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Ridgefield Poised To Launch First Independent Film Festival

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by Joanne Hudson.
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by Joanne Hudson. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Theater Barn

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield is getting set to launch its first independent movie fest and filmmakers are reportedly traveling to the event from as far away as China and Germany, organizers said.

More than 70 films – from documentaries to feature, animation and shorts – from 23 countries will be shown at the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), which will take place at several venues.

The festival, created by local playwright and theater director Joanne Hudson, will include classes on the craft of filmmaking and film appreciation.

"A riff is an improvisation, a series of unique moments to be played once or repeated. I've been walking this town for seven years now and think of Main Street as a stage in which to create our little performance art ‘happening,’" said Hudson.

Several filmmakers and subjects have local roots, including Brian DeCubellis, a writer, director and producer who lives in nearby Katonah.

His "Manhattan Night," a thriller, will be shown at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Other films include: "Epiphany," "Day Release," "... And the Rest is History," and "Amir," "Surviving Sandy Hook," and "Mothers of Bedford."

Venues will include The Ridgefield Playhouse (80 East Ridge Road), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (258 Main St.), the Ridgefield Library (472 Main St.), Luca’s Café & Restaurant (3 Big Shop Lane), and Ballard Park (485 Main St.).

The fest will kick off with a free screening of “A Hard Day’s Night” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20. The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble with perform themes from famous movie scores at the opening.

The fest wraps up Sunday, May 22, with an awards ceremony and garden party at the Keeler Tavern Garden House, 132 Main St.

For tickets and passes, and the complete listing of RIFF films and events, click here.

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