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November 7, 2013

Glimmerglass Film Festival has a lot to offer

The first ever Glimmerglass Film Days will be bringing environmentally themed films to Cooperstown from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10.

Organized by Otsego 2000, a not-for-profit dedicated to preserving the environment and landscape of Otsego county, the festival seeks to both highlight the area’s beauty and stimulate the local economy as well as draw connections to environmental issues worldwide.

“The mission of the Glimmerglass film days is to show humanity’s relationship with the natural world,” said Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000.

The festival features eight feature length films, most of whom are independent. They include “Chasing Ice,” the award winning documentary on the effects of global warming in the arctic, “More than Honey,” which documents the global decline in the bee population, and “Drums Along the Mohawk,” a celebrated 1939 John Ford film set in colonial upstate New York during the American Revolution.

Additionally, there are two other events at the festival; a screening of 9 short films from the Black Maria Film Festival and “Cooper on Film: The Three Faces of Hawkeye,” a lecture by Kenyon College professor Peter Rutkoff on the cinematic representations of “The Last of the Mohicans.”

There will also be several free, non-film related events associated with the festival, including a bike ride around Otsego Lake, a hike behind The Farmer’s Museum, a lecture on Cooperstown’s adoption of integrated pest management for Doubleday Field, and a nature walk on a property administered by the Otsego Land Trust that will highlight the impact of climate change on bird migrations.

Tickets for individual screenings are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.

“We just wanted to make it affordable for everyone,” said Peggy Parsons, one of the chief organizers of the festival, when asked about the ticket prices.

Pope said that Parsons, the founder and head of the film department at the National Gallery of Art, originally approached Otsego 2000 about organizing the festival last year.

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