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Welcome to the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival Come journey with us in this incredible ninth season, as we travel to Jordan, Afghanistan, Philippines, India, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Morocco, Israel, and across the US. As we promise to do each and every year, the BIFF brings a diverse program to our wonderfully engaged and dynamic community.

Table of Contents Sponsors | 3 Board of Trustees | 3 Advisory Board | 3 We Give Thanks | 4 Tips and Tricks for Enjoying Yourself at the BIFF | 6 REEL Friends | 8 BIFF Pass Info | 10 2013 Recap | 13 Great Barrington Opening Night | 15 Special Event Night | 17 Closing Night | 19 Friday Schedule | 21 Saturday Schedule | 23 Sunday Schedule | 25 Pittsfield Opening Night | 27 Saturday Schedule | 29 Sunday Schedule | 31 Films Feature | 32-39 Documentary | 48-56 Shorts | 62-64 Kids Shorts | 74

We have programmed an incredible array of films dealing with complex and inspiring subjects: politics, activism, the environment, faith, education, innovation and of course, love. On that subject, we are thrilled to have the East Coast Premiere of MAY IN THE SUMMER for our opening night film. A wonderful story that weaves the clash of cultures, traditions and family, beautifully filmed with the exotic backdrop of Amman, Jordon. Celebrate one of the most stirring and inspirational, but little-known story in America’s favorite pastime with the BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. Whether or not you are a baseball fan, this crowd-pleasing film, tells the true underdog story of the irrepressible Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) and the rise of the Portland Mavericks which he bought for $500. It will leave you cheering. England’s favorite comedy duo, returns to the big screen with THE TRIP TO ITALY. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, reprise their hilarious culinary and cultural road trip through Italy improvising their impressions of their favorite actors over plates of delicious pasta and seafood. The trips just keep getting better! In addition to those highlights, BIFF brings 75 of the best independent narratives, documentaries and shorts from 18 countries…BIFF brings the world to you! With each year, the BIFF gets stronger and we achieve more than we set out to do and this year is no different. Thanks to everyone that has joined the REEL Friends Film Society. Because of the tremendous response and your generosity, we have been able to make BIFF year round with monthly events for our film society, special screenings and receptions with filmmakers. As always, a great many people have spent the entire year helping to bring this festival to our community. Thank you to an incredibly dedicated board of directors and BIFF staff led by Lauren, the endless, selfless efforts of the advisory board and programming producers, the generous support and loyalty of our sponsors, the energy and spirit of our volunteers, my PIC, the Triplex and Beacon staff, Mahaiwe staff, as well as the towns of Great Barrington and Pittsfield and the support of the merchants and restaurant-owners. And lastly, and most importantly, thank YOU - the best, most engaged audience for whom this has all been created. I would like to dedicate this year’s Festival to the memory of our dear friend, colleague and past President of the Academy, Tom Sherak, who died this past winter. He was a huge fan of the BIFF and supported the creation of the Filmmaker Summit. We were fortunate to have him as part of the BIFF family and will never forget his passion for life and the movies. Let’s kick-off another wonderful cultural season in the Berkshires see you at the movies!

Special Events | 70, 72 Jury Prize | 76, 78 Film Index | 79 Ad Index | 79

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Board of Trustees

Kelley Vickery, Founder and Executive Director Al Togut, Chairman Ronald Frohne, Vice-Chairman Fern Portnoy, Treasurer Karen Allen Shani Ankori David Fenkel Peter Herbst Daniel Mathieu Mara Medoff Kate Morris Mary Mott Elissa Myers Annie Selke Kevin Sprague Richard Stanley Tania Walker

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Joan Ackermann Michael Ballon William Caligari Joe Corcoran Alejandro de Onis Marcia Feuer Michael Haley Carol Haythorne Bobby Houston Lillian Lennox, Festival Programmer Marco Londoner Zhana Londoner George Mansour Julia Mintz William Nappo Seth Nash Maria Nation Barbara Newman Lisa Newmann Jack Rubin Jacqueline Togut John Valente Cynthia Wade Suky Werman Tom Werman Cynthia Wick Shelly Williams Lauren Ferin, Executive Assistant Carolyn Lancaster, Filmmaker Summit Producer


WE GIVE THANKS Official Sponsor of the Special Event Party and Film and the Juried Prize Award Ronald Frohne and GWFF U.S.A.

Official Sponsor of the Opening Night Party and Film in Great Barrington Jacqueline and Al Togut

Official Theater Sponsor and Home of the BIFF Richard Stanley The Triplex Cinema and The Beacon Cinema

Official Sponsor of the Opening Night Party and Film in Pittsfield and the “Next Great Filmmaker” Award Berkshire Bank

BIFF Industry Partners IFC Films Magnolia A24 Sony Oscilloscope Gkids Cohen Media

Official Sponsor of Marketing, Branding and Design Studio Two

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Kevin Sprague Creative Director Amanda Bettis BIFF’s Design Diva Heather Rose Design Director Christine Cooney Web Designer Alanna Kellogg Social Media Goddess Jason Toews Web Programmer Dude Deirdre Tenero Graphic Designer Kimberley Donoughe Junior Designer

Official Sponsors for filmmaker accommodations The Red Lion Inn Stonover Farm Chateaux Blantyre Fairview Inn & Suites

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Official Catering Sponsors Max Ultimate Food The Red Lion Inn Café Haven Castle Street Cafe Allium Kate Baldwin Catering

Official Beer Sponsor and Underwriter of Volunteer T-Shirts Stella Artois Tommy Leveque Evan Thurston The folks at Girardi Distributors

Official Spirits Sponsor

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Official VIP Transportation

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

Abbott’s Livery

Abel Cine Berkshire Film and Media Commission Classical Tents Doug and Julia Trumbull Limelight Entertainment The Mahaiwe Theater The Mount

Official 2014 Jurors Karen Allen Susan Arnold Josh Braun Dan Braun Karen Goodman Tom Jacobson Kent Jones Matthew Penn Mary Kay Place Peter Riegert

BIFF BABES HOME OFFICE

Lauren Ferin Executive Assistant Carolyn Lancaster Filmmaker Summit Producer CL Productions, NYC Jessica Provenz Program Coordinator Anne Maclaughlin “Go to Gal” Special Events Coordinator Lillian Lennox International Festival Programmer

TRIPLEX CINEMA STAFF

John Valente General Manager/“Grand Fromage” Lisa Rizzo Manager/”Film Doyenne” Steve Johnson Assistant Manager /”Projection God” Autumn Bragan Shift Supervisor Jamie Burke Shift Supervisor

All Things Triplex

Matt Hastings Eli Johnson Hannah Joyce Meredith Kern Kaitlyn Leveille Tori Loubert Serina Pace Frank Piasecki Travis Schrock Saphier Senger-O’Leary Catherne Twing David Zahorian

BEACON CINEMA STAFF

John Valente General Manager Adam Chait Manager/”Digital Jedi” Lydia Shulman Assistant Manager/ Projectionist **A big thanks to all the Beacon Staff, too many to mention!

MAHAIWE STAFF

Beryl Jolly Executive Director Karin Watkins General Manager Thomas Lawrey Production Manager Sam Sorrentino Projectionist Michael Beuth Theater Operations Manager JB Brodeur House Manager The Wonderful Mahaiwe Ushers

THE RED LION INN

Nancy Fitzpatrick Owner & President Sarah Eustis Director of Business Development Bruce Finn General Manager Brian Alberg Executive Chef Denise Albert Groups Manager

BERKSHIRE BANK

Sean Gray EVP Retail Banking Chuck Leach SVP Chief Investment Officer of Wealth Management Mark Tomasi Creative Manager Mark Pedrotti Digital Marketing Manager Lori Gazzillo Director, Berkshire Bank Foundation Gary R. Levante Community Engagement Manager

VIP TRANSPORTATION Provided by our friends at Abbots Livery Donna M. Abbott President Paul E. Abbott Vice President Maryellen Abbott Walsh Secretary/Vice Treasurer Rebecca Abbott Dean/Treasurer/Vice Secretary

Official Sponsor of Everything Floral Crocus Hale

Official Coiffure Seven Salon Spa

Official Donors to Gift Bags Blue Q HR Zeppelin Cookiehead Robin’s Candies Pawsh Buddies Stella Artois

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS Gabrielle Senza Volunteer Director Nan Wile Pass Concierge

Transportation John Clarke Transportation Facilitator Heidi Berman Rose Mike Durst Wendy Iseman Mary Beth McDonough Alan Price David Epstein Program Distribution BIFF Volunteers Paul Johansen Program Distribution Coordinator

Pre-Festival Crew Judie Grossman Joel Grossman Sue Rudd

THE TRIPLEX, GREAT BARRINGTON Erica Heinlein Volunteer Coordinator and “Miss Bossy Pants”

Crowd Wranglers Dona Burdick* Joann Cooney Michelle DiSimone Judy Epstein Paul Gniadek* Ellen Hill Peggy Reeves Jeff Sorge Lyn Stonebridge Box Office Phyllis Ragusa* Amelia Sydlosky E. Bonnie Silvers Jane Salata Merchandise Jennet Cook Hazel Elsbach Mal Wasserman All about the Ballots Bob Gentile* Mark Beiderman Pam Beiderman Suzanne Ryan Special Events Sherry Wells Levine* Carolyn Wells* Colleen Surprise Jones

THE BEACON, PITTSFIELD Paul Johansen Volunteer Coordinator

Crowd Wranglers Sylvia Cohen Cookie Lamet Enrico Lamet Mordy Lapin Moni Lapin Sharon Wiles Special Events Stephen Lussier Sara Rufo Box Office Hugh Black Jen Coppola Merchandise Diane Firtell Gail Ryan * Denotes 9th year volunteers

GREAT BARRINGTON The Board of Selectman

Jennifer Tabakin Town Manager Ed May Building Inspector Betsy Andrus Executive Director So. Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and “Best Chamber Boss” Joanna Geiger Executive Assistant Great Barrington Business owners, Restaurants and Merchants

PITTSFIELD

Dan Bianchi Mayor Laurie Mick Community Development Specialist Pittsfield Business owners, Restaurants and Merchants


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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ENJOYING

YOURSELF AT THE BIFF

HOW TO GET TICKETS OPEN TICKET SALES MAIN BOX OFFICES April 26 - June 1

Purchase tickets for all films during regular business hours: Triplex Cinema

70 Railroad Street, Great Barrington 413.528.8886 Beacon Cinema

57 North Street, Pittsfield 413.358.4780

ADMISSION

For All Passholders, To guarantee admission, you MUST be present at the venue 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. This is standard for all film festivals. Late seating is only permitted if easily accessible seats are available.

RE-ENTRY INTO THEATERS

Anyone (including pass holders) exiting the theater with plans to return to that particular screening must alert a BIFF usher when exiting to insure re-entry.

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

FESTIVAL ETIQUETTE

• No outside food permitted in the festival theaters. Please visit the concession stand. • All theaters must be cleared between show times to allow staff to clean and ready the theater for the next screening. • Saving seats for other guests or for yourself between shows is not permitted. • To expedite theater cleaning and seating please discard of your trash and exit promptly after your screening. • Please keep talking to a minimum when exiting theaters to not disturb the other patrons in other theaters. • No recording equipment is permitted in the theater. • Please turn of all cell phones and pagers during the film presentation. • For the pleasure of all guests, there is no talking permitted during the film presentation and no late seating if the theater is at full capacity. • Lines may lead outside of the theater and theater temperatures are regulated automatically, depending on the number of patrons in the theater. Please bring layers and dress appropriately for your comfort.

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14 Castle Street, Great Barrington 413.528.0100 Purchase tickets for films screened only at the Mahaiwe during regular box office hours (Wed - Sat, Noon-6pm)

ONLINE April 26 - May 31

Tickets are available online at www.biffma.org until Thursday, May 29. When the festival begins, tickets can only be purchased at the screening venues in advance.

DAY-OF-SHOW SALES May 29 - June 1

If you can no longer buy tickets online, come to the theater where the film is being screened and purchase tickets through the box office. If the show has reached RUSH LINE status, please see below.

RUSH LINE TICKET SALES

ALL INDIVIDUAL TICKETS $12 (UNLESS OPENING NIGHT OR SPECIAL EVENT FILM $20)

Seats that are set aside for pass holders will be released for sale 5 minutes prior to the screening. Arrive at the theater 30 minutes before published screening time and wait in RUSH LINE for available tickets. All tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, CASH ONLY. NO REFUND OR EXCHANGES ALLOWED.

NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS OF TICKET PURCHASES

HOW TO PICK UP YOUR PASS May 12 - June 1 All passes may be picked up in our BIFF office located at 40 Railroad Street, Suite #5 from 10am - 4pm, Mon-Fri. Special arrangements to pick up your passes at the Triplex Cinema or Beacon Cinema after BIFF business hours or during the weekend can be made by contacting Lauren at lauren@biffma.org or calling the BIFF office at 413.528.8030.

All unclaimed passes before the Opening Night Film must be picked up at the Mahaiwe Theater, located on 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington on May 29 starting at 3pm until 30 minutes after the Opening Night film begins. All unclaimed passes not picked up Opening Night at the Mahaiwe will be available for pick up at the Triplex Theater Friday morning at 8:30am and during the BIFF weekend.


REEL FRIENDS $5,000 - $7,500+ REEL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Ronald Frohne, GWFF Fern Portnoy, Roger Goldman & Hunt Alternatives Fund Peter and Ann Herbst Kate and Hans Morris Annie Selke Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering Jacqueline and Al Togut Tania and Mark Walker

$2,500 - $4,999 REEL PRODUCER

Karen Allen Marcia and Jonathan Feuer Anne G. Fredericks Maureen M. Jerome Ellisa Myers and Shelly Friedman Deb and Bill Ryan, Black Thumb Farms Carol and Irving Smokler Margery and Lewis Steinberg

$1,000 - $2,499 REEL DIRECTOR

Leni and Paul Aronson Cynthia Wick and Channing Gibson Roberta and Steven Haas Bridget and Donald Fawcett Wendy and Peter Gordon Carol and Eric Haythorne Lola Jaffe Ani Shaker and Jamie Kiggen Marco and Zhana Londoner Catherine and Matt Mandel Mark Johnson and Maurice Peterson Daniel R. Mathieu and Thomas M. Potter Carol F. and Joseph H. Reich Nancy Fitzpatrick and Lincoln Russell Lisa Newmann and Sandy Sanderson Suky and Tom Werman

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$500 - $999 REEL STAR

Bob Gentile Marita and David Glodt Joan and Mike Haley Wendy Hill Beverly and David Hosokawa Honey Sharp and David Lippman Mary and Seth Nash Maria Nation and Roberto Flores Helice and Steven Picheny Jonathan Swartz

$250 - $499 REEL WRITER

Nancy and Andrew Clayman in Honor of Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering Eileen and Michael Cohen Laurily Epstein Nancy Kalodner Frosty Montgomery Jamie and Gary Moscowitz Sharon and Irving Picard Mary Ann and Bruno A. Quinson George Raymond Sue Z. Rudd Suzanne Ryan Vicki Bonnington and David Schecker Anne and Ernest Schnesel Claudette and Harvey Snitiker Tjasa and Peter Sprague John Whalan, Black Ice Entertainment

$150 - $249 REEL ASSOCIATE

Deborah and Charles Adelman Mary and Alan Bauman Hinda and Bill Bodinger Frederikke Borge Ellen and Steve Boyd Dr. Rachel Brier Susan Copich Gretchen Rennell and John Court Suzanne Crerar, Stonehouse Properties Cathy Deely Marianne Deignan Carole Murko and Jim Finnerty Betty Furman Lisa Glantz Katherine Dean and Frederic Gordon Alice and Geoffrey Gottlieb Linda Greenhouse Susan and Gordon Josephson Mary Julia Kephart Joan and Larry Kleinman Carol and Stuart Kuller Sherry and Len Levine Lisa Mears Estelle Miller Faye Morgan-Amidon Caitlyn and Mitch Nash K. Richards Dr. Jack Rubin Lorraine and Frank Sandor Abby Schroeder Elizabeth and Mark Selkowitz Elaine and Ben Silberstein Kathryn and Gary Stoller Lorna and David Strassler Shelia and Randy Thunfors John Toole Elizabeth and Mark Williams

$50 - $149 REEL SUPPORTER

Gerald Axel Robin and Dai Ban Sally and Edward Balinsky Nancy Barbe Pam and Mark Beiderman Barbara Bonner Julianne Bresciani Carolyn Broadaway Dona Burdick Mary Gifford and William Burger Brenda Butler Claire Cantone Susan and Joel Cartun Gwen Chasan Shauna and Dan Damasca Margaret Daniel Hilary and Phil Deely Jonathan Doolittle Denise Egan Diana Engelhorn Judy and David Epstein Nancy Erdmann Elaine Fay Eugene Fidell Susan Fisher Tracy and Andrew Foster Judy and Barry Friedman Mary Gifford Ellen Geisel Bonnie and Bob George Janice Burke and Neil Goldstein Kathie Dean and Fred Gordon Alice and Geoffrey Gottlieb Marcia Grandwetter Barbara Greenberg Linda Greenwald Charlotte and Sheldon Gross Judie and Joel Grossman Guidette Family Robin Hare Robert Hatch Elise and Carl Hartman Amy Rudnick and Ben Hillman Patricia and David Hubbard Barbara Lynn and Paul Jacoby Susan and Gordon Josephson Ronnie and Kenneth Kagle Armand Katz Lucy Kennedy Mary Julia Kephart Mati Kiin Steven Klein Joan and Larry Kleinman Eda and Bernie Klinger Judith Knight Elizabeth and David Krant Marilyn Landau Phyllis Cohen and Jeff Lazarus Kate and Richard Leiterman Terri and Steve Levin Arlene and Jerome Levine Marjorie and Jerry Levine

Nancy and Norman Lipoff Susan Magazine Donald J. Mayerson Louis Mascelli Lorinda and Tom Mazur Nancy and Mark Mills Jack Musgrove Robbi and Bob Nahum Suzanne F. Nash Gretchen Nortz and Bill Newman Steve Ohlinger Lesley Oransky Victoria Pajeski Carol Parrish Myrna and Charles Pitman Irene Goldman-Price and Alan Price Ramelle and Michael Pulitzer Peggy Reeves Juliania Reiss Beverly and Ralph Rivikind Elizabeth and Eugene Rosenberg Barbara Ross Marie Rudden Vicki and Bruce Safran Phyllis Satter Jeanie Goran and Nicholas Schkrutz Anne and Ernest Schnesel Daniel Schrager Deborah and Steve Schreier Lee and Jed Schwartz Judy Seaman Gail Shaw Barbara and Ted Shiffman Laurie Winfrey and Robert Shnayerson E. Bonnie Silvers Kathleen and Richard Simon Claudette and Harvey Snitiker Linda Kaye-Moses and Evan Soldinger Holly and Larry Steinberg June Stewart Lianne Stofsky Ingrid and Richard Taylor Liz Thompson Eleanor Tillinghast Susan Mattioli and Stanley Turecki Holly Valente Abbie Von Schlegell Harriet Wetstone Susan and Sidney Weinstein Avelina Bardwell and Stephen Wender Shirley and Ira Yohalem Kathryn and Jeremy Yudkin Robin Zeamer

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$500 ALL-INCLUSIVEBIFF Pass

2014 BIFF PASS LEVELS

$300 SPECIAL EVENT Gala Pass

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$300 OPENING NIGHT Pass

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$200 ALL-ACCESS Movie Pass

$99 UNDER 25 FILM Pass

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Admission to ALL films and Panel Discussions Priority seating at all Films and Panel Discussions Invitation to Private Cocktail Party at Haven in April Admission to Opening Night Party and Film with Priority Seating in Great Barrington Admission to Opening Night Party and Film in Pittsfield Admission to the Special Event Party and Film with Priority Seating Private Filmmaker Cocktail party catered by the Red Lion Inn at the Mahaiwe Invitation to Juried Prize Brunch with Filmmakers at Allium Restaurant Admission to Closing Night Party in Great Barrington at Castle Street Café

THURSDAY 5.29.14

SATURDAY 5.31.14

OPENING NIGHT in GREAT BARRINGTON

SPECIAL EVENT in GREAT BARRINGTON

5PM Cocktails and light hor d’eourves catered by Max

Ultimate Food, under the BIFF Tent located on Castle Street across the street from The Mahaiwe Theater.

6PM Priority Seating to the Opening Night Presentation

of the East Coast Premiere of MAY IN THE SUMMER

Q&A to follow with Director, Writer and Actress of

the film, Cherien Dabis at The Mahaiwe Theater.

AFTER THE FILM Opening Night Party immediately

following the film and Q&A. Cocktails, dinner and dancing to a live band, City Rhythm, under the BIFF tent.

FRIDAY 5.30.14

Seating to the screening of THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL at the Mahiwe.

Q&A to follow with co-directors Chapman and

Maclain Way, Producer, Juliana Lembi, baseball player and author Jim Bouton.

SUNDAY 6.1.14 11AM Intimate brunch with jury, filmmakers and nominees

5:30PM Cocktails and dinner by the bite catered by

Mission upstairs at The Beacon Cinema.

7PM Berkshire Bank presentation of the 5th Annual

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7PM SPECIAL EVENT SCREENING and Priority

Closing Day in GREAT BARRINGTON

OPENING NIGHT in PITTSFIELD

“Next Great Filmmaker Award” and the screening of A TRIP TO ITALY.

GREAT BARRINGTON

5:30-7PM Cocktails and Gourmet Ballpark dinner catered by Castle Street Cafe under BIFF tent.

5:30-7:30PM Invitation to private Filmmaker Cocktail Reception catered by the Red Lion Inn on the stage of the Mahaiwe.

to announce the Juried Prize at allium Restaurant

7PM BIFF presents the closing night film, THE TRIP

TO ITALY at The Mahaiwe.

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Join BIFF in celebration of

the festival weekend. Party immediately following film at the Castle Street Cafe.

ALL FILMS AND DISCUSSIONS

Throughout the weekend in both Great Barrington and Pittsfield.

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Individual Movie tickets MAY IN THE SUMMER Great Barrington Opening Night Film Event THE TRIP TO ITALY Pittsfield Opening Night Film and Party THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL Special Event Film and Q&A Closing Night Film Screening

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Dave Simonds | Hans Morris | Kate Morris

Tony Shaloub | Meegan Halloway | Joe Cacaci | John Whelan

Jacqueline and Al Togut

Peter Riegert | Karen Allen | Sam Harper | Mary Kay Place | Kent Jones | Karen Goodman | Matt Penn | Josh Braun

Richard Stanley | Gun Stanley | Jill Fairbrother | Ian Davey Larry and Holly Steinberg

Opening Night with Darlene Love

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Gregory Crewdson | Noah Baumbach Greta Gerwig | Kelley Vickery

Kelley Vickery | Doug Trumbull


Great Barrington

OPENING NIGHT May In The Summer

Jordan | USA | 2013 | 99 min | Print Courtesy of Cohen Films

The evening is generously hosted and underwritten by

Jacqueline and Albert Togut

opening night Thursday 5|29|14

Great Barrington

Director/Writer: Cherien Dabis Producers: Cherien Dabis | Beau J. Genot | Joy Goodwin Alix Madigan | Tara Moross | Kishori Rajan | Sabine Sidawi-Hamdan Christopher Tricarico | Michael J. Urann Cast: Hiam Abbass | Cherien Dabis | Nadine Malouf Ritu Singh Parde | Bill Pullman | Alexander Siddig

Thursday, 6:00pM - Mahaiwe

Thursday 5.29.14 5-6pm

Cocktails and light hor d’eourves catered by Max Ultimate Food under the BIFF Tent located on Castle Street across from the Mahaiwe Theater. (All-Inclusive and Opening Night Pass Holders)

MAY IN THE SUMMER follows sophisticated New Yorker May Brennan to her childhood home of Amman, Jordan for her wedding. Shortlyafter reuniting with her sisters and their long-since divorced parents, myriad familial and cultural conflicts lead May to question the big step she is about to take. East Coast Premiere | Cherien Dabis IN ATTENDANCE

6pm

Opening night presentaion of the East Coast Premiere of MAY IN THE SUMMER. Followed by Q&A with Director, Writer and Actress Cherien Dabis at the Mahaiwe. (Open to the public. $20 for non-passholders) Opening Night Party After the film

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Immediately following the film and discussion, cocktails, dinner and dancing to the live band, City Rhythm, under the BIFF Tent. (All-Inclusive and Opening Night Pass Holders)


GWFF is delighted to sponsor the

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and congratulates on the 9th Anniversary GWFF, is a German not-for-profit Rights Management Company licensed by the German Patent- and Trademark Office. GWFF was formed in 1982 by international film and television producers for the purpose of administering and collecting ancillary revenues resulting from secondary uses in Europe. In the US it is represented by its subsidiary GWFF USA Inc.

