The 27th annual Boston Film Festival kicked-off Friday. Saturday, Smith & Wollensky Back Bay hosted a gala Film Directors Reception after two film premiers. Boston’s premiere steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is a sponsor of this year’s festival, which runs September 16-22. Guests at the invitation-only reception were treated to butler passed hors d’oeuvres which included crab cake, tuna tartare, sirloin sliders, a cheese assortment, wine and champagne. The festival’s Executive Director Robin Dawson was joined at the reception by several of the directors and stars of two films featured on Saturday, as well as Michael Feighery, President of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.
Saturday evening’s 7 PM screening featured “Take Me Home” written, produced and directed by Sam Jaeger, who attended with his actress wife Amber, who is also in the film. Also making an appearance at the reception after a 9 PM screening was the cast of “96 Minutes”. The film was directed and produced by Aimee Lagos and stars Brittany Snow and Christian Serratos.
Festival goers who missed Saturday night’s gala still have an opportunity to be treated like a star. Smith & Wollensky Back Bay, at 101 Arlington Street, is presenting a festival inspired prix fixe menu for two now through September 22. The menu includes complimentary valet parking, with a choice of appetizers, soup and salad, entrée with sides and dessert, for $185. Specialty cocktails, crafted with Skyy Vodka, are also being featured. The Back Bay Castle is located just two blocks from the Stuart Street Playhouse in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District.
“We’re thrilled to sponsor this prestigious event that has become such a treasured part of the Boston community,” said Kim Lapine, VP of Marketing for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. “We were honored to welcome the festival dignitaries Saturday night, and look forward to hosting those attending screenings throughout the week. We felt it fitting that the city’s premiere steakhouse sponsor and host one of the city’s premier entertainment events.”
The 27th Boston Film Festival program presents six world premieres and one U.S. premiere in this year’s lineup. To view a complete schedule of films and events or to purchase tickets go to bostonfilmfestival.org. All tickets will be priced at $10 each and may also be purchased at the Stuart Street Playhouse, where all the festival films will be screened.
Boston Film Festival Executive Director Robin Dawson said, “We are excited to present an outstanding program of films with diverse topics and great performances.” All films will be represented by the director and talent at the premieres. “The festival opened with a funny poignant film from a New England bred actor writer, Mike O’Malley and the provocative movie “After Fall, Winter” from returning actor writer director Eric Schaeffer. And the momentum continues throughout the entire week with a terrific lineup of movies and actors,” continued Dawson.
“After Fall, Winter” stars Schaeffer, Lizzie Brochere, Deborah Twiss, and Heather Aitken. The story is a dangerous, sexy, and at times darkly funny story about two reclusive people who desperately crave intimacy and the paths that get them there.
Among the other films making their world premier during the festival is “Certainty,” starring Giancarlo Esposito, Adelaide Clemens, Tom Lapinski, Bobby Monihan, Valerie Harper, and Tammy Blanchard. The writer is Mike O’Malley who will walk the Opening Night red carpet along with Giancarlo Esposito, Tom Lapinski, and Bobby Monihan. The story follows a young couple as they go through the pre-marital counseling experience required by the Catholic Church.
Awards will be presented at the end of the festival for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, the Mass Impact Award and the EcoFilm Award.
The Boston Film Festival was established to support evolving filmmakers by providing a forum to showcase their artistic vision. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend activities at the Stuart Street Playhouse.