Humphrey Bogart's connection to Canandaigua Lake will be celebrated with five days of films and fun in the second annual Bogart Film Festival. Bogart spent 13 summers of his youth at his parent's cottage on Canandaigua Lake's Seneca Point.
In addition to film screenings, this year's festivities include a Mystery Dinner Theater, Scavenger Hunt, Dinner and a Movie, and a Look Alike Contest. Photographs of the Bogart home and gardens on Seneca Point and other Bogart memorabilia will be on display at the South Bristol Cultural Center.
Four of Bogart's best films will be presented at different venues around Canandaigua Lake.
“Treasure of the Sierra Madre” will be shown at 8 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Naples High School Auditorium. Bogart is the greed-crazed Fred C. Dobbs on a hunt for gold in Mexico. Oscars were awarded to Walter Huston for Best Supporting Actor and son John Huston for Best Director and Screenplay, but it was Bogie who mastered the richest and most demanding role. This film is 13th on the American Film Institute (AFI) list of “America's Greatest Movies.” Moviegoers can show their ticket at the Naples Hotel for a 10 percent discount on dinner.
“The Maltese Falcon” will be screened at 8 p.m. on Aug. 19 at the Canandaigua Academy Auditorium. As Sam Spade, Bogart indelibly defined the noir detective as “the white knight of the dark streets.” Dashiell Hammett's pulp fiction masterpiece comes alive in this classic, filled with characters, scenes and dialogue that are among the most memorable ever filmed. A 10 percent discount on dinner at O'Brien's Bar and Grille is available by showing a ticket.
Friday evening, Aug. 20, a Mystery Dinner Theater will take place at Bristol Mountain's Sunset Lodge, Route 64 in South Bristol. Beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Nada Clue Productions will present an interactive, suspenseful theatrical production titled “All the Usual Suspects”. No one will know when the mystery starts as the crowd gathers. This fun evening with Bogie will test participants' detective skills as they enjoy the entertainment.
A Drive–In Movie at the Center's Barn at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, will feature “Key Largo.” Bogart and Bacall head a stellar cast, with Edward G. Robinson as gangster Johnny Rocco. This atmospheric drama was crafted by giants of the cinema: director John Huston and screenwriter Richard Brooks, from a play by Maxwell Anderson.
Preceding the evening's showing will be the announcement at 8 p.m. of the winning team in “The Game's Afoot” Scavenger Hunt. Teams of up to four will compete for a $500 Grand Prize by gathering clues hidden around the area from Canandaigua to Naples and by being the first team to solve all the riddles. Lunch and registration is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Center, where teams will be given their first clue and rules. Registration is required.
The final day of the festival, Sunday Aug. 22, the South Bristol Cultural Center will be transformed into Rick's Americaîn Café for the encore presentation of CASABLANCA. This is filmmaking at its finest, flavored by an exotic locale and rich characterizations with Humphrey Bogart as Rick and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa. Their tale has been voted “America's Greatest Love Story” and ranked second only to Citizen Kane among “America's Greatest Movies” in AFI surveys of film industry experts. For those who come dressed as their favorite Casablanca character, admission is free. The best costume will win a prize. Tissues (for tears) and refreshments will be available.
Ticket information: movie tickets are $8. Mystery Dinner Theater is $50 per person, $95 per couple (includes dinner, entertainment, cash bar). Scavenger Hunt is $20 per team of four, $15 per family team up to four relatives. Drive-In Movie is $8 per person or $25 per carload. A Festival Passport that includes admission for two to all four films, Mystery Dinner Theater, and Scavenger Hunt is available for $150 from the South Bristol Cultural Center.
Tickets for each event can be purchased from SBCC, 5323 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, (585) 396-5950; Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, (585) 394-4400; or Vierhile Appliance, Inc. 125 South Main Street in Naples, (585) 374-2560. Scavenger Hunt registration forms and flyers with mail-in coupon are available at the Greater Rochester Visitors Association Inc., 45 East Avenue, Rochester, 585 546-3070, the Little Theater on East Avenue, Rochester, the Naples Library, and other places featuring Film Festival displays.
For more information on the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival please contact Susan P. Dickens at the South Bristol Cultural Center at (585) 396-5950.
The South Bristol Cultural Center, Inc. provides programming in a wide array of the arts for the underserved rural community in an affordable and accessible manner while providing a public forum for our unique concentration of highly skilled artists seeking vocational challenges. The SBCC is a nonprofit corporation with a 501c3 tax-exempt status with the IRS. It is supported in part from NYSCA, a state agency, private donations and businesses with a heart.