The 18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, complete with its 2013 lineup, featuring a robust mix of independent films, comes to the Staller Center for the Arts, part of Stony Brook University, tomorrow.
The festival will present new independent features, documentaries and shorts at the center and will continue through July 27.
Alan Inkles, founder and director of the festival, highlighted news associated with this year's occasion during an end of June media briefing at the Windmill on the Stony Brook Southampton campus.
"In the most competitive season in our 18 year festival, I felt we left a second festival on the cutting room floor," Inkles said. "The entries this year, both in the shorts and features categories, were challenging, entertaining and full of discoveries."
Opening and closing nights will include directors and cast members representing their films, fielding questions after screenings. Opening night starts tomorrow at 8 PM, with a screening of Zaytoun, directed by Eran Riklis and starring Stephen Dorff.
Of the 33 films selected for screening in the highly selective festival, one is a world premiere, four are U.S. premieres, 10 are East Coast premieres and nine are New York premieres.
On July 26, legendary producer and indie film powerhouse, Christine Vachon, of Killer Films, will be honored by the Stony Brook Film Festival with a Career Achievement Award. It coincides with the screening of her newest film, Deep Powder, that same night.
Vachon recently joined the Stony Brook Southampton Arts faculty to establish a cutting edge graduate program in film that will, she says, "reflect the reality of film today." The festival will partner with Stony Brook Southampton this summer as Vachon leads the inaugural offering of Stony Brook Southampton's new "20/20/20" scholarship program: 20 filmmakers, 20 days, 20 films.
The lineup at this year's festival is slated to include films from across the U.S., as well as Germany, Norway, Pakistan, Poland and Turkey, to name a few.
There will be an opening night reception starting at 10 PM. Dessert and drinks will be served. $20 for passholders, $25 for non-passholders subject to availability. The closing night awards reception, sponsored by HBO, starts on July 27 at 10:30 PM. It will be complete with hors d'oeuvres and drinks to toast the winning filmmakers, and is hosted by film critic John Anderson. $20 for passholders, $25 for non-passholders subject to availability.
Film passes good for all films are available for $80 at www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com or by calling the Staller Center Box Office at 631-632-ARTS (2787). Seating is guaranteed for passholders up to 15 minutes prior to screening time, with no box office lines to wait on. Festival reception tickets (opening and closing night) are discounted for passholders. Single tickets are on sale now. General admission is $9 and $7 for seniors and students.
For up to date information visit www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.