Damon Pla's 'Old Man and The Must See' selected as theme for film festival

May 25, 2013
Winning artist Damon Pla works on one of his paintings. SOURCE SUBMITTED

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society announces that Damon Pla’s acrylic on canvas, “Old Man and The Must See,” was selected as the art theme for the 16th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. "Old Man and The Must See" will be the theme of the poster, program, ads, T-shirts and other materials. The July release of the poster is much anticipated throughout coastal Sussex County.

This year’s selection process included 12 pieces of art submitted by 11 artists. “The broad range of creativity in connecting film with the Delaware coastal area was a visual feast," said Board President Darrel Grinstead. “The film society’s board of directors are very impressed as well as appreciative of the time and skill of each submitting artist.”

Pla’s work was also selected in 2011. When asked what was his inspiration for submitting this year’s original piece, he replied, “'Old Man and The Must See' is based around the fascination of a combination of machines working together to serve one purpose, accentuating a journey, not a destination - in this case, emphasizing the work of the camera, not the subject being filmed."

Born in South Florida, Pla was drawn to express himself through art at an early age. After he completed various portfolio classes in high school, his advanced drawing and painting skills led him to pursue commercial and private commissions soon after graduation. After a decade of large-scale projects throughout Florida and neighboring regions, the largely self-taught artist moved to Delaware to absorb a different landscape.

Bids for the original “Old Man and The Must See” will be accepted during the film festival Nov. 6-10 through a silent auction process.

The film society will again invite artists to submit work for the 2014 film festival. Artists interested in participating in this process should email for guidelines and due date.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit or call 302-645-9095.