Cabin Fever 2020 - Filmmakers panel 1

From left, filmmakers Mike Ellison and Nora Kubach answer questions from Cabin Fever Film Fest organizer Liz Jarvis on Jan. 24, 2020.

Purcellville’s Franklin Park Visual & Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with the Town of Purcellville Arts Council, will host the fourth annual Cabin Fever Film Festival on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

According to Franklin Park officials, this year’s slate of screenings includes 15 films by local artists, with categories ranging from live-action and documentary short to stop-motion animation and music video.

Franklin Park Arts Center Manager Elizabeth Bracey told the Times-Mirror that all 15 featured films will screen on both Friday and Saturday, with each day limited to a 50-person audience due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Among the 10 featured artists is returning filmmaker Maddy Wade, whose films “My Happy Place,” “Nice to Meet You” and “Camping with the Crew” are scheduled to play at the festival.

She and her older sister, Sophia Wade, frequently collaborate on film projects, having also shown three of their films at last year’s Cabin Fever.

Another artist whose work will be featured this year is Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette, whose short-film directorial debut, “Revenge of the Electric Cart,” was completed just last month.

Stinnette, who frequently covers local government for the Times-Mirror, also scripted that movie, which is described online as a “short film about overcoming rheumatoid arthritis with humor and resilience.”

The cast of “Revenge of the Electric Cart” includes Mike Ellison, an Arcola resident and multi-disciplinary artist who produced three selections from last year’s festival.

Other filmmakers whose work is scheduled to screen this weekend include Hannah Benson, Noah Benson, Hannah Cantrell, Phil Erickson, Emily Fraser, Josh Ryan, Dan van Buskirk and Joey Walker.

Friday’s festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with remarks from Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, who will recognize each of the filmmakers before screenings begin.

Though tickets for Friday night are sold out, Bracey said spots are still available for Saturday morning, with screenings beginning at 10 a.m. that day.

Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance online at franklinparkartscenter.org. Franklin Park Arts Center is at 36441 Blueridge View Ln. in Purcellville.

For more information, contact Bracey at 540-338-7973 or elizabeth.bracey@loudoun.gov, or Suzan Mardis of the Purcellville Arts Council at arts@purcellvilleva.gov.

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