The Festival

The First Annual Small Town Film Festival will be held on May 6th and 7th in the charming hamlet of Armonk, NY. Each evening will feature a selection of dramatic shorts and one feature length presentation with filmmakers from each film present to field questions from the audience. Following the film's screening, we will be throwing an unforgettable party with the support of local sponsors. This will be a great opportunity for audience members to interact with the filmmakers and continue the dialogue after the credits have rolled. There will also be informative panel discussions during the day led by industry professionals.

The Small Town Film Festival believes in giving back to its community. Giving the gift of cinema is one way we hope to achieve this goal.

Festival Hosts

Sam Morell and Donna Garr

Festival Co-Producers

Sam and Donna Garr are the co-founders of The Small Town Theatre Company. They share a vision and a passion to work with highly creative, talented, and dedicated people to produce high quality cultural events in the Westchester, NY area. These include theatrical plays, summer concerts, play readings, variety showcases, and theatre festivals.

The Small Town Theatre Company was founded in the spring of 2008 and shortly after launched its first production in Armonk. Many of the programs are free to the communities they serve which, thus far, includes Armonk, Bedford, and Rye.

This May, they will produce their first Annual Film Festival at Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk - The Small Town Film Festival. Film genres will include drama, comedy, documentary, as well as student films. Panel discussions with the film producers, directors, and actors are also planned.


Evan Ferrante

Festival Director

In the fall of 2002, after graduating from Boston University with a degree in Economics, Evan interned at Killer Films where he wrote coverage for several notable scripts that were in development, including the Truman Capote biopic, entitled Infamous. Shortly after, Evan cut his teeth assisting the producers of MTV’s Damage Control, UPN’s America’s Next Top Model, and Bravo’s Project Runway.

Under Fivelion Production, Evan has produced Across the Hall, a 35mm short film directed by Alex Merkin, starring Adrian Grenier. Executive produced by Jon Kilik and First Look Studios and sponsored by Samsung Mobile, the film was launched on the mobile platform worldwide. Across the Hall went on to win several awards and accolades at over 25 film festivals, including winning the jury prize for best short at Chicago Indiefest, Harlem International Film Fest, and Red Bank Film Festival. Two years later, Evan Executive Produced the feature version of Across the Hall, which stars Brittany Murphy (Clueless, 8 Mile, Sin city) and is distributed by Image Entertainment.

Under Reckless Productions, Evan produced Euthanasia, a short film directed by Adrian Grenier, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Evan also produced and directed a feature length documentary, entitled Waiting for the Light to Change, which follows the embattled life of a prolific folksinger from the 60’s, named Regis, who remains his own biggest obstacle.

Evan is the Co-Producer of the HBO documentary, Teenage Paparazzo, directed by Adrian Grenier, which had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Evan has many projects in various stages of development, including a script by Larry Cohen, called Delusion, which Evan hopes to film in 2011 in New York City. Evan is also teaming up with Adrian to produce a dark comedic horror film, called Family Slaycation, for which they hope to turn into a successful horror franchise.

Evan is thrilled to join forces with his friend, Sam Morell, to screen films for the Armonk Community for this year's 1st Annual Small Town Film Festival.