Each November, Glimmerglass Film Days offers a long weekend of thought-provoking independent films, from personal and powerful documentaries and award-winning features to experimental shorts and entertaining kids’ films.
The festival features filmmaker Q&As and guest speakers, receptions with local food and drink, a companion art exhibit, guided walks, hikes, and the opportunity to explore the Cooperstown/Otsego region and its cultural, historic and natural resources.
Each year, Glimmerglass Film Days chooses a theme that explores humanity’s complex relationship with the natural world. Themes have included: “Against the Odds,” “Sacred Places,” and “It’s About the Water.”
Film Days, a program of Otsego 2000, is curated by Peggy Parsons, founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Films are screened throughout the Cooperstown area at venues such as the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Otesaga Resort Hotel.
The novelist James Fenimore Cooper pioneered a 200-year-old environmental ethic on the shores of Cooperstown’s Otsego Lake, which he called “Glimmerglass.” This legacy inspired the film festival’s name.