Parties & Openings
June 20 - Lenox
Gina Hyams' Book Launch
June 20 - Becket
Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala
June 13 - Kinderhook
First Columbians Gala
The Kent Film Festival Kicks Off with Campbell Scott
The 5th annual Kent Film Festival is the Little Engine That Could—a four-day celebration of cinema in a town without a movie theater. Each year, founders Frank and Patrice Galterio and an army of volunteers transform the Kent Community Center into a theater with the aroma of freshly made popcorn filling the lobby. On April 21, the festival began with a benefit sceeening of Company Retreat, a locally-made film written and directed by the actor Campbell Scott, who was on hand to greet his fans and answer their questions about moviemaking.
Filmmaker Cima Sedigh whose documentary, Bakhtiari Alphabet, follows the migration of the ancient Bakhtiari tribe in southwest Iran, with Ron Dobey, a Kent Film Festival board member; Millerton florist Kamilla Najdek and personal trainer Masha Loucks.
Actor Chris Bachar, actress Laura Kirk and writer/director Chris Ordal, who worked together on the film Earthwork.
Film festival associate director J. Daniel Stricker with volunteer Steve Shaw; Laura Werntz with artist Aija Marie Ozols Gibson.
KFF co-founder Patrice Galterio, actor Campbell Scott who wrote and directed the film Company Retreat that was shown on the eve of the festival, and KFF artistic director Frank Galterio.
KFF interns Kylie Gellatly and Amanda Winans; Patrice Galterio with board member Jill Sinzi of Kent Coffee & Chocolate