Film Days to consider 'Adaptations' 

Glimmerglass Film Days announced its 2019 lineup last week, including a screening of the 1920 silent film, “The Last of the Mohicans.”

The seventh annual Film Days will take place Thursday, Nov. 7 to Monday, Nov. 11, in Cooperstown.

The theme of the festival is “Adaptations.”

The five-day event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater, with the opening film, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (87 minutes). 

According to a media release: The movie, “from the award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky, follows the decade of research conducted by the Anthropocene Working Group, an international body of scientists dedicated to consolidating evidence that the Holocene Epoch has given way to a distinct new epoch. ... ‘Anthropocene’ allows us to experience this critical moment in Earth’s history and asks us to meditate on what humanity’s legacy may really be.”

There will be an opening-night party at 8 p.m. at The Smithy at 55 Pioneer St.

Afterward, at 9:30 p.m., in Templeton Hall at 63 Pioneer St., director Bill Morrison will speak about his efforts to restore D.W. Griffith’s 1910 short film, “The Unchanging Sea” (30 minutes). Morrison’s reconstructed version, based on a print he found at the Library of Congress, will be screened. 

According to the media release: “The original film tells the story of a man who nearly drowns and loses his memory, leaving his wife and newborn daughter no more than mere strangers. Morrison’s version includes footage shot in Seattle in 1897, when the S.S. Willamette sailed out of Puget Sound loaded with 800 passengers and 300 horses headed for the Klondike.”

Friday, Nov. 8, will feature a full day of events, including a 10 a.m. screening of “Angels Are Made of Light” (117 minutes) at the Fenimore Art Museum just outside of Cooperstown in the town of Otsego. The documentary follows the lives of Afghanistan students and teachers as they rebuild their country following decades of war. 

At 5:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, in the Grandstand Theater, director Aviva Kempner will speak about and screen her film, “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” about Moe Berg, a baseball player and World War II spy. 

At 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Dennis James will play accompaniment for a screening of the 1920 silent film, “The Last of the Mohicans,” which is based on the James Fenimore Cooper novel. 

According to the media release: James “played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent cinema using period-authentic live performance on piano, organ, and other instruments.”

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” (121 minutes) begins a full line-up of films on  Saturday, Nov. 9. The film follows Jimmie Falls as he tries to “reclaim the Victorian home his grandfather built with his own hands.”

At 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, director David Hambridge will speak about and screen his film, “Kifaru” (79 minutes), about the group that takes care of “Sudan,” the last male northern white rhinoceroses left in the world.

At 7:15 p.m. at Templeton Hall, there will be a taste of Greece dinner, “inspired by the films, ‘While You Live,’ ‘Shine’ and ‘Honeyland.’” Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at door.

“Toni Morrison, The Pieces I am” will be screened at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Fenimore Art Museum. 

At 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, there will be a free kids film. Cooperstown resident Molly Cooper, will introduce the Wes Anderson film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (87 minutes) in the Village Hall Ballroom at 22 Main St. Cooper, a producer of Anderson’s films, is also on the Film Days Steering Committee. 

The closing film will be shown at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at the Grandstand Theater. “The Biggest Little Farm” (92 minutes) follows a city couple as they leave their apartment for 200 acres of farmland. 

There will be a wrap party at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at The Smithy. 

In all, there will be 22 feature films and 15 shorts. Go to www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/ for more information. 

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