Film Days FAQs

Does Film Days only show environmental films? 
You’ll find a wide range of films, including Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a documentary about the acclaimed author, Jay Myself, a doc about photographer Jay Maisel packing up his home of 50 years, They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson’s film that colorized BBC footage of WWI soldiers, and Walking on Water, about the artist Christo’s art installation on Italy’s Lake Iseo. You’ll also find films that deal with the environment and climate change, including our Opening Film: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, One Man Dies A Million Times, Kifaru, Honeyland, The Hottest August, and the Closing Film: The Biggest Little Farm. So if you’re looking for films about the environment, you’ll find them, and you’ll also find films about art, music, refugees, poverty, politics, war, injustice, and overcoming the odds. And, being Cooperstown, we’re offering a baseball film, The Spy Behind Home Plate, about MLB catcher and World War II spy Moe Berg, and The Last of the Mohicans, the 1920 silent film classic based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, whose father William founded Cooperstown.

Where are films shown?  
We have six different venues: the Otesaga Hotel, the Fenimore Art Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Grandstand Theater, the Village Hall Ballroom, The Farmers’ Museum Louis C. Jones Center, and Templeton Hall. The Opening and Closing Parties will be held at The Smithy, where the Film Days companion exhibit Adaptations is on view.  

How do I get tickets?  
Tickets will be sold at the door to Film Days films and events. Tickets were available online until November 7 at noon.

If a film was sold out on the website, will there be tickets available at the door?
Yes, there may still be tickets available at the door. We have a given number of tickets available for sale online. However, there still may be tickets available to purchase at the door. Ten minutes prior to the film’s start, after passholders and ticket holders are seated, we will sell any available seats.

How does seating work? 
Seating is first come, first served. Passholders need to be seated 10 minutes before the film’s start. At that time, we will sell any available seats. If you purchase a ticket in advance, please arrive 10 minutes early too so we can get the film started on time.  

 What about food?  
Yum. Yes. We offer catered Opening and Closing parties, a Taste of Greece Dinner Buffet (inspired by the films Honeyland and While You Live, Shine), and a delicious Sunday Brunch. You can enjoy Japanese appetizers while you watch the film Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA, about the Japanese composer. There’s free popcorn and cash bars at The Unchanging Sea and Selections from the Black Maria Film Festival.  At Shorts+Cake on Nov. 11, there’s, well, shorts and cake. Enjoy complimentary cake and coffee while viewing six short films, from Cambodia, Netherlands, France and the U.S., including an award-winning short by Cooperstown High School students. On November 8, grab soup and a sandwich (and a cookie) at the Farmers’ Museum Jones Center before the free film (buy lunch tickets in advance online if possible). The evening of the 8th, the Otesaga’s Hawkeye Grill is offering a special 3-course pre-screening menu inspired by The Last of the Mohicans (1920 silent film) with live piano accompaniment. The menu features butternut squash soup, sage roast turkey with cranberry-scented wild rice and braised greens, and maple glazed corn pudding (Call the Hawkeye Grill to reserve a table 607/544-2524). Then head upstairs to the Otesaga Ballroom for the screening.  

Bring your Film Days program to Doubleday Café, and you will get a free glass of wine with your dinner entrée throughout the festival, and Alex’s World Bistro is offering Film Days inspired cocktails throughout as well.  

 Anything free?  
Yes! We are offering a free screening of Life Overtakes Me on Friday, November 8 at 1 pm, and filmmakers John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson will be there to answer your questions about this documentary about a mysterious and heartbreaking syndrome among refugee children in Sweden. On November 11 at 10 am, there’s a free Glimmerglass Kids Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox, with producer Molly Cooper, who was also the voice of Rabbit Girl in the film, answering questions. And, the kids’ film also features free hot cocoa and popcorn. Though there is no charge for these films, you can reserve your tickets online.  

 Our friends at the Otsego Land Trust and Otsego County Conservation Association are leading two free hikes in conjunction with Film Days. Explore Brookwood Gardens on November 8 at 3 pm with the Land Trust, and on November 11, just after the free screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox, OCCA will lead a Get the Kids Out Hike looking for adaptations in nature.  

 You can view the Film Days exhibit Adaptations free of charge at The Smithy, Nov. 8-10 during Film Days. The exhibition will feature the work of artist Christina Hunt Wood, including video, as well as three experimental video works selected by the Black Maria Film Festival. The Smithy will be open 11 am – 4 pm Friday and Saturday, and 1–4 pm on Sunday.