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  • Icehouse Tonight: SouthSide Film Festival: A Retrospective

    SSFF Retrospective

  • Film Shown at the 2015 SouthSide Film Festival Wins Oscar Gold

    bearstory“Bear Story,” shown at the 2015 SouthSide Film Festival in Bethlehem, Pa., won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short at the Oscar ceremony Sunday, February 28.  Directed by Gabriel Osorio, the Chilean film tells the story of an old bear who goes out every day to a busy street corner. Through a tin marionette theater that he made, the bear tells his life.  But it’s not a simple story. The film was inspired by true events that happened in Chile. In 1973, Osorio’s grandfather was arrested and held for two years. After that, he was exiled from Chile, forcing him to live apart from his family.  Osorio says, “During my childhood I felt the invisible presence of an absent grandfather, who was not dead, but was not present in my life. My short film ‘Bear Story’ is not about the life of my grandfather, but it is inspired by his absence and the mark it left on me.  “Bear Story” has won more than 50 international awards on the film festival circuit. For more information about “Bear Story,” see

  • 2016 – Festival Dates

    Enjoy Independent Films from around the world:
    Tuesday, June 14th through Saturday, June 18th

    Haven't been to our Festival before?
    Join us on Sat. March 26 at 8 p.m. for
    “The Best of the Southside Film Festival Shorts Retrospective”
    Venue: The Ice House (56 River St, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018)

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  • 2015 Fowler Audience Awards Announced

    Films With Local Ties Win Audience Awards at 2015 SouthSide Film Festival

    The 2015 Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Awards have been awarded to two films with strong local connections. The Favorite Short Film Award went to Letters to Frieda: A Julian Farris Films Production, and the Favorite Feature Film Award went to Arctic Alchemy, this year’s opening night film.

    Presented in honor of Linny and Beall Fowler, who have provided financial support individually and through the Fowler Family Foundation to the SouthSide Film Institute, the awards were voted on by an audience throughout last week's film festival. The winners were announced at the festival's closing night party on Saturday evening.

    Letters to Frieda, directed by Amy Unger, tells the story of Michele Willner Levy’s early life in during World War II. Much of the film is told in letters from Frieda’s parents who were still in Germany and hoping to be reunited with their daughter and the granddaughter they had never met. Sadly, that never happened, and eventually the Willners immigrated to the United States.  Unger is also an executive producer and features reporter for WFMZ-TV in Allentown. Jaccii Farris, president of Julian Farris Films, was the film’s executive producer. Farris, an Emmy-Award winning journalist, is senior news reporter and docujournalist for WFMZ-TV in Allentown.

    Arctic Alchemy, by director Nastia Tarasova and cinematographer Irina Shatalova, details how Christopher Bowen, an adventurous home brewer and beer historian from Bethlehem, Pa., embarked by motorcycle on an unexpectedly harsh 2,000-mile journey to the Canadian Arctic, to recreate an historic and mysterious beer, Allsopp’s Arctic Ale. The story began in England where Allsopp’s was first brewed and ended in the Northwest Passage were Bowen and his friends brewed 100 gallons of the ale at a portable brewery using water from the Rupert River.