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, USA, Miss 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!