Pothole Pictures opening a new season

Staff Writer
Published: 9/26/2019 9:35:04 AM

Pothole Pictures fall season will feature films about the Bridge of Flowers, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, among other nationally and locally produced movies including one about graffiti artists and another about the Monterey Pop music festival.  

The series will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28 at the Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall with a showing of “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” an award-winning documentary about graffiti artists including Banksy. The film’s impetus was Los Angeles amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta, who recorded many hours of footage of street artists at work. Banksy, a renown street artist known for his unique artistic style and daring tags, eventually took Guetta’s footage and turned it into an entertaining and thought-provoking film that has won over 20 “best documentary” among other film awards.

Then, a few weeks later, Pothole Pictures will participate in the 90th anniversary of the Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers with a showing of “Five Seasons,” a film about garden designer Piet Oudolf, whose U.S. work is on New York’s High Line and in Chicago’s Millennium Park. On Friday, Oct. 4, the film’s director, Thomas Piper, will appear in-person to present the film and hold a post-film question and answer session, according to the statement. On Saturday night, “Five Seasons” will be shown a second time and will be presented by master gardeners Sherry Wilson and Larri Cochran. Both film showings will include a photo exhibit about the bridge and a pass-the-hat fundraiser benefiting the bridge.  There will also be live music from 7 to 7:30 p.m. both days by Dave Dershom and Ashfield Folk Music Open Sessions musicians will play Celtic music.  

The Pothole Pictures season will continue through January with a showing of the “Monterey Pop” music festival film, the great 1940’s murder mystery “Laura,” recent European classic “The Lives of Others,”  John Waters original film version of “Hairspray,” Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and Fred Astaire in “The Band Wagon.”  All films begin at 7 p.m. (with a half-hour of free music). Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. There is an elevator to the theater.  

Pothole Pictures is an ongoing community film series, hosting classic and local-interest films to the community for over 20 years. It is a part of the Memorial Hall Association, a nonprofit organization promoting cultural and artistic events in historic Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. It is funded in part by the cultural councils of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne and Williamsburg, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

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