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Opening Night of 5th Berkshire International Film Festival

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There was a red carpet outside the old Great Barrington firehouse where the 5th annual Berkshire International Film Festival had a sit down dinner party for 225 guests on June 3,  before a screening next door at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center of two documentaries about accomplished performers in their sunset years: Keep Dancing, a short film about the Broadway and Hollywood dance legend Marge Champion, and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a full-length film about a recent year in the life of the comedian who is about to turn 77. With the sunny skies and many guests wearing sunglasses, the evening had a Hollywood aura, and after the movies guests returned to the firehouse for the disco inferno dance party and to drink wine and beer in the filmmakers’ lounge.
 
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Vicki Bonnington & David Schecker; David Rosenthal & Leslie Milton of New York’s Tenement Museum.
 
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Filmmakers Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg who made Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the opening night film, with BIFF founder Kelley Vickery.
 
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BIFF advisory board member Peter Herbst and Ann Colin Herbst, secretary of the board of Jacob’s Pillow; Marge Champion, the subject of the dcoumentary Keep Dancing that was shown opening night, with actress and knit-wear designer Karen Allen.
 
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Mark Pedrotti, Mark Tomasi & Fedalina Madrid of Berkshire Bank which sponsored the BIFF Filmmaker Award;  Stephanie & Dick Solar with Tommy Werman of Stonover Farm in Lenox.
 
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Jack Vickery, Parker Togut, Zachary Togut and Kaitlin Vickery
 
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Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ Chris Weld with Anne Johnston Albert and Martin Albert; Holly Morse, Maria Nation and Anne MacDonald.
 
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Nancy Kalodner and Doug ShufeltHelice & Steve Picheny.
 
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Stone River director Hal Clifford with Kim Houston,  photographer/filmmaker Jason Houston and The Women’s Times’ Eugenie Sills.
 
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Haven executive chef Matt Schweizer and Haven owner Shelly Williams; Heirloom Food’s Carole Murko with Seven Salon’s Maurice Peterson.
 
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Actress Elizabeth Aspenlieder, who’s solo show Bad Dates is returning to Shakespeare & Company this summer, with Pittsfield Colonials president Buddy Lewis and Pine Cone Hill founder Annie Selke.
 
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Tom Potter and BIFF board member Dan Mathieu whose MAX Ultimate Food catered the opening night dinner; Cookiehead Cookies founder Lisa Newman with Suky Werman of Stonover Farm.
 
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Kailtin & Kelley Vickery; Tyler Weld and BIFF advisory board member and screenwriter Maria Nation of Good Dogs Farm.
 
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Architect Ritch Holben, Mark Johnson of Seven Salon and Ken De Loreto plot a Queer Eye for the Berkshires at the post-screening dance party at the firehouse.

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