by Patricia Grandjean
Feb 2, 2011
09:59 AM
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This weekend, February 4-6, the Connecticut Film Festival 2011 opens at Torrington's Warner Theatre. The fun-filled weekend will feature 75 films and over a dozen workshops regarding the film industry.

Beginning Friday at 11 a.m. the festival will feature full-length narrative films, documentaries, shorts, animated films, student films and international films as well as  "Connecticut Grown" productions.

Some of the highlights:

  • Friday night at 7 pm: Harvest. Filmed in Madison, this film was the recipient of the 2010 CTFF "Connecticut Grown Film" Award and stars Academy Award nominees Barbara Barrie and Robert Loggia as well as Tony Award winner Victoria Clark and newcomer Jack Carpenter.
  • Saturday night at 6 pm: Clear Blue Tuesday. A true Indie gem, it's a collaboration of 11 New York City musicians and actors, along with their director, Elizabeth Lucas. This team came together to write and score one of the best award-winning film musicals in decades.
  • Sunday at 1:30 pm: The Sunday Afternoon Family Flick - What If? The Connecticut Premiere of the latest film by director Dallas Jenkins stars Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, Debby Ryan and Bridgeport's own John Ratzenberger.
  • Sunday afternoon: The grand finale - Samsara. Shot by New Milford's very own director of photography Christo Bakalov, who is the recipient of the 2008 CTFF Award For Artistic Excellence in Cinematography.

As mentioned, the festival features many workshops and lectures, such as "Acting For Television & Film: Do You Have What it Takes?" "Surviving Casting Calls Getting The Audition Actors Marketing," "Guerilla Film Production Panel: Tricks Of The Trade To Make Your Low Budget Film a Reality and a Real Gem," and "Documentary Panel Round Table: Newbees and Experts Share Tips and Tricks."

Sounds like a terrific weekend of celluloid!

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