If your production is broadcast anywhere in Europe, we´ll be there to ensure you get paid for it. For further information about GWFF please contact: GWFF GmbH Gertraude Mueller-Ernstberger Marstallstr. 8 80539 Munich, Germany phone: +49-89-22 26 68 fax: +49-89-22 95 60 kontakt@gwff.de

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Battered Bastards Of Baseball USA | 2014 | 80 min

Directors: Chapman Way | Maclain Way Producer: Juliana Lembi Executive Producer: Nancy Schafer CAST: Kurt Russell | Todd Field | Jim Swanson Rob Nelson | Robert Richardson | Jim Bouton

SATUrday, 7:00pM - Mahaiwe

The evening is generously hosted and underwritten by

Saturday 5.31.14

The Battered Bastards of Baseball is an account of one of baseball’s great, unheralded true stories. In 1973 skepticism was high when actor Bing Russell, most well-known as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, created the only independent baseball team in America, the Portland Mavericks. With a team of unkempt, quirky, rejected players and operating in what was a wasteland for professional baseball, Bing’s Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell (Bing’s son) as a player and team’s Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball – Oscar® nominated filmmaker, Todd Field, re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, had the first ever lefthanded catcher, the first female general manager, and inspired one of America’s beloved bubblegums – Big League Chew. Their spirit was contagious and the Maverick’s independence alarmed the professional baseball establishment, setting the stage for an epic showdown in 1977.

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Special Event

Great Barrington

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Massachusetts Premiere | FILMMAKERs IN ATTENDANCE

5:30 -7:00pm

Cocktails and Gourmet Ballpark dinner under the BIFF Tent catered by Castle Street Cafe. (All-Inclusive and Special Event Pass Holders) 7:00pm

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Special event screening of THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL followed by Q&A with directors Chapman and Maclain Way, Producer Juliana Lembi and Baseball player and author Jim Bouton to follow at the Mahaiwe . (Open to the public. $15 for non-passholders)


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ClosING NIGHT The Trip to Italy

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Italy | UK | 2014 | 115 min | Print Courtesy of IFC Director: Michael Winterbottom Writers: Rob Brydon | Steve Coogan | Michael Winterbottom Producers: Melissa Parmenter Cast: Rob Brydon | Steve Coogan

Sunday, 7:00pM - Mahaiwe

Sunday 6.1.14

Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. Rob and Steve are asked by The Observer to do another series of restaurant reviews. Rob, tired from the responsibilities of being father of a young child, is looking for adventure. Steve has been living a life of abstinence and hard work in Los Angeles but, now on a hiatus from his job, has the time to return to Europe and wants to see his children. On their journey, we see the hotels, the restaurants, the kitchens and chefs that make the food and then the bill at the end.

7pm

THE BIFF presents the closing night film THE TRIP TO ITALY at The Mahaiwe. (Open to the public. $15 for non-passholders) Closing Night Party AFTER the Film

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Miss Hill; Making Dance Matter Documentary | USA 2014 | 84 min | PAgE 53

1:45pM

The Double USA | 2014 93 min | PAgE 33

5 pm

11:15AM

Hank and Asha USA | 2013 73 min | PAgE 33

11:30AM

11:30AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 73 min | PAgE 48

3 pm

Documentary | Peru | Colombia | Brazil | 2014 | 84 min | PAgE 49

3:30pM

Ivory Tower

Documentary | USA 2014 | 108 min | PAgE 52

4:00pM

This Time Next Year

Documentary | USA 2014 | 110 min | PAgE 55

1:30pM

schedule Friday 5|30|14

noon

Disruption

The Green Prince

GREAT BARRINGTON

9 am

Evaporating Borders

Documentary | Cyprus 2014 | 73 min | PAgE 50

4:00pM

6 pm Obvious Child

7 pm

FEATURE | USA 2014 | 83 min | PAgE 37

6:00pM

E-Team

Documentary USA | France 2014 | 88 min | PAgE 50

6:00pM

Tough Love

Documentary | USA 2014 | 90 min | PAgE 56

6:00pM

8 pm Venus in Fur

9 pm

FEATURE | France Poland | 2013 96 min | PAgE 39

To Kill a Man

8:00pM

Fort Tilden

10 pm

USA | 2014 93 min | PAgE 33

FEATURE | Chile France | 2014 82 min | PAgE 39

8:30pM

Special Events Programming and schedule subject to change | See Triplex and Beacon for up-to-date information

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10 am

Triplex #1

Triplex #2

Under the Same Sun

Grazing The Sky

FEATURE | Israel 2013 | 75 min | PAgE 39

9:15AM

Documentary | Brazil | 2013 | 87 min | PAgE 51

9:00AM

Triplex #3

Mahaiwe

SHORTS #1

Short | 105 min | PAgE 62

9:15AM

11 am noon

Documentary | USA 2014 | 100 min | PAgE 52

11:00AM

Paul Taylor Creative Domain

SlingShot

Documentary | USA 2014 | 93 min | PAgE 54

11:00AM

Keep On Keepin’ On

Documentary | USA 2014 | 86 min | PAgE 53

11:00AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 74 min | PAgE 53

1 pm

11:45pM

Night Cap

2 pm 3 pm

The Case Against 8

Documentary | USA 2014 | 109 min | PAgE 49

1:30pM

FEATURE | France Switzerland | 2000 99 min | PAGE 70

My Sweet Pepper Land

FEATURE | Afghanistan 2013 | 100 min | PAgE 36

1:30pM

Art And Craft Documentary | USA 2013 | 90 min | PAgE 48

2:00pM

Scene of the Crime

4 pm 5 pm

1:00pM

Lucky Them

FEATURE | USA | 2013 97 min | PAgE 35

4:15pM

Hellion

Beside Still Waters

4:00pM

4:00pM

FEATURE | US | 2014 94 min | PAgE 34

FEATURE | France 1986 | 90 min | PAGE 70

3:15pM

schedule SATURday 5|31|14

Happy Valley

GREAT BARRINGTON

9 am

USA | 2013 | 76 min | Page 32

6 pm 7 pm 8 pm

A Thousand Times Good Night Norway | 2014 111 min | Page 32

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Documentary South Africa | USA 2014 | 70 min | PAgE 54

6:15pM

Shorts #2 Short | 103 min | PAgE 63

6:15pM

6:30pM

Battered Bastards Of Baseball

Documentary | USA 2014 | 80 min | PAgE 17

7:00pM

9 pm Love is a Perfect Crime

10 pm

FEATURE | France | 2013 110 min | PAgE 35

8:45pM

Of Horses and Men

FEATURE | Iceland 2013 | 81 min | PAgE 37

8:30pM

Metro Manila

FEATURE | Philippines 2013 | 115 min | PAgE 36

8:45pM

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10 am

Triplex #1

Faith Connections

Documentary | India 2013 | 115 min | PAgE 50

11 am

Triplex #3

Mahaiwe

Honeymoon

Dogs On the Inside

Kid Flix Mix 2013

FEATURE | Serbia 2014 | 87 min | PAgE 34

9:15AM

9:30AM

9:30AM

KIDS | Various | 60 min PAGE 74 | FOR AGES 4 TO 8

9:30AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 89 min | PAgE 48

11:30AM

The Winding Stream

KIDS | France | Belgium | Luxembourg | Rated PG | 2012 | 80 min | PAGE 74 for ages 5 and up

10:45AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 90 min | PAgE 56

11:30AM

Documentary | USA 2013 | 102 min | PAgE 55

To Be Takei

Documentary | USA 2014 | 90 min | PAgE 55

12:00pM

12:30pM

2 pm Satellite Boy

3 pm

When Jews Were Funny

FEATURE | Australia 2013 | 90 min | PAgE 38

2:00pM

Class Enemy Serbia | 2013 112 min | Page 32

1:45pM

Jappeloup

Documentary | USA 2013 | 90 min | PAgE 56

4 pm 5 pm

2:30pM

Paris Or Perish FEATURE | France | Morrocco | 2013 95 min | PAgE 37

6 pm 7 pm

2:30pM

I Will Be Murdered

Plot For Peace

4:00pM

4:00pM

Love is a Perfect Crime

Salvation Army

Documentary UK | GuatEMALA | 2013 85 min | PAgE 52

Documentary South Africa | 2013 84 min | PAgE 54

4:30pM

Closing Night Presentation

Freedom Summer

8 pm

FEATURE | France 2013 | 130 min | PAgE 34

schedule SUNday 6|1|14

Take Back Your Power

Documentary | USA 2014 | 67 min | PAgE 49

ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Blue Gold: American Jeans

noon 1 pm

Triplex #2

GREAT BARRINGTON

9 am

Documentary | USA 2014 | 113 min | PAgE 51

6:30pM

FEATURE | France 2013 | 110 min | PAgE 35

6:00pM

FEATURE | Morrocco 2013 | 81 min | PAgE 38

6:00pM

Closing Night Great Barrington

The Trip to Italy FEATURE | Italy | UK 2014 | 115 min | PAgE 19

7:00pM

9 pm

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Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting BankSM, in collaboration with the Berkshire International Film Festival, has created The Next Great Filmmaker Award. This annual award is designed to encourage and support short filmmakers.

Winner will be announced on Friday, May 30 at the Pittsfield Opening Night Prior to the screening of THE TRIP TO ITALY

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The Trip to Italy

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Italy | UK | 2014 | 115 min | Print Courtesy of IFC

The film with the most online votes will be awarded a $2,500 CASH AWARD. Online voting ends on May 7, 2014.

Director: Michael Winterbottom Writers: Rob Brydon | Steve Coogan | Michael Winterbottom Producers: Melissa Parmenter Cast: Rob Brydon | Steve Coogan

Friday, 7:00pM - BEACON #1

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Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. Rob and Steve are asked by The Observer to do another series of restaurant reviews. Rob, tired from the responsibilities of being father of a young child, is looking for adventure. Steve has been living a life of abstinence and hard work in Los Angeles but, now on a hiatus from his job, has the time to return to Europe and wants to see his children. On their journey, we see the hotels, the restaurants, the kitchens and chefs that make the food and then the bill at the end.

5:30 -7pm

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10 am

Beacon #1

Beacon #2

Miss Hill; Making Dance Matter

The Winding Stream

Documentary | USA 2014 | 84 min | PAgE 53

9:15AM

Evaporating Borders

Documentary | Cyprus 2014 | 73 min | PAgE 50

9:15AM

11 am noon

Take Back Your Power

E-Team

Documentary | USA | France | 2014 88 min | PAgE 50

1 pm

11:40pM

Blue Gold: American Jeans Documentary | USA 2014 | 89 min | PAgE 48

Keep On Keepin’ On

Fort Tilden

FEATURE | USA | 2014 93 min | PAgE 33

Happy Valley

Documentary | USA 2014 | 100 min | PAgE 52

1:25pM

1:45pM

Satellite Boy

FEATURE | Australia 2012 | 90 min | PAgE 38

Paris Or Perish FEATURE | France | Morrocco | 2013 95 min | PAgE 37

4:25pM

6 pm

Documentary | USA 2014 | 74 min | PAgE 53

2:00PM

4 pm 5 pm

11:00AM

11:30AM

2 pm 3 pm

Documentary | USA 2013 | 102 min | PAgE 55

schedule SATURday 6|31|14

9:15AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 90 min | PAgE 56

Beacon #3

PITTSFIELD

9 am

When Jews Were Funny

3:30pM

Documentary | USA 2013 | 90 min | PAgE 56

4:15pM

Grazing The Sky Documentary | Brazil | 2013 | 87 min | PAgE 51

7 pm

5:25pM

8 pm 9 pm 10 pm

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Beacon #1 Shorts #2

10 am

Short | 103 min | PAgE 63

9:00AM

Beacon #2

Beacon #3

Tough Love

Hank and Asha

Documentary | USA 2014 | 90 min | PAgE 56

9:00AM

The Mount

USA | 2013 73 min | PAgE 33

9:15AM

schedule Sunday 6|1|14

11 am noon

The Case Against 8

Beside Still Waters

11:30AM

11:30AM

Documentary | USA 2014 | 109 min | PAgE 49

1 pm 2 pm

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Documentary South Africa | USA 2014 | 70 min | PAgE 54

3 pm 4 pm

1:25pM

SHORTS #1

Short | 105 min | PAgE 62

11:10AM

Art And Craft Documentary | USA 2013 | 90 min | PAgE 48

1:25pM

Dogs On the Inside

Documentary | USA 2014 | 67 min | PAgE 49

2:00pM

My Sweet Pepper Land

FEATURE | Afghanistan 2013 | 100 min | PAgE 36

3:15pM

3:45pM

A Thousand Times Good Night

Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony FEATURE | USA | 1999 57 min | PAGE 72

3:00pM

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory Documentary | USA 2014 | 73 min | PAgE 48

5 pm 6 pm

USA | 2013 | 76 min | Page 32

PITTSFIELD

9 am

Faith Connections

Documentary | India 2013 | 115 min | PAgE 50

4:15pM

Norway | 2014 111 min | Page 32

5:05pM

7 pm 8 pm 9 pm 10 pm

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FEATURE A Thousand Times Good Night Norway | 2014 | 111 min | Print Courtesy of Film Movement Director: Erik Poppe Writer: Harald Rosenlow-Eeg Producers: Geir Henning Eikeland | Peter Garde | Finn Gjerdrum Stig Hjerkinn Haug | Stein B. Kvae | Jackie Larkin | Lesley McKimm Cast: Juliette Binoche | Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Lauryn Canny | Larry Mullen Jr.

