by Patricia Grandjean
Apr 8, 2011
01:47 PMBox Office
Litchfield Hills Film Festival
Since it began in 2006, the Kent Film Festival has become an anticipated Litchfield County favorite, so much so that it’s been expanded and is now called the Litchfield Hills Film Festival. An outstanding variety of international films by well-known and new filmmakers will be screened at the Bank Street Theater in New Milford April 7-10.
The Litchfield County Festival foundation’s goal is to develop a permanent cultural film center that would include a production facility, film school and theater in which the best of independent films would be presented year-round. A curriculum of educational programs would also be developed to assist aspiring filmmakers.
This years films include Fake, the story of a prolific artist who winds up involved with the mob in his struggle to sell his own art; The New World with John Muir, a documentary that follows the life of the Scottish-American naturalist writer; Madness of War, a student short about a young soldier who deserts battle in 1776; Der Sandmann, a Swiss feature about a man who finds sand in his bed only to realize that he himself is loosing the sand; and The Fiction, which follows an established author who experiences hallucinations while writing his next book.
The festival will also showcase 86 short films in live-action, animated, documentary and experimental short-film formats. Films include Second Glance, Harlequin’s Entrée into Venice, Sweet Sweet Baby, Animal Control, Mamma’s Pojke (Mamma’s Boy), Breaking Out and and Colivia (The Cage). Feature documentaries include Out of the Darkness, the story of two doctors who travel to remote areas of Nepal to restore sight to blind; Reflections of the Past, the story of teenagers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme who murdered Pauline’s mother in 1954 outside Christchurch, New Zealand; Farmageddon, which follows the plight of independent American farmers and co-ops that supply fresh, unprocessed foods to consumers; We Still Live Here, the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, a Native American language that had disappeared for more than a century. Three Days follows a father and son as a troupe of actors gather to rehearse and perform a stage-reading of Hamlet; and Genocide Revealed focuses on the 1932 to 1933 artificial famine in Soviet occupied Ukraine and explores the Kremlin-engineered genocide of the Ukrainian nation.
Other scheduled events include workshops, panel discussions and celebrity talks. For films, events, schedule & info, visit hillsfilmfestival.org.