NK festival features film, music and food

New Kingston — In a place where residents know each other by first names only, phone numbers are exchanged using only the last four digits and a trip involving a major highway requires over an hour of driving, a local couple brings conceptual, controversial, spectacular, and whimsical films to the screen at the New Kingston Film Festival.

There are 28 houses, a post office, and a church in the tiny hamlet of New Kingston.  But surprisingly, this peaceful and remote little town, is also home of the world class New Kingston Film Festival.  Organized by New Kingston residents, Clark and Seema Shah-Nelson, with help from friends and community members, the two-day festival features shorts, animation, documentaries from New Kingston itself, to New York City, Spain, Italy, and the Philippines.

This year, the night of Saturday, Aug. 6, film aficionados, filmmakers, and all other appreciators of film will come together under the stars to enjoy an action-packed evening of music, food, and of course, film.  The festival will be held on a grassy meadow behind the New Kingston Presbyterian Church, where film-goers can bring their cars and enjoy the films “drive-in style” with the help of FM transmission or bring a blanket and lie out on the soft grass or sit in chairs provided.

The evening starts off at 6 p.m. with music by Robin Aigner, a “local folkie [who] croons witty, vintage e-sounding tunes with dashes of klezmer and swing” and Serena Jost, an “elegant alto [whose] carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics [are] neither quite rock nor folk” (Timeout New York). While sitting back and listening to music, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner from the Cha Cha Hut of Andes.

At Sunset the films begin with an eclectic series of international short films, including a short documentary about a Filipina professional surfer, a moody and surreal film about a doll-like doll maker who finds love, and a charming short about a young boy’s love for his soccer ball in Italy.
After a short break, the films recommence with the feature documentary, “Windfall” by New York City filmmaker Laura Israel, a gripping and fair telling of the controversy surrounding wind turbines in nearby Meredith, as that community fights for the future of their town.

A final group of shorts will be screened which include, among others, a documentary about a group of artists hijacking a Ferris wheel from Chernobyl, a Spanish film that tells of a young man’s search for his mother, and the playful tale of two college roommates trapped in the bathroom of a convenience store.

On Sunday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon audience members, everyone will gather again to discuss the films, filmmaking, and the festival process.
For more information, please visit www.newkingstonfilmfestival.com or call 870 586-6007.