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“Every Other Summer”: The Solid Sound Documentary

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Co-directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, “Every Other Summer” is a documentary film about the Solid Sound Festival, Wilco’s three-day music and arts gathering that takes place once every two years at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

Shot at the 2013 festival and featuring performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, the Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, the Relatives with appearances from Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others, “Every Other Summer” offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams.

The film is now available to rent ($4.99) or buy ($12.99).

Solid Sound returns to MASS MoCA in person again this weekend, June 26-28 at MASS MoCA. Limited quantities of three-day tickets still remain. Single-day tickets for Saturday (June 27) are sold out. Limited quantities of single-day tickets for Friday (June 26) and Sunday (June 28) are still available.

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FILM: “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” @ MASS MoCA Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 19th, 2015
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“James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” is an emotional portrait of the writer and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin, delivered mostly in his own words, combining intimate interviews, public speeches, rarely seen archival footage, and illuminating contributions from friends and colleagues such as Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron.

James Baldwin’s only weapon was words, and he wielded them with great effectiveness in his writing, his speeches and on the air. He spoke truth to injustice, and emboldened others of his generation to find their voices, too. In person he could sear your ears off with his fiery wit and wisdom.” – Larry Murray, editor of Berkshire on Stage

Director Karen Thorsen will introduce the film, and a conversation will follow the screening. This film kicks off the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival, a summer festival celebrating the rich traditions of African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage found within Berkshire County and across the nation. “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” screens in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams tonight (Friday, June 19) at 8pm.

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FEST: Pride Film Fest @ the Palace Theatre

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Palace Theatre in Albany is hosting the 2015 Palace Pride Film Series this week. Taking place over the course of three days leading up to Albany’s annual Pride Festival, this series of movies and events highlights various aspects of the modern day LGBT experience. Each night we will pair a feature film with a special guest speaker or performer.

All tickets are general admission and priced at $15; $10 students. A series pass for all three films is also available for $30. A portion of all tickets sales to be donated to the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

Here’s the schedule of films and special guests:

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FILM: “Lee’s 88 Keys” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres Tonight Only

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Review by Greg Haymes

Lee Shaw is Albany’s undisputed Queen of Piano Jazz, and as she says near the start of “Lee’s 88 Keys,” the new film about her life and music, “There are 88 keys on the piano keyboard… I’m 88 years old.”

She’s performed at the Apollo Theatre in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She’s been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (where she was born) and the Capital Area Music Hall of Fame (where she lives now).

Since moving to the Capital Region back in 1971, Lee Shaw has been one of the most enthusiastic and supportive members of the Nippertown jazz community, as both a musician and an educator.

Directed by Susan Robbins, the film deftly captures Shaw’s spirit. Her dedication. Her dogged determination not to let illness slow her down. Her undying passion for jazz. Her love of dogs. Her prowess as performer. Her imagination and skill as a pianist. And so much more…

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It’s a Wrap for BIFF: “Romeo is Bleeding” and “H.” Win Awards [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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By Larry Murray

Now in its tenth year, the Berkshire International Film Festival wrapped up 2015 by announcing the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award. In the Juried documentary category, the winners were Romeo is Bleeding, written and directed by Jason Zeldes. Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia won in the Juried narrative category for their film H. filmed in both Troy and Pittsfield.

The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday (May 31) at the Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place, Scott Cohen and Peter Riegert; Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment; producer Susan Arnold; casting director Gretchen Rennell; film executive Bob Harper; production designer Kristi Zea; and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was a tie between Crescendo: The Power of Music directed by Jamie Bernstein, and Above and Beyond directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg. The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was the Dutch film Secrets of War.

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FEST: Berkshire International Film Festival to Screen 80 New Indie Films This Week [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

The four-day festival features 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films

The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its weekend line-up of films that is marked with stronger international programming and continues its dedication to programming the best in documentary film and highlight films from our region. BIFF will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries.

The festival, which takes place from Thursday-Sunday (May 28–31) in Great Barrington and Friday-Sunday (May 29–31) in Pittsfield, will bring films, filmmakers, industry professionals and fans together for a four-day festival celebrating independent film featuring 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films. Some of the countries represented this year are Egypt, Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, South Korea, UK, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine, Norway, Sudan, Israel, France and Krygyzstan.

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Sawyer Fredericks Is “The Voice”!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

And the winner is… yes, the Local 518′s own Sawyer Fredericks.

“The Voice” is over for another season, and the 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy emerged as the big winner on Tuesday night’s final results show.

It wasn’t too much of a surprise, as Fredericks has been the clear front-runner right from his blind audition rendition of “Man of Constant Sorrow,” which earned him a four-chair turn.

On Tuesday night’s show, Fredericks duetted with John Fogerty on a medley of Creedence Clearwater revival hits. And while it seemed as though Fredericks microphone wasn’t cranked to the same volume level as Fogerty’s, the live performance didn’t affect in the final decision, as voting had closed earlier in the day at 12noon.

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“THE VOICE” UPDATE: Sawyer Fredericks Debuts New Ray LaMontagne Song

Monday, May 18th, 2015

For Sawyer Fredericks, it’s all over but the voting… For NBC-TV’s singing competition, “The Voice,” it’s all over but the big announcement of the winner, which comes at 8pm on Tuesday night (May 19) during the season finale results show.

Now it’s up to you…

Let’s see now, on Monday night’s (May 18) live finale of the actual singing competition, the Local 518′s fave Fultonville farmboy duetted with his coach Pharrell Williams on the sweet but lightweight vintage Seals & Crofts nugget, “Summer Breeze.”

Then he dug into “Please,” a soulful song by Ray LaMontagne, who just happens to be Sawyer Fredericks’ main musical influence.

Then he wrapped up Monday night’s show with his final performance by delivering a damn solid knockout rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man,” which only proved to underscore Fredericks’ wise-beyond-his-years magic.

Voting in the competition continues until the deadline of 12noon on Tuesday (May 19)…

And not that anybody’s asking, but here are my predictions:

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