Monthly Archives: March 2012
Tickets for Brookfield Film Festival “Shorts & to the Point” on Sale Now!
Pictured above, two nuns from the film “The Tailor.”
Get ‘em while you can! Tickets to the fourth annual Brookfield Film Festival, Shorts & to the Point, are now on sale. The festival is held at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) and has grown considerably over the last 4 years. Tickets sold out 2 of the 3 screenings offered last year, according to Mary Daniel, Chair of the BAC who is organizing the event along with a team of volunteers. Daniel said they are “well on our way” to selling out again this year.
Members of the Brookfield Film Festival (BFF) chose the collection of films to be shown. Volunteer Laura Schiavi said what makes the BFF unique in comparison to other local film festivals is its simplicity.
“You don’t have to choose from dozens of films because we choose the films for you.”
Daniel said their intention is to: “create a program that is representative of the best of the current crop of short films. What is consistent about this genre of film art is the way a good short film immediately captures your attention, then puts you through an emotional gauntlet that leads you to an outcome that is frequently surprising.”
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
• Info: by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (USA); 15 min; Animated • Award: 2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film (Animated) • Synopsis: Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/illustrator William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
• Info: by Peter McDonald (Ireland); 11 min; Live Action • Award: 2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action) • Synopsis: When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life, football.
• Info: by Andrew Bowler (USA); 11 mins; Live Action • Award: 2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action) • Synopsis: A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up traveling around yesterday.
“A Morning Stroll”
• Info: Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe (UK); 7 min; Animated • Award: 2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Short Film (Animated) • Synopsis: When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.
“David & Goliath”
• Info: By George Zaverdas (USA); 12 min; Live-Action Drama • Award: First Place – Gold Medal Winner – 2011 Manhattan Short Film Festival. David & Goliath is based on an extraordinary true story set in 1943. Czechoslovakia. David, a Jew, flees for his life as he is being hunted down by Nazi soldiers.David finds refuge in a nearby farmhouse where he hides in a dog house protected by a ferocious German Shepherd, who ultimately becomes his savior. Based on the true story of resistance fighter, David Bako.
• Info: By Christopher Stollery (Australia); 10 min; Live-Action Comedy • Award: Second Place – Silver Medal Winner – 2011 Manhattan Short Film Festival • Website: http://www.sunproductions.com.au/filmtv.php • Synopsis: A six-year-old boy brings home a piece of schoolwork that provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation, and their own, with disastrous yet hilarious results.
• Info: By Neil LaBute (USA); 6 min; Live-Action Comedy • Official Selection: Newport Beach Film Festival and Los Angeles Comedy Festival, and Best Short: 2011 Litchfield Hills Film Festival • Website: http://www.gordongrinberg.com • Synopsis: Culture and confusion meet on a Brooklyn street, in this hilariously charming tale of similarities amid diversity.
“Delusions in Modern Primitivism”
• Info: By Daniel Loflin (USA, 2000); 18 min; “Mock” Documentary • Award: 2001 Sundance Film Festival: Honorable Mention, Short Filmmaking • Synopsis: In this dark “mocumentary”, Jerome (Karl Moore) is a living gallery of body art. Now, bored with his many tattoos and assorted piercings, Jerome is in search of the latest form of body modification. •
**Specific film selections in the program may be subject to change.
CONTACT: Mary Daniel – Chairman of the Brookfield Arts Commission, 203.740.9290
Bethel Resident & Team Walk to Fight MS
Danbury Travelers Walk MS 2012: Presented by North American Power
Mountain Movers: pictured: Kevin Geoghegan, Michelle Muentener, Peter Muentener, Jack Muentener, Steven Geoghegan, and Richard Geoghegan. Not pictured: Jean and Cathy Geoghegan. Photo contributed.
“Ellen my sister has MS. She was diagnosed when she was 28 years old when she was newly engaged to her husband Peter Muentener. We have been doing the MS walk for many years and our family has been walking faithfully behind her. Ellen is now 43 years old and on the medication avonex. She has a son, Jack, who also joins her for the walk. I’m hoping to raise awareness, donations, and requests for anyone who wants to join our team for the MS walk,” Jean said.
From their website: Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone – the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why I Walk
I’ve registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the MS Walk to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we choose to walk for those who sometimes can’t, because we choose to donate to the MS Walk, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”
How to Cope: Help for Families Impacted by Addiction
The following was sent in by the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism–
One out of every four children under the age of 12 live in a home that is affected by addiction.
