The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Northampton Film Festival Launches Next Week!


The Northampton Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Calling local art lovers. Calling all those who admire the moving image and those who love community events. Calling those who want to experience unique creations with friends and neighbors in dark rooms only to dissect and dialogue about them after. This is the Northampton Film Festival, across locations November 15th-18th, 2018.

The festival launches Thursday evening, November 15th at Click Workspace in Northampton with a networking event, wine and treats for filmmakers, multimedia professionals, and lovers of the moving image, sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and leading right into Sound is Vision: The Immersive Cinematic World of Podcasting,  at 7pm in The Parlor Room in Northampton - and featuring Andrew Leland, Producer and Host of KCRW and McSweeney’s The Organist, Ben Brock Johnson, Producer and Host of WBUR’s Endless Thread, Karen Brown, Producer of NEPR and Radiotopia’s Great God of Depression, Caitlin O’Keefe, Producer of WBUR and the New York Times’ Modern Love.

The festival features a wide variety of experiences across mediums, curated by a dedicated team of local arts professionals and aficionados from a variety of backgrounds. Festival participants can attend a 16mm filmmaking class or learn to sculpt in virtual reality alongside Nick Criscuolo. They can attend the festival’s first competitive program, of experimental shorts, as coordinated by Sarah Lanzillotta of Open Eye Screenings. They can watch a free screening of Josiah, about Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, who spent 41 years as a slave, with a Q&A with filmmaker Jared Brock. There is a local music video party and a late night screening of Repo Man, and a celebration of international animated hand-drawn films curated by Niko Guardia and Sachio Cook. All this happens next week and the entire four-day festival pass is available for less than some high end festivals charge for a single film.

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