Jan
17
Fri
Warming Winter Reds Wine Dinner with Steve Dixon, Vineyard Road @ Chez Nous
Jan 17 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a delicious, cozy winter menu featuring wines curated to warm you on a winter night! A great opportunity to tour Europe without leaving the Berkshires.  We hope to see you there!

Warming Winter Reds Wine Dinner

With Steve Dixon, Vineyard Roads Wines

Friday, January 16, 2020 6:15pm

Welcome: Crispy, Spicy Crab Fritter

Pere Mata, Cava Brut Reserva Rose, NV.

Heirloom Einkorn Salad, Olives, Walnuts, Currants, Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Tio Uco, Toro 2017 (Garnacha/Tempranillo)

Duck Confit, Potatoes Sardalaise

Vincent Paris, Crozes-Hermitage, 2018

Grilled Steak Bordelaise, Red Wine & Bone Marrow Sauce

Chateau d’Issan, Le Haut-Medoc d’Issan, 2015

Caramelized Apple Kouign Amann

Domaine Huet, Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu, Moelleux, 2018

$78. per person, excluding tax & gratuity

Jan
22
Wed
Community Night Wednesday January 22 Dine for Community Health Programs @ Chez Nous
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

 

CHP is the health care home to more than 32,000 Berkshire region residents. Our Family Services program continues to impact the lives of hundreds of young families throughout Southern Berkshire County.

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

January 15Berkshire Immigrant Center Berkshire Immigrant Center assists individuals and families in making the adjustment to a new land, meeting basic needs, helping them to become participants in our community. The Center builds bridges of understanding across cultures, to fight racism and discrimination in all forms, and to advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds.

January 22Community Health Programs CHP is the health care home to more than 32,000 Berkshire region residents. Family Services program impact the lives of hundreds of families throughout Berkshire County.

January 29: Soldier On: Catherine A. Doherty Veterans Community Residence The new project in Pittsfield, MA, will provide fourteen affordable one-bedroom supportive housing units in a small community setting, which is best suited for serving female veterans who have experienced higher levels of trauma, including military sexual trauma, post traumatic stress, or residual effects of early childhood trauma.

February 5Community Access to the Arts CATA nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts.

February 12: Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

February 19 Flying Cloud Institute programs promote creative thinking, problem solving, and mastery learning in STEM discliplines through an integrated approach. They provide children from kindergarten through high school with opportunities to engage in real world experiences under the supervision of professionals in these fields who inspire them to reach their full potential.

February 26 Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP) was established as a regional coalition of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) in 2009 with a mission of reducing self-harm and suicides. The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. BCSP is part of a network of regional coalitions throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

Jan
23
Thu
Women in Film Seminar – “Invisible: Female Fim Makers Before 1960”
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” here at the mansion. The classes are scheduled for Thursdays, January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13, all at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ventfort Hall board member Birgit Vetromile is the sponsor for the film series.

Gilder asks these questions, “Imagine telling the history of film without the first director to use the camera to tell a story, or the first feature length animated movie?”  “Who was the first surrealist filmmaker, or the director of the first movie of the French New Wave?”

“For decades these milestones have actually been relegated to a dusty corner of film history,” according to Gilder, “pushed aside in favor of a straightforward narrative of brilliant men behind the camera and beautiful women in front of it. Films directed by women in the early decades of cinematography have been considered obscure curiosities, but the truth is much richer and more complex.”

Gilder will delve into how actress Ida Lupino became a writer/director/producer who changed the face of American independent film, how Dorothy Arzner’s technical innovations in the early sound era untethered actors, giving them the freedom to move and express themselves, how Lotte Reiniger’s magic scissors and multi-plane camera opened up worlds of animation or how Alice Guy came to make of the first non-documentary film.

Female directors included in the seminar were nominated for Oscars and won awards at Cannes and Venice. Their films influenced such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scoresse and Francis Ford Coppola.

The seminar will offer a glimpse into movies that changed the face of cinema, but today are hard to find.  Each of the four classes will examine short and feature-length films in the context of these themes: January 23, The Birth of Cinema – Alice Guy (short) and Ida Lupino (feature); January 30, Dancer & Director – Shirley Clarke (short) and Dorothy Arzner (feature); February 6, Worlds of Animation – TBA (short) and Lotte Reiniger (feature), and February 13, Obsession – Wendy Toye (short) and Jacqueline Audry (feature).

Gilder comments, “The seminar will reveal that not only were women making films in the classical period of cinema, but they were crafting beautiful, vibrant pieces of entertainment. The history of film is inseparable from the history of women in film.”

Gilder has appeared on the film podcast Citizen Dame. Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets for the Women in Film seminar are $15 for each of the four classes or $50 for the four-part series.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Jan
29
Wed
Community Night Wednesday January 29 Dine for Soldier On: Women’s Residency Program @ Chez Nous
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

The women’s program at Soldier On has been providing services to women veterans since 2005. We foster a supportive environment of peers as women prepare for their transition to independent or family life. The program provides our women veterans with a safe, structured environment that gives them a chance to regain a stable footing after returning from active duty.

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

 

January 29: Soldier On: Catherine A. Doherty Veterans Community Residence The new project in Pittsfield, MA, will provide fourteen affordable one-bedroom supportive housing units in a small community setting, which is best suited for serving female veterans who have experienced higher levels of trauma, including military sexual trauma, post traumatic stress, or residual effects of early childhood trauma.

February 5Community Access to the Arts CATA nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts.

February 12: Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

February 19 Flying Cloud Institute programs promote creative thinking, problem solving, and mastery learning in STEM discliplines through an integrated approach. They provide children from kindergarten through high school with opportunities to engage in real world experiences under the supervision of professionals in these fields who inspire them to reach their full potential.

February 26 Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP) was established as a regional coalition of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) in 2009 with a mission of reducing self-harm and suicides. The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. BCSP is part of a network of regional coalitions throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

Jan
30
Thu
Women in Film Seminar – “Invisible: Female Fim Makers Before 1960”
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” here at the mansion. The classes are scheduled for Thursdays, January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13, all at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ventfort Hall board member Birgit Vetromile is the sponsor for the film series.

Gilder asks these questions, “Imagine telling the history of film without the first director to use the camera to tell a story, or the first feature length animated movie?”  “Who was the first surrealist filmmaker, or the director of the first movie of the French New Wave?”

“For decades these milestones have actually been relegated to a dusty corner of film history,” according to Gilder, “pushed aside in favor of a straightforward narrative of brilliant men behind the camera and beautiful women in front of it. Films directed by women in the early decades of cinematography have been considered obscure curiosities, but the truth is much richer and more complex.”

Gilder will delve into how actress Ida Lupino became a writer/director/producer who changed the face of American independent film, how Dorothy Arzner’s technical innovations in the early sound era untethered actors, giving them the freedom to move and express themselves, how Lotte Reiniger’s magic scissors and multi-plane camera opened up worlds of animation or how Alice Guy came to make of the first non-documentary film.

Female directors included in the seminar were nominated for Oscars and won awards at Cannes and Venice. Their films influenced such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scoresse and Francis Ford Coppola.

The seminar will offer a glimpse into movies that changed the face of cinema, but today are hard to find.  Each of the four classes will examine short and feature-length films in the context of these themes: January 23, The Birth of Cinema – Alice Guy (short) and Ida Lupino (feature); January 30, Dancer & Director – Shirley Clarke (short) and Dorothy Arzner (feature); February 6, Worlds of Animation – TBA (short) and Lotte Reiniger (feature), and February 13, Obsession – Wendy Toye (short) and Jacqueline Audry (feature).

Gilder comments, “The seminar will reveal that not only were women making films in the classical period of cinema, but they were crafting beautiful, vibrant pieces of entertainment. The history of film is inseparable from the history of women in film.”