Saturday, 6:30pM - Triplex #1 Sunday, 5:05pM - Beacon #4 Film in Juried Competition

Rebecca is one of world’s top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But she’s also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience chronicling the ritual of a female suicide bomber, husband Marcus levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca’s resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray. Massachusetts premiere

Beside Still Waters USA | 2013 | 76 min Director: Chris Lowell Writers: Chris Lowell | Mohit Narang Producers: Paul Finkel | Steven Gorel | Chris Lowell Mohit Narang | Jason Potash Cast: Beck Bennett | Will Brill | Brett Dalton

In this BIG CHILL for the iGeneration, a group of childhood friends come together for the last time at the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. The house brings out the adolescence in all of them, and what follows is a weekend full of drinking and dancing. Laughter and secrets. Sex, drugs, mischief and regret. Equally full of humor and heartbreak, BESIDE STILL WATERS explores the relationships that bind us together and keep us coming back for more.

Saturday, 4:00pM - Triplex #3 Sunday, 11:30AM - Beacon #5

Massachusetts premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Class Enemy Serbia | 2013 | 112 min | Print Courtesy of Triglav film Director: Rok Bicek Writers: Nejc Gazvoda, Rok Bicek Producers: Aiken Veronika Prosenc | Janez Lapajne Cast: Igor Samobor | Nataša Barbara Gracner | Tjaša Železnik

Due to a huge difference in the way they perceive life, the relationship between students and their new German language teacher becomes critically tense.When one of the students commits suicide, her classmates accuse the teacher of being responsible for her death. The realization that things are not so black and white comes too late. Massachusetts Premiere | English subtitles

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The Double USA | 2014 | 93 min | Print Courtesy of Magnolia Director: Richard Ayoade Writers: Richard Ayoade | Fyordor Dostoevsky (novel) Producers: Robin C. Fox | Amina Dasmal | Andy Stebbing Michael Caine | Graeme Cox | Tessa Ross | Nigel Williams Polly Stokes | Harmony Korine | Charles-Marie Anthonioz Cast: Jesse Eisenberg | Mia Wasikowska

Friday, 3:30pM - TRiplex #1

Simon James is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization. He is overlooked by his boss and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah, the lovely copy room girl he pines for. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn’t get any worse—until the arrival of James Simon, his new coworker. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite—confident, charismatic and seductive with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Berkshire Premiere

Fort Tilden USA | 2014 | 93 min Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss | Charles Rogers Writer: Sarah-Violet Bliss Producers: Mollye Asher | Geoff Mansfield Cast: Bridey Elliott | Clare McNulty | Alysia Reiner Reggie Watts | Neil Casey | Will Hines | Griffin Newman Jeffrey Scaperotta | and many rising comedic talents

Friday, 9:00pM - Triplex #2 Saturday, 2:00pM - Beacon #4

New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there. Berkshire Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Hank and Asha USA | 2013 | 73 min Director: James E. Duff Writers: James E. Duff | Jullia Morrison Producers: James E. Duff | Asmeret Ghebremichael Lucía Giménez Viloria | Anne Svejgård Lund | Kristie Lutz Katie Maguire | Julia Morrison | Padmini Narumanchi Cast: Mahira Kakkar | Andrew Pastides

Berkshire Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

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Friday, 11:30AM - Triplex #3 Sunday, 9:15AM - Beacon #6

True romantics will love Hank and Asha, a tender-hearted love story with echoes of Before Sunrise and the Oscarwinning Once. Asha is a film student in Prague impressed by a documentary screening at a local festival. She contacts the director Hank in New York and they begin to exchange video letters. The correspondence blossoms into a deep emotional connection as they share hopes and dreams, secrets and confidences. They put their hearts on the line to each other, but dare they take a chance on actually meeting? Told with immense charm and played to perfection by Mahira Kakkar and Andrew Pastides, this beguiling modern romance marks an impressive feature debut from director James E Duff.


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FEATURE Hellion USA | 2014 | 94 min | Print Courtesy of IFC Director/Writer: Kat Candler Producers: Janice Beard | Tanner Beard | Jonathan Duffy Sarah Green | David Hansen | Kristin Johansen-Berg | Andrew Logan Jeff Nichols | Aaron Paul | Suzanne Weinert | Kelly Williams Cast: Aaron Paul | Juliette Lewis | Josh Wiggins

Saturday, 4:00pM - TRiplex #2 Film in Juried Competition

Thirteen-year-old Jacob is spiraling out of control. The motocross-obsessed teenager’s delinquent behavior pushes his family to the brink of collapse. All hell breaks loose when Jacob enlists his younger brother, Wes, as a partner in crime. Still reeling from his wife’s death, Jacob’s dad, Hollis, has all but abandoned his sons. When Child Protective Services removes Wes to live with his Aunt Pam, Hollis and Jacob are forced to face their culpability as they strive to bring Wes home. Hellion is set in southeastern Texas where the flames and lights of refineries frame the skyline and create a haunting backdrop for this fractured family of motherless men. Berkshire Premiere

Honeymoon Serbia | 2014 | 87 min Director: Leigh Janiak Writers: Leigh Janiak | Phil Graziadei Producers: Patrick Baker | Esme Howard Julie Parker Benello | Angela Sostre Cast: Rose Leslie | Harry Treadaway | Ben Huber

Sunday, 9:15AM - Triplex #2

HONEYMOON takes place over three days, during Radim and Tereza‘s wedding party. Secrets from Teresa’s past return to her life during her own wedding. The past suddenly breaks into the present in the shape of an optician from a neighbouring town who surreptitiously mixes with the guests at the wedding ceremony. Tereza believes that he is an acquaintance of Radim – but Radim denies it. The uninvited guest introduces himself as Jan Benda and reminds Radim that they are acquainted from their secondary school days, revealing part of a tormenting past which will transform the party into a nightmare. English subtitles

Jappeloup France | 2013 | 130 min | Print Courtesy of PATHÉ

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director: Christian Duguay Writers: Guillaume Canet Producers: Chica Benadava | Ludi Boeken | Walid Chammah Florian Genetet-Morel | Joe Iacono | Pascal Judelewicz Lyse Lafontaine | Romain Le Grand | Genevieve Lemal Fernando Victoria de Lecea Cast: Guillaume Canet | Marina Hands | Daniel Auteuil Lou de Laâge | Tcheky Karyo | Jacques Higelin

Sunday, 2:30pM - Mahaiwe

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At the start of the 1980s, Pierre Durand abandoned a promising legal career and threw himself into his true passion, showjumping. With his father’s backing, he gambled everything on a young horse who no one else had any faith in: Jappeloup. Too small, too stubborn, too impetuous, he had many faults, but nonetheless had a remarkable jumping ability. From competition to competition, the pair improved and began to make their mark on the showjumping world. But the Los Angeles Olympic Games were a disaster for them, and Pierre had to face up to his shortcomings. With the help of his wife Nadia and groom Raphaëlle, Pierre regained Jappeloup’s confidence and built a relationship that took them to victory in the Seoul Olympics in 1988. East Coast premiere | English subtitles


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Louis CYR Canada | 2013 | 90 min Director: Daniel Roby Writers: Sylvain Guy | Paul Ohl (novel) Producers: Caroline Héroux | Stéphanie Héroux | Christian Larouche Cast: Antoine Bertrand | Gilbert Sicotte | Rose-Maïté Erkoreka

This is the story of real-life champion weight lifter, Louis Cyr, from Québec, who was promoted as the strongest man in the world in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cyr’s beginnings were difficult, his Québecois family plagued by poverty and illness. Despite the constant hardships, Louis presents a ray of hope with his Herculean feats of strength. His gift leads the young man to a career as a strongman in North America and Europe. Massachusetts premiere | English and French subtitles

Friday, 9:30AM - TRiplex #3

Love is a Perfect Crime France | 2013 | 110 min | Print Courtesy of GAUMONT Directors: Arnaud Larrieu | Jean-Marie Larrie Writers: Arnaud Larrieu Philippe Dijan (Novel) Producers: Francis Boespflug | Sidonie Dumas | Bruno Pésery Cast: Mathieu Amalric

Today, in a region of mountains and lakes, somewhere between Switzerland and France. Marc, in his forties, is a professor of literature at the University of Lausanne. He has one love affair after another with his students. Still single, he lives with his sister Marianne. They share a huge, isolated chalet they inherited when very young. Winter has almost ended, when one of his most brilliant students, Barbara, disappears. Two days later, he meets Anna, Barbara’s mother, who wants to find out more about her vanished daughter.

Saturday, 8:45pM - TRiplex #1 Sunday, 6:00pM - Triplex #2

Massachusetts Premiere | English subtitles

Lucky Them USA | 2013 | 97 min | Print Courtesy of IFC Director: Megan Griffiths Writers: Huck Botko | Caroline Sherman | Emily Wachtel Producers: John Harrington Bland | Huck Botko | Adam Gibbs Linda Pizzuti Henry | Amy Hobby | Lacey Leavitt | Peer Pedersen Emily Wachtel | Joanne Woodward Cast: Ryan Eggold | Toni Collette | Thomas Haden Church

More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god, Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers.

