Ridgefield Independent Film Festival returns May 18th with 46 films, 4 parties in 4 days!

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is back on May 18th to 21st 2023.   This will be an exciting year for the festival as it will host 46 films and 4 parties over 4 days.  The festival will be 100% live with no virtual events.  Festival films will be screened at Keeler Tavern, Ridgefield Theater Barn, Prospector Theater, Ridgefield Library and the Ridgefield Playhouse.   This is an amazing event right in our backyard with films that you just will not see anywhere else.

Thursday May 18th will be a day full of screenings.  Student films, Made in Connecticut documentary, and Iranian Cinema Shorts are just some of the events.   Thursday evening will feature the Opening Night Reception, and screening of “A Little White Lie”. The movie is based on the book “Shriver” and the author, Chris Belden will be in attendance for a Q & A session following the screening

Scene from ” A Little White Lie”

Friday May 19th  the festival will be in full swing with Essential Documentaries, an International feature, Iranian Cinema Feature, and Black Flag Shorts.  On Friday night the festival will present the Featured Rom-Com “Hard Shell, Soft Shell”.  The screening will include a signature cocktail, dessert reception and a Q&A with the filmmakers.  We always enjoy the Q& A sessions as it is a fantastic way to gain insight into the making and the meaning of the film.

Saturday May 20th will be a full day with events at both the Ridgefield Theater Barn and Keeler Tavern.   The day will kick off with Breakfast and a Rom Com featuring “His Girl Friday”.  It will be followed by  a made in Connecticut documentary, a short film program and more.  The Barn will host the Saturday Night Flick, “Daddy” with Hot Dogs from Chez Leonard and craft beer from Ridgefield’s own Nod Hill Brewery.  The night at the barn will wrap with Psych Night, a collection of short films.

Also on Saturday over at Keeler, there will be documentaries, short films and a featured documentary, “JessZilla”.  That film will be followed by a Q& A. 

Sunday will wrap up with brunch and the awards presentation to the filmmakers.

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival is a great way to experience independent film, and meet and talk with filmmakers.  The festival is a real treasure and the perfect way to spend the weekend. So come out and support the art of filmmaking. You might just be watching the next Steven Spielberg.

See you at the movies!

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New York International Auto Show returns to the Javits Center April 7th -16th.

The New York Interational Auto Show is back at the Javits Center from April 7th to April 16th.  The show is a delight for all ages.   You can see hundreds of new cars as well as concept cars from a number of manufacturers.  Among the companies displaying their cars will be Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Jeep, Dodge, Subaru, Kia, Volkswagen and so much more.

As with last year there is a focus on Electric Vehicles and there are indoor test tracks where you can ride as a passenger in cars from Ford, Hyundai, (with their own tracks) and a main track featuring  EV test drives from other manufacturers.   The New York Power Authority and Con Edison also have displays with regards to electric vehicle recharging. 

There are over 100 Immersive exhibits and experiences at this year’s Auto Show including Camp Jeep  (an amazing outdoor off road experience), New York Toyota’s Thrill Ride, Virtual Reality Drives, Subaru’s National Park themed exhibit and more.

A Jeep Wrangler getting ready to climb the 40 degree incline at the Jeep outdoor course.

A great time for the whole family so don’t miss the New York International Auto Show.  

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