Hot Tickets: Special Film Events Region-Wide
Film festivals show movies few people outside the industry have heard much about. We go because experience has taught us to trust the taste of the festivals’ organizers. Which is why reciting the roster of films at the upcoming FilmColumbia festival (Partir, with Kristin Scott Thomas, The Debt, by the director of Shakespeare in Love, Stone with Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton, to name just a couple) may pale in comparison to recalling some of last year’s highlights—Up in the Air, An Education, A Serious Man, Precious—all Oscar Best Picture nominees; The White Ribbon, nominated for Best Foreign Film. A complete schedule and tickets for FilmColumbia 2010 (October 20 - 24) are available now.
The Williamstown Film Festival (October 15-17 and 21-24) kicks off this weekend with a special program on Saturday night about films with familiar and exciting titles—Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard,, The Apartment. On Saturday, October 16, Emmy-award winning actor Alec Baldwin and Turner Movie Classics’ emcee Robert Osborne take their film-arcania-schmooze-athon on the road to MASS MoCA with a special program, “Revisiting Billy Wilder.” For tickets, click here.
On Friday, October 15, the Berkshire International Film Festival (which will be held June 2 - 5 2011), gets in on the autumn action with a special presentation at the opening of the film Howl, at the Triplex, in Great Barrington, sponsored by BIFF’s Reel Friends Film Society. Directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein will hold a Q &A after the 7 p.m. screening and will still be on hand prior to the one at 9 p.m. The film, starring James Franco as the beat poet Alan Ginsberg, is named for his most famous and prophetic work and presents a portrait of the renegade artist as he battles obscenity charges and threats of censorship. This historically accurate dramatization is coupled with an imaginative ride through Ginsberg’s masterpiece. Normal Triplex ticket prices apply.