Ken Hess made New Bern his home relocating from Tulsa, Okla., earlier this year
With him, he brings his love for the arts as well as his love for filmmaking. He is an award-winning, independent filmmaker, writer, visual artist, editor, and podcaster. Hess also serves on the board of directors for Eno River Media.
Hess is the host and director of The Experimental Film Fest and The Experimental Film Podcast and will hold his annual event in New Bern this year and will include special guest speaker, D’Aja Fulmore of New Bern and owner of Fulmore Films. D’Aja recently completed the filming of her feature length movie “Crossover” in New Bern.
For more about D’Aja Fulmore, read here.
The Experimental Film Fest (EFF), in its second year, has received 185 films from 29 countries and will select 30 films from those entries to be screened during a festival set to be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle Street in New Bern.
Hess said that he started out looking into our local movie theaters as venues, but was impressed with the Bank of the Arts. “It had more of an ‘artsy’ feel to it and was more of what I was looking for,” Hess said.
Experimental film covers a wide range of genres, topics, and filmmaking techniques. All films are under 20 minutes in total run time.
Awards for the 2021 season are Festival Winner, Critic’s Choice, Audience Favorite, and Best Student Film. Five finalists will also be named. Festival attendees will be asked to rate the films for the “Audience Favorite” award.
Independent judges will select winners for all other awards.
“I wanted a diverse group of judges and they judge blind, not knowing anything about the filmmaker, not the gender, age, ethnicity of the filmmaker, just the quality of the film itself,” Hess said. “I just felt that is the most fair way to do it.”
Hess will be available to speak to attendees at the Filmmaker Meet & Greet session that will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Many of the filmmakers will also be present and available to speak to guests. The festival begins at 7 p.m.
Attendees are welcome to live tweet about the festival, take photos, and post interactively to social media during the Meet & Greet and screenings.
Hess is currently seeking sponsors, partners, and patrons including volunteers, poster locations and product discounts.
The Experimental Film Fest’s mission is to provide a public forum in New Bern in order to advance interest in experimental, avant-garde, and art-house film, to draw attention to New Bern and North Carolina as a center for independent filmmaking, and to promote the arts and creative freedom. It is the intention of the EFF to return all proceeds from the festival to the local community for the promotion of filmmaking and other visual arts.
Tickets are available online at https://filmfreeway.com/ExperimentalFilmFest/tickets and at the door for $5.
For more information on the festival visit their website.