Saturday, 4:15pM - Triplex #1

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FEATURE May In The Summer Thursday, 6:00pM - Mahaiwe Jordan | USA | 2013 | 99 min | Print Courtesy of Cohen Films

Opening Night Great Barrington (See Page 15)

Metro Manila Philippines | 2013 | 115 min | Print Courtesy of Oscilloscope

Director: Sean Ellis Writer: Sean Ellis (Story) Producers: Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier Cast: Jake Macapagal, John Archilla, Althea Vega

Saturday, 8:45pM - Triplex #3

Miele Italy | 2013 | 96 min

Friday, 9:15AM - Triplex #2

Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges, and journey towards the capital mega city of METRO MANILA. Upon arriving in the big city, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for sometime. Massachusetts premiere | English subtitles

Director: Valeria Golino Writers: Mauro Covacich, (novel) Valeria Golino Producers: Raphaël Berdugo, Gennaro Formisano, Alihan Karagul, Viola Prestieri, Riccardo Scamarcio, Anne-Dominique Toussaint Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi, Libero De Rienzo

Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele (Honey), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene and Grimaldi are unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene’s life forever. Massachusetts premiere | English subtitles

My Sweet Pepper Land Afghanistan | 2013 | 100 min

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director/Writer: Hiner Saleem Producers: Marc Bordure | Benny Drechsel Robert Guédiguian | Karsten Stöter Cast: Korkmaz Arslan | Golshifteh Farahani | Suat Usta

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the border of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Mecca. There he meets Govend, a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newlyopened school despite her twelve brothers’ hostility to the idea. Massachusetts premiere | English subtitles

Saturday, 1:30pM - TRiplex #2 Sunday, 3:15pM - Beacon #4

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Friday, 6:00pM - TRiplex #1 Film in Juried Competition

Of Horses and Men Iceland | 2013 | 81 min

films

Obvious Child USA | 2014 | 83 min | Print Courtesy of A24

Director/Writer: Gillian Robespierre Producers: Joey Carey | Luisa Conlon | Julia Godzinskaya Elisabeth Holm | David Kaplan | Susan Leber | Stefan Nowicki Geoffrey Quan | Gillian Robespierre | Michael Sackler Jenny Slate | Brent Stiefel | Sophie Vickers Cast: Jenny Slate | Gabby Hoffman | Jake Lacy Gabe Liedman, David Cross

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, life as a female twentysomething provides ample material for her brand of humor. On stage Donna jokes about topics as intimate as her sex life and her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Berkshire Premiere

Director/Writer: Benedikt Erlingsson Producers: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Christoph Thoke Cast: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson | Charlotte Bøving

The man loves the woman and the woman loves the man but the man is in love with his most prized possession, the mare, and the mare is obsessed with the stallion. In a remote valley in Iceland where neighbors follow each other closely, the couple’s first official visit is closely monitored. Spring is coming and with it, the dangerous force of nature. This can not end well. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences for the whole community. We follow the fortune of people through the horses’ perception. Berkshire Premiere | English subtitles

Saturday, 8:30pM - TRiplex #2

Paris Or Perish France Morrocco | 2013 | 95 min | Print Courtesy of GAUMONT |

Saturday, 4:25pM - Beacon #4 SUnday, 4:30pM - Triplex #1

Director: Reem Kherici Writers: Reem Kherici | Philippe Lacheau Producers: Eric Altmayer | Nicolas Altmayer Cast: Reem Kherici | Cécile Cassel | Shirley Bousquet | Tarek Boudali Phillipe Lacheau | Salim Kechiouche | Stéphane Rousseau

Maya, an up and coming young Moroccan stylist, is about to get her first full-time job, in a famous fashion house. Childhood in a working class suburb and her family in Morocco are behind her now, she is now officially an ‘it girl’ in the world of fashion and Saint Germain des Prés. As bad luck would have it, a simple police check reveals that her green card has expired and in less than 24 hours she is on a direct flight to Morocco - back to the country and family she had wanted to forget, for a shock of cultures and a shock of prejudices. Maya will do everything she can, in fact anything she can, to get back to France Massachusetts premiere | English subtitles

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FEATURE Paulette France | 2012 | 87 min | Print Courtesy of Cohen Films

Director: Jerome Enrico Writers: Laurie Aubanel Producer: Ilan Goldman Cast: Bernadette Lafont | Carmen Maura Dominique Lavanant | Françoise Bertin

Brash and opinionated retiree, Paulette lives alone in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. One evening, upon observing some mysterious dealings outside her building, Paulette discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension an unlikely, but successful career selling cannabis. English subtitles

Friday, 9:30AM - Triplex #1

Salvation Army Morrocco | 2013 | 81 min

Director/Writer: Abdellah Taia Producers: Hugues Charbonneau | Pauline Gygax | Hicham Kadiri Max Karli | Marie-Ange Luciani | Philippe Martin | Frantz Richard Sophie Sallin | David Thion Cast: Said Mrini | Karim Ait M’hand | Amine Ennaji

Abdellah’s story is in two parts. First, as a teenager in a dark and sexual Morocco, then as a young adult landing in Geneva. Berkshire Premiere | English subtitles

Sunday, 6:00pM - Triplex #3

Satellite Boy Australia | 2012 | 90 min

Director/Writer: Catriona McKenzie Producers: Jub Clerc | David Jowsey | Troy Lum Colin McCumstie | Catriona McKenzie | Julie Ryan Cast: David Gulpilil | Cameron Wallaby | Joseph Pedley

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Satellite Boy is a young boy, Pete, who travels to the city with his best friend to try and save his home from developers. Along the way Pete learns about the importance of nature and true friendship. Pete’s adventure shows us how powerful a dream can be. EAST COAST Premiere | English subtitles

Saturday, 3:30pM - Beacon #6 Sunday, 2:00pM - Triplex #2

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To Kill a Man Chile France | 2014 | 82 min | Print Courtesy of Film Movement

Director/Writer: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras Producers: Guillaume de Seille | Eduardo Villalobos Cast: Daniel Antivilo | Daniel Candia | Ariel Mateluna | Alejandra Yanez

Hardworking family man Jorge is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge’s family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences. Berkshire Premiere | English subtitles

Friday, 8:30pM - Triplex #3

The Trip to Italy

Italy | UK | 2014 | 115 min | Print Courtesy of IFC

Under the Same Sun Israel | 2013 | 75 min

Friday, 7:00pM - BEACON Sunday, 7:00pM - Mahaiwe

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Director: Sameh Zoabi Writers: Yossi Aviram Producers: Amir Harel | John Marks | Suheir Rasul | Sharon Rosen Cast: Ali Suliman | Dirar Suleiman | Mahmud Abu-Jazi

Saturday, 9:15AM - Triplex #1

The film is set in the near future, and it looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It is the story of two businessmen - one Palestinian and one Israeli - who struggle to set up a solar energy company. Both come from societies where there is strong opposition to cooperating with the other, and the film tells how they overcome hostility from within their own families and from the people around them. In the end, they mount a Facebook campaign that brings popular support both to their joint venture and to the peace process. The film was produced by Amir Harel, an Academy Award-nominated Israeli producer, and directed by Sameh Zoabi, a leading Palestinian film-maker.

Film in Juried Competition

Massachusetts premiere | English subtitles

Venus in Fur France | Poland | 2013 | 96 min | Print Courtesy of IFC

Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which is based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella, VENUS IN FUR is set in a Paris theater after a long day of auditions. Writer-director Thomas complains that no actress has what it takes to play the female lead: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Then actress Vanda bursts in. Not only is she a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she has researched the role exhaustively, memorized her lines and bought her own props. The likeness proves to be more than skin-deep as the balance of power shifts completely. English subtitles

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Director: Roman Polanski Writers: Roman Polanski | David Ives Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (novel) Producers: Robert Benmussa | Mariusz Lukomski Wojtek Palys, Alain Sarde Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner | Mathieu Amalric


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Documentary Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory USA | 2014 | 73 min

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennet Producers: Eric J. Bertrand | Jonathan Clasberry | Dan Cogan | Barry Cole Geralyn White Dreyfous | Alexandra McDougald | Michael Rossato-Bennett Limore Shur | Ben Spavin

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by the filmmaker and innovative social worker, Dan Cohen, this emotionally groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how music can awaken every soul.

Friday, 1:30pM - Triplex #1 Sunday, 3:45pM - Beacon #5

Art And Craft USA | 2013 | 90 min | Print Courtesy of Oscilloscope

Saturday, 2:00pM - Triplex #3 Sunday, 1:25pM - Beacon #5

Directors: Sam Cullman | Jennifer Grausman Producers: Sam Cullman | Jennifer Grausman | Lisa Kleiner Chanoff Bonni Cohen | Julie Goldman | Christopher Clements | Carolyn Hepburn

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums, Landis isn’t in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums. When his ruse is discovered, Landis must confront the museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it’s not clear that he can. ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity. But, what ultimately emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. Massachusetts Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Battered Bastards Of Baseball | | USA 2014 80 min

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Blue Gold: American Jeans USA | 2014 | 89 min

Director: Christian Bruun Writers: Christian Bruun | John Marks Producers: Mark Romeo | Raphael Avigdor | Jason Watkins | Tara Cole Narrated by: Edward Burns Featuring: Isaac Mizrahi | Tommy Hilfiger | Marky Ramone Yo-Yo Ma | Adriano Goldschmied | Marc Ecko | and many more

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BLUE GOLD is a feature documentary about how one unlikely garment ended up connecting us all. Following vintage jeans hunter Eric Schrader around the world, Blue Gold searches for the reason we all wear blue mining pants from the late 1800s. An ambassador of Americana, Eric trades in the history, myth, and intrinsic values that have made blue jeans the most expensive and fetishized piece of vintage clothing on the planet. From fashion history and subculture aspiration to the lost tradition of American manufacturing, Blue Gold explores Americana in our globalized world, where cultural exchange and social responsibility demand greater transparency and inspire innovation. World Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE


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The Case Against 8 USA | 2014 | 109 min

Directors/WRITERS: Ben Cotner | Ryan White Producers: Carin Bortz | Ben Cotner | Rebekah Fergusson Jessica Lawson | Ryan White

A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. THE CASE AGAINST 8 also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Saturday, 1:30pM - Triplex #1 Sunday, 11:30AM - Beacon #4 Film in Juried Competition

Disruption Peru | Colombia | Brazil | 2014 | 84 min

Friday,11:15AM - Triplex #2

Director: Pamela Yates Producer: Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy

A band of Latin American activist-economists sets out to reduce inequality in the region with a model that places women at the center of the drive for social change. Collaborating with governments, big banks, and women marginalized by poverty in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, they spread financial literacy horizontally using digital education tools and innovative strategies for financial inclusion. Through the program, the women become empowered economic and political agents in their communities, leading the process of societal transformation from the bottom up. Three millions lives have already been changed. If the model is taken to scale, can 20 million women to upend a continent? English subtitles | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Dogs On the Inside USA | 2014 | 67 min Directors: Brean Cunningham | Doug Seirup Producers: Brean Cunningham | Cindy Meehl | Douglas Seirup

Filmed in a Massachusetts prison, DOGS ON THE INSIDE follows the relationships between neglected and abused stray dogs and prison inmates, as they each work together toward their second chance at a better life. It is a story about new found trust and love for both dog and man in the unlikeliest of places. After a devoted team of animal rescuers delivers a group of abandoned rescue dogs, inmates train and prepare the dogs for adoption and a safe and loving new home. Connected by their troubled pasts, the dogs learn to have faith in people again while the inmates are reminded of their own humanity and capacity for love and empathy.

Sunday, 9:30AM - Triplex #3 Sunday, 2:00pM - Beacon #6

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Documentary E-Team USA | France | 2014 | 88 min Directors: Katy Chevigny | Ross Kauffman Producers: Katy Chevigny | Marilyn Ness | Sierra Pettengill

Friday, 6:00pM - Triplex #2 Saturday, 11:40AM - Beacon #4

Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team – or E-TEAM – the boots on the ground division of an international human rights group. Arriving after allegations of human rights abuse, the E-TEAM uncovers evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and to document and capture the world’s attention. Our camera follows the E-TEAM into Syria as the civil war rages. We also spend time at their homes - from a quiet farm outside Geneva to bustling urban life in Berlin – as they balance relationships within the challenges of their exceptional work life. The E-TEAM has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never have been told. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Film in Juried Competition

Evaporating Borders Cyprus | 2014 | 73 min Director/ Iva Radivojevic Producers: Laura Poitras | Landon Van Soest Leandros Savvides | Alex Primas

EVAPORATING BORDERS develops a sweeping visual essay on global restrictive attudes toward migrating populations. Guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Through a series of vignettes, it poetically weaves themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging. East Coast Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Friday, 4:00pM - Triplex #3 Saturday, 9:15AM - Beacon #6

Faith Connections India | 2013 | 115 min

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director/ Pan Nalin Producers: Raphaël Berdugo | Shyam Bora | Gaurav Dhingra Virginie Lacombe | Pan Nalin

Filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s most extraordinary religious events. There, he encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma; to embrace the world or to renounce it. FAITH CONNECTIONS explores such diverse and deeply moving stories as a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis – all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.

