William & Mary Film Festival Celebrates Global, Local with “Film & Community” Theme

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William & Mary Global Film FestivalThe ninth annual William & Mary Global Film Festival is kicking off today and offering up four days of live performances, themed receptions, parties and mixers, Q&A sessions with guest filmmakers and, of course, many world-renowned movies.

This year’s festival is taking on a “Film & Community” theme, which celebrates “diverse global perspectives on the meaning of community,” according to a recent William & Mary news release.

The festival will include 15 feature films incorporating this theme – Angry Indian Goddesses, Embrace of the Serpent, The Boy & the World, Journey into Europe, Chuck Norris Vs. Communism, Gangs of New York, What We Do in the Shadows, Radical Grace, Show People, Plemya/The Tribe, Bota and In Jackson Heights.

Numerous short films and films from students around the globe will also be screened.

Though the films are the cornerstone of the festival, several complementary events have been planned around them to offer a diverse and unique movie-going experience.

The first official event of the festival kicks off at noon today – a brown-bag lunch with William & Mary scholar-in-residence Robert Burgoyne with a discussion on “Homeland or Promised Land: The Ethnic Construction of Nation in the Gangs of New York.”

That lecture will be followed later in the day with the official opening night reception, and other highlights of the festival include a brunch presentation on “Islam and the West” by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a 24-hour speed filmmaking competition, filmmaking and equipment demonstrations throughout the weekend, a film and community roundtable featuring guest filmmakers and a William & Mary wind ensemble film montage concert.

In keeping with the global focus of the film festival, guest filmmakers from Romania, Albania, Pakistan and the U.S. will all be present and will not only give talks about their films being screened but also serve as jurists for the festival’s student short film competition.

All screenings for the film festival will take place at the Kimball Theatre, while the other receptions and events will take place at various venues around campus and in the City of Williamsburg.

Tickets for most screenings are $2 with the exception of marquee films, which cost $3 for William & Mary students and $5 for the general public. On-campus lecture events are free, and receptions and parties are included with corresponding show tickets and/or Global Film Festival passes.

Click here for more ticket information and to view the complete lineup.