The Slater brothers’ film festival is back July 30-August 2

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Returning this weekend for its 7th year, the Slater Brothers’ International Film Festival will include an impressive range of cinematic experiences while maintaining the intimacy expected from a Hamilton, NY event.

Hamilton natives Grant ’91 and Todd Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment created the festival 7 years ago to give back to their community. The festival serves as an opportunity for town residents, Colgate students and alumni, and eminent personalities from independent cinema to connect and enjoy great films.

The weekend will kick off Thursday night with fun for the whole family – including a collection of kid-friendly short films with all proceeds going to Hamilton Central School.

Friday night will feature the documentary Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, presented by Robert Aberlin ’66, the executive producer. Watch the trailer below.


On Saturday, this year’s panel discussion, the Business of Filmmaking, will take place at the Colgate Bookstore. Panelists will include Sohan Roy, creator of the acclaimed Hollywood flick, DAM 999, which will be shown immediately following the discussion.


Saturday Night Shorts – a collection of short films presented by their directors, will round out the day. The last of the screening will take place Sunday afternoon, including The Duck Diaries


With 19 different films of varying length and subject matter being screened, there is sure to be something for everyone.

“The charm and intimacy of the Hamilton International Film Festival makes it a must for all filmmakers,” said Doug Dearth, producer and director of the film Underdogs. “Grant and Todd Slater and the entire Hamilton community couldn’t be more hospitable. I can’t wait to make another film just so I can come back.”

What films are you looking forward to seeing and discussing?