COOPERSTOWN – The annual Glimmerglass Film Days will be presented online this year, with a slate of films scheduled for Nov. 5-11.
“Curator Peggy Parsons and the Film Days Steering Committee are building a slate of films you’ll want to watch, ponder, and discuss,” the committee wrote in a press release. “You’ll meet mavericks, pioneers, dreamers, and doers and hear stories of revival, perseverance, injustice, and the human spirit. We also plan to offer filmmaker talks, a hallmark of Film Days.”
FILM DAYS – Fall film fest features films on theme “Adaptations.” Includes films:
‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Film for the kids. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
Kids Hike – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Get the kids out for ‘adaptations’ themed hike. Follows Susquehanna River from Main to Mill Street. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
‘Under The Palace Wall’ 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ – 1 – 3 p.m. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Final day. Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org
TRIBUTE CONCERT – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our nations veterans with featured performer Jerrod Niemann. Features VIP veterans reception in Wright-Wilber Bank Atrium. Show begins at 7 p.m. Cost, $25 at door. Free to vets, active duty military personnel. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Find hundreds of items including jewelry, gift certificates, art, more available at live & silent auctions. Refreshments available. Support Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Quality Inn, 5206 NY-23, Oneonta. 607-433-2452 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
FILM DAYS – Fall film fest features films on theme “Adaptations.” Includes films:
‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’ – 6 – 7:45 p.m. Grand Stand Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown.
Opening Party/Exhibit – 8 – 9:30 p.m. The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
‘The Unchanging Sea.’ 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Runs through 11/11. Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org
COOPERSTOWN – This year, Glimmerglass Film Days wants to make sure that they’re reaching the next generation of filmmakers.
“We have a brand-new program at the high school for young students interested in filmmaking,” said curator Peggy Parsons. “Directors Bill Morrison and Aube Giroux will spend the whole afternoon answering questions about their careers in filmmaking.”
“Joanne Gardner has been a volunteer with Film Days and she’s always wanted to get kids involved,” said Ellen Pope, Otsego 2000 executive director.
Giroux, who lives in Fly Creek, made her Film Days debut last year with her documentary “Modified,” and will be part of a screening of her “Kitchen Vignettes” series, while Morrison will once again be showing one of his films, “The Unchanging Sea,” – a version of D.W. Griffith’s 1910 short film reconstructed from the original damaged nitrate stock – each as part of the seventh annual Glimmerglass Film Days, Thursday-Monday, Nov. 7-11. This year’s theme is “Adaptation.”
And the students themselves will have a chance to show off their work as the Cooperstown Cinema Collective screens “Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees,” their award-winning short film, during the popular “Shorts + Cake” series on Monday.
The short won a gold medal in the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy “Speak Truth to Power” Video Contest and Best Documentary award in the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival for student films.
The talk, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the CCS auditorium, will also include a screening of the film and is open to all students.
David MacDougall, brother of Village Historian Hugh MacDougall, will also make his Glimmerglass Film Days debut with “Under the Palace Wall” on Monday, Nov. 11.
With 22 feature-length films and 15 shorts, this year’s Film Days is the largest ever hosted. “It keeps growing in spite of us!” said Pope.
Because the festival goes over Veterans Day, two of the films were selected to tell the stories of the men who fought. “We’re showing Peter Jackson’s ‘And They Shall Not Grow Old’ at 1 p.m. Veterans’ Day,” said Parsons. “He took documentary footage of soldiers during World War I, added sound and colorized it. It’s very powerful, and it allows an audience to see footage that they would have never seen.”
The second film “The Atomic Soldiers,” will be shown right after, as part of “Shorts + Cake,” and tells the story of the soldiers who witnessed the atomic testing in the 1950s and were then sworn to secrecy about what they had seen. “Some of them survived it,” said Parsons. “And they are still around.”
But it’s not just straight documentaries. “We have a lot of what I like to call ‘creative non-fiction,’” said Parsons.
COOPERSTOWN – Rob Katz of Coopertown’s photo of a tree and its roots growing along and over stone steps has won the Glimmerglass Film Days Poster Image Contest as best representing the 2019 Film Days theme, “Adaptations.”
The seventh annual film festival will be Nov. 7-11 in multiple Cooperstown locations. The films, selected by the Film Days Steering Committee led by Peggy Parsons, will show how nature, society, and individuals react and adapt in the face of change.
HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for holiday show & sale featuring opportunity to find unique gifts by local, regional member artists. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find beautiful gifts from jewelry, handmade ornaments, glassware, more. Support historic Tudor style Gilbertsville Inn. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
FAMILY PROGRAM – Noon – 2 p.m. Celebrate Latino Heritage month with Day of the Dead event. Make paper flowers, learn about Mexican traditions, listen to story time, more. Participants encouraged to bring photo of loved one who’s passed away. Designed for children aged 4-12 + family. Light snacks provided. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
FUNDRAISER – 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Construct you cat a cardboard castle with Superheroes in Ripped Jeans. Materials provided. Bring goods or monetary donation. 3rd floor, Community Room, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. the Catskill Symphony Orchestra presents their Veterans day concert featuring Angelo Xian Yu performing Beethoven, Timothy Perry performing Mozart, Victor Sungarian performing Strauss. Tickets, Free to Veterans, $30 all others. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2670 or visit catskillsymphony.net
VETERANS & COMMUNITIES – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy free lunch buffet followed by workshops, readings, & discussion of war, peace, country. Free, open to the public. Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Call 607-829-5055 or visit brighthillpress.org
CENTENNIAL RECEPTION – 6-7:30 p.m. Celebrate the centennial of the Huntington Memorial Library and hear about the history of the library, plans for the future, and get a sneak peak at the new design for Huntington Park. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org
FAMILY CELEBRATION – 3:30-5 p.m. Celebrate the centennial of the Huntington Memorial Library with the family. Includes free face, painting, balloons, a clown, classic games, refreshments. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org
COOPERSTOWN – Sharon Jones, whose “100 Days, 100 Nights” alone established a permanent place for her in America’s performance pantheon, died Friday at Bassett Hospital, reportedly from pancreatic cancer.
Staying with friends in Sharon Springs while fighting the disease, she had intended to attend a screening of “Miss Sharon Jones!”, Barbara Kopple’s award-winning documentary that opened this year’s Glimmerglass Film Days Nov. 10 at The Otesaga. However, friends said she suffered a stroke while watching election returns on the 8th, and never recovered.