A Film Festival in the Village of Brewster (VOB)? On Saturday, September 1st, be prepared to visit the Village and enjoy the first annual VOB Food and Film Festival on Oak Street, centered around the Historic Walter Brewster House.
You may ask why the Village of Brewster was selected as the venue for a hip and new event to Putnam County. The reason is just that simple – the VOB is a very up and coming place and many of its residents, businesses and local politicians would agree. It did, however, require the help of old and new friends.
The Festival was the dream of Bob and Stacy Dumont, who also founded ArtBeat in 2011. The Festival needed a sponsor, and up stepped the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. “It was a natural fit for us to help with this,” says Rose Aglieco, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We had such a successful partnership with ArtBeat, it was hard to say no to this opportunity.” The Brewster Chamber and its membership rallied around the Festival by canvasing members for donations, providing a band and entertainment, and participating in judging the films.
Bill Flash, a Financial Advisor in the Chamber, is also a member of the Second Saturday Band, which performed at ArtBeat and will also provide music for the Festival. “When we were approached about this opportunity, all of our band members wanted to contribute to the first Festival. It was something we could all point to and say, ‘We were there at the start.’” Brewster’s Melissa Jones will also be performing in the band, Melissa Jones and State of Being.
The Food Festival runs from 4PM-7PM followed by the Film Festival from 8pm-10:30pm. Oak Street will be closed to traffic from 4-7pm. Performers will play music from 4pm to 8pm, while food vendors sell dinner until 7pm. Vendors include barbeque from 151 Grill, an Italian grill from the Italian American Club, Coffee Roasters, Sweet Express, and Kobackers Market.
The Film Festival will come to life at 8pm. This inaugural event will include a dozen independent short films (20 minutes or less) which were submitted by several local directors and from filmmakers across the nation. Stacy Dumont, chairperson the Film Committee, explains her vision of the Festival: “We wanted to provide local filmmakers a place to show off their talent, while getting Brewster recognized for its growing potential as an arts community.” The Festival was advertised on the internet and in newspapers, targeting new, college filmmakers and fledgling production companies. “The talent we discovered was delightful. The films and directors we chose represent a variety of genres, ages, and levels of professionalism. ” Dumont adds. The Festival is rated PG. Films will be shown on a 26-foot screen on the sweeping lawn of the Walter Brewster House. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs. “This is going to be an exciting day in the Village,” says Aglieco. This event is free to attend.
The Walter Brewster House will also be open for tours throughout the day. The Festival will have a rain date of Sunday, September 2nd. For more information, visit www.VOBFilmFestival.com, email info@VOBFilmFestival.com, or call 845-279-2477.