Independent films are available in our own back yard

Photo by Devin Strohl

An ice sculpture from the 2020 Jim Thorpe Winterfest displaying dates of the Independent Film Festival.

Did you know that many of the films we know start as independent films, and are viewed at film festivals? Did you know that one of these film festivals exists in our own backyard?

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival has been a successful gathering of filmmakers and creators alike for the last four years. This year’s festival will take place at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on April 23-26. Creator of the film festival, Todd Morris, is excited to kick off the 2020 season with a creative lineup of genres that he says feature one-of-a-kind entertainment.

As the fourth annual film festival in Jim Thorpe approaches, Morris is excited for the turnout. Having history in working with commercials around the country, Morris is no stranger to production. He said that each year has seen “much incremental growth” as interest grows. Not only does the festival feature a very strong local audience, but it also features many visitors from out of state. Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are all locales where filmmakers—and those seeking entertainment—are hailing from.

The heart of the film festival, however, exists solely in its place of origin: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Not only does the film festival feature a strong local audience, but local shops are very keen on sponsorship. In a town as small as Jim Thorpe, the locals mean everything to festivals such as these.

In a way to give back to the community, Morris offers free admission to high school students and would love to see students from Lehigh Carbon Community College attend as well. As stated, this year’s festival will take place from April 23-26, and each block of film is $10. If you’re looking to seek out new entertainment—while also promoting a local festival—don’t hesitate to drop by!