August 17th

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When local couple, Lee and Sonda Miller heard Black Bear Film Festival president Max Brinson say, “We like to celebrate local talent,” they quickly responded with an offer to host a fundraiser at their charming home. Their home, The Governor’s Retreat, has been featured in many lifestyle magazines and is sought by location scouts. The event has been named “Notte Italiana” and will feature an Italian themed evening of food, fun and film. A special Italian dinner will be prepared by local celebrity chef Doug Cosh and music will be played by Joe Ferry. The event will also feature a home tour and a sneak peek of Profondo, one of the films to be screened at this year’s Black Bear Film Festival. Additionally, a short film by the Miller’s daughter, Kiersten, will be shown. "The Performance: Sex Like Birth” is, according to Bellies Abroad ( a “short film {which} highlights how atmosphere, attitudes and interventions can influence birth by comparing it to sex," which has more than two million YouTube hits and has been translated into eight languages.

Tickets are $100 per guest, with all proceeds to benefit Black Bear. The event is limited to 75 guests and begins at 6pm on August 17th.
Tickets may be reserved by email at or individually purchased below.


Monthly table reads

Black Bear supports local writers and filmmakers by offering a Table Read every Second Tuesday at the Festival Headquarters. Contact Black Bear if you would like to schedule your script to be read by actors. Anyone interested in the process is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to

October 18-20

This year’s Black Bear Film Festival will take place the weekend of October 18-20th. We hope that you save the date on your calendar and join us for a weekend filled with films and events. More info to follow as it becomes available! Traditionally, our program is released in early September and ticket sales begin in mid September.