Above: Trailer for "Once Upon A Forest."
“Once Upon a Forest,” from the director of “March of the Penguins,” Explores the Amazon Rainforest
Glimmerglass Film Days will offer a preview film on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 pm at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown. Il Était Une Forêt (Once Upon a Forest) is a visually stunning journey to the Amazon rainforest with pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé. The French documentary (shown with English subtitles) was directed by Luc Jacquet, who also directed the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins.
Glimmerglass Film Days will take place November 5-9 in Cooperstown, and will feature films, receptions, filmmaker talks, walks, an art exhibit, and more. “Sacred Places” is the theme of the third annual festival, curated by Utica native Margaret (Peggy) Parsons, founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art. The selected films explore places of natural and cultural significance, around the world and close to home.
Tickets for Once Upon a Forest are $5 and available online glimmerglassfilmdays.org (no service charge) and at the door. Beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase. Templeton Hall is located at 63 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown.
Glimmerglass Film Days is a program of Otsego 2000, an environmental and preservation advocacy non-profit based in Cooperstown. For more information on Glimmerglass Film Days, please visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org or call 607-547-8881.
This project is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and with the support of many local businesses and individuals. Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org for a complete list of sponsors, as well as sponsorship opportunities.
Otsego 2000 is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1981 to protect the environmental, agricultural, scenic, cultural, and historic resources of the Otsego Lake region and northern Otsego County.
Glimmerglass Film Days was launched in the same spirit that the launched the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market 23 years ago—to build an event that contributes significantly to local cultural life and attracts both residents and tourists to experience Main Street and the natural, cultural and historic resources in the Otsego Lake region. The mission of Glimmerglass Film Days, curated by the National Gallery of Art’s Peggy Parsons (a Cooperstown Graduation Program graduate), is to showcase exceptional independent films that explore humanity’s complex relationship with the natural world. Films and discussions explore both the natural and built environments, and include documentaries, classic features, short films and experimental films. In addition, the weekend puts an emphasis on exploring the Otsego region, with an emphasis on local foods and local spirits.
Visitors to the area as well as residents have made the first two Film Days a success, with multiple events selling out. The opportunity to view compelling films and engage in discussions of vital issues is further enhanced by the setting in Cooperstown, with its historic Main Street shops and restaurants, scenic drives and hikes, museums, and craft breweries like the nationally known Brewery Ommegang.