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Wind-Up Fest

  • Film

  • Friday, October 16, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • $10 PER EVENT

The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up at 2:30pm
Abandoned Goods and two additional shorts at 3:30pm:


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Very Semi-Serious, 7:30pm:

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The Williamstown Film Festival takes a dramatic turn to become Wind-Up Fest. Now focused on documentary film, the re-tooled festival dives deep into creative nonfiction, including long-form journalism, podcasts, photography, and socially engaged, participatory art. Wind-Up Fest presents a day of programming at MASS MoCA on Friday, October 16.

The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up, 2:30pm:
The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up is an interactive variety show based in nonfiction, hosted by humorist David Rees. Known for his National Geographic show “Going Deep with David Rees” and his pencil-sharpening prowess, Rees teaches us how to do things right. He is joined by a dancer and spoken-word performer, North Adams-based archivist Rich Remsberg’s “History Jukebox,” and storyteller and slide guitarist Samuel James.

Abandoned Goods (and two additional shorts), 3:30pm:
Abandoned Goods, a profoundly moving exploration of outsider art, mines an archive of artworks created between 1946 and 1981 by art therapy patients at an English mental hospital. The following short films are “World of Tomorrow,” which tells the story of a young girl named Emily who meets a version of herself from the future, and “{The And} Marcela and Rock,” in which a committed couple undertakes an intensely personal Q&A in which they confront their demons and bonds. A conversation with Williams College professor of English Shawn Rosenheim about outsider art takes place after the film. The screening of Abandoned Goods (and two additional shorts) is ticketed as one event with The Wide, Wonderful World of Wind-Up.

Very Semi-Serious, 7:30pm:
Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art, and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at The New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled — and occasionally pissed off — readers for decades. Afterwards, veteran humorist BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) and upstart Liana Finck converse about how they mine their own lives for single-panel material. A post-film reception and book signing are held in MASS MoCA’s Lickety Split café.

Stay tuned to wind-up.org for festival updates.