Silk City Film Festival

Coming to Hartford, Connecticut
October 13-16, 2011


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In 2009 the First Annual Silk City Flick Fest (SCFF) was born in Manchester, Connecticut. We chose the name Silk City due to all the Silk manufacturing plants built in and around Manchester. It exploded onto the Festival scene screening 50 plus movies from all over the world and hosting highly regarded industry panels. Some of the movies shown our first year were picked up for distribution and many contacts were forged throughout the event.

In 2011 SCFF is returing to Hartford, our Capital City, where we hope to keep the New England vibe alive. We also hope to embrace the art and culture that Hartford has to offer, as well as the large number of great restaurants and nightlife.

The goal of SCFF is to showcase the art of the movie world and connect it to the business side in a fun and friendly New England setting and highlight it’s peak beauty, FALL!

We hope to see you there!


Justin MoralesJustin , An Indie Filmmaker, was born in Manchseter, Connecticut. He has lived, worked and traveled all over the world from the Pacific to the English Channel. After getting the flimmaking bug, Justin moved to New York City where he worked on many indie films and big Studio pictures like “The Hours”. He graduated from Connecticut School of Broadcasting and opened a video production an editing house in Downtown Manchester, CT called “Cool Hand Pictures”.



Founder/Administrative Director

Magda GroverMAGGI recently completed the CT Film Industry Training Program this Summer where she was able to work on two NBC shows. (Friday Night Lights and Celebrity Apprentice 2) as well as two Independent Films (Once More With Feeling and The Best Laid Plans). Maggi is also a graduate of Manchester Community College where she obtained her Associates in Multimedia Studies. After attending MCC she fell in love with Manchester and has been a resident ever since! Presently she is part of the Cool Hand Pictures team where she performs various duties and is very excited about the Silk City Flick Fest coming to Manchester.

Audio Video Tech

Jesse GleasonJESSE is a graduate of Film Studies from UConn and his degree consists of dissecting technical and thematic dynamics of movies. He also graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and is a Videographer and Editor for Cool Hand Pictures, LLC of Manchester. Jesse also assisted production of the documentary film, Busking the System.


Movie Advisory Board

Andrew J. ConcatelliAndrew J. Concatelli is the Assistant Editor of ReminderNews, the Vernon-based weekly newspaper which publishes 16 local editions in eastern Connecticut. In addition to writing and editing news and feature articles, he has served as the paper's film critic for the past six years, writing weekly movie reviews of new theatrical releases. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he wrote movie reviews for the campus newspaper, and graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Concatelli judged the Feature Film category at the inaugural Silk City Flick Fest in 2009.


Audio Video Tech

Joshua A. Gordon took the CT Film Training program in 2008, for lighting and grip. Since then he has worked as a grip and gaffer on many short films. He has also directed corporate and industrial training videos; including educational videos for The Connecticut Science Center.

On-Site Programming Director

Gregor KowalewskiNearly twenty-five years ago, a young man with a film degree in hand ventured out onto a long and winding road…and oh, what a long, strange trip it has been…and continues to be! Gregor Kowalewski is a veteran of the film, broadcast and cable industry with over twenty-five years of experience and many stories to tell. Rising up through the ranks from grip to editor to cameraman to director to producer-writer, Mr. Kowalewski continues to be amazed at the constantly changing dynamics of the film and video profession. He has recently taken on a new role as the Theater Manager at the Connecticut Science Center’s large screen digital 3D theater. Mr. Kowalewski is honored to be in involved in the Silk City Flick Fest and in celebrating the wondrous art of story telling.

Movie Advisory Board

Deborah A. Gaudet has been on staff of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art since 1989, when she was named Museum Services Manager. In 1993, she was promoted into the position of Managing Director of Theater and Film; in 2004, Gaudet was named Curator of Film and Theater. During her years overseeing the Aetna Theater, Gaudet has created and managed a successful film program, administered a theater rental program, produced a series of multi-media performances, and has worked collaboratively with many arts organizations, community groups, and artists.

Movie Advisory Board

Jeffrey CohenCEO of ImageWorks, LLC Jeffrey Cohen has a distinguished career in the Computer Generated Graphics, Sales and Marketing, and Technical Support industries. Previously owning American Screen Graphics, a silkscreen and graphic design firm, Jeffrey has also worked in Information Systems for Travelers Insurance, Savage Computers, and Technical support for ITW/Promark. A graduate of the University of Bridgeport with a degree in fine arts, Cohen also holds a degree from the Computer Processing Institute. Recently recognized by the Connecticut Technology Council's Innovation Pipeline awards as one of the Connecticut Companies to watch in 2009, Jeffrey has also been quoted in Time Magazine, and has been published in Business 2.0 and WIRED. A leader in the New Media Sector, ImageWorks has been a producer of independent small business commercial films. Jeffrey is currently on the Board of Directors for the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, The Chair of the Economic Development Commission in the town of Vernon, and is the Host and Executive Director of the Connecticut Business Network.

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