FEST: The Wind-Up Fest Kicks Off On Thursday [Berkshire On Stage]
By Larry Murray
Goodbye and Hello! Since 1998, the Williamstown Film Festival has brought the finest contemporary films, directors and actors to the pastoral hills of the Berkshires. Each Film Festival season aimed to honor film’s history while concurrently celebrating the present cultural moment.
Wind-Up Fest (aka, Williamstown Film Festival 2.0) will run Thursday-Sunday (October 15-18) shifting the focus to a core of world-class documentary films and their makers, while re-envisioning the festival as a celebration of nonfiction in all of its forms in a truly northern Berkshires experience.
The festival is dedicated to shedding light on the truth by presenting the work of film makers near and far who are also focused on telling important stories, large and small. It is an enchanted expedition to the fiery core of nonfiction, guided by the world’s most compelling creators of documentaries, podcasts, long-form journalism, live performance and storytelling.
The festival will kick off on Thursday (October 15) with “Olmo and the Seagull,” directed by Petra Costa and Lea Glob, followed by an opening night party with Northampton band And The Kids offering up “apocalyptic pop” along with the Sun Parade. Featured on Friday (October 16) is “Very Semi-Serious,” presenting a candid look at The New Yorker and the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons. Sunday (October 18) includes a very special screening of Laurent Bécue-Renard’s “Of Men and War,” a groundbreaking collection of recovery stories from American Iraq veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.