Wednesday October 3, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Thirty-seven films, many of them premieres, will be screened at Williamstown Film Festival's 14th season, Oct. 17 through 21 at Images Cinema, the Clark Art Institute and, in North Adams, Mass MoCA.

On the schedule: a half-dozen parties, and special events at Mass MoCA, the Clark and Images.

Highlighting the four evenings of the festival are:

  • Shorts Night: A medley of WFF short films old and new at Images Cinema -- Wednesday, Oct. 17.
  • Opening Night: The New England premiere of "Dreamscapes," a new documentary about Stephen Hannock, the internationally known artist and Williams town resident. Tom Colicchio, who is familiar from "Top Chef" and is interviewed in the film, will attend the screening at Images and have a conversation with Hannock at the after-party at Mezze Bistro -- Thursday, Oct.18;
  • "Knuckleball," tracing the history of the unique pitch and the 2011 seasons of the Red Sox' Tim Wakefield and the Mets' sizzling R. A. Dickey. A joint event with Mass MoCA, preceded by WFF's annual benefit dinner at Gramercy Bistro and followed by a lobby party. The film's writer and director and pitcher Jim Bouton ("Ball Four") will all attend -- Friday, Oct.19;
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo ("Empire Falls," "Nobody's Fool") talks with filmmaker Brad Silberling and Williams professor Jim Shepard about the pleasures and perils of adapting a successful novel to the screen -- Saturday, Oct.

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Feature films on the WFF schedule include:

  • "The Pier," bittersweet comedy-drama about an expatriate lured back to Ireland by his conniving father under false pretenses and their up-and-down relationship;
  • "Any Day Now," winner of the Tribeca audience award, in which a couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) befriend a neglected boy but then face a custody battle. Based on a true story;
  • "Painter Caio Fonseca," a portrait of the contemporary artist shuttling between America and his work retreat in rural Italy;
  • "Arcadia," in which a father (John Hawkes) and his children drive across America to a new life but can't shed the one left behind. Directed by Williams College graduate Olivia Silver;
  • "Gayby," a fantasia about longtime best friends Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay), who decide to fulfill a college promise and have a child together -- but complications ensue;
  • "Supporting Characters," New England premiere of a romantic comedy/buddy flick in which two film editors juggle their neurotic director and romantic entanglements;
  • "Circus Dreams," a documentary about traveling Circus Smirkus and the talented teenagers who audition, get coached by Ringling Brothers and Cirque du Soleil, and tour New England.

The festival will also present the highly popular All-Shorts slots, with two different lineups on Friday and Saturday including several Sundance prize-winners.

In keeping with this season's slogan "Meet Your Filmmakers," every feature film screened at WFF will have a Q&A with guest artists.

Complete ticket, pass and schedule information is available at www.williamstownfilmfest.com or by calling the WFF Ticket Line at (413) 458-9700.