(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Actress Lili Taylor, director Tony Gilroy and screenwriter Andrew Osborne will take part in the 16th annual Williamstown Film Festival, which will run from Wednesday, November 5, through Saturday, November 9, 2014, featuring 31 films, several parties, and events at Images Cinema and MASS MoCA on tap.
The four evenings of the festival are:
* Wednesday, November 5: “Project Screenplay” – A live-action game show about the art of the screenplay, hosted by Emmy-winning writer Andrew Osborne. Aspiring scribes pitch the audience, while industry pros offer tips and advice on taking a script from page to screen. At MASS MoCA.
* Thursday, November 6: Little White Lie – How do we deal with the mistakes of our parents? A young woman pieces together the story of her dual identity using home videos, interviews, and episodes from her life. A documentary about secrets and the power of telling the truth.
* Friday, November 7: Tony Gilroy: The Art of Suspense – Director of the acclaimed Michael Clayton and writer of the four popular Bourne films, Gilroy will explore the legacy of screen suspense, with clips from his own work and classics of the genre. Co-presented by WFF and MASS MoCA. At MASS MoCA.
* Saturday, November 8: All-Shorts Slot II The second of the Festival’s always-popular collages of provocative short movies
Other events on the WFF schedule include:
* “Match” – Patrick Stewart stars as a famous dance teacher being interviewed by a couple who turn out to have very personal motives. Based on his Tony-nominated Broadway play, director Stephen Belber’s screenplay weaves between poignancy, wit, and high drama.
* “WildLike” – A teenage girl is sent by her mother to live with an uncle in Alaska. His warm welcome turns alarming, and our heroine flees. Lost and alone, she impulsively latches on to a solitary backpacker and finds hope and sanctuary in the last frontier.
* Lunch with Lili Taylor and Nick Flynn: Books to Film – Actress Lili Taylor and her husband, writer Nick Flynn, talk about three different adaptations. A lunch conversation with their friend Jim Shepard, Williams professor and WFF board member.
* “1971” – At the height of the Vietnam war, eight ordinary citizens broke into a local FBI office, stole hundreds of files, and leaked them to the press, revealing an illegal surveillance program. Now, for the first time, the identities of the activists are made public.
* “Like Sunday, Like Rain” – What happens when a struggling musician becomes the au pair for a 12-year-old cello prodigy, composer, and genius? Through a series of adventures, a tough relationship turns into a moving saga of acceptance and discovery.
* “Loitering with Intent” – Dominic and Raphael must write a script pronto, so they hole up in a country house to churn it out. But their creative juices are frustrated by uninvited guests (Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell). An off-kilter romantic comedy.
The full schedule may be viewed and tickets purchased online at Williamstown Film Festival.
Every feature film will have a Q&A with guest artists. There will be two All-Shorts slots on Friday and Saturday, each with a different lineup.
Tickets are now on sale at Williamstown Film Festival or by calling the WFF ticket line at (413) 458-9900. Also available: the All-Films Pass ($125), which offers a discount on individual tickets and covers everything except the Benefit dinner and the Saturday lunch event.