Local Theater Holds Best of the Fest 

Chris Vincenty and Lisa Burton have been running “Reel Pizza” in Bar Harbor for 15 years and it’s not your typical movie-going experience.”Reel Pizza is a movie theater where you can come and sit on the couch, have a fresh dough pizza, have a beer, watch a film in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere,” said Chris Vincenty, a co-owner of the theater.Last year, “Reel Pizza” was chosen by the Maine Film Center to be an alternate venue for a wide selection of films shown during Waterville’s film festival in July.They call it, the Best of the Fest.”What’s great is that it enables us to show films that you probably will never see anywhere else,” said Vincenty.Colin Capers works at “Reel Pizza” and agrees that the festival is a great event for the area, “It can bring people together in new ways. It’s very community building. It can also be very educational, help people expand their boundaries.”This year “Reel Pizza” is back at it, showing a total of 30 features and shorts, including some with Maine ties. ” It’s local, it’s local people, local film makers, Maine stories,” said Lisa Burton, a co-owner of the theater.Some filmmakers will be on hand for question and answer sessions during the 4-day festival, and throughout the event the normal rules apply: grab a seat, wait for your pizza to be ready and enjoy the show. ” We definitely get a lot of viewers who don’t necessarily come all the time but are intrigued by doing something new and different,” added Capers. The festival kicks off on Friday. Each screening costs $8 and if you would like more information and a complete list of films being shown log on to .