Sunday, 9:30AM - Triplex #1 Sunday, 4:15pM - Beacon #6

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Freedom Summer USA | 2014 | 113 min Director/ Stanley Nelson Producers: Stacey Holman | Stanley Nelson Cyndee Readdean | Mark Samels

Sunday, 6:30pM - Triplex #1

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation eyes were on Mississippi. Over 700 student volunteers joined with local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the most segregated states. They canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention. FREEDOM SUMMER highlights an overlooked but essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death. Northeast Premiere

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Grazing The Sky Brazil | 2013 | 87 min Director: Horacio Alcalá Producers: Carlos Batres | Aitor Echeverría | Horacio Alcalá

The price of life for a circus acrobat includes years of study and practice, an iron discipline, an ongoing commitment to learning new skills, and constant travel far from home. Director Horacio Alcalá, who has been involved with the circus arts for seven years, including with Cirque du Soleil, travelled to 11 different countries over the course of five years to capture stories of eight acrobats confronting adversity – including the real risk of debilitating injury. The trapeze becomes a metaphor for life ambitions, given contrast and poignancy by the ever-present risk of a fall. English subtitles

Saturday, 9:00AM - TRiplex #2 Saturday, 5:25pM - Beacon #6 Film in Juried Competition

The Green Prince Germany | Israel | England | 2014 | 95 min Director: Nadav Schirman Producers: John Battsek | Simon Chinn | Sheryl Crown | Rafael Marmor Britta Meyermann | Maggie Monteith | Nadav Schirman | Nicole Stott Omri Uzrad | Thomas Weymar

A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he’s interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas’s ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization’s escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: “operating” the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. English subtitles

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Documentary Happy Valley USA | 2014 | 100 min Director: Amir Bar-Lev Producers: John Battsek | Robert DeBitetto | Ken Dornstein Jonathan Koch | David McKillop | Steven Michaels Ezekiel Morgan | Molly Thompson

Saturday, 11:00AM - Triplex #1 Saturday, 1:45pM - Beacon #5

Penn State lies at the heart of an area known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, head coach of the school’s storied football team. But in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, many of which took place on the university campus. HAPPY VALLEY chronicles the firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children. Director Amir Bar-Lev takes a multidimensional look at this complicated and tragic tale and creates a parable of guilt, responsibility, and identity for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight.

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IUKWill Be Murdered | GuatEMALA | 2013 | 85 min Director: Justin Webster Producers: Claire Aguilar | Rachel Aloy | Sumpta Ayuso Albert Espel | Sally Jo Fifer | Nick Fraser | Mette Heide Ines Hofmann Kanna | Gaspard Lamunière | Andrés Luque Claudia Méndez | Carles Porta | Martin Rocca | Kristina Rodemann Óscar Rodríguez | Joan Salvat | Muntsa Tarrés | Kate Townsend Iñigo Trojaola | Carlos del Valle | Justin Webster

Sunday, 4:00pM - Triplex #2

Rodrigo Rosenberg, a charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. Nothing unusual there: Guatemala has a murder rate four times higher than Mexico’s, worse than Iraq’s for civilians during the war. What was extraordinary is that Rosenberg knew he was about to die. Rosenberg’s lover had been murdered weeks before. He was driven to investigate, he told his friends that would inevitably lead to his death. A video he recorded days before he died accused the president of his murder. Uploaded to YouTube, it nearly brought down the government. There began an investigation, a journey into Rosenberg’s soul and Guatemala’s hell, that reached a stunning conclusion. Massachusetts Premiere

Ivory Tower USA | 2014 | 108 min May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director: Andrew Rossi Producers: Josh Braun | Andrew Coffman | Amy Entelis Vinnie Malhotra | Kate Novack | Andrew Rossi

Friday, 4:00pM - TRiplex #2

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IVORY TOWER questions the purpose of higher education when the price of college has increased more than any other service in the U.S. economy since 1978. While many college graduates struggle to find menial employment, new student loans over the next 10 years will total $184 billion. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi reveals the moment in history when the U.S. embraced a business model promoting property expansion over quality learning. IVORY TOWER exposes the instability of traditional college education as it searches the country for alternative forms of cost-effective learning, ranging selfgovernance taught at Deep Springs College in Big Pine, California, to the unofficial hacker houses of northern California. Massachusetts Premiere


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Keep On Keepin’ On USA | 2014 | 74 min Director: Alan Hicks WRITERs: Davis Coombe | Alan Hicks Producers: John Caulkins | Paula DuPré Pesmen | Adam Fell Tom Gorai | Adam Hart | Alan Hicks | Quincy Jones | Karl Kister Jill Mazursky | David Skinner

Saturday, 11:45AM - Triplex #3 Saturday, 1:25pM - Beacon #6

A 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, with terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Over the course of filming, Terry begins to lose his sight as an unlikely bond begins to take hold. When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark’s health takes a turn for the worse. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives. Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. In the 1960s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC on THE TONIGHT SHOW. Massachusetts Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Miss Hill; Making Dance Matter USA | 2014 | 84 min Director: Greg Vander Veer Producer: Vernon Scott

Friday, 1:45pM - TRiplex#2 Saturday, 9:15AM - Beacon #4

The inspiring and largely unknown story of a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance. Martha Hill emerges as dance’s secret weapon, someone who fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate art form in America. Through archival footage, lively interviews with dance notables, and rare footage of the spirited subject, the film explores Hill’s arduous path from a Bible Belt childhood in Ohio to the halls of academe, at NYU and Bennington College, to a position of power and influence as Juilliard’s founding director of dance (1952-1985). This revelatory story depicts her role as the leader of the Modern Dance revolution and the controversial struggle that accompanied Juilliard’s move to Lincoln Center. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Paul Taylor Creative Domain USA | 2014 | 86 min Director/Producer: Kate Geis

Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and admired choreographers. For over 60 years, he has only given glimpses into his creative process, but for his 133rd dance, ‘Three Dubious Memories,’ he allows the filmmakers and the audience into his creative process. The film is an in-depth exploration of how Mr. Taylor creates a dance. Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Between the guarded and unguarded moments the viewer is witness to a mysterious work ethic that has created some of the most iconic modern dances of our time.

Saturday, 11:00AM - Mahaiwe

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Documentary Plot For Peace South Africa | 2013 | 84 min Directors: Carlos Agulló | Mandy Jacobson | Stephan Smith Producer: Mandy Jacobson

Sunday, 4:00pM - TRiplex #3

The untold story behind history, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela’s release was a PLOT FOR PEACE. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front line states helped end apartheid. The improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust. In John LeCarré style, the land of apartheid and the front line states come out of the Cold War long before the Berlin Wall crumbles. Within fourteen months, Mandela walks out of jail – a free man and, soon, South Africa’s first democratically elected President. Massachusetts Premiere

SlingShot USA | 2014 | 93 min Director: Paul Lazarus Producers: Paul Lazarus | Barry Opper | Evan Williams Sara Williams | Eric Aroesty | Ronald Aroesty | Lewis Katz

Growing up, Dean Kamen heard the story of David and Goliath and how David was able to defeat the giant using a rock and a sling. To Kamen, the story illustrated how “that little piece of technology took out that really big problem.” When Kamen set out to solve the planet’s clean water problem, he decided to name his invention Slingshot hoping the machine could attack the giant challenge of unsafe water around the world. Presented in partnership with The Interdependence Movement FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Saturday, 11:00AM - TRIPLEX #2

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa South Africa | USA | 2014 | 70 min

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director: Abby Ginzberg | Rich Goldsmith Producers: Abby Ginzberg | Rick Goldsmith | Kevin Gordon Joslyn Rose Lyons | Deborah Santana | Ken Schneider | Alfre Woodard

Albie Sachs, who dedicated his life to the struggle to abolish apartheid, was targeted by South African military intelligence. After losing his right arm in a car bomb attack, he remained steadfast in his belief that his soft vengeance would be the creation of freedom and democracy in South Africa. Returning to South Africa after 24 years in exile, he helped draft the new Constitution and then served as one of the first 11 judges on the new Constitutional Court, where he authored the decision upholding same sex marriage. New England Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Saturday, 6:15pM - Triplex #2 Sunday, 1:25pM - Beacon #4

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Take Back Your Power USA | 2013 | 102 min Director: Josh Del Sol Writers: Josh Del Sol | Daryl Bennett Producers: Natalie Cielle | Andrea Collins | Charlene Creelman Josh del Sol | Liz Freeman | Ed Friedman | Michele Hertz | Anita Moore Jack Moore | Brian Snodgrass | Margy Stewart | Michael Wilkes

Saturday, 11:00AM - Beacon #6 Sunday, 12:00pM - TRiplex #1

The 2013 NSA spying scandal exposed vast programs to monitor your personal communications. Now, energy utilities and governments are reaching into your own home, through fast-tracked “smart” meters and data-harvesting technology. But, what if you have a choice? At stake is in-home surveillance, increased bills, emerging health risks and more hacking vulnerabilities. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, researchers, government agents, lawyers, doctors and environmentalists, Josh del Sol’s award-winning documentary TAKE BACK YOUR POWER brings us on a journey— investigating the erosion of rights in the name of “smart” and “green,” while navigating toward inspiring solutions. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you. FILMMAKER AND Blake LEAVITT IN ATTENDANCE

This Time Next Year USA | 2014 | 110 min Directors: Jeff Reichert | Farihah Zaman Producers: Dan O’Meara | Jeff Reichert | Jessica Rogers | Farihah Zaman

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR tracks the resilience of the Long Beach Island, NJ community for one year as they rebuild after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Using a mixture of verité, first-person accounts, and the residents’ own footage THIS TIME NEXT YEAR is a poetic documentation of a shore community as they battle local politics, cope with personal tragedy, and band together in the face of transition.

Friday, 1:30pM - TRiplex #3

To Be Takei USA | 2014 | 90 min Director: Jennifer M. Kroot Producers: Gerry Kim | Jennifer M. Kroot | Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Sunday, 12:30pM - Mahaiwe

TO BE TAKEI follows George Takei and his husband Brad, as they prepare for Takei’s dream project, ALLEGIANCE, a musical based on his harrowing childhood experiences inside a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. From his rise to fame as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on STAR TREK, to his advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights. What emerges is a portrait of an outspoken activist who utilizes wit, whimsy, grace and humor to bring attention to the sorrows of his past and the love and creativity in his present. Featuring interviews with STAR TREK’s William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig, plus Dan Savage and Howard Stern. biffma.org

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Documentary Tough Love USA | 2014 | 90 min Directors: Sephanie Wang-Breal Producers: Simon Kilmurry | Ursula Liang | Stephanie Wang-Breal Carrie Weprin | Gigi Wong

Offering a rare look at the inner workings of the American child welfare system, TOUGH LOVE chronicles the lives of two parents—one in Seattle and one in New York City—as each fights to be reunited with their children. Through intimate, verité footage of both families, we witness first-hand the complexities within America’s child welfare system. Moreover, we come to understand the powerful role poverty and prejudice play in keeping parents and children apart—and the obstacles parents must overcome in order to put their families back together. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Friday, 6:00pM - TRiplex #3 Sunday, 9:00AM - Beacon #5

When Jews Were Funny USA | 2013 | 90 min DirectoR: Alan Zweig Producers: Jeff Glickman | Alexis Grieve Jesse D. Ikeman | Perry Rosemond

A documentary directed by Alan Zweig that explores Jewish comedians doing their ‘schtick’. This comedic and insightful film attempts to answer why Jewish humor is unique and why Jews make great storytellers. Featuring Marc Maron, Howie Mandel, Gilbert Gottfried, Rodney Dangerfield, Eugene Mirman, Bob Einstein, Judy Gold, David Steinberg, Jackie Mason and many more. Massachusetts Premiere

Saturday, 4:15pM - Beacon #5 Sunday, 2:30pM - Triplex #1

The Winding Stream USA | 2014 | 90 min Director: Beth Harrington Producers: Amy Harrington | Beth Harrington | Nancy Harrington Tara Johnson-Medinger | Tom Olson | Kelley Roy

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

THE WINDING STREAM tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through present day. The Carters didn’t just play the music of their hill country upbringing.

