Celebrate the theme of 'passages' on this fun walk along the Susquehanna River from Main to Mill Street. Along the way, we'll explore the natural and human history of the region, search for signs of animal life, and look for evidence of how the land has changed with the passage of time.
The wrap party is our last toast to Film Days before we pack up for next year. There will be a cash bar, buffet, and auction— all to benefit future Film Days.
Bagages opens as a performance, but then turns the spotlight on newly arrived teenage immigrants studying at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d'Outremont High School in Montréal.The film offers fresh and open insights into passage, arrival, and assimilation into a strange and foreign environment—in this case, into our neighbor to the north, Canada. In Migration, by artist Yeon Jin Kim the camera is located in a small model train and travels through a desolate world. Although devoid of human presence, we see many different kinds of animals and slowly, as events develop, a possible narrative begins to emerge.
Dwelling in Greece, Dutch filmmaker Joost Conijn managed to worm his way through a hole in the fence of a migrant camp guarded by soldiers at a deserted airfield. Then in France, outside the notorious Calais ‘jungle’, he waited in a dark field with some newfound acquaintances for trucks going to England. Conijn boldly lives with and follows the inhabitants of several refugee camps—embracing no agenda or preconceived plan.
In Modified, filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 other countries around the world. Shot over a span of nine years, the film follows the citizen-led movement to label GMO foods.
A fascinating cinematic journey with the brilliant British land artist Andy Goldsworthy—whose maxim “You can walk along the path, or you can walk through the hedge” conveys his urge to know nature more intimately—reveals his latest artistic interventions with natural phenomena near his home.
Join us for brunch as Professor Peter Rutkoff (Kenyon College) once again leads a post-screening dialogue following the 28 minute film. A documentary on (arguably) the most important anti-Vietnam war demonstration of the 1960s, is focused on the march to the Pentagon in 1967.
An exceptional work of humanist cinema—witty and warm, while at the same time gently mocking his own countrymen and delivering some distressing facts about immigration and asylum seekers. Young protagonist Khaled, fleeing Syria, ends up in Helsinki in a shelter with fellow refugees. When his plea for refuge is rejected, Khaled goes on the lam.
Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf is one of the leading figures in the New Perennial movement, a recent trend in garden design encouraging the planting of herbaceous perennials and grasses to convey a naturalistic, casual appearance—a philosophy that evokes a more direct link with nature. Filmmaker Tom Piper in person
Legendary Grande Dame of French filmmaking Agnès Varda teams up in Faces, Places with the hipster installation artist JR to create one of the most uplifting cinematic expeditions of the year. (The New York Film Critics Circle voted it Best Non-Fiction Film of 2018.)
Related Event: American Folk Art Buildings: Architecture, Imagination, and Storied Places. The Collection of Steven Burke & Randy Campbell
Subjects of short film Rendered Small, Steven Burke and Randy Campbell will talk about their eclectic collection of handcrafted small buildings and structures.
All This Can Happen follows the footsteps of the protagonist as he walks through his entire day—small adventures, reflective moments, and chance encounters. A short cinematic poem, Wilderness is based on the writings of naturalist, author and environmental philosopher John Muir—an ode to wilderness, filmed in the Scottish Highlands.
Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society on Saturday, November 10, 11:30am-12:30 for a bird walk on the grounds of the Fenimore Art Museum.
In Lovers of the Night, seven aging monks in a small rural Cistercian monastery in Ireland strive to keep their spiritual life and their fragile community going. Rendered Small reveals delicate structures to an audience that would not otherwise get to see them, while also conveying, in the words of the collectors, what it’s like “to live amongst so many treasures and, as a married couple, with each other’s obsessions.”
At the age of 85, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, has cemented her status as a widely revered legal mind and cultural icon. A Brooklyn native of humble origins, Ginsburg was one of only nine women in her class at Harvard Law School and eventually made the university’s prestigious Law Review.
“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen.
The Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show & Sale kicks off with a public opening the evening of Friday, November 9th from 5 – 7 pm. The work in the show is geared toward holiday gift giving and includes cards, ornaments, glass, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, woodwork, paintings, prints, stained glass, photos, fiber arts, toys, furniture, pottery and much more.
Join Otsego Land Trust volunteer and Brookwood extraordinaire Ed Rowley on a walk and talk through time. On this tour through history, you will stroll along 100-year old Italianate garden beds and explore the charming arts-and-crafts style Garden House as Ed tells the story of Brookwood: from the time of Native American presence, to the founding of Cooperstown, to OLT’s ownership of the site today.
Filmmakers Brian Kaufman and Kathy Kieliszewski in person
12th and Clairmount powerfully documents the 1967 Detroit riots—by all accounts the fiercest of the civil disturbances that occurred in America during the “long hot summer of ’67.” Using a massive range of archival newsreels, home movies, contemporary photographs, artwork, and interviews recorded on the spot, the film’s director, Brian Kaufman, creates a vivid portrait of a city on the edge of harrowing change.
Drawing on a rich archive of material from the period, along with riveting oral histories and the on-camera insights of scholars, writers, musicians, artists, religious leaders, and ordinary American travelers, the film explores the genre of travel literature aimed at helping black travelers navigate Jim Crow America.
This is our traditional, opening night bash and your chance to meet filmmakers, artists, experts in their various fields as Film Days kicks off for another fast paced and engaging weekend.
The famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei shot his footage for Human Flow using iPhones and drones and other accessible technologies, while traveling and shaping this evolving narrative on the vast topic of human migration. Ai Weiwei witnessed the human drama over the course of a year, in camps and open spaces through twenty-three countries—from the Kenyan refugee crisis to encampments in Bangladesh, Turkey, and Afghanistan, to the border between Mexico and the United States. His purpose in undertaking this enormously challenging project was in part to better grasp the complexities of the global refugee situation and to speculate on how mass migration is changing the world. The resulting film is not only powerful, it is constructed as a boldly poetic statement on injustice and impermanence, and on civilization itself. “I was a child refugee, I know how it feels to live in a camp. . . Refugees must be seen to be an essential part of our shared humanity.” (Ai Weiwei, 2017, 140 minutes)