Ashfield FilmFest is Rolling Out the red carpet for the Tenth Anniversary on September 15, 16, & 17, 2016!
FilmFest Fun for 3 consecutive nights and an afternoon.
In celebration of 10 years of movie-making in our wonderful town, we are bringing amazing, award-winning films to our town for a film festival extravaganza. We have talented and seasoned filmmakers in our midst, along with aspiring film makers, and this year’s festival will be featuring the work of some of our own. The range of films reveals remarkably diverse topics, people and places. Check out the films and be prepared to invite friends and family to join in the fun. Following each film, the audience will be invited to stroll over to Elmer’s Store for a chance to schmooze with the film makers and enjoy all that Elmer’s offers for the crowd. Trailer
Thursday, Sept 15 — Double feature: Women/Unsung Heroes
6:30 — 8:00 PM The Kim Loo Sisters — Ashfield's own Harry Keramidas (Editor) and Leslie Li (Director). Documentary. A film about an American jazz vocal quartet popular in the 1930s and 40s, described as the Chinese Andrew Sisters and spanning over 90 years, this film is a gem. A bit of American history, culture and family, the story unfolds about these amazing women. Q&A with Harry and Leslie at Elmer's after the film.
8:30 — 10:00 PM Nothing Without Us: The Women Who WIll End Aids — Harriet Hirshorn (Director), and Ashfield's Mary Patierno (Editor) and Tamara Sloan (Associate Producer). Documentary. From New York to Nigeria to Burundi and the American South - the untold story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. This film reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Q&A with Harriet, Mary and Tamara at Elmer's after the film.
Friday, Sept 16 — Double feature: Local Superheroes
6:30 —7:30 PM Forgotten Farms — Dave Simonds (Director) and Sarah Gardner (Producer – Professor at Williams College). Documentary. New England’s dairy farmers remain the backbone of the region's agriculture but fight for survival in an age of baby greens and artisan cheese. Forgotten Farms examines class divisions and cultural divides in New England's farm and food communities. Profiles of traditional New England dairy farmers, including Ashfield farmer, Ed Carter. Panel discussion and Q&A in town hall and later at Elmer's with the Director, Producer, local farmers and Franklin Land Trust.
9:00 PM Armstrong — R-rated, feature-length drama. Nick Lund (Director – formerly of Ashfield) and his wife Kerry Carlock (Co-Director/Producer). Hometown Sneak Peak to friends and family in Ashfield! Starring Vicky Jeudy (Orange is the New Black), a rookie EMT, during her first night on the job, picks up a wounded superhero and is pulled into his mission to save Los Angeles from a sinister organization.
Saturday afternoon, Sept 17, Ashfield & Beyond
1:00 —1:30 PM Dry Brush Master — Ben Tobin (Ashfield film maker) tells the story about the creation of the graphic novel, “The Lost Boy.” By local artist and New York Times best-selling author, Greg Ruth. Q&A with Ben and Greg at Elmer's after the film.
3:00 — 4:30 PM Far From Home — Galen Knowles (Director, Editor – formerly of Ashfield and young FilmFest prize winner) tells the story of Brolin, a snowboarder and aspiring 2018 winter Olympian. Brolin immigrated from Uganda to Boston at age 12. The journey to become a competitive snowboarder while also studying pre-medicine is inspiring and exhilarating for all. Q&A with Galen at Elmer's.
5:00 — 6:15 PM, Short Films from Australia — Cory Corbett, formerly an intern with Ashfield's Double Edge Theatre and now Assistant Director of “Made in Melbourne Film Festival” hosts this program. While our very own “sister” film city, Melbourne, is sharing a few of their shorts with Ashfield we will also be sharing some of our all-time “People’s Choice” favorites, with Melbourne.
Saturday night, Grand Finale and celebrating our 10th year of Ashfield shorts!
7:00 PM — The annual viewing of 5 minute films with some connection to Ashfield. Welcoming all to the Town Hall will be the Ashfield Town Band. Who will you vote to win “Audience Choice” this year? Everyone is invited to the After-Party at the Ashfield Lake House.