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Williams College Queer Film Festival

Rural Intelligence Arts“There are a ton of great queer films out there,” says Justin Adkins, Queer Life Coordinator at Williams College.  “And very few make it to Northern Berkshire County.”  That shortcoming is about to be remedied, and anyone whose response to this news is, “How nice for them,” clearly has never seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch, one of the most original, heartbreaking, and entertaining films ever made—and one that deserves a much wider audience than the cult following that has grown up around it.  So it is a great service to the entire community that “Hedwig” will be screened on Saturday night and of great interest that its acclaimed writer, star, and director, the amazing John Cameron Mitchell, who did “Hedwig” first as an off-Broadway musical, also will be present.  (Another of his films, Shortbus, will be screened that afternoon, followed by a Q & A.)

The Festival kicks off on Friday with, The Edge of Heaven, a 2007 Turkish-German film, written and directed by Fatih Akin, which won the Prix du Scenario at Cannes that year.  Other highlights include the features But I’m a Cheerleader and Breakfast with Scot, and two documentaries, Saving Marriage: The True Story of the Massachusetts Fight to Save Marriage Equality, and Be Like Others; Transsexual in Iran.  The festival concludes on Thursday with, The Bubble, a 2007 film about a group of 20-somethings sharing a tiny apartment in modern day Tel Aviv. 

Queer Film Festival
Friday - Thursday, January 16th - 22nd
Images Cinema
55 Spring Street, Williamstown; 413.458.5612
Admission: $9, $6/students & seniors; $5/members, Williams & Bennington College Students

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