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Williamstown fest skeds Weaver tribute

Event to include indie screenings, seminars, 'Troopers' opener

The Williamstown (Mass.) Film Festival has announced its third season’s lineup. Skedded events include screenings of eight indie pics, seminars and a salute to Sigourney Weaver.

Massachusetts fest will open with Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers,” the first film picked up at the Sundance fest this year. Written by and starring comedy troupe Broken Lizard, it depicts the wild antics of five Vermont state troopers.

Weaver will be lauded Sept. 29 with a day’s worth of tributes, including a lunch seminar; a screening of her personal favorite among her films, “A Map of the World”; and an evening reception and open Q&A.

Other pics in the fest include “Drop Back Ten,” by local alum Stacy Cochran (“My New Gun”); Richard Linklater’s “Tape,” starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman; and closing night’s “Lisa Picard Is Famous,” presented by helmer Griffin Dunne, and writer-stars Laura Kirk and Nat De Wolf.

In the culturally abundant Berkshires, the festival is trying to make a mark despite its new-kid status.

“Film has long been a kind of missing link in the Berkshires, an otherwise incredibly rich part of America in terms of high culture, so we’re trying to fill that artistic gap.” said Steve Lawson, fest director.

Fest will unspool over two weekends Sept. 21-30, moving from its previous June slot to take advantage of extra time and the presence of students on the Williams College campus. Screenings will take place in local institutions including contemporary art space MassMoca in neighboring North Adams.

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