When: Sept. 16-18
Where: Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., Narrowsburg
With one venue and one weekend, the Big Eddy Film Festival is able to sharpen its focus, showing engaging independent films, and films with real ties to the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the festival - now in its fifth year - aims to grow and inspire community members.
Major screening: It’s Telluride, Toronto and Big Eddy for “Bleed For This,” the hyped tale of boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), who attempts a comeback despite a car-crash injury. “Bleed For This” has heft, including director Ben Younger (Narrowsburg resident, “Boiler Room”), editor Zac Stuart-Pontier (Narrowsburg native, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”) and executive producer Martin Scorsese. Tickets for “Bleed For This” are $10 for the 9 p.m. Sept. 17 screening.
Also: The festival will screen “Paper Moon,” the 1973 film launching Tatum O’Neal’s career, in a retrospective at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. It’s $10 for a ticket, but kids are free. … The opening-night film is “Little Boxes,” about a family tackling race and identity, shot mostly in the Hudson Valley and New York City. That’s at 8 p.m. Sept. 16; tickets are $15. … Short film offerings include a set about “old timers” at 3 p.m. Sept. 17, and a set of films shot in Sullivan County at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 (both $10). … A panel discussion about editing independent film is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and is free.
Quotable: “The script started as a writing assignment,” said Ben Younger about ‘Bleed For This.’ “Once I was well into the writing process, I realized I had a personal connection to Vinny’s story. I hadn’t directed in a while, and he hadn’t fought. In the story, there was a sense of despair and wanting to ‘come back.’”