The fifth annual Knickerbocker Film Festival is opening wide this year: A record 12 short films, from local to international, are on the slate, and the festival will present its first-ever screening outside of Albany with a Troy Film Night and sneak preview at the Arts Center on River Street, on April 18 (Friday) at 6:45 pm, which includes a Q&A with the filmmakers, to be followed by a reception at the Lucas Confectionary on 2nd Street (tickets are not required to attend the reception). The festival continues through April 24 with screenings at the Madison Theater, Spectrum 8 Theaters, and The Linda. Various filmmakers and cast and crew members will be available at each screening for discussions and answering questions with attendees.
Selected out of 70 entrants, the 12 films include Wake of Irene: Heart of the Storm, a documentary with live footage by Schenectady’s Mike Feurstein (this year’s Metroland Readers’ Poll winner for Best Local Filmmaker); On the Rainy River, a drama in which a Cold War vet looks back, possibly with regret, by Brendan Bequette of Albany; Thanks for Looking: Behind the Art of Welldun, a biographical documentary on local street artist Gregory Maxwell Dunn, by John Glen of Albany; along with films from coast to coast, and Canada, Belgium, and Spain.
The Knickerbocker Film Fest screenings will be held Monday (April 21) at 7 PM and April 24 at 6:30 PM at the Madison Theater (1036 Madison Ave., Albany); Tuesday (April 22) at 6:30 PM at The Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany); and Wednesday (April 23) at 6:30 PM at the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware Ave., Albany). Tickets are $10 per screening, available the day-of at each venue and in advance.
The cinematic festivities will continue with a festival-awards party on April 24 at Taste (45 Beaver St., Albany) from 8 to 11 PM, with an awards ceremony, silent auction, and wine, beer, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the Taste party are $35 ($30 with ticket stub). For more info about where to buy advance tickets to screenings and events, visit knickfilmfestny.com.