Gilder has appeared on the film podcast Citizen Dame. Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets for the Women in Film seminar are $15 for each of the four classes or $50 for the four-part series.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Feb
5
Wed
Community Night Wednesday February 5 Dine for Community Access to the Arts @ Chez Nous
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

Through a rich array of arts workshops—in painting, dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, creative writing, and more— CATA artists tap into their potential, explore new talents, and share their unique points of view. Public events including our annual performance and year-round art exhibits bring our whole community into the act—shining a light on the ability within disability.

CATA’s vision of inclusion takes work. Our arts workshops take place weekly so that our artists have the chance to build on their talents, class after class. We forge strong partnerships with other organizations — social service agencies, day-habilitation programs, residences, and schools— so we can reach as many people with disabilities as possible. We hire professional faculty–all working artists themselves–to lead our programs. Because that’s what our CATA artists deserve. And, we work closely with prominent cultural organizations to showcase the talents of our CATA artists for our whole community, in art exhibits, performances, and poetry readings.

CATA is about creating the community we all believe in: one that recognizes the value of ALL of its members.

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

 

February 5Community Access to the Arts CATA nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through the arts.

February 12: Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

February 19 Flying Cloud Institute programs promote creative thinking, problem solving, and mastery learning in STEM discliplines through an integrated approach. They provide children from kindergarten through high school with opportunities to engage in real world experiences under the supervision of professionals in these fields who inspire them to reach their full potential.

February 26 Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP) was established as a regional coalition of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) in 2009 with a mission of reducing self-harm and suicides. The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. BCSP is part of a network of regional coalitions throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

Feb
6
Thu
Women in Film Seminar – “Invisible: Female Fim Makers Before 1960”
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” here at the mansion. The classes are scheduled for Thursdays, January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13, all at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ventfort Hall board member Birgit Vetromile is the sponsor for the film series.

Gilder asks these questions, “Imagine telling the history of film without the first director to use the camera to tell a story, or the first feature length animated movie?”  “Who was the first surrealist filmmaker, or the director of the first movie of the French New Wave?”

“For decades these milestones have actually been relegated to a dusty corner of film history,” according to Gilder, “pushed aside in favor of a straightforward narrative of brilliant men behind the camera and beautiful women in front of it. Films directed by women in the early decades of cinematography have been considered obscure curiosities, but the truth is much richer and more complex.”

Gilder will delve into how actress Ida Lupino became a writer/director/producer who changed the face of American independent film, how Dorothy Arzner’s technical innovations in the early sound era untethered actors, giving them the freedom to move and express themselves, how Lotte Reiniger’s magic scissors and multi-plane camera opened up worlds of animation or how Alice Guy came to make of the first non-documentary film.

Female directors included in the seminar were nominated for Oscars and won awards at Cannes and Venice. Their films influenced such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scoresse and Francis Ford Coppola.

The seminar will offer a glimpse into movies that changed the face of cinema, but today are hard to find.  Each of the four classes will examine short and feature-length films in the context of these themes: January 23, The Birth of Cinema – Alice Guy (short) and Ida Lupino (feature); January 30, Dancer & Director – Shirley Clarke (short) and Dorothy Arzner (feature); February 6, Worlds of Animation – TBA (short) and Lotte Reiniger (feature), and February 13, Obsession – Wendy Toye (short) and Jacqueline Audry (feature).

Gilder comments, “The seminar will reveal that not only were women making films in the classical period of cinema, but they were crafting beautiful, vibrant pieces of entertainment. The history of film is inseparable from the history of women in film.”

Gilder has appeared on the film podcast Citizen Dame. Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets for the Women in Film seminar are $15 for each of the four classes or $50 for the four-part series.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Feb
9
Sun
Winter Book Club at The Mount – The Age of Innocence @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Winter Book Club

Join us for lively discussions of Edith Wharton’s acclaimed works in the Drawing Room at The Mount. This year we have selected Old New YorkIn Morocco, and The Age of Innocence. Light refreshments provided. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Old New York

December 8 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

Old New York (1924) is a collection of four novellas by Edith Wharton, revolving around upper-class New York City society in the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s. The decades indicated in the subtitles to the stories make them prequels, after a fashion, to The Age of Innocence. All five might as well be cut from the same bolt of cloth, sharing settings, characters, social insight, a similar knowing eye for a telling detail, and the occasional prop (a canary coach, an ormolu clock).

