryland Symphony Orchestra — let’s just call music covered, shall we?
Know what would be awesome? A film festival. Hey — hey! — this Fourth Wall Festival sounds like just the ticket! Sure, it’s not downtown (. . . not yet), but it’s a start. Here’s the deal:
The Fourth Wall Film Festival is a juried exhibition with cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. First place will also get a nice classy plaque, a prize to take home and rub in the faces of jealous friends. To enter your film — which must be no longer than 15 minutes — just mail a DVD copy to the Smithsburg Library, or deliver it in person, by October 1.
Creative folk of western Maryland, consider yourselves summoned to duty. I know you’re out there, ‘cause I work with some of you. Get those cameras rolling, and enter your short subject masterpieces in the first ever Fourth Wall Film Festival.