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My View: You Don’t Need A Passport To Attend An International Film Festival – Just A Pass To The One In The Berkshires

My View: You Don’t Need A Passport To Attend An International Film Festival – Just A Pass To The One In The Berkshires

You don’t have to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France to see the best new movies from film makers and attend  parties and mingle with glamorous and creative people.   It’s happening in the Berkshires at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF).  Kelley Vickery who founded the festival 12 years ago has brought the best of independent film from around the world to  the historic Mahwaie Theatre,  the Triplex Cinema and The Beacon in Great Barrington and Pittsfield Mass. It’s a four day event of great movies, Q&A, discussions, special events, and parties.  This year’s festival paid tribute to Academy Award winning actor, Christopher Plummer. He didn’t need his passport to travel to the Berkshires, just a pass to the BIFF.

It would be easier to list the awards Christopher Plummer hasn’t won in his nearly seven decades of work in film, television, stage and concert halls. Multiple Tony awards, Emmy awards, the Golden Globe, the Genie, Screen Actor’s Awards, Canada’s Companion of Honor, countless Film Critic honors, and of course an Academy Award for a body of work this is nothing less than an encyclopedia of the arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries. And if awards were given for living life to its fullest, Christopher Plummer would hve run out of clever acceptance speeches by now. A legendary rake. A lustful lush. A Classical musician. An adroit raconteur. A world traveller. The drinking buddy of Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney.  He has known, loved, drunk, acted and/or brawled with everyone who is anyone in the past seventy years of international celebrity.  David Edelstein chief film critic of New York & CBS Morning conducted a fascinating and at times very frank discussion with Mr. Plummer on the stage of the Mahwaie before his new movie The Exception was screened.  BTW being at a private dinner and “becoming a drinking buddy” of Christopher Plummer was pretty exciting too.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Christopher Plummer at BIFF go to

The Berkshire International Film Festival runs from June 1-4   info at

Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer & Kelley Vickery

Christopher Plummer & Kelley Vickery, Founder/Director BIFF

Christopher Plummer & Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Richard Grausman, Susan Grousman


Elizabeth Aspenlieder, advisor board, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff

Douglas Trumbull, Film Director Silent Running and special effects creator of  Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters, Blade Runner, Startrek

2017 Berkshire International Film Festival

Berkshire International FIlm Festival
June 1-4

Christopher Plummer

(For complete photos of Christopher Plummer at BIFF go to


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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