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Re-Cap: Berkshire International Film Fest 2016 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) poster 2016.

With the final events of last week’s Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) now history, the star-studded event is finally wrapped up. For a few days in June, the Berkshires were filled with luminaries such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Meryl Streep, Ann Roth, Joan Anderson, Sheila Nevins, Mike Haley, Kent Jones, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow, Gregory Crewdson, Julie Goldman, Ethel Sheffer and Douglas Trumbull. They were among 40 filmmakers in attendance. In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award.

In the Juried documentary category, the winner was Untouchable written and directed by David Feige, and in the Juried narrative category the Iranian entry, Wednesday, May 9 was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between Year by the Sea directed by Alexander Janko and starring Karen Allen, and the French film Our Women directed by Richard Barry. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was the Sundance hit film Life, Animated directed by Roger Rees Williams.

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The Lazy Suns Debut New Song

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016


Greater Nippertown roots-rockers the Lazy Suns have been working on their new CD for quite some time now, and now we’re finally about to get a sneak preview when the song “Find Your Way” is featured on “Severed Hand,” the season finale of “The Yard” airing at 10pm on Wednesday (June 8) on the National Geographic Channel. “Find Your Way” is one of 14 new tracks on the band’s upcoming CD Glass Mountain due out later this summer.

Berkshire International Film Festival 2016 Kicks Off Today [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

Kevin Sprague photo from BIFF 2015 – and 2016 is looking great, too!

The 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off its packed weekend line-up of films today (Thursday, June 2), marked by stronger international programming and continuing dedication to the best in documentary film. The BIFF will showcase 26 documentaries, 26 narrative features and 17 short films from 26 countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, Brazil, Australia, Iran, England, India, France, China, Italy, Israel, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Argentina and Iceland. The festival runs from today (June 2) through Sunday (June 5) in Great Barrington and from Friday-Sunday in Pittsfield.

To quote BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Kelley Vickery: “I believe this is one of the best festivals we have ever programmed. I am absolutely thrilled not only with our special events, but also our incredible line-up of foreign films, documentaries, narrative dramas, and shorts. Once again, we have secured the best in independent film which is what our audience has come to expect. It is exciting to have Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Doug Trumbull, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, Jake Paltrow and Kent Jones as highlights in our program. It doesn’t get better than that! The BIFF’s programming has combined our community’s sense of wonder, curious spirit, intellectual needs, and desire to engage in and explore the world around us, as well as to learn about stories close to home. With 26 countries represented, the BIFF truly brings the world to the Berkshires!”

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TV: Netflix Talk Show “Chelsea” Is a Game Changer [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Chelsea is the new talk show on Netflix that is creating quite a buzz.

“Chelsea,” the new talk show on Netflix, is creating quite a buzz.

Streaming Video Review by Larry Murray

There is no better example of how things are changing in the US than to watch the new talk show Chelsea, with comedian, actress, writer, television host and producer Chelsea Handler. She hosted a late-night talk show called Chelsea Lately on the E! network from 2007 to 2014 and is back. She has teamed up with video-streaming giant Netflix to launch an all new talk show, calling it simply “Chelsea.” (To view it, go to your Netflix account and click away.)

With only six episodes aired to date (there are new streaming shows every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I am going to call it not only a hit, but the model of what talk shows will look like in the future. No long opening monologue with witty jokes, just a quick, concise opinion on trans bathroom issues. Which bathroom should they use? “Whichever one they want,” she says simply. She doesn’t worry about alienating people, she leaves that to the suits. Smart woman.

That’s because Netflix has been breaking the traditional mold ever since they took on video stores. They single handedly put the Blockbuster chain out of business. Now the now mammoth company is beginning to devour broadcast television with its noxious commercials and watery programming. The company is spending a billion dollars on new entertainment productions this year, and clearly not focused on the lowest common denominator that might be called WalMart America. Netflix made possible the phenomenon known as binge watching, and now the networks are rethinking their one show a week game plan and debating whether to make more than one or two episodes available on their digital websites. The world of entertainment has entered another shape shifting period.But there is one thing that they have that Netflic lacks.

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Winners Announced for the MOVE Music Video Awards

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The second annual MOVE Music Video Awards were held at Albany’s Madison Theater last month, wrapping up the three-day MOVE Music Festival.

And the awards go to…


LIVE: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ Albany Public Library, 4/6/16 (Take Two)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

A Message From Mars NEQ from JAMES ORR on Vimeo.

The spring season of Silent Film Spectacular at the Albany Public Library’s Main Branch is over. And if you weren’t lucky enough to make it out to any of the weekly Wednesday evening macth-ups of classic silent films and adventurous Local 518 musicians, well, this should give you some kind of idea as to how it all works. It’s Nelson Esposito Quintana improvised soundtrack for “Message from Mars.” Stay tuned for the fall season of the Silent Film Spectacular in October…

LIVE: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ Albany Public Library, 4/6/16

Janis Joplin Documentary Broadcast on PBS Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


At 8pm tonight (Tuesday, May 3) WMHT-TV and other PBS-TV stations will not only offer the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary on PBS, but the film Janis: Little Girl Blue will include never-before-seen extended-cut features and new interviews with Pink, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Laura Joplin and narrator Cat Power.

In the documentary, more details of Joplin’s sexual fluidity is revealed, as well as much of the angst she endured from her high school classmates that lit the fire of her extraordinary performances, while at the same time drove her to experiment with drugs, alcohol and lovers of both genders.

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FILM: Music On the Big Screen

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

What are the odds that two big-name films about jazz trumpeters would be taking over movie screens at the same time?

That’s the case, though, as “Born to Be Blue” (with Ethan Hawke in the role of Chet Baker) and “Miles Ahead” (featuring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis) are both jockeying for position in a theater near you. (OK, “Born to Be Blue” is currently being screened at the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany, while “Miles Ahead” is still waiting in the wings as a coming attraction…)

Interestingly enough, those aren’t the only music movies at the Spectrum. There is also *I Saw the Light” (the Hank Williams bio-pic starring British actor Tom Hiddleston as the kingpin of country music), while “Elvis & Nixon” (starring Michael Shannon as the King of Rock & Roll is coming soon).

And as it turns out, there’s quite a parade of other movies about music that are coming up around Greater Nippertown. Here’s a list of some of them that we rounded up:

Wednesday (April 20), 7pm
“Roxy: The Movie”
Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady
Years-in-the-making Frank Zappa & Nothers of Invention concert film


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