Berkshire Film Society bows with Open Air Cinema at TurnPark Art Space

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A new film organization, Berkshire Film Society, begins its Open Air Cinema 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 with outdoor screenings at TurnPark Art Space, 2 Moscow Road.

The films are two art documentaries — "Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own" (Sept. 25); and "Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint" (Sept. 26). Discussion will follow. Rain date for both films is Sept. 27.

To ensure COVID-19 pandemic control measures, the screenings will be carried out in a wide and open outdoor space on the lawn of TurnPark Art Space. Audiences are asked to follow the six feet social distancing guidelines and wear masks. Seating is limited to 50 people. Advance purchase of tickets is required. Tickets can be purchased at BerkshireFilmSociety.com

"In a moment when we are physically isolated from one another, like we are now, film offers a powerful means of connection," Berkshire Film Society founding director Lisa Reznik said in a statement. "Considering the natural ventilation and wide space for social distancing, the open-air screenings will be a good opportunity for cinema-goers to enjoy films on the big screen with an audience during this unusual period."

Future programs will be held in various outdoor and indoor — "when it's safe," Reznick said — locations throughout Berkshire County. Most films, she said, will be accompanied by filmmaker and "expert" discussions.

"Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own" is described as "an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture." Directed by Daniel Traub, the film explores Von Rydingsvard's struggle to overcome the hardship of her upbringing and follow her calling to become an artist.

The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Hilma af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Halina Dyrschka's "Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint" describes not only the artist's life and craft, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

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