“Chef Bear’s Picnic” was created by artist Isobel Anderson-Dagon and sponsored by The Hotel Fauchere.
Tickets and passes are available at the BBFF office at 221 Broad Street, Milford, from 1 to 5 p.m. or online at www.blackbearfilmfestival.com; or visit Upriver Home, 202 Broad St. Milford, or Milford Theatre Box Office, 114 E. Catharine St. during the event. Most main stage films are $12 ($10 in advance); children’s films are $5; salon programs are free. Special passes for the opening night gala dinner, featuring gourmet foods prepared by local businesses, are also available for purchase.
BBFF will present its 2012 Black Bear Film Salon, which showcases cutting-edge short films, student productions, documentaries and more, at no charge. Throughout the weekend, guest speakers will engage in discussions with audience members on the history and production process of select films. The salon will take place at St. Patrick’s Social Hall, on the corner of East High and Fourth streets in Milford, a block away from the Milford Theatre, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Highlights include:
• “The Sky is Pink,” the new anti-fracking film by Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated “Gasland”
• The Young Amateur Film-Makers’ Forum, featuring submissions from local middle and high school students
• “Sourlands,” a new film by award-winning reporter, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Jared Flesher on the fight for ecological sustainability
• The world premiere of “Forces of Nature,” a new production from Grey Towers Heritage Association
• An award-winning documentary, “9000 Needles,” presented by Worker Bee Community Acupuncture of Milford
• “Editor Uncut,” a work-in-progress by Tom Hayes about his father, legendary “Esquire” editor Harold Hayes
• Guest lecturers John DiLeo, author of “Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies,” and Penn State film professor John Riddle’s tribute to the late Chris Marker