Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
BIFF Returns With 75 Films (And A Really Fun Party)
Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. On Thursday, May 29, a huge crowd turned out to screen the appropriately-titled film May In The Summer by Cherien Dabis (about a New York-based woman who returns to her homeland of Jordan for her wedding) and to celebrate the opening of the the ninth annual Berkshire International Film Festival. The mood was excited and upbeat as the park across from The Mahaiwe was transformed into a party plaza by a large white tent, huge food spread and the band, City Rhythm, who got all guests dancing. The four-day festival showcases 75 diverse works of independent feature, documentary, family films and shorts over multiple venues in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, with filmmakers and cast members on hand for discussion panels for many of the screenings. In less than a decade, the festival has become widely recognized, no doubt from its mission to showcase filmmakers from all over the world, and this year brings films from 18 different countries. Cherien Dabis joined the guests underneath the tent following her screening, where numerous filmmakers were also in attendance, mingling with all the Berkshire film buffs. (Above, BIFF Founder and Director Kelley Vickery with Hunter Runette of Jacob’s Pillow).
BIFF Board Chair Al Togut, who was underwriter of the party along with his wife, Jacqueline Togut.
Shelly Friedman with board members Elissa Myer, Mary Mott and Nancy Clayman.