How To Cope is an intensive, seven session program to empower family members impacted by a loved one’s addiction. The program was designed to provide education, awareness and support while shedding light on the disease of addiction.
How To Cope teaches the family how the disease of addiction has influenced their lives and how the family can maintain a healthy lifestyle. The groups meet two nights a week for two hours, with a new series beginning each month.
Seven sessions to better understanding, strength and hope…
Session 1 – The Disease of Addiction
Session 2 – How Enabling Behavior Supports Addiction
Session 3 – How Addiction Affects the Family
Session 4 – How Addiction Affects You
Session 5 – You have Choices
Session 6 – You Can Make Decisions
Session 7 – You Really Can Cope
We also offer two additional programs for children and teens that offer emotional, social and physical alternatives to the fear and anxiety of living in a home interrupted by drug and alcohol addiction.
Program fee is $295 per person. Financial assistance available if needed.
MCCA (Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism) is the primary provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in the greater Danbury area. How to Cope was developed by First Call and is recognized by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors.
Director of Communications
90 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
3rd Annual Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes To Be Held Saturday, April 14, 2012
WILTON, CT – March 19, 2012 – On Saturday, April 14th, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes for the third year at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT.
Local restaurants, vineyards, and distributors will showcase a selection of appetizers, wines, and beers to over 250 people throughout the Fairfield County area. Tasting sponsors to date include: American Harvest Vodka, Back East Brewing Company, Barcelona Restaurant, Bartaco, Butterfield8, Cabot Cheese, Café D’Azur, Cake Suite, Chocolations, Cupcakes & Milkshakes, Dichello Distributors, Dina! A Restaurant & Bar, Ducky Life Teas, Karen Harvey Catering, Little Pub, New England Bread Co. & Wave Hill Breads, Nolet’s Gin, O’Neills Irish Pub & Restaurant, Opici Wine Company of CT, Pink Cupcake Shack, Pizzeria Rosso, Regatta Ginger Beer, S. Pellegrino & Aqua Panna, Savor, Star Distributors, Starbucks, Sweets By Stella.
LLS hopes to raise over $50,000 during this fun-filled evening. A silent auction and raffle will also take place with raffle prizes donated by Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Capital Grille, Brewer’s Hardware, and The Rugg Family.
The event will run from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Tickets are $75 each, two for $125. VIP tickets are also available at $100 each or $175 for two and include a souvenir wine glass, LLS Relentless wristband, raffle ticket, and deluxe gift bag. Call 203-665-1400 for information or reservations, or visit www.lls.org/ct/toastsandtastes for additional information
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 58 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS’ mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call LLS’ Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master’s level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
Billy Michael Outraged Over Public Hearing
The following Letter to the Editor was sent in by Billy Michael, President of the Bethel Action Committee–
B.A.C believes that the rescheduled “Public Hearing ” is a sham. It is a power point presentation to justify a vote to demolish the building that has already been taken. The March 7 News Times story is proof that the Public Hearing scheduled for Wed Mar. 21 is just a formality to give the illusion of government by consent of the people. Mr. Knickerbocker made it clear that they have already decided regardless of what the public hearing may reveal.
This administration revealed the same disregard for the citizenry when the fees for the recycle center were raised without a public hearing and the Selectmen scheduled a public hearing after the fees were already raised to comply with the Town Charter.
In Town Meeting form of government elected officials should hold public hearings that measure public sentiment before they act instead of after the fact. How can they pretend to serve the public without consulting the public?
The Dec. 2000 Town Meeting/Referendum on the Library Renovation guaranteed that the Old Town Hall would remain and that parking to comply with zoning regulations would be found nearby off site.Does the $70,000 “Handicap Ramp to Nowhere” come to mind? That ramp on the west side of the Municipal Center was supposed to be the beginning of additional municipal parking.
The municipal center has two handicap ramps neither of which are easily accessible by someone confined to wheelchair. Westside municipal parking would justify the expense of a ramp that is yet to be truly utilized.
Finally if the Bd of Selectmen wants to reverse the will of the Dec 2000 town meeting they need to call for a town meeting to do so.It cannot be reversed by a vote of three temporary elected officials.The old town hall is a permanent structure and asset of the town; the demolition which deserves the involvement of the widest number of citizens possible.
In December of 2010 Mr. Knickerbocker was passionate about referring his multi-million dollar road plan to voters at referendum. vote; we hope he will be equally confident in the judgement of Bethel voters with the issue at hand.
President, Bethel Action Committee