William & Mary’s Global Film Festival Hosts Month of Launch Events

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william-and-maryWilliam & Mary’s Global Film Festival will be hosting a series of screenings and events this month to introduce the official theme for the event’s ninth season, “Film & Community.”

Pre-season events taking place this month include youth filmmaking workshops and the return of the Mug Night series at the Kimball Theatre ahead of the official launch event Friday.

“Thursday at the Kimball Theatre” returned last week with a screening of the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, and will continue this Tuesday with a showing of The Goonies.

Space Jam will finish out the series Dec. 3. All shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $4 each.

In addition to a movie, Mug Night includes costume contests, special activities, prizes and themed refreshments, including 32oz mugs filled with craft beer from Alewerks for just $10 each. Mugs can be refilled for $5.

Friday’s launch at the Kimball will feature a community sing-along screening of the 1961 classic West Side Story followed by a reception and the Williamsburg premiere of Tokyo Tribe, a Japanese Yakuza rap musical directed by cult auteur Sion Sono.

In keeping with the gang-related theme of the evening, the short film Southeast Side Story: A Community Musical, which pays homage to the local opposing “gangs” of locals and William & Mary students, will be screened.

“With our programming theme of ‘Film & Community, we want to use film’s unique creative power as both a local and a global medium that can bring our Williamsburg community together,” Global Film Festival Director Timothy Barnard said.

The film festival is scheduled for Feb. 18 through 21.