The Sixth Annual Berkshire International Film Festival is getting underway momentarily with screenings of 70 independent feature films, documentaries and shorts starting tonight through Sunday in Great Barrington and from tomorrow through Sunday in Pittsfield.
Tonight’s opening film at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington is Page One: Inside the New York Times, a documentary directed by Andrew Rossi that chronicles the turmoil and transformation of the newspaper empire at a critical juncture in media history.
Saturday brings two films with local ties: a special screening of Pittsfield native Kent Jones’ latest film, A Letter To Elia, on the life of Elia Kazan, written and directed with Martin Scorcese and a special preview screening of Never Stand Still, a documentary on Jacob’s Pillow, narrated by Bill T. Jones.
The festival will present the annual BIFF Achivement in Film Award to special effects pioneer, inventor and Berkshire resident Douglas Trumbull and screen Terrence Malick’s latest film, The Tree of Life, on which Trumbull served as visual effects advisor as well as Trumbull’s critically-acclaimed film Brainstorm, starring Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher.
The festival hosts over two dozen filmmakers, films from over 19 countries and includes Q&A sessions and panel discussions with filmmakers, juried prizes, free family film screenings and an award for “The Next Great Filmmaker.”