Parties & Openings
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WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
It Was Almost Nonstop Partying At the 10th Annual BIFF
Lisa Green reports from Great Barrington. If it seemed like there were more parties than ever at this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival, it may be because there was a decade to celebrate, since the tiny festival that could, did make it to its tenth year. As always, the number of documentaries rivaled those of feature films; panel discussions, short films, filmmaker awards and movies made in or about our region kept attendees busy throughout the weekend. On Thursday, May 28, the first opening under the BIFF tent in Great Barrington began with cocktails and light hors d’eourves catered by Max Ultimate Food, followed by the film MERU and dinner and dancing back under the tent. Above, Mark Dove, Pine Cone Hill creator Annie Selke and BIFF founder Kelley Vickery get the party started.
Photo, right: Greg Rhen of HBO Documentary Fillms, Alexandria Bombach, a producer of the documentary “Frame by Frame,” a juried competition film, and Reinaldo Marcus Green, writer and director of the short film “Stop.”
Actor Kale Browne and Triplex/Beacon General Manager John Valente, who is retiring at the end of the month (and who was executive producer of “Another World” when Kale Browne was on the show); Weston Hicks, Ann Hicks and Hunter Runnette.
Marion Gilliam, Roberto Flores of Good Dog Farm, Pat Fili-Krushel, a board member, and Ken Krushel.
…and from Pittsfield. Party number two, on Friday, May 29, began with a reception at The Beacon Cinema, followed by Berkshire Bank’s presentation of the 6th annual “Next Great Filmmaker Award,” given to Chris King (for his short film, “Birthday”), and a screening of “The End of the Tour.” But the main feature came after, as attendees twirled through the revolving doors into the first-ever event at the brand new Hotel on North. Guests admired the transformation of the former department store-turned-boutique hotel and restaurant while enjoying the sumptuous spread and drinks by Eat on North and Drink on North. BIFF still had two more days of back-to-back films and activities. Closing night featured the film “LIVE FROM NEW YORK!,” which explores the cultural and historical impact of 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” on American culture, followed by the now-traditional party at Castle Street Café. Above, some of the movers and shakers of BIFF and the hotel: Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Barbara Newman, Brian Butterworth, VP of sales for the Main Street Hospitality Group, David Tierney, owner of Hotel on North, and Nancy Fitzpatrick, Red Lion Inn.
Alfonso Soares with Sonya Heimann and Ashley Paradise from Seven Salon Spa in Stockbridge; Lisa Newmann, creator of Cookiehead Cookies and Will Schillinger, recording engineer and owner of Pilot Recording Studios in Housatonic.
NYC creative director Andy Clayman and Casey Mott, who came in from Los Angeles to attend BIFF; Susan Burns of Lee and Alyssa Nelson of Pittsfield.
Laurie Tierney and David Tierney, masterminds and owners of Hotel on North, pose in the building’s infamous elevator cage.
Shakespeare and Company’s Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Hope Sullivan, executive director of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires; Chef Brian Alberg, whose culinary responsibilities now include the hotel’s Eat & Drink restaurant along with the Red Lion Inn’s.
Lauren Ferin, BIFF’s executive assistant, and Nathan Hanford, an artist who works for Soldier On.