Hunter Mountain Film Festival Debuts This Week

May 14, 2019

The first annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival in Greene County gets underway Thursday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director Michele Peacock about what’s in store.

This is the latest film festival to launch in the region. Peacock, a talent agent, says the festival is about honoring the skill of filmmaking and connecting independent artists, providing an opportunity to share, learn, communicate and network over the three-day festival. 

She highlights just a few of the films on tap, including a documentary about Academy-Award-winning actor Olympia Dukakis, called “Olympia.” Actor Anthoula Katsimatides is the producer and will conduct a Q&A after the film.

Bill Nugent, who owns Woodstock Harley-Davidson in Kingston, was one of the three riders captured in “White Knuckle.” He will lead the ride from Woodstock Harley to Hunter. Riders with motorcycles of all types and years are invited to participate.

The festival will hold a Gala Awards ceremony Saturday night at Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort.

The awards dinner also will honor filmmakers with The Peacock Awards for Best Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary, Web Series, and Student Film, along with best actor, actress and director. Some of the festival’s films were shot, at least in part, locally, such as a feature called “The Ranger.”

There are several panels in store, including sessions with actors, producers and talent agents. As for how the film festival may expand:

She says thoughts about tying in a concert have nothing to do with the Mountain Jam music festival moving this year from Hunter Mountain to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County.

She declined to elaborate about the concert addition, citing ongoing talks. The first annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival kicks off Thursday. Film screenings begin at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony in the evening that includes the screening of “A Bread Factory: Part 1,” starring Tyne Daly. Part 2 screens Friday. It’s the story of The Bread Factory, a community arts center in a small town, told in two films. The festival runs through May 18. Films from across the country will be screened at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter and The Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville.