We’re off tonight to the 5th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival to see our friends’ short film, shot (and edited) entirely on location in the Berkshires.  We’re looking forward to celebrating with them, and checking out the other shorts in their lineup.

Tomorrow, we’ll return to Great Barrington to catch The Oath, a documentary about Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard that you may have read about.

This year, the festival is honoring Patricia Clarkson, and will be screening her latest film, Cairo Time.

Last night, the festival opened with a documentary getting a lot of buzz, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.  I can’t wait to see it, but it’ll have to be in the city, as it’s not playing again at the BIFFMA.  Here’s the trailer:

Another film I want to see but will have to do it here in the city is The Extra Man

Three reasons to see this film: 

  1. it was written/directed by the duo behind American Splendor. 
  2. it stars Paul Dano.
  3. Kevin Kline plays a ‘penniless, wildly eccentric but brilliant playwright.’  

These three ingredients delight me individually, but as for how they go together, we will have to see.  Another plus is that it’s based on a book written by Jonathan Ames, but I haven’t read the guy and I won’t add him to my list based on reputation alone (provocative as it is).   Katie Holmes appears to be the wild card.  Typically she’s a cinematic liability, but she didn’t manage to screw up Wonder Boys, one of my hands-down favorite films.

More info on the festival can be found here.