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Movies At The Mill Easton: The Speakeasy Edition

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The film festival known as Movies At The Mill Easton (MME) will return for its 11th installment on Saturday, August 24th at the Sigal Museum in the heart of downtown Easton.

This year organizers, with the help of The Sigal Museum, have arranged a series of screenings that will run throughout the day – allowing for more opportunities for guests to see the films as well as granting the opportunity for more films to participate in this year’s event.

Attendees purchase tickets for specific screening blocks. The ticket holder can only gain access to the screening associated with that ticket; however, the screening ticket does grant the holder access to the speakeasy before or after their screening. The speakeasy is open from 5pm until 10pm.

Other highlights of the evening include an array of savory and sweet concessions, live music, a DJ, free
giveaways and more. The Sigal Museum is located at 342 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042. General admission tickets are $30 prior to the event and $40 at the door.

A list of this year’s films, ticket information and directions can be found at moviesatthemill.com.

Founded in 2009, Movies At The Mill Easton (MME) is a film festival created to aid in the redevelopment of the city of Easton. With the support of Easton mayor, Salvatore J. Panto Jr., the direction of filmmaker Gershon Hinkson, and the commitment of its countless volunteers and sponsors, this annual festival has become a beacon for culture and a provoker of positive change in the city.

Originally produced as a “one off” to allow developers to see the potential of the Simon Silk Mill site, MME quickly expanded its mission to serve as an instrument that showcases both new and under-utilized locations in Easton that could benefit from the attention the festival attracts. To date, the festival has taken place at Easton locations such as The State Theater, Hugh Moore Park, the Easton intermodal facility and notably the Simon Silk Mill – all places that add to the beauty and the culture of Easton.

From it’s beginnings as a local event to one that boasts an international slate of short films, MME plays host to approximately 2,000 attendees each year. The festival has further expanded to introduce a seminar series. Last year's seminar, The Art Of Storytelling, was conducted by Director and Artist Julian Schnabel. Mr. Schnabel is known for films such as Basquiat, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Miral and most recently At Eternity’s Gate (starring Willem Dafoe). Previous seminars included Effecting The Story with VFX Supervisor/Producer, Karen Heston. 

The Simon Silk Mill, from where the “Mill” in Movies At The Mill derives it’s name, has nearly completed construction. Led by the development group VM Development, the site is on track to completion and being realized as “SILK”, the vision designed by the architectural firm Spillman and Farmer Architects. The goal for SILK is to allow the organic co-existence of creative arts, financial enterprise, a nature trail along the Bushkill Creek, a boutique hotel, retail shopping, open-air markets, art venues, quaint saloons and eateries serving delicious food, not to mention condominiums, offices and studios, all within the confines of historic buildings dating back to the late 1800′s, which housed the thriving silk mill business of Robert and Herbert Simon.