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Parties & Openings

April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch

April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening

April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala

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BFMC’s Posh Picnic Honors Carl Sprague

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC)‘s 4th annual Posh Picnic, held on Sunday, July 23 on the lawn at Tanglewood, honored a local resident whose work has been seen worldwide in feature films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Twelve Years a Slave and La La Land. Production designer and art director Carl Sprague [shown left with his wife, artist Susan Merrill] is used to working behind the scenes, but was the center of attention as BFMC’s Diane Pearlman and Laura Gratz read statements from Wes Anderson, Gregory Crewdson and a few of Sprague’s other famous local friends, as well as a citation from the Mass. House of Representatives. New this year, a screenwriting contest judged by experts from the area — including Jayne Atkinson, Maria Nation and contest organizer Stephen Glantz — saw three finalists awarded cash prizes. Guests were treated to sandwiches, salads, fruits, veggies and cheeses from Tanglewood catering, along with a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, before the festivities wrapped up with a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert in the Shed. BFMC is a non-profit that serves as an economic engine for the film and media industry in western Massachusetts by creating educational, workforce and production opportunities in the area.

Dawn Creighton, Olivia Saxer and first-prize winner Victoria Lucia; Laura Gratz and Diane Pearlman.

Actor Wendy Farley and radio show host Patricia Baker; finalist Andrew Rinkavage and Jude Rojas.

Fred and Sally Harris of Saint James Place flank Tjasa Sprague, Carl Sprague’s mother; Freda Grim and Dan Courchaine, friends of Carl.

Liana Toscanini, filmmaker Holly Hardman and director Cynthia Wade.

BFMC board member Lorraine McNulty-Strassler, Michael Thomas, Elizabeth Levy and Alan Strassler; finalist Seth Newton and Megan Newton.

Event organizer Nanci McConnell with event designer Holly Hunter of Joyce Event Design; Ruslan Sprague, Eva Sheridan and Kat Whitney.

John Whalan of BFMC’s advisory committee, with chair of the board Bill Beautyman, and Kate Gleason; Raf Anzovin, Deirdre Corcoran Foote and Ray Foote.

Honoree Carl Sprague addresses the crowd.

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