The Boonies International Film Festival a true adventure awaits you! Films in outdoor screenings, alternative screening locations, grand theaters and films showing in the wildest places. Expect all 2016 venues to be announced as we close in on August. Presented by The Boonies Northern Pennsylvania Film Office.



Get directions to Warren: View 2015 Boonies in a larger map. The Boonies International Film Festival is an annual 4 day film festival occurring in eight counties of Northern Pennsylvania, USA.  The festival and all screenings are free to attendScreenings taking place at outdoor and indoor venues. “Out in The Boonies Screenings and Event” will be presented on days 1 & 2 in the eight counties served by our Northern PA Film Office.  Locations will include outdoor screenings at amphitheaters, public swimming pool, canoe/kayak/boat to only screenings, and other screenings/events TBA – take your pick or do a road trip it’s all “Just Up The Road”.  Days 3 & 4 are more screenings & Awards Days and take place in Warren, PA where you find films at numerous indoor screening venues, live music, art displays, tech events and workshop.  Of course there’s the great outdoors and parties too.  Films in Warren start at 9:00 AM and run late into the night and even into the next morning.  We generally welcome plenty of filmmakers and film industry folks and you and your friends are welcome too. At the Boonies 2015 you’ll find local, regional, national and international films.  There’ll be shorts, documentaries, narratives, experimental, animated, student, independent, studio, award winners and maybe a film you’ll never forget!  Get involved and experiene the nanotechnology events & discussions, live music, art too.  You’ll find tree lined streets, small town shopping, virgin forests, wifi, night life and two rivers flowing through town.  One of those rivers, the Conewango Creek, is Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2015. This is film in The Boonies – it’s different.  We’ve got awards too.

The 2015 Official Selections

  • Appearing at the Boonies 2015 Tech Show
  • Convo Around The Campfire
  • King of the Slot Car Track
  • Little Accidents
  • 20 Meters of Love Imontmartre
  • Stuck in a Loop
  • Beauty Shot
  • The Sun Devil and the Princess


The 2015 Boonies International Film Festival Schedule


the 2015 Boonies International Film Festival Synopses


the 2015 Boonies International Film Festival Short Series – What is Where?


Film folks who like it in The Boonies! Already involved in The Boonies 2015 include…

RENDEZVOUS IN THE BOONIES This is where the trail begins.  Here you can find out where to stay, where to stray, to hike, to bike, to boat, to float, where to road trip and hunker down.   Accommodations: The Horton House – The Boonies Host B&B Are you interested in listing your business contact or call 814-730-7375.  Around the 8 Counties:

  • Cameron County – Screening are in Emporium TBA
  • Clarion County – Screenings are in Clarion TBA
  • Clearfield County – Screenings are in Dubois August 19
  • Elk County – Screenings are in Ridgway August 20
  • Forest County -No Screenings schedule yet
  • Jefferson County – No Screenings schedule yet
  • McKean County – Screenings in Bradford and Kane August 19 & 20
  • Warren County – Screening in Warren and Youngsville August 19-22



photo by: Jeremy Jeziorski. 

The Struthers Library Theatre – Venue since 2011

Our featured venue, The Historic Struthers Library Theatre. PHOTO CREDIT: Photo – Media – Design by Jeremy Jeziorski. This venue is spectacular, truly a work of art. It was a marvel in its time and remains so today. Built in 1883, the Struthers Library Theatre is the 18th oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in the United States, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. When the decision to have the festival in Warren was made there was only one choice for the featured venue, The Struthers Library Theatre. We are so very fortunate to have this wondrous theatre and their interest in our festival. Just being in the theatre is an awesome experience and enhancing it with independent film is the past, the present and the future well mixed. Come and find out for yourself, we’re – Just Up The Road.


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Allegheny Outfitters -Venue since 2011

The 1st place to go for real live adventure in The Boonies! They can float you down a river, help you see the forest for the trees and make your outdoor adventure exhilarating and unforgettable! Allegheny Outfitters is also a screening venue for The Boonies International. Allegheny Outfitters of Warren, PA at




Blair Retail Store and Museum Venue since 2011

This venue is located downtown on Hickory Street and is in the Blair Museum right in their retail store. A small screening venue in a very interesting museum makes this a screening venue worth a visitshop the Blair retail store, experience the museum and watch an indie film too. Blair started in Warren they remains here and thrive here. Stop in and see for yourself. Shop at this online giant anytime.



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Cambridge Warren – Venue since 2011

A nice walk from downtown, follow the river down stream from downtown and within a couple blocks and few short minutes you’ll find yourself at Cambridge Warren and another of our alternativscreening venue. Cambridge Warren is an adult assisted living center with a small movie room and a big screen. Cambridge Warren opens its doors to movie goers during The Boonies International.



Warren Public Library 

Warren County Library – Venue since 2011

Another truly amazing building in downtown Warren and home base for a county wide library system.

  • Full-service library with areas to read, use the computer and see a film
  • Within the downtown area
  • Home for special screenings during the festival
  • Well worth a walk through just to see building and the art

Thinking about alternate screening sites the Public Library came up and all agree that public libraries support indie film and we needed to have our public library involved. We were fairly certain they would agree, as they generously hosted some filming for the Jake Mahaffy film “Wellness”. They did agree and we’re eager to screen our films in the very same room used in Mahaffy’s film.

