WILLIAMSTOWN -- Films may be the focal point of the 15th annual Williamstown Film Festival but parties, dinners and special programs are as much a part of the festivities which begin at 7 tonight at Williams College's ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance with "John Irving: On Adpatation."
Following the event, there will be an opening night party at Hops & Vines at the corner of Main and Water streets. A special ticket is available entitling the buyer to a drink voucher at the party, which author John Irving will attend.
With Thursday night devoted to a pair of films about food -- "Diner en Blanc" and "The Great Chicken Wing Hunt" -- a tasting party at the Purple Pub on Spring Street is a natural sequel. The Pub, Hops & Vines, and Old Forge are contributing Buffalo wings for the occasion.
Following the joint WFF-Mass MoCA screening of "A Birder's Guide to Everything" Friday evening in North Adams at Mass MoCA's Hunter Center, there will be an after-party in the museum's lobby catered by Lickety Split. In keeping with the film's subject, the party will have a distinctly avian theme: deviled eggs, chicken satay, bird-shaped cookies, and chocolate bird's nests.
After "Cherry Cottage," the final film Sunday afternoon, producer Hans Morris, director Dave Simonds, and Williams College are joining forces to give a closing party at The Log on Spring Street. The screening is dedicated to longtime Williams professor Fred Rudolph, who is interviewed in the film and who died in June.
All audience members attending the films preceding the parties are invited to Hops & Vines, the Purple Pub, the MoCA lobby and The Log.
On Saturday at The Orchards, starting at 12:15 p.m., WFF will present a lunch seminar titled "Making Movies in the Berkshires." Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, will moderate a panel of artists from three films on the schedule -- "Halftime," "Cherry Cottage" and "AmoreX" -- about the pleasures and challenges of shooting in the provinces. Among those taking part is actor Treat Williams, who plays the leading role in "Halftime."
Tickets to all WFF events are available at (413) 458-9900 or at williamstownfilmfest.com.