Saturday, October 20


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A boy tries to fathom a mysterious old man. Southern debutantes display an affinity for hunting. Neil Armstrong pays a baffling tribute from the moon. Reflections on falling out of a plane. A chicken clucks its way through three eras. A cowboy and his horse are soon parted. Filmmakers definitely let their imaginations run wild in this colorful collage of brand-new shorts.

The Debutante Hunters, Dir. Maria White
Dr. Breakfast, Dir. Stephen P. Neary
Fling, Dir. Peter Conforti
43,000 Feet, Dir. Campbell Hooper
Good Luck Mr. Gorski, Dir. Arron Shiver
The Man at the Counter, Dir. Brian McAllister
A Morning Stroll, Dir. Grant Orchard
Performance Anxiety, Dir. Charles Merzbacher
Screenshot, Dir. Cathal Burke
A Short Film, Dir. Rick Williamson

Guest Artists: TBA!

Location: Images Cinema
Runtime: 79 minutes
Rating: Some language


12noon – ARCADIA

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Berkshire Premiere

Based on her short film Little Canyon (WFF/2009), Olivia Silver’s first feature is the saga of a family relocating from Connecticut to a new life in California. There’s Dad (John Hawkes) and his kids Caroline, Nat, and Greta. But Mom’s absence hangs over the story. Through Greta’s eyes, we realize this cross-country journey isn’t just a literal move, but an escape from reality. A piercing drama about fleeing the past while trying to carve out an uncertain future.

Guest Artist: Writer/Director Olivia Silver (Williams College alumna)

Short film before feature: Tick Tock Time Emporium with writer/director Morgan Faust in attendance.

Location: Images Cinema
Runtime: 107 minutes
Rating: NR


3pm – GAYBY

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Berkshire Premiere

Best friends since college, yoga teacher Jenn and wannabe graphic novelist Matt – frustrated in their career paths – decide to fulfill a youthful promise and have a child together. An admirable goal, but she’s straight and he’s gay. Can they fight through innumerable snags to  conceive the old-fashioned way? Jonathan Lisecki’s highly irreverent fantasia rings all the bells: family, sex, growing older, the meaning of friendship. A comedy at its core, yet one with real depth and heart.

Guest Artist: Writer/Director Jonathan Lisecki

Short film before feature: Migraine with director Matthew Bonifacio and producer Julianna Gelinas in attendance.

Location: Images Cinema
Runtime: 98 minutes
Rating: NR


8pm – Richard Russo:
Novel into Film

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is one of our most highly-regarded writers. The author of seven novels comes to WFF to talk about the elusive and fascinating process of transposing a complex book to the screen – in some cases entrusting the adaptation to the director (Nobody’s Fool), in others tackling the screenplay himself (Empire Falls). The panelists in this very special seminar will include writer and Williams professor Jim Shepard and Brad Silberling, filmmaker and Russo collaborator.

A party in the Clark Courtyard will launch the evening beginning at 7:30pm.

After the discussion, Mr. Russo will sign copies of his acclaimed new book Interventions.

Location: Clark Art Institute
Runtime: 90 minutes
Rating: NR