WILLIAMSTOWN -- ThIrty films, seven parties, and events at Mass MoCA, Clark Art Institute, Williams College's ‘62 Center for Theater and Dance, and Images Cinema are planned for the 15th annual Williamstown Film Festival, Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.
The festival will include appearances by author John Irving and actor Treat Williams; a special :"Food Films Night"; and screenings of two TriBeca Festival hits -- "A Case of You" and "A Birder's Guide to Everything," a Beatles documentary, "Good Ol' Freda," and Berkshire County-made "Cherry Cottage," which had its first public screening Friday at Made in the Berkshires.
The festival begins Oct. 30 with novelist John Irving and Williams College professor and WFF board member Jim Shepard discussing Irving's Academy Award-winning screen adaptation of his novel, "The Cider House Rules." The program will include clips from the 1999 film, a portion of which was shot at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, and which stars Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd, Jane Alexander and Kate Nelligan.
Food Films Night on Oct. 31 will feature a wildly contrasting pair of movies about cuisine: "Diner en Blanc," with the world's largest dinner party staged at a secret location in Paris, and "The Great Chicken Wing Hunt," in which friends comb upstate New York to find the "perfect 10." A wings tasting party will follow the screening.
On Nov. 1, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" will be screened at Mass MoCA in North Adams, preceded by WFF's benefit dinner. The film follows four teenagers on a wacky Connecticut road trip to track down a supposedly extinct duck. Ben Kingsley and James LeGros are among the cast. The film's screenwriter, Luke Matheny, WFF alumnus and Oscar winner, will do a post-screening Q&A.
A special event to be announced is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Other feature films on the WFF schedule include:
n "Cherry Cottage," the saga of a historic Stockbridge house, directed by Williamstown's David Simonds and narrated by Hans Morris.
n "Good Ol' Freda," a portrait of a Liverpudlian teenager who became the Beatles' loyal secretary, and now, 50 years later, shares her stories of working for the Fab Four.
n "Middleton," with Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga as parents who meet on their different children's campus tour and, to their surprise, strike up a bond.
n "A Case of You," a romantic comedy starring Justin Long as a writer who creates a fictional alter ego to win a girl's affection, only to have her fall in love with his creation.
Every feature film screening will be followed by a Q&A with guest artists.
The popular All-Shorts slots will offer two different lineups on Nov. 1 and 2. There also will be a lunch seminar devoted to filmmaking in the Berkshires, with actor Treat Williams among the panelists.
Complete festival information is available online at williamstownfilmfest.com or by calling the WFF Ticket Line at (413) 458-9900.