(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The 14th annual Williamstown Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, with a medley of old and new short films. Also on tap at this year’s festival, which runs through Sunday, October 21, 2012, and includes 37 films, a half-dozen parties, and events at MASS MoCA, The Clark, Mezze Bistro and Images Cinema, is a screening of Knuckleball, a documentary film profiling those who throw the enigmatic baseball pitch, including R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets and Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo talking about film adaptations; and a screeing of Dreamscapes, profiling internationally renowned Williamstown landscape painter Stephen Hannock, featuring a discussion with Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio.
Feature films on the schedule include:
* The Pier, a bittersweet comedy-drama by Gerard Hurley about an expatriate lured back to Ireland by his conniving father under false pretenses and their up-and-down relationship
* Any Day Now, winner of the Tribeca audience award, in which a couple – Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt – befriend a neglected boy but then face a custody battle. Based on a true story
* Painter Caio Fonseca, charming portrait of the contemporary artist shuttling between America and his work retreat in rural Italy
* Arcadia, in which a father (played by John Hawkes) and his children drive across America to a new life but can’t shed the one left behind. Directed by Williams College graduate Olivia Silver
* Gayby, hilarious fantasia about longtime best friends Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay), who decide to fulfill a college promise and have a child together – but complications ensue
Lili Taylor and Gerard Hurley in ‘The Pier’
* Supporting Characters, New England premiere of a romantic comedy/buddy flick: two film editors juggle their neurotic director and romantic entanglements
* Circus Dreams, documentary about traveling Circus Smirkus and the talented teenagers who audition, get coached by Ringling Brothers and Cirque du Soleil, and tour New England
Tickets and passes are on sale at Williamstown Film Festival or by calling the WFF Ticket Line at 413.458.9700.