Week Nine :: Aug. 19–27

The Impact of Cinema: Storytelling and Social Change
A Chautauqua Film and Food Festival

With crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and new distribution channels, films aimed at effecting social and cultural change have found audiences unlike any time in the history of the art form. But how do we measure the impact of such feature and documentary films — from changing minds to changing policy? To close the 2018 season, filmmakers and film lovers gather for a weeklong festival featuring screenings and conversations in venues throughout the grounds, all alongside the Institution’s renowned lecture and arts programs. We consider the filmmaker’s role and intentions as artist, storyteller, journalist, advocate and activist; the business decisions that influence the distribution and marketing campaigns behind such films; and the effectiveness of films to create empathy — and prompt action — in its audiences.

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Chautauqua Food & Film Festival

Join us from Aug. 19 to 24 for a week-long food & film festival. Filmmakers & film and food lovers will gather for a festival featuring screenings, conversations and great food & craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza will once again come alive with a full calendar a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

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