6 Days Until Opening Night!

There's less than a week until the opening night of Glimmerglass Film Days! We're looking forward to a long weekend filled with incredible films, dynamic speakers, and terrific events with local foods and spirits. If you haven't checked our full schedule of screenings and events click here to plan your weekend. 

A reminder that Glimmerglass Film Days start on Thursday, November 10th at 5:15 PM with the screening of Barbara Kopple's new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! at the Otesaga Hotel. The two-time Oscar winning director will be at the screening in person for a Q&A following the film.

It's going to be a fantastic weekend and we can't wait for you to experience what we have in store! Multiple events in 2015 sold out, so we encourage you to buy tickets in advance (and you'll save money too). Throughout the coming week and the Film Days weekend, make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook page and our official website to stay up to date on screening times, locations, ticket prices (if you haven't purchase passes yet, you can do so here) and everything else Glimmerglass Film Days!

New Films + New Events!

Wow, we're less than a month away from Opening Night! If you're as impatient as I am, there will be two more pre-festival events coming this month to keep you satiated until November. On October 16th, there will be a screening of the inspirational documentary Rising From Ashes, which chronicles the formation and personal story of Rwanda's first national cycling team. The athletes who survived the horrific Rwandan genocide in the 1990s overcome their traumatic experiences and come together, inspiring their nation and a new hopeful generation. The screening will be on October 16th at 2:00 PM at The Farmers' Museum. (Check out the trailer here)

On the same day, the Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates (ORCA) will be hosting a group bike ride, which will lead two groups around Otsego Lake. Providing a scenic tour as well as a nice work out, it will be an opportunity to not only take in Cooperstown's beautiful autumnal landscapes, but connect audiences to the film in a physical way. The event will go for about two hours, from 9:30-11:30 AM. (Meet at the Clark Sports Center at 9:15 AM if you'd like to participate.)

We also have made a last minute addition to the Glimmerglass Film Days schedule. On November 13th at 1:15 PM, Hilary Linder's short feature Indivisible will screen at the Fenimore Art Museum. This film sheds light on a timely issue that ties in perfectly with our theme of "Against The Odds," highlighting the lives of three documented immigrant families (from Mexico, Colombia and Brazil). The documentary focuses specifically on how the deportation of parents affects the children who are left behind in the United States. 

Take some time to review the great line-up Film Days curator Peggy Parsons has brought together for us. Glimmerglass passes as well as tickets are now on sale (Click here to purchase)

One last thing: In honor of Sharon Jones, the dynamic soul singer who is the subject of our inspiring opening film Miss Sharon Jones!, her band the Dap Kings and other friends will take part in this weekend's Lustgarden Foundation's Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Walk. You can support their efforts to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. Find out more here

Line-Up Announced, Passes Now on Sale + Miss Sharon Jones!

Yes! The wait is over. As the Film Days intern, I'm delighted to let you know that the films and events for the fourth annual Glimmerglass Film Days have been announced! Look through the line-up here and get your Film Days passes today (on sale here)!

We are so proud of this year's slate of films, with movies from local filmmakers (Requiem for the American Dream), Oscar-nominated features (Embrace of the Serpent), classic silent films (Grass), and much more. This cinematically diverse slate in united by this year's theme "Against The Odds."

This week, I'd like to highlight the film Miss Sharon Jones!, which will open the festival on November 10th at 5:15 PM at the Otesaga. From Barbara Kopple, the director of the Oscar-winning documentary Harlan County, USAMiss Sharon Jones! is a perfect encapsulation of this year's theme, chronicling Ms. Jones's courage and spirit in the face of stage-2 pancreatic cancer. For those of you who aren't familiar with her music, you'll be hooked from the first note. Having been dubbed "the female James Brown," Sharon Jones and her brand of soul music is infectious and she grooves like no one else can. (You can listen to a playlist of her music here.) 

Not only is Sharon Jones's life the epitome of resilience, but her story has deep ties to upstate New York and specifically Cooperstown. When she was undergoing cancer treatment, she was treated by the oncologists at Bassett Hospital. During this time, she took up residence in Sharon Springs, about a half an hour from Cooperstown. Her relationship with the community there became a close one, and she still visits the area. She even performed at Brewery Ommegang this past summer and brought the house down! (She wasn't advertised as the headliner, but she might as well have been, playing over 30 minutes longer than the main act.)

Maybe you heard Sharon Jones's recent interview on Fresh Air? If not, it's definitely worth a listen. 

Not only is the film the perfect way to kick off the festival weekend, but director Barbara Kopple will be at the screening, and will participate in a Q&A following the film! It's sure to be a memorable night and a memorable film.

One last thing, a shout out to the 200+ people who came to The Music of Strangers screening yesterday at the Alice Busch Opera Theatre! The Glimmerglass Festival was the ideal venue for this inspiring film about music and its ability to building connections across cultures.

Glimmerglass Film Days is now less than two months away! As always, make sure you spread the word, like our Facebook page and follow the website for updates and news!