Stony Brook University hosts their 15th Annual International Film Festival July 22-31st in Stony Brook, NY. The 10 day festival expects to host 15,000 film enthusiasts while it screens 32 features and shorts, including seven world premieres and five US premieres. Opening the festival are “The Storm” (US Premiere), and “Bride Fight.” Both are dramas from the Netherlands and directed by Ben Sombogaart. The festival’s World Premieres include “The Pardon” from Tom Anton, based on the true story of Louisiana’s only woman to be sentenced to the electric chair, Toni Jo Henry (played by Jaime King) and the documentary “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” from Peter Miller (“Sacco and Vanzetti,” PBS’s “A Class Apart”). Closing the festival is “Mao’s Last Dancer” (East Coast Premiere), directed by Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”), a true story about Chinese peasant boy who was selected to come to America to study ballet. For more information on the Stony Brook Film Festival, check out www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.
— Sophia Savage