The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival is in full swing with more unique films and panel discussions on Saturday 10/9 and Sunday 10/10. This great local film festival kicked off Thursday evening with a screening of “ A Fine Line” by local film maker Joanna James. The subject of the documentary is the struggles of women in the culinary and restaurant world. With only 7% of head chefs in the US being women, it told the tale of several chefs and their struggles to succeed in a male dominated industry. Ms. James also included the story of her mother Val, who against impossible financial odds was able to flourish in the restaurant business. The movie was preceded by a reception at the Keeler Tavern garden in Ridgefield and featured foods from local restaurants. This kind of experience you just cannot get from a streaming service.
Friday night 10/8, we joined a full house to enjoy several short films highlighting the talents of indie filmmakers. The theme was “ Psych Night” and the seven short films that included sci-fi, horror, humor and the dramatic and moving “Return” which is an indie film from Mexico.
Saturday continues with more short films and the wraps up the evening with the narrative film, “How to Stop a Recurring Dream”. Sunday’s films will be both shown at the Ridgefield Library and feature 3 short films, and a narrative feature, “Authenticity”.
Independent film festivals are the platform that allow young creative film makers to display their creations. It also gives the movie audience a fresh array of films that cannot be experienced elsewhere. Tired of the same genre of movies that is in every theater? Then support your local artists and local film festivals. It will open a new world for you.
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