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Will Call Episode #55.2, BONUS: The BIFF Screens Ten Short Films Long on Artistry with Lauren Ferin

"Joe's Violin," directed by Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen, with music composed by Gary Meister, earned a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject, will be screened by the Berkshire International Film Festival along with nine other shorts during the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival at the Beacon Cinema on February, 19th.
Joe’s Violin,” directed by Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen, with music composed by Gary Meister, earned a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject, will be screened by the Berkshire International Film Festival along with nine other shorts during the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival at the Beacon Cinema on February, 19th.
"Tattoo You," a film about bullying written and produced by Lisa Kenner Grissom, and directed by S.R. Bindler.
Tattoo You,” a film about bullying written and produced by Lisa Kenner Grissom, and directed by S.R. Bindler.

Bacon & God’s Wrath – excerpt from sol friedman on Vimeo.

This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival. To hear Kate Abbott’s overview of the events and interviews with a selection of this year’s participants, listen to Episode #55 of Will Call, which you can find right on our homepage.

Best of Shorts at the 6th Annual 10×10
February 19, 2017; 2:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Beacon Cinema, 57 North Steet, Pittsfield, Mass.
Cost: FREE

This micro-cast features Lauren Ferin, executive assistant at the Berkshire International Film Festival. Lauren describes a little bit of the BIFF philosophy on cinema and explains why the organization finds the community connection with film, and filmmakers so important. The BIFF will be screening ten short films on Sunday, February 19th at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield. The event is free, so be sure to grab a seat early.

Be sure to check out the show notes at greylockglass.com for dazzling images and links to all the info we talked about in the show.

Bacon & God’s Wrath – excerpt from sol friedman on Vimeo.

From the BIFF’s site:

The Berkshire International Film Festival

“The BIFF” is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.

Join the BIFF in celebrating the best in short films and passion for our community by attending the 6th Annual 10×10 UpStreet Winter Arts Festival February 16-26, 2017.

BIFF is collaborating with the Beacon Cinema and Cultural Pittsfield to present a fun and fantastic array of some of the best shorts from its 10th Anniversary Festival.

These screenings are FREE and open to the public.

In "Six Letter Word," written and directed by, Lisanne Sartor, an unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son’s autism after an unlikely encounter with one of her johns.
In “Six Letter Word,” written and directed by, Lisanne Sartor, an unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son’s autism after an unlikely encounter with one of her johns.

The wonderful shorts that will be featured:

JANUARY – Craip Pospisil, 9 min
SIX LETTER WORD – Lisanne Sartor, 16 min
EWE TOPIA – Ben Hillman
BACON & GOD’S WRATH – Sol Friedman
JOE’S VIOLIN – Kahane Cooperman
OASIS – Aidan Kahn
TATTOO YOU – Lisa Kenner Grissom
GOODBYE ALAN – John Whalan, Black Ice MASS Media

Running Time is approximately 96 minutes

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Will Call Episode #55.1, BONUS: a 20/20 Look at 10X10—CHAIR-ity with Diane Firtell


We speak with artist and activist Diane Firtell about the “CHAIRity” exhibition and silent auction taking place at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Education Foundation.

From CHAIRity release

“This year we invited 17 local artists and 2 organizations, to use their creative genius and recycle chairs no longer being used in the Lounge. The only instruction was to take the chairs and bring them back in another form. Working in all mediums these artists have produced a fantastic and diversified show with wall hangings, table sculpture, planters, a toy box and more.”

Participating Artists

CHAIRity work by Diane Firtell
CHAIRity work by Diane Firtell

Phil Bastow, Patricia Boissevain, Marguerite Bride, Berkshire Fabrications Jan Charbonneau and Wood craftsman Jon Charbonneau, John Clarke, Carrie Jean Converse, Zoë Doucette, Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, Diane Firtell, Betsy Gorman (Burnt Barn Studio), Kate Kimball (heykatekimball), Michael King, Lisa Merullo, Scott Taylor and Steve Sears, Nina Silver, Ellie Spangler, Kristen Tool, The Women Veterans from Soldier On and The Soldier On Men’s Program.

About the Silent Auction

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the newly formed non profit Pittsfield Education Foundation (PEF.) Bidding begins at $50 and increases in $10 increments (in keeping with the 10×10 theme.) The silent auction ends at 8PM, 3/3. Please plan to be here to claim your item.

Opening Reception Friday 2/17 and Closing Reception Friday 3/3
Please join us for receptions from 5-8PM. We’ll provide light refreshments; beer and wine available for purchase.

CHAIR-ity work by Kate Kimball
CHAIR-ity work by Kate Kimball

We’ll also be having informal artist talks both evenings beginning at 7PM. Come meet the artists and hear about their inspiration and have a last chance to bid on these awesome creations.

Thanks for supporting the arts and education!

Phil Bastow, Patricia Boissevain, Marguerite Bride, Berkshire Fabrications Jan Charbonneau and Wood craftsman Jon Charbonneau, John Clarke, Carrie Jean Converse, Zoë Doucette, Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, Diane Firtell, Betsy Gorman (Burnt Barn Studio), Kate Kimball
(heykatekimball), Michael King, Lisa Merullo, Scott Taylor and Steve Sears, Nina Silver, Ellie Spangler, Kristen Tool, The Women Veterans from Soldier On and The Soldier On Men’s Program.

Pittsfield Education Foundation

“Impacting Achievement in Public Education”

CHAIR-ity work by Scott Taylor and Steve Sears
CHAIR-ity work by Scott Taylor and Steve Sears

Mission
To improve the achievement and success of the children and teachers in the Pittsfield Public Schools by enhancing educational opportunities and building broad-based  community support for quality public education.

Core Values

● Provide o pportu nities for stu dents and teachers to achieve their
greatest potential
● Literacy for all
● Support for innovative ideas and creativity
● Promote cultural equity
● Cultivate and sustain pride in the Pittsfield community

 

 

Why is your support important?

CHAIR-ity work by Kristin Tool
CHAIR-ity work by Kristin Tool

Enrichment, Intervention & Educator Empowerment:
“In a study looking at gifted students who participated in talent development through  competitions, the researchers reported a long-term impact on these students’ post-secondary achievements, with 52% of the 345 students who participated having earned doctoral degrees.”
(“A student not reading at his or her grade level by the end of the third grade is four  times less likely to graduate high school on time–six times less likely for students from low-income families.”

“States use reading proficiency scores in third grade to project how many prisons they’re going to need twenty years down the road.”

 

CHAIR-ity work by Betsy Gorman
CHAIR-ity work by Betsy Gorman

“For Fiscal Year 2014, the average cost per year to house an inmate in the Massachusetts DOC was $53,040.87.”
“Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn,” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement.”

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