The Tivoli/Bard College International Film Festival
The Tivoli International Film Festival is a non-profit event devoted to screening enlightening, significant, and technically inventive international films whose ideas have been banned or censored for political, cultural, or social reasons. The films shown at the festival will critique and convey themes that are considered subversive in their countries of origin. The festival will illuminate subject matter that may not always reach the mainstream media, but that has an important place on the global stage. The films featured in this 3-day festival will promote the concept of Film as Art and Film as Statement. We will show how the medium is an ever-important vehicle of expression in societies that attempt to veil ideas not in line with the establishment. Recognizing that film is one of the most influential, far reaching, and profitable devices for communicating to a large number of people, we will provide an avenue where important ideas can reach a mainstream audience. Naturally, the nature of the festival draws people from different parts of the world and from many diverse areas of society together in an intellectual setting that promises an exciting exchange of ideas. The event will take place in the town of Tivoli and on the campus of Bard College in New York from June 25th-27th, 2004. Tivoli is a village on the Hudson River located approximately 90 miles north of Manhattan near the towns of Rhinebeck and Hudson. The main venue in Tivoli will be Bard College. Bard is a liberal-arts institution devoted to academic and artistic ventures that contribute to the larger public and cultural life of the nation. Upstate Films, Time and Space Limited, and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center will serve as additional venues for film screenings, speakers, and moderated events. In addition to films, we will supplement the program with lively discussions, distinguished speakers, and art and photo exhibitions--all of which will speak to the concepts of freedom, politics, society, art, religion and culture.
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