The Williamstown Film Festival was founded in 1998 to fill a cultural gap in a part of Massachusetts known for its world-class museums, theater, music, and dance – the Berkshires. Because film seemed the missing link in an artistically rich region, some two dozen local residents and graduates of Williams College felt strongly that a film festival could bridge the gap.
Now in its 16th year, The Williamstown Film Festival will present films, parties, and panels November 5th through the 9th in Williamstown and North Adams, MA.
Here to tell us more are Williamstown Film Festival director Steve Lawson and Program Consultant, Sandra Thomas.
Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts recently announced it has landed a new executive director who has worked in the film business for 30 years, most recently in Los Angeles. Having spent time in San Francisco and Minneapolis, Doug Jones most recently served as associate director of programming at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Jones who takes over in September.
The Clark houses a noted collection of 18th and 19th century artwork. The $145 million project includes a new building, another building rebuilt and a complete rethinking of the Clark’s 140-acre campus, with three new reflecting pools, 2 miles of hiking paths and more than 1,000 new trees.
And then there is the amazing art. To tell us more we welcome Clark Director Michael Conforti and senior curator Richard Rand.
A new website aims to provide potential tourists a one-stop shop for all they need to know about what’s happening in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Destination Williamstown website took less than a year to go live. Barbara McLucas is one of a handful of residents who met on a porch in July 2013 and decided it was time to better showcase their town online.
The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.
On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.
The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.
On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.