Diverse films draw cinephiles

By Casey McShea
Bayside High School
The Stony Brook Film Festival is back for its 21st year with darker-themed movies. Occurring on the Staller Center for the Arts’ main stage, several of the films and shorts featured at this year’s festival are in a language other than English.
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Patrons puchase tickets at the Staller Center for the Arts at the Stony Brook Film Festival on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alex Gelabert.

Patrons puchase tickets at the Staller Center for the Arts at the Stony Brook Film Festival on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alex Gelabert.

By Casey McShea
Bayside High School

The Stony Brook Film Festival is back for its 21st year with darker-themed movies such as “Ma Ma” and “The Dust Storm.”

The festival takes place in Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts, on the center’s main stage, which holds more than 1,000 seats. Last year, the festival sold 15,000 tickets.

Many of the attendees of the film festival cited the fact that the movies shown were much less “Hollywood” and much more diverse as their reason for supporting the event.

“You get sick of the Hollywood movies sometimes,” said Harold Gaynes, who has come to the festival every night this week. “It’s nice to see different experiences from different countries. It’s a different perspective on same subjects that Hollywood touches.”

Several of the films and shorts being featured at this year’s festival are in a language other than English. Some of these are “Italian Miracle,” which is a short in Italian, “Ma Ma,” a film in Spanish, and “Samira,” in Arabic and Hebrew.

Debra Langau, from Dix Hills, agreed that the festival is a better experience than an AMC Multiplex.

“We hate the multiplex AMC,” Langau laughed. “I’m more of an Internet girl.”

She also enjoyed the culturally diverse aspect of the festival.

“You can learn a lot about different cultures by watching films from those different countries,” Langau said.