Early bird film passes are now on sale for $75 through June 6, 2016, for this year’s Stony Brook Film Festival at Staller Center from July 21 through July 30. Four of the films have been announced already, but the full schedule will be released on June 7 with passes costing $85.
Many extras come with the film pass, which is good for entrance to all films. Tickets to the Opening Night Party at Pentimento following the screening of The Carer are available to early bird pass holders at $40 each. Passholders may buy tickets to the Closing Night Awards Reception for $30. A Gold Pass — which includes reserved seating in the filmmaker section for all films plus party and reception tickets — is available now for $200, going up to $225 on June 7. Please visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com or call (631) 632-ARTS for more information.
Alan Inkles, founder and director of the Stony Brook Film Festival, brings the The Carer, starring Brian Cox, to Staller Center for Opening Night on Thursday, July 21. In this East Coast premiere, a young Hungarian refugee becomes the caregiver of an aging, temperamental actor. The feature, by Hungarian director János Edelényi, is from the United Kingdom and Hungary, and was written by Gilbert Adair, János Edelényi and Tom Kinninmont.
Closing Night on Saturday, July 30, showcases the East Coast premiere of A Man Called Ove, a warmhearted story set in Sweden, directed by Hannes Holm and written by Hannes Holm and Fredrik Backman. This charming dramatic comedy about an unexpected friendship is in Swedish and Persian with subtitles. Both directors will be representing their films at the Festival.
Two world premieres in this year’s festival are original indies from the United States. The Father and the Bear is written and directed by John Putch and features Wil Love and David DeLuise. No Pay, Nudity is directed by Lee Wilkof, written by Ethan Sandler and features Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, Boyd Gaines and Jon Michael Hill.
The Father and the Bear premieres at Stony Brook on Friday, July 22. The film is about a retired character actor suffering from dementia who longs to perform at his beloved summer theater one last time. Three of Putch’s previous films, The Pursuit of Happiness, Mojave Phone Booth and Route 30 have screened at former Stony Brook Film Festivals, with Mojave Phone Booth winning best feature in 2006. Putch and many of the cast and crew will attend the premiere screening.
No Pay, Nudity premieres on Tuesday, July 26, with director Lee Wilkof and cast and crew on hand. Gabriel Byrne plays comically against type, portraying an actor who has lost his way with his career, his family and his friends. A hilarious Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy and Boyd Gaines portray his fellow thespians. Lee Wilkof and Nathan Lane are expected to attend the premiere.
For more information, visit stonybrookfilmfestival.com or call (631) 632-ARTS.