WILLIAMSTOWN -- "Knuckleball" starring R. A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield, Tribeca hit "Any Day Now," Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo, Stephen Hannock’s "Dreamscapes," and "Top Chef’s" Tom Colicchio are all on tap for the 14th season of the Williamstown Film Festival, Oct. 17 through 21.
The schedule will feature 37 films, many of them premieres, a half-dozen parties, and events at Mass MoCa, the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.
The four evenings of the Festival, available through tickets or a four-night pass, are:
n Wednesday, Oct. 17: Shorts Night: a medley of WFF short films old and new at Images Cinema.
n Thursday, Oct. 18: Opening Night: the New England premiere of "Dreamscapes," a new documentary about Stephen Hannock, the internationally-known artist and Williamstown resident. Colicchio, who is familiar from "Top Chef," is interviewed in the film, will attend the screening at Images and have a conversation with Hannock at the after-party at Mezze Bistro.
n Friday, Oct. 19: "Knuckleball, tracing the history of the unique pitch and the 2011 seasons of the Red Sox’ Tim Wakefield and the Mets’ sizzling R.A. Dickey." Joint event with Mass MoCa, preceded by WFF’s annual benefit dinner at Gramercy Bistro and followed by a lobby party. The film’s writer and director and pitcher Jim Bouton (Ball Four) will all attend.
n "The Pier," bittersweet comedy-drama about an expatriate lured back to Ireland by his conniving father under false pretenses and their up-and-down relationship
n "Any Day Now," winner of the Tribeca audience award, in which a couple - Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt - befriend a neglected boy but then face a custody battle. Based on a true story
n "Painter Caio Fonseca," charming portrait of the contemporary artist shuttling between America and his work retreat in rural Italy
n "Arcadia," in which a father (John Hawkes) and his children drive across America to a new life but can’t shed the one left behind. Directed by Williams College graduate Olivia Silver
n "Gayby," hilarious fantasia about longtime best friends Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay), who decide to fulfill a college promise and have a child together - but complications ensue.
n "Supporting Characters," New England premiere of a romantic comedy/buddy flick: Two film editors juggle their neurotic director and romantic entanglements.
n "Circus Dreams," documentary about traveling Circus Smirkus and the talented teenagers who audition, get coached by Ringling Brothers and Cirque du Soleil, and tour New England.
In keeping with this season’s slogan "Meet Your Filmmakers," every feature film screened at WFF will have a Q&A with guest artists traveling to Williamstown from across America and Canada.
The Festival will also present the highly popular All-Shorts slots, with two different lineups on Friday and Saturday including several Sundance prize-winners.
Besides the four Evening Pass, $80, WFF is also offering a Five Daytime Pass, $50, with which buyers select five $12 events, and a Festival Pass to all events except the Benefit dinner ($165). Each Pass offers a discount of 20 percent off the price of individual tickets.
For more info, tickets and passes: williamstownfilmfest.com, 413-458-9700.