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Yet the Carters suffered periods of obscurity. No one would have guessed that a young man who seemed more renegade than reverent adherent, would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy - Johnny Cash. The story of how the family rallied to help him beat back the demon of substance abuse and how he promoted the Carters name and music is one of tremendous reciprocity and love. Northeast Premiere | FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE


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SHORTS Saturday, 9:15AM - Triplex #3 #1 Sunday, 11:10AM - Beacon #6 105 min

Into The Silent Sea USA | 2013 | 17 min Director/Writer: Andrej Landin Producers: Britt Aggesjö | Hans-Erik Aggesjö | Jakob Bertilsson Stephan Hansson | Markus Härder | Marcus Johansson | Andrej Landin Heather McBride | Jeffrey Sue Cast: Peter Arpesella | Tatiana DeKhtyar | Aleksandr Khachatryan

The Hero Pose USA | 2013 | 13 min

Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made. Director/Writer: Mischa Jakupcak Producers: Mischa Jakupcak | Robyn C. Miller | Gretchen Oyster Cast: Chaske Spencer | Nikki Hahn | Russell Hodgkinson

Mia is eight years old and wants to do anything but hang out at her dad’s house trying to sell a car that doesn’t run. THE HERO POSE is a story about father and daughter, and those precious moments when two people are able to pause and connect. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Lomax USA | 2013 | 12 min Director: Jesse Kreitzer Writer: Jesse Kreitzer (story) Producers: Jesse Kreitzer Cast: James “Tail Dragger” Jones | Georg Koszulinski

In 1941, folklorist Alan Lomax was sent by the Library of Congress to the Mississippi Delta to record an oral history of the blues. Hauling five hundred pounds of audio equipment powered by his car battery, Lomax ventured across nameless roads to discover the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung.

Moon Fishing USA | YEAR | 16 min

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director: David Michael WRITERs: Stuart Cudlitz | David Michael Friend Producers: David Michael Friend | Heather Henson | Sally Syberg Cast: Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith | Kate Brehm | Emily DeCola

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

A fisherman’s hobby of sculpting is interrupted when he must perform his monthly task of illuminating the town he lives in. With container on back, fishing pole in hand, and his current carving stashed in his pocket, the lonely soul goes searching for the spot to catch the moon’s shimmering sister.

Great Germany | 2013 | 23 min

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director: Andreas Henn Writers: Andreas Henn | Gawain Mallinckrodt Producers: Sabine Brantus-Lauffer | Brigitte Dithard Andreas Henn | Alexander von Wasielewski Cast: Milos Bikovic | Sebastian Brummer | Raphael Dwinger

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Did the Nazis ever see Charlie Chaplin‘s “THE GREAT DICTATOR”? Yugoslavia,1942: The young Serbian projectionist Nikola Radosevic decides to teach the German oppressors a lesson they won‘t forget. The beginning of a true and astonishing WorldWar II resistance story, where humor is used as a weapon. English subtitles


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The Wheatfield USA | 2013 | 10 min Director: Alexander Smith Writer: Stephen Lang Producers: Jake Boritt | Noah Lang | Stephen Lang Cast: Stephen Lang

IUSALive Here | 2013 | 14 min

The poignantly stirring tale of the Battle of Gettysburg centered through the eyes of an aged Union Soldier named James Jackson Purman, as he vividly recalls his fateful encounters with friends and foe. With a half century passed since the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of battle weary Civil War veterans gather in harmony, stripping away their former allegiances to north and south in hopes of peaceful fellowship. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director: Scott Masterson Producer: Francesca Pagani

During the course of the 2012-2013 school year at Salem High School, more than 90 students in Kim Masterson’s Senior English classes participated in a reflective artifact project called I LIVE HERE. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

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Enemy Within USA | 2014 | 18 min Director/Writer: David Anderson Producers: Dave Anderson | Paul Fitzpatrick | Jen Huemmer | Preston Miller Cast: Matthew Rushing | Tiler Peck | Marquese Scott

If I Tell You USA | 2014 | 12 min

Featuring Matthew Rushing from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tiler Peck from The New York City Ballet, YouTube sensation Marquese ‘Nonstop’ Scott and Samantha Figgins from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the film explores the intimate struggle of personal insecurity and captures the beauty of human movement through a cinematic, narrative lens. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director: Brian Russell Writer: Richard Anderson ProducerS: Richard Anderson | Brian Russell CAST: Mike Boland | Joe Pierce | Drew Foster

Reflection USA | 2014 | 13 min

At a diner counter, Malcolm is asked what his screenplay is about. Malcolm warns, “If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.” Two days later, Gideon is typing in the park. A woman out for a walk with her dog sits next to him and asks about the creative writing assignment he says he’s putting together for a class. The next day, the woman…but wait….if I tell you…. . FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director/Writer: Hazuki Aikawa Producers: Hazuki Aikawa | Andrey Alistratov Sunday Banks | Kristina Vega Cast: Leah CoganvJake Mestre | James Ciccarelle

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When her 8-year-old son starts to show signs of girl play, Tara, a young single mother, becomes worried. Increasingly aware of what it means to go against society’s “normal”, she finds it difficult to accept who her son wants to be.


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SHORTS Tobacco Burn USA | 2013 | 12 min Director: Justin Liberman Writers: Ajani Jackson | Justin Liberman Producers: Alvaro R. Valente | Nicole Delaney Cast: Stephen Tyrone Williams | Daralyn Jay | Julien Rozzell Jr. Law Crimlis | Timothy Roselle

Bananas USA | 2013 | 7 min

Based on an oral history from the W.P.A. writers, TOBACCO BURN is set thirty-five years before the Civil War at the height of American slavery. When two of the enslaved weigh the complexities of killing their overseer, each develop a different understanding towards violence, acting on which could cost all of them their lives. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE Director: Aaron Rosenbloom Writers: Wes Meilandt | Aaron Rosenbloom Producers: Joshua Greenberg | Brad Lavery Cast: Ida Anderson | Alix Angelis | Jennifer Barbosa

A meditation on fruit. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Reaching Home USA | 2013 | 26 min Director/Writer: Kenneth Murphy Producers: Rachel Brenna Cast: Debra Monk | Eric T. Miller | Nicholas J. Coleman

Still adjusting to life on her own, Janet’s plans for a peaceful holiday dinner are blown astray when her grown sons face off over what should happen next­—for her. Can she take back the tiller and chart her own course to recovery? FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Water Dogs USA | 2013 | 15 min Director/Writer: Matthew Slamowitz Producers: Joanna Bowzer | Matthew Slamowitz Cast: Bob Jaffe

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

On a hot summer day in New York, a discouraged homeless man wins a dollar from a scratch-off lottery ticket. He takes the winnings to a food cart, where he orders a hot dog from a middle-eastern vendor. A sudden encounter with the federal government and a case of mistaken identity sets the homeless man on a path to becoming one of the most popular street vendors in Manhattan. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

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French Retrospective at The Mahaiwe Night Cap France | Switzerland | 2000 | 99 min | PRINT Courtesy of Cohen Films Director: Claude Chabrol Writter: Claude Chabrol | Caroline Eliacheff from the novel by Charlotte Armstrong Producers: Yvon Crenn | Marin Karmitz Jean-Louis Porchet | Gérard Ruey Cast: Isabelle Huppert | Jacques Dutronc | Anna Mouglalis

Saturday, 1:00pM - Mahaiwe

Claude Chabrol’s taut thriller stars Isabelle Huppert as the villainous spider at the centre of an intricate and murderous web of deception. Huppert plays Mika, wife of celebrated pianist André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc) and stepmother to his son, Guillaume, whose mother died in a car wreck on his sixth birthday. Their lives are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), a young woman who has learned that she was almost switched at birth with Guillaume whilst in hospital. Also a pianist, Jeanne harbors a suspicion that she may be André’s daughter. André undertakes to continue her piano tuition, but, on entering the Polonski family, Jeanne begins to notice the icily controlled Mika behaving strangely. Her suspicions aroused, Jeanne begins the dangerous task of unraveling Mika’s dark past of secrets and lies...

Scene of the Crime France | 1986 | 90 min | PRINT Courtesy of Cohen Films May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

Director: André Téchiné Writter: André Téchiné | Pascal Bonitzer | Olivier Assayas Producer: Alain Terzian Cast: Catherine Deneuve | Danielle Darrieux | Wadeck Stanczak

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Thomas is fourteen and perhaps because not much happens in his remote village in southwestern France, he likes to tell tales. But then one day, something really does happen to him, something that upsets his life and the lives of everyone around him. The lives of his grandparents. The life of his father, Maurice. The life of Martin, a stranger and fugitive he meets one day. The life of Alice, the companion of the two brothers, attached to them by childhood love, an attachment she will break only in death. The life of Lili, his mother, above all. Lili loves Thomas more than anything, but she has never done anything she should have done. Dissatisfaction is brewing in her like the storm that hits the village that day; she was only waiting for a flash like Martin to leave everything behind and go off to follow her destiny.


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BIFF AT THE MOUNT Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony USA | 1999 | 57 min Director: Elizabeth Lennard

Sunday, 3:00pM - The Mount $10 general; free for Mount members and BIFF pass holders

A sweeping biography that follows Edith Wharton from the beaches of Newport to the frontlines in France and beyond and features the only known, and very rare, film footage of Wharton. Author of numerous bestsellers, Wharton was a cosmopolitan when cosmopolitanism was still a privilege of the elite. Wharton’s eyewitness accounts from the WWI battlefront helped convince the American public to join the allied forces. Wharton translated her “literary” concerns with the social plight of women into action by initiating selfsufficient “ouvroirs,” as well as hospitals and orphanages. A woman of action and a tireless traveler, Wharton took great pride in the building and design of her own home, “The Mount,” in Lenox. Director Elizabeth Lennard will give a talk-back after the screening.

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE France | Belgium | Luxembourg | Rated PG | 2012 | 80 min Directors: Stéphane Aubier | Vincent Patar |Benjamin Renner Writers: Daniel Pennac | based on the book by Gabrielle Vincent ProduceRs: Eric Beckman | Didier Brunner | David Jesteadt Henri Magalon | Stéphan Roelants | Michael Sinterniklaas | Vincent Tavier Cast: Forest Whitaker | Lambert Wilson | Pauline Brunner Paul Giamatti | Lauren Bacall

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. ERNEST & CELESTINE leaps across genres to capture the limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, the film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

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The 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival is thrilled to host the fouth annual Juried Prize Award generously sponsored by GWFF USA. The Jury will choose from 10 films in competition; 5 films in the feature documentary catagory and 5 in the narrative feature category. The jury is comprised of talented individuals from the film community with original and diverse points of view, who will select from fresh new work in independent film this year. The Jury will screen the films in competition during the weekend and will present the winning filmmakers with a $5000 cash prize to be presented on Sunday, June 1 at allium in Great Barrington. (Open to All-Inclusive Passholders only.)

May 29–June 1, 2014 | Ninth Annual

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A BIFF board member since 2008, Karen headed up the first BIFF Jury Awards in 2010. Karen began her career as an actor and director in experimental theatre with the Washington Theatre Laboratory and The Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC. She later moved to NYC and was cast in her first film role as Katy in Animal House in 1977. She has starred in over 40 films including The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark (Saturn Award for Best Actress), Starman, Scrooged, Glass Menagerie (Spirit Award nomination), Shoot the Moon, Malcom X,The Sandlot, Cruising, Until September, King of the Hill, Falling Sky, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and White Irish Drinkers.In television she has done numerous films including East of Eden, All the Winter’s That Have Been, My Horrible Year, and November Christmas. On Broadway she portrayed Helen Keller in The Monday After the Miracle (Theatre World Award) directed by Arthur Penn. Off Broadway she has starred in The Country Girl, Extremities, Speaking In Tongues, The Miracle Worker , Beautiful Bodies, The Glass Menagerie and this past Fall was seen

in Jon Fosse’s NY premiere of “A Summer Day” at the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC. Karen has worked with Shakespeare and Co., The Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. She has directed Michael Weller’s “Moonchildren” at BTF and last summer directed the extraordinary production of “ Extremities” by William Mastrisimone. In the Fall of 2013 Karen directed Lucy Thurber’s world premiere of “Ashville” in NYC. Karen is a professor in the Theatre Dept of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and is a member of the Actor’s Studio. She just completed “Bad Hurt”, based on Mark Kemble’s play. The film will be released in 2014.

