WOODS HOLE, MA— From Saturday, July 30, through Saturday, August 6, the Woods Hole Film Festival observes its 20th anniversary with a celebration befitting the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the islands. Dedicated to showcasing and promoting the work of independent, emerging filmmakers, particularly in New England, it will screen nearly 20 narrative features and feature documentaries, many of which are world and US premieres, and 60 short films (narrative, documentary, animation and experimental) in competition, as well as hold a number of special screenings, parties, panel discussions, and workshops by this year’s Filmmaker-in-Residence—all at the water’s edge in the quaint village of Woods Hole.Read the full Press Release at Indie Wire
Many of this year’s films have a Massachusetts connection, including two films that are US premieres: Girlfriend, a narrative feature by Justin Lerner shot in Wayland, MA, and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream by the Cambridge-based comedian. Girlfriend stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Shannon Woodward, Amanda Plummer, and newcomer Evan Sneider as a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recession. When Evan unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, he decides to use it by pursuing a girl from town who he has been in love with since high school. Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream features comedy, commentary and conversation with some of America’s most iconic personalities and social critics, such as Howard Zinn, Robert Altman, Mort Sahl, Janeane Garafalo, Sean Hannity, Lewis Black, Margery Eagan, Jim Braude, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Sister Lena Divey, Al Franken, Robert Reich, Colin Quinn, and Barry Crimmins, as well as family, friends and total strangers and more. Willy Nelson, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods, and Jimmy Tingle on harmonica provide the soundtrack.