For Immediate Release
10th Annual Skyline Indie Film Festival
to Feature Over 50 Films
Festival will also screen nine local films
Winchester, VA (Aug. 16, 2022) – The Skyline Indie Film Fest has endured many challenges, including the pandemic, over its 10-year history, but is back in full form and ready to deliver a full slate of narrative features, feature documentaries, shorts, and experimental films between September 8-11 in the historic city of Winchester, Virginia. The city’s Alamo Draft House will serve as the main screening venue. Most of the films will screen in person while others will screen virtually.
Tickets are available on the festival’s website: skylineindiefilmfest.org. Indie film lovers can buy tickets to individual screenings for $12, pick a block of five short films to watch for $12, or purchase a full- festival pass for $50. Streaming short films are $5 each.
This year, the festival highlights films that overcame major challenges, particularly the coming-of-age film, “5-22-77,” directed by Patrick Read Johnson. This epic story is about growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, falling in love with Sci-Fi, falling in love with film, and becoming the ultimate fan of “Star Wars,” a movie that changed the face of modern filmmaking. Johnson, best known for directing “Spaced Invaders,” “Angus,” and “Baby’s Day Out,” will be in attendance. The film stars John Francis Daley (“Freaks & Geeks”), Colleen Camp (“Clue”), Austin Pendleton (“My Cousin Vinny”), and the late Justin Mentell (“Boston Legal”).
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing our opening night film, ‘5-22-77’ to Winchester audiences,” said Skyline Indie Film Fest programmer Billy Ray Brewton. “We’ve been following “5-22-77” since it started shooting in 2004, and audiences are in for a treat. There’s so much love and passion on display in this film. This film exemplifies the do-it-yourself spirit that courses through Skyline’s veins.”
The festival will conclude with the East Coast premiere of Eric Pennycoff’s newest horror film, “The Leech.” The film stars Graham Skipper (“Sequence Break”) and Jeremy Gardner (“After Midnight”). A devout priest welcomes a struggling couple into his house at Christmas. What begins as a simple act of kindness quickly escalates into the ultimate test of faith once the sanctity of the home is jeopardized. Writer Eric Pennycoff will attend the post-screening discussion.
Other festival highlights include a spotlight screening of “Billion Dollar Babies: The True Story of the Cabbage Patch Kids.” The documentary about the billion-dollar toy franchise is produced and narrated by Actor/Producer Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Andrew Jenks.
Survival, the festival’s theme, serves up an incredible survival tale in “Delivering Hope,” a documentary of ultra-runner Kevin Kline. Eight days before his 50th birthday, he ran the northernmost 300 miles of Alaska’s dangerous Dalton Highway in winter to raise awareness for children battling pediatric cancer. Traversing the world’s tenth most dangerous road, Kline faces -40F temperatures running to the virtual top of the world.
A special treat for horror film fans will be two films, “The Third Saturday in October” and “The Third Saturday in October Part V,” from Writer/Director Jay Burleson and producers Ian’ J. Cunningham and Frank Crafts, who will all be in attendance.
For music lovers, two films should whet their appetite. “The History of Metal and Horror,” a documentary directed by Mike Schiff, featuring interviews with Rob Zombie, Michael Berryman, and Alice Cooper. “Ragged Heart” is a southern musical drama featuring music legends Jim White and Patterson Hood from “Drive-by Truckers.”
One film that has created a lot of buzz, due to its strong cast, is the rural thriller “The Integrity of Joseph Chambers.” The film stars Claye Crawford (“Rectify,” “The Killing of Two Lovers”) and Jordanna Brewster (the “Fast and the Furious” franchise).
This year, the festival will feature nine local films:
Absence of Light (Student, Short) – A coming of age story following two boys and their adventures as
they discover an unexpected connection.
Back to the Sea (short) – “Back to the Sea” profiles Aunofo Havea, the first licensed ship captain in
Polynesia and a well-known Tongan seafarer, as she trail-blazes a place for women in the maritime
industry and revolutionizes how the Tongan people interact with the whales that inhabit their waters.
Frantic (short) – A young woman suspects someone is after her while she housesits for a stranger.
How Long Must We Wait (Feature Documentary) – How Long Must We Wait is a historical documentary
about the 72-year battle that women fought to get the right to vote in the United States. The film
focuses on the events in 1917 that led to the imprisonment and brutal treatment of suffragists in a
prison in Lorton, Virginia. This was considered the turning point in the suffrage campaign, ultimately
helping deliver the final push needed to pass the 19th amendment in 1920. Getting the right to vote for
women was an incredible accomplishment, but there is still much work left to do before women are
equal in the United States.
Our First Priority (short) – A tale of one girl’s experience of medical gaslighting and the avenging angels
that keep our universe in balance.
Snub Nose (short) – A gorgeous woman, a jealous man, and a loaded revolver.
Table for Two (short) – Sofia and Chris seem to make the most out of a potentially awkward date. But
reality sinks back in as their means of communication reveals something Sofia was hoping to avoid.
The Pins of Madeleine Albright (short doc) – The pin collection of the Honorable Madeleine Albright is a
language globally recognized, yet completely her own. This short documentary follows her ascent to the
White House, her experiences as the only woman in the room, and the decision to speak through her
pins throughout her storied career.
True Crime (short) – A wannabe fitness influencer and true crime junkie orders the security system
from her favorite podcast. Now she can’t shake the creepy feeling she’s being watched. Is she the next
true crime target? Or is this a different kind of power play?
Additional Information: DropBox folder containing the festival logo and movie posters:
About the Skyline Indie Film Festival
Skyline Indie Film Festival was founded in 2013 by two bookstore owners who decided there should be a
film festival in Old Town Winchester. Thanks to the support of volunteers and the Board of Directors,
Skyline finds itself in its 10th year of programming, with a vision to share new and independent films in
the community each September; to nurture a cinematic cultural growth and demonstrate art through a
lens of expansive acceptance, appreciation, tolerance and wonder. Skyline Indie Film Fest is a 501(c)3
not-for-profit organization. Visit www.skylieindiefilmfest.org for more information.
Contact: Don Franken