Legal Information

The festival has incorporated as The Boonies Inc. and we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Boonies Advisory Council

Patrick Cherry 

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Acting Acting Coach – Actor – Consultant – Cherry worked for nearly 18 years with actor, Broadway icon and Master Teacher Charles Nelson Reilly who sent Cherry to Uta Hagen HB Studios in NYC. He became Reilly’s Associate Teacher of Acting Technique and Scene Studies until Mr. Reilly’s death in 2007. A member of The Screen Actors Guild since 1988 Pat  has worked in films with 8 Academy Award winning actors, most notably Sir Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. Also working with Richard Dreyfus, Talia Shire, Arliss Howard, Jennetta Arnette and in the Francis Ford Coppala film “Jeepers Creepers” as featured character Binky. Cherry says his acting goals have not diminished, his desire to teach soars and he finds himself continuing on his journey in film, finding a path in The Boonies. He is doing what he does best – acting and teaching.


Dennis Drew – Music Musician – Founder – General Manager- Dennis is the Founder and Keyboardist of “10,000 Maniacs”. He is also the General Manager of WRFA a non-profit radio station in Jamestown, NY.


Steve French – Technology Electrical Engineer – Musician – Creator – French is the President and Founder of Volt Vision an electrical engineer and Volt Vision is our host for the Tech Events. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and is an advocate in working with academic students, working with many colleges and universities. He also works with artist and delves into merging emerging lighting technology into non-traditional areas, such as artwork, clothing and environmental lighting. He is also a bass player and a creative musical talent.


Jake Mahaffy – Film Filmmaker – Educator – Mahaffy’s experimental shorts and low-budget, feature-length films “War” and “Wellness” have screened in festivals and competitions around the world including Sundance (2004/05/08/09) and Rotterdam (2004/06/08). Mahaffy’s films have won many awards worldwide including the Ken Burns Award 2004, Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2008, and the Cannes L’Atelier 2009. He studied filmmaking at RISD and the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, co-founded ‘Handcranked Film Projects’ in Boston and developed a new film program at Wheaton College, MA as an Associate Professor. He now  in New Zealand and is a film professor at Auckland University. “Free in Deed” staring Kathy Smith, Edwina Findley Dickerson and David Harewood, his upcoming feature film about a man who tries to perform a miracle and failsHis short film “A.D. 1363 The End of Chivalry” was one of the top five short to see at Sundance 2015 and will screen at The Boonies 2015.


Ralph McKay Programmer – Advisor – Correspondent – McKay is Senior Film Program Advisor at IFFR – International Film Fest Rotterdam (1997 to current), Netherlands; Board member at Cinematexas; Advisor at The Boonies International Film Festival. Ralph always has some quality suggestions as to films for our festivalMany of his suggestion make their way through programming and hit the screens at The Boonies!


Jack O’Hara Musician – Music Producer – Recording Engineer – Lighting Director – Jack is one of the founding members of 70’s country rock band Eggs Over Easy.


Mike Plante Programmer – Advisor – Consultant – Filmmaker – Journalist – Mike is Film Programmer, Consultant to numerous film festivals including Sundance (2001-present), CineVegas (2002-2009) and The Boonies International Film Festival; Founder of Cinemad and is a journalist contributing to many film industry blogs and magazines including “Filmmaker Magazine”.  Mike kindly fields Boonies questions as he always seems to see the forest for the trees as he often guides us through wild areas of film.


Nuno Sena Executive Director – Nuno is the executive director of IndieLisboa Film Festival in Lisbon, Portugal and Festival Advisor for The Boonies International.  A supporter and lover of film he has done the same for The Boonies by believing in our fest and not being shy about talking about our festival.  Offering guidance and assistance with international films and adding flavor to what The Boonies does.


Dr. Ruth Barnes Shaw Ruth Barnes Shaw holds a Master’s degree in art history and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, and has taught art history, cultural history, women’s studies, and textile design at the University at Buffalo and Jamestown Community College. She received her B.F.A. in textile design from Parsons School of Design in New York City, worked as a textile designer for Concord Fabrics on Broadway for several years. She later opened her own business where she designed and made women’s fashions. Originally from Western New York, Dr. Barnes Shaw moved to Pennsylvania in 1995 as on-air radio personality at WRLP-FM, Rock103 in Russell. She lectures locally and regionally on American women’s art, textiles, and clothing, and often gives weaving demonstrations at local historic events.  As a Boonies Advisor the good doctor keeps her eyes on our art and education and helps direct our efforts in those areas.


Lenwood Sloan Film Commissioner – Speaker – Consultant – Sloan – former Commissioner for The PA Film Office and U.S. Embassy fellow in the UNESCO program, (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization); Business Film Industry Advisory for The Boonies International Film Festival.  Keeping The Boonies in the minds of the international film industry.


Carson Waterman Artist – Waterman is a Native American of the Seneca Nation, a Vietnam Veteran he attended Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio and served at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of the American Indian, Tennessee State Museum, the Ganondagan Historical Site, the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum as well as at universities, colleges and private galleries. Waterman has illustrated two books, “Pow-wow” and “Cloudwalker”.  Carson enjoys interacting with the technology aspect of The Boonies.  He also helps us keep quality art part of our events.