Susan Arnold Susan Arnold with her partner with Donna Roth produced the romantic comedy hits “13 Going On 30” starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, “America’s Sweetheart” starring Julia Roberts, “Forces Of Nature” starring Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck as well as the celebrated black comedy “Grosse Point Blank” starring John Cusack. With Judd Apatow she produced “Drillbit Taylor” starring Owen Wilson. Other produced credits include the box office hit, “The Haunting” starring Liam Neeson,

Catherine Zeta Jones, Lily Taylor and Owen Wilson and the critically acclaimed “ Unstrung Heroes” directed by Diane Keaton. Susan’s producing debut was the offbeat comedy “Benny and Joon” starring Johnny Depp. Susan came to producing following a successful career as a Casting Director working independently and as a studio executive. She began her casting career working for Roger Corman on “Piranha” followed by Paramount’s hit movie “Airplane”. It was at Paramount where she met the celebrated Casting Executive Marion Dougherty, who asked Susan to join her as an executive at Warner Brothers. Her casting credits include, among others, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Gremlins”, ”Top Secret”, “Explorers” as well as the Television show “Taxi”. Susan has sat on the board of The Imagination Workshop, a nonprofit organization, where actors, writers and directors work in psychiatric hospitals, prisons and schools. She participated as an artist for many years leading workshops with different populations including seniors and adolescents at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. Susan sits on the board of The Young Storytellers Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides thousands of underserved children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance. The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling and inspires children to discover the power of their own voice.

Susan also produced and directed a short fundraising documentary, which showed the history and mission of the foundation.

Dan Braun Dan Braun is the co-founder and copresident of New York based Submarine Entertainment, a company whose services include film sales, distribution and marketing services, production and broadband content creation. Mr. Braun, the chief creative and head of operations at Submarine has been involved with the sale of many feature films and documentaries including The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Dinosaur 13, 20 Ft from Stardom, Man on Wire, Woody Allen an Untitled Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, Tiny Furniture, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Cutie and the Boxer, Black Rock, Food Inc, Muscle Shoals, Buck, Muscle Shoals, Dirty Wars, Queen of Versailles, among others. Braun runs the subsidiary distribution label Submarine Deluxe of which recent releases include Chasing Ice (which was short listed for the Academy Award for best documentary and nominated for best song), plus Casting By, Dear Mr Watterson, GMO OMG! Love, Marilyn and Weekend of a Champion. DVD releases include deluxe

double disc editions of Wild Style, Downtown 81 and Chasing Ice. Upcoming theatrical releases include Julian Jones’s INSIDE THE MIND OF LEONARDO in 3D. Upcoming documentary projects include Executive Producing the untitled Alex Gibney Miles Davis documentary; the untitled Lisa Immordino Vreeland Peggy Guggenheim documentary; the base jumping documentary SUNSHINE SUPERMAN and launching a kickstarter campaign for the Free Jazz Documentary FIRE MUSIC which Braun will be producing. Braun is an Executive Producer on the upcoming Creepy feature anthology horror TV Project to be directed by Chris Columbus. Braun is a writer/editor on all the Creepy and Eerie line of comic books and archival volumes being published at Dark Horse Comics and won an Eisner Award in 2009 for Best Archival Comic Book project. Mr. Braun’s early background is in advertising. He was SVP/Creative Director on Absolut Vodka at TBWA Chiat/Day where he led the creative on the famous campaign for over 7 years and has won virtually every award in advertising for his work. He developed and co-created award winning websites Absolut Director.com featuring Spike Lee, Mary Harron and Chris Smith, and Absolut DJ.com featuring DJ Spooky and Coldcut. Early in his career, Dan designed the famous logo for Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lasty, Mr Braun is a musician/composer who has released a number of albums with different bands.

Most recently one of Braun’s compositions was featured on the soundtrack to Mark Pellington’s feature “I Melt With You” and had a song featured in Tamara Davis’s Jean Michel Basquiat documentary film THE RADIANT CHILD.

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Karen Goodman Academy Award-winning filmmaker Karen Goodman received an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for Strangers No More (2010). She has been making documentary films for nearly three decades and is the recipeint of three previous Oscar nominations for Rehearsing A Dream (2006), Chimps: So Like Us (1990) and The Children’s Storefront (1988.) Her films have garnered numerous other awards including several Emmys and the Dupont-Columbia Award for Independent Programming (Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud, 1996.) She is a partner in the Simon & Goodman Picture Company, a New York City-based documentary production company whose current series, now in its third season on HBO, Young Arts Masterclass, received an Emmy nomination both seasons. The Wynton Marsalis episode received an

NAACP Image Award this year. One of Ms. Goodman’s earliest films, No Applause, Just Throw Money, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1987 and at MoMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival. She has received filmmaking grants from the American Film Institute, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Goodman attended the United Nations International School in New York City and received a B.A. in Film Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. in 1978. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Documentary Branch. She has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities Media Program, and as a judge for the Emmy Awards and the DuPont-Columbia Awards.

Tom Jacobson TOM JACOBSON’s career in the motion picture business has been marked by success as both a major studio chief and as a hands-on producer of hit movies. He currently headlines The Jacobson Company, an independent film and television production company, which has multiple film and TV projects in development, packaging, and preproduction. Jacobson’s debut as a film producer came on the acclaimed comedy FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. With Hughes, he also produced movies such as UNCLE BUCK, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACA-

TION and THE GREAT OUTDOORS. As an Executive, Jacobson spent six years at 20th Century Fox, rising ultimately to the post of President of Worldwide Production. He was instrumental in the success of such blockbusters as HOME ALONE, SPEED, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, and INDEPENDENCE DAY. He also served as Co-President of Paramount Pictures from 2003 to 2005. As an executive, Jacobson has supervised over fifty movies. Some of Jacobson’s other producing credits include MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, MISSION TO MARS, BIG TROUBLE and THE LADYKILLERS. His latest release was the New Regency/ Summit Entertainment 3D sci-fi thriller, THE DARKEST HOUR. He is currently in production on a series pilot for TNT Broadcasting.

Kent Jones Kent Jones is an internationally recognized writer and filmmaker. He is the author of several books of criticism, has been a regular contributor to Film Comment magazine for many years, and was selected as a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. He has worked with Martin Scorsese throughout the years on numerous documentaries – he was the co-writer of his survey of Italian cinema, My Voyage to Italy, the writer and director of the 2007 film Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows which Scorsese produced and narrated, and the cowriter and director with Scorsese of the Emmynominated and Peabody Award-winning 2010 film, A Letter to

Elia. They are currently at work on a follow-up to My Voyage to Italy. Jones co-wrote Arnaud Desplechin’s Portrait of Jimmy Picard starring Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, which is currenly in post-production. He is preparing a feature film, It Never Entered My Mind, for the winter of 2014. Jones was appointed Executive Director of The World Cinema Foundation in 2009, and he currently serves as its Artistic Director. In November of 2012, he was appointed Director of Programming for the New York Film Festival.

Matt Penn Matthew Penn is best known for his work in dramatic television where he has directed and/or produced over 150 prime time TV dramas. He was nominated for an Emmy for his direction of the 200th episode of Law and Order starring Julia Roberts. He was the show’s Executive Producer for 4 seasons during which time he produced over 90 episodes. His other TV work includes: Damages, Orange is the New Black, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, House, In Plain Sight, Detroit 1-8-7, The Closer, Private Practice, NYPD Blue and The Sopranos. Last summer he had the pleasure of directing The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Shakespeare and Company. This summer he will return to Shake&Co. to direct Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Penn is CoArtistic director of the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab and has had roots in the Berkshires for over 40 years.

Mary Kay Place Mary Kay Place is an Emmy Award winning actress who was first critically acclaimed for her role as country singer Loretta Haggers on the hit comedy series MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARMAN. Since then she has been in over 56 feature films including the recently completed MISS MEADOWS and I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS as well as SMASHED, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, IT’S COMPLICATED, JULIE & JULIA, CITIZEN RUTH, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, THE BIG CHILL, CAPTAIN RON, THE RAINMAKER, PRIVATE BENJAMIN AND NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Her many television credits include a new NBC comedy pilot, Ellen More or Less; Rake, The New Normal, Suburgatory, Big Love, Bored to Death, The West Wing, My So Called Life, host of Saturday Night Life, Mary Tyler Moore show, MASH and All in the Family. She has also written and directed for television and recorded three albums for Columbia Records.

Peter Riegert Peter Riegert has been acting, writing, directing and producing for the past 40 years. His movies include: ANIMAL HOUSE, LOCAL HERO, CROSSING

DELANCEY, CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, COLDBLOODED, UTZ, OSCAR, PASSED AWAY, THE MASK, TRAFFIC, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, MIDDLETON and the short films THE WALK and THE RESPONSE, which received the ABA Silver Gavel and was short listed for an Academy nomination for live-action short. Television credits include: THE SOPRANOS, DAMAGES, GYPSY, BARBARIANS AT THE GATE, CONCEALED ENEMIES, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GOOD WIFE and ONE TREE HILL.On Broadway he was in THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, THE NERD and DANCE WITH ME. Off B’Way includes: SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, MOUTAIN LANGUAGE, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC and A ROSEN BY ANY OTHER NAME. His directorial film debut was the Academy nominated short BY COURIER, followed by his first feature, KING OF THE CORNER, with Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D’Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Dominic Chianese. He is currently preparing his next feature based on the novel, A FIELD OF DARKNESS, by Cornelia Read and is working on a documentary about the oldest cemetery in Queens, NY, PROSPECT CEMETERY, est. 1668 (see Kickstarter campaign). Books on Tape include: THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN’S UNION by Michael Chabon; WHERE I’M CALLING FROM, (11 short stories) by Raymond Carver; BLACK MONEY and THE CHILL by Ross McDonald and THE LAWGIVER by Herman Wouk. Currently starring in the sitcom DADS.

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E-Team Page 50 The Case Against 8 Page 49 Grazing The Sky Page 51 Happy Valley Page 52 Ivory Tower Page 52


Film Index Features

A Thousand Times Good Night Norway................... 32 Beside Still Waters USA............................................. 32 Class Enemy Serbia...................................................... 32 Double, The USA............................................................ 33 Fort Tilden USA ............................................................ 33 Hank and Asha USA....................................................... 33 Hellion USA.................................................................... 34 Honeymoon Serbia....................................................... 34 Jappeloup France......................................................... 34 Louis CYR Canada.......................................................... 35 Love is a Perfect Crime France................................ 35 Lucky Them USA............................................................. 35 May In The Summer Jordan........................................ 15 Metro Manila Philippines.......................................... 36 Miele Italy...................................................................... 36 My Sweet Pepper Land Afghanistan........................ 36 Obvious Child USA........................................................ 37 Of Horses and Men Iceland....................................... 37 Paris Or Perish France | Morrocco........................ 37 Paulette France............................................................ 38 Salvation Army Morrocco........................................ 38 Satellite Boy Australia............................................. 38 To Kill a Man Chile | France....................................... 39 Trip to Italy Italy | UK.................................................. 19 Under the Same Sun Israel........................................ 39 Venus In Fur France | Poland.................................... 39

DOCUMENTARY

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory USA.... 48 Art And Craft USA........................................................ 48 Battered Bastards Of Baseball USA....................... 17 Blue Gold USA................................................................ 48 Case Against 8 USA....................................................... 49 Disruption Peru | Colombia | Brazil........................ 49 Dogs On the Inside USA............................................... 49 E-Team USA | France...................................................... 50 Evaporating Borders Cyprus................................... 50 Faith Connections India.............................................. 50 Freedom Summer USA.................................................. 51 Grazing The Sky Brazil............................................... 51 The Green Prince Germany | Israel | England...... 51 Happy Valley USA.......................................................... 52 I Will Be Murdered UK | Guatemala......................... 52 Ivory Tower USA .......................................................... 52 Keep On Keepin’ On USA................................................ 53 Miss Hill; Making Dance Matter USA....................... 53 Paul Taylor Creative Domain USA............................ 53 Plot For Peace South Africa..................................... 54 Sling Shot USA.............................................................. 54

Soft Vengence:Albie Sachs and the New South Africa South Africa | USA........................................... 54 Take Back Your Power USA........................................ 55 This Time Next Year USA.............................................. 55 To Be Takei USA............................................................... 55 Tough Love USA............................................................. 56 When Jews Were Funny USA....................................... 56 Winding Stream, The USA........................................... 56

Shorts

Bananas USA................................................................... 64 Enemy Within USA......................................................... 63 Great Germany.............................................................. 62 Hero Pose, The USA....................................................... 62 I Live Here USA............................................................... 63 If I Tell You USA............................................................ 63 Into The Silent Sea USA............................................... 62 Lomax USA....................................................................... 62 Moon Fishing USA......................................................... 62 Reaching Home USA...................................................... 64 Reflection USA.............................................................. 63 Tobacco Burn USA........................................................ 64 Water Dogs USA............................................................ 64 The Wheatfield USA...................................................... 63

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