The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, (RIFF), set for October 18 through October 21, will host a roster of films that includes 103 films from 20 countries, featuring thought provoking documentaries, compelling dramas and comedies by emerging and seasoned filmmakers, engaging animated shorts, and family-friendly programming. The festival will also include awards ceremonies throughout the run. RIFF is committed to showcasing independent films that enlighten, entertain and inspire moviegoers through compelling visual storytelling.

“RIFF 2018 has been reimagined and programmed as a film-lover’s festival with something for everyone,” says RIFF Festival Director Megan Smith-Harris.

Opening the festival is actor Paul Dano’s (12 Years a Slave, Love & Mercy) directorial debut film, Wildlife. Dano, a 2002 graduate of Wilton High School, in Connecticut, wrote the adapted screenplay along with Zoe Kazan from Richard Ford’s American classic. Wildlife stars Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbourgh and Bill Camp, and centers on the story of a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parent’s marriage after their move to Montana. Wildlife will screen Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m., at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT, the day before the film opens in a limited theatrical release.

Among the featured documentaries showing at the festival is SAY HER NAME: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland directed by Oscar-nominated Connecticut based directors David Heilbroner and Kate Davis. In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of racially motivated police murder, and Sandra became an emblem for activists nationwide, leaving millions to question, “What really happened to Sandra Bland?” A moderated conversation with Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, along with Sandra Bland’s sisters Sharon Cooper and Shanté Needham will follow the film, to be shown Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2:00 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Actor, singer Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) will be the featured guest in the inaugural “RIFF’ing With…,” a newly launched series of live interviews with filmmakers and actors that explores their careers and provides an insight into what it takes to remain a top-notch artist. Williams, who hails from New Canaan, CT, and stars in the upcoming Richard Shepard film, The Perfection, will discuss before a live audience her career in film and television, Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield.

Closing the festival is the inspirational documentary Purple Dreams, directed by Joanne Hock. The film brings to life an extraordinary Arts in Education success story.

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