World Class Film in Small Town U.S.A.
Synecdoche, NY, a film directed by Charlie Kaufman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman has already sold out.
For four days, starting this Thursday, October 16, FilmColumbia, a.k.a. the Chatham Film Festival, will screen more than 24 new independent films from around the globe, plus three sneak previews. The Chatham Film Club, the event’s sponsor, will host meet-the-filmmaker events, a film trivia competition, panel discussions, and film art displays. A highlight: a screenwriter’s contest, and a staged reading of last year’s winning script.
Among the independent features that will be screened at the festival is Breakfast With Scot, a beguiling comedy that delivers a family values message with a gender twist; I’ve Loved You So Long, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an emotionally traumatized woman, released from prison after serving a 15-year sentence for an unspeakable crime, who tries to reestablish her relationship with her estranged sister and her bourgeois family. This film was nominated for a Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Sunshine Cleaning has been described as a cross between Little Miss Sunshine and Pulp Fiction. In it the dazzling young actresses Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play down-and-out sisters in Albuquerque who make ends meet by tidying up crime scenes. The film was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A documentary that will have particular resonance for many in our region is Under Our Skin, which exposes the failure of the American healthcare system to correctly diagnose, manage, and treat Lyme disease. trailer below
There is even a free Saturday morning Children’s Program, a kaleidoscope of the best short films for kids from around the world, curated by award-winning producer Patti Greaney of Giraldi Media for children.
The staged reading from last year’s first-ever FilmColumbia Screenwriters’ Contest will be Dawn Renee Jones’ first-prize winning, Man of the Word. Sarah Horne, who placed second with Women Marry Down, and Kirk McGee, who placed third with Activity Place Mats, will be honored as well.
For tickets and a complete schedule of films, events, and venues, please visit the FilmColumbia website.
FilmColumbia Festival, Chatham; 518.392.3445
Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19
Tickets $7 - $10