Film Series

Fresh Fest 2017

Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5

Friday, March 3 at 7pm: Forgotten Farms, with filmmakers David Simonds and Sarah Gardner. Film will be followed by a reception at The Log.

Saturday, March 4 at 2:30pm: A Small Good Thing with producer Paula Kirk.

Saturday, March 4 at 4:30pm: Peter and the Farm.

Sunday, March 5 at 12:30pm: Seed: The Untold Story.

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Forgotten Farms

Starring: Win Chenail, Louis Escobar, Carl Sweet

In affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets and CSAs are booming, and the new farmers are celebrated. Meanwhile the numbers of New England dairy farms and dramatically decreasing. Forgotten Farms is a locally produced documentary that explores the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional New England dairy farms. The film highlights the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system will benefit everyone.

  • Director: David Simonds
  • Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

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A Small Good Thing

A Small Good Thing examines how our ideal of the American Dream has come to the end of its promise. The film tells the stories of people moving away from a philosophy of “more is better” toward a more holistic conception of happiness—one based on a close connection to their bodies and health, to the natural world, and to the greater good.

This documentary is set in western Massachusetts in the Berkshires, long a destination for change-seekers, spiritual explorers, artists, and musicians seeking solace and stimulation amid the pastoral landscape—the perfect setting for a story about renewing personal and universal bonds.

  • Director: Pamela Tanner Boll
  • Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“If you’re disillusioned by the American Dream and fascinated by people who’ve found their own unique path to happiness, I highly recommend you check it out.”

– Tiny Buddha

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Peter and the Farm

Starring: Peter Dunning

Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 idyllic acres in Vermont. Over the years, the land's 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death.

  • Director: Tony Stone
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“It is the film’s cosmic dimension that makes it so special. To borrow the title of a Tom Wolfe novel, Mr. Dunning is “a man in full,” by turns majestic and cantankerous, and unafraid to look into the void and to ask the deepest, most personal questions about the purpose of life. As the camera surveys the glorious landscape of rural Vermont with the same dispassion that it focuses on a cow defecating, the film evokes the natural world with a grand poetic awareness of the primal connectedness of things. From the rapturous to the gross, you can’t have one without the other.”

– New York Times

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Seed: The Untold Story

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds—worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies control over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food in this acclaimed film that has been called “the most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc.”

  • Director: Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Fresh Fest is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Program; as well as sponsorship from the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, the Williams College Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, and Storey Publishing.

Special Showing

Difret

Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm

From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama Difret, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.

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Difret

Starring: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere

From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama Difret, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her.

With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. Difret paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

  • Director: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
  • Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Difret is painful but profound, skirting the pitfalls of the inspirational biopic for something more grounded and remarkable. Its authenticity extends beyond its central characters, conveying a very real sense of what is at stake.”

– Village Voice

This film is presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series.

Special Showing

Miss Hokusai

Saturday, March 11 and 12

Saturday, March 11 at 2pm - English dubbed version

Sunday, March 12 at 12pm & 8pm - In Japanese with English subtitles

The 12pm show on Sunday, March 12, will be followed by a discussion with Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute.

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Miss Hokusai

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.

As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.

  • Director: Keiichi Hara
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama

“In its ruminations on artistic tradition, creation, and vision, Miss Hokusai is something close to a minor masterpiece.”

– The Film Stage

This film is presented in partnership with the Clark Art Institute, where Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Collection is on view through April 2.

Special Showing

Moana

Saturday, March 18 at 2pm

This free film is presented by the Williamstown Community Chest.

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Moana

Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement

Moana, a spirited teenager and born navigator, sets sail from the ancient South Pacific islands of Oceania in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

  • Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“An inspired, spellbinding, wonderfully-realized tale and a dazzling, visually/morally beautiful treat for the eyes, ears, heart and soul that richly weaves an all-inclusive journey based in culture, heritage, and friendship.”

– The Playlist

This free film is presented by the Williamstown Community Chest

Special Showing

1984

Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

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1984

Starring: John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, Richard Burton

On April 4, George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. In remembrance of John Hurt, who died this past January, and in unison with 90 other art house movie theaters across the country, the 1984 film adaptation of 1984 will be presented on the big screen.

In 1984, the world is divided into three vast states, whose inhabitants are dominated by all powerful governments. Winston (John Hurt), a government bureaucrat whose job is rewriting history and erasing people from existence, starts an illegal love affair with Julia, and becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.

  • Director: Michael Radford
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“What is remarkable about the movie is how completely it satisfied my feelings about the book; the movie looks, feels, and almost tastes and smells like Orwell's bleak and angry vision. John Hurt, with his scrawny body and lined and weary face, makes the perfect Winston Smith.”

– Roger Ebert

Special Showing

Embrace

Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm

When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

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Embrace

At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. Internationally, however, she is a highly recognised body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realised that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers. EMBRACE follows Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions in this film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging and, above all, life changing.

  • Director: Taryn Brumfitt
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A highly accessible and refreshingly honest Australian-made documentary, Embrace is transmitting a valuable message all women should be hearing loud and clear.”

– Herald Sun (Australia)

This film is presented through support from Williams College Health Services. Discussion to follow film.

Special Showing

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Saturday, April 8 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of our Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

The film will be introduced by Williams College Visiting Professor of Chemistry Patrick S. Barber with a presentation of "The Science of Chocolate."

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

The film will be introduced by Williams College Visiting Professor of Chemistry Patrick S. Barber with a presentation of "The Science of Chocolate."

This movie brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl's cherished book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production designs that are a visual treat for the eyes, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy's incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. With this heart-warming fan favorite, audiences will rediscover all the timeless magic as it was meant to be seen on the big screen.

