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Rural Route Film Festival

Aug 2 — Aug 4, 2013

Organized by Alan Webber, Rural Route Film Festival

With live music in the Museum’s new courtyard Saturday and Sunday and local food provided by The Astor Bake Shop on Saturday (1:00–7:00 p.m.)

Live performances:

This Frontier Needs Heroes (Brooklyn alternative folk), Saturday 1:00–1:45 p.m. & 3:45–4:30 p.m.

Gimagua (Colombian rumba flamenco), Saturday, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Vlada Tomova’s Bulgarian Voices Trio (Bulgarian and Russian folk harmonies), Sunday 1:00–1:45 p.m. & 4:00–4:45 p.m.

The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with unique people and places outside of the bustle of the city. Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled, and learning something new about our constantly amazing world. Whether it be a modern-day western set in Chilean desert, a documentary about two Chinese women thrust into the worldwide economic downturn, or a touching drama about a forced marriage in a Senegalese village, the festival screens work about rare people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media. Screenings include top quality, cutting-edge contemporary as well as works by such master filmmakers as Werner Herzog and Les Blank. 

In addition to the events at the Museum, there will be a kick-off party on Thursday, August 1 at Strand Smokehouse in Astoria from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., a closing night screening and party at Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City on Sunday, August 4, and a screening at the Broadway branch of the Queens Library on Saturday, July 27. For information about these and other Rural Route Film Festival events, visit