The last half of October features several film festivals, including panel discussions with the filmmakers. Here are three to put on your calendar.
Margaret Mead Film Festival – This four-day festival honors the legacy of anthropologist Margaret Mead, whose groundbreaking approach revealed how our own histories, values, and points of view frame our encounters with other cultures and communities. In addition to film screenings, there are panels, parties, and the Mead Mixed Media Lounge where filmmakers, scholars, and t audience members exchange ideas. Thursday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 22.
- Get tickets from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with no surcharge.
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival – More than 100 films from 35 countries, about climate change, saving elephants and tigers, dolphins and whales, disappearing coral reefs, growth of plastics in the ocean, and more. One of the featured films is Elephants in the Coffee, about how the expansion of coffee plantations in Southern India has led to torture and killing of elephants, and deaths of workers. With hundreds of people and dozens of elephants dying each year, the film explores whether farmers can co-exist with this endangered animal, and the role of such companies as Starbucks in the death of endangered Indian elephants. Oct. 20-26 at Cinema Village Theater, 22 East 12th St. and University Place.
- Tickets are $18 online or $30 at the door, for a “series” of three or four films and panel discussions with the filmmakers.
NYC Horror Film Festival – Get ready for Halloween on Oct. 22-29 at the Cinepolis Chelsea movie theater. This film festival includes vampires and other monsters, and appearances by filmmakers. The schedule includes both shorts and full-length features.