Patrick S. Barber has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Williams College for three years and will be starting a tenure track position at Earlham College in the fall of 2017. He completed a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Music Performance at the University of West Florida and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Nevada-Reno. After three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Alabama, Patrick moved to Williamstown. His research interests lie in the design and synthesis of luminescent sensors for environmental and biological imaging.

The Science of Chocolate

Who doesn't love chocolate? Most of us do, but hardly know the large amount of science that goes into making the perfect tasty treat. Together, and with hands-on demonstrations, we will explore the process of making chocolate, the chemistry that holds it all together, and the impact of not eating chocolate quickly enough. Bring your taste-buds, your appetite, and your excitement!

  • Director: Mel Stuart
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

“It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds.”

– RogerEbert.com

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series. This Spring, as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION, four adventure films made for and about kids will be presented, preceded or followed by an interactive science talk or activity.

Special Showing

Inherit the Wind

Monday, April 10 at 6pm

Loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Tennessee, Inherit the Wind tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the trial and the film, will provide commentary after the screening about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.

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Inherit the Wind

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gene Kelly

Two-time Best Actor Oscar winners Spencer Tracy and Fredric March go toe-to-toe in this thrilling retelling of the most titanic courtroom battle of the century. Garnering four Academy Award nominations, Inherit the Wind was loosely based on the 1925 trial of John Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee. This film, widely considered as a commentary on the cultural wars that still plague America, tells the story of a teacher in a small town who is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism. The controversial subject of evolution versus creation leads to an explosive battle of beliefs and laws in this compelling classic. Williams alum Ed Larson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning-book Summer for the Gods about the Scopes Trial and Inherit the Wind, will provide commentary after the movie about the cultural impact of both the trial and the movie.

  • Director: Stanley Kramer
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“What is astonishing in this 1960 film is the gutsy way it engages in ideas, pulls no punches in its language, and allows the characters long and impassioned speeches. There are a lot of words here, well-written and spoken, and not condescending to the audience. Both Tracy and March vent an anger and passion through their characters that ventures beyond acting into holy zeal.”

– RogerEbert.com

This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Lecture Committee, the Undergraduate Neighborhoods, and the Departments of Biology, History, and Religion at Williams College.

Special Showing

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Saturday, April 22 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of our Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant two-some bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.

  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure

“Extremely silly and good natured.”

– Time Out

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of our Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

Bionic Stride

Saturday, April 29 at 2:30pm

Bionic Stride follows double above knee amputee Clara Gardner as she travels from the U.S. to Australia for transformative surgery. Local filmmakers Augusta Rose and Joe Aidonidis will be in attendance.

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Bionic Stride

Starring: Clara Gardner

There is a suggested donation of $5 that will go directly to the filmmakers for finishing funds.

On August 2nd, 2008, a drunk driver slammed into Clara Gardner and pinned her against another car. The accident would take both of her legs above the knee and subsequently change her life. At the point of her double amputation, doctors told Clara she would never walk again. She has since proved them wrong. After initially being confined to a wheelchair, Clara persevered until she was able to walk again. Frustrated by the pain associated with the standard prosthetics used in the United States, she was thrilled to learn about a transformative new technology available in Australia, called Osseointegration. Local filmmakers Augusta Rose and Joe Aidonidis document Clara's inspiring journey towards rehabilitation and a pain-free future.

  • Director: Augusta Rose, Joe Aidonidis
  • Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Special Showing

Jurassic Park

Saturday, May 13 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of our Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

The film will be introduced by Williams College Associate Professor of Geosciences Phoebe Cohen with a presentation on fossils.

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Jurassic Park

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello

The film will be introduced by Williams College Assistant Professor of Geosciences Phoebe Cohen. We'll learn about and get to touch fossils, some older than the dinosaurs!

Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Phoebe Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, where she has been teaching and doing research since 2012. Phoebe received her B.A. in Earth Systems Science from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Phoebe’s research has taken her to the Yukon, Australia, and Namibia. She studies how life went from being single-celled to multicellular by looking at microscopic fossils from before the evolution of animals. She lives in Pownal, VT with her husband and her pit bull.

Dinosaurs are exciting, big, fierce, and extinct (except in Jurassic Park!). But did you know that paleontologists study lots of other extinct things in addition to dinosaurs? We’ll learn about what fossils are, how they’re formed, and what paleontologists can learn from them. We will also get to touch fossils of animals and plants that have been dead for millions of years - some even older than the dinosaurs!

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction

“For dinosaurs to rule the earth again, the monsters needed majesty as well as menace. And Spielberg got it all right.”

– Time

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series, and presented as part of our Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Special Showing

A Birder's Guide to Everything

Saturday, May 27 at 2pm

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series. This Spring, as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, starting at on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org.

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A Birder's Guide to Everything

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang, Ben Kingsley

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, starting at on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org.

David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. In an uncharacteristic lucky break, the pretty new girl in school winds up joining David and his posse as they steal a cousin's Cabriolet and set out on a journey of adventure and mishap.

Join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk, to learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills, and maybe we'll find our own rare bird! This bird walk will start on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole field, the Williams College playing field. Please register by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear shoes that can get wet or muddy. Heavy rain cancels.

Naturalist Leslie Reed-Evans has been leading bird and nature walks around the area for more than 20 years. She is currently Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

  • Director: Rob Meyer
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy

“This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. It is also a quiet brief for the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and scientific exploration.”

– New York Times

Bright Young Things: Exploring the World Around Us is a continuation of our monthly family friendly film series. This Spring, as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION, four adventure films made for and about kids will be presented, preceded or followed by an interactive science talk or activity.