Connecticut Film Festival - “Thought Provoking and Daring”

posted by shoeshoe14 on June 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

The Connecticut Film Festival, now in its fifth year, has tripled their program offerings this year as they present over 260 + events, to be held June 2-7 at many venues in downtown Danbury. There will be over 130 independent films, 100 workshops, 70 bands and countless industry events and parties.

New this year is an all original music component, of 70 local, regional and national acts at several indoor and outdoor venues, both free and paid. A film festival first for any festival in the nation; a 5-day Screenwriters Immersion Program, co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America-East (WGA) and featuring a Master Class with Hollywood Screenwriter, James V. Hart (August Rush, Hook). There will be a focus on International Cinematographers, sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute, a “24-hour Cup O' Joe" Film Competition, where people of all ages and experience will stick to a city map and make their own 3-minute film in 24 hours, and then watch them all on the big screen.

Once again, the Palace Theater will be presenting films all week (opening and closing nights too!) as well as the Heirloom Arts Theater (nee Empress Ballroom) which is the stagehouse of the former theater and is still a music venue.

Other highlights are CT local Sopranos star, Joey “Pants” Pantoliano’s premiere of “No Kidding Me Too!” (NKM2), a documentary on mental health, to benefit Danbury Catholic Charities, at the Palace Theater on Wed. June 3 and Michael Reiss, writer and Executive Producer for “The Simpsons” who will give a talk on Saturday, June 6.

A festival first is the inaugural CT Interactive Festival, called “Creating and Sharing" which focuses on Web, Animation, Advocacy, Gaming and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). It will take place June 4-6 from 11am-7pm at the Danbury Arena and feature 30 workshops for all skill levels, 8 panels, performances, free gaming and exhibition area, Interactive Juried Art and Game Competition and Keynote Eric Zimmerman, founder of Gamelab. Many crossover guests will be present, working in both video games, TV and film and internet filmmaking.

Tickets for all events are $7-8, $35 for 5-events, $65 for 10-events, $30 for special Interactive 1-day passes, $99 for the Blue Plate Pass (all films, interactive and educational events) and an All Access Pass for $130 (all film, interactive, music, screenwriting and educational events.

The box office is at CityCenter Danbury at 186 Main Street. You may buy tickets at venues before showtime or go to Service fees will apply.

Dave Bonan
Director of Interactive Programming
(frequent contributor to Cinema Treasures)

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