Glimmerglass Film Days

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Otsego 2000 is pleased to announce the launch of Glimmerglass Film Days, a showcase for powerful films reflecting humanity’s complex relationships with the natural world, November 8-10, 2013 in Cooperstown, New York. The inaugural festival features screenings of eight award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists and aficionados in a 3-day series enlivened by local food tastings, and optional trail hikes and bike tours, all designed to celebrate the natural and historic resources of the Cooperstown region. More.

2013 Films

HarmonyA New Way of Looking at Our World, narrated by environmental advocate HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.  An inspiring look at the challenges of global climate change featuring “breathtaking and beautifully filmed” panoramas. (NY Times).  90 minutes.
Screening: November 8, 5:30 pm.  Baseball Hall of Fame.

Drums Along the Mohawk Director John Ford’s first Technicolor film, nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Henry Fonda & Claudette Colbert are newlywed settlers trying to make a home in the Mohawk Valley during the American Colonial period.  A “Vigorous, courageous story” (Leonard Matlin) recently restored to glorious color. 144 min.
Screening: November 8, 9 pm. Templeton Hall.

Microcosmos Bees, bugs, snails, spiders, mites and beetles, filmed in close-up, slow-motion, and time-lapse.  These small creatures, seen in meadows and ponds, collect nectar, mate, roll dung, catch prey and fascinate viewers of all ages. Winner of  ’96 Cannes Film Festival,  Grand Technical Prize. French biologists-turned-filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou join us to present the film.   77 min.
Screening: November 9, 10:00 am. Chapel at Presbyterian Church.

Field of Enchantment Two children fall under the spell of a wild, deserted pond that becomes a secret kingdom. “Soigné score and soundscape imbuing everyday animals with rare grace” (Variety).  French biologists-turned-filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou join us to present the film.  81 minutes.
Screening: November 9, 1:30 pm. Fenimore Art Museum.

Drill Baby Drill A tiny Polish village in a pristine agricultural area discovers Chevron plans to drill a shale gas well in their midst. When bulldozers arrive, the villagers mobilize. Utica-native director Lech Kowalski presents his film about the first-ever farmer rebellion against one of the world’s largest energy corporations .  84 min.
Screening: November 9, 4 pm. Fenimore Art Museum.

32nd Black Maria Film Festival Selected short films about the natural world from the Black Maria Film Festival. For 25 years, this alternative festival has “championed cinema on the margins of popular culture” (Museum of Modern Art). Festival founding director John Columbus presents.   2 hours.
Screening: November 9, 6 pm. Cooperstown Distillery. SOLD OUT!

Cooper on Film: The Three Faces of Hawkeye  Silent in 1920, technicolor in 1936, resplendent  in 1991. What do they tell us?  Author Peter Rutkoff, (Professor and Chair, American Studies,  Kenyon College) leads an interactive screening and discussion of the cinematic representations of Last of The Mohicans.  2 hours.
Screening: November 10, 10 am. Templeton Hall.

Rivers and Tides A profile of artist Andy Goldsworthy, a “latter-day Impressionist” (Smithsonian Magazine) who uses nature as his canvas. The film follows Goldsworthy as he creates mutable sculptures in natural settings, using driftwood, ice, mud, leaves and stones.  90 minutes.
Screening: November 10, 1:30 pm. Fenimore Art Museum.

Chasing Ice One man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering evidence of undeniable climate change.  Photographer James Balog, at first a skeptic, traveled to the Arctic, Iceland, and other ice-covered regions  to give visual voice to the planet’s changing ecosystems. A New York Times “Critics’ Pick” 74 minutes.
Screening: November 10, 3:30 pm. Fenimore Art Museum.

More than Honey  Bees pollinate over 80% of all earth’s plant species, and are rapidly disappearing from the planet.  “Spectacularly beautiful cinematography” (NY Times) illuminates this crisis with state-of-the art close-ups inside the hives where  bees are working symbiotically,  and slow motion footage of bees in flight. 91 minutes.
Screening: November 10, 6 pm. Fenimore Art Museum.


Single Film Tickets

Advance price: $5 each

$6 at the door

Opening Party at Smithy Center for the Arts


The 32nd Black Maria Film Festival

Includes local foods buffet and cash bar offering locally crafted brews and spirits

Advance price: $20

$25 at the door

Cooper on Film: Three Faces of Hawkeye

Includes farm-to-table brunch

Advance price: $20

$25 at the door

Closing Party at Fenimore Art Museum



Patron Pass

All-inclusive, tax-deductible contribution, register by Nov 1 for listing in program


Glimmerglass Pass



Templeton Pass

8 films, Black Maria and Cooper on Film


Natty Bumppo Pass

5 films, excluding Black Maria and Cooper on Film


To purchase passes or tickets, please call 607-547-8881 or email  Payment methods: cash, check, Mastercard or Visa.