We are less than three days out from the 2016 Festival and we are so excited to share with you some of the amazing screenings and events we have planned over the 4 days.
Must See Screening: HUNT FOR THE WILDRPEOPLE
Raised on hip-hop and in foster care, defiant city kid, Ricky, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, upcoming Thor: Ragnorak) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, Hunt for the Wilderpeople reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.
Bow Tie Cinemas Friday June 10th 6:30PM Reserve tickets HERE
Bow Tie Cinemas Saturday June 11th 7:00PM Reserve tickets HERE
Presented by Hospital for Special Surgery
Local Ties: Promoting CT Talent
ONDI TIMONER RETROSPECTIVE:
THE LAST MILE + THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
The Nature of the Beast explores the life of Bonnie Jean Foreshaw who, at the age of 38, was found guilty of first degree murder. She had begun carrying a handgun for self-protection after her third husband, whom she had recently divorced, continued stalking and threatening her in the early months of 1986. This same handgun was the weapon Ms Forshaw used when, in a moment of panic, she accidentally shot and killed a pregnant woman in an attempt to protect herself from a man who was physically assaulting her at a gas station in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms Foreshaw is now serving the longest prison sentence of any woman in Connecticut—45 years—without the possibility of parole.
Ondi Timoner won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice – for DIG! (’04) about the collision of art & commerce through the story of two bands & We Live in Public (’09) about Internet visionary, Josh Harris. She will be present after the screening for Q&A.
Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library
Friday June 10th 7:00PM
Purchase you tickets HERE
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of school children in American history on 12/14/12. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.
We are honored to be hosting the CT Premier of NEWTON. These screenings will be followed by Q&As with director Kim Snyder, producer Maria Cuomo Cole, and family members from the documentary.
Bow Tie Cinemas Saturday June 11th 3:00PM Reserve tickets HERE
Bow Tie Cinemas Sunday June 12th 6:00PM Reserve tickets HERE
Read more about the local ties featured in our Festival in this article HERE.
We are proud to have the support of the Office of Film, Television & Digital Media, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). We hope that our relationship with the state government of Connecticut will only grow in coming years.
SUNDAY ARTS & STYLE
Did you read your newspaper yesterday? You might have seen the insert featuring highlights from our upcoming Festival. Check it out to learn more about the must-sees this weekend.
Thank you to our sponsor, Heart Media, for featuring us so prominently in their Sunday editions. For a sample of the insert, read this article from the CT Post.
We are honored to have incredible media partners that allow us to spread the word about the Greenwich International Film Festival. A special thank you to WABC for running PSAs about the upcoming festival over the last couple of weeks.
Purchase VIP Passes and tickets on our website, www.greenwichfilm.org. See you at the Festival!