Tom Sims, Director of the Cape May Film Festival, covers film offerings at the Cape May Forum.
This upcoming weekend, Cape May Forum will host its inaugural “Chautauqua at the Shore,” bringing together internationally-renowned speakers and a variety of arts and cultural events under one theme. The focus of this year’s event is Humor: Can It Save the World?
The Forum runs from October 8-11 this year, and features more than 30 events and several core lectures on the topic of humor. The Cape May Film Festival is contributing plenty of programs to the mix — and we’re going way beyond just “funny films.”
A film retrospective entitled “Humor in the Armed Services” will be presented by local film enthusiast/expert Dottie Knapp. “If humor can save the world, those in our armed forces who actually do the saving give us a humorous look at their lives through the movies,” says Dottie. “In these clips from military films you will see that nothing changes – no matter which war, no matter which branch of military service and no matter which theater of operation.” Dottie’s presentation takes place Saturday, October 9, at 2pm at the Wildwood Naval Air Station. The station will also screen several Bob Hope classics presented by station director Dr Joe Salvatore.
The Wrong Box is a comedy starring Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, and Dudley Moore. In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers can outlive the other. It features virtuous maidens, cunning cousins, dastardly deeds, bodies in barrels and boxes and boxes of boxes! This program will run Sunday, October 10, 8:15pm at the Episcopal Church of the Advent on Washington and Franklin.
Opposable Chums may well be the very first nature documentary comedy! “Competitive bird watching” may sound like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense to the participants of The World Series of Birding, who convene each spring to see which team can identify the most bird species in 24 hours within New Jersey. The event is equal parts scavenger hunt, science expedition and endurance test. This program is Sunday, October 10, 7pm, also at Episcopal Church of the Advent.
What weekend of humor would be complete without honoring Mark Twain? The Errol Flynn classic The Prince and the Pauper will screen for the 175th anniversary of Twain’s birth — preceded by staged readings of Twain’s classics by East Lynne Theater Company. This program is on Monday, October 11, 6:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 500 Hughes Street.
For a complete list of Forum events, visit www.capemayforum.org.