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Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Plans To Rock Opening At Ballard Park

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by playwright/director/producer Joanne Hudson. The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) Rocks the Park at Ballard Park will be a two-day event, from May 20-21.
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by playwright/director/producer Joanne Hudson. The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) Rocks the Park at Ballard Park will be a two-day event, from May 20-21. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Theater Barn

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival event, "RIFF Rocks the Park," is coming to Ballard Park to celebrate the connection between music and film.

On Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra’s Wind Ensemble, led by Albert Montecalvo, will officially open the film festival, playing a selection of themes from famous film scores.

The concert will be followed by a screening of The Beatles classic forerunner for indie film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” in the park.

RIFF Rocks the Park resumes on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an all-day music festival in the park. Eight local indie bands, including Lys Guillorn & Her Band, Chica Non Grata, the Sawtelles, Telegram Scam, Blank Slate, Spectral Fangs and Ridgefield band and Rori and the Renegades will perform throughout the day, playing original material and covering songs that have appeared in films or on soundtracks over the years.

RIFF Kids is teaming with the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club to offer fun for kids and time for adults to attend the festival. On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., the Boys & Girls Club at 41 Governor St. will open its doors to RIFF attendees (present a RIFF ticket or pass at drop off) for a special program of kid-friendly films and activities for kids in grades K-8. This drop-off, pick-up program is open to members and nonmembers of the Boys & Girls Club. Pizza will be served for lunch. It costs $10 per child. R.S.V. P. for the event to 203-438-8821.

"Drop your kids off and know they are safe and entertained while you come RIFF with us," said festival director Joanne Hudson, "Or attend 'Reading In The Dark' with Jacob Burns education director, Emily Keating at 1:30 p.m. in the Aldrich Ed. Center for ages 8 to 12 to learn how to watch a film."

For tickets and passes, click here and for more information, click here .

Ballard Park is at 485-499 Main St. in Ridgefield.

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