Just recently, a film was shot in the small town of Flieschamanns, New York, a small sleepy town in the Catskills. Local residents found themselves running into the likes Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton and Adam Driver on a regular basis as Director Jim Jarmusch shot his zombie feature there for well over a month. This area is no stranger to filmmaking and filmmakers being that many actors and people in production call this area home whether it be the primary or second home.
In the spirit of this celebration of all things that is film, the folks behind a brand new festival are excited to host the first annual Great Western Catskills International Film Festival
. This is a chance to experience almost 90 films from all over the world right here in the beautiful Catskill Mountain setting. Films will be screened over three days from Friday, October 19th through Sunday, October 21st at three venues in Andes: Streamside Yoga, The Andes Hotel and Wayside Cider with Question & Answer sessions hosted by various filmmakers in almost every session.
Highlights of the festival include The Ranger (Friday, October 19th at 7 pm at Wayside Cider), a punk rock slasher film starring Chloe Levine and Jeremy Holm and shot in part in the Catskills. In the spirit of the Halloween season, the festival is excited to showcase “Thrilling and Chilling Shorts” (Sunday, October 21st at 1 pm at Wayside Cider) and the films of horror auteur and Catskills resident Larry Fessenden when the festival screens several of Fessenden’s films including Wendigo starring Patrick Clarkson, Jake Weber and Erik Per Sullivan as well as The Last Winter featuring Ron Perlman and Connie Britton.
“We were really excited about the number of film submissions we received that included stories of service and the military,” says Festival Programmer, James Felix McKenney.
This includes the film Surviving Home by Jillian Moul and Matthew Moul (Saturday, October 20th at 7 pm at The Andes Hotel) which explores an incredible eight-year journey of U.S. military veterans from four generations as they discover unique ways to overcome post-war challenges, transforming their lives and continuing their service to others, as well as, A Soldier’s Dream, by Eduardo Montes-Bradley. This film is an intimate portrait of POW captured at The Battle of The Bulge who stood proud as an American Jew in the face of his Nazi captors.
You can experience individual screenings by purchasing tickets
or you can enjoy the entire festival in an all-access three-day pass or daily passes
. Explore all the film offerings by seeing the full schedules of films on Friday
. Help the festival organizers continue their passion for film by spending time enjoying these great films and supporting great talent participating in this brand new festival this fall.
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