Transition Towns film festival Friday

GREENFIELD — The Pioneer Valley’s Transition Towns will get together Friday to host is first-ever film festival.

The festival, set for 7 p.m. in Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theater, will feature 10 short films made by area residents. They were asked to focus on sustainability and resilience at the community level.

Filmmakers received instruction through several workshops put on by transition groups, local cable access stations, and volunteers.

There were a total of 18 short films submitted for the festival. Though only 10 will be shown at the event, all 18 will be played on participating local cable access stations.

Bernardston filmmaker and founder of Searchlight Films Rawn Fulton will emcee the event. A reception will follow, with an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and sample local cuisine.

The event is sponsored by Transition Towns from Greenfield, Northfield, Wendell, Northampton, Amherst and Pelham, and local access stations BNCTV of Northfield and Bernardston, Greenfield’s GCTV, Falls Cable of Shelburne and Buckland, NCTV of Northampton, Amherst’s ACTV, FCAT of Deerfield and Montague’s MCTV, along with Locust Press and the Pioneer Valley Institute.

The festival is free and open to the public, though donations are encouraged.


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