Stony Brook Film Festival Opening
If you’re just discovering the Stony Brook Film Festival, now celebrating its 22nd anniversary season, better late than never. It’s actually a ten day event – starting with opening night July 20 and running through July 29 -- bringing the world's best independent films to Long Island.
Don’t expect any Disney releases. Stony Brook’s giant Staller Center's Main Stage Theatre plays host to some of the newest and best American independent premiere features and short films, not to mention the best from Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Mexico, Greece, Egypt, France, Canada, Iran, Belgium, England, Morocco and Algeria. Exciting dramas, comedies and documentaries will be shown on the huge screen and many of the directors, cast and crew will attend for Q&A's following the films. Generally, there are shorts before that evening’s feature film.
This year, opening night features Welcome To Germany, a film from Germany, an outlandish, laugh-out-loud comedy about politics, cultural identity, xenophobia and everyday modern family issues that transcends borders as it touches on the current issues of today. Movie begins at 8 PM; tickets are $25, subject to availability. If you can’t make the opening, there’s also a closing night awards reception at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, with hors d’oeuvres and drinks to toast the winning filmmakers, ($30, subject to availability.)
While full festival and Gold Pass tickets are available for the truly film crazed ($85 and $225 respectively), individual film tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for all students. Best way to purchase is by phone (631) 632-ARTS or online at www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.