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October 3, 2013

Otsego 2000 to sponsor film festival

Glimmerglass Film Days scheduled for November

Otsego 2000 will sponsor a November film festival, according to a media release.

Glimmerglass Film Days, a showcase for powerful films reflecting humanity’s complex relationships with the natural world, will take place Nov. 8 to 10 in Cooperstown.

The inaugural festival will feature screenings of eight award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists and aficionados in a three-day series highlighted by local food tastings, trail hikes and bike tours, all designed to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Cooperstown region.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Fenimore Art Museum will serve as settings for a weekend of screenings curated by Margaret (Peggy) Parsons, founder and director of the award-winning film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and an alumna of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies. 

“Cooperstown is the ideal spot for a festival devoted to environment,” Parsons said in the media release. “There are rich natural assets, a beautiful and quiet lake, and the prophetic intuition, first expressed in James Fenimore Cooper’s novels, that if we abuse our natural resources we will destroy ourselves.”

For the inaugural festival, Ms. Parsons has selected an array of internationally acclaimed films that build on Cooper’s insight in powerful and inventive ways. 

The films to be screened include “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at the World,” a newly restored Technicolor version of “Drums Along the Mohawk,” “Microcosmos,” “Field of Enchantment (La Clé des Champs),” “Drill Baby Drill,” “Rivers and Tides,” “Chasing Ice,” and “More Than Honey.” Descriptions of the films can be found at www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org. 

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the newly-opened Cooperstown Distillery welcomes viewers to “Black Maria,” a spirited evening of highly original, seldom-screened, independent short films about the natural world presented by John Columbus, founding director of the renowned alternative festival Black Maria.

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