Grab your popcorn and head to your seat: Berkshire International Film Festival 2019 is coming right up. This year’s event features over 60 films and legendary director Martin Scorsese, among others. May 30th to June 2nd in Great Barrington, MA and May 31st to June 2nd in Pittsfield, MA.
The 14th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) continues the tradition of bringing the best to the Berkshire screen. See the latest in independent features, documentaries, short films, and family films.
Along with all the films and eager fans, the festival also attracts big name filmmakers and industry professionals. They premier films, present talks, participate in seminars, and attend events and screenings.
This year’s very special guest is the legendary director of such hits as “Goodfellas,” Taxi Driver,” and “The Departed.” Martin Scorsese Tribute Night (June 1st) will feature screenings of “Raging Bull” as well as Scorsese’s latest film, “Silence,” starring Adam Driver. Martin Scorsese will also share stories from his five-decade long career in conversation with New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.
Berkshire International Film Festival 2019 Highlights
Opening Night in Great Barrington – May 30th
“What She Said: the Art of Pauline Kael,” opens the festival at the Triplex Cinema. The film celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of longtime New Yorker film critic and best-selling author Pauline Kael. Director Rob Garver, New Yorker film critic Craig Seligman, artist Gregory Crewdson, and writer Stephanie Zacharek will host a Q&A after the film.
Opening Night in Pittsfield – May 31st
Pittsfield’s opening night sees “The Apollo” at the Beacon. “The Apollo” is a rollicking documentary on New York city’s legendary Apollo Theater. The Apollo Theater has served as an African American cultural anchor since 1934. , and through its doors have passed the most legendary African American artists of the past nine decades.
Closing Night – June 2nd
Berkshire International Film Festival 2019 closes with a screening of “Museum Town” at Great Barrington’s Triplex Cinema. “Museum Town” is the highly acclaimed SXSW hit documentary about the Berkshires own MASS MoCA. Film director Jennifer Trainer former Governor Jane Swift, Wilco bassist John Stirratt, and others will participate in a Q&A after the film.
BIFF Tea Talks return! These popular sessions include in-depth conversations with special guests about featured films at the festival. Gain fascinating insight into the filmmaking process from the people who do it about films you’ve just seen.
Berkshire International Film Festival 2019
May 30th to June 2nd in Great Barrington – May 31st to June 2nd in Pittsfield
Visit the Berkshire International Film Festival website for directions, tickets, and more details. You can also follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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