2014 Red Hook Film Festival Highlights

Our 2014 Red Hook Film Festival Harvest Shorts brought together people from all over Dutchess County, the tri-state region and the world.  KidsFest!, a wonderful new addition to our 2014 Red Hook Film Festival was opened by local resident, actress, producer and director (and mom) MARY STUART MASTERSON.  We received 860 submissions from local, regional and international filmmakers.

Thank you again Mary Stuart Masterson!

KidsFest!intermission, actress and teacher MARY WARD of the Community Music Space at the Chocolate Factory,Red Hook, NY led a vibrant, inventive and clever student improv group which had the audience in stitches . . . 

We may not have a theater (yet!), but we have a wonderful community space with a commercial kitchen where chef JAIME PARRY from Another Fork In The Road Restaurant, volunteered his assistant chef DILLON BLISCO and donated local ingredients.  Dillon along with Red Hook High Schoolstudent volunteers prepared gourmet hors d'oeuvres with donated produce from our local farms. Some of the participating farms were Migliorelli’s, Montgomery Place Orchards, Starling Yards Farm, Common Hands Farm and Great Song Farm.

KidsFest!Two Boots restaurantlocated off of Route 9G across from Bard College, donated pizza and Montgomery Place Orchards donated apples and apple cider.  MARY PAT from Migliorelli’s coordinated with our volunteers to make candied apples for all our guests.  Truly a beautiful sight to observe everyone working together in the commercial kitchen.

Our vibrant and perennial Master of Ceremony TIMOTHY FITZMAURICE and the technology teacher at Red Hook High School guided us throughout the two days of films from local and international filmmakers.  TIMOTHY FITZMAURICE moderated thought provoking Q & A sessions where the audience could interact with the filmmakers and even some of the people featured in the films.

The 2nd Red Hook Film Festival kicked off with outstanding student films.  We saw films from Red Hook High School, University at Texas in Austin, SUNY New Paltz, Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Animation, Emerson College Communications High School and even a student film from Korean. 

We saw incredible featured films by local and international directors. We saw films featuring our very own town of Red Hook all the way to Paris, France!

We cannot thank all the talented film makers enough who contributed to our film festival who's work affects positive change in our collective humanity. You are the storytellers of our modern age!

Stay tuned for our next film festival! Check out our Facebook page for updates!