Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The 18th annual Northampton International Film Festival opens at the Academy of Music Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m., with a program of short films, and closes Oct. 12 with an after-hours party at Packards Bar, beginning at 9:30 p.m.
In between, there will be more than 21 hours (1,276 minutes, to be exact) of movie viewing, with films ranging from shorts, like Pete Yagmin’s “Dark Roast” (Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m.) that are just a few minutes long, to full-length features, including the opening-night’s main event, “3 Mile Limit,” from New Zealand, about a 23-year-old journalist who is determined to break his government’s monopoly on broadcasting and bring rock ‘n’ roll to a younger generation.
Several of the movies are by local filmmakers; among them, “The God Question” (Oct. 11, 5 p.m.), a feature-length film directed by Douglas Gordon and filmed in Hampshire and Hampden counties, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College and at Springfield City Hall. The story is about a scientist who builds a super-intelligent computer in order to ask it if there is evidence that God exists.
Another film with local ties is “Anniversary” (Oct. 11, 2:45 p.m.), directed by Elizabeth Foley and Peter Hobbs, who met as college students in the Pioneer Valley in the 1980s. It is about two “on the spectrum” engineering professors who, on the day of their anniversary celebration, discover a huge fault line in their 20-year marriage.
Among documentaries with local ties are “The Valley Time Trade (Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m.), about western Massachusetts community members who find ways to share their skills and time in a blooming barter economy; “Bricolage” (Oct. 11, 6:45 p.m.), that follows a day with best-selling author Keri Smith in her western Mass. home; and “But it Doesn’t Have Me” (Oct. 12, 1 p.m.), about Amherst resident Deb Waldron’s struggle to cure the incurable disease that binds her to a wheelchair.
There will be an opening gala Oct. 10, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St.; nightly after parties at Packards Bar, 14 Masonic St.; and a panel discussion Oct. 11 at 10:15 a.m., with professional filmmakers Scott Kittredge and Rufus Chaffee, who will talk about producing and writing scripts for indie budgets.
The festival’s award ceremony will be held Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. at the Academy of Music. Among the awards to be presented: Jury awards for Best Documentary, Best Feature Film, and Best Short, and Audience Choice awards for Best Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Feature Film and Best Documentary.
For more information, including a downloadable schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit nohoiff.org.
— EMMA SANDLER