“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere through which we look. To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of arts.
-Henry David Thoreau
What started out as a casual conversation between Easton Mayor, Sal Panto and filmmaker, Gershon Hinkson, about the fate and future of the city-owned Simon Silk Mill, resulted in a festive and glorious evening in 2009, foreshadowing the property’s potential and the city’s economic future. It was called, “Movies at the Mill. Easton” (MME) and attracted more than 900 attendees.
The event culminated several months of intense planning and preparation by a dedicated group of volunteers, generous sponsors and nearly every department from the City of Easton. The result, as one attendee gushed, was “Truly amazing! It made me proud.”
The second year attracted nearly two thousand guests and a slate of films that included “Music By Prudence”, the 2010 Academy Award winning short documentary directed by Easton native, Roger Ross Williams. Our guests were dressed to walk the red carpet – and did! The atmosphere was magical and was captured under the stars of a clear and beautiful autumn night.
Now, in its third year, MME remains true to its roots, featuring an eclectic mix of films from drama, to comedy, documentary and horror and an impressive bounty of food from some of Easton’s finest restaurants. As an added bonus and a move to further solidify MME’s relationship with the world of fine art, this year’s festival is honored to play host to a special exhibit by renowned sculptor and Easton native, Karl Stirner.
As the festival grows and takes shape Movies At The Mill continues to work on new ways to maintain a focus on promoting the art and the industry behind quality filmmaking; all while celebrating the beauty, the wonder and most importantly the possibilities of Easton, Pennsylvania and the greater Lehigh Valley.