When: Sept. 16-18

Where: University Settlement, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon

Visit: beaconindiefilmfest.org

 

You’ll get a real taste of Beacon at the Beacon Independent Film Festival. Sure, that’s literal, with local food producers Barb’s Butchery, Tito Santana Taqueria, the Hop and Homespun Foods offering treats at University Settlement. But in a figurative sense, the festival reflects Beacon’s diversity and creativity by blending film with music, children’s activities and outdoor community fun.

 

Major screening: “The Bad Kids,” showing at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 17, spotlights a group of teachers at Mojave Desert high school who try different methods to improve their students’ lives. A panel discussion will follow the screening; tickets are $12.

 

Also: The festival opens with music, specifically, a concert by local band Pontoon. Then comes “Bridge Music,” which follows Joseph Bertolozzi’s attempt to make music with the Mid-Hudson Bridge, opening the festival, and “A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story,” which documents the long-running music show out of Texas. Opening-night tickets are $15. … “Fright Night @ The CineHub” is at 10 p.m. Sept. 17, and includes five frightening short films; tickets are $12. … Dig a free performance by Compass Arts’ Pompatom Ensemble - Beacon children doing poetry and music - at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 18; Compass Arts returns at 2:15 p.m. for a rhythm roundtable and performance workshop.

 

Quotable: “In our fourth year, the Beacon Independent Film Festival remains committed to screening independent films that showcase a wide and diverse variety of topics and issues that are very relevant and are a reflection of the world we live in,” said festival founder Terry Nelson. “It is wonderful to have a strong presence that contributes to Beacon’s reputation as an art mecca within the Hudson Valley.”