WILLIAMSTOWN - Oscar-winner John Irving and Treat Williams will help celebrate the 15th year of the Williamstown Film Festival. In addition, the Beatles documentary "Good Ol' Freda," Food Films Night, and Tribeca hits "A Case of You" and "A Birder's Guide to Everything" and Berkshire-based Cherry Cottage are on tap.
The Williamstown Film Festival's 15th Anniversary Season will run Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. On the schedule: 30 films including many New England and Massachusetts premieres, seven parties, and events at MASS MoCA, the Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema and the '62 Center for Theater and Dance.
The four evenings of the Festival (available through tickets or a four-night Pass) are:
Wednesday, Oct. 30
John Irving on Adaptation - The celebrated writer will talk with Williams College professor/WFF board member Jim Shepard about Irving's Oscar-winning adaptation of his novel "The Cider House Rules." Discussion will include clips from the film. Tickets to the event and the event and after party will be available.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Food Films Night - A wildly contrasting pair of movies about cuisine, haute and otherwise: "Diner en Blanc," with the world's largest dinner party staged at a secret location in Paris, and "The Great Chicken Wing Hunt," in which friends comb upstate New York to find the "perfect 10." Wings tasting party after the screening.
"A Birder's Guide to Everything" - Imagine a blend of "Sideways" and "Stand by Me." Four teenagers embark on a wacky Connecticut road trip to track down a supposedly extinct duck. With Ben Kingsley and James LeGros. Joint event with MASS MoCA, preceded by WFF's Benefit dinner. The film's screenwriter Luke Matheny - WFF alumnus and Oscar winner - will do a Q&A.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Special Event to be announced.
Other feature films on the WFF schedule include:
"Cherry Cottage" - The saga of a historic Stockbridge house, directed by Williamstown's David Simonds and narrated by Hans Morris. A story of America told through the prism of a historic building.
"Good Ol' Freda" - A charming portrait of a Liverpudlian teenager who became the Beatles' loyal secretary, and now - 50 years later - shares her stories of working for the Fab Four.
"Skating to New York" - Five young Canadians make a pact to skate across frozen Lake Ontario on foot. A moving tale of friendship, endurance, and quiet heroism.
"Middleton" - With Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga as parents who meet on their different children's campus tour and - to their surprise - strike up a bond.
"A Case of You" - Romantic comedy of a writer (Justin Long) who creates a fictional alter ego to win a girl's affection, but then gets into trouble when she falls for him.
Every feature film will have a Q&A with guest artists. WFF will also present the highly popular All-Shorts slots, with two different lineups on Friday and Saturday. There will be a Lunch Seminar devoted to filmmaking in the Berkshires, with panelists including actor Treat Williams.
Besides the Festival Pass ($150, admission to all events and parties except the Benefit dinner), WFF also has the Four Evenings Pass ($75) and the Five Daytime Pass ($45; select five events). Passes offer hefty discounts off the price of individual tickets.
Tickets and Passes go on sale Friday, Oct. 4 online at williamstownfilmfest.com or by calling the WFF Ticket Line at 413-458-9900.