Connecticut Film Festival Gets Off To Flying Start

April 27, 2012 by  

The curtains went up on the fifth Connecticut Film Festival on Thursday 26th in Danbury, with the intention of bringing some Hollywood style glamor to highlight the city’s downtown area to a fresh audience.

Opening night saw packed crowds at a screening of ‘The Confidence Game’. Directed by Ridgefield brothers Nick and Paul Verbitsky, the documentary outlines the actions taken by Wall Street prior to the worldwide economic meltdown of 2008.

Filmgoers, no doubt drawn to the festival by promotional poster printing along with local news outlets and word of mouth, also had a treat in store in the form of an extensive question and answer session with the people involved in making the documentary. The panel for ‘The Confidence Game’ included Nick Verbitsky and financial whistleblower Eric Kolchinsky.

Prior to the festival, the film had been shown exclusively to audiences at business schools and universities, but the buzz surrounding it is attracting interested parties from overseas. In May, it is due to feature in the London International Film Festival, which is expected to raise its profile even further.

Thomas Carruthers, the festival’s executive director, seemed more than happy with the line up. He called it “one of the most entertaining and intellectually stimulating lineups” for the event since it made its home in Danbury.

Attendees on opening night included some notable local figures, including George Jepson, state Attorney General, and Rev. Joseph Cervera.

The festival runs up to Sunday 29th April, so anyone wishing to attend should act fast.