 

In Morocco

January 12 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

Published in Scribner’s in 1920, the book is an account of Edith Wharton’s visit to the French colony, perhaps the worst of the war years. In the summer of 1917, Wharton leapt at an unexpected opportunity to visit French Morocco, France’s fledgling colony in North Africa. In need of income, she convinced Scribner’s, her publisher, to let her write about the trip. The result was In Morocco, part travelogue, part exploration of the lives of Moroccan women, and part precolonial tract.

The Age of Innocence

February 9 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

The Age of Innocence was Edith Wharton’s twelfth novel, initially serialized in 1920 in four parts, in the magazine Pictorial Review. Later that year, it was released as a book by D. Appleton & Company. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Though the committee had initially agreed to give the award to Sinclair Lewis for Main Street, the judges, in rejecting his book on political grounds, “established Wharton as the American ‘First Lady of Letters’. The story is set in the 1870s, in upper-class, “Gilded-Age” New York City.

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Register here

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, info@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Feb
12
Wed
Community Night Wednesday February 12 Dine for Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative @ Chez Nous
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

BFMC:

  • Develops courses, lectures and seminars at our local colleges, universities and high schools
  • Creates job opportunities for local professionals in the film and media industry
  • Networks our local professionals and introduces them to local businesses who need film/video for their marketing, promotion and social media.
  • Acts as a resource for visiting productions providing connections to local cast, crew and services.

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

 

February 12: Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

February 19 Flying Cloud Institute programs promote creative thinking, problem solving, and mastery learning in STEM discliplines through an integrated approach. They provide children from kindergarten through high school with opportunities to engage in real world experiences under the supervision of professionals in these fields who inspire them to reach their full potential.

February 26 Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP) was established as a regional coalition of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) in 2009 with a mission of reducing self-harm and suicides. The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. BCSP is part of a network of regional coalitions throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

Feb
13
Thu
Women in Film Seminar – “Invisible: Female Fim Makers Before 1960”
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” here at the mansion. The classes are scheduled for Thursdays, January 23 and 30, February 6 and 13, all at 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Ventfort Hall board member Birgit Vetromile is the sponsor for the film series.

Gilder asks these questions, “Imagine telling the history of film without the first director to use the camera to tell a story, or the first feature length animated movie?”  “Who was the first surrealist filmmaker, or the director of the first movie of the French New Wave?”

“For decades these milestones have actually been relegated to a dusty corner of film history,” according to Gilder, “pushed aside in favor of a straightforward narrative of brilliant men behind the camera and beautiful women in front of it. Films directed by women in the early decades of cinematography have been considered obscure curiosities, but the truth is much richer and more complex.”

Gilder will delve into how actress Ida Lupino became a writer/director/producer who changed the face of American independent film, how Dorothy Arzner’s technical innovations in the early sound era untethered actors, giving them the freedom to move and express themselves, how Lotte Reiniger’s magic scissors and multi-plane camera opened up worlds of animation or how Alice Guy came to make of the first non-documentary film.

Female directors included in the seminar were nominated for Oscars and won awards at Cannes and Venice. Their films influenced such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scoresse and Francis Ford Coppola.

The seminar will offer a glimpse into movies that changed the face of cinema, but today are hard to find.  Each of the four classes will examine short and feature-length films in the context of these themes: January 23, The Birth of Cinema – Alice Guy (short) and Ida Lupino (feature); January 30, Dancer & Director – Shirley Clarke (short) and Dorothy Arzner (feature); February 6, Worlds of Animation – TBA (short) and Lotte Reiniger (feature), and February 13, Obsession – Wendy Toye (short) and Jacqueline Audry (feature).

Gilder comments, “The seminar will reveal that not only were women making films in the classical period of cinema, but they were crafting beautiful, vibrant pieces of entertainment. The history of film is inseparable from the history of women in film.”

Gilder has appeared on the film podcast Citizen Dame. Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets for the Women in Film seminar are $15 for each of the four classes or $50 for the four-part series.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.